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Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 01.12.2017

You may turn your nose up at this recipe, thinking that lavender is for your granny's pot-pourri. It is true that one must be particularly careful when baking with strong floral flavours like lavender, rose or elderflower. The last thing you want is your dessert to taste like perfume! But if you get the quantity just right, a subtle floral note in a sweet treat can be a delicious thing. Like in this Honey and  Lavender Shortbread. Honey and Lavender work beautifully together and elevate the flavour of a rather plain shortbread to something special. This shortbread is a subtly sweet,...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 29.11.2017

If you don't like Nutella, I'm not sure we can be friends. There, I said it. That is how strongly I feel about the heavenly goo. You may think that anything made with Nutella is sure to be a winner. Well, kind of. It is true that the sweet, chocolatey spread can disguise a multitide of sins. However, the recipe still needs to work. That's why I was skeptical when I found a 3-ingredient Nutella cookie recipe on Blue Door Bakery- it just seemed to easy!  I can assure you though, it really works perfectly. I had to add my own...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 24.11.2017

Around the time of my birthday, apricots start making an appearance on the shelves. This causes much excitement in my life. Apricot season in South Africa is very short - only about 4 weeks. In these 4 weeks you will find me making apricot jam, crumbles, tarts, pastries and even occasionally just eating one as is! They add such a juicy, tart flavour and bright colour to desserts. Especially this Apricot, Almond and White Chocolate Tart. This tart is quite similar to my Plum and Almond Tart but I added in some chopped white chocolate. The creamy sweetness from the chocolate...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 21.11.2017

When I see a cupcake this cute, I actually don't really care how it tastes. I simply have to make it! I got the inspiration to make these honey cupcakes with cream cheese icing after seeing a similar idea online. As a marvellous stroke of luck I had a beautiful, big jar of eucalyptus honey just waiting to be used in a recipe. Luckily these pretty cupcakes taste as amazing as they look. The honey used in the sponge adds not only flavour, but a soft and moist texture too. A generous beehive swirl of creamy icing sweetens the cupcake perfectly....

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