Rice Krispies Treats

Birthday parties as a child just wouldn't have been complete without a tray of Rice Krispies Treats. These sticky and sweet treats are the perfect introduction to baking for kids. While there is no actual baking involved, it's sure to get them interested in the kitchen. Plus, it's super fun and all kinds of messy, so you can all have a good laugh.

Ingredients

Method: 

  1. Combine the butter, marshmallows and salt in a large pot over a low heat, stirring until melted, taking care it does not burn.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies.
  3. Rub your hands with butter to prevent sticking, and press the mixture into a greased 34cm x 20cm baking or pyrex dish. Allow to cool and cut into squares. Note: If you are cutting out shapes, do so while it is still warm.

Source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/lifestyle/food/2017-02-12-classic-rice-krispies-treats/

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Peanut Butter Biscuits 

What kid doesn't adore peanut butter? Incorporate this much-loved sandwich spread into a scrumptious biscuit batter and watch their eyes light up. This recipe is also great for teaching little ones to knead and press dough, which is wonderful for their fine motor skills. So, rope in those tiny hands and get busy baking.

Ingredients

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 190° C.
  2. Mix the butter and peanut butter together in an electric mixer.
  3. Add the brown sugar, a little at a time and beat well after each addition.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla essence and beat well.
  5. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and stir into the butter and sugar mixture.
  6. Add the milk and using the K beater of the mixer, knead well.
  7. Add more milk if the mixture is too dry.
  8. Using your hands, form even sized balls and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  9. Distribute evenly and leave spaces between the biscuits to spread.
  10. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.
  11. Serve with a tall glass of cold milk.

Source: http://www.hulettssugar.co.za/step_into_our_kitchen_recipes_peanut_butter_biscuits#

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Mini Flapjack Cereal Bowl

Childhood memories are made of flapjack stacks served lovingly by Granny on Sunday mornings. Put a twist on the classic flapjacks and syrup breakfast by creating this adorable mini flapjack cereal bowl. This recipe is perfect for lactose-intolerant tummies too, so everyone can enjoy the results.

Ingredients

Method:

  1. Sieve the flour in a medium mixing bowl.⁠
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the Easygest Strawberry Flavoured Yoghurt and the eggs. Using an electric mixer, beat until smooth and lump-free. If the batter is too thick, slowly add 5-6 tablespoons of water while beating until you have a thick but pourable consistency. ⁠
  3. Pour the batter into an upcycled squeeze bottle (a clean sweet chilli, mayo or tomato sauce bottle will work!) or strong resealable bag and cut off a tiny corner. ⁠
  4. Heat a greased non-stick pan over a medium heat and squeeze small, equal drops of the batter into the pan, leaving space for each to spread slightly. Allow to cook until small bubbles appear on the surface, then flip them over and cook the other side until golden, about 1-2 minutes a side.⁠
  5. Serve the mini flapjacks in two breakfast bowls. Add dollops of strawberry yoghurt, fresh strawberries and a drizzle of honey. Serve with your favourite juice and enjoy!

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAeqqeQj03g/

Need more easy recipes for miniature bakers? Check out our guide on baking for beginners.

What Is It?

Join the Open House crew every first Thursday of the month for a new and exciting baking experience and yummy recipes.

Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Thursday, 04 June 2020 at 01:00.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free.

For More Information

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Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

Why not use this free time to find and start a brand-new hobby? This is a great alternative to wasting time in front of a TV screen, watching repeats of Friends, Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory and being totally unproductive. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Start Doing Needlework

Since we are about to walk into winter, pick up some knitting needles and a skein of wool, and try your hand at needlework. Knitting and crocheting are a lot easier than you think, all you have to do is spend a little time practicing to perfect different types of stitches and techniques. The best part about this hobby is you can craft personalised accessories for yourself and loved ones! There's nothing better than wearing or gifting something that you made yourself. Click here to take a look at a few beginner-friendly knit projects to try.

woman knitting with blue wool

Zen Out With Meditation

We are dealing with a pandemic and it can be overwhelming, worrying and even saddening. During this time, focus on your well-being and mental health by doing daily meditation sessions. Not only is it great for helping you zen out during these tense and uncertain times, but it's good for your health. Meditation has proven to decrease stress, increase focus, control anxiety, regulate emotions and enhance self-awareness. If you're eager to incorporate meditation into your daily routine but don't know where to start, visit YouTube for beginner tutorials and guides. Namaste.

woman meditating on a yellow blanket on green grass in her garden

Pick Up A Paintbrush

Unleash your inner Picasso and get creative with painting. This is a fairly easy hobby to start, just get a few supplies, pick up a paintbrush and let your imagination run wild! However, if you're looking to take painting more seriously, learn from the professionals and get more in-depth theory on art, take a look at these online art courses. There's a course or class for all ages.

paint on a canvas with a paintbrush

Become A Baker

Bored and have a pantry full of staple ingredients? Throw on your apron, take a look at our list of beginner-friendly recipes and get baking! Not only will you end up with a dozen sweet treats to enjoy when you're feeling peckish, but you'll also find that baking can be quite a soothing and relaxing hobby! And as you get more confident and comfortable with the baking basics, you can move onto baking more difficult delights, like a croquembouche!

Baking butter, rolling pin, flour and a cookie cutter

How About Photography? 

