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Desserts, Tarts & Pastries / 26.09.2019

The Paris Brest was created in 1910 by Chef Louis Durand and is simply a ring of choux pastry that is filled (traditionally with a praline mousseline cream) and decorated with almonds. The origin of the name is an old bicycle race between Paris and the city of Brest in Brittany - the circular shape of the pastry is intended to represent a bicycle wheel. I decided to fill mine with an easy chocolate mousse, which is deliciously creamy and rich with the crunchy pastry, and not too sweet.Choux pastry, unlike other pastries, is a rather wet dough that bakes into a light and crisp...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 15.09.2019

Salted Caramel M&M’s Multimillionaire Marshmallow Bars - if you think the name is a mouthful, wait until you take a bite! These decadent bars start with a crunchy, brown butter shortbread base, followed by light-as-air salted caramel marshmallow, topped with a layer of chocolate ganache and Salted Caramel M&M's! Salted Caramel M&M's? That's right - M&M's recently introduced a Limited Edition Salted Caramel flavour and it's available in South Africa just in time for Spring! The soft, chewy caramel centre is covered in milk chocolate and coated in a crisp candy shell. They are just as mouth-watering as they sound...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 24.07.2019

I realised recently that I have four macaron recipes on the blog, yet somehow I never got round to sharing my all-time favourite - Chocolate Macarons! For the most part, once you've mastered a basic macaron recipe, you can make just about any type of macaron you want by simply changing what flavour and colour you add, and using different fillings (buttercream, ganache etc). All of my macaron recipes are based on one standard recipe. In order to make these Chocolate macarons I had to tweak the recipe slightly. The reason for this is that the addition of cocoa powder...

Biscuits & Cookies, Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 17.05.2019

A few weeks ago I was in the mood for something really decadent and thought back to my Chocolate Chip Cookie Oreo Brownies. With a choc-chip cookie layer, Oreo layer and brownie layer, they truly are an indulgent treat! I wanted to create a variation on those, something equally decadent but with a different flavour. Peanut butter cookies are one of my weaknesses, and I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. So that's what led me to make these Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies. Instead of Oreo's for the middle layer, I used chocolate-coated peanuts, which add a...

Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 17.04.2019

I'm so excited - Easter is just 4 days away! For me Easter weekend is about spending time with loved ones, over-indulging in chocolate and lazily enjoying the gorgeous change-of-season weather. I find it to be a much more relaxing holiday than Christmas - there's no mad rush to buy a bazillion gifts in heaving shopping malls for a start. If you have a relaxing weekend planned, this No-bake Chocolate Easter Egg Tart is just for you. There is no baking or pastry-making involved, since it is made with a buttery biscuit crust. The filling (a simple yet decadent chocolate...

Desserts, Recipes / 16.04.2019

When Little, Brown and Company contacted me a few weeks ago and asked me if I'd like to receive a copy of Maida Heatter's new book - "Happiness is Baking", I must admit I had no idea who she was! But of course, I jumped at the opportunity to add a cookbook to my collection and try some new sweet recipes. After doing a bit of research, I now know that Maida Heatter is an American Pastry Chef who taught the legends - including Martha Stewart! Towards the end of the 1960's she rose to food world fame and has since...

Biscuits & Cookies, Desserts, Recipes / 12.04.2019

When I discovered these adorable mini skillets online I was inspired to make so many things. Individual brownies, pancakes, Malva puddings, even shakshuka-type breakfast bowls! But the first thing I simply had to try was mini skillet cookies! With Easter around the corner I felt it was appropriate to replace the chocolate chips with little speckled eggs. And so these Mini Speckled Egg Skillet Cookies came about. Initially I added the speckled eggs before baking, but I found that the colour of the shells ran into the batter, and some cracked/burst in the oven. By pushing the speckled eggs into the...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 05.04.2019

This Rolo Pastry Braid is dangerously easy to make! Essentially it is just a slab of chocolate, wrapped in puff pastry and sprinkled with almonds and baked. Easy, huh? If you are a fan of chocolate and caramel together, then I'm guessing you love Rolo's as much as I do. You can now buy Rolo's in chocolate slab form, which worked out wonderfully for me in making this dessert. The chocolate and caramel melt together when baked, making the most ooey gooey, delicious filling. However, you could really use any slab of chocolate you like! Ingredients: (Serves 4) 400g sheet ready-made puff pastry 150g Rolo...

Biscuits & Cookies, Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 22.03.2019

This is one of those shamelessly decadent recipes. I mean, as if a crumble wasn't yummy enough, you make it even more delicious by making it a chocolate crumble. And a fruit filling? Nope, we're going with a creamy caramel custard instead! It's no secret that chocolate and caramel are a match made in heaven. The combination of textures is what really makes these Chocolate and Caramel Crumble  Squares a winner though. An ultra-creamy, smooth caramel custard sandwiched between 2 layers of buttery, crumbly biscuit - is indeed as good as it sounds! Since the caramel filling is quite sweet, I added...

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...