Sugar and spice Christmas pecans

 
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… the tree is up, the presents are wrapped, the Christmas album has been loaded onto the iPod (a necessity) and I have a stash of these in the cupboard – crunchy, candied Christmas pecans!

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Salted caramel sauce

Christmas has come early to Cupcakes and Couscous with the second challenge I am participating in this month. The lovely Sam over at Pomegranate Days has teamed up with Karon Grieve from Larder Love to challenge bloggers to come up with their favourite foodie Christmas gifts. This is right up my street as I love giving foodie presents during the Festive Season – cookies, flavoured oils, roasted nuts… and this rather delectable salted caramel sauce.

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National Cookie Swap 2013 and spiced dark chocolate cookies

Well readers, I can’t wait to tell you about an exciting event that I attended over the weekend. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter then you will no doubt know what I am talking about – the third annual Cape Town Cookie Swap! This year it was a national event with cookie swaps also taking place in Joburg and Durban on the same Saturday. Proceeds from the event went to Khayelitsha Cookies, and I will be telling you a bit more about this fantastic company in a little bit. 

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Chocolate cherry fudge

Fudge has always been one of those “hit or miss” recipes for me. I have made it many times and tried lots of different recipes, but I find that if I don’t boil it for exactly the right amount of time to the minute, the outdoor ambient temperature is not quite right or the stars are not aligned on that particular day then the stuff just does not set! Alright alright, I may have made those last two things up. My point is that making fudge the traditional way can be problematic. So, I decided to put together a foolproof “cheat” recipe. Straightforward, no sugar thermometer required and you will have a batch of tasty fudge ready in a snap.

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