Always wanted to learn how to take beautiful pictures? Or discover what all of the different buttons on your camera are used for? Why not improve your photography skills during lockdown? There are various tutorial videos on YouTube to help you cover the basics. And for some inspiration, tips and tricks from the industry professionals, visit Canon Connected. It's a free-to-access content hub designed to educate, inspire and entertain photography enthusiasts and videographers across the world.

black camera on a wooden table with a phone and laptop in the background

Grow A Green Thumb

Get your hands dirty and spend some time outside! Enjoy your afternoons weeding, pruning, planting your own veggie patch and getting some vitamin D while gardening. It might not seem like it, but gardening can be rather relaxing. Enjoy growing your own fresh produce, reconnecting with nature and unwinding with some digging!

gardening and planting

Master The Art Of Makeup

The more you practice and play with makeup, the better you get at it! So, why not make it a hobby and master the art and application of makeup? Instagram and YouTube have thousands of tutorials to help you learn various techniques, tips, tricks and best practices to include in your application. Before you know it, you'll be a makeup pro! And if you need inspiration and ideas to get practicing and trying different looks, check out a few of South Africa's very own beauty gurus.

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Make Some Muffins

When it comes to easy bake recipes, making muffins is perhaps one of the simplest recipes you can follow and not mess up (unless you get the ingredient measurements COMPLETELY wrong!) And best of all, there's a wide variety of recipes for you to try, depending on flavours you prefer. But to start you off with an easy option, we found this simple yet tasty basic muffin recipe by Charlotte Hilsdon on BBC Good Food.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line 2 muffin trays with paper muffin cases. In a large bowl, beat 2 medium eggs lightly with a handheld electric mixer for 1 min.
  2. Add 125ml vegetable oil and 250ml semi-skimmed milk and beat until just combined, then add 250g golden caster sugar and whisk until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Sift in 400g self-raising flour and 1 tsp salt (or 400g plain flour and 3 tsp baking powder if using) then mix until just smooth. Be careful not to over-mix the batter as this will make the muffins tough.
  4. Stir in 100g chocolate chips or dried fruit if using.
  5. Fill muffin cases two-thirds full and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until risen, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. If the trays will not fit on 1 shelf, swap the shelves around after 15 minutes of cooking.
  6. Leave the muffins in the tin to cool for a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: www.bbcgoodfood.com

basic muffin recipe

Source: BBC Good Food

Treat Yourself To Cupcakes

The best thing about a basic cupcake recipe is the fact that you can get creative! And to make this recipe even better, these vanilla cupcakes are super easy and quick to bake. These little cups of sweetness are perfect for that tea party you're planning on having with your kids in the garden a little later or to just enjoy with a cup of tea. To get you started, here's a cupcake recipe from BBC Good Food, shared by Sophie Godwin:

Ingredients: 

For cupcakes: 

For the icing:

Method: 

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and fill a 12 cupcake tray with cases.
  2. Using an electric whisk, beat 110g softened butter and 110g golden caster sugar together until pale and fluffy then whisk in 2 large eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  3. Add ½ tsp vanilla extract, 110g self-raising flour and a pinch of salt, whisk until just combined then spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle of each cake comes out clean. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. To make the buttercream, whisk 150g softened butter until super soft then add 300g icing sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
  6. Whisk together until smooth (start off slowly to avoid an icing sugar cloud) then beat in 3 tbsp milk.
  7. If wanting to colour, stir in the food colouring now. Spoon or pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

Source: www.bbcgoodfood.com

cupcakes with pastel yellow, pink and blue icing

Sourced from BBC Good Food

Baking A Simple Cake

Just like cupcakes, baking a simple cake is also as easy as pie. Also, one tip we learnt while learning how to bake during the lockdown: DO NOT open the oven door to check on the cake before two thirds of the baking time has passed! Unless you want a flop. For a foolproof recipe that you and even the kids can bake, try this simple white cake recipe from allrecipes.com, shared from Scottosman:

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 175C. Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally, stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. The cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

Source: www.allrecipes.com

vanilla cake with confetti sprinkles on top of the vanilla icing

Easy-To-Bake Sugar Cookies

Perfect to dunk in your coffee, to gift during Christmas or to have stocked in your cupboard for when the sweet tooth hits – sugar cookies are another easy bake treat for you to make at home. And a tried, tested and loved recipe we use is this one by Alton Brown on the Food Network.

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 190C.
  3. Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar.
  4. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick.
  5. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill.
  6. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time.
  7. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Source: www.foodnetwork.com

sugar cookies on a baking tray with sprinkles

Classic Cheese Scones For Tea Time

Looking to bake a savoury treat to enjoy with your afternoon tea? Then why not try your hand at making scones? And not just any scones – cheese scones! They're easy to make and also delicious. A recipe we suggest is this one from BBC Good Food. All you need is 15 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake and voilá, you'll have five cheese scones ready to be eaten.

Ingredients: 

Method: 

Source: www.bbcgoodfood.com

cheese scones being buttered from an aerial view

Sourced from BBC Good Food

Indulgent Fudge

And last but certainly not least, who can resist a block or three of indulgent fudge? Just don't have too many, or you might be on a sugar rush for the next 24 hours. And for this recipe, we're using a local one! Shared on Food.com, try out NESTLE'S Fudge recipe which was in the Fair Lady May 1986 edition.

Ingredients: 

Method: 

homemade fudge blocks stacked onto each other

Sourced from Food.com

Mayonnaise Dinner Rolls

Yeast is pretty hard to come by at the moment. If you find yourself in a no yeast pickle, try this inventive recipe to make about five fluffy dinner rolls using mayonnaise! 

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2.  Spoon the mixture into a greased muffin pan.
  3. Cook in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15 minutes or until golden brown. 

Yoghurt Flatbread

Bread really is the ultimate comfort food isn’t it? If you’re craving after a really soul-warming type of bread then here is the recipe for you. Flatbread pairs well with anything from curries to spicy lamb chops, so make as much of it as you can while under lockdown! (Don’t worry, no one will judge you for putting on a few extra kilos.)

