Category: Baking

I had a stash of strawberries in the freezer and the options were frozen strawberry daiquiris or to make this super easy Strawberry Baked Pudding and use it as a vehicle to finish the last scoops of no churn ice…

These Easter Chocolate Nests is such a pretty Easter decoration idea and a fun way to get the kinds involved and occupied this coming Easter weekend. And bonus is that you only need 2 ingredients to make them. All you…

This Gluten Free Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe comes from Georgia McDermott, a photographer in Melbourne whose recipes are gluten free and FODMAP dietary intolerance friendly. I’ve followed her on Instagram for many years, love her work and the fabulous desserts…

The Most Popular Recipes of 2023 is a delicious bunch of recipes, some of which, thanks to Pinterest are now heinstirred classics. A few have been around for years and I’m happy to see they still get made regularly by…

Scarpaccia - Italian Zucchini Tart

As annoying as Instagram reels can be, it did lead me to a reel for this Scarpaccia recipe by Viviana Dal Pozzo . It looked all kinds of delicious and easy for someone who loves courgettes. I also liked that…

One of the last things on my “Cape Town to do list” is to buy a few peppermint crisp bars to bring back to the desert. The intention is to make some sort of dessert but that seldom materialise as…

There are a whole lot of childhood memories in a piece of biscuit cake – my mom used to make it with marie biscuits and it was impossible not to keep going back to the fridge for another piece.  I…

If you are looking for a fabulous breakfast treat this weekend I really think this rather decadent Baklava French Toast is worth making. Playing with the sweet and spicy flavours of baklava, thick slices of bread are soaked in a…

This recipe for Lemon Pistachio Cake with Rose is a slight revised version of the Pistachio Lemon Cake that I posted in 2017. And that recipe was a variation on an Orange Pistachio Cake recipe I posted back on 2014…

Sticky Toffee Pudding

I could not help thinking of my mom while making this Sticky Coffee Pudding – a delicious spin on the well known Sticky Toffee Pudding and with it being Mother’s Day this weekend, the timing is perfect to share the…

Pressure Cooker Chocolate Lava Pudding

Dinner at Bianca & Nick is not only filled with lots of laughs, far too many glasses of fantastic wine but also good food ending with a delicious dessert. Therefor I have no qualms about recommending this recipe for Bianca’s…

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Toasted Pistachio Frosting

The Most Popular Recipes of 2022 is an eclectic mix of sweet and savoury, one going back all the way to 2014, a trendy lockdown recipe (remember those?) that seems to have outlasted the pandemic (fingers crossed) and a recipe…

In these Date and Apple Mince Pies I take a humble, slightly boozy date and apple filling, encase it in a cinnamon shortbread pastry and top it with an almond frangipane. A delicious home made treat I think is worth…

I have to admit that I had no idea who Ixta Belfrage is until a few months ago when I saw a recipe for a Brazilian pudim from her book Mezcla, Recipes to Excite. I was gifted the book a…

I like to think of this JAZZ™ Apple and Tahini Snack Loaf as a delicious quick mix and bake bread to have on standby, great to have as part of a sweet and savoury brunch, a quick bite on the…

I first came across this Baked Mücver recipe on Jennifer Rohda’s instagram account with a link to the original recipe on Melek Erdal’s Instagram account, where she had shared the recipe on her story highlights. It has been sitting on a…

Homemade always wins and once you have a bottle of Homemade Vanilla Extract on the go, chances are you will never want to buy it from the shops again. And since the beans are so expensive you have to treat…

“This Turkish Yoghurt Cake is like a light, airy, fresh-tasting cheesecake,” writes Claudia Roden in her book Claudia Roden’s Mediterranean: Treasured Recipes from a Lifetime of Travel. And she is absolutely correct. It’s a delicious light cheesecake that can be…

These Easter Cakesicles are probably the most fun you can have with a chocolate cake, easter eggs and a few wooden ice cream sticks. It is a lovely way to get the kids involved in the kitchen over the long…

We’ve made it to December! And with festive gatherings just around the corner, I thought it apt to share 10 of my favourite recipes published over the years. These are recipes that I make regularly and they remain favourites no…

This recipe for Peppermint Crisp Fudge is inspired by a recipe I saw on Sarit Novak’s beautiful Instagram feed. And with Heritage Day just around the corner I had to put my own local twist on it. Sarit’s fudge recipe was…

I’m delighted to share my new e-cookbook, EVERYDAY TRAYBAKES, now available for instant download. The book consists of 18 traybake recipes, each one with the aim to spark fresh inspiration with new ideas and interesting flavour combinations. With flavours from…

Rum and Raisin Sticky Buns

These Rum and Raisin Sticky Buns are a bit more complicated and longwinded than most recipes on my blog but with Easter around the corner, I wanted to share a baking recipe that is not another reinterpretation of hot cross…

Fig and Camembert Tart

Fig season is in full swing and this Fig and Camembert Tart is a delicious savoury bake with these delectable fruit. Serve it with a crunchy salad, a chilled glass of wine and lunch is sorted. It is not much…

This Dutch Baby with Brandy Roasted Cherries is an end of year festive treat making the most of the all too short cherry season and any leftover, stale panettone you may have.  It is an “updated” version of the dutch…

Tahini Brownies

This recipe for Tahini Brownies comes from Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s book “Sweet“. It is one of my all-time favourite cookbooks but somehow the recipe never caught my eye. It was only when fredandbutter, an Instagram account I follow…

