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Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 06.12.2021

I love the idea of giving edible gifts to friends and family over the festive season. A box of Bakers Choice Assorted® makes a great stocking filler or hostess gift so I like to keep a few boxes on hand. If I have time though, I use my favourite Bakers Choice Assorted® biscuits to make yummy treats with like this this Nuttikrust® Apple Pie Fudge.With flavours of baked apples, cinnamon, white chocolate and Nuttikrust® biscuits, each indulgent bite is reminiscent of a slice of warm apple pie with a scoop of ice cream!Although fudge usually requires a sugar thermometer and...

Jams and Preserves, Recipes / 09.09.2021

Whenever I'm faced with a large quantity of ripe fruit that I can't get through quickly enough, I usually choose to A) freeze it or B) make a jam or curd. Since fruits generally contain a lot of water, their texture will change on freezing and defrosting. This is because the water inside the fruit cells expands on freezing, and the ice crystals rupture the cell walls. Once defrosted, the fruit will inevitably be soft and soggy. This is not an issue if you're planning on using the thawed fruit for smoothies, juices or sauces but if you're planning on...

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...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 07.03.2019

Do you remember After Eights? If you never had the pleasure of tasting one, they are delicious thin squares of dark chocolate filled with a minty cream (also known as Peppermint Creams or Thin Mints). The refreshing peppermint flavour makes them light enough to have after dinner when you don't want a rich dessert. As far as I'm aware they are not available in South Africa anymore, but it turns out they are a doddle to make at home! The trick to making the best Peppermint Cream, as with most things, is using excellent quality ingredients. A good 70% dark chocolate will...

Edible Gifts, Sweets & Treats / 13.12.2018

Truffles are wonderful things. Make a filling, dip it in chocolate and voila, you have a delicious bite-size treat! Chocolate truffles are usually filled with a thick chocolate ganache, perhaps flavoured with a liqueur or some nuts. Being the holiday season and all, I wanted to make the filling extra festive so I scoured my pantry for ideas. The jar of fruit mince jumped out at me and got me thinking, how could I make a truffle taste like a mince pie - a Mince Pie Truffle? Fruit mince on its own is too soft and sticky to make a good truffle...

Biscuits & Cookies, Edible Gifts, Recipes / 03.12.2018

I'm always in search of great edible gift ideas, especially around this time of year. If you've ever made a homemade gift for a loved one you'll know how appreciated it is! Since I had no biscotti recipes on my blog I thought this was a good place to start. Biscotti look beautiful when simply packaged in cellophane with a ribbon, or in a pretty glass jar. And who doesn't love a crisp biscotti with their tea or coffee? Traditionally biscotti are made with almonds or other nuts but  I wanted something a little different. I love the rich, spicy flavours...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 29.11.2018

I've been meaning to try my hand at a Salted Caramel recipe for some time. They are, in my opinion, one of the most addictively delicious sweets around! I recently attended the Saveur Blog Awards in Memphis and discovered the perfect locally-made Salted Caramel. With some restraint, I managed to not eat ALL of them so that I had some reference samples to bring back to South Africa and try to copy. In my research I found that there are 2 different ways to make these sweets - the first is by cooking all the ingredients at the same time until...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 23.11.2018

If you're looking for an easy edible gift this festive season, look no further! This Cranberry and Pistachio Fudge uses only white chocolate and condensed milk as the base, plus there's no sugar thermometer required. So technically it's not real fudge (made with butter, sugar and cream) but I'm all for shortcuts at this very busy time of year! It's hard to believe something so delicious takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. The white chocolate makes the fudge extra creamy and sweet, then the cranberries add a lovely bit of tartness. Add to that the crunchy chunks of gingersnaps and...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 11.07.2018

If you love sinking your teeth into sweet, nutty nougat, this Honey and Almond Nougat recipe is just for you! It has a deliciously chewy texture and honey almond flavour. You can of course add any nuts you like, and even dried fruit like cranberries, apricots or glacé cherries. Just keep your total weight of add-in's to 500g. Making your own nougat may seem rather intimidating. After making this recipe several times I have learned a few things: - A stand mixer is essential as the mixture gets very thick and a hand-held mixer is just not strong enough. - Once you stop whisking,...

Desserts, Edible Gifts, Recipes / 06.12.2017

It seems that Salted Caramel is one trend that is going nowhere! I'm quite pleased about that. It has so many delightful uses. Pour it over ice-cream, apple crumble, or pancakes. Use it to fill donuts, eclairs or sandwich your cookies or cakes together. As you can see, it is simply essential to have a go-to Salted Caramel sauce recipe. You may be surprised by how easy the recipe actually is. A sugar thermometer is not essential, but patience definitely is! Once your syrup is boiling it takes a good 15 minutes to turn a nice amber colour, and in this...