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, add the flour, yoghurt, salt and bicarbonate of soda/ baking powder. 
  2. Use your hands to gently form a dough, which will be sticky at this point. Then cover the dough with cling film, and leave to rest for 20 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 6 balls, and dust each ball generously with flour.
  4. Use a rolling pin to roll out each ball to approximately 3 cm thick. 
  5. Heat up a non-stick frying pan, add about a half a teaspoon of oil, then cook the flatbreads on each side for about 2 minutes, or until cooked.
  6. Serve hot or cold.

Source: https://www.mygorgeousrecipes.com/easy-no-yeast-yogurt-flatbread/

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Irish Soda Bread

No yeast, no proving time, no kneading. What more could you ask of a bread recipe? This Irish soda bread is as addictive as it is simple to make. You may never buy grocery store bread again once you’ve aced this! 

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a large bowl, add the white and wholemeal flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and mix gently with the tips of your fingers.
  3. Make a well in the middle and add about 1 and a half cups of buttermilk, if you feel it needs some more, add the other half too.
  4. Mix quickly to form a soft, sticky dough, then turn it onto a lightly-floured surface and knead briefly, just enough for the dough to hold together and be shaped into a ball.
  5. Flour a large baking tray, place the bread on it, then use a sharp knife to cut a cross on the top. Spread some flour over it, then bake for about 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and the bottom of the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
  6. Allow it to cool on a wire rack.
  7. Slather with butter and enjoy! 

Source: https://www.mygorgeousrecipes.com/traditional-irish-soda-bread-no-yeast/

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Do you have any easy no-yeast bread recipes to share? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Cooking 

The lockdown period is the perfect time to teach the kids how to whip up basic meals. Get them involved in dinner planning by making a list of their favourite meals or cuisines they have an interest in. A good way to encourage children to brave the kitchen is by gifting them with their own recipe book. This may be something you buy online or a special hand-me-down book of granny's old recipes. Also invite the kids to help you out with tasks in the kitchen, such as chopping vegetables or preparing the ingredients for a sauce. Don't forget to teach them proper knife skills to avoid accidents!

Baking

Do you or your little one have a birthday coming up? While you may not be able to go out and celebrate, you can still throw a cool lockdown party. Get the kids involved in baking their own birthday cake, cupcakes or making party packs for the family. This way they are still allowed to feel special on their birthday, while learning a great new skill. Check out our article on baking for beginners to find a few easy recipes to try out with the kids.

Gardening

Autumn is the perfect time to prepare your garden for the coming winter and impending spring season. Get the kids involved in mulching your soil, transplanting herbs and watering your garden. Studies have shown that there are numerous motor-neuron benefits attributed to playing in the mud and getting a little dirt on your hands. So, get out your child's wellington boots and allow them to explore the garden and discover new worlds. Make up stories of garden fairies and gnomes if you must, but make it as fun as possible.

As older children may be less inclined to join you outside, make gardening part of their chores. Teach them the names of the plants and how or where to plant them. They may not show much interest in gardening now, but they'll learn that later on in life it sure comes in handy to know your petunias from your primroses!

Arts & Crafts

You may be asking, are arts and crafts really a life skill? The answer is yes. Learning a crafting skill at a young age not only helps children develop healthy hobbies, but can be revisited later on in life as a means to make extra income. Plus, teaching your child how to knit, crochet, sew or sculpt is a great bonding experience. During this time, you may also want to invest more time in your children's artistic education. These skills are often the first to be forgotten in overburdened education systems, but play a vital role in young people's mental health and ability to express themselves with confidence. Check out these handy online arts and crafts resources for kids and adults to get started.

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Tinkering

Dads, this one is directed at you. Teach your kids how to fix things for themselves! Not only may this save them money in the future, but it's a deeply personal gift to pass on to your little ones. If you are blessed with the ability to pull something apart and put it back together better than new, don't let this talent end with you. Start with the basics - how to change a tyre or a lightbulb. If you seem to spark an interest, move on to bigger DIY tasks. They may become your right hand man or woman!

What are some of the valuable life skills your parents passed on to you? Let us know how you will be imparting this vital knowledge onto your kids during this lockdown period! 

What Is It?

Start a free online course with the Yuppiechef The Art Of Baking Online Course.

This course will allow you to explore different types of bakes and goodies for you to spoil everyone at home. Presented by Sarah Graham, this course comprises of 6 lessons.

"Up your game in the kitchen with Yuppiechef's online cooking courses.

Baking has been called many things. Grandmother’s best kept secret, a science and even an art. At Yuppiechef, we believe that armed with the right knowledge, anyone can become a proficient baker in no time at all." - Yuppiechef

Where Is It?

Online, Yuppiechef.

When Is It?

Anytime

How Much Is It?

Free 

For More Information

For more information, click here.

What Is It?

These are exciting times! Join in on fun with baking classes at home with The Chocolate Den as they present exciting Lockdown Online Classes.

This is a great opportunity to learn some new recipes and get creative in the kitchen. And, the kids can join in on the fun and be your assistant chefs.

Contact The Chocolate Den if you have any other questions.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Where Is It?

Online, join the Zoom meeting:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/458613949

Meeting ID: 458 613 949

How Much Is It?

Class 1: Unicorn and Mermaid Cupcakes (R220)

Class 2: Chocolate Truffles (R100)

Book your spot by emailing The Chocolate Den at [email protected].

For More Information

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Pimped Up Beans On Toast

There's nothing worse than a plain old can of baked beans smeared on toast. If this is all you have left in your pantry cupboards, we have a way to turn this drab meal into something spicy and satisfying:

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a small saucepan
  2. Toast the garam masala until it reaches a dark brown colour. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, making sure not to burn the spices or garlic.
  3. Add a tablespoon of water to the spice mix, forming a paste. Let it simmer for about a minute on low heat.
  4. Add the sliced green chilli or chilli flakes, before spooning in the can of baked beans.
  5. Stir occasionally and add salt to taste. Let the beans simmer for about 10 minutes before serving on a crisp piece of toast.
  6. Dress with fresh coriander (if you have).

