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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...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 24.07.2018

Hot chocolate, Milo, Horlicks. Those comforting hot drinks that get us through miserable winter days. For some time, Horlicks has not been available in SA, so I was absolutely delighted to discover that it's back on the shelves again. It didn't take me long to think up a recipe using Horlicks. I've been meaning to make fudge for some time, and  a creamy, malty Horlicks fudge sounded like a good idea to me! Fudge is unusual amongst confectionery in that you actually want sugar crystals to form. In toffees, brittles, marshmallows, nougat and caramels, you avoid this at all costs! The...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 11.07.2018

If you love sinking your teeth into sweet, nutty nougat, this Honey and Almond Nougat recipe is just for you! It has a deliciously chewy texture and honey almond flavour. You can of course add any nuts you like, and even dried fruit like cranberries, apricots or glacé cherries. Just keep your total weight of add-in's to 500g. Making your own nougat may seem rather intimidating. After making this recipe several times I have learned a few things: - A stand mixer is essential as the mixture gets very thick and a hand-held mixer is just not strong enough. - Once you stop whisking,...

Brownies & Bars, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 22.06.2018

My love for Snickers chocolate bars began about 5 years ago when my husband and I went travelling. No matter what country we were in, Snickers seemed to be available. At times, like in China, I think it was the only Western chocolate bar around. A familiar and delicious remedy for homesickness! It turns out, Snickers is the most popular chocolate bar in the world and has been around for 90 years! The best news of all is now you can make your very own Snickers bars at home. Although there are a several layers it is actually very straighforward to...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 20.04.2018

I recently hosted a baby shower for a friend, so naturally pink macarons were in order! When it came to planning the flavour, I immediately thought of Raspberry and White Chocolate - one of my favourite combinations. Macarons being the tricky little guys that they are, it's best not add any fruit purée, so I used a concentrated raspberry flavour (available at baking stores). I love using creamy ganache as a filling for macarons but this time I decided to whip the ganache. The resulting texture is divine - it's light and fluffy, almost like a buttercream but less sweet.   Ingredients: Macarons: 75g water 150g...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 26.02.2018

If you find the idea of making a Milk Tart a bit overwhelming, then consider these 4 ingredient Mini Milk Tart Truffles. The recipe involves no more skill than melting chocolate, and the result is a crunchy, creamy, cinnamony treat. With that added cute factor! I was lucky enough to find this chocolate mould in the UK when I lived there. They are also available on Amazon in the US or UK (also known as peanut butter cup moulds). In South Africa your best bet would be The Chocolate Den, Value Baking Supplies or as a last resort you could use mini silicon cups or some tiny...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 04.02.2018

Since it's the month of love and all, I'm posting my favourite "romantic" recipes. Obviously, macarons had to make an appearance! If you like macarons but find them a tad too sweet, these Blueberry Cheesecake Macarons are just for you. The cheesecake-inspired filling is rich and creamy but still a little tangy. And then there's the fresh burst of fruity flavour from the blueberry compote. What really makes these Blueberry Cheesecake Macarons so gorgeous is the beautiful little speckles of actual dried blueberries. A bit like a macaron version of a speckled egg! That's thanks to the addition of blueberry powder to...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 02.02.2018

Many months ago I spotted this adorable donut silicone mould at a baking store. The little donut indents are only 4cm in size - so cute! Having absolutely no idea what I would ever do with it, I instantly bought it. (This was to avoid the case of me later thinking of a use for it, going back and finding it sold out never to return again as normally happens when I don't buy something I like). I'm pleased to report that I eventually found the perfect use for it - to make these darling Mini Donut Cake Pops. Cake pops...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 30.01.2018

Now that I've gotten the hang of making macarons, I can't get enough of it! Sweet and delicate, macarons add a sophisticated touch to any tea party, and make for a beautiful homemade gift too. Another bonus is that they carry a variety of flavours very well, so you can really let your imagination run wild! When choosing the flavour for my next batch of macarons, one of my favourite desserts came to mind. The combination of a thick, creamy custard and crunchy, almost bitter caramel is what makes Crème Brûlée the popular dessert that it is. In order to replicate...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 09.01.2018

Fact: chocolate is one of the most popular food products in the world. Newsflash: now you can make it quickly and easily at home! This is because cacao products such as cacao butter and cacao paste are now available to the general public - yay! Making your own chocolate means you can customise the sweetness and flavour to your liking.  The quantity of sugar in this recipe can be increased or decreased, or try using creamed honey instead. Play around with adding some orange zest, nuts, coffee, dried berries or cookie chunks. This dark chocolate is completely vegan and dairy-free. If you...

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