Chocolate Brownies

Preheat oven to 180. Grease and line a 23 cm square tin. Melt 250g butter with 325g sugar, remove from heat. Sift 90g cocoa, 4 Tbsp flour, pinch salt and half tsp baking powder. Stir in melted butter and sugar, add 4 eggs and mix. Add 125g chopped nuts (I use pecan), I sometimes replace nuts with frozen cranberries (as in picture below), and 200g chopped dark chocolate, mix to combine. Pour into prepared tin and bake for about 25 minutes.

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Melting Moments

melting moments

Heat oven to 140.

Cream 360g butter with 120g icing sugar. Add 120g custard powder and 360g plain flour, mix till combined. Roll into small balls and flatten on baking sheet with a fork. Bake for about 8 minutes, remove and cool on wire rack. Sandwich together with a mix of lemon juice and icing sugar. Sublime!

Buttermilk rusks

mmm these are so yummy and so easy to make. I’ve made a batch to take with us on our weekend away at ‘the farm’, in Magoebaskloof, a beautiful part of our country and always a food extravaganza.

Photo by Lara

 

Recipe

1.5 kg self raising flour

3 ml salt

10 ml cream of tartar

500 g butter

350 g sugar

500 ml buttermilk

Pre heat oven to 180C.

Sift dry ingredients. Melt butter and sugar. Add butter and sugar mixture and buttermilk to dry ingredients and combine. Shape into balls and pack into a lined baking tray. Bake for one hour. Remove, turn oven down to 50C. Break rusks up and place directly onto oven rack and leave in oven overnight to dry.

 

 


House and Leisure road show

We catered for the House and Leisure road show, what a pleasure catering for such an appreciative audience!

The feedback was very positive.”

The menu and some pictures:

Moroccan tea glasses with Greek yoghurt, home made muesli and berry coulis.

Freshly baked croissants topped with Belgian chocolate ganache and flaked almond.

Crisp rye toast topped with ribbons of smoked salmon trout and fresh dill.

Rustic freshly baked banana and pecan nut bread served with butter and honey.

Home made scones with thick cream and raspberry jam; and Parmesan, paprika and chives.

Dark rye bread sandwiches with creamed eggs and chives.

Lemon curd cream cup cakes.

Mini savoury pancakes with smoked salmon, cream cheese and quail egg.

Thai chicken satays with a tangy lime and ginger sauce.

Home made flat bread topped with wild rocket, grilled bringal, parmesan shavings and a balsamic reduction.

Short crust pastry tart filled with goats’ cheese cream, topped with fruit and micro greens.

Caramelised onion, blue cheese, walnut and thyme tart.

Chocolate and pecan nut brownies.

Mini meringues sandwiched with raspberry cream.

Brut chocolate cookies sprinkled with brown sugar.

Mini pots of chicken liver parfait with wafer thin melba toast.

Lemon meringue pie.

Berry cup cakes.

Chocolate profiteroles.

 

Sour cherry cup cakes

For the cup cake monster, Monica, on her birthday. I crushed frozen sour cherries into the butter icing for this fantastic natural pink colour and flavour.

Brut Chocolate cocoa biscuits

These are especially dark, salty-sweet chocolate biscuits, the best I’ve ever had!

Photo by Lara.

Set oven at 180.

1 and half cups flour

half cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa

1 cup butter

quarter tsp salt

half cup granulated sugar plus extra for sprinkling

2 tbsp lightly packed light brown sugar

3 tbsp honey

Sift flour, cocoa and salt.

Mix butter, granulated and brown sugars, and honey till fluffy.

Add dry ingredients gradually. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Grease baking sheet. Roll out dough and, using scalloped edged cookie cutter, cut out biscuits. Arrange on baking sheet, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 10 minutes. Transfer to wrack and cool.

Catering menus: High tea

1. Variety of sandwiches: Cucumber; Ham and a whole grain mustard mayonnaise; Cream cheese and pesto; Roasted chicken and home made mayonnaise; Ribbons of smoked salmon trout with cream cheese and fresh dill.

2. Home made scones with thick cream and raspberry jam.

3. Home made cheese scones with chive and cream cheese butter.

4. Variety of quiches: Butternut and Danish feta topped with crispy sage; Quiche Lorraine (caramelised onion and bacon); Onion marmalade with fresh rocket and balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes; Goats cheese, tomato and thyme.

