The best pumpkin cookies

Not a traditional South African favourite, I hunted specifically for a chewy, non-cakey pumpkin cookie all over Pinterest for a bit of Halloween, fake-American revelry at home. Also, I just really felt like baking.


The recipe is adapted from Just So Tasty, and it’s really wonderful. All the delicious pumpkin spices make the house smell delicious, pre-Christmassy and wonderful. The cookies themselves are perfect – chewy, not cakey – and very festive with the cinnamon and vanilla extract. They’re coated in cinnamon sugar, which makes them quite snickerdoodle-esque.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe, with my South African adaptions.

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Paul Hollywood’s Earl Grey Milk Tart

Paul Hollywood is the steely blue-eyed pastry chef of my dreams AND HE WAS IN CAPE TOWN. I am beyond devastated that I don’t live in Cape Town and never bumped into him and didn’t have the chance to awkwardly approach him (my husband, standing embarrassed behind me) and tell Paul how much I love his baking book (as anyone following my #RunnyBabbitLearnsToBake challenge knows).


In the meanwhile, I’ve fallen in love with his Earl Grey Milk Tart recipe.

What’s your favourite twist on an old classic? Let me know in the comments!




White Cobb Bread | Stylishly charred | Baking Challenge [2]

“Can she mess it up again?” I’m sure you’re eagerly asking, Week Two into my baking challenge. The enthusiastic answer is YES!

[I’ve challenged myself to bake every recipe in Paul Hollywood’s Learn to Bake book – first post here.] No underbaking or power outs this time – alas, there are no excuses left at all for my incompetence. Instead I discovered the danger of putting the bread in at the wrong level in the oven. My friend Mark, upon seeing the blackened remains of my cobb bread, said, “Charred food is in right now” and it is with that statement that I claim the charcoal exterior as INTENTIONAL. I am tres trendy. I am, indeed, on fleek.


The actual bread was delicious, and it rose beautifully!


You can find the Paul Hollywood recipe here.

My lessons from this week:

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Basic White Tin Bread | Baking Challenge [1]

I’m basically addicted to The Great British Bake Off  and this is largely because of:

  • my deep and passionate love for all baked things
  • my abiding adoration for carbohydrates
  • my never-ending devotion to puns (even the terrible, terrible puns on the show)
  • my inappropriate crush on Paul Hollywood (his steely blue eyes, his take-no-shit attitude, the way he kneads bread with his sleeves rolled up…)

Because of these many things, and my desire to become an Extremely Useful Person during the Zombie Apocalypse despite my general uselessness, I bought Paul Hollywood’s How to Bake book on a trip to the UK in 2015.  And now, two years later, I’m going to actually Learn How to Bake on this grand baking challenge I’ve set myself, a la Julie and Julia.

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Sweet ‘n sour umami pickled shiitake mushrooms

One of my husband’s pet peeves – one that gets him gnashing his teeth and rolling his eyes – is recipes on blogs with long back stories before they give you any useful, functional information. So with that in mind, I’m taking a military approach to this post. I’m going to keep it in bullet points and then I’m going to share this gloriously delicious and simple recipe with you lucky folks.


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Why do the easy thing and buy it when you can do the fun thing and make it?