Chocolate Brownies From Heaven (Gluten-Free)

Chocolate brownies aren’t a hard sell. It’s chocolate, mixed with butter and some sugar, baked until the outside is crunchy perfection and the inside is a soft, dense cocoa sensation. These ones are also gluten-free, which is handy when your guests have dietary restrictions. I haven’t done these with nuts yet, but of course you can – add 50g chopped…

Dark Chocolate Shiraz Truffles

If red wine and dark chocolate could have a baby, this would be it. And it is heavenly. I find most commercial chocolate too sweet, so the strong dark flavour of these little guys is right up my alley. Make them big, make them small, serve them with fresh berries or mint: it’s what dreams…

The Most Delicious Smoothie

Ben & Jerry (of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream fame) use the term ‘mouth-feel’ to describe the different textures of their ice creams. I know this because I have their recipe book. It’s a great term (and book), and I’m going to borrow it to talk about this smoothie. There’s a funny thing about bananas…

Petit Chocolate Semifreddos

Christmas in the southern hemisphere means sunshine, poolside cocktails and lazy afternoon naps (preferably in a hammock). It makes Christmas lunch a little tricky, because nobody wants to slave over a hot stove in 30 degree heat. We always had a braai for Christmas lunch growing up, which is a great way to do it:…

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pie

My friend James’ opinion is the standard I set all my desserts against. He is outrageously addicted to chocolate, and all derivations thereof. Whenever we have a dinner party or a lunch, I am usually tasked with bringing dessert – and I hastily set about scouring recipe books in search of something new that will…

Chocolate, Almond and Ricotta Cake

Winter is a dangerous time. It’s a time for hearty dinners, loads of red wine, and dense, decadent desserts. This chocolate, almond and ricotta cake is a perfect example; even though it’s not served warm, it fits perfectly into a winter menu. Served after dinner with coffee, or more red wine. And because it’s very…