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Desserts, Recipes / 15.12.2017

Perhaps I am in the minority here, but I am not keen on traditional Christmas Pudding. It can be quite heavy and rich, and in our hot climate there are so many other delightful options to end your Christmas meal. Having said that, the look of a Christmas pudding is instantly recognisable. So why not borrow that familiar, festive look but make a much more (in my humble opinion) delicious dessert! I was inspired by a Sainsbury's recipe to make this Chocolate Profiterole Christmas Pudding stack. The crisp chocolate pastry provides the perfect shell to encase a vanilla diplomat cream. A decadent drizzle of white chocolate...

Desserts, Edible Gifts, Recipes / 06.12.2017

It seems that Salted Caramel is one trend that is going nowhere! I'm quite pleased about that. It has so many delightful uses. Pour it over ice-cream, apple crumble, or pancakes. Use it to fill donuts, eclairs or sandwich your cookies or cakes together. As you can see, it is simply essential to have a go-to Salted Caramel sauce recipe. You may be surprised by how easy the recipe actually is. A sugar thermometer is not essential, but patience definitely is! Once your syrup is boiling it takes a good 15 minutes to turn a nice amber colour, and in this...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 24.11.2017

Around the time of my birthday, apricots start making an appearance on the shelves. This causes much excitement in my life. Apricot season in South Africa is very short - only about 4 weeks. In these 4 weeks you will find me making apricot jam, crumbles, tarts, pastries and even occasionally just eating one as is! They add such a juicy, tart flavour and bright colour to desserts. Especially this Apricot, Almond and White Chocolate Tart. This tart is quite similar to my Plum and Almond Tart but I added in some chopped white chocolate. The creamy sweetness from the chocolate...

Desserts, Recipes / 08.11.2017

Every now and then, an occasion calls for a stunning showstopper of a dessert. I'm talking about a Masterchef-worthy creation! This one is a chocoholic's dream come true. These chocolate mousse domes have a crunchy chocolate biscuit base, creamy milk chocolate mousse filling with a white chocolate ganache centre, and coated in a dark chocolate mirror glaze decorated with caramelised cacao nibs. Could you cram any more chocolate into one dessert? I think not! The five components do take some time to make but all can be made in advance and simply assembled before serving. Ingredients: (Makes 6) Chocolate Biscuits: 90g butter, softened 100g castor sugar 1 egg 5ml vanilla extract 180g...

Desserts, Recipes / 03.10.2017

For most people, their favourite thing about crème brûlée is cracking the crisp sugar topping. For me, its the first bite of rich, creamy custard that lies beneath. I suppose it's the contrast of these two textures that makes this dessert so heavenly. Crème Brûlée is classically a vanilla flavoured dessert. Since I had already decided to make it in teacups instead of ramekins, it got me thinking about the flavour. Earl Grey is my tea of choice, so in keeping with a tea theme I infused the cream with Earl Grey tea leaves. I was very pleased with the result....

Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Delights, Recipes / 21.09.2017

It's officially spring in SA and the long, sunny days are back. For those living in Jo'burg it seems that you bypassed Spring altogether and jumped straight into Summer! The gorgeous hot weather is perfectly timed with National Braai Day on 24 September. Most South Africans will be spending the day outdoors with friends, basking in the sunshine and enjoying a lekker stukkie wors. I was looking for a new take on a traditional South African dessert for the occasion. It is Heritage Day after all. Peppermint Crisp Tart is a real South African favourite. It's made by layering coconut biscuits, caramel,...

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...

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...

Brownies & Bars, Desserts, Recipes / 16.06.2017

I discovered a wonderful product called Blueberry Powder. It is made by simply freeze-drying blueberries! The resulting product is a sticky concentrated powder which adds a powerful flavour and colour boost to foods. A great way to up the nutrient content of your smoothie bowl breakfast. Or in this case, your triple layered dessert. These striking Blueberry and Lime bars are made up of a crisp lime shortbread, topped with blueberries in a creamy lime cheesecake layer, and finished with a layer of bright blueberry mousse. A real show-stopper to wow your guests! Ingredients: Lime Shortbread Base: 150g butter, softened 100g castor sugar finely grated lime zest of...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 25.05.2017

All the lovely seasonal fruit that becomes available as the seasons change is a great inspiration for my baking. At this time of year it's the plums and pears that catch my eye. A few weeks ago we were having a large group of friends around and I needed a relatively light dessert to feed a crowd, that could be prepared in advance. This Pear and Hazelnut Tart fit the bill. The crisp pastry, the creamy, nutty filling and the sweet pears complement eachother perfectly. It's a stunning dish to present, and nice and easy to serve too! A note on puff pastry....