Vegan Lamington cake

Recipe Gallery Share the Love Recipe 0 Prep Time 0 Cook Time Serves 6 4 – 6 People Difficulty  0 Beginner Ingredients 1 3/4 cups soy milk 2 tbsp lemon juice 3⁄4 cup softened coconut oil or bake butter block 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup icing sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 430 g / 31⁄2 cups self-rising or cake flour 1⁄4 cup cornstarch 21⁄2 tsp baking powder 3⁄4 tsp baking soda  1⁄2 tsp salt   Filling 3/4 cup regular or sugar-free strawberry jamIcing 200g melted dark chocolate  200ml coconut milk Shredded coconut cherries to serve Chopped chocolate to serve Method Method1. Preheat the oven to 180° C and grease and line two 20 cm round cake tins with parchment paper.2. Combine the milk and lemon juice and leave to curdle for 5 minutes.3. Beat the softened coconut oil (or vegan butter) and sugar until nice and fluffy, once whipped, fold in the milk mixture and the vanilla extract.4. Gently fold dry ingredients into the wet ingredients by making small circles in the middle of the bowl with your spoon to minimise lumps.5. Divide the mixture between two tins and bake until a toothpick comes out clean of cake crumbs, about 30-35 minutes.6. Allow the cakes to cool down completely before removing from the tins and icing. Get ready for a bit of a mess.7. Melt the chocolate and gradually add the cooled coconut milk/cream- dip the cakes in the melted chocolate ganache, let the excess drip off on a cooling rack, and then cover with coconut. Place the cakes in the fridge to set the chocolate slightly.8. Spread the jam on the first layer, add the second layer of Lamington cake, and then decorate with the cherries and a dust of icing sugar.  Photo Gallery Hope you love delicious cake as much as i do, its a big favourite** M*

Raw Pink coconut ice

Recipe Gallery Share the Love Recipe 0 Prep Time 0 Cook Time Serves 6 4 – 6 People Difficulty  0 Beginner Ingredients 3 cups shredded coconut  1/2 cup coconut flour  1/3 cup melted coconut oil  1 can Lifestyle foods coconut condensed milk  1 tsp vanilla extract  pinch of pink salt  pink food colouring or beet powder  Method Melt the coconut oil and pour in the condensed milk, vanilla, and salt.  Then add in 2 cups of the shredded coconut and the coconut flour and mix well, add more shredded coconut until you have the right consistency, divide the barter, and color one part with the pink food coloring until you have your desired color.  Layer a square pan with parchment paper and press in the white part of the coconut ice, neatly smoothing out, then layer on the pink layer, and press down until smooth.  Freeze for about 60-90 minutes before slicing. add some drizzles of chocolate and pink salt before enjoying! Photo Gallery Hope you love these stunning coconut ice bars! M*

Hertzoggie bars

Recipe Gallery Share the Love Recipe 0 Prep Time 0 Cook Time Serves 6 4 – 6 People Difficulty 0 Beginner Ingredients Tart base  2 cups cake or self-rising  pastry flour, sifted 2 tbsp icing/castor sugar 90 g coconut oil or margarine softened not melted. Coconut frangipane filling  80 g vegan butter or margarine at room temperature 125 g  caster sugar 40 g smooth apricot jam 90ml aquafaba ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups shredded coconut 30 g all-purpose flour sifted 1 tbsp cornstarch ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 cup smooth apricot jam (i used mom’s ) Method Base Combine the flour, and icing sugar/castor sugar, in a large bowl. Add the softened coconut oil or margarine and rub it into the dry ingredients with your fingers until your flour looks like breadcrumbs. Add ice cold water. 1 tbsp at a time,  I added ¼ cup. Combine all the ingredients into a dough gently.  Wrap it up in a piece of cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out between two sheets of baking paper until you get a circle or square tin large enough to cover your entire tin case, about 2-3 mm in thickness. Place the rolled-out dough over a tart case and gently line the inside of it with the pastry. Tuck the pastry in well, ensuring.  Trim the excess pastry and patch any holes with the cut-off excess. Pierce the bottom of the pastry with a fork in a few places and chill the pastry-lined tart case in the fridge for about another 60 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  Line the pastry case with parchment paper and fill with baking beads or rice for a blind bake. Blind bake the pastry for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beads and bake for another 10 minutes. Coconut frangipane filling While the pastry base is baking, prepare the filling. Cream oil/ margarine and sugar. Whisk in the flour. Add aquafaba, a small amount at a time. Whisk well after each portion of aquafaba. Gently fold in the shredded coconut and vanilla extract with a spatula. You should end up with a thick batter. Spread out the smooth apricot jam on to the base, then Fill the pastry case with coconut frangipane and spread the filling evenly. Sprinkle over more coconut and castor sugar. Bake the tart for about 30- 40 minutes, until the filling is nicely browned. Remove from the oven and allow the tart to cool down before removing it from the tin and cutting it into squares or slices. Store or freeze in an airtight container. Photo Gallery Hope you love this must-make South African cookie recipe, it was so delicious!! M*

Coconut hot chocolate

Recipe Gallery Share the Love Recipe 0 Prep Time 0 Cook Time Serves 1 4 – 6 People Difficulty 0 Beginner Ingredients 2 cups plant based milk2 tbsp vegan hot chocolate or white hot chocolateWhipped olé whip or coconut cream to topShredded coconutSyrup to topChopped chocolate to top Method 1. Heat up the milk, whisk in the hot chocolate and pour in to serving glass.2. Top with whipped cream, coconut, chocolate and syurp. Photo Gallery Hope you love this cozy and delicious hot chocolate! M*

Vegan Hertzoggies

Vegan Hertzoggie is a very popular South African traditional recipe. It was always a dream of mine to recreate this recipe into a more “healthier” version, and even though there is still a decent amount of sugar in it. The vegan meringue and shortcrust base come pretty close to the original and all that sugar don’t even matter with the first bite. Its international apricot day, I thought these cookies are the perfect recipe to share! These cookies are making me crave summer and home really badly. They were loved by my husband, our son and some of my friends (they had no clue they were vegan). 

Rainbow carrot butternut soup

Rainbow carrot butternut soup is super amazing and so nutritious. The season has come for warming soups and I absolutely love the fact that you can have a nutritional meal within half an hour or so. I made a batch of this lovely soup last week and I finished it in almost a day’s time. I served this soup with a soft and chewy bread with a flavor punch, which was super amazing! 

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.

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.