5. Variety of tarts: Blue cheese, pecan nut and fresh thyme; Onion marmalade, fresh tomato, torn olives, fresh thyme and goats cheese; Butternut, crispy sage and walnut; Goats cheese cream and caramelised fruit topping.

6. Millionaires shortbread.

7. Chocolate and pecan nut brownies.

8. Mini lemon meringue pie.

9. Pancakes with lemon wedges and cinnamon sugar.

10. Cup cakes: Vanilla with flavoured butter icing; lemon with lemon curd and meringue topping, chocolate ganache: white and dark.

11. Seasonal fruit platter with fresh mint sugar.

12. Mini tarts filled with caramel and topped with roasted banana and burnt sugar syrup.

13. Meringues or mini pavlovas with lemon curd cream and seasonal fruit.

14. Mini pots of vanilla creme brulee.

15. Chocolate eclairs.

16. Mini short crust pastry tarts with: chocolate cream and berries; lemon curd cream; or raspberry cream and fresh berries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cakes

1. Rich Belgian chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache icing. R300.00

2. Baked cheese cake with berry coulis. R300.00

3. Lemon and poppy seed cake. R200.00

4. Cinnamon and sugar topped tea cake. R75.00

5. Raspberry and sour cream ripple cake. R300.00

6. Pineapple and coconut cake. R120.00

7. Cup cakes. R12.00 – R15.00

8. Lemon meringue pie made with home made lemon curd. R100.00

9. Banana bread loaf with pecan nuts and poppy seeds. R100.00

10. Carrot cake with pecan nuts and cream cheese icing. R300.00

11. Red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. R300.00

12. Layered chocolate mousse cake. R400.00

13. Pavlova Royale with flavoured cream, seasonal fruit and flavoured syrups. (Fruit, chocolate and nut varieties.)

This is a layered sponge cake a I did for a friend, smothered in Italian meringue.

Prices on request.

Catering menus: Cocktail snacks

Canapes:

1. Butternut risotto balls stuffed with blue cheese.

2. Thai chicken skewers drizzled with peanut sauce and freshly chopped coriander.

3. Teriyaki style beef skewers.

4. Juicy prawn tails served with a dill mayonnaise.

5. Mini caprese salads of bocconcini mozarella, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and pesto.

6. Mini tarts with blue cheese, roasted walnuts and caramelised onion.

7. Mini filo quiche: Mushroom, caramelised onion and parmesan.

8. Mini beef fillet rolls with caramelised onion, aioli and seasonal leaves.

9. Grilled thinly sliced aubergine rolled with a herbed cream cheese and flaked almonds.

10. Vegetable spring rolls served with a ginger, lemon grass and soy dipping sauce.

11. Mini pita bread stuffed with a home made hummus, roasted chickpeas and fresh rocket.

12. Ribbons of smoked salmon trout served on mini savoury pancakes with cream cheese, fresh dill and cracked black pepper.

13. Mini Asian fish cakes with a tangy dipping sauce.

14. Mini pies: Roast chicken and mushroom; Beef and onion; Lamb curry; or vegetarian chickpea and butternut.

15. Bruschetta topped with a variety of meats, cheeses, chutneys, pesto and seasonal leaves.

16. Mini chicken drummets marinated and grilled on the fire.

17. Cucumber ribbons wraped around marinated bocconcinni mozzarella and skewered.

18. Home made flat bread topped with smoked springbok carpaccio, rocket, grilled bringal and a balsamic reduction.

19. Short crust pastry tart with roast butternut, caramelised onion, crispy sage and parma ham.

20. Sweet onion and potato fritatas.

21. Home made ginger biscuits with goats cheese and caramelised fig.

22. Blue cheese pannacotta topped with honey roasted pear and nuts.

23. Short crust pastry tart with a goats cheese cream and caramelised fruit topping.

Floating dinner:

1. Mini bowls of Thai green curry: Fish; beef, vegetarian or chicken with basmati rice.

2. Mini bowls of Indian lamb or beef curry served with basmati rice and a mini popodum.

3. Mini bowls of pasta bows with a creamy butternut sauce topped with crispy sage and parma ham (optional).

4. Mini bowls of flavoured mash with cocktail sausages.

5. Mini pot pies: Roast chicken and mushroom.

Prices on request.