Easy-Peasy Noodle Bowl

Can't stomach another bowl of watery 2-minute noodles? Create your own ramen noodle bowl using staple Asian cuisine ingredients that you most likely have hidden away at the back of your pantry.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Heat the sesame oil and olive oil in a medium-large saucepan over moderate heat.
  2. Add the garlic and simmer until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Do not brown the garlic, or you'll get a bitter flavour.
  3. Add the carrots and mushrooms if you have these available, and simmer until they soften, about a minute, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the broth, Sriracha sauce, rice vinegar and soy sauce. Stir and let simmer for about five minutes. Taste, and adjust heat and taste to your liking by adding more Sriracha and soy sauce if needed.
  5. Carefully place the 2-minute noodles into the pot of simmering broth and allow to cook for approximately 2-3 minutes, or until cooked and tender.
  6. Carefully transfer the soup and noodles to bowls, and allow to cool. Top with a soft-boiled egg and spring onion.

Adapted from www.killingthyme.net/2015/10/30/easy-homemade-ramen-bowls.

Cake In A Mug

When those sweet cravings start to kick in, turn to your pantry for a super quick and easy fix. If you have never dared to make a microwave cake in a mug before, now's the perfect time to test this inventive recipe.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. Whisk in the milk and vegetable oil until all ingredients are combined and batter has no clumps.
  3. Pour batter into a microwave-safe mug. Leave enough head space for the cake to rise without pouring over.
  4. Add hazelnut chocolate spread or chocolate chips in the middle of the batter.
  5. Place a paper towel into the microwave and set the mug on top (this is to catch any batter if your mug cake overflows).
  6. Microwave mug cake for 70 - 90 seconds on high.

Sourced from www.tablefortwoblog.com/the-moistest-chocolate-mug-cake.

If you are in dire need of pantry staples and other groceries to see you through self isolation, check out these grocery delivery services. Stay safe!

What Is It?

If you love cake then this is your chance to indulge and explore a variety of delicious cakes at the Eat As Much As You Can - Cake Tasting.

This event promises to be a yummy one.

Don't miss out!

When Is It?

Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 11:00.

Where Is It?

Sunkist Garden Pavilion, 311 High Road, Benoni, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R100 per person |Booking is essential, call: 010 001 7967.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit the Here.

Ingredients, Ingredients, Ingredients

Little Cooks Club is the brainchild of Christine Phillips, a chef and food extraordinaire. Being a mother made Christine see a world full of opportunity, especially when she observed how her own children had a growing interest in the culinary world.

This inspired her to share her passion and professional expertise by starting a cooking club to help the little ones learn how to cook and bake, while having fun. Cooking is definitely an art, and this is a brilliant idea as it allows children to become creative, develop valuable disciplines, etiquette skills and have loads of fun!

This is a great activity to keep the kids busy during the school holidays.

What's Cooking In The Kitchen?

Little Cooks Club offers more than just cooking classes, they also offer:

What's Next On The Menu?

Little Cooks Club now offers something for the whole family - The Timeless Family Food Journal.

This is an interactive food journal full of amazing tastes, flavour and creativity for the family to use, while spending quality time together. You can simply order it on their website.

Have your kids joined the Little Cooks Club? Let us know in the comments section below!

Chocolate Egg Nests

These little nests are simply adorable and kids are bound to have a blast crafting these delicacies. Add a ring of licorice to the nest to make a basket instead and fill with your child's favourite sweets.

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter over a low heat.
  3. Remove the chocolate from the heat and add the cornflakes. Mix until all the cereal is coated in chocolate.
  4. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press three chocolate eggs in the middle.
  5. Chill in the fridge for an hour, until nests are set.

Recipe and image sourced from BBC Food.

Cake Pops

This recipe is so easy to make that the little ones can do it all by themselves. These pops can be attached to sticks or just left in chocolate and enjoyed. Easter baking sorted.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Crumble the cake and mix with icing.
  2. Roll the mixture into small balls.
  3. Dip the balls in melted chocolate and scatter on sprinkles.
  4. Place the pops on wax paper and allow to set.

Recipe and image sourced from Loaves And Dishes.

Bunny Butt Cupcakes

Who knew a bunny butt could be so cute? Made to look like a bunny digging for carrots, this is the perfect way to decorate some yummy cupcakes for Easter.

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Scoop two balls out of each vanilla muffin using a melon baller.
  2. Ice each chocolate muffin with the chocolate icing and dip in the chocolate cookie crumbs.
  3. Melt the white chocolate and place into a plastic sandwich bag. Snip off a corner and pipe small bunny feet onto baking paper. Allow to cool.
  4. Melt the pink chocolate and place into a plastic sandwich bag. Snip off a corner and pipe small toes and pads onto the white chocolate feet.
  5. Melt the vanilla icing for about 10 seconds in the microwave. Dip the vanilla muffin ball into the icing and then into the coconut. Repeat with the marshmallows.
  6. Using more white chocolate as glue, attach the marshmallows to the centre of a muffin ball.
  7. Place the muffin ball in the centre of the chocolate cupcakes and glue on the bunny feet with more white chocolate.

Recipe and image sourced from Spend With Pennies.

Easter Egg Cookies

For this Easter baking recipe, use shop bought cookies or make a batch of your favourite recipe. Cover a table in a washable cloth and let the kids go crazy crafting their masterful creations.

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Beat the egg whites until frothy.
  2. Add lemon juice.
  3. While beating, gradually add the sugar until combined.
  4. Pour icing into separate bowls and add food colouring.
  5. Put the icing into piping bags.
  6. Decorate the cookies as desired.

Recipe and image sourced from Kidspot Kitchen.

