Tag: vanilla

Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Summer time is ice cream cake time, Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream Cake time to be precise. Layers of smashed cookies, a layer of vanilla ice cream flavoured with peppermint extract, another layer of vanilla ice cream mixed with rich caramel, topped with a few crushed slabs peppermint crisp chocolate makes for a sublime summer time treat. Peppermint Crisp Tart is one of those iconic South African desserts and this parfait version I did last year remains a popular recipe on…

Spiced Pear Cake

  This Spiced Pear Cake has been on my to do list for the last two years and I just needed to bake it before we are full on in Spring and there are no more pears to cook and bake with. The first time I ate the cake was at a Spier Secret Dinner in 2013. The cake was part of Errieda du Toit’s elaborate and totally delicious dessert spread that evening. I got home and searched for the recipe by Yvette…

Chai Panna Cotta with Vanilla Poached Pears

This Chai Panna Cotta with Vanilla Poached Pears is such a delicious dessert. It reminded me a bit of a crème caramel when I poured the syrup over it for serving. I love using tea to infuse panna cotta and have used rooibos before in this Panna Cotta with Poached Grapefruit recipe and it was utterly delicious. The cream is not too sweet and it is perfumed with the spices from the chai tea with the sweet vanilla pears adding texture to…

Spiced Dulce de Leche

No matter how convenient convenience might be, few things can beat homemade. This Spiced Dulce de Leche is just one of those little work, high reward homemade dishes. But be warned. It is utterly delicious and addictive. Made from a tin of condensed milk, it is slowly heated and as it cooks it changes flavour and colour. It is very popular in Latin America and the French also have a version, called Confiture de Lait. Here in South Africa we…

Chocolate Chestnut Brownie

What can be better than chocolate brownies? Chocolate Chestnut Brownies. We South Africans don’t seem to “do” chesnuts and the only time they do cross my path will be on a Xmas cooking show from the northern hemisphere. I’m not even sure if you are able to get them in South Africa to be honest. Naturally I was eager to try out a tin of chestnut puree when Sumarie at My Collections asked me to use it in a recipe. The…

I love rooibos. Not only does the flavour remind me of childhood holidays in Stellenbosch with my grandparents but I drink the tea often. It is uniquely South African and very popular the world over but it seems hardly used as an ingredient for cooking and baking. I have tried to incorporate it in a few recipes over the last year of blogging and have always been very pleased with the results. The Rooibos Panna Cotta with Poached Grapefruit is a…

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