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Suikervrye Kaaskoek

Aarbei kaaskoek- thenmelrosefamily.com

Aarbei kaaskoek- thenmelrosefamily.com

Suikervrye Kaaskoek

Ek het onlangs dié kaaskoek vir my seuntjie se verjaardagpartytjie gemaak, en dit was ’n groot sukses. Niemand het my geglo dat daar geen suiker in is nie. Die koek is definitief die moeite werd vir ’n spesiale geleentheid.

(12 – 16 PORSIES)

500 g      laevet-roomkaas

750 ml      ricotta-kaas

250 ml      suurroom

250 ml      gewone jogurt

300 ml      suikerplaasvervanger

125 ml      laevet-margarien

45 ml      koekmeel

45 ml      mielieblom

4      eiers, geklits

30 ml      suurlemoensap

5 ml      vanieljegeursel


suikervrye      aarbeikonfyt

vars      aarbeie

Verhit oond tot 160 ºC. Spuit ’n 24 cm-losboomkoekpan met kleefwerende kossproei. Meng roomkaas,
ricotta-kaas, suurroom, jogurt, suikerplaasvervanger, margarien, meel, mielieblom en eiers tot goed gemeng. Roer die suurlemoensap en geursel by. Gooi in voorbereide pan. Bak vir 70 – 75 minute tot geset. Skakel oond af, maak deur oop en laat kaaskoek minstens 1 uur lank in die oond staan. Verkoel in yskas. Bolaag Smeer konfyt bo-oor en versier met vars aarbeie.

Die GI van die kaaskoek is laag en omdat dit nie die tipiese krummel- of gebakte kors bevat nie, is die koolhidraat-inhoud van die gereg ook laer. Weens die bestanddele wat vir ’n tipiese gebakte kaaskoek gebruik word, is die vet-inhoud hoog.
– Hilda Lategan


Soet Lasagna

Dessert Lasagna- pikachakula

Dessert Lasagna- pikachakula

Dessert Lasagna



12 pieces sheets of lasagna pasta)

4 cups ricotta cheese (can use un-flavoured cream cheese if unavailable)

1 cup sugar

4 cups strawberries – sliced

4 cups mango slices

1/2 cup chopped unsalted cashew (toasted)

½ cup desiccated coconut


Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse, drain and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese and 1/2 cup sugar. Set aside.

In the processor, puree half the strawberries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Strain the puree into a bowl and set it aside. Rinse the processor bowl.

In the processor, puree half the mangoes with 2 tablespoons sugar. Strain the puree and set it aside.

Reserve 1/4 cup of each of the purees to use as a garnish when serving

To assemble the lasagna, first cover the bottom of a 9-inch-by-13-inch glass baking pan with 3 pieces of pasta.

Spoon 1/3 of the ricotta mix on top and spread it evenly.

Pour the mango puree over the cheese and arrange ¼ of the mango slices on the puree.

Lay on 3 more pieces of pasta and cover with 1/2 the remaining cheese.

Pour the strawberry puree over the cheese and sprinkle with sliced strawberries.

Lay on 3 more pieces of pasta and cover with the remaining cheese.

Top with a final layer of pasta.

Cover tightly with plastic and refrigerate overnight.

Just before serving, sprinkle the lasagna with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, the desiccated coconut and with the toasted cashews.

Cut into 8 rectangles and use a spatula to set the pieces on dessert plates. Serve with some of the strawberry and mango puree.


Piesang Lasagna - Just a pinch

Piesang Lasagna – Just a pinch


Banana Lasagna

just a pinch


96g vanilla instant pudding mix

1 pkg loaf pound cake, cut into 0.5 cm slices (you can use already baked store-bought cake)

40 vanilla wafer cookies

3/4 cup cherry jam

5 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed (chocolate cookies with filling in between)

1/4 cup ricotta cheese

2 tsp granulated sugar

2 large bananas, sliced

Toppings: Shaved White Chocolate, crusted vanilla cookies, dried mint


Make pudding according to package directions. Cut the loaf of pound cake into the slices.
Place 1/2 of the slices in a 7×11-inch baking dish, now press 20 of the vanilla wafers into the cake.

Make mock tomato sauce:Mix cherry jam with the chocolate sandwich cookies and spread evenly over the cake and wafers.

Mix together the cheese and sugar and dollop half of mixture over jam mixture
Arrange 1 sliced banana and half of the vanilla pudding over cheese layer.
Repeat with the remaining cake, wafers, remaining jam mixture and ricotta, and another sliced banana and the remaining pudding.
Top with shaved white chocolate, crushed vanilla wafer cookies and sprinkle a little mint over top. Chill overnight or at least 4 hours.

