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#TashaTests South African sago pudding

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When last did you enjoy a nice bowl of sago pudding? You might not even know what it is. It’s a delicious, milky dessert made from boiled sago in milk or water, with sugar and cinnamon.

In some countries mango or coconut is added to give it a different taste. I haven’t tried it with any fruit, as I stick to what I know: and that’s the South African way of making it. This recipe is easy to follow and you will love it once you’ve tasted it. The recipe I use every time is from Genius Kitchens and it never fails to deliver.

IngredientsCracking an egg

  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of sago
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon or ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons of apricot jam
  • ½ cup of sugar (extra)

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  • Preheat oven to 160°C
  • Lightly grease a large oven-proof pudding dish
  • Heat milk to near boiling, and then add the sago, salt and the cinnamon/nutmeg
  • Let it simmer over very low heat until sago is transparent
  • Add the ½ cup of sugar, butter and vanilla, stir in well, remove from the heat
  • Separate the eggs, whisk the yolks, add this to the sago mixture, whisk or mix through well and pour the mixture into your prepared oven dish
  • Put blobs of the apricot jam all over the pudding mixture
  • Whisk the egg whites until stiff, and add the extra ½ cup of sugar slowly, whisking until it is incorporated
  • Spread the meringue over the sago pudding
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 to 45 minutes, until set, and the meringue is light brown on top

Serve hot or cold

Top tip: If you would like to make a sago pudding with fruit in or maybe just a coconut-flavoured sago pudding, you can cut up your fruit, cut it into cubes and then add to the milk and sago mixture. For coconut-flavoured sago pudding, replace the milk with coconut milk instead.

Words: Natassha Burrell


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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