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Edible Gifts, Jams and Preserves, Recipes / 08.08.2017

Raspberries are one of my favourite fruits. The luminous pink colour and tart flavour work so well in many desserts. Jam is a wonderful way to concentrate that juicy raspberry flavour so you can enjoy it anytime. My ultimate is spreading it onto a warm and crispy buttered croissant. Compared to a jelly, which is a transparent gel made of fruit juice and sugar, jam generally has chunks of fruit and is more spreadable. To classify as a jam, the finished product must contain 60% sugar. Yes, it's a lot! The sugar doesn't only sweeten the jam though, it also assists...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 01.08.2017

The arrival of naartjies in the supermarket signals that winter has arrived.  A firm favourite among South Africans, naartjies are known as mandarins or tangerines in other parts of the world.  Considering their abundance at this time of year, I felt it would be unthinkable not to create a delicious recipe using them. It was not hard to do so. I mean, what's not to love about their bright, glossy peel and juicy, sweet flesh? Keeping with a South African theme, I incorporated the fruity notes of Rooibos tea. The resulting cake is dense, citrusy and utterly "lekker". Baking it in a...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 27.07.2017

Sweet, juicy pears are in season and are so versatile to bake with. I especially love the combination of pears with vanilla. This week I felt like trying my hand at a bit of confectionery. The French term for these deliciously soft sweets is "pâté de fruit", which means "fruit paste".  Unlike jelly sweets set with gelatine, these are softer in texture and not quite as chewy or jelly-like. The secret to achieving this texture is using pectin. Pectin is a soluble fibre naturally found in the cell walls of plants. Citrus fruits and apples contain high amounts and are used to produce...

Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 04.07.2017

Raw Vegan Brownies. Not what you were expecting from me, was it?  It's true, I usually aim for decadence at all costs without much consideration for health or dietary requirements. But isn't it time our vegan friends got to enjoy some decadent treats too? These "brownies" have a dense and fudgy texture, with a lovely bit of crunch from the nuts. Fresh Medjool dates (currently in season) provide just enough sticky sweetness, and the cacao nibs impart the rich chocolate flavour. Cacao nibs are a very pure, unsweetened form of chocolate made by crushing cacao beans. If you are sceptical about trying these, rest assured that I would not put my...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Recipes / 29.06.2017

We've spoken about dessert mash-ups before (in my Lemon Meringue Fudge recipe). Only good things can happen when you merge the best elements of two desserts into one sensational combo. Take the spiced apples and crunchy crumble topping of an apple crumble. Now add in the rich creaminess of a vanilla cheesecake. The result is a spectacular showstopper of a dessert. Crunchy, creamy, fruity and cinnamony. As if eating two desserts in one go wasn't decadent enough, the addition of a salted caramel sauce takes this Apple Crumble Cheesecake to the next level of indulgence. This dessert requires a little effort, but your hard work will...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 23.06.2017

I used to love ginger loaf as a child, and discovered that my husband did too. I think the last time I baked one was a good 15 years ago! So it was high time I baked it again. Making it was thoroughly enjoyable - there is something very satisfying about mixing up the dark and spicy molasses-rich batter. Being quite a dense texture, I used to spread a generous amount of butter on my slice of ginger loaf. Not this one though - it comes with its own creamy icing that negates the need for any buttering! The rich, citrusy cream cheese icing really breathes...

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...

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...

Breakfast & Brunch, Edible Gifts, Recipes / 02.06.2017

After developing my Apple Crumble Granola and Chocolate Granola, I realised my granola's were heading in a very dessert-like direction. Stopping at two flavours just didn't seem right, so I finished off the trio with this delicious Pecan Pie Granola. Using real maple syrup is the key to getting a pecan pie flavour - caramelised and syrupy. It costs a fair amount but trust me, you wont regret it. And you'll have plenty left over to pour over your blueberry pancakes.  The seeds and coconut flakes are optional, but make it that little bit healthier. PS. If you love Pecan Nut Pie, you'll love these...

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....

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