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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...

Brownies & Bars, Edible Gifts, Recipes / 28.02.2019

In November last year, I was fortunate enough to visit the United States for the first time. I was invited to attend the Saveur Blog Awards in Memphis, being nominated in the Best Baking and Sweets Category. I was honoured to be included in a group of such talented and inspirational bloggers from around the world! It was also a great opportunity to check out all the delicious goodies one can buy in the US. I actually spent about 3 hours just wandering the aisles of a Walmart! The variety of items available is quite staggering. In my quest to taste...

Desserts / 18.12.2018

As you may know, I love making classic desserts with a twist! Last year I made a trifle with traditional flavours but a slightly different presentation - a Trifle Slice. This year I wanted to make use of the delicious flavour combination of chocolate and cherries but layer it up in the traditional way and make a Black Forest Trifle. I was so happy with the result! The rich flavours of dark chocolate and black cherries give this dessert a grown-up revamp, and I think the contrast of colours looks great too. With fresh cherries in season now, it's a great...

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, Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 14.08.2018

What makes a recipe "magic"? How about adding 7 ingredients to a baking tin, popping in the oven, and removing perfectly layered bars like this?* If you're impressed already, then just wait until you taste these Magic Bars. Oh. My. Word. I was actually quite taken aback by the deliciousness of them. Imagine a crunchy biscuit base, topped with a soft chocolate layer, chewy coconut and almonds and lastly a layer of crunchy golden granola. All these flavours and textures do a magic happy dance in your mouth, and before you know it you're reaching for another one.  At this point I expect...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 05.08.2018

I love slice ‘n bake cookies! None of the messy business of rolling out and cutting the dough. Simply slice into rounds and bake! These Chocolate Nougat Cookies have a rich, chocolate flavour and buttery texture like shortbread. The bits of nutty nougat add a crunchy pop of sweetness to every bite. The recipe makes two logs of dough. I like to bake one and freeze the other - handy when that cookie craving hits! Ingredients: 200g butter, softened 100g castor sugar 5ml vanilla essence 225g flour 30g cocoa pinch of salt 75g almond nougat, chopped into very small pieces Directions: Cream together the butter and castor sugar for 4-5 minutes, until...

Desserts, Recipes / 05.07.2018

There is something about layered desserts that looks so striking. Having several layers in one dessert means a different combination of flavours and textures in every bite! These Mini Milo Trifles consist of layers of crunchy biscuit, chocolate ganache, soft condensed milk jelly, malty Milo custard and a swirl of whipped cream to finish. Although each layer is easy to make, this dessert does require some planning as the layers need to cool and set in time before adding the next layer.  Your patience will however be rewarded when you see the resulting mini trifles, just begging to be tasted! P.S. Milo...

Brownies & Bars, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 22.06.2018

My love for Snickers chocolate bars began about 5 years ago when my husband and I went travelling. No matter what country we were in, Snickers seemed to be available. At times, like in China, I think it was the only Western chocolate bar around. A familiar and delicious remedy for homesickness! It turns out, Snickers is the most popular chocolate bar in the world and has been around for 90 years! The best news of all is now you can make your very own Snickers bars at home. Although there are a several layers it is actually very straighforward to...

Biscuits & Cookies, Brownies & Bars, Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts / 06.06.2018

I previously discovered that brownies and choc-chip cookies are phenomenal friends when I made my Choc-chip Cookie Oreo Brownies. Which got me thinking about S’mores. Traditionally these American campfire treats are made by sandwiching chocolate and a marshmallow between two Graham Crackers (digestive-like biscuits). This combination of layers inspired me to make a S’mores-inspired Layer Cake using choc-chip cookies, brownies, chocolate ganache and marshmallow meringue. I was expecting it to be pretty delicious - I mean you can’t really go wrong with that combo, right? But let me tell you - this cake was delicious on another level! And rather grand-looking too,...

Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 11.05.2018

If you're craving something sweet and simple, look no further. What we have here is a fabulously easy recipe that will satisfy a sweet-tooth of the most epic proportions. These No-bake Nutella squares can be whipped up at a moments notice, and with a whole of jar of Nutella crammed in, you know they are going to taste amazing! Nutella-lovers, I suggest you try these cookies and this mug-cake too. Ingredients: 1 x 350g jar Nutella, at room temperature 130g butter, melted 90g icing sugar 20ml cocoa powder 250g digestive biscuits 200g white chocolate Directions: Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin with greaseproof paper or foil, with the edges...

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