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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...

Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 02.03.2018

After sharing my Caramel Peppermint Crisp truffles and Peppermint Crisp Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches I figured you had probably had enough of the Peppermint Crisp/Caramel flavour combo. I was wrong! My recent Instagram poll has confirmed that 92% of you never get tired of a Peppermint Crisp Tart inspired treat. So I took that on board and whipped up a delicious Peppermint Crisp and Caramel Rocky Road. With just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to spare, you can create these deliciously chewy, crunchy, caramelly delights. I doubt you'll need more convincing than that, but if you do, remember they are calorie-free! Ok, that's...

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...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 18.11.2017

If you told me to make a dessert with coconut biscuits, caramel and peppermint chocolate I would say that is way too many flavours in one dish! Yet Peppermint Crisp Tart is one of the most well-loved desserts in South Africa, proving that the flavours work together fabulously. These Caramel Peppermint Crisp truffles combine all the delicious flavours of the famous dessert into little bite-sized balls of joy. If you can bear to give them away, these would make a fabulous gift for that friend of yours. You know, the one who LOVES Peppermint Crisp Tart - we all know at least...

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...

Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Delights, Recipes / 21.09.2017

It's officially spring in SA and the long, sunny days are back. For those living in Jo'burg it seems that you bypassed Spring altogether and jumped straight into Summer! The gorgeous hot weather is perfectly timed with National Braai Day on 24 September. Most South Africans will be spending the day outdoors with friends, basking in the sunshine and enjoying a lekker stukkie wors. I was looking for a new take on a traditional South African dessert for the occasion. It is Heritage Day after all. Peppermint Crisp Tart is a real South African favourite. It's made by layering coconut biscuits, caramel,...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 01.08.2017

The arrival of naartjies in the supermarket signals that winter has arrived.  A firm favourite among South Africans, naartjies are known as mandarins or tangerines in other parts of the world.  Considering their abundance at this time of year, I felt it would be unthinkable not to create a delicious recipe using them. It was not hard to do so. I mean, what's not to love about their bright, glossy peel and juicy, sweet flesh? Keeping with a South African theme, I incorporated the fruity notes of Rooibos tea. The resulting cake is dense, citrusy and utterly "lekker". Baking it in a...

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 / 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...

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