Category: Baking

Raspberry Yoghurt Cake

Raspberry Yoghurt Cake as a title is selling the recipe short as it is a Raspberry Yoghurt Cake with a Crunchy Cacao Nib and Mascarpone Filling. Quite a delicious mouthful I think. The recipe is a variation of the Apple…

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Toasted Pistachio Frosting

This Lemon Ricotta Cake with Toasted Pistachio Frosting was my entry for this year’s Lancewood CakeOff contest. The recipe for the Lemon Ricotta Cake has been posted on the blog before and it is truly a delicious gluten free cake and has…

Apple Galettes with Spelt Crusts and Tahini Butterscotch Sauce

This post and recipe is sponsored by Pink Lady® Apples I am just thrilled with how these Pink Lady® Apple Galettes with Spelt Crusts and Tahini Butterscotch Sauce turned out. The spelt crust is rich, buttery and short with that…

Dutch Baby with Hot Cross Bun Croutons

I still think last year’s Easter dessert, the Hot Cross Bun Ice Cream is one of the best desserts I have ever made so there was a bit of pressure to come up with an equally delicious dessert this year. I…

Peanut Crusted Chocolate Cake

I think this Peanut Crusted Chocolate Cake is so good and am quite excited to share the recipe. I was reading an article that mentioned Margot Henderson’s Turkish Coffee Cake and the sound of the cake was too good to resist…

Tahini Choc Chip Banana Bread

Banana Bread is one of those baking recipes that epitomizes home baking to me. It is also one of those baking recipes that are so easy to make and many first time bakers could muster at the first go. A…

Strawberry Pistachio Tart

This Strawberry Pistachio Tart is so good. It is a fresh, colourful, summery tart and will satisfy all sweet cravings with loads of flavour and texture. And if like me, you avoid making pastry as much as you can, this…

Apricot and Lime Olive Oil Cake

I know January is supposed to be all about healthy eating but in the southern hemisphere it is summer and there are stone fruit everywhere. I find it impossible not to bake with them a few times during the season…

Frozen Berry Pavlova

It is my final post of the year and I wanted to make sure it is something truly special, festive and absolutely delicious. And without a doubt, this Frozen Berry Pavlova with White Chocolate Drizzle delivers on all those requirements. The…

Date and Oat Bars

Ottolenghi’s new book Sweet is my favourite cookbook of the year. I have lost count how many times I have paged through it and there are so many recipes I want to try but unfortunately there is no chance that…

Vegan Fruitcake

This Vegan Fruitcake is my fourth fruitcake I have baked for the blog.  Each year I try to make another version and the idea of a Vegan Fruitcake came to me quickly as I am currently quite interested in vegan baking…

Soft Olive Oil Oatmeal Cookies

I have been on a mission to find the perfect cookie for an ice cream sandwich and I think these Olive Oil Oatmeal Cookies are as close as I am going to get. I feel that the cookie must not…

Gingernut Crusted Chocolate Brownies

The idea for these Gingernut Crusted Chocolate Brownies come from a brownie recipe I saw in one of the recent Donna Hay issues. Her brownie recipe had a crust of amaretti biscuits that I thought was a pretty good (and tasty) idea. I…

Middle Eastern Millionaire's Shortbread

A new Ottolenghi book is always exciting news and I don’t recall a recent book everyone has been so excited to arrive as his latest offering called Sweet.  It makes sense to do a book of sweet baking and desserts…

Vegan Choc Mint Tart (Raw)

I am a sucker for any combination that involves cream, eggs and butter as I am sure many regular readers of this blog can attest to. But I am similarly fascinated with vegan baking and baking with alternative ingredients so…

Almond Tahini Choc Chip Cookies

I’ve tried to bake with coconut flour a few times but have not had much success until these delicious Almond Tahini Choc Chip Cookies crossed my path. I found the recipe on Minimalist Baker, a blog I regularly look at…

