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Desserts, Recipes / 17.10.2018

If you have evered ordered Churros with Chocolate Sauce from a restaurant, you have likely experienced something delicious. But just wait until you taste the home-made version! Hot, crispy and fresh out of the fryer is the best way to enjoy these babies - preferably dipped in a rich chocolate sauce. For those who've never tried one, a Churro is a Spanish and Mexican dessert made by deep-frying a choux-pastry dough, then rolling the hot pastry in cinnamon and sugar. Quite similar to a doughnut but crispier, and with a slightly softer texture inside. Churros are best when served immediately after frying...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Recipes / 02.10.2018

I can almost hear you asking "what on earth is a Wimbledon Cake?". I won't keep you in suspense any longer! The inspiration for this cake evolved from a beautiful bottle of Rosé bubbly that I had. It was crying out to be used it in a dessert recipe (obviously) and a light and airy cake seemed to suit the fizzy champers perfectly. Such an epicly flavoured cake deserved an equally grand filling, so I settled on a Swiss Meringue Buttercream (if you haven't tried SMB yet, do yourself a favour!). Then just to add a burst of freshness I...

Desserts, Sweets & Treats / 11.09.2018

Koeksisters are a well-known treat amongst South Africans, especially the sweet-toothed ones! For those who haven't had the pleasure of trying a Koeksister, they are delicious deep-fried twists of dough that are dunked in a thick syrup. They are similar to doughnuts, although most Koeksister recipes make use of baking powder and not yeast as a leavening agent. Traditonally Koeksisters are made with a lightly flavoured syrup, containing just a hint of lemon juice and cinnamon. And of course, loads of sugar. It's always risky making changes to a traditional recipe (especially one that's been around as long as this!), but...

Desserts, Recipes / 05.07.2018

There is something about layered desserts that looks so striking. Having several layers in one dessert means a different combination of flavours and textures in every bite! These Mini Milo Trifles consist of layers of crunchy biscuit, chocolate ganache, soft condensed milk jelly, malty Milo custard and a swirl of whipped cream to finish. Although each layer is easy to make, this dessert does require some planning as the layers need to cool and set in time before adding the next layer.  Your patience will however be rewarded when you see the resulting mini trifles, just begging to be tasted! P.S. Milo...

Biscuits & Cookies, Brownies & Bars, Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts / 06.06.2018

I previously discovered that brownies and choc-chip cookies are phenomenal friends when I made my Choc-chip Cookie Oreo Brownies. Which got me thinking about S’mores. Traditionally these American campfire treats are made by sandwiching chocolate and a marshmallow between two Graham Crackers (digestive-like biscuits). This combination of layers inspired me to make a S’mores-inspired Layer Cake using choc-chip cookies, brownies, chocolate ganache and marshmallow meringue. I was expecting it to be pretty delicious - I mean you can’t really go wrong with that combo, right? But let me tell you - this cake was delicious on another level! And rather grand-looking too,...

Desserts, Muffins & Buns, Recipes / 01.06.2018

Doughnuts are right up there with my favourite treats in the whole world. Light and fluffy on the inside, crispy fried on the outside and then either filled with or covered in something sweet and decadent. What's always put me off making my own is the whole frying business. Being as clumsy as I am, the thought of litres of bubbling hot oil anywhere near me made me a little nervous. Until I discovered the wonder of this Russell Hobbs Digital deep fryer. Not only does it heat the oil in a matter of minutes, but it maintains the temperature of the...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 16.05.2018

This Chai Spiced Apple Rose Tart was inspired by the very talented Julie Jones. For those who don't know her, she is the author of The Soulful Baker and creates the most beautiful tarts and pies. I made a few adjustments to her recipe - I used my go-to shortcrust pastry recipe and added a generous amount of Chai-spices to the frangipane filling. The result is simply superb! A crisp, buttery pastry filled with spiced almond frangipane and sweet, slightly crisp apples. All the delicate work in making the apple roses certainly pays off when you present this gorgeous tart to...

Desserts, Recipes / 03.05.2018

Not many desserts can claim to be impressive to look at and unbelievably delicious, yet easy to make. This Chocolate Mint Panna Cotta is exactly that. Just perfect in it's simplicity - a silky-smooth and creamy dessert that looks gorgeously tempting, but is created with just a small number of ingredients and hands-on time of only of a matter of minutes. Even so, I couldn't resist adding a crumbly chocolate soil on the side. This is not the chocolate soil of the crushed biscuit variety, this is actually something quite magical - crystallised chocolate. Don't be intimidated by the sound of...

Desserts, Recipes / 06.04.2018

Panna Cotta is one of my favourite desserts - I just love the smooth, silky texture and subtle flavour. A Panna Cotta is quite neutral on it's own and it carries other flavours very well, so I decided to make a honey-flavoured version. Although Autumn is here, it's still possible to buy delicious juicy peaches. They complement the honey flavour of the Panna Cotta beautifully, and add a gorgeous pop of colour too. You'll notice that the honey is added after the other ingredients have been heated - this is to preserve the flavour of the honey. Panna Cotta lovers, try this! Ingredients: 25ml...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Recipes / 30.03.2018

This beautiful Fig and Frangelico cake is sure to turn some heads. The deep purple crown of fresh figs and generous cascade of sauce will entice the senses of your guests even before they know it's full of Frangelico! The cake is composed of three layers of hazelnut and fig sponge soaked in a boozy Frangelico sauce, then sandwiched together with a creamy mascarpone icing and decorated with fresh figs and more Frangelico sauce. It's a gorgeously grown-up and sophisticated dessert that's suited to a celebration. The whole cake can be made and assembled up to 2 days in advance, then simply...

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