• Ina Paarman Lemon Meringue
    Lifestyle

    Ina Paarman’s Lemon Meringue made Gluten-Free

    Today we are baking a Gluten-Free version of Ina Paarman’s Lemon Meringue. Her easy to bake Lemon Meringue Pie mix contains the lemon curd and castor sugar to make a pie, but not the crust, so I decided to replace the Tennis Biscuits she suggests with Gluten-Free Digestive biscuits. A few weekends back, I spent hours trying to master a very complicated Lemon Meringue recipe. While I was happy with the results (it tasted delicious), it did not make it to the blog because I knew the process was too complicated for a blog that claims to post easy, simple recipes. Ina Paarman’s Lemon Meringue When I was looking through…

  • Gluten & Sugar-Free Churros Sticks
    Gluten Free

    Gluten & Sugar-Free Churros Sticks

    An easy recipe to make Gluten & Sugar-Free Churros Sticks, using the new Freesweet Sugar replacement range. Freesweet founder and creator Deborah Good, a Durban-based mother of five, has managed to create a sugar replacement unlike any other. Freesweet contains no artificial ingredients, tastes delicious and bakes beautifully, which I can confidently confirm after creating these Churros Sticks. Before we get to the recipe for Gluten & Sugar-Free Churros, here is some more info about this new sugar replacement. About Freesweet: 0 g carbs per teaspoon, low kilojoules No artificial ingredients No bitter aftertaste No aspartame Bakes and caramelises beautifully Replaces sugar in a 1:1 ratio, in any recipe Diabetic-friendly, endorsed…

  • How to make Chocolate Milo Cookies
    Dairy Free

    How to make Chocolate Milo Cookies

    A delicious and easy recipe on how to make Chocolate Milo Cookies that are flourless, crunchy, delicious and the best part – you don’t need to chill the cookie dough!  This weekend Shaun and I created a new recipe for the blog together – these Flourless Chocolate Milo Cookies. Now I know Milo isn’t Gluten-Free, because it contains malt, but as I have said many times before on the blog, I am not allergic to gluten, but rather sensitive to it. I believe in everything in moderation, and I also try to substitute flours whenever I can for gluten-free versions, and that’s exactly what I did in this recipe for…

  • Lifestyle

    How to Make a Dinosaur Cake Stand

    Today’s blog post is a DIY on how to make a Dinosaur Cake Stand, courtesy of Karen Kelly (kaRi) from the blog Lovilee. kaRi reached out to me to ask if she could feature one of my recipes on her site, and I was beyond excited to hear from her because she’s a well known and well-established blogger in South Africa, who’s been blogging since 2013! kaRi says she is a creative at heart that loves pretty things and sharing pretty things with others and if her blog is anything to go buy, her creativity is off the charts. She is the go-to blog for all wedding inspiration and with…

  • Chai Flavoured Spelt Waffles
    Dairy Free

    Easy Chai-Flavoured Spelt Waffles

    These easy Chai-Flavoured Spelt Waffles are so quick and easy to make, you will never want to buy pre-bought waffles or use a waffle mix again. As I wrote in my last blog post, Spelt flour is an ancient grain that is easier to digest than regular white or whole-wheat flour. Spelt flour contains more protein and vitamin B2 than whole-wheat flour and gives the waffles a yummy nutty flavour. I decided to make the waffles have a spiced chai flavour, after enjoying the previous Chai Spiced Rooibos I had created. Chai Spices For these Chai Waffles, I made my own chai spice mix consisting of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. You…

  • Lime and Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf
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    Lime & Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf

    If you are looking for ways to incorporate spelt flour into your baking, this Lime & Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf is a great place to start. Traditionally, the flavour that we all know from muffins is lemon and poppy seed, but limes are in season at the moment and so I decided to substitute the lemon with lime instead. The flavour the limes gave the loaf was slightly tart, but still sweet, and I think it helped make it quite a bit more tender during the baking process. What is Spelt Flour? Spelt flour comes from an ancient strain of wheat. It’s high in protein and has a nutty, flavour that’s…

  • Gluten Free

    French Flourless Chocolate Cake

    Mother’s Day is around the corner and I have another recipe for you to try out – Annie Bell’s French Flourless Chocolate Cake. This recipe from Annie Bell can be found in one of my favourite cooking books given to me by my sister many years ago, called the Baking Bible. Obviously, I am keen to try any alternative recipes available, especially those that are free from flour, with this one being no exception. You only need a few ingredients to make this fudgy cake, including butter, eggs, chocolate, coffee and caster sugar. French & Flourless Chocolate Cake Flourless chocolate cakes don’t tend to vary much in the ingredient department:…

  • Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns
    Gluten Free

    Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns 

    Today’s recipe is for my Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns – just in time for your Easter baking. There’s nothing better than the aroma of hot cross buns wafting through the air. Especially when they have been toasted and lovingly smothered with butter.  But before we get to that, let me be honest with you – it took three attempts to get this recipe right. It is never easy to cook with gluten-free flours, especially when creating doughs because yeast needs gluten to rise. No gluten = very little rise, meaning very dense crumbly buns. However, there is a way around this problem. A few tweaks to a recipe can help the…

  • Gluten Free Banana Bread
    FODMAP,  Gluten Free

    Gluten Free Healthier Banana Bread

    Today’s post is a recipe for another gluten free, healthier Banana Bread that is also free of refined sugar. I used Rice Flour in this recipe as it has a very neutral taste and it is a lot easier to bake with than coconut flour.  (The most absorbent flour known to man🙃) Banana bread is one of those classic, comfort food recipes that fills the whole house with a delicious scent when baked. To get the right flavour for this Gluten Free Healthier Banana Bread, you will need to use very ripe bananas – you know the ones that have lots of black speckles and are very soft to the…

  • Gluten Free Christmas Coconut Cake
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Make a Christmas Coconut Cake

    It’s the second last day of my 24 Days of Christmas blog posts and today’s recipe is a naughty but nice one – How-to make a Christmas Coconut Cake. This cake is soft and scrumptious, gluten-free and the frosting is dairy free and uses only coconut cream. Decorate with whatever berries or fruit is in season and top with some edible sparkles for that festive vibe. This Christmas Coconut Cake is the kind of cake that beckons you in every time you walk past it and it’s dead easy to make. Serve as a dessert or slice up and serve with tea and coffee. Happy Baking, Love Cat    …

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