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Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 12.02.2018

I had a lot of fun making these Valentine's Day Fortune Cookies! Once you get the hang of the folding and curling, they are very easy to make. And you get to write your very own personal message for your loved one to receive as a sweet surprise! I used a good quality almond extract for the flavour and it really adds something special. The cookies actually taste great without the chocolate too, but in the spirit of Valentine's Day I felt they needed a little "bling"! Ingredients: 2 large egg whites 45ml butter, melted and cooled 2 tsp water ½ tsp Nielsen-Massey Almond Extract (available...

Biscuits & Cookies, Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 10.02.2018

A few weeks ago, I spotted something rather breathtaking on Instagram. A woman (you could call her a genius actually) named Adi Klinghofer invented an incredible "cake" and it went viral. The "cakes" are actually more like a cream tart - 2 layers of biscuits, filled and topped with cream and beautifully decorated with fruit, flowers, sweets, meringues and macarons. The wonderful thing about this Celebration Cream Tart is that you need no fancy equipment or skills to make it! You can make the biscuits into numbers, letters or any shape you like (with Valentine's Day around the corner, I naturally...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 04.02.2018

Since it's the month of love and all, I'm posting my favourite "romantic" recipes. Obviously, macarons had to make an appearance! If you like macarons but find them a tad too sweet, these Blueberry Cheesecake Macarons are just for you. The cheesecake-inspired filling is rich and creamy but still a little tangy. And then there's the fresh burst of fruity flavour from the blueberry compote. What really makes these Blueberry Cheesecake Macarons so gorgeous is the beautiful little speckles of actual dried blueberries. A bit like a macaron version of a speckled egg! That's thanks to the addition of blueberry powder to...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 30.01.2018

Now that I've gotten the hang of making macarons, I can't get enough of it! Sweet and delicate, macarons add a sophisticated touch to any tea party, and make for a beautiful homemade gift too. Another bonus is that they carry a variety of flavours very well, so you can really let your imagination run wild! When choosing the flavour for my next batch of macarons, one of my favourite desserts came to mind. The combination of a thick, creamy custard and crunchy, almost bitter caramel is what makes Crème Brûlée the popular dessert that it is. In order to replicate...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 20.12.2017

'Tis the season to be jolly, so brighten up your tree with some pretty Stained Glass Cookies! These are simply delicious buttery biscuits with a crisp candy centre. Beautifully eye-catching and tasty too. It is quite amazing to see how the crushed sweets melt into a beautifully clear "window" inside the cookie. The cut out shape can be anything you choose - these are certainly not reserved for Christmas time only! I found adorable mini gingerbread men, snowmen, angels and snowflake cutters at various baking stores. Hearts and stars work well too! Ingredients: 250g butter, softened 125g castor sugar 5ml vanilla extract 1 egg yolk pinch of...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 01.12.2017

You may turn your nose up at this recipe, thinking that lavender is for your granny's pot-pourri. It is true that one must be particularly careful when baking with strong floral flavours like lavender, rose or elderflower. The last thing you want is your dessert to taste like perfume! But if you get the quantity just right, a subtle floral note in a sweet treat can be a delicious thing. Like in this Honey and  Lavender Shortbread. Honey and Lavender work beautifully together and elevate the flavour of a rather plain shortbread to something special. This shortbread is a subtly sweet,...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 29.11.2017

If you don't like Nutella, I'm not sure we can be friends. There, I said it. That is how strongly I feel about the heavenly goo. You may think that anything made with Nutella is sure to be a winner. Well, kind of. It is true that the sweet, chocolatey spread can disguise a multitide of sins. However, the recipe still needs to work. That's why I was skeptical when I found a 3-ingredient Nutella cookie recipe on Blue Door Bakery- it just seemed to easy!  I can assure you though, it really works perfectly. I had to add my own...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 14.11.2017

I am simply addicted to these peanut butter biscuits. They are absolutely packed with peanut butter flavour yet, unlike many other peanut butter biscuits, they aren't over-the-top sweet. Crunchy, nutty and beautifully golden. The perfect accompaniment to your afternoon cuppa! I may have mentioned that my husband hates peanut butter. And I love it. I did some research and can confirm that he is in the minority. 75% of American households stock peanut butter and South Africans consumed over 25000 tons of the stuff last year. So as far as I'm concerned, I have good reason to continue making peanut butter...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 17.10.2017

When I got married 4 years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a very special gift. A collection of family recipes, including many of my hubby's favourite dinners and treats. Lucky for me, it also includes one of my favourite recipes, and you're looking at it! The first time I sank my teeth into one of these chocolate crackle cookies, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  They are deeply chocolatey and chewy, but with a crispy shell. And to top it all off, they look absolutely stunning, and make for a beautiful gift. This recipe has been slightly adapted...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 24.09.2017

There is something so Parisian and sophisticated about macarons. If you've ever had one you'll no doubt have fallen in love with their crisp, chewy shells and creamy fillings. They're so darn pretty too! I'll be honest with you - macarons are notoriously tricky to make. It took me several attempts to get just the right recipe. Once you've mastered it though, the macaron world is your oyster. You can colour and flavour them any which way you like - the possibilities are endless! Traditionally macarons are filled with a buttercream or chocolate ganache, but in keeping with Heritage Day I...