South African Shakshuka with Pears, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

A Shakshuka is a traditional African dish, especially from the North. It is strong and tasty and has always an egg. But we were looking for a modern and light interpretation of this traditional dish for Candlewood, Knysna.

  • Free-range egg yolks 2
  • Cream 250ml
  • Fresh milk 250 ml
  • Butter 1 T
  • Sugar 1 T
  • Vanilla bean 1
  • Cinnamon stick 1
  • Organic pears 200g diced
  • Sweetcorn kernels 200g
  • Free-range eggs 2
  • Walnuts 20g
  • Blue cheese 20g


  1. Whisk together milk, cream and egg yolks to make a custard.
  2. In a saucepan add butter, sugar, spices, sweetcorn and finally pears and caramelise until soft.
  3. Place pears and sweetcorn mixture into a baking dish or glass dish, pour custard mix over this and sprinkle with walnuts and blue cheese.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 °C and take out of the oven.
  5. Pour egg whites over the dish and bake for another 5 minutes until the egg white is cooked.
  6. Remove from oven and serve hot with a piece of crusty bread.