Chocolate and walnut yule log

Yule log Christmas dessert

 

We are counting down the sleeps until Christmas Day and there’s just time for one more Christmas recipe and my last post for 2018! This festive showstopper looks beautiful on the table and makes a decadent and delicious dessert. What is it exactly? My version is essentially a chocolate swiss roll filled with a walnut and cream cheese filling, smothered in chocolate icing and topped with chocolate curls. And in the mandatory log format! (Apologies in advance to your dentists and personal trainers… #sorrynotsorry.)

 

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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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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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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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Sticky marmalade squares

Easy baked marmalade squares

 

The other day whilst clearing out one of the shelves in my fridge I discovered that I had no less than five, yes FIVE, jars of marmalade hiding in between the other condiments. Now I know that I have received a few jars over the years but how I lost track and ended up with that many I do not know. Something needed to be done, and I decided that that thing needed to be a marmalade-inspired treat!

 

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Apple cake with cream cheese icing

Apple cake recipe

 

It’s time for another cake recipe! Several weeks ago I was asked to bake an apple cake for Miss M’s class to enjoy as a treat as part of their winter festival on their last day of term. Something simple but beautiful, and of course delicious. I turned to my recipe books for some inspiration and decided to go with an Ottolenghi apple cake recipe – as usual, it did not disappoint!

 

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Mini chocolate mousse doughnuts (with video)

Baked doughnuts recipe

 

Time for another healthy snack recipe. Ha ha, I wish! But you have to treat yourself every now and then, yes? I realised recently that I have never posted a doughnut recipe until now, so let me make up for that with these baked mini chocolate mousse doughnuts.

 

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