Category: Chocolate

Also affectionately known as the “Get Me Out of Betty Ford Fruitcake” I am brave enough to say this cake is better than my mother’s and grandmother’s (on both sides) fruitcakes. I absolutely love fruitcake, could it eat all year long and have yet to buy a cake from a retailer that is really good. It is not a cheap cake to bake but for a little bit more than what you’d pay to buy a small cake I do…

My chipotle in adobo sauce obsession has met chocolate. And cake. And even without the chipotle I do think this flourless chocolate cake is pretty fantastic, chocolaty rich but not overly sweet. The chillies just add a gentle zing to the cake. The non chilli eaters who tried the cake did not find it overpowering at all but it is very much an optional ingredient – the cake is perfect without it. What I did like about using the actual…

This weekend saw the 3rd Cookie Swap in Cape Town. It was also the first time that it was held at a national level with swaps held in Johannesburg and Durban. It was a wonderful afternoon of sampling, swapping cookies and getting a recipe or two. Most important was the charity portion of the afternoon where the aim was to raise funds for the Khayelitsha Cookie Company for much-needed equipment.

Notwithstanding Nutella’s irresponsible adverts of being a healthy breakfast for children I have to admit the stuff is pretty good and could quite happily have a spoonful on my morning oats. I have been playing with the idea of a homemade version which is not as sweet that I want to use in another dessert and this recipe is essentially a delicious chocolate and nut butter. The hazelnuts come through in taste and texture and you are able to manage…

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…

  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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