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Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 20.05.2016

If you don't know about the mirror glaze craze, I can only assume you've been temporarily living on Mars. It all began when Olga Noskova shared photos of her creations on Instagram. Before long they had gone viral and for good reason. There is just something about the mirror-shine that is so mesmerising, you can't look away! A mirror glaze will transform a boring old cake into a sophisticated show-stopper.  It will most certainly be a talking point among your guests as they ogle over the glossy, reflective shine. Mirror Glaze The Sweet Rebellion from Astrid Field on Vimeo. All you need to do this yourself is a kitchen...

Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 10.05.2016

Paleo? Banting? Watching your weight? You might want to look away now. Low carb these are not. Pretty much the opposite really. They are basically composed of sugar, syrup and butter. Oh and pecan nuts. That makes them healthy, right? The trouble with pecan pie bars is that they are so incredibly moreish, it's impossible to have just one.  The crumbly, buttery shortbread is made all the better by using brown sugar. This not only gives it a lovely golden colour but also adds a hint of caramelised flavour. The topping has a gorgeously nutty, syrupy flavour and is just soft enough...

Desserts, Recipes / 06.05.2016

I'm always on the lookout for impressive looking desserts that are deceptively easy to make. I reckon this is the winner in that category! No fancy equipment required - all you need to get this right is a cupcake/muffin tin and small glass jars. Panna cotta is a delicious Italian dessert which is very simply a sweetened, set cream. Ask any chef about panna cotta and the word "wobble" will almost certainly come up. The perfect panna cotta will be set firm and hold its shape but should not be too jelly-like. It has a beautiful, creamy melt-in-the-mouth texture. I did...

Desserts, Science Bite / 06.05.2016

I like to do a little research before I try a new recipe. And by a little I mean a lot. After hours of searching through cookbooks, magazines, the internet (and specifically Pinterest), I narrow it down to two or three recipes and then play around until I'm satisfied it's perfect. Maybe it's the scientist in me, maybe it's the perfectionist. For a dessert as simple as panna cotta with only 4 main ingredients, there is actually quite a lot to play around with! The exact quantity of every one of these ingredients is crucial to getting the perfect result. In...