Chama por mim pudim
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Chama por mim pudim

Recipe By J’Something
Photographs By Craig Fraser


5 eggs
½ cup milk
½ cup condensed milk
200 g tennis biscuits (or ginger biscuits for an extra kick of flavour)
1 cup strong coffee
200 g fresh cream
5 tbsps sugar
50 g toasted almond flakes

Chama por mim means ‛Call me’ – and my aunt would make this dessert for Christmas the day before. My brother would wake up in the early hours of the morning and sneak into kitchen, where he’d end up eating spoonfuls of the dessert straight from the fridge. His excuse? ‛The dessert was calling me …’ And so the name of the dish was birthed.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
  2. Place a pot on a low heat, pour in the milk, condensed milk and egg yolks and stir well into a smooth custard consistency. Stir while it cooks for about 5–8 minutes and then remove from the heat.
  3. Spread a good layer of custard in the bottom of a medium-sized glass dish or regular baking dish.
  4. Lightly soak the biscuits by dipping into the coffee one at a time and place on top of the custard layer, followed by a little more custard. Continue this layering until you finish with layer of custard on top.
  5. Whip the cream and sugar together until stiff, and place in pretty dollops on top of the custard.
  6. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve, sprinkled with toasted almonds.

About the Author

Portugal born Joao Da Fonseca, a.k.a. J’Something, is known to millions of fans for his award winning hits as the lead singer and song writer of South African band Mi Casa.

J’Something has won multiple awards with Mi Casa, including 8 number 1 singles and 5 SAMA awards. They have hosted countless sold out shows in 31 African countries as well as in Portugal, UK, Netherlands, Italy, and Canada. In 2014 his passion for food and drink came to the fore culminating in two shows; Something’s Food & Drink and What’s for Dinner that reached over 18 000 000 viewers across South Africa in two years.

Currently together with David Higgs he hosts and judges the smash-hit My Kitchen Rules South Africa on MNet prime time. When not performing, J’Something can be found at Something’s Cooking by J, his first restaurant. The future is looking sweet for this humble, passionate, talented and creative mastermind.

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