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Hazelnut brownies

Hazelnut brownies have been on my mind for some time. I looked at raw options (too much effort and dishes) I tried some vegan versions but the texture just wasn't right. Then I just decided that I was going to give my own spin on this ever so delish dessert. So obviously a brownie has to be crusty on the outside and dense on the inside and so chewy and smooth when eaten.
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Banana bread cheesecake slices

Banana bread cheesecake slices have been haunting me for a couple weeks now. I aced the recipe within the first try, but to shoot these beauties perfectly was difficult indeed. To capture their deliciousness was truly a challenge. Without melted chocolate or caramel to seal the deal...anything indeed can look delectable. But these do not need the glorification of caramel to make them look delectable. They already are, sans caramel and all.
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Peppermint crisp cups

Peppermint crisp cups are absolutely amazing... These desserts have been a lifesaver this week, just because we have come close to melting. The heat has been crazy this whole week. I made these cups one evening and they were so much enjoyed after we had a barbeque.
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Cherry plum galettes

Think-Cherry plum galettes! This heat has been unbearable these last couple days. I've always loved summer over winter, but lately, I am overthinking things. What do you eat when it's 35 degrees Celsius outside? and what to do with a 17month old in this heat!? That indeed is the question.
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Pineapple upside down cake

Pineapple upside down cake has summer written all over it. It's light, decadent and has a sweet tang thanks to the pineapple. I am in love with these last couple days. The mornings are still a bit fresh, but then later in the day, it gets slightly heated and then cools down once again around four in the afternoon. The birds sing and the wildflowers, especially the pops of red from the poppy flowers make me so happy. There are lilac trees and elderflower trees, that I didn't even know was around us a year ago. I watch our son play, and he is just having a ball playing outside. This season of life I am enjoying so much.
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Cinnamon dumplings

Cinnamon dumplings aka souskluitjies are the ultimate South African comfort food. Lazy days, rainy days or just flat out days. This recipe is a fixer-upper. It's my pint of ice cream (if I was a Gilmore girl). It's doughy, soft like a cloud and drenched in a sweet cinnamon syrup, that makes you want to lick the bowl after...
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Strawberry salted caramel cheesecakes

Strawberry salted caramel cheesecakes show just how much I miss my mom right now. Women should be celebrated, mothers should be celebrated because being a mother is a hard job. I wish I could celebrate my mother this Sunday, she raised four kids, which makes her pretty amazing!
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Rhubarb strawberry pie pops

Rhubarb strawberry pie pops are my celebratory pie eating way of welcoming the first of May. Since I don't have the celebratory flower (lily of the valley) that is known as the fist of May, pie has to do the trick!
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Healthy Milktart crepes

Milktart Crepes have become my ultimate favorite way to eat crepes. Even though Nutella coconut filled crepes right next to the Ifle tower is hard to beat. Crepes with a view can be anyone's favorite am I right? No matter what they taste like. Now you don"t have to go all the way to France to experience good enough crepes. I combined the much loved French dessert with a well-known favorite in South African. One thing that we have in common is that we love crepes too. I guess that I am finding more and more similarities to cure the "missing home" blues.
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OH SO SWEET Vegan meringues

OH SO SWEET Vegan meringues have seriously surprised me. What do these vegan (dairy & Animal free) meringues entail- chickpea brine? First of all, I thought these would taste pretty weird because of the whole using chickpea brine and all, but I have to say they taste pretty good. Almost like regular meringues to be honest and the bonus adding of rose water extract just added that extra bit of flair that every meringue needs.