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Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 29.03.2016

I discovered this recipe in a Fair Lady magazine very early in my baking days - 1994! More than 20 years later it has proven to stand the test of time exactly as it is, no changes or improvements required. I just love all the colours of this tart - the deep purple skins of the plums, the red and orange flesh, the golden pastry. It is an absolute showstopper of a tart, so it's perfect for a special tea-time treat or to end off a memorable meal. A cautionary note on the almond essence. This stuff is strong! A drop or two is...

Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 29.03.2016

Everyone needs a super versatile pastry recipe in their repertoire. Once you've made this one, you won't believe how quick and easy it is - it probably takes longer to clean the food processor than it does to make the actual pastry. It's perfect for any tart or quiche recipe, sweet or savoury (just omit the icing sugar for a savoury recipe).  So crisp and buttery...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 17.03.2016

I have yet to meet a South African who doesn't love this traditional tart! Or anyone else who has had the pleasure of trying it for that matter. For those who don't know it, a Milk Tart is thin crispy pastry filled with a creamy milk-based custard and sprinkled generously with cinnamon. The beauty of it is that the custard is surprisingly light, as the base is milk and not cream. It's available in just about any South African supermarket but of course nothing beats home-made. (Or, if like me, you are far from home and craving some). It is wonderfully easy...