Afters? The Story Behind my name?

Being a South African girl with British parents and family, there were always small differences that would pop up over the years. Whether it was in the traits I picked up, traditions that we had as a family or even as simple as a different use of a word or two.

One of my favourite memories was when visiting my family overseas. We would have a family meal and at the end of the meal I would hear my absolute favourite question… “Who wants Afters?”

This has always been what I look forward to in a meal “What’s for Afters?”. What do I have to look forward to after the meal, the delectable taste of something sweet and delicious to make the ultimate finale to a fantastic meal with family and friends.

This made the choice for my business name one full of meaning and memories. The essence of Afters Treats and Eats is nostalgia and family, so why not have it in the name. A name full with memories, new meaning and something to look forward to at any time.

Afters can be anything from a quick bickie and a cup of tea, a slice of mouth-watering cake, a humble piece of pie or your favourite dessert of choice.

So, ask yourself what’s for Afters? 

Hi I’m Lauren the Chef behind Afters

Here’s a little look into my thoughts about my passion for sweets, treats and all things delicious. I will give you a view into all the fun I get up to in and out of the kitchen with food.

On my blog you can see what’s on my mind, food I love and what I make when I’m not producing my sweet treats.

I will give you a tour of the experience’s I have with friends and family with food, who those friends and family are and what they love about food and how they influence me.

At Afters we love the nostalgia food brings to us, what memories you get from the smell of biscuits coming out the oven (or anything in the oven to be fair). I want to share with you that picture of the fresh produce you saw on your trip abroad, hearing the sound of a crackling fire and it bringing you back to the toasted marshmallows over the braai after a day of fun in the sun.

All the dishes I create come from memories or what I’d love to create as a memory. To achieve this, I use my ideas of comfort, love and laughter in my dishes. I will give you a peek into the journey as to how I get my ideas to create new treats from friends, family and the stories we relive with the memory of those delicious flavours.

Let’s talk about food in new ways.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ANYONE?

I am all about the love of food, from sweet to savoury, sharing meals, or having a sneaky treat alone. Cooking, baking, sharing, creating and the secret ingredients of love and laughter.

Get to see the face and faces behind the creations you get to taste. At Afters we don’t only want you to love what we have to offer but we want you to feel a part of the family. To experience the comfort, memory and happiness in every bite.

Who doesn’t Love an Apple Crumble with a Twist

Do you ever wake up on a cold winters day craving that delicious memorable, warm the soul apple crumble?

Today was that day for me and as I had a time to kill, I thought I would have a little fun. Testing out recipes always lifts my mood, and I have been wanting to test out an apple crumble cake for the longest time.

Who doesn’t want to have a delicious, warm tatsy apple cake with a crunchy crumble topping and that delicious cinnamon spice burst.

I decidecd to add some sour cherries and dried fruits for a little extra flavour to really get my tastebuds doing a happy dance.

It’s as simple as following your instincts thinking about what flavours you love, putting in the secret ingredients of love and laughter and following a recipe of course 😉

  • Tips and Tricks
  • Use room temp butter creaming butter and sugar is so much easier
  • Crack the eggs seperately and add one at a time
  • Line the tin with a square piecec of parchment paper, if using a loose bottom tin this helps to lift the cake once cool.
  • I used a combination of mixed spice and cinnamon to spice up my cake.
  • Soak your dried fruit and sour cherries (fruits of choice) in a 1/4 cup of boiling water for 10mins before use to make plump and juicy.
  • Keep the juices and make into a syrup if you like a little extra sauce

Add your choice of cream, custard or ice cream and enjoy your winters afternoon with this delicious, warm sour cherry and apple crumble cake.