Gourmet S'mores

I love tasting menus. Purely for the fact that you know there will be more than one dessert. Two minimum. Three if you are lucky. These gourmet s’mores consist of home baked graham crackers (we know them as digestive biscuits in…

Cheese and Onion Tray Bread

The recipe for this Cheese and Onion Tray Bread comes from this year’s Donna Hay Fast Issue. It looked so good and the fact that it did not take a massive effort to make immediately appealed to me so I…

Malva Pudding

The internet definitely does not need another Malva Pudding recipe but this is an idea I have been wanting to try for a while after getting my hands on some white miso. I did a quick survey the other day for…

Baked Lemon Pudding with Lime Yoghurt

A baked lemon pudding is a baked lemon pudding.  Until you have a Baked Lemon Pudding with Lime Yoghurt. Double the citrus, double the zest and double the lip puckering deliciousness. It’s been a while I have made a Bill…

Cider Cooked Apple, Onion and Cheddar Galette

I was inspired to cook with cider again after the Pears Roasted in Cider recipe and I think this Cider Cooked Apple, Onion and Cheddar Galette is a worthy follow up recipe. It is on the rich side but so…

Orange Polenta Cake

I was recently invited to lunch at Tokara in Stellenbosch and had the opportunity to enjoy an olive oil tasting followed by a tasty lunch in the deli. The dessert was just incredible, a Orange Polenta Cake served with Orange…

Muesli Buttermilk Rusks

There was no way I was not going to bake Tannie Maria’s Muesli Buttermilk Rusks. After all, they are one of the main characters in the wonderful murder mystery by Sally Andrew called Recipes for Love and Murder. The story is…

Gateau Invisible

I first came across photos of the Gateau Invisible (Invisible Cake) on Federica Di Marcello’s beautiful Instagram account and immediately asked her if she had a recipe for it. She directed me to her blog and after a quick google…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

After last week’s super healthy recipe we’re all good for something a bit more indulgent like this Peanut Butter, Caramel and Chocolate Tart that crossed my path recently. It is a recipe from one of my favourite bloggers, Milk and Honey…

Cheesy Bacon and Chorizo Pull Apart Loaf

I am the first to admit that this Cheesy Bacon and Chorizo Pull Apart Loaf is one big gluten, fat and carb festival but it is so delicious. And you are not going to eat it every day so a…

Za'atar Rolls

It feels like autumn has arrived. The days are still warm but it feels like there is a slight chill in the air and the mornings are definitely just that bit darker for longer. This means we are heading to…

Plum Almond and Lime Cake

Claudia at The Brick Kitchen inspired me to bake this Plum, Almond and Lime Cake as a final indulgence with the last of summer’s stone fruit before they disappear and make way for loads of citrus, apples  and pears. She posted…

Pistachio Lemon Cake

This utterly delicious Pistachio Lemon Cake is an updated lemon variation of the Orange Pistachio Cake I posted back in 2014. The reason for the update is twofold. The images for the 2014 recipe are a bit embarrassing and I was…

Dutch Baby

A Dutch Baby is not Dutch and neither is it a baby. Derived from the German Pfannkuchen, it is a large puffy pancake fit for a celebratory breakfast with minimal fuss or to make an ordinary midweek meal all the…

Lemon and Rose Doughnuts

The recipe for these beautiful Lemon and Rose Doughnuts come from Joudie Kalla’s book Palestine on a Plate – Memories from my mother’s kitchen. It is probably the most non Palestinian recipe and as Joudie mentions, doughnuts aren’t typically Palestinian…

Apple and Olive Oil Breakfast Muffins

There are hardly any muffin recipes on the site which is a shame as they are so quick and easy to make. I would not go as far to call them healthy as they can be loaded with sugar but…

Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake

If you are looking for a rich and luxurious cake as a christmas cake but not the traditional fruit cake this Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake with Fresh Plums could be a delicious option for something different and summery. The recipe…

