Category: Baking

It is so easy to find a recipe online these days but there remains a certain joy to paging through a recipe book and there are always a few  books I reach for (hand written notes of recipes flying out as I open them) when I am looking for something a bit more old school. And then I find myself changing the recipe completely! I am by no means a master baker and misunderstood science at school too much to…

These tartlets are so quick and easy to make but do need a few tricks to make them really good. They have to be eaten straight out of the oven, have to be served with vanilla ice cream and definitely need crunch. If you do not have time to make the praline, topping the tartlets with roughly chopped nuts will be a good alternative but the praline does take it to a whole new level. Print Yum Quick Apple Tartlets…

One of my favourite ice cream flavours from The Creamery – chocolate and naartjie curd swirl – served as inspiration for this tart. Since the pastry and curd is quite rich I decided to rather make a “lighter” mousse in stead of a ganache. The tart is rich but not overly sweet. The curd can be made in advance and kept in a sterilized jar for up to 3 weeks. The pastry is a recipe from Tina Bester of Queen of…

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…

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