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Mini Vanilla Bundt Cakes and Fresh Raspberry Glaze

I could tell you that the reason I made these cakes was to tend to my sweet tooth and constant cake craving – which is true. However, the overpowering reason was because I just bought these adorable mini silicone bundt cake pans (from Mambo’s in Kenilworth) and just HAD to give them a go.

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Chocolate Sablé Cookies

I know, I know…another cookie recipe??! It’s quite evident that my cookie jar has been overflowing this past two weeks with all the cookies I’ve been making, which includes a New York style choc chip cookie which I’ll share soon.

Sablé cookies are basically French shortbread cookies and sablé in English means sand, which you’ll completely understand when you make these cookies as the texture of the dough is sand and soil-like. Sounds strange but I promise you these cookies are one of the best you’ll ever have and are chocolate dreams with a magical texture! Have patience with these cookies as well, especially because the texture is so different, you don’t want to over-mix them as they’ll be tough, just enjoy the process and trust me it’ll all be worth while. On that note, I’m going to dig into yet another and leave you with the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 275g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 200g unsalted butter, diced (room temperature)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract OR 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 175g good quality chocolate (to your preference – i.e. dark or milk), finely chopped

Method: 

  1. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and bicarb into a bowl and add the sea salt, then stir together and set aside.

  2. Using an electric mixer, put the butter in the mixing bowl and beat until fluffy and light. Add the sugars and vanilla and beat together for approximately 2 minutes until smooth.

  3. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix until you have a mixture that looks sandy then add the chocolate and mix to combine. The dough should then look like soil; it should not have formed into one large ball of dough. This is the key to getting the correct sable cookie texture. NB: if you mix for too long the biscuits will be tough.

  4. Tip out the mixture onto a work surface and gently press together to form a uniform dough. Divide the dough into two halves and roll into two logs, 4cm thick.

  5. Wrap the dough in cling-wrap and place them in the fridge, allowing to chill for 3 hours.

  6. Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan oven) and line baking trays with baking paper or a silpat. Remove the dough from the fridge and using a thin, sharp knife, cut into rounds about 1cm thick. Place the cookies onto the baking trays and bake for 10–12 minutes until set around the outside but still soft in the center. If you dare, because they’ll be quite hot straight out the oven of course but I definitely recommend snatching one straight out the oven – it is a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate dream.

  7. Leave the cookies to cool on the trays for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  8. Once cool, leave as is or decorate according to your preference. The cookies will keep for up to one week stored in an airtight container.

  9. Enjoy!!!

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Churro’s

A fresh, hot churro dunked in a velvety chocolate sauce just sounds like heaven, right?

Churros have definitely become increasingly popular in South Africa, but to find the perfect one in Cape Town is somewhat rare. Instead of hunting for it, I opted for the easier route and whipped up a batch yesterday, using the recipe below.

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Turkish Pide

Pide, the Turkish Flatbread has recently been all a rage, as it is the perfect solution for an easy meal or snack. Just like flatbread or pizza, the  toppings can be adapted according to your craving or preference. The base as mentioned, is a flat-bread of a similar style to pita, chapati, or western pizza crust.

As you need time for the dough to rise, you’d need to prepare this a few hours before serving.

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Mhalabia – Lebanese Dessert

During my recent trips to Abidjan, a friend had opened my eyes to the magic of Lebanese cuisine. For dessert I tried Mhalabia, a sweet and creamy almost panna cotta like textured middle-eastern milk dessert with the perfect complementary note of rose water, topped with honeyed pistachios. As a sweet treat, this was right up my alley and left me dreaming about it for days.

These daydreams left me with no choice but to try and recreate it, to satisfy my growing craving. To my pleasant surprise, it is incredibly quick and easy to make!

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Chocolate Bread Pudding

I’ve had this recipe in my drafts for such a long time, it’s finally time to shake off the dust and cobwebs and share this quick, easy and decadent recipe!

With winter snuggled in, this is the perfect quick and  indulgent dessert to whip up for comfort, nostalgia and eye-rolls-of-delight…*cue the music* Chocolate Bread Pudding. I literally took a traditional bread pudding recipe and replaced the raisins with chopped up Lindt couverture. The selfish reason for this substitute is simply because I can’t stand raisins and hey any excuse for chocolate right?!

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Banoffee Pie

Happy New Year! Wishing each and everyone a fabulous new year, may the year ahead navigate us all to be the best versions of ourselves!

During the holidays, I must say, I didn’t bake as much as I thought I would. However, at the very start of my vacation, I gave this banoffee pie a go and wow it’s delicious, decadent but I must warn you that it is quite rich and therefore a modest slice will completely hit the spot. Continue reading

Doughnuts

Doughnuts…warm, soft and smothered in chocolate…this is definitely one of life’s greatest pleasures.

The doughnut culture has also recently fast tracked in South Africa, with the major names like Dunkin Doughnuts and Krispy Kreme and quite a few independent stores popping up all over the country.

This is the first time I attempted to make doughnuts and I will definitely keep experimenting with New recipes and variations because this like cookies is dependent on what your preference is, i.e. soft or doughy, etc. 

Ingredients

Recipe credit: Indian Delights

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk/yoghurt
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (optional)

Method:

  • Beat the eggs until frothy
  • Add the sugar, butter and buttermilk/yoghurt and beat well
  • In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients and slowly add to batter, mixing well.
  • Adjust the flour and liquid if required
  • Roll out the dough and press out into desired doughnut shape
  • Fry the doughnuts in deep, hot oil
  • Strain doughnuts once removed from oil on a paper towel
  • Decorate as desired: I coated the top with a milk chocolate ganache and sprinkles for the kids ofcourse 🙂 enjoy!

Chocolate-Overload Chocolate Squares

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Festive season is here with a bang, well at least for the kids it is, my holiday kicks off in a few days time. As last week was filled with school parties and kiddie movie days, I decided to make this chocolate cake inspired by @saadzb Rocky Road Chocolate Cake.

My daughter had lots of fun decorating the cake with all sorts of chocolate goodies such as Astros, Kit-Kat and ofcourse every kids happy place – the land of colourful sprinkles.

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