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As I promised some of my chess players….and all other people reading here…this dish is a must if you’re having a BBQ. In South Africa we like to have it as a side dish, some people won’t make it, but instead having just Pap…which is well-known to the “Southerners” in America as “porridge”. (They also call it “grits” ). In South Africa we also call it “porridge”…in English…but this dish is known for the Afrikaans word… “Pap dis”…which means… “porridge dish”….[it’s an oven dish] or Pap tert [pap tart].

Some people will sometimes have porridge for breakfast….depends on taste and what you like for breakfast. Sometimes you get people who don’t like Pap, then you will have bread rolls for them, usually people from the Cape! They don’t know what is delicious and good for them…wonder if they know the difference between a Springbok and a Kudu…! hahaha…only joking! Ok, we had friends Saturday night for a BBQ and I took photos step-by-step of this dish, specially to post them here for my poor chess players – some are now very much into Saffa-goodies and foods and all the nice/delicous stuff they can order from  South African shops all over the world. One chess player was so confused after telling him what to do, well, now he’s got the pictures too…Our friends told me to tell everyone here that they all had a second helping and it was really delicious…–[btw..it is the truth…]
To make Pap (porridge)…click HERE and it’s only 3 min in the microwave, although another recipe is to be found at the bottom of this post…so you have a choice! The link will open in a new window.
On THIS LINK you will find a delicious recipe about South African buttermilk rusks…[karringmelk beskuit]..the link will open in a new window.
and…..on

THIS LINK you will find many more South African traditional recipes, like milk tart, [whoop whoop! yummy!] scones, sugar cookies (soet koekies) etc. The link will open in a new window.

…and…any South African loves this mouthwatering KOEKSUSTERS (cook sisters) and would love you for this! The link will open in a new window. This is really the ultimate for any Saffa! You can bribe anyone with it.

And…if you like something pizza-ish…click HERE for something really delicous! The link will open in a new window. This is my own recipe and our friends go crazy for it…
For the Pap Dish…you need…..

………Cream…single cream….as double cream is a bit too thick and you need more “runny” cream….

…….one onion……more if you like more….

………chopped………

………..mushrooms……sliced………..

………bacon……diced……….my own “ingredient”

………frankfurther……..depends on taste…to serve 4 people it’s enough to add one per person…this is also my own “ingredient”…as it wasn’t in the original recipe….

………grated cheese……..

Pap…porridge… make it a little bit runny…if it’s thick, you’re going to have trouble to “smear” it in your dish….recipe at the bottom of this post…

…..fry….mushrooms….I like to fry everything separately, it’s up to you, you can mix it straight away from the start and fry it all together….

fry bacon……………

fry…….frankfurthers……….

mix them all together…onions fried too, of course……..

Take a heat-resistant glass dish….cover it first with a thin layer of oil, butter or margarine, whatever you like…and start with a thin layer of pap (porridge)

…..add a layer of the fried mixture……

……. at this stage, I like to add a thin layer of grated cheese and cream, it’s just a bit more creamy if you do it…

………cover with a layer of pap (porridge)…..

………completely……….

……..now add your cheese and cream and your dish is ready for the oven!

………..and….Voila! This is what you get after about 30 min (keep checking it…not in a too hot oven…about 180 deg C….)

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How to make “Pap”…
from……
wikihow.com/Make-Pap-in-the-Microwave
Its only 10 minutes, so pay attention! Things You’ll Need

A microwave
Coarse Maize Meal (Mieliemeel)
a kettle of freshly boiled water
a large microwavable bowl with lid
a fork – preferably a large two tine fork

Measure out a cup of maize meal into the microwave bowl (1 cup should make enough for 3-4 people).
Depending on where you are from and how you like your pap add a pinch of salt, more than a pinch or none at all!
Add just enough of the freshly boiled water to wet all the maize meal and work it in with the fork.
Set microwave on “High” and the timer for 10 minutes.
Put the lid on your bowl and pop it in the microwave.
Microwave for about a minute and then remove again.
Thoroughly stir in a little bit more water and return to the microwave.
Repeat this process (Remove, add a little water and stir, microwave again) 3 or 4 more times during cooking time at regular intervals – find a rhythm that works for you! Tips
A glass (Pyrex) bowl is preferable to a plastic microwave bowl
If you have a big enough bowl you can use more than a cup of maize meal, but you might have a better end result if you rather make it in batches – should you require more pap.
Likewise you can use the same method to make smaller amounts – just use a third or quarter cup to make a single serving
for Putu (Krummel) pap, add a little less water and use the fork make to the pap crumbly – believe me, the microwave can make perfect krummelpap!
In the same way, adding more water will give you a denser (stywe) pap or if you add too much water (with finer maize meal) you will have slap pap.
Making pap in the microwave may seem strange at first, but you will master it in no time and no one will be able to tell the difference! Warnings
Use oven mitts as the bowl will get really hot after the first couple of minutes. A cloud of super hot steam will escape every time you open to stir so take the lid off carefully and away from your face
DO NOT forget about it after the first minute! If you neglect to add water and stir an incredibly dense layer of burnt maize will form and the bowl you were using will be a write off.


