1. Cape Malay-style pickled fish
We take comfort from the fact that some things, at least, never change. Pickled fish is always our most popular recipe around Easter, and we’re thrilled that you didn’t let lockdown stop you! If you’ve never made your own pickled fish from scratch, we really can recommend this recipe. Frozen fish works great, too.
Get the recipe for pickled fish
2. Banana loaf
We know the internet has a lot of banana loaves at the moment, but this one might just be the best: the softest crumb, the most delicate flavour!
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3. Traditional hot cross buns
Shout out to all the brave bakers who attempted hot cross buns for the first time this year. We hope your efforts were rewarded, and that you didn’t forget to add a crucial ingredient, like our beloved editor. (In her defence, cooking with a three-year old is absolute chaos!)
4. Homemade ginger beer
This ginger-and-pineapple version by Siba Mtongana is the business! Get started now, and you’ll have it in two-days time.
5. All-bran rusks
There’s no doubt about it: winter is in the air, and thanks to our house-bound status, baking rusks suddenly seems like a worthwhile weekend project.
6. Buttermilk rusks
If you love the classic flavour of Ouma rusks, you’ll love these ones.
7. Classic chocolate chip cookie
Chocolate chip cookies have been almost as prevalent as banana bread on our Instagram feeds. And why not? They’re easy to make, and satisfy both your chocolate craving and your cookie craving. Winner, winner!
8. Two-ingredient pizza bases
If you’ve never made your own pizza bases before, this is the place to start! Self-raising flour and yoghurt come together in a way that is nothing short of miraculous.
9. Basic pizza dough
If you can get your hands on some yeast, this basic pizza dough is a level-up – but still easy enough to attempt with the kids.
Get the recipe for basic pizza dough
10. Home-baked scones
Scones have a huge place is South African culture, and it’s no surprise that our readers are reaching for this classic, comforting recipe. Whether you serve them with some homemade ginger beer or a cup of Earl Grey tea, they’ll restore your faith in the world for a few moments.
Get the recipe for home-baked scones
11. Traditional malva pudding
If you don’t have sherry, don’t fear – the recipe will work fabulously without it.
Get the traditional malva pudding recipe
12. Double beef burger with smoked cheddar and sriracha mayo
With restaurants closed during lockdown, it’s no surprise that you were making your own burgers.
Get the beef burger recipe
13. Individual malva puddings
This is a fabulous malva pudding recipe – super luscious with enough sauce to avoid any dry spots in the centre of your little puddings. Again, the brandy is not essential. We’ve tested and it’s equally good without!
14. Chicken-and-mushroom ragu pie
Leftover roast chicken becomes something extra special when encased in pastry. This might be our favourite way to use it up.
Get the recipe for chicken-and-mushroom ragu pie
15. Gnocchi with creamy cheese parsley sauce
Over on Instagram, Hannah Lewry demonstrated how to make gnocchi from scratch. But if you’re not brave enough for that, this is a wonderful easy option, using readymade gnocchi.