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Heartwarming ideas for Mothers' Day meals

Londiwe Dlomo Journalist
Tomato & Pancetta Quiche
Tomato & Pancetta Quiche
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If you’re looking for a menu to help celebrate Mothers' Day on Sunday, look no further.

The chefs at Capsicum Culinary Studio have shared the recipes of the favourite dishes they most remember their moms whipping up for them.

Here's what they sent us:

Cinnamon Buns.
Cinnamon Buns.
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Breakfast: Cinnamon Buns  

Ingredients  

¾ cup milk

¼ cup sugar

2 tsp dried yeast

1 egg and 1 yolk

75g butter, melted

3 cups flour

¼ tsp salt

Zest of 1 orange

¾ brown sugar

1 tbs cinnamon

¼ cup butter, melted  

For the icing

½ cup icing sugar

2 tbsp warm water  

Method  

Preheat an oven to 180°C. Place the milk and sugar in a medium sized bowl and warm in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds. Remove, sprinkle over the yeast and set aside for 10 minutes until light and frothy. Using a fork, whisk in the eggs and butter and set aside. In a large bowl, place the flour, salt and orange zest. Pour the yeast mixture into the dry mix and stir to form a sticky dough.

Tip onto a lightly floured bench and knead for 5-8 minutes. Add a little flour if necessary. Place the dough into a clean lightly oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm, dry place for an hour or until doubled in size.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Grease and line a square or round tin roughly 24cm with baking paper. When the dough is ready, remove from the bowl and knead gently for 1 minute. Roll out to make a 27 x 22 cm rectangle and brush with the melted butter, reserving a little for the top. Sprinkle over the cinnamon mixture evenly.

Roll the dough tightly from the long side into a log. Cut using a small, serrated knife at 3cm intervals. Place the buns into the tin, and brush with a little extra butter. Place back into a warm place for 30 minutes until doubled in size. Place the buns in the oven and cook for 20 minutes until golden and puffed. Remove and cool for 15 minutes before icing. To make the icing, combine the icing sugar and warm water in a small bowl. Drizzle over the buns. Serve while still warm.  

Tomato & Pancetta Quiche
Tomato & Pancetta Quiche
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Lunch: Tomato & Pancetta Quiche  

Ingredients  

130g butter

255g all-purpose flour

5 eggs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cold water

180g pancetta, cut into small pieces

1 tbs oil

⅔ cup of milk

225g creme fraiche

110g Emmental cheese, grated

6 cherry tomatoes, halved tomatoes

Handful of parsley, chopped

Pinch of pepper

Pinch of nutmeg Sprig of basil.  

Method  

Pre-heat oven to 200ºC.

Place the flour in a bowl and add the butter. Cut the butter into tiny pieces, add 1 egg, salt and water and knead into a supple dough. Wrap in clingfilm and allow to rest for an hour in the fridge. Grease a 23cm baking pan with butter and dust with flour. Cook the pancetta in a frying pan until crisp, transfer to a plate covered with kitchen towels and drain.

Combine milk, creme fraiche, grated cheese and the 4 eggs in a bowl and mix. Add pepper and nutmeg to taste. Add chopped parsley and mix. Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it into a circle of approx. 25cm in diameter and transfer to the baking pan covering the bottom and sides. With a fork prick tiny holes in the bottom to prevent it from rising.

Trim excess dough off the top. Spread bacon evenly over the bottom then pour in the cheese mixture. Spread the tomato halves over the top then place quiche in the middle of the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve with a sprig of basil for added colour.

Gnocchi with Spinach and Walnuts.
Gnocchi with Spinach and Walnuts.
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Dinner (serves 4): Gnocchi with Spinach and Walnuts  

Ingredients

250g spinach

500g gnocchi

75g mature cheese, grated

25g Parmesan cheese, grated

200g crème fraîche

½ tsp English mustard

grating of fresh nutmeg

Handful of walnut, broken into pieces  

Method

Preheat the grill to high.

In a colander, pour boiling water over the spinach until it has wilted. Cool a little, squeeze out the excess liquid and set aside. Cook the gnocchi in boiling water for 2 minutes, until they float, then drain. Mix the two cheeses. Spoon the crème fraîche and mustard into a pan and warm over a low heat. Stir in three-quarters of the cheeses and heat gently until you have a smooth sauce (3 minutes).

Season, gently stir in the nutmeg, gnocchi and spinach, and heat through. Grill in a heatproof dish, topped with the remaining cheese, for 3-4 minutes until golden. Top with walnuts and serve with a crispy green salad.

Traditional Italian tiramisu cake.
Traditional Italian tiramisu cake.
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Dessert: Tiramisu with Speculaas  

Ingredients

250g mascarpone

100g brown sugar

20 Speculaas biscuits

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

50ml Marsala or Amaretto*

20ml black coffee (espresso)  

Method

Take the eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. Add yolks to a mixing bowl and slowly add the brown sugar and the vanilla extract until you get a frothy mix. Add the mascarpone and mix with a whisk. Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form then, using a spatula, carefully and gently fold it into the eggs/mascarpone mix. In a separate dish, mix the coffee and the Marsala.

Quickly dip the Speculaas in the wine. Do not soak them completely as they have to remain a bit solid. Place one or two soaked biscuits at the bottom of a small bowl or dessert glass then cover with a layer of the egg mascarpone mix. Alternate layers of biscuits with layers of cream, making sure to end with a layer of the mascarpone. Place the bowls/glasses in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

Before serving, sprinkle the top with crushed Speculaas crumbs (or chocolate shavings!) and add a sprig of mint for colour.  

*You can substitute the wine for dark rum or brandy but reduce amount used.

*You can also add fresh raspberries, blueberries of strawberries on the top of the dessert.

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