Caramel chocolate Valentine’s Day cookies

Valentine's heart cookies

 

I am sure you don’t need any reminding that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and this little treat is a great way to spoil the special people in your life. Two heart shaped chocolate sugar cookies squeezed together in a caramel hug, yum!

 

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Recipe round up: Divine apple recipes to try!

Apple recipes

 

Ah, the humble apple. Most commonly seen in my house either sliced up and slathered in almond butter or half eaten and deserted on a chair or counter somewhere (and usually with a similarly uneaten apple friend nearby, argh!) Today I have rounded up some of my favourite apple recipes from the blog and I hope you will love them as much as we do in our home.

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Espresso caramel millionaire shortbread and “Chocolate” recipe book giveaway!

Coffee chocolate millionaire shortbread recipe.

 

Today’s post is all about one of my absolute, favourite things. Ever. Maybe it is one of yours too… it’s chocolate! This recipe for espresso caramel millionaire shortbread (try and say that without your mouth watering) comes from the latest addition to my cookbook collection – “Chocolate” by Katelyn Williams of The Kate Tin, and it’s a goodie!

 

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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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