Apple Pie Recipe
Apple pie

It’s time to get cosy as the temperatures drop — why not welcome winter with a wholesome home cooked meal? Chef Charmaine Lilje will get you inspired with scrumptious dishes that are perfect to share with family and friends. Try a warm soup packed with indulgent ingredients, make classic comforts like homemade pies, and top it all off with a cocktail with a caffeine-kick.

Chef Charmaine Lilje creates dishes that are healthy, without compromising on flavour. The menu changes daily, but for breakfast, you can expect nutritious options like a raw energy bowl with cocoa nibs, coconut milk, dates and almond butter.

For lunch, try a chicken breast burger roll with cranberry sauce and potato wedges, or a tasty chickpea curry rootie with salad. The soup of the day makes a great winter option, and fresh pies and quiches are baked daily.

Chardonnay Deli also offers catering services and boasts an indulgent canapé menu with options like savoury beetroot shortbread topped with smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill and avocado; balsamic onion and pecan nut puff pastry tartlets; prawn and avocado skewers; and mini apple crumbles.

Find Chardonnay Deli at 87 Constantia Main Road. Visit for more information or call 021 795 0606 to make a reservation.


White bean soup with truffle oil

White Bean SoupIngredients:
Serves 6
• 1 white onion finely diced
• 2 garlic cloves crushed
• 100ml olive oil
• 1 sprig of thyme chopped
• 1 punnet button mushrooms sliced
• 2 tins white cannellini beans, drained
• 1 litre chicken/beef or vegetable stock
• 250ml cream
• ½ lemon, squeezed
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Truffle oil to taste, roughly 10 – 20ml

1. In a medium sized pot over a medium to high heat add olive oil, onions, thyme and garlic, sauté until transparent and soft
2. Add mushrooms and turn the heat up to high, brown the onions and mushrooms
3. Add the drained beans and stock, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes
4. Take the soup off the heat, add cream, lemon, salt and pepper and blend until smooth
5. Add truffle oil to taste
6. Put the soup back over a slow heat and simmer for a further 5 minutes
7. Serve with some crusty sourdough bread

Homemade chicken pie

Chicken Pie RecipeIngredients:
Serves 4-6

• 2 x 400g puff pastry, defrosted but chilled
• ½ white onion, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves crushed
• 3 sprigs of thyme chopped
• 1 whole roasted chicken deboned, discard skin and bones (unless you are making your own stock)
• 300ml chicken or vegetable stock
• ½ lemon, juiced
• 250ml cream
• 50g rice flour
• 50g cake flour
• 20g corn flour
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 egg beaten with 20ml water (egg wash)

1. Preheat your oven to 180C on convection
2. In foil base, est 20-30cm wide and 5cm deep, grease and line the base with one of the rolls of puff pastry (you may need to roll it out to fit). Reserve the second one for the top. Refrigerate
3. In a medium sized pot over a medium heat sauté the onion, garlic and thyme
4. Add the deboned chopped chicken pieces, stock, lemon and cream, and simmer for 20 minutes
5. In a separate bowl combine the flours and mix in a splash of cold water to make a slurry
6. Pour the slurry into the chicken mix and allow the mix to thicken est 5-10 minutes
7. Add salt and pepper to taste
8. Pour the chicken mix into an oven tray and allow the mix to cool completely
9. Pour the cooled chicken mix into your prepped puff pastry base
10. Roll the second puff pastry out slightly and place on the top, turn the edges in and make a few little cuts in the top for heat to escape when baking
11. Egg wash the top
12. Place the pie into your hot oven and bake for 45 – 60 minutes
13. Serve hot with a side salad

Apple pie

Serves 8
• 10 green apples peeled, cored and each cut into 8 wedges
• 1 lemon juiced
• 80g butter
• 100g brown sugar
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 70g cake flour
• 50g raisins

1. In a medium size pot over a medium heat add the butter and sugar until melted
2. Add ¾ of the prepped apples to the butter mix and add the cinnamon
3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the lemon juice
4. Cook for 20 minutes and then add the remaining apples
5. Slowly sprinkle the cake flour in and stir continually until the mix starts to thicken
6. Remove from the heat and add the raisins
7. Allow the mix to cool

Apple Pie Recipe
Apple pie

• 300g cake flour
• 150g butter
• 80g white granulated sugar
• 80g brown sugar
• 1 egg

1. Sift the flour into a bowl and crumble the butter into the cake flour
2. Add the sugar
3. Add the egg and mix until it comes together
4. Allow to cool in the fridge
5. Grease a 20-30cm round tin est 5cm deep
6. Using your fingers, press a layer of the cool dough on the bottom and the sides of the tin
7. Add the apple mix and then grate the remaining pastry over the top
8. Place the pie in a preheated oven and bake for 20 – 30minutes or until golden
9. Serve with cream or ice cream

Coffee cocktail

Coffee CocktailIngredients:
Serves 1
• 1 shot espresso
• 30ml whiskey
• Pinch of cinnamon
• A small sprinkle of orange zest
• 100ml chocolate ice cream
• 50ml full cream milk
• Whipped cream for serving
• Few blocks of 80% dark chocolate grated over the top

1. Combine all the ingredients except the cream and dark chocolate
2. Blend
3. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with whipped cream and grated dark chocolate


Located in Constantia, Chardonnay Deli is a farm stall, deli and restaurant. Visit the deli to stock up on locally-sourced vegetables, eggs, honey, granola, jams, preserves and cheeses. For a special treat, taste one of their home-baked breads or cakes, or make an outing of it and enjoy breakfast or lunch next to their fireplace.