• sticky date pudding with caramel sauce
6 Mar, 2016

Sticky date & sultana pudding

By |March 6th, 2016|Desserts, Recipes|0 Comments

This is a take on the British classic, sticky toffee pudding.  Yes, it's sticky, yes it's calorific and yes a family favourite for those with a sweet tooth.  This recipe embraces the pressure cooker and makes it a simple, quick, but delicious dessert that will impress dinner guests or family and something you don't have [...]

15 Feb, 2016

Health rusks

By |February 15th, 2016|Recipes, Snacks, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Health rusks - These are like muesli bars and slightly crumblier than buttermilk rusks. You can always swap ingredients for an even healthier version...i.e. replace the butter and sugar for oil and natural sugar alternatives. - sugar, butter (melted), bran flakes (crushed), self raising flour, baking powder, salt, sultanas (or raisins), milk (at room temperature), [...]

  • buttermilk rusks (Karringmelkbeskuit) ouma rusks
15 Feb, 2016

Buttermilk rusks (karringmelk beskuit)

By |February 15th, 2016|Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Buttermilk rusks, karringmelk beskuit in Afrikaans are probably the most popular choice and most traditional flavour when it comes down to a rusk.  A true staple in most South African's diet, or at least they are to the expats I know.  These are hard 'double-baked' biscuits and make the perfect dunkers/dippers in tea and coffee.  [...]

  • low calorie italian meringue icing
14 Feb, 2016

Apricot, cinnamon and olive oil cupcakes

By |February 14th, 2016|Low calorie, Low GI, Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

These cupcakes 'under the bonnet' are healthy versions of cupcakes, without scrimping on taste.  I have replaced butter with yoghurt and rapeseed oil and replaced refined sugar with xylitol (natural sugar alternative) and reduced flour by 50 per cent, replacing it with ground almonds.  As for the icing, I've used an Italian meringue style frosting [...]

  • baked chocolate, banana & vanilla muffins
6 Feb, 2016

Chocolate, banana & vanilla muffins

By |February 6th, 2016|Recipes, Snacks, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Chocolate, banana & vanilla muffins - Using my tried and tested healthy muffin base mix, I've created muffins from my favourite flavours. I have used raw cocoa (doesn't have added sugar) and like dark chocolate, coconut sugar instead of processed, refined cane sugar, balanced with natural sugar from the banana. This also bulks out the [...]

  • cinnamon, oat and raisin muffins
4 Feb, 2016

Apple, cinnamon & sultana muffins

By |February 4th, 2016|Low calorie, Recipes, Snacks, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Apple, cinnamon & sultana muffins - Taking my healthy muffin base mix, I've created the classic flavour combo of apple, cinnamon and sultanas. I choose sultanas over raisins as they are plumper, have more sweetness, yet less sugar. For the final touch and for added texture, I sprinkle rolled oats on top, before baking (omit [...]

  • low calorie lemon drizzle cake
5 Dec, 2015

Light lemon drizzle cake

By |December 5th, 2015|Recipes, Sweet treats|0 Comments

Light lemon drizzle cake - A lighter version of the ever popular lemon drizzle cake. The version drops the butter in favour of rapeseed oil and fat free yoghurt, making it lower in saturated fat and carbs. - self raising flour, baking powder, ground almonds, polenta, lemons (finely grated), golden caster sugar, rapeseed oil, eggs, [...]

  • fat free & sugar free fruit cake
29 Oct, 2015

Fat-free & sugar-free fruit cake

By |October 29th, 2015|Dairy-free, Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

I know that fruit cake can be a bit like Marmite.  You either like dried fruit, love a Christmas cake or pudding or give it a wide berth!  Don't overlook this recipe quite yet. Yes, this recipe has dried fruit at its core, but isn't in anyway heavy, dense or calorific as you might expect. [...]

  • madeleines french patisserie
19 Oct, 2015

Madeleines

By |October 19th, 2015|Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

I have loved these for years, but never been brave enough to try these difficult treats.  I have heard many have had limited success when it comes to Madeleines.  Then I came across this recipe my Julia Childs, who has perfected the technique.  Armed with a madeleine baking pan (to give you bake the traditional [...]

  • low calorie apple cake
16 Oct, 2015

Low fat apple cake

By |October 16th, 2015|Desserts, Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Low fat apple cake - This cake is light, soft with a surprisingly light crumb. You can make this free-from and makes a perfect, low calorie, indulgent feeling snack, all under 140 calories per slice. - dessert apples (golden delicious or granny smith), eggs (large), golden caster sugar, xylitol, lemon (zested), salt, plain flour (sifted), [...]