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easy lemonade scones with cheese & herbs

Easy lemonade (Sprite) scones with cheese & herbs

This is one of those gimmicky recipes that really is quite delicious. I’ve tweaked it over the years to get the right amount of cheese and herbs in the mix but still deliver a pillowy soft and fluffy scone. With only five ingredients (apart from the salt), these lemonade scones with cheese and herbs could not be easier to make.  Continue Reading →

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sbrisolona – a classic italian crumb cake recipe

sbrisolona - a classic italian crumb cake

This is one of the most unusual cakes I have ever come across and is really more of a rough biscuit than a cake. Nonetheless, it hits my love affair with Italian cakes and desserts head on, and the crunchy texture is utterly moreish. By crunchy I mean the crunchiest baked treat you could ever encounter. Traditionally it is served in rough chunks or broken-off shards, and is best enjoyed with a glass of grappa. Continue Reading →

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peanut butter m & m cookies

peanut butter m & m cookies

For some bizarre reason we don’t get peanut butter M & M’s in South Africa. We get a few of the others but not the peanut butter ones. Well, you can occasionally find a small and hugely expensive 100g packet at Spar, but that really isn’t good enough. A note to the uninitiated, these are not the same as peanut M & M’s which come in a yellow packet. These are essentially balls of salty peanut butter, coated in chocolate and then covered in colourful candy. I mean.

My sister and nephews introduced me to this delectable confectionary last year when I travelled to the USA. They begged me to bring back as many peanut butter M & M’s that I could possibly squeeze into my bag. Since my luggage weight allowance was much bigger, I brought back a lot (thank you Shanna for driving me around Vegas to get these at the best price).

So now when I travel internationally, I can’t walk past duty-free without picking them up for the family. Continue Reading →

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decadent chocolate nutella brownies

decadent chocolate nutella brownies

These chocolate Nutella brownies should come with a health warning as they are ridiculously decadent, and I apologise for that. I know its January and we are all trying to kick off the new year on a healthier note. I made them in December for a dinner party and wanted to use up some of the Nutella I had left over from a shoot, so I’m posting this a little after the fact. Continue Reading →

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brown sugar pavlova with pears poached in spicy muscadel

brown sugar pavlova with pears poached in spicy muscadel

This Pavlova is a showstopper of a dessert and worth every bit of effort. I poached the pears in red Muscadel – the same Orange River Cellars bottle I used to make my 10 minute peach jam and it cooked down for an hour with the pears to a reduced spicy syrup.Poured over the pears and cream finished this dessert off too deliciously.

brown sugar pavlova with pears poached in spicy muscadel

My first try out with this Pavlova was using a fine unrefined brown sugar from Mauritius – Muscavado in flavour, and it was utterly delicious. The golden caramel colour and flavour were out of this world but the Pavlova turned out a little too flat. I made a big one – double these quantities, so perhaps that is why. It could also be that the molasses in the sugar added too much moister to the meringue. I’m not too sure why. It was important that I got a high enough and good-looking enough meringue to photograph. Obviously. My second attempt – and for this recipe, I used golden castor sugar. Also unrefined and also from Mauritius, its texture was looser and that of normal castor sugar. I also piled the meringue quite high as it expands during baking which helped deliver a good result. Continue Reading →

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