Tannie du Toit’s standard pudding

Monday, 7 October 2019|Baking, Sweet tooth|

I don’t know Tannie du Toit, could not have, because this standard pudding (that’s it’s name) recipe of hers dates back to the early 50s. I discovered it in one of the precious handwritten recipe books I inherited from my gran. I think of it as the pound cake of puddings because it has one of everything – one cup […]

Sauvignon saffron pears with yoghurt cream

Monday, 1 July 2019|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Impossible to describe and, once tasted, impossible to forget – that’s saffron for you. It’s brilliant in any savoury rice-based dish like paella or risotto; gobsmackingly good with seafood and tomato-based stews or soups; a treat in biscuits and even ideal for custards. Of course it’s not just the flavour of saffron that makes it such a kitchen star, there’s […]

Cocoa nib fudge

Monday, 8 April 2019|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

I love fudge as much as the next person. At least, I used to. But with every 365 days I add to my life, my sweet tooth seems to be just a little bit less sweet. As if it’s not enough that one has to contend with sagging and spreading, one’s palate apparently also develops ideas of its own. Increasingly […]

Grandma’s hot-milk chocolate cake

Wednesday, 6 February 2019|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Cake is not really a thing I would cross the Kalahari barefoot for – with two possible exceptions: 1) cheesecake, but only a decent oven-baked one and… 2) chocolate cake – the darker and richer, the better. Chocolate cake recipes made with hot milk are not exactly something new. Every self-respecting church fête baker has a trusted recipe that’s mostly guarded […]

Watermelon rooibos granita

Monday, 21 January 2019|Sweet tooth|

The big eat of Christmas is over, the holiday tan fading. And if everything I read in the papers is to be believed, folks are fairly depressed in Januworry. But it’s a twelfth of the year people, so I refuse to hate January. Instead I choose to celebrate high summer with an icy indulgence that puts a smile on my […]

Cherry-almond chocolate truffles

Thursday, 6 December 2018|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Frippery – such a lovely English word. My dictionary describes it as a showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture or dress, a tawdry or frivolous thing. Well, these cherry and almond truffles are all that and more!

Shop-bought truffles are ridiculously expensive. I absolutely refuse to pay someone else outrageous amounts for doing something I can so easily do myself. At […]