Easter Bark

Finally, we have Easter bark. Not only is this an easy and delicious treat, but it's also a great way to use up any leftover Easter sweets.

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Line a baking pan with baking paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate at a low heat.
  3. Spread the chocolate onto the baking paper. Use a spatula to spread it in an even layer.
  4. Sprinkle with sweets.
  5. Allow to set.
  6. Break up into pieces and enjoy.

Recipe and image sourced from Kitchen Confidante.

Do you have any other Easter baking recipes for kids? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Fournos

Fournos Bakery is undoubtedly one of Joburg's most loved spots for cookies and coffee. Over the Christmas period, their ovens pump out hundreds of traditional Greek and Italian biscuits a day. Get your hands on buttery, sweet Greek shortbread or Melomakarona - spicy Greek biscuits dipped in honey. Or, embrace the Dutch heritage and gobble down a few Speculaas biscuits. While these may be more suited to European cold Christmases, they are still perfectly enjoyable in the summer heat. You can also leave a few for Santa under the Christmas tree!

Click here for more information.

De Backery 

Now that you have sampled a taste of divine Dutch Christmas cookies, visit De Backery in Edenvale, a proud Dutch bakery that has been in operation as a family business since 1963. With a range of imported Dutch sweets and the best raisin bread in Joburg (we dare you to deny this), De Backery is the perfect place to shop for all your Christmas time treats. Their variety of cookies includes, Bokkepootjes, Butter Biscuits, Honey Biscuits, Ginger Biscuits, Amsterdammetjes, Bitterkoekjes and savoury Cheese Straws. These are addictive to say the least!

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Schwaben Butchery 

We know what you must be thinking. Christmas cookies from a butchery? But, the Schwaben Butcher in Meadowdale is about a whole lot more than just smoked sausages and cured meats. This home of traditional German foods goes all out for Christmas, offering imported German sweets, sauces and baked goods. They also make their own biscuit hampers, ideal as gifts for friends and family. This quaint deli is a must-visit over the festive season, so make your way there as soon as possible.

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A Little Something

If its perfectly piped Christmas cookies you are after, then look no further than A Little Something in Fourways. Their expert baker is a whizz at crafting characters, iconography and the prettiest flowers on their most delicious little butter biscuits. Think sparkly snowflake cookies and merry Santa Clauses all made out of neat sugar work. A Little Something can also whip up the good old favourites for your Christmas table. We love their jam centre biscuits, lightly dusted in icing sugar. Or, go all out and order a gingerbread nativity scene! Either way, you are sure to have the sweetest Christmas ever.

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Lovesome Cupcakes and Biscuits

Sometimes all you need is a classic cookie made just the way Grandma used to bake them. For the best biscuit gift boxes filled with traditional and gourmet cookies, check out Lovesome Cupcakes and Biscuits. Our top pick for Christmas is the Sugar and Spice box - jam-packed with Ginger Chewies, Lemon Ginger Slices, Cinnamon Pinwheels, Toffee Slices and Date Balls. After all, nothing says Christmas like the delightful marriage of sweet and spicy. But, if that isn't enough to fill your stockings, then order a Fruity Tuti biscuit box, filled with Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies, Lemon Ginger Squares, Florentines, Flake and Almond Slices, Cranberry Nut Biscuits and White Chocolate Biscuits!

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Sugarbear Bakery 

Have you been dumped with an office or family Secret Santa who you know next to nothing about? Sugarbear Bakery is here to save the day with their corporate Christmas Cookie Boxes. Delightful sugar cookies piped with royal icing will have your colleagues brimming from ear to ear. You can order individually wrapped cookies to hand out to as many people as you like, or have them stacked into a cute jar complete with red ribbon. However, we think that the Festive Square Box is the ideal gift - four Christmas biscuits hidden inside a neat box. Who wouldn't want that?

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Black Forest Bakery 

We all know how impossible it is to make good gingerbread in Joburg summer weather. Instead of a crisp snap, you get soggy ginger cake. So, rather than slave over the oven this Christmas, pop into Black Forest Bakery - a German bakery which believes in making all their products from scratch, using German engineering to bring you the very best pastries, breads and biscuits. Their Christmas range features a variety of German baked goods, including aniseed biscuits, gingerbread and almond cookies, Bunter Teller and coconut macaroons. However, if you are daring enough to brave the gingerbread challenge, they also stock a Do It Yourself Gingerbread House.

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Harck & Hearts 

Or why not have beautifully decorated Christmas cookies delivered right to your door? Harck & Hearts offers a wide range of Christmas cookie goodness, from at-home cookie DIY kits in a range of designs (a perfect festive season activity for you and your loved ones to enjoy); edible and oh-so tasty Christmas tree decorations; lovely gift jars and gift packs perfect for spoiling your family and friends; and of course, let's not forget about their ready-baked Gingerbread House, all you have to do is have fun is assembling it! Sounds like loads of fun!

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Do you know of any other bakeries in Johannesburg that supply Christmas cookies? Let us know about them!

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In September 2019, a wonderful and sweet surprise popped up in Edenvale - SA Baking Supplies! This wholesale baking supplies store caters to amateur bakers as well as professionals. Making baking easy and affordable for all those who love to get their hands a little sticky. The store is located at Meadowdale Value Centre, a quiet retail space that is also home to the Geldhof Chocolate Shop. Never has it been this easy to find all your baking supply needs in one go. SA Baking Supplies stock everything you need, all under one roof. From baking ingredients, to easy bake pre-mixes, decorations, party accessories, sweets, custom icing sugar prints, state-of-the-art utensils and cleaning supplies. Offering you only the best in baking, this store is a must-visit on our list for Christmas 2019.

