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Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 16.04.2021

Mastering the art of "flood icing" will allow you to transform a plain old sugar cookie into a bright and beautiful work of art! I couldn't think of anything more fun and cheerful than a plate of colourful doughnut cookies, and had a lot of fun decorating them. As a bonus you not need any fancy cookie cutters to make doughnut shapes - just a round cutter and an inverted piping nozzle.I have spent a fair amount of time testing different cookie recipes and flooding techniques, and have learnt a few tricks along the way:- Do not overmix the...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 09.04.2021

It was whilst watching an episode of Chefs Table: Pastry that I learned about Christina Tosi and her famous Momofuku Milk Bar store. Christina started her bakery empire in 2008 and now has 16 Milk Bar Stores throughout the United States. She is most well-known for putting her spin on nostalgic childhood favourites like her Birthday Cake (notably with no icing on the sides) and cereal milk. I was drawn to her passion for creating fun, unapologetically sweet treats and was thrilled to find that she has generously shared the recipe for her renowned Birthday Cake online! Unlike my chocolate...

Desserts, Recipes / 25.03.2021

Do you like chocolate? Do you like cheesecake? How about speckled eggs? I thought so! Then these adorable mini Easter chocolate cheesecakes are just for you. Made up of an Oreo base, a creamy chocolate cheesecake layer and a chocolate curl "birds nest" filled with mini speckled eggs. I used the new choc-mint flavoured speckled eggs which I absolutely love (they add a fresh minty burst which cuts through the richness), but any mini easter eggs will work perfectly. You may have noticed there is chocolate in every layer of these little babies so definitely invite your chocoholic friend around...

Breakfast & Brunch, Recipes / 19.03.2021

A Babka is a braided bread that has been around since the 1800's. It originates from the Jewish communities in Eastern Europe and was originally made with excess challah dough which was rolled up with jam or cinnamon. Recently, babka's have gained in popularity in the United States too. This is thanks to an Israeli bakery that opened in New York about 10 years ago, selling all types of babka's including a chocolate variety which has become world-famous! Babka has been on my "to bake" list for ages, but I wanted to try a non-traditional filling. For those who follow...

Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Delights, Recipes / 11.03.2021

There's something about biting into an ice cream sandwich that really makes you feel like a kid again. I guess it's because there is simply no elegant way to eat it! These gorgeous, eye-catching treats are always a hit with both kids and adults, and its not hard to see why. The combination of deliciously chewy chocolate chip cookies, cool and creamy vanilla ice cream, and bright, tasty toppings means they're a feast for the eyes as well as the taste-buds! An ice cream sandwich may seem like a super simple dessert to make, but there are a few useful tricks...

Ice Cream & Frozen Delights, Recipes / 04.03.2021

We've had the most beautiful hot summer in Cape Town. Sadly its coming to an end and autumn is on its way! Luckily with our amazing climate here in South Africa, it's still warm enough to enjoy these super-easy and totally refreshing Pina Colada popsicles. With just 4 ingredients and a blender, you can whizz these up in no time. They're dairy-free, gluten-free AND vegan so they make a fab treat to have on hand in the freezer for any unexpected guests. For alcohol-free, kid-friendly lollies, simply omit the rum. You can also add ½ tsp of finely grated lime...

Biscuits & Cookies, Desserts, Recipes / 26.02.2021

27 February is National Milk Tart Day in South Africa. I love the fact that there is an entire day dedicated to this delicious dessert - not that I ever need an excuse to eat milk tart but it does always get me thinking of other ways to enjoy this lekker, local delight. The idea for these soufflés came to me late at night and I was so excited I started working on the recipe straight away! Since a milk tart filling is basically a cinnamon infused custard, and soufflés are essentially a combination of a custard and a meringue,...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 31.12.2020

Christmas has come and gone but I'm still in in the mood for making holiday treats like this gingerbread fudge! It's deliciously creamy and packed with all the warm and festive flavours of a gingerbread cookie - what's not to love? A while ago I found an adorable mini gingerbread man cookie stamp. It works beautifully to cut out cookie dough so I tried using it for cutting out fudge and it was a win! The resulting gingerbread men are not only super-cute but also the perfect size to gobble up in one bite! If you cant find a similar...

Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Delights, Recipes / 08.12.2020

Sponsored.When you bring this stunning showstopper of a dessert to the table, you’ll definitely receive a few ooh’s and aah’s from your guests – and that’s before they’ve even tasted it! Little do they know that it’s actually super-easy to make, especially for such a grand and impressive dessert.Despite trying to imitate a Christmas Pudding, this baby tastes nothing like it! No heavy, stodgy pudding here, just rich chocolate ice cream and lots of crunchy Bakers®  Biscuits, roasted hazelnuts and juicy red glacé cherries. All of this topped with a creamy white chocolate ganache (essential for that Christmas Pudding look) and some cherries for a festive flair.  (When...