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Summer Holiday Dessert Recipes

Peppermint Crisp Tart

Peppermint Crisp Tart: This iconic South African dessert is a creamy, layered dessert made with whipped cream, condensed milk, and a popular South African chocolate bar called Peppermint Crisp. It’s easy to make and perfect for summer holidays.Here’s a recipe:


1 package of tennis biscuits (or other plain tea biscuits)
1 can of caramel condensed milk
2 cups of heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 Peppermint Crisp chocolate bars, crushed


  • Crush the biscuits and spread them evenly in the bottom of a 9-inch square dish.

  • Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.

  • Fold in the condensed milk.

  • Crush the Peppermint Crisp and stir it into the cream mixture.

  • Pour the cream mixture over the biscuits.

  • Crush another Peppermint Crisp and sprinkle it on top of the cream mixture.

  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.

Rooibos Ice Cream

Here’s a simple recipe for Rooibos ice cream:


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 Rooibos tea bags
  • 6 egg yolks


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, milk, and sugar. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the Rooibos tea bags to the saucepan and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and discard.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they’re light and frothy.
  • Slowly pour the hot cream mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, to temper the eggs and prevent curdling.
  • Pour the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Don’t let it boil!
  • Remove the pan from the heat and strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or until it’s completely cold.
  • Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions, until it’s thick and creamy.
  • Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours, or until firm.

Enjoy your homemade Rooibos ice cream!

Fruit Salad

Here’s a delicious and refreshing recipe for a summer holiday fruit salad:


  • 2 cups diced watermelon
  • 2 cups diced pineapple
  • 2 cups diced mango
  • 1 cup halved strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, pineapple, mango, strawberries, and blueberries.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice and honey until the honey is fully dissolved.
  • Pour the lime-honey mixture over the fruit and toss gently to combine.
  • Sprinkle the chopped mint leaves over the top of the fruit salad.
  • Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: Feel free to add or substitute any of your favorite fruits, such as kiwi, peaches, or raspberries. Enjoy the fresh and juicy flavors of this summer holiday fruit salad!