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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...

Tarts & Pastries / 23.12.2018

Tastivore recently asked me to develop a super-simple Christmas dessert recipe for them. I decided on these striking Coconut and Lime Christmas trees! Not only is this recipe quick and easy, but it transforms a simple tart into beautiful upright Christmas trees. The good news is that the tart can be made ahead, and one tart makes 10 slices so its great for feeding a big table of guests. Both important factors when choosing a Christmas dessert! The flavour of the tart is much like a lemon meringue pie (without the meringue of course). The addition of coconut to the base gives...

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...

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...

Desserts, Recipes / 22.12.2017

There appears to have been somewhat of a "trifle revival" taking place this year. Magazines, foodie programs and instagram all seem to be flooded with images of this retro dessert. As I always say, there is a reason classic dishes such as trifle have stood the test of time! The combination of cake, jelly, fruit, custard and cream is a definite winner. Let's be honest though, when serving it up it can look a little...

Desserts, Recipes / 14.06.2016

What could be more comforting than a bowl of warm Malva pudding drenched in custard on a cold night? Amarula Malva Pudding, that's what! Malva Pudding is a South African favourite. Its not hard to see why! It's basically a caramelised spongy pudding flavoured with apricot jam and soaked in a syrupy cream sauce. Comfort food at its best! The addition of Amarula Cream Liqueur takes this dessert up a notch and adds that extra warm and fuzzy feeling. Ingredients: For the Malva Pudding: 180g sugar 2 large eggs 2 tbsp apricot jam 2 tbsp butter 1 tsp white vinegar 150g flour 1 tsp baking soda A pinch of salt 100ml milk For the sauce: 100ml cream 100g...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 06.06.2016

Crème pâtissière is a thick, creamy custard also known as pastry cream. It is used in many French desserts such as pastries, tarts, éclairs and also as a base for soufflés. Considering its wide range of uses, it's essential that every self-respecting baker knows how to make it. Luckily it's really easy and requires no special ingredients or equipment to make - I'm pretty sure you could whip up a batch right now! Try it in this delicious Fresh Fruit Tart. Ingredients: 500ml full cream milk 1/2 vanilla pod or 5ml vanilla extract 4 large egg yolks 100g castor sugar 25g cornflour 25g cake flour Pinch of salt Directions: Split the vanilla pod (if using) and...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 17.03.2016

I have yet to meet a South African who doesn't love this traditional tart! Or anyone else who has had the pleasure of trying it for that matter. For those who don't know it, a Milk Tart is thin crispy pastry filled with a creamy milk-based custard and sprinkled generously with cinnamon. The beauty of it is that the custard is surprisingly light, as the base is milk and not cream. It's available in just about any South African supermarket but of course nothing beats home-made. (Or, if like me, you are far from home and craving some). It is wonderfully easy...