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Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 07.03.2019

Do you remember After Eights? If you never had the pleasure of tasting one, they are delicious thin squares of dark chocolate filled with a minty cream (also known as Peppermint Creams or Thin Mints). The refreshing peppermint flavour makes them light enough to have after dinner when you don't want a rich dessert. As far as I'm aware they are not available in South Africa anymore, but it turns out they are a doddle to make at home! The trick to making the best Peppermint Cream, as with most things, is using excellent quality ingredients. A good 70% dark chocolate will...

Breakfast & Brunch, Desserts, Recipes / 05.03.2019

Not that one ever needs an excuse to eat Pancakes, but if you do today is Pancake Day! To be more correct it is Shrove Tuesday, traditionally a feasting day before the start of Lent. On this day stocks of eggs, dairy and fat were used up before the fasting of Lent began. A pancake can either be thick and fluffy (American style pancakes) or thin and flat (like French Crepes). Although I have love for both of them, I am celebrating Pancake Day with the latter variety. These utterly decadent S’mores Pancakes to be specific! In my opinion the perfect crepe should...

Brownies & Bars, Edible Gifts, Recipes / 28.02.2019

In November last year, I was fortunate enough to visit the United States for the first time. I was invited to attend the Saveur Blog Awards in Memphis, being nominated in the Best Baking and Sweets Category. I was honoured to be included in a group of such talented and inspirational bloggers from around the world! It was also a great opportunity to check out all the delicious goodies one can buy in the US. I actually spent about 3 hours just wandering the aisles of a Walmart! The variety of items available is quite staggering. In my quest to taste...

Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Delights, Recipes / 21.02.2019

Sometimes you need a super-impressive dessert with minimal effort. In fact, I can't think of any occasion where such a dessert would not be ideal! That's where these utterly gorgeous Mini Lemon Baked Alaska's work perfectly. Apart from the meringue, the remaining components can all be shop-bought, and the majority of the preparation is done in advance. If you do happen to have some home-made lemon curd, sponge cake or vanilla ice cream at home then all the better! Baked Alaska's have a reputation for being difficult to make. This is because essentially you are applying high heat to a frozen...