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Cookies, Biscuits & Bars

Milk Tart Slices

A cheat version of the usual South African classic, with a more rustic flare My motto for 2022 is to focus on more time for myself and slow down a bit. I still want to explore my passion for creating delicious dishes in the kitchen, but not always having to spend hours slogging over them. Custard slices evoke memories of summer picnic desserts as you devour these hand-held delights, not…

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Cranberry, Pistachio and Almond Nougat

Nougat is always a safe Christmas gift or a last minute one, if you are like me! Nougat is really simple to make, and I do not know why I have not tried it sooner. The only piece of special equipment you really need is a candy thermometer – which really is a baker’s essential. If you do not have one, now is a great time to hint for that…

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Date and Nut Caramel Bars

These date and nut caramel bars are gooey, but have a wonderful texture thanks to the nuts and seeds included in them. This is such a quick bake and works wonders for a teatime treat. The recipe is really a mish mash of everything I can find in my kitchen when making them. The inspiration for the date and nut flavours come from my favourite muffin from Mugg and Bean,…

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Speckled Egg Choc Chunk Cookies

This is my pecan and which chocolate cookie, which I have adapted to a milk chocolate version, and threw in some speckled eggs because …. why not, it’s Easter! There is something special about that perfect cookie, which is crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. I have never been much of a cookie baker, but find that there are some advantages to getting your sweet…

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Red Velvet Macarons with White Chocolate Cheesecake Filling

I love filling macarons with actual discs of baked cheesecake and here I have opted to combine the decadence of red velvet with the creaminess of white chocolate I developed this recipe especially for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner. But lets be honest – do we ever need an excuse to eat macarons. These would make the perfect Mother’s Day treat, an anniversary treat or just an…

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Blueberry Cheesecake Macarons

Happy New Year everyone! The past year has been extremely challenging for all, and I am looking forward to a brighter new year. Whilst I do not make definitive resolutions, I do have goals which I want to work on for 2021. One of them is to challenge myself to bake new creations which I have not done so before – hence these blueberry cheesecake macarons. I first saw the…

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My Ultimate Chocolate Brownies

These brownies are wonderfully gooey and fudgy, but still have a slight bit of cakiness to them. The textures are enhanced with the addition of cocoa nibs and pecans. Brownies are a little chocolate bites of heaven, which lots of people have strong opinions about …. cakey vs fudge, cocoa vs chocolate, nuts vs no nuts …. the list is endless. That’s the wonderful think about baking, you can take…

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Lemon and Poppyseed Madeleines

This is a slight twist on the traditional Madeleine, with the inclusion of poppyseeds adds a lovely crunch. I had baked and shared these Madeleines on Instagram a while back, but have been so busy with my day job that I have not had time to share the recipe – my humblest apologies! I love making madeleines. They are actually quite easy to make, can be made ahead (actually, they…

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Custard and “Jelly” Biscuits

These biscuits are a combination of my favourite things: lovely crisp custard biscuits, sandwiched with a raspberry buttercream. I was chatting to my aunt on the phone recently and she mentioned baking a batch of these custard biscuits. They are something I grew up eating and every time I visit home, I return to Cape Town with a stash in my bag. I love dipping the custard biscuits into warm…

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