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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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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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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Recipe round up: 12 sweet treats to make with cinnamon

Round of sweet cinnamon recipes.

 

Cinnamon has got to be one of the most delicious and popular spices out there, and I am rather prone to putting it in everything. Aside from its gorgeous flavour it also has several health benefits. It is full of antioxidants, helps to lower blood pressure and has antiviral and anti inflammatory properties. All the more reason to sprinkle a little more cinnamon into your life.

I am betting you have a jar of this wonderful stuff in your pantry, so why not dig it out and try out some of these treats using this versatile spice. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments which cinnamon recipe is your favourite!

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Saffron and almond ice cream sandwiches

Vanilla and saffron ice cream sandwiches

 

We have been having plenty of ice cream weather this month, and what better time of the year to enjoy some delicious home made ice cream sandwiches. This recipe is taken from the book “Sweet” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, you may remember me mentioning it in a post a few weeks ago. This book is a must have for anyone who loves their baking and/or treats as it is filled to the brim with recipes for fabulous cakes, desserts, cookies and pies to name a few. There is also an entire chapter devoted to cheesecakes, what’s not to love?!

 

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Recipe round up: 10 Christmas desserts and snacks

Christmas dessert ideas

 

Just five more sleeps until Christmas Day foodies! Are you excited? For this, my last post of the year I have rounded up ten of my favourite Christmas desserts and snacks for you to make and enjoy these holidays. There is even something for the kiddies and some no-bake options if you aren’t in the mood to fire up your oven.

I will be taking a short break to spend some time with the fam but will be back in January with some brand new recipes… ooh, it’s going to be good! In the meantime I wish you a very happy and peaceful festive season and thank you for reading this year! Eat good food, have fun and stay safe! x

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Spiced walnut palmiers (with video)

Walnut palmier cookies

I put this recipe together for the Expresso Show as part of their frugal feasting feature last month. Puff pastry was our star ingredient and we made mini chocolate and almond croissants, tomato and chevin tarts (look out for the recipe next week) and these spiced walnut palmiers. They look like a bit of a fiddle but it is actually easy to make palmiers from scratch, and they are oh so moreish!

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Honey oat crunchies (gluten free)

Gluten free crunchies.

Last week I attended a fabulous event in Joburg with the lovely folks from Sasko. The Sasko Chefs Kitchen took place at the stunning Pick ‘n Pay Good Food Studio in Sandton, and on a rainy Thursday morning the foodies gathered to cook up a Sasko feast.

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