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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...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 08.09.2017

I often find myself experimenting with challenging recipes. Sometimes they work out beautifully. Other times they need a bit of tweaking. And then there are times that they are just a complete fail! For the most part this is fun for me, and working through the glitches and perfecting a recipe is what makes me tick. But it can get frustrating at times too. So every now and then I feel the need to make an old-school recipe. A recipe that I know is going to work perfectly first time. A recipe that requires very little effort to achieve a pretty and...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 08.06.2017

It's great to have a few "free-from" recipes up your sleeve. Gluten and dairy intolerances seem more common than ever. So if you're having a bunch of friends around, chances are one of them will have an intolerance. No need for your other guests to suffer though. My initial view has been that "free-from" recipes are tasteless and a poor substitute for the real thing. But once I took bite of these Gluten & Dairy Free Chai Cookies, I changed my mind. Sink your teeth into one and you'll see what I mean. The crisp, toasted meringue topping gives way to a...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 24.04.2017

We have our Aussie and Kiwi friends to thank for these absolutely scrumptious biscuits! Let me explain why. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance which is celebrated every year on 25 April - the anniversary of the Anzac's landing at Gallipoli, in Turkey during World War I. Anzac biscuits contain no eggs, as these were scarce during the war. Many people believe that the biscuits were sent with soldiers by their wives as they were not only a good source of energy but also kept well during transportation. If you do a little research you'll find that this...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 06.04.2017

Warming spices and a touch of citrus, then a burst of fruitiness - nothing says "Easter" like freshly baked Hot Cross Buns. Let's be honest though, they take a fair bit of time to make. These Hot Cross Cookies have all the spicy, fruity flavour of a hot cross bun, but can be made in a fraction of the time. This is a fun recipe for kids to get involved in - they can lend a hand by rolling the balls of dough and icing the crosses. If, like me, you are not a fan of raisins then try adding chopped dried apricots or cranberries instead. Ingredients: Cookies: 200g...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 01.03.2017

What do you get when you cross a gooey chocolate brownie with a crunchy chocolate cookie? A Brookie of course! Although either a brownie or a chocolate cookie are perfectly delicious on their own, you don't need to choose between them anymore. Brookies give you the best of both! A crispy cookie outside with a chewy fudgy middle - sure to satisfy even the strongest of chocolate cravings. The Brookies may seem way too soft when you take them out the oven, but fear not! They will crisp up just enough after cooling. I find these Brookies the perfect texture for...

Biscuits & Cookies, Edible Gifts, Recipes / 22.12.2016

Snow may be reminiscent of a European Christmas, but even in the 30°C South African summer heat I couldn't resist making these Snowy Gingerbread Trees. They just look so Christmassy! With just a little extra effort, you can turn your Gingerbread Biscuits into stunning edible gifts or a beautiful centrepiece for your Christmas table. Not only do they look absolutely magical, but they taste simply divine too. This is a great recipe to get the kids involved in - they just love building the trees! To make your snowy gingerbread trees, just follow the recipe for Gingerbread Biscuits, and cut the dough into various...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 22.12.2016

When I was growing up, it was always a tradition in my house to bake cookies in the weeks leading up to Christmas. My mom isn't much of a baker but my sister and I would spend many hours making dough and then cutting out and decorating cookies. Usually we would make plain old sugar cookies and decorate them with green, red and white icing. It was only in my twenties that I discovered this absolutely delicious Gingerbread Biscuit recipe, and it has been the preferred Christmas cookie ever since! There is just something so Christmassy about the aroma of cinnamon and ginger in the...