As we said our goodbyes leaving Toronto for Montreal on the 1st of January, Robin handed us a Santa Claus tin, packed to the brim with thick slices of the fruitcake he had baked. We diligently saved it, as a…

Drunk and Hungry

I am so excited to share Drunk and Hungry, my first e-cookbook, available for purchase by CLICKING HERE. And to my delight, Drunk and Hungry was announced the South Africa Winner in the 2021 Gourmand Cookbook Awards. It will compete…

This recipe for Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Tahini Glaze was sent to me by a favourite foodie and fellow recipe hoarder. It was a screenshot of the recipe with the words, “my sister made this for tea and it…

This Two Cheese Dutch Baby with Bacon is such a great dish for a weekend breakfast or brunch. So good in fact, I have made it twice and photographed it twice in the space of two weeks. A few ingredients…

This Turmeric and Ginger Cake is based on Alison Roman’s Lemony Turmeric Tea Cake from her book Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over. I may have made it way back in April when we were stuck in lockdown…

JAZZ™ Apple and Camembert Focaccia

This post has been paid for by JAZZ™ Apples. A homemade focaccia is such an easy way to add some flair to a get together with friends. And I am convinced this JAZZ™ Apple and Camembert Focaccia will add a…

When the cake craving hits and the last thing you feel like is baking, mug cakes are the instant gratification solution. And this Peppermint Crisp Mug Cake combines that easy fix with South Africa’s most popular chocolate bar. My recipe…

I baked this Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting when Instagram was awash with lockdown banana bread baking. There was an email from Donna Hay one morning for a One Bowl Banana Cake and I liked the idea…

Sourdough Focaccia

I am pretty chuffed my sourdough starter is still going and I seem to have found my rhythm. After baking the very popular Sourdough Breakfast Cookies a few weeks ago, this Sourdough Focaccia is another bake from the weekly feeding…

These Sourdough Breakfast Cookies come from the lockdown trend of sourdough starters and baking banana bread. It does not seem you have experienced lockdown unless you have baked a loaf of banana bread or have a sourdough starter on the…

Chocolate Tahini Cake With Nutella & Sour Cream

This Chocolate Tahini Cake is based on the Crispy Chocolate Cake from Alison Roman’s cookbook called Nothing Fancy, a collection of unfussy recipes for having people over that became an instant New York Times best-seller. Alison Roman is a columnist…

Baked Ricotta & Tomato Tart

This Baked Ricotta Tart is the first recipe of the new year and the new decade. And I think it is such a delicious and versatile recipe to start 2020 on heinstirred. Great for brunch, lunch or dinner and the…

Lemon Brûlée Muffins

Disclaimer. This recipe for Lemon Brûlée Muffins has been paid for by Ultramel Custard. The inspiration for this recipe comes from the first post I ever saved on Instagram, all the way back in 2017. I love the save functionality…

Tahini Cake with Chocolate Sesame Frosting

Once in a while a cake recipe crosses your path and you know you just have to bake it. And this Tahini Cake with Chocolate Sesame Frosting and Caramel Shards shot up to the top of my seemingly endless list…

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

This Basque Burnt Cheesecake has been a bit of an internet sensation in 2019 and it breaks all the rules of baking a traditional cheesecake. The recipe comes La Viña, a restaurant in San Sebastián—the Basque region’s capital city –…

Olive Oil and Lime Madeleines

Baking Madeleines have been on my to do list for ages (I bought a pan about 3 years ago!) and I am happy to finally post a recipe for Olive Oil and Lime Madeleines. Dipped in white chocolate and freeze-dried…

Peppermint Crisp Cheesecake

I don’t really suffer from FOMO (the fear of missing out) but when two of you favourite food writers, The Kate Tin and Bibby’s Kitchen make cheesecake in their Instant Pots, I have to do the same. And as it is…

Brandy Roasted Pink Lady® Apple Crumble Ice Cream

This post has been sponsored by Pink Lady® Apples I knew this ice cream would be good but I ended up so happy with this Brandy Roasted Pink Lady® Apple Crumble Ice Cream. Chunks of Pink Lady® apples roasted in brandy…

Fig and Brown Butter Clafoutis

I am spending the Easter weekend in Prince Albert and have seen boxes of what must the last of sweet Adams figs in all the shops. Fig season is nearly over so this Fig and Brown Butter Clafoutis is an…

Speckled Egg Choc Chunk Oat Cookies

I came across the recipe for these Speckled Egg Choc Chunk Oat Cookies on Instagram a week or so ago and they looked far too good to resist or not bake. And with Easter around the corner, a bit of…

Seed Bread

This recipe for Seed Bread comes from my friend Isabella Niehaus and features in her brand new cookbook Duinhuis (House on the Dune). The book is a feast, packed with some of her most famous recipes, glimpses into her life…

Chocolate Simnel Cake

The second new recipe for Easter is this utterly delicious Chocolate Simnel Cake from my friend Christine Capendale. It is one of the recipes which we created and photographed for an Easter High Tea feature recently and is a great…

Heirloom Tomato Tart

There has been a summer bounty of beautiful and delicious heirloom tomatoes at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market and while we’ve been eating them like sweets, this Heirloom Tomato Tart was a great way to use them. The idea of…

This recipe is sponsored by Rugani Juice. It’s back to work and school for most of us and what to take for lunch is back on the agenda. And after the festive season, keeping it a bit healthier will be…

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