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Cakes, biscuits, muffins, bread from my Food and Family blog

Kit Heathcock
Food & Family: South African Rusks -The Recipe Rusk Recipe, Tea Loaf, Danishes, South African Recipes, Meals For One, Christmas Baking, Summer Recipes, I Foods, Baked Goods
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Rusks Revisited

South African rusks recipe has to be the single biggest search term that brings new visitors to my blog. It seems that there are an awful lot of ex-pat South Africans desperate for a good rusk to dip in their rooibos tea, stranded in foreign lands where the only option is to bake your own. And not only ex-pats: my sister-in-law turned to Google when looking for a new rusk recipe and found the recipe she picked from the search results rather familiar – she’d ended up on my blog with the same…

Mulberry muffins - a delicious and easy recipe Cantaloupe Recipes, Radish Recipes, Fruit Recipes, Baking Recipes, Cheddarwurst Recipe, Frangipane Recipes, Mulberry Recipes, Spagetti Recipe, Thermomix
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Berry Muffins Too Early On A Weekend Morning

It’s early for a weekend morning. Consciousness dawns and with it a reminder that I need to bake muffins for my husband to take in to his photography workshop. Semi-awake, it’s out to the mulberry tree, early sunshine flirting with clouds to see who will be the dominant partner today. The tree is usually dripping with ripe berries, but it was well raided yesterday and I have to look carefully under leaves and in between branches to fill my cup. Sift together dry ingredients. Mix together wet…

South African Crustless Milk Tart A couple of days ago, on a winter afternoon, with an over-supply of milk from the weekend about to hit it. South African Desserts, South African Dishes, South African Recipes, Africa Recipes, Custard Recipes, Tart Recipes, Baking Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Pudding Recipes
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South African Milk Tart Recipe

South African Crustless Milk Tart A couple of days ago, on a winter afternoon, with an over-supply of milk from the weekend about to hit its sell by date, I suddenly had a yen for a nice, creamy rice pudding. The sort that you can throw into the oven and come back to a couple of hours later for a dose of starchy, stomach-warming, central heating. Long, long ago as students revising for our finals, this was our standby. One of us would assemble the ingredients and chuck it into the oven. Our…

Malva Pudding with Apricot Jam and Gazanias Some of you gave such a rapturous reception to the crustless milk tart recipe that I thought I. Tart Recipes, My Recipes, Baking Recipes, Favorite Recipes, Family Recipes, Recipies, Lemon And Lime Cheesecake, No Bake Vanilla Cheesecake, Pudding Desserts

Malva Pudding Recipe

Malva Pudding with Apricot Jam and Gazanias Some of you gave such a rapturous reception to the crustless milk tart recipe that I thought I'd try out another of my sister-in-law's recipes for this typical South African pudding as a contribution to Johanna's hosting of Sugar High Friday. The theme is local sweet specialities. As an English girl transplanted to South Africa I've done a fair bit of transplanting and dissemination of some of my native recipes but have also adopted plenty of local…

Pumpkin Pops for a Taste of Yellow – A tribute to Barbara Harris - Vegan Pumpkin Vegan Pumpkin, Baked Pumpkin, Pumpkin Recipes, Pumpkin Ideas, Mexican Food Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Desserts, Pumpkin Fritters, Pops Kitchen
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Pumpkin Pops for a Taste of Yellow – A tribute to Barbara Harris

Ginger and oat biscuits Family Recipes, Family Meals, Oat Cookies, I Foods, Baking Recipes, Biscuits, Chocolate, Cake, Desserts
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Ginger Oat Cookies on A Quiet Saturday Morning

An unusual silence for a Saturday morning. The house is holding its breath, a dog’s snoring the only sound above the rustle of leaves in trees, as an infant south-easter prepares to ruffle the hot morning air. I’m home alone, which hardly ever happens; the girls at an impromptu sleepover, my husband dropping our son and his inseparable computer at a friend’s house for the weekend before heading off to a meeting. I made all my noise earlier with the vacuum cleaner, washing machine and dishes…

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Ginger Oat Cookies on A Quiet Saturday Morning

