Category: Baking

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…

Passion Fruit Olive Oil Slices

I’d like to think that every recipe on this blog is good but once in a while something comes along which knocks it out of the park. And these Passion Fruit Olive Oil Slices knocks it out of the park…

Hot Cross Bun Chocolate Pudding

These Hot Cross Bun Chocolate Puddings could not be easier and are just so delicious. And with that slight chill in the air I think they are a dessert fitting for Easter weekend coming up. Someone tweeted the other day…

Vegan No Bake Granola Bars

These Vegan No Bake Granola Bars have become my afternoon pick me up snack of choice. I think they are just great as a snack for work or a healthier school lunchbox treat.It contains no refined sugars and is packed with…

Ukrainian Garlic Bread

My current favourite recipe book is Mamushka by Olia Hercules. A friend told me a while back how interesting and delicious Ukrainian cuisine was and when I read about the book on Twitter towards the end of last year, I immediately…

Fruit Galette

With summer in full swing, indulging in the sumer fruit bounty is an absolute joy. Beautiful stone fruit, colourful berries and that all too short season of cherries abound at markets, supermarkets and street vendors. This Fruit Galette hopes to…

Festive Frangipane

This delicious Boozy Festive Frangipane looks rather homely and innocent but is rich, decadent, so comforting and is my modern take on the usual fruited Xmas pudding. It has a layer of rich almond frangipane, topped with fruit that were…

Mocha and Raspberry Millefeuille

This Mocha Raspberry Millefeuille is a recipe worth keeping at hand as the holiday season inches closer. Visually so impressive and guaranteed to elicit a few wows from your family and guests but not complicated to make at all. A…

Vegan Chocolate Cake

This Vegan Chocolate Cake is a recipe from Nigella Lawson. I came across it on Twitter when she tweeted the link to the recipe and mentioned that it was from her new book. She had been sharing a number of…

How To Make Almond Milk

This post about How to make Almond Milk comes from one of my favourite shoots of the year. It was one of those “play date” shoots I have with my friend and regular collaborator Caro de Waal where we worked…

Strawberry Polenta Cakes

This recipe for Strawberry Polenta Cakes is a delicious sweet twist on the usual polenta recipes out there. Drizzled with maple syrup and custard they make for a delicious dessert. Cut the custard and you have a tasty breakfast treat…

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