Category: Baking

Sausage Breakfast Cake

This Sausage Breakfast Cake is a based on a Strata which I always thought was an Italian dish but turns out to be an American brunch casserole dish. It usually contains, bread, eggs and milk, so it is somewhere between…

Persian Love Cake with Caramel Brandy Poached Apples

I recently spent the most wonderful day in the company of Pink Lady Apples and Top Fruit. We were invited to visit the packing facilities as well as one of the farms in Ceres where Pink Lady apples are grown…

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

This recipe for Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread came into existence after I received a brief to produce 4 short recipe videos for the Sunday Times Food Weekly Facebook Page. The one recipe had to be an interesting flavour combination…

Freekeh Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel

Freekeh has been on my radar for a while now but impossible to get in South Africa. So when I was approached by The Really Interesting Food Company to create a recipe with Greenwheat Freekeh there was no way I…

Passion Fruit Olive Oil Slices

I’d like to think that every recipe on this blog is good but once in a while something comes along which knocks it out of the park. And these Passion Fruit Olive Oil Slices knocks it out of the park…

Hot Cross Bun Chocolate Pudding

These Hot Cross Bun Chocolate Puddings could not be easier and are just so delicious. And with that slight chill in the air I think they are a dessert fitting for Easter weekend coming up. Someone tweeted the other day…

Vegan No Bake Granola Bars

These Vegan No Bake Granola Bars have become my afternoon pick me up snack of choice. I think they are just great as a snack for work or a healthier school lunchbox treat.It contains no refined sugars and is packed with…

Ukrainian Garlic Bread

My current favourite recipe book is Mamushka by Olia Hercules. A friend told me a while back how interesting and delicious Ukrainian cuisine was and when I read about the book on Twitter towards the end of last year, I immediately…

Fruit Galette

With summer in full swing, indulging in the sumer fruit bounty is an absolute joy. Beautiful stone fruit, colourful berries and that all too short season of cherries abound at markets, supermarkets and street vendors. This Fruit Galette hopes to…

Festive Frangipane

This delicious Boozy Festive Frangipane looks rather homely and innocent but is rich, decadent, so comforting and is my modern take on the usual fruited Xmas pudding. It has a layer of rich almond frangipane, topped with fruit that were…

Mocha and Raspberry Millefeuille

This Mocha Raspberry Millefeuille is a recipe worth keeping at hand as the holiday season inches closer. Visually so impressive and guaranteed to elicit a few wows from your family and guests but not complicated to make at all. A…

Vegan Chocolate Cake

This Vegan Chocolate Cake is a recipe from Nigella Lawson. I came across it on Twitter when she tweeted the link to the recipe and mentioned that it was from her new book. She had been sharing a number of…

How To Make Almond Milk

This post about How to make Almond Milk comes from one of my favourite shoots of the year. It was one of those “play date” shoots I have with my friend and regular collaborator Caro de Waal where we worked…

Strawberry Polenta Cakes

This recipe for Strawberry Polenta Cakes is a delicious sweet twist on the usual polenta recipes out there. Drizzled with maple syrup and custard they make for a delicious dessert. Cut the custard and you have a tasty breakfast treat…

Gourmet Stuffed Braai Loaf

All the banters and paleos and gluten frees and carb fiends should look away because this Gourmet Stuff Braai Loaf is fantastic! Freshly baked home made bread stuffed with caramelised onions, roasted tomatoes, some grilled peppers and two cheeses. A…

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…

Boozy Chocolate Coffee Pudding

I have two types of favourite email. The first is a payment notification and the second is a brief for a recipe that includes the words rich, sticky and boozy. And these Boozy Chocolate Coffee Puddings came from receiving such…

Aubergine Cheesecake

This Aubergine Cheesecake has to count as one of my finds of the year. I originally made a version of this dish for the Cheese issue of the Sunday Times Food Weekly in April of this year.  The issue coincided…

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…

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…

Gluten Free Vegetable Pies

These should in all honesty be called “Clean Out the Fridge Pies” but Vegetable Pies sound so much better. And if truth be told they really are just collapsed veggie souffles but so tasty that making them, waiting for them…

Spicy Salted Caramel Popcorn

You just know this Spicy Salted Caramel Popcorn will be good and then it delivers so much more. The sweetness comes through first with the spiciness of the cumin and cinnamon following. On top of that it is super crunchy, leaving…

