Our most popular recipes of 2013

With a full year of extraordinary cooking behind us and, of course, all your wonderful feedback, we are chuffed as cherubs to reveal the most popular recipes that made it into many a kitchen over the last 12 months. If you haven’t yet whipped up one of these star dishes, now’s your chance. They won’t disappoint.

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1. Mum’s recipe for Malva pudding

We South Africans are a delightfully patriotic bunch and if we were to have a national dessert, this here would be it. Last Mother’s Day we decided to pay a tribute to great mums and their recipes. This gem of a recipe for malva pudding came from Lenore Scheepers. You’re famous, Lenore!

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2. Red velvet cupcakes

The fad of the deep red cupcake truly took the world by a baker’s storm. We asked Lexi Bechet from Ma Mère Maison to show us how to whip up an impressive batch and it turns out our community loved them just as much as we did. Keep this red velvet cupcake recipe tucked firmly in your arsenal.

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3. Butternut soup recipe

A good butternut soup recipe is a winter survival must-have. But a a great one? What a treat. This one comes with four different serving suggestions and variations so not only is it versatile but it’s deliciously comforting too.

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4. Mum’s recipe for carrot cake

Another tribute to mums, this treasured recipe for carrot cake from Michele Smit and her mum became an instant hit. If ever you wanted to impress a mother-in-law to be, this decadent cake is your ticket to glory.

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5. Quick and easy scones recipe

A fresh tower of scones is a tea time essential and with this quick and easy recipe from Rina, our pantry buyer and Outlandish chef, you’ll be clinking cups and sipping Earl Grey like a champ.

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6. A classic macaroni cheese

Macaroni cheese is a classic dish that will always hit the spot. It’s no wonder this one became a firm favourite with the foodies out there.

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7. Mum’s recipe for chocolate cake

And yet another mums tribute recipe to celebrate, Megan Hutton and her mum’s chocolate cake made the big time in 2013. A cake so luxurious and chocolatey that you loose all self-discipline. This one leaves only crumbs and good memories. Give it a go.

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8. Asian chicken

Who doesn’t love a ten-minute-meal? This Asian chicken, made quick sticks in a Lékué Steam Case, will be your saving grace at the end of exhausting weeks and wild weekends.

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9. Cinnamon buns

Swiss rolls are pure cinnamon scented delights. Surprisingly easy and unfailingly satisfying, these cinnamon buns are a nice breakfast addition or tea time alternative.

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10. Chicken soup

Last on our chart toppers of famous recipes for a year gone by is this classic chicken soup. Flu season is unfortunate but inevitable so make sure you can churn this one out in your sleep.

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With this charming collection of community high-fived recipes, and that’s not even mentioning the ever popular recipe round-ups, we hope this year will be one of happy appetites. Bon appetit, friends.