Here's what you can find at the Meadowdale store to make your holiday baking run a whole lot smoother this year:

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Ingredients

SA Baking Supplies offers their customers a wide array of basic baking ingredients, perfect to whip up your favourite Christmas puddings, cakes and biscuits. Buy all your ingredients in bulk for less and bake up a storm! Get your cocoa, coconut, baking powder, eggs, flour, gelatine, bran, raisins, cherries, spices, honey and Supa Bake Margarine here.

SA Baking Supplies also understand that you would rather be spending time with your family than slaving over a mixer. That's why they supply cake and muffin mixes to make your holiday baking a breeze. Pick up a variety of sponge mixes, including classic vanilla, chocolate and red velvet. There is also a delightful Royalty Sponge cake mix, as well as frozen cupcake and muffin mixes. If you are all about following the footsteps of great bakers, then pick up your favourite Ina Paarman mixes here too.

Want to create something a little more special this Christmas? SA Baking Supplies offers pre-mixes for German Cheese Mousse, Milktart, Doughnuts and Melting Moments. Your family will never know the difference, so head out to SA Baking Supplies as soon as you can!

Decorations

Master bakers haven't been forgotten. SA Baking Supplies has everything you need to create your very own fondant masterpieces, stocking gum paste, gel colourings, icing, Baker's Delight cream, vermicelli and pearlfetti. Plus, they have all the tools needed to work your magic with these tricky decorations. So, whether you are baking a traditional fondant Christmas cake or are recreating the nativity on top of a perfectly piped cake, SA Baking supplies has all the right stuff.

Finally, there is a collection of miscellaneous treasures to be found at this store. From ready to eat cookies, sweets and rusks, to dried fruit mix and cupcake holders, your Christmas is well on track to go down as the party of the year. Visit SA Baking Supplies as soon as you can to get your hands on the very best products.

SA Baking Supplies

For More information 

Visit their website for more information, or you can follow them on Facebook.

Details: Shop 20, Meadowdale Value Centre, Cnr Hyperama Link & Dick Kemp Streets, Meadowdale, Edenvale, Gauteng | + 27 12 330 6043 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Bosch is bring the exciting Pastry & Dessert Baking Class and you do not want to miss it.

The experience centre has state of the art Bosch equipment and products, and this is what you will be using for the baking class.

You will get the opportunity to be taught chef techniques and tips by an internationally qualified chef with a qualification that includes global cuisine and extensive personal experience catering locally.

Don't miss it.

When Is It?

Saturday, 14 December 2019 at 10:00.

Where Is It?

BSH Experience Centre, 30 Archimedes Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R950 per person, get you ticket Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

The Essentials

No one ever seems to realise the cost of essentials for mom and baby. Help the parents-to-be out with a hamper of all the basics. You don't have to splurge here to put together a wonderful and thoughtful gift. A packet of nappies, some baby bum cream or powder and a cute bib - what more could mommy and baby ask for? Throw in some sweet treats for mom, too. A few packets of Jelly Tots, chocolate malts or nougat can go a long way when you are a tired, new parent. Add a personal note of congratulations and you are set.

Stop by Builders Warehouse to get yourself a cute hamper basket. We love this off white storage basket - mom can use it for baby's bathroom goodies or at the nappy station. Plus, at only *R45, it's a budget-friendly steal.

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Hand-made with love

If you are the crafty type, make something of your own for mom and baby. We like the idea of a personalised trinket box. All you will need is a wooden sanded A5 box, some acrylic paint, decoupage paper, glue and lots of creativity. PNA has a great range of decoupage materials, including plain boxes and special appliques to add the finishing touches to your creation. Be sure to take a picture with mom at the baby shower, as this can be her first trinket to keep in this special memory box.

Decoupage not your cup of tea? Why not offer to bake the cake for the baby shower? Even if you aren't a master baker, mom and dad will be grateful for the extra help (and for saving them that precious cash). Alternatively, you could crochet or knit a baby blanket, jumper or booties. These are super special keepsakes that parents will treasure forever.

Plushy Cuddles

What's cuter than a newborn baby cuddling a soft teddy bear? Get the new baba their very own plushy to keep. Clicks teddies are super soft and sweet. They are also budget busting, usually coming in at under *R100 each. Or, you could spoil the little one with an adorable hooded towel from Mr Price Home. This 100% cotton towel will keep baby snug and warm after their first bath. Mr Price Home also has a lot of nursery decor items which won't blow your budget. From shaggy rugs, to cushions, blankets and toys, this is the perfect place to pick up a great baby shower gift.

A Helping Hand

Finally, when times are tough, a helping hand is your best bet at scoring brownie points. Offer to cook for the parents on their first few nights at home with baby. Or, let them go out on a date night once baby is a few months old. This way you get to be a helpful superhero and spend time bonding with the new bundle of joy. Make a cheeky gift card to give them at the baby shower. As new parents, they will surely understand your financial plight.

Also, check out our article on where to find cheap baby products!

Do you have any other great inexpensive baby shower ideas? Let us know about them!

What Is It?

You can also get the chance to win great prizes because there is a competition up for grabs. They promise that this year it will be bigger and better with a few baking suppliers and beverage companies. This festival will be a premier industry event in Soweto. It offers a unique opportunity for industry gurus, home based traders as well as starters. Exhibitors will open up their services to hundreds of visitors while establishing links in the industry. The festival is enriched with healthy options, education about the industry and a wide range of opportunities for visitors. They will also have baking master classes on cake decorating and baking. Visitors will vote for a winning cake and there will be many prizes to be given away. There will be music, kids entertainment and some live performance.

When Is It?

Saturday, 16 November 2019 at 12:00 - 19:00.

Where Is It?

Uncle Toms Hall, 8288 Maseko Street, Soweto, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not mentioned yet.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page for more information on this event.

