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Bread maker Rye Bread recipe

I have made the same Russell Hobbs rye bread recipe a few times but it always collapsed and failed.  I tweaked it a few times and at last have success.   Previously the dough was a little too wet, I slightly decreased the volume of water and added a little flour.   I have found that when cakes collapse it is because ... Read More »

SIMPLE GRANOLA RECIPE

Cliff has decided that he likes plain and simple granola and I have been struggling to find the perfect one.  I decided to make my own and after looking at a few recipes, I made up this one which has basic ingredients.  You can add whatever else you like, dried fruit, nuts or seeds in what ever quantities you like.  ... Read More »

Mandarin Orange Cheesecake

Some recipes on here come from friends.  Like Dorene’s amazing custard slices or Erika’s butter cookies.  Some are recipes which I have tweaked and made my own.  This one I made up entirely and, if I say so myself it’s pretty darn awesome.  You can make the ginger biscuits for the base from first principles or you can buy a ... Read More »

Salsa for Nachos (or anything else)

I spent a whole lot of time looking for a recipe for cooked salsa but apart from finding very few, in the end I decided that a fresh one would be nice (and it was).  In the past when we’ve had Nachos I’ve bought ready made salsa, this one is nicer, makes about 500ml (way more than the bought bottle), ... Read More »

Tomato sauce for pizza topping

There’s nothing like home made pizza.  I make the dough in my bread machine and we make our own tomato topping.  This is my husband’s recipe. You can either use it as is or give it a whizz with a blender. TOMATO PIZZA TOPPING INGREDIENTS about half a medium or smallish onion 1 tin chopped peeled tomatoes 15 ml tomato ... Read More »

Banting and Gluten Free Lemon Meringue

This week I had a visit from a very special friend from Durban.  She is banting and loves lemon meringue.  I have never tried banting baking before but after some searching chose a recipe on The Banting Chef.  My first attempt was not a success, the recipe didn’t say what size pie dish to use and my tin turned out ... Read More »

Erika’s super butter cookies

In 2016 I was given an order to bake 700 mustache shaped cookies for Movember.  There was no way that I could have done them all on my own.  I baked the cookies and my friend Erika decorated them.  Her decorating skills are amazing.  She shared her cookie recipe with me that she was given at school.  I’ve tried similar ... Read More »

Mrs Campbell’s date loaf

This is another recipe which I have been making since childhood.  When my mother visited her friend Yvonne Campbell I would sit writing out her wonderful recipes.  Last weekend my life long friend Dominique came to visit for my daughter Dominique’s (yes named after her) farewell before she and her husband leave for Canada.  Domi snr is also Domi Jnr’s ... Read More »

Marbled Black Forest Fridge Cheesecake

A while ago I posted a recipe for baked Black Cherry Cheesecake.  This is a different version for a no bake fridge cheesecake.  I don’t really fancy raw eggs in a cheesecake and this recipe is egg free. INGREDIENTS 200g chocolate digestive biscuits or similar (I bake this recipe and use them in my crumb base) 85 grams butter 60 ... Read More »

Strawberry dreams – recipe

It’s that time of year when one end of year party rolls into the next.  We have the end of year ballet party, the swimming party and so on, these strawberry tarts are great to take along to any bring and share.  The pastry shells can be made in advance and even frozen, then putting them together is a doddle. ... Read More »