Polenta Olive Oil Cake l heinstirred.com

This Olive Oil Polenta Cake came to being after I was asked by Olive Central to develop a recipe using South African Olive Oil. A request I gladly accepted. But before I chat some more about the cake I wanted…

Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding l heinstirred.com

This recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Puddings is based on a Sophie Grigson recipe I saw many years ago on one of her cooking shows.  I have always kept it at hand as it makes dinner party entertaining so much…

Boozy Chocolate Sticky Buns

It does have a nice ring to it doesn’t it? The softest buttery brioche, plump boozy raisins and lashings of brandied caramel with hits of slightly bitter dark chocolate.  It all makes these sticky buns fantastic for a Christmas treat…

Flourless Chocolate Fruitcake

Yes, it is one month before Christmas and though I am hardly traditional when it comes to this time of the year I can not go through December (and November and January for that matter) without fruit cake. It has…

Apricot Clafoutis

I have been wanting to make Clafoutis for ages. The classic french dessert made with fresh cherries. Which is fine and dandy until you see the price of fresh cherries. Then you have to think of a plan B. Thankfully…

Smoked Snoek Empanadas

This blogging journey is quite an exciting one I have discovered (between all the dish washing and reheated food!). You post your first recipe (with quite a bit of courage) hoping that someone other than your mother will look at…

Peanut Butter Caramel Slice

These Peanut Butter Caramel Slices should come with a warning. They are insanely good and it takes a lot of self control to not have a next one and another after that. If there is one recipe you ever make…

I had to stop photographing this Orange Pistachio Cake as I could not stop eating slice after slice. And just a tip, the first and last slices with the crust are the best. Cut them off and save them for…

Saturday the 2nd saw Cookie Swap 4. An initiative started by Ishay Govender-Ypma, it was also the second year that concurrent swaps were held in Johannesburg and Durban. It is a fun afternoon of loads of cookies and catching up with…

  A post about food and travel. And the friends and memories you make along the way. Oh, and cake! I recently reconnected with my Australian friend Helen whom I met on a trip to Tuscany a few years back…

  It is time for Cookie Swap 4 on the 2nd of August! The 4th one held to date and the 2nd national one. The event involves a whole lot of  home made cookies but there is also a fundraising…

  The inspiration for this fantastic Onion Tart comes from my friend Conrad, who regularly contributes wine suggestions for the blog. I do like getting inspiration from him. He is not afraid of flavour, interesting combinations or doing things just…

I had a lovely surprise when Nouvelle Mushrooms delivered a box of their beautiful exotic mushrooms as a generous thank you for taking part in their Blogger Indaba recipe contest. They grow a fantastic range of mushrooms which includes Shiitake…

I only discovered baking with yoghurt a short while back and love the results you get. I was not planning to do another recipe so soon again after the Lemon Yoghurt Cake, but this recipe for an Apple Yoghurt Cake…

If I politely ignore the first few attempts at writing and photographing recipes, May is anniversary month for Heinstirred. One year of blogging to be exact. I am thoroughly enjoying the journey, interaction with readers and fellow bloggers and so…

I only recently started baking with yoghurt and I must say I love the results it delivers. I like that the cake texture is a bit more denser but at the same time still remains light and moist. Not quite…

Citrus and almonds are one of my favourite baking combinations. Add ricotta to the mix and I am sold. I just love the more substantial cake you get when baking with almond meal and one of the first recipes I…

Coconut in all its guises is very trendy in the healthy food realm. Coconut oil especially seems to be everywhere and I have succumbed to the trend and have a tub of oil that I cook with instead of vegetable…

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…

Keep these in your arsenal for Xmas time to impress any annoying in-laws. Mix the dry ingredients the night before, combine with the fruit mince and other wet ingredients first thing Xmas morning and let the smell of fruit and…

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…

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…

These pancakes are the perfect alternative to wraps and pita breads. They are light and buttery but strong enough to hold quite a bit of filling. The filling options are really endless – whatever you would have in a pita…

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…

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…

It is so easy to find a recipe online these days but there remains a certain joy to paging through a recipe book and there are always a few  books I reach for (hand written notes of recipes flying out…

  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…

These tartlets are so quick and easy to make but do need a few tricks to make them really good. They have to be eaten straight out of the oven, have to be served with vanilla ice cream and definitely…

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