Aarbei Lasagna - Mev Fields

Aarbei Lasagna – Mev Fields

Strawberry Dessert Lasagna

Mrs Fields

6-8 lasagna noodles (lasagna sheets)
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 package vanilla instant pudding mix
2/3 cup milk
4 cups thinly sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
dash of black pepper
1 kiwi, peeled and diced
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

Cook noodles according to direction, then rinse with cold water and lay out to dry on a baking rack. Mix ricotta cheese, pudding mix, and milk in a mixing bowl, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until no lumps appear. Chill until ready to assemble. In another mixing bowl, stir strawberries, sugar, vinegar, and pepper together. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla bean paste together and chill until ready to serve.

To assemble: take one lasagna noodle and spread an even layer of the ricotta cheese mixture on top, about 1/2 inch in thickness. Next, spread a layer of strawberries on top of the ricotta, except for about 2 inches on one end. Carefully roll the noodle onto itself, toward the end with no strawberries until it is sitting on top of itself in a roll. Before serving, top with more strawberries, diced kiwi, and a drizzle of sweetened cream. Makes 6-8 servings.

HINT: The higher quality ricotta you choose, the better this will taste. Don’t skimp!

HINT: Substitute the vanilla pudding mix with other pudding flavors like cheesecake, lemon, or coconut cream for a fun alternative.



Soet Lasagna -Rikki

Soet Lasagna -Rikki

Sweet Lasagna



3 eggs

75g Sugar

1 pack vanilla sugar

300ml cream

500g curd cheese (Quark) (mascarpone cheese/cream cheese or cottage cheese – plain)

1 lg. can of peaches (or fresh peaches, but preferably without the skin)

lasagna noodles (lasagna sheets)

Cut the peaches up into small chunks, the juice is not needed. Mix eggs, sugar, vanilla sugar and cream. Add curd cheese. Add the peach chunks. Layer noodles and the filling in a dish. I always finish with a layer of filling. Bake in the oven at 175C for about 45 minutes.

Italian Dessert

Italian Dessert

Zuccoto Recipe (layered like lasagna)

painless cooking


This ice cream dessert is traditionally decorated with powder sugar and cocoa powder making stripes like you would find on a beach ball. A pattern can be made out of parchment paper; Sift the cocoa powder over the paper pattern then turn the patter and sift the sugar over the pattern.


15 to 18 Lady Fingers

¾ Cup brandy

2 ¼ Cups hazelnut ice cream softened

2 Cups chocolate ice cream softened

Cocoa powder and powdered sugar


Lightly grease bottom of 2 pint bowl; cut circle wax paper and fit into bowl smoothing it.

Make sure lady fingers are not too long to fit into sides of bowl; if so cut to fit.

Pour brandy into a flat dish; quickly dip lady finger into brandy and turn over to coat.

Quickly stand the lady finger in the bowl with sugar side facing bowl

Repeat with remaining lady fingers making a solid surface of the cakes; fill bottom with any broken pieces.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Spoon the hazelnut ice cream in center of the bowl; spread it up and around the sides to completely cover the lady fingers.

Freeze until solid about 2 hours.

Beat any remaining brandy into the chocolate ice cream and fill center of dessert, level, cover with foil and freeze.

To serve remove foil and carefully run a thin knife around the edges between the lady fingers and the bowl.

Invert a cold plate over the bowl and turn upside down to remove dessert from bowl.

Carefully remove the bowl and remove the wax paper; sift with cocoa powder and powdered sugar over pattern to make stripes.

You can sift plain sugar all over or plain cocoa powder.

Calamari - Photo Life's Ambrosia

Calamari – Photo Life’s Ambrosia

Calamari Stuffed with
Porcini Mushrooms, Bread, and Cheese

(Serves 2)


1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms

1/3 cup chopped onion

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 cup cubed Italian bread

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons parsley

Salt and pepper

1/2 pounds squid (bodies only)

Traditional tomato sauce

Additional Parmesan for sprinkling

Soak porcini mushrooms in 2 cups hot water for 30

Rinse and chop coarsely.

Sauté onions in olive oil until soft, 2-3 minutes.

Combine all of the ingredients, except the squid and
tomato sauce, in a bowl. Mix well.

Stuff the mixture into the squid. Do not overfill or
they will burst during cooking.

Close the end of the squid with a toothpick.

Pour a little of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a
casserole dish.

Place the stuffed squid on top. Pour a little more
sauce over each.

Cover and bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 30
minutes. Remove cover.

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over and cook an additional
5-10 minutes.

Remove the toothpicks before serving.

Calamari Stuffed with Bread Crumbs, Pine Nuts, and

(Serves 4)

12 medium-sized squid

1/4 cup olive oil, divided

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup homemade breadcrumbs

3 anchovy fillets, rinsed and chopped

1/4 cup capers, rinsed and chpped

1/4 cup pine nuts, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup golden raisins, plumped in hot water for 30
minutes, chopped

3/4 cup parsley, chopped

2 eggs

2 (15 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

Salt and pepper

Clean the squid by removing the head, fins, and all
contents in the body.

