Vanilla cake with chai buttercream

Vanilla Butter Cake with Chai Spiced Frosting

The sweet smell of cinnamon, mixed spice and ginger are such a perfect complement to this vanilla butter cake.  I love to make vanilla cakes, as the choice of frosting is endless and this beautiful chai spiced frosting is not only reminiscent of the festive season, but it enhances and improves the overall taste of this simple butter cake. Continue Reading

How to make meringues

Meringue Kisses

Meringues are such a deceptive dessert on so many levels, they seem so simple to make yet with their delicate crisp exterior you never know if you will be getting a gorgeous gooey centre or one that is dry.  There are so many things that need to work together to get them to be just right.  I personally love them to have a slightly chewy centre, and its  still a bit of a guessing game for me as to how they turn out, but this is the recipe which I have found works the best for my taste. Continue Reading

Dark Chocolate Ganache Tartlets

These elegant Dark Chocolate Ganache Tartlets are my new “go to” for a luxury dessert that looks fabulous, yet is pretty easy to make.  Once you have mastered a pastry crust, the rest is simple.  I have chosen to top mine with Sea Salt Flakes which work so well with the dark chocolate.  The tartlets can be filled with custard or pastry cream and topped with fruit or meringues as an alternate.  Continue Reading

Almond Butter Chocolates

Almond Butter Chocolates

Life is a series of choices, and the ones we make decide our future.  Some are good and some are bad and the same applies to our food choices.  “We are what we eat” is true, and it is a scientifically proven fact the our food choices affect our health, our bodies and our mind.  Sometimes we have to resist that urge to stuff our mouths with  decadent chocolate brownies and sumptuous sugar laden desserts that we all love so much. Continue Reading

Donna Hay Chai cheesecake

Chai Spiced Cheesecakes

These Chai Spiced Cheesecakes are made with spices that depict the essence of the earth.  Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg and Cloves form the heart of these Mixed Spice little beauties, with a ginger and almond base.  They are rich and comforting and a perfect side to eat with a steaming cup of coffee.
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No bake cheesecake

No Bake Cheesecake

Every spring, Mother Nature gives herself a new life.  Flowers and trees burst into colour and with each new leaf  and flower comes the hope of new beginnings and the chance to start afresh.  Have you ever given some time to contemplate how amazing Mother Nature is?  We wake up one morning to the sounds of birdsong and look out the window and notice everything seems brighter and greener, but then turn back and with the hustle and bustle of our busy lives forget that moment, and the beauty that surrounds us.    Nature begins anew in the Spring. How about you? Wouldn’t it feel wonderful to do the same and start afresh? Continue Reading

Vegetable fritters

Vegetable Fritters

Looking for something different for  lunch or breakfast.  These vegetable fritters are the perfect solution.  Today I have paired them with avocado, cream cheese and smoked salmon, but there are so many other ways to eat them. Experiment with your favourite combinations.

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Muesli Breakfast Tart

Muesli Tart

Looking for something different for a special breakfast?  This Muesli Tart is a wonderful combination of a sweet pastry, breakfast muesli, and dried fruit soaked in rooibos tea and blended to form a delicious filling. It is great to serve with a homemade Rooibos Cream or Creme Fraiche at a Sunday brunch or as a sweet breakfast choice.

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Cheese and Chive Bread

Cheese and Chive Bread

There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread, and it is even nicer when the smell is coming from your very own kitchen.  This Cheese and Chive bread requires no yeast and is made the farm style way using self raising flour instead.   Continue Reading