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Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Delights, Recipes / 21.02.2019

Sometimes you need a super-impressive dessert with minimal effort. In fact, I can't think of any occasion where such a dessert would not be ideal! That's where these utterly gorgeous Mini Lemon Baked Alaska's work perfectly. Apart from the meringue, the remaining components can all be shop-bought, and the majority of the preparation is done in advance. If you do happen to have some home-made lemon curd, sponge cake or vanilla ice cream at home then all the better! Baked Alaska's have a reputation for being difficult to make. This is because essentially you are applying high heat to a frozen...

Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 25.06.2018

Blondies are perhaps considered to be the less popular sister of the Brownie. Why? Because, for most people chocolate trumps vanilla. However, after tasting these Brown Butter Blondies, I'm certainly questioning where my preference lies. By simply browning the butter beforehand, the flavour of these Blondies is enhanced with a delicious nuttiness. The texture is not cake-like, but dense and moist when you sink your teeth into one. A bit of crunch from some toasted hazelnuts, a burst of sweetness from white chocolate chunks and there you have it - the perfect Blondie. Ingredients: (Makes 16) 175g butter 225g brown sugar (I used light muscavado) 2...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 30.01.2018

Now that I've gotten the hang of making macarons, I can't get enough of it! Sweet and delicate, macarons add a sophisticated touch to any tea party, and make for a beautiful homemade gift too. Another bonus is that they carry a variety of flavours very well, so you can really let your imagination run wild! When choosing the flavour for my next batch of macarons, one of my favourite desserts came to mind. The combination of a thick, creamy custard and crunchy, almost bitter caramel is what makes Crème Brûlée the popular dessert that it is. In order to replicate...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 02.11.2017

Hola amiga's! I've been really excited to share these not-so-cuddly cupcakes with you. Succulents and cacti are SO on-trend right now! Especially if you live in Cape Town and can grow nothing else in your garden, thanks to the drought. Perhaps you're wondering what type of occasion would call for making these prickly cactus cupcakes. In my case it was for a Mexican-themed 1-year old's party (alongside a Piñata cake, of course). Your reason may be margarita night, a garden-club tea, or even to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Whatever the occasion, these barbed beauties are sure to bring a smile to your...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 27.07.2017

Sweet, juicy pears are in season and are so versatile to bake with. I especially love the combination of pears with vanilla. This week I felt like trying my hand at a bit of confectionery. The French term for these deliciously soft sweets is "pâté de fruit", which means "fruit paste".  Unlike jelly sweets set with gelatine, these are softer in texture and not quite as chewy or jelly-like. The secret to achieving this texture is using pectin. Pectin is a soluble fibre naturally found in the cell walls of plants. Citrus fruits and apples contain high amounts and are used to produce...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 09.12.2016

A fabulous and unique festive gift, these delicate snowflake marshmallows make for a nice change from the usual Christmas gifts of cookies or fudge! As an added bonus, they are gluten-free. Marshmallows are so versatile too, you can have a lot fun trying out different flavours, colours and shapes! Since Christmas is around the corner, why not try these beautiful snowflake shapes? I think the snowflake shape really suits them, being white and all, but you could very easily add a little colour to the gelatine mix and make green Christmas trees or yellow stars. Simply follow the Vanilla Marshmallow Cloud recipe and use...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 09.12.2016

I have been wanting to make marshmallows for a very long time. So when I got my beautiful Kenwood Chef Titanium stand mixer as a birthday gift, the first thing I made was these yummy vanilla marshmallows! I generally believe that anything home-made tastes better than shop-bought, but certain home-made goodies are really streets ahead of the bought variety. Marshmallows fall into that category. The texture is just so light and fluffy, they almost melt in your mouth. Just like little puffy clouds. Once you have mastered the basic recipe, you can play around with all sorts of flavours and colours too. You...

Desserts, Recipes / 06.05.2016

I'm always on the lookout for impressive looking desserts that are deceptively easy to make. I reckon this is the winner in that category! No fancy equipment required - all you need to get this right is a cupcake/muffin tin and small glass jars. Panna cotta is a delicious Italian dessert which is very simply a sweetened, set cream. Ask any chef about panna cotta and the word "wobble" will almost certainly come up. The perfect panna cotta will be set firm and hold its shape but should not be too jelly-like. It has a beautiful, creamy melt-in-the-mouth texture. I did...

Desserts, Science Bite / 06.05.2016

I like to do a little research before I try a new recipe. And by a little I mean a lot. After hours of searching through cookbooks, magazines, the internet (and specifically Pinterest), I narrow it down to two or three recipes and then play around until I'm satisfied it's perfect. Maybe it's the scientist in me, maybe it's the perfectionist. For a dessert as simple as panna cotta with only 4 main ingredients, there is actually quite a lot to play around with! The exact quantity of every one of these ingredients is crucial to getting the perfect result. In...