An unusual silence for a Saturday morning. The house is holding its breath, a dog’s snoring the only sound above the rustle of leaves in trees, as an infant south-easter prepares to ruffle the hot morning air. I’m home alone, which hardly ever happens; the girls at an impromptu sleepover, my husband dropping our son and his inseparable computer at a friend’s house for the weekend before heading off to a meeting. I made all my noise earlier with the vacuum cleaner, washing machine and dishes…

Bay and Citrus Shortbread - Colleen's wonderful recipe is a winner for gifts and special tea-time treats Healthy Family Meals, Healthy Snacks, Baking Recipes, Snack Recipes, Shortbread Recipes, I Foods, Delicious Desserts, Sweet Tooth, Sweet Treats
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...there's more to life than brownies.....but not much!!

Chocolate Tart recipe - a really rich, grown up, decadent one. Tart Recipes, Baking Recipes, Family Recipes, Family Meals, Best Chocolate, I Foods, Biscuits, Pudding, Cake
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Chocolate Tart

Good chocolate, dark chocolate, seriously bitter chocolate… how dark can you go? Do you stop at 60% or can you take the almost no sweetness of 85% cocoa solids that stays on your tongue with no holds barred, chocoholic, I’m-in-need-of-a-fix madness. Looking for a chocolate tart recipe for a grown-up dinner party, I was thinking really bitter chocolate in a light pastry case: dark chocolate flavour and richness to complement an orange sorbet and the guava parfait that I’d just discovered…

The best butter cookie recipe for hearts and any other shapes Family Recipes, Family Meals, Best Butter Cookie Recipe, Baking Recipes, Cookie Recipes, I Foods, Cookie Cutters, Icing, Biscuits

Heart Biscuits

Middle Daughter's first attempt at icing writing There’s something about heart shapes that automatically warm the... um... well... heart! Not that I’m a soppy romantic or anything but they just have a special energy that appeals to everyone, kids or adults. Maybe there are some stony-hearted sceptics who can’t stand them, but I’ve yet to meet anyone who wasn’t a sucker for a heart biscuit. Especially when they taste good, as well as looking delectably pretty. Ever since my Middle Daughter…

Strawberry Jam recipe to preserve all those gorgeous berries for the rest of the year. Jam Recipes, Family Recipes, Family Meals, Baking Recipes, Strawberry Jam Recipe, Fruit Salad, I Foods, Preserves, Food Ideas
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Strawberry Jam Season - And The Recipe

Strawberries have been an intrinsic part of my October and November life since before my blog began. Some years we’ve grown enough to sell, jam and feast on, others only enough to gather surreptitiously and tell no-one else about, lest we be short of a few jars of jam before the next season rolls in. Two years running we had a strange bug that bothered our strawberries (we grow organically so no sprays) and I spent ages sorting and chopping out the bug bits, jamming the remainder. Strawberry…

Easy peasy lemon squeezy just about sums up this pear cake recipe. It comes from my favourite Jane Grigson's Fruit Book (At Table) and she . Family Recipes, Family Meals, Baking Recipes, Cake Recipes, Pear Cake, Easy Peasy, I Foods, Biscuits, Bread
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Easy Peasy Pear Cake

Easy peasy lemon squeezy just about sums up this pear cake recipe. It comes from my favourite Jane Grigson's Fruit Book (At Table) and she collected the recipe in France. Youngest was looking for something new to bake and since my sister-in-law had just harvested an abundance of pears from her tree, all of which were begging to be used up quickly, I turned to the pear section of the book. Two recipes for pear cakes sat side-by-side, both French, both very similar. Youngest chose this one…

Guava Delight - a sweet made of guavas - lots of stirring but worth the effort. Guava Fruit, Cookie Desserts, Dessert Recipes, Dessert Ideas, Guyana Food, Caribbean Recipes, Caribbean Food, Cuban Recipes, Desert Recipes
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Guava Delight

Spring is in the air and yet the guava season continues. Our trees have been prolific this year, but are considerately allowing their fruit to ripen a little at a time now, so that we can get through one basket before we fill the next and stagger back to the house weighed down with golden globes of perfumery. At one stage I really did think I was going to get sick of guavas before the end of the winter, but they keep luring me back with their fresh fragrance and unique flavour. Hard to…