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Desserts, Tarts & Pastries / 26.09.2019

The Paris Brest was created in 1910 by Chef Louis Durand and is simply a ring of choux pastry that is filled (traditionally with a praline mousseline cream) and decorated with almonds. The origin of the name is an old bicycle race between Paris and the city of Brest in Brittany - the circular shape of the pastry is intended to represent a bicycle wheel. I decided to fill mine with an easy chocolate mousse, which is deliciously creamy and rich with the crunchy pastry, and not too sweet.Choux pastry, unlike other pastries, is a rather wet dough that bakes into a light and crisp...

Desserts, Recipes / 05.09.2019

In an ironic twist of fate, I married a man that doesn't have a sweet tooth. He's not a fan of desserts or chocolate or cake. I know, right?! I learned early on though that he does have one weakness when it comes to desserts: Apple Crumble. My husband loves Apple Crumble so much that he developed his own recipe which he knew only by "feel" (yet could duplicate perfectly every time he made it!). I can honestly and unbiasedly say his apple crumble recipe is perfect. Seriously. The apples are cooked just enough (not mushy but not too hard)...

Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Delights, Recipes / 02.08.2019

It may be the middle of winter in South Africa, but that's never stopped me from enjoying a slice of ice cream cake. Especially one as magnificent as this one! Peppermint Crisp Tart (and all its variations) has proven to be a perennial favourite so I couldn't resist adding another recipe to the collection. This Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream Cake has a crunchy Tennis Biscuit crust, caramel ice cream layer, choc-mint ice cream layer, and a vanilla ice cream layer with Peppermint Crisp pieces. If you can bring yourself to slice through the beautiful layers and take a bite, you'll...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Recipes / 31.05.2019

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...

Desserts, Recipes / 24.05.2019

I was recently nominated to take part in the Pink Pudding Challenge by Chef Megan Meikle from Grei restaurant at the Saxon Hotel. The Pink Pudding Challenge is part of the Pink Table Project, a Cancer awareness and fundraising initiative. The goal of the Pink Table Project is to prove that healthy eating can still be exciting and delicious, since a healthy diet is a contributing factor in preventing certain cancers. My task was to create a healthier dessert, particularly one that was lower in sugar. As you all know, I'm not normally one to shy away from sugar. But...

Desserts, Recipes / 16.04.2019

When Little, Brown and Company contacted me a few weeks ago and asked me if I'd like to receive a copy of Maida Heatter's new book - "Happiness is Baking", I must admit I had no idea who she was! But of course, I jumped at the opportunity to add a cookbook to my collection and try some new sweet recipes. After doing a bit of research, I now know that Maida Heatter is an American Pastry Chef who taught the legends - including Martha Stewart! Towards the end of the 1960's she rose to food world fame and has since...

Biscuits & Cookies, Desserts, Recipes / 12.04.2019

When I discovered these adorable mini skillets online I was inspired to make so many things. Individual brownies, pancakes, Malva puddings, even shakshuka-type breakfast bowls! But the first thing I simply had to try was mini skillet cookies! With Easter around the corner I felt it was appropriate to replace the chocolate chips with little speckled eggs. And so these Mini Speckled Egg Skillet Cookies came about. Initially I added the speckled eggs before baking, but I found that the colour of the shells ran into the batter, and some cracked/burst in the oven. By pushing the speckled eggs into the...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 05.04.2019

This Rolo Pastry Braid is dangerously easy to make! Essentially it is just a slab of chocolate, wrapped in puff pastry and sprinkled with almonds and baked. Easy, huh? If you are a fan of chocolate and caramel together, then I'm guessing you love Rolo's as much as I do. You can now buy Rolo's in chocolate slab form, which worked out wonderfully for me in making this dessert. The chocolate and caramel melt together when baked, making the most ooey gooey, delicious filling. However, you could really use any slab of chocolate you like! Ingredients: (Serves 4) 400g sheet ready-made puff pastry 150g Rolo...

Breakfast & Brunch, Desserts, Recipes / 05.03.2019

Not that one ever needs an excuse to eat Pancakes, but if you do today is Pancake Day! To be more correct it is Shrove Tuesday, traditionally a feasting day before the start of Lent. On this day stocks of eggs, dairy and fat were used up before the fasting of Lent began. A pancake can either be thick and fluffy (American style pancakes) or thin and flat (like French Crepes). Although I have love for both of them, I am celebrating Pancake Day with the latter variety. These utterly decadent S’mores Pancakes to be specific! In my opinion the perfect crepe should...

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...