Star topped mince pies

Homemade mince pie recipe

 

No Christmas is complete without a batch or two of homemade mince pies. I have fond memories of making them as a child with my mom and sister during the school holidays, and it is a tradition that has carried on through the years – only now I get to make mince pies with my kids!

 

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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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Butternut, brie and cranberry tartlets with rosemary shortcrust

Butternut and brie tartlets with cranberries and shortcrust pastry

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (hint hint) and this week I am teaming up with Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts to bring you two brand new recipes to spoil your mum with this Sunday. Today we are starting off with something savoury in the form of these rustic butternut, brie and cranberry tartlets with rosemary shortcrust pastry… ooh la la!

 

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Chocolate cheese tart with dark chocolate ganache

Baked chocolate tart

 

Valentine’s Day is coming up and this lovely little dessert is perfect for the occasion. It’s inspired by an old chocolate tart recipe I made back in college whilst doing my food training, and I have adapted it by adding a decadent dark chocolate ganache layer and using my favourite sweet pastry recipe for the base. (And if making pastry from scratch for someone isn’t a sign of love then I don’t know what is!)

 

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Spinach and feta empanadas with red pepper sauce

Spinach empanadas with roasted red pepper sauce

 

Capetonians will be pleased to read that this post has nothing to do with the water crisis… argh, I said it! We are all a little bit obsessed right now you see, (one’s Facebook feed is enough to induce a severe case of hysteria!), and in uncertain times like these we could all do with a little comfort food. Like a golden pastry pocket that fits snugly in your hand, filled with a delicious cheesy spinach stuffing and dipped in a warming roasted red pepper sauce. I’ll take one! Or three…

 

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Christmas phyllo crackers with salted caramel dipping sauce

Phyllo crackers filled with fruit mince

 

It’s December already and time to start thinking about what delicious things to make and eat these Christmas holidays! In our home we are starting to get into the Christmas spirit and my little ones especially look forward to lots of baking and treat making in the kitchen during their summer school holidays.

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Mini tomato and chevin tarts (with video)

Chevin tomato tartlets


Following on from our puff pastry theme from last week, these moreish savoury tartlets are incredibly easy to put together and totally delicious! Yet another way to use puff pastry and I am not ashamed to say that I always keep a roll of the ready made stuff in the freezer for quick snacks like this.

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Mini chocolate and almond croissants

 Mini chocolate and almond croissants.

Hello foodies! I do hope the week has been treating you well, and if not hang in there as the weekend is just around the corner. And weekends mean brunch, and what is brunch without a few tasty pastries? I do love a good croissant every now and then, but did you know how easy it is to make them yourself? This week I am showing you how!

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