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Day 7: Gingerbread Cupakes

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! It is said every year, but I don’t know how it could possibly be Christmas day already and soon it will be 2015. What. How. When. This recipe was inspired by someone else’s recipe that I discovered on the web. The recipe was on Creme de La Crumb blog run by a lady called Tiffany. I am basically sharing her recipe but changed a few things and let me tell you, she knows what she…

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Day 6: The Best Peppermint Crisp Pudding

December 24, 2014

My mom has been making this dessert since I can remember, and I have been devouring it from the very beginning. It is always my go-to recipe when my brain doesn’t want to think too hard and it never fails and never disappoints. Ingredients: 360g Caramel (I use Nestle Treat caramel, I know it’s a cop out but it is sold for a reason) 200g Milk chocolate digestive biscuits 150g bar of Peppermint Crisp chocolate 250g whipping cream Method: I…

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Day 5: Watermelon Mimosa

December 23, 2014

If you’re looking for a refreshing treat, this is it. I have always been a major fan of anything watermelon flavoured – it’s my favourite Body Shop lipbalm flavour. This watermelon sorbet is no expection. It is both fresh and refreshing, and somewhat healthy. Somewhat. Ingredients: Half a watermelon 2 cups of water 1 cup of caster sugar 2 egg whites Your favourite champagne (Or sparkling grape juice, in my case – not the biggest fan of alcohol) Method: Add the…

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Day 4: Jess’s Hot Chocolate

December 21, 2014

This hot chocolate recipe was inspired by the Parisian patisserie Angelina’s hot chocolate. When I drank the Angelina hot chocolate back in June, it felt as if I was drinking melted chocolate. You can imagine the decadence of it all. I know I will never be able to replicate it but this is my attempt. Ingredients: 4 x 80g bars of Cadbury’s Topdeck chocolate 1/2 a cup of milk, or enough to turn the consistency of the chocolate to something in…

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Day 3: Frozen Berries and White Chocolate Sauce

December 20, 2014

This recipe was introduced to me by my god mother. I never believed three ingredients could taste so damn good. Also, this is the simplest dessert I have ever made. Ever. Ingredients: 350g frozen mixed berries (I buy the Woolworths packet. You can also freeze your own berry mix) 4 x 100g white chocolate 125ml cream   Method: 10 minutes before you are ready to serve your dessert, take the frozen berries out of the freezer. In a small saucepan…

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Day 2: Strawberry and Mint Shakes

December 19, 2014

Christmas time isn’t a cold or snowy time for everyone, for me and the rest of South Africa it’s almost always a sunny day spent by the pool. So a shake had to be added for those who need a bit of cooling off during the festive season. Ingredients: 6 large scoops of your favourite creamy vanilla ice cream (My favourite is Woolworths’ vanilla ice cream) 150g strawberries (hulled and cut in half) 8 large mint leaves, chopped Method: Add…

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Seven Days of Christmas-Inspired Dessert Recipes

December 18, 2014

In my home, most gatherings revolve around the sharing of food. I think this rings true for most families that celebrate Christmas, or any religious holiday, really. For the next seven days I will be posting one Christmas-inspired dessert recipe per day until the day when most of us finally and inevitably stuff our faces in a state of food utopia. This recipe series was not an easy task – 7 desserts that had to be eaten in a short space of…

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The Smore the Better

December 4, 2014

This is one of the best and simplest recipes yet. Pretty much one giant smore, and pretty much out of this world. Ingredients: Three 150g slabs of Cadbury’s Top Deck chocolate (milk and white chocolate) Three tablespoons of milk. One packet of marshmallows – enough to fill the pan you use (I bought a massive packet because I wanted to use only white marshmallows). Marie Biscuits. Method: Heat the oven to 180. Break up the slabs of chocolate into pieces and…

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Recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

November 5, 2014

I came up with this recipe for my man’s birthday. His ultimate ice cream flavour is Häagen Dazs’ strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Since I love food, I thought I would give it a go myself and I hate to toot my own horn but, toot toot. This ice cream was connecting with some serious taste buds. My one problem when coming up with a recipe was my lacking in the ice cream maker department. So, if you too have no…

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Recipe: Banoffee Pie

September 24, 2014

One of my all-time favourite desserts is banoffee pie, it’s also my favourite Häagen Dazs flavour. So, it seemed only fitting for banoffee pie to be the second dessert recipe that I share. This is my sister’s recipe – she adds a layer of chocolate ganache to the biscuit base and it is heavenly. Ingredients: 200g Tennis biscuits 125g melted butter 500ml cream 160g Cadbury’s Top Deck chocolate (2 slabs) 360g Treat caramel (or you can make your own) 4…

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