Category: Desserts

Once in a while it is fun to give a classic dish a facelift and you can’t get more South African classic than a peppermint crisp tart. This recipe has been in the back of my mind in various forms for about a year now and I only got down to making it when the peppermint choc chip ice cream idea entered the mix (while on the treadmill – the irony of which is not lost on me). And I…

I had no intention of doing a Valentine’s Day post but as I played with styling the “mess” it just read “Valentine’s Day” to me. So here is my interpretation of that classic English dessert which came in to being over Xmas after I had no inclination of baking meringues or going from shop to shop to find any. Whipped up in minutes, it is decadent without being overly rich and sweet and will satisfy most tastes on any day…

I am a huge fan of the Great British Bake Off. It is by far my favourite cooking contest show and I am always in awe of what the contestants create while wishing I can bake as well as they do. So in a sense this is my Showstopper post of the year as I wanted the last post of 2013 to be truly special and celebratory. This cake will be fitting for any New Year’s Eve celebration or a…

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…

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