Category: Desserts

This might be my Paula Deen moment. Not THAT moment but rather a deep frying cheesecake moment. I had to wonder if it is necessary to top a mince pie with meringue and the answer was yes, because it is Christmas! I do think these pies look exquisite and so festive. I used store bought fruit mince and my “go to” pastry from Tina Bester’s book Bake. It does not shrink down the sides of the tin and when you…

Another beer ice cream and I do think this is a perfect dessert after a barbecue next to the pool. And I just love the results of this Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream with Smashed Toffee. I wanted to play with another style of beer and decided to use one of my favourite local beers, Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale. It has notes of butternut and pumpkin with a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander. I needed to counteract the bitterness of the beer…

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…

The smell of rooibos evokes memories of winter holidays at my maternal grandparents in Stellenbosch. My brother and I chasing every moving thing in the fishpond, seeing the snow on the Matroosberg from the garden, the smells of buttermilk rusks and stewed fruit.  And always rooibos tea in the afternoon. The tea adds a wonderful flavour to the creamy panna cotta and the grapefruit a beautiful jewel like colour while cutting the richness perfectly. Add to that the zesty orange…

If there ever was a “man” ice cream I think this is pretty close! I am quite a big fan of David Lebovitz and a friend told me about his book The Perfect Scoop which is packed with ice cream recipes. In there he has a Guinness-Milk Chocolate ice cream recipe which formed the base idea of this Beer and Nuts Ice Cream. I am quite surprised that with the huge interest in craft beer we do not see more…

  To be totally honest this is more of a fridge tart than a cheesecake but definitely delivers the same tangy smoothness and richness of a cheesecake. I did not want to bake a traditional cheesecake neither wanted to use gelatin so used a base of condensed milk and lemon juice to set the mixture. I drained the yoghurt overnight to make sure the filling is as thick as possible since I was not using any gelatin. Just line a…

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