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Mrs, Beatrice Tollman's Recipes

April 8th, 2019, by African Travel

Mrs, Beatrice Tollman's Recipes

Mrs. Beatrice Tollman is the Founder and President of the award-winning Red Carnation Hotel Collection,  which includes three properties in South Africa: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, The Oyster Box and Bushman’s Kloof. These properties are featured on many of our luxury South Africa itineraries.

Recently, Mrs. Bea Tollman was recognized by her peers in the hospitality industry with a 2016 Catey Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to outstanding service, luxury and quality. She is also renowned for her outstanding recipes—many of which are featured in her cookbook “A Life In Food”. These recipes have been perfected over the years and are now staples of the Red Carnation Hotel collection.

To celebrate Bea Tollman’s achievement, we decided to roll up our sleeves and make some of her most requested desserts: Meringue Layer Cake and Honeycomb Ice Cream.

  

Meringue Layer Cake

This is a favorite at the 5-Star Oyster Box Hotel in Durban South Africa and, after sampling it ourselves, it is easy to see why! This delicious and beautiful dish was a hit with all who tried it.

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 220g caster sugar, sieved
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Parchment paper

 

For the Filling

  • 2 egg whites
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 125g sweet chocolate, melted

Whisk the egg whites in a large clean bowl with an electric hand whisk on a low speed for 45 seconds until they are foaming. Switch to medium speed and whisk for a further 2 minutes, then turn the whisk to high speed until the whites are stiff. Still on high speed, slowly add the sugar one dessert spoon at a time. Spread the mixture onto prepared baking sheets in four 15 cm circles. Place in a pre-heated oven at 140°C and leave for 30 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave for a further 4 hours or overnight.

In the top of a double boiler, over hot but not boiling water, beat the egg whites for the filling until foamy. Gradually beat in the sugar, cocoa, butter and chocolate. When fully combined remove from the heat and leave to firm as it cools. When the filling is firm enough, make a tower of meringue layers with chocolate mix spread over each.

Make a latticework of 10 mm wide strips of parchment paper on top of the final chocolate spread layer on the cake and dust heavily with confectioners sugar. Remove the paper; the sugar will have etched an attractive design.

To enjoy at its peak, the meringue circles should be left to ripen for 24 hours under a glass dome or in a large plastic container, prior to adding the icing and serving.

 

Honeycomb Ice Cream


This divine and surprisingly easy dessert is the perfect summer treat and was the most fun to make (mostly due to sampling the recipe along the way).

Ingredients (Serves 8)

  • 1 cup (250 ml) corn syrup
  • 8 oz (250 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 quart (1 liter) premium vanilla ice cream

Dissolve the syrup, sugar and vinegar over a medium heat. Turn the heat up high and boil until the syrup turns into a light caramel color. Remove the pan off the stove and quickly stir in the baking soda. Then pour the mix into a baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper and greased with butter. Leave to cool and harden; do not refrigerate. Once hardened, this brittle and crunchy slab becomes your honeycomb base.

Slightly soften the vanilla ice cream in a chilled ceramic bowl. Carefully break the honeycomb slab into various sizes, none more than 1/2" square, and quickly fold half into the ice cream. Pour the ice cream into a desired ice cream mould or back into original ice cream container and freeze again. Keep the remaining honeycomb in an airtight container to add as a topping to the ice cream when serving.

We hope you enjoy making them as much as we did, and if you are looking to experience some world class cuisine on your next safari, ask our safari specialists about our South Africa Culinary & Wildlife Safari.

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