August 2017 - The Sweet Rebellion
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Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Recipes / 29.08.2017

I know this marbled glaze is impressing you right now. Let me tell you, the cake underneath is equally impressive. It's incredibly dense and rich in texture, and ultra-chocolatey in flavour. That's thanks to not only the deliciously dark chocolate in the mixture. But also the cacao butter. That's right - cacao butter. It's a wonderful ingredient to use in baking when you want to boost the chocolate flavour. Cacao butter also works as a great substitute for butter when you're going dairy-free. As cacao butter contains less water than regular butter, it gives an extra dense texture to cakes and...

Edible Gifts, Jams and Preserves, Recipes / 16.08.2017

If you love lemon curd, you are in for a treat! This fruity clementine curd has all the sharpness and tang of a lemon curd, but with the extra juicy flavour of a clementine.  (In case you're wondering, a clementine is a cross between a naartjie/tangerine and an orange). Just like lemon curd, clementine curd has a host of delicious uses. Although it seems rather liquid when you fill your jars, it sets into a thick, almost custard-like texture - ideal for spreading onto scones or pancakes. Warm the clemetine curd slightly to use it as a sauce or drizzle in...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 10.08.2017

What is a S'more? In short, a S'more is a thing of beauty. These traditional American campfire treats are made up of a fire-roasted marshmallow and melted chocolate sandwiched between two Graham crackers (similar to digestive biscuits). The word S'more comes from "some more". It's not hard to see why - they are incredibly addictive! In honour of National S'mores Day in the US (one need not be American to celebrate such an incredibly important day), I decided to make a slightly more sophisticated version. These gorgeous tartlets have a crunchy biscuit crust, rich chocolate custard filling and gooey marshmallow-meringue topping. A...

Edible Gifts, Jams and Preserves, Recipes / 08.08.2017

Raspberries are one of my favourite fruits. The luminous pink colour and tart flavour work so well in many desserts. Jam is a wonderful way to concentrate that juicy raspberry flavour so you can enjoy it anytime. My ultimate is spreading it onto a warm and crispy buttered croissant. Compared to a jelly, which is a transparent gel made of fruit juice and sugar, jam generally has chunks of fruit and is more spreadable. To classify as a jam, the finished product must contain 60% sugar. Yes, it's a lot! The sugar doesn't only sweeten the jam though, it also assists...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 01.08.2017

The arrival of naartjies in the supermarket signals that winter has arrived.  A firm favourite among South Africans, naartjies are known as mandarins or tangerines in other parts of the world.  Considering their abundance at this time of year, I felt it would be unthinkable not to create a delicious recipe using them. It was not hard to do so. I mean, what's not to love about their bright, glossy peel and juicy, sweet flesh? Keeping with a South African theme, I incorporated the fruity notes of Rooibos tea. The resulting cake is dense, citrusy and utterly "lekker". Baking it in a...

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