Holiday hot chocolate with cinnamon marshmallows

Hot chocolate recipe with cinnamon and home made marshmallows

 

The Christmas treats continue this week and today’s recipe is totally decadent and perfect for those times when only chocolate will do! This is not your standard everyday hot chocolate, (it is pretty much a dessert in its own right) but it is utterly luscious.

 

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Star topped mince pies

Homemade mince pie recipe

 

No Christmas is complete without a batch or two of homemade mince pies. I have fond memories of making them as a child with my mom and sister during the school holidays, and it is a tradition that has carried on through the years – only now I get to make mince pies with my kids!

 

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Santa’s Christmas cookies

Fruity chocolate chip cookie recipe

 

It’s almost December and after trying my best over the last two months to ignore the Christmas jingles on the radio and festive paraphernalia lurking at every turn in the supermarket I have decided to embrace the season. Yes folks, I am officially “feeling Christmassy”. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some divine Christmas treats, so let’s kick things off today with a bit of festive baking shall we?

 

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Peanut butter and walnut fudge bites (GF, SF, DF)

Peanut butter and walnut fudge recipe.

 

We are doubling down on nutty goodness this week with a brand new recipe that I put together recently – peanut butter and walnut fudge bites, yum! This is the kind of quick and easy treat that I love snacking on in the afternoon when I need an energy boost and feel like a little something sweet but guilt-free. They are so good!

 

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No-churn milk tart ice cream

No churn milk tart ice cream recipe

 

As promised last week I have a divine dessert for you today and it is inspired by one of our favourite puddings here in S.A. Milk tart is a South African classic – a pastry shell filled with custard, baked and then topped with cinnamon. The only dessert my kids ever ask for these days though is ice cream, so I decided to play around and combine the two. The result – an easy no-churn ice cream with all the flavour of a milk tart, winning!

 

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Cheesy mielie and bacon bread

Mielie bread recipe with bacon and cheddar cheese.

 

Spring is in the air and with it the enticing aroma of braais (barbecues) being lit in back gardens all around the neighbourhood. Don’t you get serious lunch envy when you walk outside and smell someone else’s braai on the go, or is that just me?

No braai (in my humble opinion) is complete with some carbs in one form or another to accompany the main course, and sweetcorn bread makes a fantastic and easy side dish to pop on the table. I updated one of my old mielie bread recipes to include plenty of cheese, bacon bits and fresh herbs to up the flavour. Serve this easy, cheesy mielie and bacon bread warm from the oven with plenty of butter to enjoy alongside your braai feast.

 

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Bacon and cheese potato bake

Potato bake recipe with bacon and cheese.

 

It has been a long time since I made a good old potato bake, but I had a sudden craving a few weeks ago! So I grabbed my James Martin cookbook, scribbled down his recipe for dauphinois which I had been wanting to try and took it on our holiday to make for the fam on one of our braai evenings. Me being me I tweaked the recipe and added a few extra bits and pieces, and it tasted amazing! Potatoes, cream, two cheeses and bacon – I’m there! And making a dish that gets a thumbs up from the entire family is always a bonus.

 

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Apple and cinnamon clafoutis

Easy French clafoutis recipe with apples

 

We’re keeping things simple this week with a beautiful but uncomplicated French dessert. Clafoutis, (pronounced kla-foo-tea) is traditionally made with cherries, but it works with lots of types of fruit. And don’t let the fancy name put you off – clafoutis is actually very simple to make. I decided to go for an apple version this time around, with plenty of cinnamon thrown in for good measure!

 

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