Today, on 18 July, we’re celebrating Mandela Day in honour of Nelson Mandela’s birthday and the immense contribution he has made to our country’s history. What better way to celebrate than with a delicious traditional South African dessert? Well-known local chef Peter Gottgens, who is currently the GM at Asara Wine Estate and Hotel, was fortunate enough to be Madiba’s personal chef several years ago. To commemorate this special day, Pete has shared one of Madiba’s favourite desserts with us. This chocolate maize meal pudding is an adaptation of a favourite traditional local dish. Want to sample this chocolatey dessert yourself? You’ll be able to find it on the menu of Asara’s signature restaurant, Raphael’s. Ingredients: 10 whole eggs 10 egg yolks 500g Callebaut dark chocolate 500g unsalted butter 250g castor sugar 40g maize meal 30g cake flour pinch of salt Directions: Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Mix eggs, egg yolks and castor sugar until the sugar is almost dissolved. Be careful not to whisk the mixture too rapidly or incorporate too much air. Once the chocolate is melted, slowly add the egg mixture, stirring gently and not beating. Mix in sieved flour, maize meal and salt, and mix gently until the flour is well-incorporated. Fill well-greased dariole moulds three-quarters of the way with the mixture, allowing for expansion. Bake at 250°C for seven minutes.