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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Almond and chocolate macarons with Elmarie Berry

How to make almond macarons with chocolate ganache

 

What do you get when you put two foodies in a kitchen with some almonds, sugar and a macaron recipe? In this case it was tons of laughter, some exploding butter and a batch of  scrumptious almond and chocolate macarons!

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Lemon sponge cake (with video)

Classic Victoria sponge cake recipe with lemon.

 

Today’s blog post is dedicated to a classic bake, and can you get any more traditional than a good old Victoria sponge cake? Said to be named after Queen Victoria this regal cake is gorgeous in its simplicity. While I admire the multi-layered, brightly coloured, over the top cake creations all over my Instagram feed these days, you can still rely on the classics, like this easy lemon sponge cake, to be a crowd pleaser.

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Peanut and milk chocolate sandies

Peanut sandwich cookie recipe

 

Sometimes you just need some cookies in your life! Like last week. May has been the craziest month of the year so far for me and while I enjoy embracing the busy I realised that I have not had any time to do some leisurely baking for the family. So I decided it was high time I rectified that situation and grabbed my copy of “Sweet” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh for some cookie inspiration!

 

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