Category Archives: Chocolate

Dressed To Impress. Chocolate Layer Cake With Whipped Cream, Cherry Jam and Ganache.

Everyone has a favourite chocolate cake. At our house it’s a moist, decadently rich and chocolate-y ‘volcano’ cake. A melt and mix recipe with an unusual twist. So named to reflect the alchemy created when bicarbonate of soda added to … Continue reading

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Eat, Fast and Live Longer. A 5-2 Fast Diet Recipe Idea Under 100 Calories. Black Forest Trail Mix.

With the April holidays almost over, it’s time to properly embrace my 5-2 eating regime again. Somewhere along the line I’ve fallen into a pattern of faithful adherence during our 8-9 week  school terms coupled with a slow but certain … Continue reading

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Gloriously Gluten Free. Hazelnut and Chocolate Bon Vivant Torte.

It always amazes me at how many deliciously different ways there are to combine four of my most loved pantry staples; butter, eggs, sugar and chocolate. This flourless Bon Vivant adds hazelnut meal to create a torte that transcends all … Continue reading

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My Sweet Valentine. Mini Chocolate Bundt Bombes Alaska

Just in time for Valentine’s Day this weekend. A sweet treat. Mini chocolate Bundt Bombes Alaska. Inspired by a sticking bundt tin baking disaster. I well remember being taught as a child to always grease and flour a baking tin. … Continue reading

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Baci Di Fichi. Chocolate Dipped Figs With Roasted Hazelnut Crumbs Or Sea Salt Flakes.

Each year February  spells the beginning of an eagerly anticipated fig season. I literally can never get my fill of these lusciously addictive round  bottomed  beauties. Sweet, savoury or plucked directly from the tree, I try to enjoy them any … Continue reading

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Tis The Night Before Christmas. The Tale Of Mr Nobody And Our Festive Fruit Cake.

There’s a mysterious somebody in our house who nobody knows. He’s a frequent visitor, especially at times of major family celebrations, but must be quite shy and reserved as despite much coaxing and cajoling has been most reluctant to reveal … Continue reading

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Nut Free. Chocolate Covered Christmas Honeycomb Ring.

Are you up for the challenge? What to make when asked to bring a gluten free, dairy free and nut free sweet treat to an early Christmas get-together? This request almost had me stumped. Sometimes it helps not to over … Continue reading

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A Labour Of Love. Four Layer Chocolate And Caramel Ombré Piñata Birthday Cake.

  Birthdays are always celebrated in our house with a home-made cake of the lucky birthday boy or girl’s choosing. Last weekend we celebrated our daughters’ fifteenth birthday. This time last year I made elegant Mini Strawberry Cloud Cakes With Chocolate … Continue reading

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Spring Garden Tea Party. Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache Tart Scented With Cointreau.

It’s Spring and all of a sudden this week our garden has come alive with the heady scent of masses of orange jessamine and citrus blossoms. Inspiring me to make this celebratory Bittersweet Chocolate Tart scented with a little more … Continue reading

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Miniaturist Baking. Raspberry Chocolate Brownie Bars

I’ve been reading Jessie Burton’s fascinating novel The Miniaturist, and by no small coincidence seem to have subconsciously  reverted to baking all manner of cakes, brownies and slices in my newly acquired mini loaf trays. I’m now the proud owner … Continue reading

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