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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Nutty buttermilk rusks

 

A perfect cup of tea with fresh rusks is one of life’s most wonderful simple pleasures, and you can’t beat a batch that has been home made. With lockdown still firmly in place and many of us continuing to work from home there really is no reason not to whip up a batch and pop them in the oven to dry for a few hours while you go about your business around the house (well, if load shedding allows, bah humbug!)

 

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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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Chicken and rice bowl with macadamia dukkah

 

We’re all familiar with the adage “you eat with your eyes first” and I couldn’t agree more. I also think that having lots of colour on your plate is always a good idea, but I deviated from this idea in today’s recipe which I developed for Cheers Magazine earlier this year.

 

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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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Quick creamy chicken pesto pasta

 

This week’s recipe doubles up as a quick midweek supper or a delicious lunch! I’ve used a zesty homemade basil pesto in this pasta dish along with sautéed chicken, cherry tomatoes and not forgetting the all important parmesan. This speedy meal is easy, filling and full of flavour.

 

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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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