Molten Salted Caramel and Chocolate Puddings with Smoked Salt

If you are going to do puddings you might as well go all out and do it properly. And these Molten Salted Caramel and Chocolate Puddings with Smoked Salt is my valiant attempt at doing it properly. I certainly think I…

Easiest Five Step Chocolate and Nut Bars

I got the recipe for these Easiest Five Step Chocolate and Nut Bars from my friend Katelyn Williams who blogs at The Kate Tin, one of South Africa’s most popular blogs. Katelyn is the queen of baking and all things sweet…

Pissaladière

Pissaladière is a classic French dish that originated in Nice in the South of France. It is a tart similar to a pizza but the crust is thicker. It is traditionally topped with caramelised onions, olives and anchovies and I…

Chocolate Cherry Amaretto and Spelt Fruitcake

I am super happy with this year’s Xmas cake incarnation, a Chocolate Cherry Amaretto and Spelt Fruitcake. It has become a tradition for me to make a different Xmas cake each year and this fruitcake has to be my favourite…

Baked Camembert Focaccia with Honey and Dukkah

Whether we are ready for it or not, we are hurtling into party season. Be it cozy festive dinners inside or lazy day barbecues around the pool I do think this Baked Camembert Focaccia with Honey and Dukkah will fit with…

Olive Oil Espresso Choc Chip Cookies

I just said that I find baking cookies more of a mission than what it is worth but it was impossible not to make these Olive Oil Espresso Choc Chip Cookies. I came across a photo for the recipe on Instagram and immediately…

Olive Oil Pound Cake

I tracked down the recipe for this Olive Oil Pound Cake after seeing a photo for the most beautiful bundt cake on Twitter. I suffered some serious bundt pan envy for a while and thanks to Google Translate I was…

Almond Butter Biscuit

For the life of me I can not remember where I saw these Flourless Almond Butter Cookies from Heartbeet Kitchen but I was immediately drawn to the idea of baking with almond butter and bonus that the recipe had very few…

Zucchini Labneh Tart

Labneh is a soft cheese that can be made at home with minimal effort and delivers a creamy and delicious cheese you can use and serve with endless possibilities. And I think this Zucchini Labneh Tart is a prime example…

Chocolate Miso Brownies

My palate tends to veer to the flavours of the Mediterranean and Middle East so I am a bit late when it comes to cooking with miso. I have been wanting to use it for  a while but never really…

Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Before we get to the Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake I am thrilled to let you know that we will host our next Food Photography Workshop in the city centre of Cape Town. We love using our beautiful West Coast space in…

Chocolate Beetroot Cupakes

These Chocolate Beetroot Cupcakes have the most delicious Crème Fraiche Ganache slathered on top of them. The Crème Fraiche adds a tanginess to the ganache which I think tastes so much better than using double cream. The cupcakes are sweet…

Apple Pear Phyllo Tart

I think this is one of my best recipes in a while. This Apple Phyllo Tart is so delicious. The pastry is super crisp, the crushed biscuits go all chewy between the layers and the tartness of the soft apples…

Sausage Breakfast Cake

This Sausage Breakfast Cake is a based on a Strata which I always thought was an Italian dish but turns out to be an American brunch casserole dish. It usually contains, bread, eggs and milk, so it is somewhere between…

Persian Love Cake with Caramel Brandy Poached Apples

I recently spent the most wonderful day in the company of Pink Lady Apples and Top Fruit. We were invited to visit the packing facilities as well as one of the farms in Ceres where Pink Lady apples are grown…

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

This recipe for Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread came into existence after I received a brief to produce 4 short recipe videos for the Sunday Times Food Weekly Facebook Page. The one recipe had to be an interesting flavour combination…

Freekeh Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel

Freekeh has been on my radar for a while now but impossible to get in South Africa. So when I was approached by The Really Interesting Food Company to create a recipe with Greenwheat Freekeh there was no way I…

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