Category: Baking

These cakes are divine! I had wanted to make David Lebovitz’s Orange Syrup Cake since reading about it on his blog in April and when I saw clementines available on Sunday morning it was the perfect time to get some and start baking. I then remembered Sam Linsell’s Clementine Upside Down Cakes and decided (bravely) to combine the recipes and make my own Clementine Almond Cakes.

Bill Granger is one of my favourite “celebrity chefs” and I was very lucky to see him in action at the Good Food and Wine Show in Cape Town this weekend. He has a wonderful stage presence and was a delight to meet and have a quick chat with at the book signing after his demo. All his books and recipes are fresh, simple, not in the least pretentious and always have an air of “happy”. These Banana Sour Cream…

I think a Tarte Tatin is one of the sexiest tarts there is. But even though the recipe is quite simple it is a bit intimidating to make. Anything that has to be turned over at the end gets me into a slight panic. I used the delightful Mary Berry’s (from The Great British Bake Off) recipe and it worked a treat. I have to confess I did use store bought puff pastry. I guess the secret is to use apples…

  Last weekend was the 2nd annual Cape Town Cookie Swap. I don’t really have favourite cookie recipes so take the opportunity to page through all my cookbooks and to choose a new recipe to make. Katie Caldesi wrote a wonderful Italian cookery book called The Italian Cookery Course. The book is beautiful, interesting, easy to understand and covers the Italian culinary map. I decided to make the Orange and Pistachio Cantuccini in the book and replaced the orange peel…

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