Baking Prep

Before we get baking, there are a few basics you will need to pick up. Luckily, we have scouted the best baking supply stores in Joburg to help you on your way to master baking with the little ones. Check out SA Baking Supplies in Meadowdale for all your basic ingredients - flour, eggs, cocoa, baking chocolate and butter. For all the extra bits like chewy candies, marshmallows and chocolate, visit Sunrise Sweet Market. Once you have stocked up on all the essentials, get the kids ready to bake these awesome Christmas treats:

Pinwheel Mince Pies

Kick off your festive Christmas baking with mince pie pinwheels. These Christmas must-haves come with a twist on the usual mince-filled pastry cups by making star-shaped pinwheel tartlets instead. They can be a little finicky to make, so perhaps enlist the help of older kids. 

Ingredients:

500g pre-bought puff pastry pack (all-butter puff pastry if possible)
9 tbsp mincemeat (fruit mince)
Vanilla extract
Orange zest
Icing sugar
Beaten egg
2 tbsp syrup (warmed)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Line two large baking sheets with baking paper. Roll the puff pastry onto a large square on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar or flour. Cut into 10cm squares, using a sharp knife (or pizza cutter). Cut about 3cm into each corner. Meanwhile, mix the Christmas mincemeat with two drops of vanilla extract and a pinch of orange zest. Drop a tablespoon of the mixture into the centre of each puff pastry square.

Brush the pastry with beaten egg or milk, then fold one corner into the centre, allowing for a slight overlap. Repeat with the other corners to make a windmill shape. Add a cut-out pastry star on the top of each pinwheel (use some of the egg to stick the star into place). Dust liberally with icing sugar and bake until the pies are golden and firm (about 12 - 15 minutes) and they have puffed up on the sides.

Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Brush with syrup and sprinkle with icing sugar.

Source: Good Food Shared blog, Lorraine Pascale's Last-Minute Christmas Mince Pies

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Sugar Cookie Advent Calendar

We don’t know about you, but we find that chocolate Advent calendars are outrageously expensive. Save some bucks by letting the kids make their own 25-day edible countdown chart out of simple sugar cookies. Package each cookie into a small paper bag and fasten with a coloured ribbon. Number each bag with a coloured pen or glitter stickers. Then hang the cookies on the Christmas tree as decoration. 

Ingredients:

Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Royal Icing

1 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp meringue powder or three egg whites
1 – 2 tbsp water
Red and green food colouring gels

Method

Cream together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three batches. Stir until dough comes together. Form a disc with the dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Roll out cooled dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut out festive shapes using cookie cutters. Bake at 180ºC for 8 - 10 minutes, until lightly golden on the bottom. Set aside to cool on a rack.

Mix up a batch of royal icing. Combine icing sugar, meringue powder and water (or three egg whites) until icing reaches stiff peaks. Divide icing into three bowls and add red and green food colouring. Transfer icing to piping bags (we use ordinary sandwich bags) and clip the corner to create a very small hole. Pipe Advent calendar numbers onto the cooled cookies.

Recipe adapted from Kitchen Counter Chronicles blog.

Nougat Gumdrop Candy Parcels

Sally Williams, anyone? We know how much South Africans love the sticky, sweet treats during the holiday season. Making your own nougat bars is surprisingly easy, and little helpers are sure to be enticed by the addition of festive coloured gumdrops. Package two or three bars into chiffon bags and hand them out as gifts to family and friends. 

Ingredients: 

2 tbsp butter
2 bags (250g) mini marshmallows
2 bags (225g) white chocolate chips
2 cups gumdrops (alternatively, use chopped nuts or dried fruit)

Method: 

Microwave the first three ingredients together until melted and smooth. Gently fold gumdrops in with a spoon. Pour the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two or more hours. Once set, cut into bite-sized pieces. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Source: South African Recipes on Facebook

Peppermint Crisp Flapjack Stack

The combination of two age-old dessert classics, flapjacks and peppermint crisp mousse, is the perfect way to end off a big Christmas meal. Impress your guests, and yourself, with this deceptively simple but delicious table centrepiece. Let the kiddies help you spread the filling onto the flapjacks or sprinkle over the peppermint crisp chocolate. Look the other way as they lick their sticky fingers! 

Ingredients:

1 batch (30 - 35) traditional flapjacks
410g tin caramel
250ml cream
125ml plain full cream yoghurt
49g bar peppermint crisp chocolate, grated
Extra whipped cream (optional)
49g bar peppermint crisp chocolate, roughly chopped
A few fresh mint sprigs

Method:

For the filling, using an electric beater to beat the canned caramel until smooth. In a separate bowl, whip the cream into stiff peaks and lightly fold in the caramel, yoghurt and grated chocolate.

Put a flapjack on a plate and spread a little filling over. Lay another flapjack on top, spread filling over and keep going until you’ve used all the flapjacks and filling, ending with filling on top.

Spoon the extra whipped cream over (if using). Sprinkle the chopped chocolate on top and garnish with mint. Slice carefully and serve.

Make sure the flapjacks have cooled completely – you can make them a day or two in advance.

Recipe adapted from South African Recipes on Food 24.

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Egg 'Muffins'

These egg 'muffins' are actually baked omelettes that are simple, speedy and very filling. They are extremely convenient because you can throw in anything you have on hand. They also mess free, so they make the ultimate breakfast to feast on in the car on the way to school in that morning traffic.

Ingredients:
6 eggs
Oil
Salt and pepper
Veg of your choice

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C
Grease a muffin tin with the oil.
Place some veggies into each muffin cup.
Beat the eggs and add seasoning.
Pour eggs over the veggies.
Bake for 20 minutes until cooked and serve.

Source: A Sassy Spoon

Muesli Bars

These delectable bars are packed with nutrients: omegas from the nuts and seeds, vitamins from the fruit and potassium from the banana. Add some spices like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon for an immune boost.

