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Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 02.11.2017

Hola amiga's! I've been really excited to share these not-so-cuddly cupcakes with you. Succulents and cacti are SO on-trend right now! Especially if you live in Cape Town and can grow nothing else in your garden, thanks to the drought. Perhaps you're wondering what type of occasion would call for making these prickly cactus cupcakes. In my case it was for a Mexican-themed 1-year old's party (alongside a Piñata cake, of course). Your reason may be margarita night, a garden-club tea, or even to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Whatever the occasion, these barbed beauties are sure to bring a smile to your...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 26.10.2017

Boo! Scared you, huh? Indeed it is that time of year where all things spooky and creepy permeate our Instagram feeds. Of course, I had to get on that bandwagon myself and contribute a terrifying typography cake that will frighten the bravest of humans. Halloween treats must be both terrifying and tasty, and the crunchy dark chocolate shortbread dispersed amongst a white vanilla cake takes care of both of these criteria. Serve with a splash of blood-red jam to maximise the scary surprise! Ingredients: Chocolate Boo Biscuits 150g butter, softened 110g sugar 185g flour 85g cocoa powder 1 bottle of black gel food colouring White Cake 115g butter 200g sugar 7ml vanilla extract 4 large egg...

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...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 12.10.2017

Chocolate purists will tell you that white chocolate is not true chocolate. It doesn't even really taste like chocolate! This is because it contains no cocoa solids at all. As a result, it is much sweeter than milk or dark chocolate and lacks that dark, slightly bitter cocoa flavour. Some years ago, the technique of caramelising or roasting white chocolate became a trend. For very good reason. By heating the sugars in the chocolate, the flavour changes from (some might say sickly) sweet to nutty, toasted and caramel-like. So delicious! I find the best way to enjoy this unique flavour is in...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 10.10.2017

If you've ever been to Kamers, you know that you are guaranteed to discover at least one beautiful or wondrous thing there. This year I discovered Buttercrunch. My sister and I were tasting all the lovely samples at the confectionery corner, and found ourselves returning over and over to a nutty, crunchy sweet. After polishing off all the tasters, I felt the least I could do was purchase a box of these. That, and I needed a reference sample so that I could recreate this heavenly treat in my own kitchen. I'll be honest here - it took some trial and error until I...

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....

Edible Gifts, Recipes / 27.09.2017

The first time I used cacao nibs was when I made Raw Vegan Brownies. I loved the intense, dark chocolate flavour they added.  Cacao nibs are considered a superfood and often used to make healthy smoothies and snacks. Me being me, I came up with a far less virtuous use for them. By simpling roasting the nibs to intensify the flavour, and steeping them in white rum for 2 weeks, you have a delicious chocolate flavoured rum. I added a little sugar to balance out the slight bitterness, but this is of course optional. A bottle of Chocolate Rum makes for a...

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...

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,...

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...

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