Chocolate truffle tart

2021-10-08T10:14:03+02:00Friday, 8 October 2021|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Saturday, 9 October, is official Pinotage Day. I don’t exactly need an excuse to open a bottle of this truly South African cultivar, but I got one when the folks from FAT Bastard Wines sent me this recipe for a chocolate truffle tart. They recon it’s the ideal decadent treat to pair with their Pinotage. Showcasing ripe plums and rich [...]

Black Forest Trifle

2021-05-06T12:08:55+02:00Thursday, 6 May 2021|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Sunday is Mother’s Day. In a calendar packed with ‘days’ commemorating anything from The Pancake to The Voting Rights of the Lesser Spotted Purple Possum, this is one of the few that I actually do agree with. Mothers are special. They deserve it. My mum has sadly been gone for ten years, but if she were at my table [...]

Blueberry and port cobbler

2020-11-02T14:00:55+02:00Tuesday, 11 August 2020|Sweet tooth|

The signs of spring are all around! I’m seeing tender pink blossoms all over; the cat isn’t super glued to me at night anymore; and every morning birdsong starts up just a little bit earlier in my neighbour’s giant oak tree. But winter is by no means done with us, as I was reminded last week when two cold fronts [...]

Nutella French toastie

2020-09-30T08:18:36+02:00Friday, 24 July 2020|Breakfast, Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

French toast was a breakfast favourite of mine as a kid. Because it was the one thing I could actually cook as a 5-year-old, and because eggy wondrousness. It was pretty basic French toast stuff of course. Just normal white bread dipped into egg whisked with a splash of milk. Naturally I had to have it with that other favourite [...]

Old-fashioned lemon posset

2020-09-30T08:18:37+02:00Wednesday, 8 July 2020|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Lemon posset is not a particularly South African pudding. Nope, it’s particularly English. Which is why it took me some time to discover the magic of this mind-blowingly simple, 3-ingredient pudding. Cream, sugar and lemon is all you need to make lemon posset. A bit of basic kitchen chemistry kicks in to transform these everyday ingredients into a velvety smooth, [...]

Butterscotch sauce with brown sugar

2020-09-30T08:18:37+02:00Monday, 27 April 2020|Basic recipes, Sweet tooth|

I did a post a few days ago on how to make a caramel sauce the right way. Now it's time for its lazy cousin, the butterscotch sauce. The ingredients for a butterscotch sauce are the same as that for a caramel sauce (sugar, cream, butter), but the technique and quantities differ. Instead of starting by making a caramel, as [...]