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Travel Noire Eats And Recipes: South African Bobotie

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Nothing unites people quite like food. To celebrate the black men and women who are using food to connect cultures and communities, we’re sharing some of our favorite recipes from chefs, at-home cooks, and food lovers who know that great flavors can bring us all together. The team behind African Chow (@africanchow) shares how to make Bobotie, a traditional South African dish of mildly spiced curried mince with a savory custard golden brown topping. 

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INGREDIENTS

1 onion, roughly chopped 30g Butter
500 g free-range beef mince salt
Black pepper, freshly ground
2 slices brown bread, crusts trimmed 250 ml buttermilk
4 Free-range eggs, beaten
65 ml dried apricots, dried and chopped 1 apple, peeled and grated
65 ml seedless raisins
2 tsp sugar for the egg whites
2 Tbsp mild curry powder
bay or lemon leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric, ground

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Gently cook the onion in the heated butter until meltingly soft and golden.
3. Add the beef mince and pan fry for 5 minutes with the onion. Season to taste.
4. Tear the bread into bits and mash it with 65ml of buttermilk and 1 beaten egg.
5. Mix the apple, raisins, sugar, salt, curry powder and bay leaves and then mix it with the mince and bread.
6. Turn into a buttered baking dish (one large dish or individual dishes).
7. Beat the remaining 2 eggs with the rest of the buttermilk and the turmeric, and pour over the spiced meat mixture.
8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the topping is set and golden.

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