Maize meal…which you can buy or order from any South African shop anywhere in the world.


……and this is a replacement in Tesco……shops in the UK….and costs about £1.40

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ANY South African LIKES/LOVES this…..if you don’t like it…you are NOT a South African, that is how you can identify a person that’s NOT a South African..hehe…click on the link, get yourself this recipe and spoil yourself!! I’ve copied the post from “cooksister”‘s blog here…enjoy!!
On THIS LINK you will find more South African traditional recipes, like milk tart, scones, sugar cookies (soet koekies), etc.

Recipe and image:  http://cooksister.typepad.com/cook_sister/2004/05/whats_in_a_name.html

As any South African visitor will have noticed, my blog’s name is somewhat of a pun – if you happen to understand Afrikaans! Back home in SA we have a sweet pastry known as a “koeksuster” (literally translated as “cake sister” and pronounced “cook-sister”). The name comes form the Dutch koek (cake) and sissen (sizzle) – presumable a reference to their being deep fried. It is one of the few things which, despite the huge South African population in London, I have not seen in mainstream stores. This is not to say that someone, somewhere is not producing them in England – I just have not come across them.

So what exactly is a koeksuster? Well, the best analogy I can find is with doughnuts as they are also sweet doughy fritters, but that’s as far as the similarity goes. With koeksusters, the dough is rolled out flat and then plaited in 6cm lengths, deep-fried and then soaked in syrup and chilled overnight. They are absolutely delicious with tea or coffee and I have also seen miniature koeksusters served in lieu of petit fours. Below is a recipe, if you are in the mood for getting plaiting! But there is something of a dispute raging as to the provenance of these teatime treats.

On the one hand, we have the Afrikaans community who hold koeksusters dear and say that they were invented by their forebears as they colonised the Cape. On the other hand, we have the Cape Malay community who also claim koeksusters as their own, albeit in a somewhat different form – their variety is less sweet, covered with desiccated coconut and twisted as opposed to plaited. The taste is definitely more doughnuty than the Afrikaner version. 

KOEKSUSTERS

The syrup – to be made the day before and left in the fridge to cool.

Ingredients

6 cups of water
24g of root ginger
2.5kg granulated sugar

Method

Boil 3 cups of water with the peeled and sliced root ginger. Remove the ginger and add 3 more cups of water. Bring to boil again. Add the sugar and allow to boil for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and store in fridge. NB – it has to be in the fridge as you need your syrup to be chilled!

For the pastry:

Ingredients

6 cups plain flour
6 teaspoons baking powder
125g of butter
2 eggs
125ml evaporated milk
312ml lukewarm water
a pinch of salt
oil for frying

Mix all the above together and knead well, then leave to rest for 2 hours. Roll the dough flat into an oval/square until it is 5mm thick. Cut the dough into strips 2.5cm across. Then cut these strips into lengths of 6cm so that you are left with rectangles 2.5cm x 6cm Make two cuts along the length of the rectangles so that you can plait them – you are aiming for a plait similar to a 3-strand hair plait. When you have plaited each one, press the three strands together firmly at each end so that they do not come undone. Deep-fry each koeksuster in hot oil until crisp and golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and dip the whole cooked koeksuster immediately into your cool syrup. Remember – the koeksuster has to be hot and the syrup cold in order for the syrup to be absorbed by the dough! Remove from the syrup and allow to cool on a paper towels before eating.

Koeksisterresep II
Stroop: [moet die vorige dag aangemaak word en in die yskas geplaas word om goed af te koel]
Kook saam:
1 kg -1 liter- suiker
5 ml kaneel
2,5 ml gemmer
500 ml water
Deeg:
500 ml Meelblom
30 ml Margarine
25 ml Bakpoeier
100 ml Water
100 ml Melk
knippie Sout
500 ml Olie

Metode:
Verhit die olie baie goed. Meng die droe bestanddele en vryf die margarien in. Meng die melk en water en sny dit in. Rol die deeg dun uit – sowat 5mm. Sny in repe en vleg. Bak albei kante baie goed. Dompel die koeksisters in die yskoue stroop. Laat in die stroop vir omtrent ‘n minuut en verwyder.

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