Hazelnut, cranberry and pistachio chocolate bark

 

This treat is so simple to make that it barely needs a recipe! I absolutely love making chocolate bark, it’s almost like creating a piece of edible art. Swirling the chocolates together and decorating the slab with your favourite toppings is actually quite relaxing, and you have a delicious treat to enjoy at the end of it.

 

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White chocolate and granadilla semifreddo

White chocolate and granadilla semifreddo

Granadillas are in season and that’s the perfect excuse to whip up some sweet treats using this delicious purple fruit. I was gifted a big bag of homegrown granadillas by a friend and couldn’t wait to whip up a new recipe.

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Custard and mince pie ice cream sandwiches

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Can I get a hooray for summer holidays? Sunshine, family time and of course delicious food are all on the menu for the next few weeks, and I can’t wait! Christmas is the perfect excuse to indulge a little, and I was thrilled when Ultra Mel asked me to put together a festive recipe using their vanilla custard.

 

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“Strawberry and Yoghurt” with rose and pistachios

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I am so excited to announce a brand new recipe series that is starting on the blog today! It’s no secret that I am a hopeless granola addict, and for this series I have teamed up with Nature’s Source to bring you a bunch of delicious recipes and a few different ways of enjoying your granola.

 

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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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Rosé poached pears with white chocolate sauce

Pears poached in rose wine.

 

Let’s talk desserts guys. More specifically, light summer desserts that would look great on your Christmas table. I do love traditional Christmas desserts, the rich puddings in all their fruity, custardy glory, but I know that these are not everyone’s favourites and not really suited to our hot South African Christmas. Enter the summer pear!

 

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Cranberry and white chocolate crunchies

There is a very simple story behind this one. Last weekend we were invited to a Christmas picnic with some playgroup friends and I was asked to bring a plate of sweet eats to share. “Fantastic!” I thought, right up my alley. Crunchies are usually always a hit with adults and children, and the fact that I was having a crazy weekend and needed something I could make in a jiffy made them even more perfect. I have a wonderful basic crunchie recipe which I have previously adapted to make chocolate crunchies and today I wanted to share the Christmas version that I made for the picnic.

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Macadamia and cranberry chocolate squares

I made these sumptuous squares of chocolatey goodness over the weekend and they were just too good not to share! The original recipe comes from “Ottolenghi – The Cookbook” and I adapted it to use ingredients that I had to hand. In the Ottolenghi version they included chestnuts and dried figs (which sounds utterly delicious!), but I opted for creamy macadamias and tart cranberries as these also taste fantastic with white chocolate. I also used chocolate coated digestives instead of the regular ones just to up the chocolate even more – go big or go home, right?

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