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recipes

Apple Crumble – simple and yummy

Sometimes the good old-fashioned recipes are the best.  Apple crumble is my son Fjord’s favourite PASTRY 120 g butter 125 ml sugar 1 egg 2 ml vanilla essence 2 cups (500 ml) flour 10 ml baking powder pinch salt FILLING 1 large tin pie apples 60 ml raisins or sultanas (optional) 50 ml brown sugar cinnamon for dusting INSTRUCTIONS Heat ... Read More »

Mocha Muffins

These Chocolate Muffins with a Mocha sauce make a delicious pudding or tea time treat.  The recipe is adapted from one in Quick & Tasty Chocolate – South Africa INGREDIENTS 55 g butter 55 g dark chocolate 2 eggs 75g icing sugar 75 g self-raising flour 25 g cocoa powder FOR MOCHA SAUCE 145 g dark chocolate – broken into ... Read More »

Sula’s take on an iced latte

I LOVE coffee, but with summer here hot coffee is a little less appealing.  I wanted to make an iced latte but did not like the idea of diluting the coffee with ice blocks to make a conventional iced latte, after much searching on the web I still could not find something which fitted the bill.  This is a sort ... Read More »

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS – MAKE LEMON CUPCAKES

  To make these I used the aptly named Perfect vanilla cupcake recipe on Glorious Treats as a base and made a tweak or two.   I am besotted with this recipe and can’t stop playing with it, the cupcakes are moist, light and simply divine. LEMON CUPCAKES (makes 15- 16) INGREDIENTS 1 1/4 cups cake flour 1 1/4 teaspoons baking ... Read More »

Rose Water Cupcakes – a little taste of spring

  Johannesburg is bleak, brown and black during winter, but little buds are beginning to form and spring is so close I can taste it. Well I wanted to taste it and made these rose water cupcakes to bring a splash of sunshine into a dreary day. I used the Perfect vanilla cupcake recipe on Glorious Treats as a base.  ... Read More »

Mocha pinwheel cookies

When I set my heart on trying a new recipe, I always try a few and choose the best.  Often the best then evolves into something else. I discovered a chocolate pinwheel cookie recipe in the book Cooking with Chocolate.  The cookies were so pretty but that was where their charm ended, they tasted like bread, all looks and nothing ... Read More »

Traditional shortbread with unconventional twist in method

Recently I published my grandfather’s bakery shortbread recipe.  The day after making it my Mum told me that the shortbread which I remembered so fondly from my childhood was a different recipe made by my grandmother. Grampa’s recipe is excellent but it makes so much and because it contains 1 egg the ingredients can’t be reduced. When Mum gave me ... Read More »

Family treasure, my grandfather Cliff Pocket’s shortbread recipe

As a young man my maternal grandfather Cliff Pocket, trained to be a master baker in England, he then returned to Rhodesia* and took over his father’s bakery (Pocket’s Bakery) and tearoom in Salisbury*.   After school my mother and her friends would go to Pockets Tearoom for knickerbocker glories.  When grampa Cliff passed away, Mum found his old recipe book ... Read More »

Cowboy cookies (Oat and Raisin cookies)

A long time ago my uncle, his Canadian wife and children packed up their tobacco farm in Rhodesia* and moved to Canada.  As a farewell family gathering we spent a weekend together on the Natal South Coast before they left Africa.   That weekend aunt Marg made a batch of cookies which we all loved, she called them Cowboy cookies and ... Read More »

Incredible Hulk – Choc Chip mint cookies

Sometimes experimental baking does not yield what you have in mind but works out in a different way.  I’ve been looking at the new bottle of mint essence wondering what type of cookies can be made with it.  I chose to adapt a choc chip cookie recipe to fit the bill.  The cookies taste good but the green colour really ... Read More »