Sweet Treats to Melt Away this Winter | Warm Winter Dessert Recipes

Sweet Treats to Melt Away this Winter | Warm Winter Dessert Recipes

If the winter blues have you got you wrapped up in a blanket and cuddled up on the couch, we’ve got amazing sweet treats to melt away this winter. A great winter dessert recipe is a lot like receiving a present; it puts a smile on your face, a great element of surprise and makes you feel warm inside! Take a look at some of our favourite warm winter dessert recipes.

Warm Winter Dessert Recipes

Winter Dessert Recipe #1 | Scrumptious Ginger and Cinnamon Apple Crisp


Cinnamon and ginger smell delicious in the oven!


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1.3kg apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (about 8 cups)
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (optional)


  1. Lightly coat a 30cm cake pan with nonstick cooking spray and wipe with a paper towel to spread evenly; set aside.
  2. For topping: In a large bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup brown sugar, flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and salt. Using a pastry blender cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts and pecans; set aside.
  3. In a very large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup brown sugar, cornstarch, 3/4 teaspoon ginger and the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Add apples slices. Gently toss until coated.
  4. Transfer apple mixture to prepared dish. Sprinkle topping over the apples. Cover the dish with foil.
  5. Bake in a 190 degrees Celsius oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 25 to 30 minutes more or until top is browned and apples are tender. Let cool for 20 to 30 minutes before serving. If you like, serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Makes 8 servings.

Winter Dessert Recipe #2 | Homemade Churros with Chocolate Sauce

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Who doesn’t love Churros?


Churro Dough

  • 1-cup water
  • 1-tablespoon sugar
  • 1-tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2-teaspoon salt
  • 1-cup flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Sugar Mix

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Chocolate dipping sauce

  • 113g semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, vegetable oil and salt and bring to a boil. Quickly remove from heat and stir in flour until it forms into a ball. Allow dough to cool for a few minutes and spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.
  2. Heat a large saucepan filled with 32ml of vegetable oil to 185 degrees Celsius. Use a deep-fry thermometer to monitor the temperature. Pipe dough into heated oil in 4-inch strips cut with a knife.
  3. Fry a few strips at a time until golden brown, approximately 2 minutes on each side. Never leave hot oil unattended. Using a tongs transfer to paper towels to drain.
  4. To prepare sugar mix, combine sugar, cinnamon and salt and pour onto a small plate. Roll warm churros in sugar mix on all sides.
  5. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Stir in cinnamon and cream until smooth. Serve warm.

Winter Dessert Recipe #3 | Decadent Malva Pudding

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A traditional South African favourite!

  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs (room temp)
  • 1 tablespoon smooth apricot jam
  • 125ml sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups cake flour
  • 250ml cream
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (5ml)
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter (30ml)
  • 125ml butter
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (15ml)
  • 125ml milk
  • 125ml water


  1. Set oven to 190°C
  2. Beat castor sugar and eggs until fluffy then beat in the jam until a creamy consistency
  3. Sift dry ingredients into separate bowl.
  4. Melt butter in a small pot on a medium heat and add the vinegar and milk
  5. Now add the above mixture (butter, milk, eggs) to the sifted ingredients and mix well. Now add the eggs mixture and combine well.
  6. Pour into an ovenproof casserole dish that takes about 2 liters.
  7. Bake at 190°C for 45 minutes until the top is nicely browned.
  8. Melt all the sauce ingredients together in a small pot over a medium heat and pour over the pudding before serving, preferably while it’s still hot.
  9. Serve it with ice cream or custard or both.

Let us know if these winter dessert recipes kept you warm!

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