Mini Lemon Meringue

Whenever I go to a coffee shop or restaurant, I will invariably order a lemon meringue.  I wouldn’t say that it’s my favorite sweet treat of all time, but I order it because people always seem to manage to make such dry and tasteless chocolate cakes that I simply cannot risk the disappointment.   At least a bad lemon meringue will simply make me go, “oh well… at least it’s edible…”
But what I love most is a little creation I made in the past and recently introduced to my regular Friday clients:  mini-lemon meringues in hand-crafted and cinnamon-infused puff pastry.
It’s rustic and definitely not of the cookie-cutter variety.  Absolutely delectable.

Whenever I go to a coffee shop or restaurant, I will invariably order a lemon meringue.  I wouldn’t say that it’s my favorite sweet treat of all time, but I order it because people always seem to manage to make such dry and tasteless chocolate cakes that I simply cannot risk the disappointment.   At least a bad lemon meringue will simply make me go, “oh well… at least it’s edible…”

But what I love most is a little creation I made in the past and recently introduced to my regular Friday clients:  mini-lemon meringues in hand-crafted and cinnamon-infused puff pastry.

It’s rustic and definitely not of the cookie-cutter variety.  YUM
LemonMeringue

Koeksisters

There are few eats that are as quintessentially South African as koeksisters, a deep-fried and syrup-coated doughnut that is twisted like a plait.

Koeksisters are of Cape Malay origin but, unlike the original spicy and coconut-covered version, is crispy and syrupy and very sweet.

The secret to a great koeksister is in the syrup which must be freezing cold when you dip the piping hot fried dough, and each individual syrup recipe is usually a closely guarded secret that remains in the family for years.  Just like mine.

So while I’m not going to give you my secret syrup recipe, I will tell you that I use fresh ginger, fresh lemon and rooibos tea for an amazing syurp that is not quite so sweet but every bit as yummy!