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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...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 18.11.2017

If you told me to make a dessert with coconut biscuits, caramel and peppermint chocolate I would say that is way too many flavours in one dish! Yet Peppermint Crisp Tart is one of the most well-loved desserts in South Africa, proving that the flavours work together fabulously. These Caramel Peppermint Crisp truffles combine all the delicious flavours of the famous dessert into little bite-sized balls of joy. If you can bear to give them away, these would make a fabulous gift for that friend of yours. You know, the one who LOVES Peppermint Crisp Tart - we all know at least...

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...

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...

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...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 31.03.2017

Plenty of lovely chocolates around at Easter time. Plenty. Almost an annoyingly large amount. So why would make your own? There is something incredibly satisfying about making your own chocolates. Seeing the fruits of your labour, staring at the pretty, glossy shapes and thinking "I made those". There are so many beautiful chocolate moulds at baking stores these days (especially at Easter) that you're sure to find something you love. I think the best thing about making your own chocolate is choosing the chocolate/filling combinations! You can really tailor-make your very own personal favourite. I'm crazy about Belgian chocolate seashells filled with hazelnut praline, so I was...