Ingredients:
2 Ripe Bananas, mashed
1/2 C Nut Butter
3 Tb Coconut Oil
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1 C Nuts, assorted/of your choice
1 C Oats
1/2 C Mixed Seeds
1/4 C Dried Fruit
1/4 C Desiccated Coconut

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C
Mix bananas, nut butter, oil and vanilla.
Add rest of ingredients and extra oil if it's too dry.
Put onto baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
Slice into bars and enjoy.

Source: Chloe Moir

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Apple Muffins

This is a travel friendly muffin that is perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast or lunch box treat. Just make an extra batch, bake, freeze and pop in the microwave for 30 seconds for a quick grab during those busy morning rushes.

Recipe:
2 1/2 C Oats
1 C Dried Dates, chopped
1/2 C Boiling Water
1 Apple, chopped
3/4 C Milk
2 Eggs
2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 Tsp Cinnamon

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C
Blend dates and water, let sit for 5 minutes and blend again.
Blend in milk and apple.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until oats are ground.
Fill greased muffin tray with batter.
Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy.

Source: Bren Did

Pizza

I know you're thinking "how can pizza be healthy or easy to make?" but just bear with us. The base for this pizza is made from brown flour to add some much needed fibre to your kids' diet (for an extra boost, add some crushed nuts, wheat or bran). This recipe is also free of yeast so there is no need to faff around with kneading and rising. Just mix, shape and bake. This pizza sauce is a great way to sneak in some extra veggies for the fussy ones and you can top this pizza with whatever you find in your pantry and fridge.

Recipe:
1 1/3 C Brown Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 C Milk
1/2 Tsp Salt
2 Tb Olive Oil
3 Tomatoes
Salt and Pepper
1 Tb Oil
1/2 C Veggies, of your choice
Toppings, of your choice

Method:
Preheat oven to 200°C
Chop tomatoes and other veg, rub with oil, salt and pepper.
Roast until softened.
Blend into a paste, add water if necessary.
Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
Add milk and oil.
Mix until a dough forms.
Break into four balls and shape into circles for a mini pizza, or
Shape all of dough into a circle for a large pizza.
Bake for 8 minutes, less for smaller pizzas.
Top with tomato and veg sauce made earlier.
Add toppings of your choice.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, less for smaller pizzas.

Source: All Recipes

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Chocolate Cake

Not all chocolate cake has to be a glutenous sin. This cake is made with bananas, which reduces the need for sugar and fat while still keeping the cake moist. You can also add some extra nuts and dried fruit for some extra brain power or even some chocolate chips for a slightly guilty pleasure.

Recipe:
3 Bananas, mashed
3 Tb Honey
1 Egg
1/2 C Yogurt
1 1/2 C Flour
1/4 C Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Bicarbonate of Soda

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180°C
Mix bananas, honey, egg and yogurt.
Add dry ingredients and mix until combined
Pour batter into greased muffin tin for muffins or into a greased baking pan for squares or into a cake tin for a cake.
Bake until done, for 50-55 minutes for a cake or brownies, 20-30 minutes for muffins
Cool and then slice into pieces.

Source: Bake. Eat. Repeat.

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C - cup        Tsp - Teaspoon        Tb - Tablespoon

The Chocolate Den

As the name suggests, The Chocolate Den specialises in chocolate. Not only do they have all the chocolate you could ever dream of, from classic Belgium to zesty bright purple chocolate, but they also supply molds in every shape and size imaginable. If you aren't quite sure how to use these, don't worry. The Chocolate Den also offers many courses in chocolate art, from making a simply decorated chocolate gingerbread man to making your own luxury truffles. They also have a very extensive range of other baking items, especially decorations like sprinkles and fondant figurines. This is definitely a shop anyone who considers themselves a baker should visit.

Find more information here.

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The Bakers Bin

This is the ultimate store for big baking projects or just general baking supplies. They have the essential baking items like flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, all types of sugar, butter and eggs. They also have utensils like measuring bowls, spatulas and baking tins in every shape and size. For specialist bakers, there's a huge range of piping tips, food colouring, extracts, cake stands and containers for transporting your creations. For those of you that would rather eat your cake than bake it, they supply many pre-mixes of cake and other desserts like milk tart and cheesecake, as well as icing mixes that just needs water. And to clean up the mess, don't forget to stock up on a few cleaning products here too.

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The Cake Tin

This is a small, bright pink store hidden away at Lots of Pots in Boksburg. Despite its size, they have a wide variety of baking supplies like fondant toppers for cakes, a rainbow of food colouring, extracts, piping nozzles and bags, chocolate, gelatin, cake mixes and, obviously, cake tins. The staff are very helpful and are more than happy to explain the best uses of their various products.

Find more information here.

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Home Baking Supplies

This store, hiding in Edenglen, will supply the novice or expert baker with all their baking requirements with everything from the best quality cocoa powder to decorating tools ideal for each and every type of application. What makes this place extra special is that they hire out baking pans which can come in handy when you need to bake a cake for 50 people but don't want to buy a tin you'll only use once. They also offer a printing service, where they will print any design of your choice onto a sheet of fondant using edible food colouring instead of ink.

Find more information here.

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Jodees Baking and Packaging Supplies

Baking can be an expensive hobby. Flour and sugar might remain affordable, but cocoa powder, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate and flavourings can put a dent in your pocket. Lets not forget to mention the pans, baking paper, piping bags, mixers and so forth. Fortunately, Jodees supplies the most affordable products and even supply other baking stores.

Find more information here.

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The Baker's Warehouse

This Bryanston store has everything to satisfy your baking needs like cake boards, baking tins, cake polystyrene dummies, cake decorations, chocolates, sweets, flavourings, sprinkles, baking ingredients, icings and baking equipment. They also sell almost all of their products in bulk, so you can save some cash on those big projects.

Find more information here.

 

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