Babute is an African dish, effectively a form of meatloaf, originating in the Babute region of the Congo containing beef mince, curry powder and dried apricots.
Babute - Congolese Curried Beef Meatloaf
- 900 g lean beef mince (ground beef)
- 1½ tablespoon curry powder
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 1½ cups cream
- 240 g dried apricots, finely chopped
- 6 bay leaves
- Combine the beef, salt and curry powder together in a bowl.
- Combine the eggs, milk and milk–cream mixture together in another bowl.
- Combine half the egg mixture with the beef and stir-in the apricots.
- Turn the mixture into a greased 33cm x 22cm baking dish.
- Pour the remaining egg mixture over the top and float the bay leaves over the milk and dot with butter.
- Place in the centre of an oven pre-heated to 180°C and bake for 45 minutes <em>(or until the top resembles baked custard)</em>.
- Serve immediately spooned over rice.
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