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Malva Pudding

A marvelously delicious South African Classic 🙂 A spongy caramelized pudding, made with apricot jam, served with a side of custard and/or ice cream. I baked this pudding a while back for Heritage Day and just never got around to sharing the recipe. Malva pudding has been around for ages. On researching various recipes, I found that most of them followed a similar formulae with the same ingredients, just in…

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Citrus Pound Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Icing

This recipe is a mashup of two parts of other recipes which I have shared earlier, which work like a dream together. I recently had two of my best friends come over to visit after months of lockdown. It was great to just relax and chat. It is amazing how, with some people, you do not see them for a long time, but are able to pick up where you…

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Melktert (Milktart)

A slightly non-traditional, but very moreish take on a milk tart. A lovely shortcrust pastry encasing a souffled spiced custard Melktert stems from the Dutch settlers in the Cape in the 1600s. The origin of Mattentaart is credited to a recipe listed in Thomas van der Noot’s book, “Een notabel boexcken van cokeryen” (A Notable Book of Cookery) and it’s possible that melktert developed from the same recipe. It is a quintessential South African…

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Milo Pancake Cereal

This new Instagram and TikTok craze gets a nice breakfast twist to ease the guilt of indulging in pancakes for breakfast. I was never much of a breakfast person (now especially, seeing that I intermittently fast). When I did eat however, my choice of breakfast was Milo cereal. I love the taste of Milo and how it turns the milk all chocolaty toward the end – slurping the last bit…

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Chocolate Flower Decoration

This flower really is easier than it looks – all it takes is a bit of patience and a gentle hand when moving it around, as it is quite fragile. Chocolate can be quite a temperamental medium to work with, as it relies on being tempered to set firm and have a crisp snap. Sometimes I want to do something relatively quick and simple. This chocolate flower is an easy…

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Pastel Rainbow Cake

There is something really spectacular about cutting into a frosted cake to reveal several different colourful layers of happiness and fun. Who doesn’t love rainbow cakes?! They look as fabulous as they (should) taste! It was my niece’s birthday a few weeks ago and since I could not be there in person, I virtually celebrated by baking this fun cake. Rainbow cakes are usually simple sponge cakes dyed with different…

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Orange Spice Pound Cake

I have adapted this cake to produce a much more tender crumb to the traditional pound cake recipe – finished off with a simple dusting of icing sugar. People underestimate how difficult it is to get a traditional butter cake right! I am constantly re-inventing my vanilla cake recipes to balance flavour with texture and look. It is not an easy one to nail. A traditional pound cake included a…

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Banana and Pecan Nut Bread

This is a dense, moist banana bread which I have adapted to be eggless as well. I guess I am slightly behind the curve with the lockdown banana bread craze, but every baker should have a good banana bread recipe in their repertoire. Banana bread can take many directions, with the addition of nuts, spices, chocolate chips, coconut and numerous variations. I do like the textural element which nuts provide…

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Brown Butter, Honey and Almond Madeleines

These classic French cookies (or are they cakes?) gets a fun twist with the addition of brown butter and cinnamon When I travel, I love experiencing the flavours unique to a particular place. I was doing some research on different sweet treats to enjoy in Paris when I first came across madeleines. Browsing local supermarkets on holidays is a nice way to spot unique items when I came across a…

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