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South African Babootie

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Serves 4

Easy, great tasting authentic South African mince dish, great for feeding a crowd!

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  • For the main dish
  • 1 Slice of white bread without crusts
  • Milk
  • 400g Lamb mince
  • 1 Large onion
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 100g Raisins
  • 100g Apricots, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp medium curry powder
  • For the topping
  • 1 Egg
  • 250ml Milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bay leaves (optional)


    1. Preheat oven to 180C/Fan 160C/Gas 5
    2. In a bowl, add just enough milk to the slice of bread to soak. Fry the onion and mince until browned, and drain off any fat.
    3. Add 1 Egg, the vinegar, raisins, apricots and curry powder to the bowl with the soaked bread. Add the mince and onion, and mix well.
    4. Pour this mixture into a baking dish, ensuring the top is level.
    5. In a mixing bowl, beat together the other egg, the milk and salt and pepper. Pour this over the top of the mince until covered.
    6. Push bay leaves into the mince if using, and cook for 45 minutes in the oven until topping has solidified.

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