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Desserts, Recipes / 15.12.2018

Not that you ever need an excuse to show off your dessert skills, but the holiday season is a perfect time to do so. More than likely you'll be entertaining at some point, and will also have a little more time to put together something really special. Like these gorgeous White Chocolate Mousse domes with a shiny red mirror glaze! If you watch Masterchef, Zumbo's Just Desserts or the Great British Bake-off, you will know that entremets are all the rage. An entremet is basically a layered dessert consisting of mostly mousse and finished with a mirror glaze. Being an avid...

Edible Gifts, Sweets & Treats / 13.12.2018

Truffles are wonderful things. Make a filling, dip it in chocolate and voila, you have a delicious bite-size treat! Chocolate truffles are usually filled with a thick chocolate ganache, perhaps flavoured with a liqueur or some nuts. Being the holiday season and all, I wanted to make the filling extra festive so I scoured my pantry for ideas. The jar of fruit mince jumped out at me and got me thinking, how could I make a truffle taste like a mince pie - a Mince Pie Truffle? Fruit mince on its own is too soft and sticky to make a good truffle...

Biscuits & Cookies, Edible Gifts, Recipes / 03.12.2018

I'm always in search of great edible gift ideas, especially around this time of year. If you've ever made a homemade gift for a loved one you'll know how appreciated it is! Since I had no biscotti recipes on my blog I thought this was a good place to start. Biscotti look beautiful when simply packaged in cellophane with a ribbon, or in a pretty glass jar. And who doesn't love a crisp biscotti with their tea or coffee? Traditionally biscotti are made with almonds or other nuts but  I wanted something a little different. I love the rich, spicy flavours...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 29.11.2018

I've been meaning to try my hand at a Salted Caramel recipe for some time. They are, in my opinion, one of the most addictively delicious sweets around! I recently attended the Saveur Blog Awards in Memphis and discovered the perfect locally-made Salted Caramel. With some restraint, I managed to not eat ALL of them so that I had some reference samples to bring back to South Africa and try to copy. In my research I found that there are 2 different ways to make these sweets - the first is by cooking all the ingredients at the same time until...