Chocolate and pecan loaf cake

Chocolate and pecan tea loaf cake

 

I remember baking and photographing this particular loaf on a grey and rainy winter afternoon. The chocolatey aroma wafting from the kitchen was just heavenly, and the wait while it cooled and was being photographed felt like forever. This simple chocolate loaf cake is a delight with its soft crumb and crunchy pops of pecan nuts, all slathered in velvety chocolate buttercream.

 

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Chocolate and peanut butter fudge blocks

Peanut butter fudge blocks

 

Chocolate and peanut butter – definitely a match made in heaven. But enjoying this flavour experience doesn’t necessarily have to be a naughty indulgence. I’ve made these fudge blocks using sugar free peanut butter, honey and coconut oil for a more wholesome but satisfying snack.

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Black and white s’mores

Charcoal s'mores

A few months ago I was asked to develop a “black and white” recipe for a magazine feature, and here is the result… these monochromatic s’mores. I enjoyed experimenting with these treats and decided to make a digestive style cookie, adding charcoal to get the desired deep black colour. Just add a white marshmallow and a block of dark chocolate and you have a very grown up s’more!

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Mexican hot chocolate cookies

 

Lockdown baking is my jam right now. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed because of our current lockdown situation I know that I can head into the kitchen, grab a handful of ingredients and simply whip, stir and bake my stress away – for a little while at least! For instant baking gratification you can’t beat a batch of cookies and they are my go-to treats at the moment. (If you see a lot of cookie recipes popping up on the blog over the next few months you’ll know why!)

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Lockdown recipe ideas and my top 8 stay at home tips

 

It’s week three of self isolation for my family not to mention one week into South Africa’s lockdown, and it felt wrong to just put out another recipe without acknowledging the strange and unsettling situation that we all find ourselves in right now. So for this post I’m doing something a little different and sharing not only some recipe inspiration but some thoughts on how we’re managing at home, and our new routine. Please feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear how you’re doing!

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Chocolate and peanut butter ganache cupcakes

 

I’ve been baking up a storm this past week. We celebrated my daughter’s birthday over the weekend (which meant party cake and treats as well as cupcakes for school and home) and today Cupcakes and Couscous turns 7! Last year we celebrated with this caramel choc chip ice cream and this year I decided that some decadent chocolate ganache cupcakes were the perfect treat to celebrate this milestone.

 

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Coconut, pistachio and goji berry chocolate bark

 

Here’s a tasty little snack recipe to keep in your back pocket – homemade chocolate bark with toasted coconut, pistachios and goji berries. If you’ve never made your own chocolate before this is a must-try!

 

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Almond and blueberry brownies

 

If I had to choose my ultimate treat I think brownies may just be it! And when it comes to brownies I’m quite particular about what I like – rich, dark, fudgy brownies are where it’s at. I’ve also tried a number of “health” brownie recipes over the years and while the results have been okay they have never really hit the spot in terms of chocolatey-ness and that dense texture. So I was very excited to discover this recipe for brownies with dark chocolate chunks and blueberries which marries the two perfectly, I may just have found my new favourite brownie recipe.

 

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