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Desserts, Recipes / 17.10.2018

If you have evered ordered Churros with Chocolate Sauce from a restaurant, you have likely experienced something delicious. But just wait until you taste the home-made version! Hot, crispy and fresh out of the fryer is the best way to enjoy these babies - preferably dipped in a rich chocolate sauce. For those who've never tried one, a Churro is a Spanish and Mexican dessert made by deep-frying a choux-pastry dough, then rolling the hot pastry in cinnamon and sugar. Quite similar to a doughnut but crispier, and with a slightly softer texture inside. Churros are best when served immediately after frying...

Desserts, Sweets & Treats / 11.09.2018

Koeksisters are a well-known treat amongst South Africans, especially the sweet-toothed ones! For those who haven't had the pleasure of trying a Koeksister, they are delicious deep-fried twists of dough that are dunked in a thick syrup. They are similar to doughnuts, although most Koeksister recipes make use of baking powder and not yeast as a leavening agent. Traditonally Koeksisters are made with a lightly flavoured syrup, containing just a hint of lemon juice and cinnamon. And of course, loads of sugar. It's always risky making changes to a traditional recipe (especially one that's been around as long as this!), but...

Biscuits & Cookies, Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 13.06.2018

Juicy, ripe plums are right up there with my favourite fruits. These Spiced Plum Crumble Bars make excellent use of them! A shortbread base and crisp, buttery crumble topping encase the sweet plums, which actually reduce and become jammy in texture during baking. So delish! Adding a touch of spice really brings out the autumn flavour of this bake. Ingredients: For the base: 150g butter, softened 75g castor sugar 5ml vanilla extract 225g flour pinch of salt For the plum layer: 7-8 medium plums 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp cornflour For the crumble topping: 240g butter, cold 180g castor sugar 340g flour pinch of salt Directions: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 16.05.2018

This Chai Spiced Apple Rose Tart was inspired by the very talented Julie Jones. For those who don't know her, she is the author of The Soulful Baker and creates the most beautiful tarts and pies. I made a few adjustments to her recipe - I used my go-to shortcrust pastry recipe and added a generous amount of Chai-spices to the frangipane filling. The result is simply superb! A crisp, buttery pastry filled with spiced almond frangipane and sweet, slightly crisp apples. All the delicate work in making the apple roses certainly pays off when you present this gorgeous tart to...

Muffins & Buns, Recipes / 23.03.2018

Raisins are not really my thing. Hot Cross Buns however, are. A bit of a dilemma for me. My solution to this problem in the past has been to pick each and every raisin out of my hot cross bun before I can enjoy it.  A better solution of course is to make my own hot cross buns. I've been keen to do this for ages, and naturally thought of going the chocolate chip direction. Eventhough I'm not mad about raisins, I think Hot Cross Buns need some kind of fruit to compliment the spices. I was thrilled to discover dried sour...

Breakfast & Brunch, Muffins & Buns, Recipes / 20.03.2018

I have many favourite sweet treats, but cinnamon buns are right up there. In the top 5 at least! Not much compares to sinking your teeth into a warm, soft, cinnamony bun, getting sticky icing all over your fingers (and face in my case - I don't hold back when it comes to cinnamon buns). Variety is the spice of life as they say, so I mixed things up a bit. I kept the delicious cinnamon and sugar filling, then added some buttery apple pieces and drenched the baked buns in a decadent salted caramel sauce. The result is these irresistable...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 26.02.2018

If you find the idea of making a Milk Tart a bit overwhelming, then consider these 4 ingredient Mini Milk Tart Truffles. The recipe involves no more skill than melting chocolate, and the result is a crunchy, creamy, cinnamony treat. With that added cute factor! I was lucky enough to find this chocolate mould in the UK when I lived there. They are also available on Amazon in the US or UK (also known as peanut butter cup moulds). In South Africa your best bet would be The Chocolate Den, Value Baking Supplies or as a last resort you could use mini silicon cups or some tiny...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 24.09.2017

There is something so Parisian and sophisticated about macarons. If you've ever had one you'll no doubt have fallen in love with their crisp, chewy shells and creamy fillings. They're so darn pretty too! I'll be honest with you - macarons are notoriously tricky to make. It took me several attempts to get just the right recipe. Once you've mastered it though, the macaron world is your oyster. You can colour and flavour them any which way you like - the possibilities are endless! Traditionally macarons are filled with a buttercream or chocolate ganache, but in keeping with Heritage Day I...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Recipes / 29.06.2017

We've spoken about dessert mash-ups before (in my Lemon Meringue Fudge recipe). Only good things can happen when you merge the best elements of two desserts into one sensational combo. Take the spiced apples and crunchy crumble topping of an apple crumble. Now add in the rich creaminess of a vanilla cheesecake. The result is a spectacular showstopper of a dessert. Crunchy, creamy, fruity and cinnamony. As if eating two desserts in one go wasn't decadent enough, the addition of a salted caramel sauce takes this Apple Crumble Cheesecake to the next level of indulgence. This dessert requires a little effort, but your hard work will...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 08.06.2017

It's great to have a few "free-from" recipes up your sleeve. Gluten and dairy intolerances seem more common than ever. So if you're having a bunch of friends around, chances are one of them will have an intolerance. No need for your other guests to suffer though. My initial view has been that "free-from" recipes are tasteless and a poor substitute for the real thing. But once I took bite of these Gluten & Dairy Free Chai Cookies, I changed my mind. Sink your teeth into one and you'll see what I mean. The crisp, toasted meringue topping gives way to a...

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