Spooky spiderweb cake

Spider web red velvet cake with chocolate cream cheese icing and chocolate ghosts

 

Halloween is just around the corner and it’s interesting to see how this holiday has taken off in S.A. over the last few years. When I was a child Halloween was a holiday we saw in movies and on t.v. shows but never celebrated ourselves. This year my kids want to dress up and many neighbourhoods are organising (socially distanced) trick or treating. I decided that I would create a “spooktacular” cake to mark the occasion and for a bit of fun!

 

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Apple and cinnamon fritters with butterscotch sauce

 

I’ve made this recipe quite a few times for the family over the last few weeks – this is lockdown comfort food to the max! The fritters are very easy to whip up and my kids love getting involved and making the recipe themselves. (Batter everywhere but hey, it’s worth it.) It’s a lovely treat for the family, especially on weekends, and sure to bring sugar coated smiles to their faces.

 

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Chocolate and cranberry cereal bars

 

Today’s no bake chocolate treat is one that kiddies and grown ups alike will love! And I’ve realised that one can never have enough snack ideas in one’s recipe collection when little (and big) tummies need some sustenance in between meals.

 

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Chicken tortilla pinwheels (with video)

 

Roll on school holidays! We’re nearly there but with another two weeks or so to go (not that I’m counting) I wanted to share this tasty and nutritious lunch box filler. These chicken and sweetcorn tortilla pinwheels can be made ahead of time and make a great alternative to the usual sarmies.

 

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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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No-churn milk tart ice cream

No churn milk tart ice cream recipe

 

As promised last week I have a divine dessert for you today and it is inspired by one of our favourite puddings here in S.A. Milk tart is a South African classic – a pastry shell filled with custard, baked and then topped with cinnamon. The only dessert my kids ever ask for these days though is ice cream, so I decided to play around and combine the two. The result – an easy no-churn ice cream with all the flavour of a milk tart, winning!

 

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Easy scone dough pizza

Pizza recipe with scone dough base

 

I have got something easy and fun for you today! We have a little tradition in our house called “Pizza Fridays”. It’s a treat to look forward to at the end of the school and work week and, depending on what is on the schedule that day, I tend to whip up a quick pizza for the kids to have for supper. Occasionally I will make a proper yeast dough and tomato sauce from scratch for the whole family to enjoy, but it is usually something I can put together pronto like this tortilla pizza or today’s recipe which uses scone dough as its base.

 

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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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