Peel off the skin and rinse the tubes.

Remove the tentacles from the head.

Chop the tentacles fine and set aside for the

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and
brown the chopped tentacles.

Add onion and cook for 5 minutes.

Add garlic and cook for another minute. Remove from
heat and set aside.

In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, anchovies,
capers, pine nuts, raisins, 1/2 cup parsley and eggs.

Add the tentacle mixture. Season with salt and
pepper and mix well.

Stuff the squid tubes with the mixture and seal each
with a toothpick.

Place the remaining olive oil in a skillet over
medium heat.

Add the stuffed squid and brown on all sides.

Add the crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender.

Remove the toothpicks.

Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with
remaining parsley.

Cheese-Stuffed Calamari

(Serves 8)


8 large squid, cleaned, tentacles reserved

1 pound ricotta cheese

1 egg

1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

Salt and pepper

Flour for dredging

3/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup white wine

2 cups Traditional Tomato Sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the tentacles in a saucepan with enough water
to cover them.

Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for
15-20 minutes, or until tender.

Drain the tentacles and allow to cool. Finely chop
the cooled tentacles.

In a bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, pecorino,
parsley, and cooked tentacles.

Season with salt and pepper.

Stuff the cheese mixture into each of the squid

Seal each opening with a toothpick.

Season the dredging flour with salt and pepper.

Coat each stuffed squid with the flour, shaking off
any excess.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium

Saute the squid until they are golden brown on all
sides, about 10 minutes.

Remove the squid from the skillet and transfer them
to a roasting pan.

Drain the oil from the skillet and return it to the

Add the white wine and deglaze the pan by scraping
up any brown bits.

Continue cooking until the wine is reduced by half.

Add the tomato sauce and cook for 1 minute.

Pour the tomato sauce over the squid in the roasting

Cover the pan with foil and bake for 45 to 60
minutes until fork tender.

Remove the toothpicks.

Transfer to a platter and serve.

Seafood-Stuffed Calamari

(Serves 10 as an appetizer)


1-1/4 cups olive oil, divided

2 shallots, finely chopped

1/2 pound scallops, chopped

1/2 pound small shrimp, shells removed

Salt and pepper

10 large squid, tentacles removed and chopped

1-1/2 cups Italian-flavored bread crumbs

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 cup white wine

Heat 1/2 cup of olive oil in a large skillet.

Add half the shallots and sauté for 1 minute.

Add the scallops, shrimp, salt and pepper, and cook
for 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer the seafood with a slotted spoon to a bowl
to cool.

Add the chopped tentacles to the skillet and sauté
until pink, 1-2 minutes.

Transfer the tentacles with a slotted spoon to the
bowl with the scallops and shrimp.

Reserve the liquid in the skillet.

In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, 1/2 cup
olive oil, parsley, and 1 teaspoon garlic.

Season with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.

Add the cooked seafood to the bread crumbs and stir
to combine.

If the mixture seems too dry add a little more oil.

Stuff each squid body with the seafood mixture and
seal each end with a toothpick.

Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large skillet.

Add 2 tablespoons garlic, remaining shallots, and
red pepper flakes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Saute over medium heat until the garlic is lightly
golden, about 2 minutes.

Add the reserved seafood liquid from the skillet and

Simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.

Add the stuffed squid and cook 7 to 8 minutes,
basting often, until tender.

Remove the toothpicks.

Transfer the squid to a platter, pour the sauce
over, and serve.

Rice-Stuffed Calamari

(Serves 4)


Tomato Sauce:

1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1/2 cup red wine

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Pinch of sugar

Salt and pepper


1-1/2 pounds small to medium squid

1/3 cup olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 small fennel bulb, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup Arborio or Carnaroli rice

Pinch of saffron

Pinch of red pepper flakes, to taste

Salt and pepper

2/3 cup white wine

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

To make the sauce:

Put the tomatoes, wine, parsley, and sugar in a

Season with salt and pepper.

Simmer to desired consistency.

To make the stuffing:

Clean the by removing the head and tentacles.

Pull out the quill and rinse the bodies.

Finely chop the tentacles and set aside with the
squid bodies.

Heat the oil in a saucepan.

Add the onion, fennel, and garlic and cook gently
for 10 minutes until tender.

Add the rice, saffron, red pepper flakes, and
chopped tentacles.

Cook a few minutes , stirring often, until the
tentacles are opaque.

Season with salt and pepper.

Add the white wine and 6 tablespoons of the tomato

Cook until the wine and tomato sauce has reduced
into the rice.

Add 1/2 cup water and continue cooking until the
rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.

Add the parsley and cool for a few minutes.

Stuff the squid with the filling.

Seal the ends with toothpicks.

Add 1/2 cup of water to the remaining tomato sauce.

Cook for 2 minutes.

Add the stuffed squid, cover the saucepan, and
simmer for 30-45 minutes until soft and tender.

Remove the toothpicks before serving