Tag Archives: Chocolate

Weekend Birthday Celebrations. Mini Strawberry Cloud Cakes With Chocolate Bottoms and Fresh Raspberries.

This weekend our daughters celebrated their fourteenth birthday. As always we marked the occasion with home-made birthday cake. This year I revisited Annabel Langbein’s dreamy Strawberry Cloud Cake, the subject of one of my earliest posts. Refashioned into mini cloud … Continue reading

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From The Italian Pasticceria. Almond, Hazelnut and Pine Nut Biscuits. Brutti Ma Buoni. Ugly But Good.

I’ve always loved  Brutti Ma Buoni and make a beeline for them every time I visit an Italian pasticceria. Literally translating as Ugly But Good, they’re fabulous with a strong espresso. Even better packaged up by the boxful and taken … Continue reading

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Gorgeous Little Morsels. Almond and Cranberry Florentines Drizzled With White Chocolate.

Leafing through a pile of back issues of Delicious magazine I came across a very clever recipe for Italian florentines. A delectable combination of caramel, dried fruit and nuts. Baked in a slab. Cut into perfect circles just before the … Continue reading

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Another Trip Down Memory Lane. Ice Magic. Chocolate Crackle Topping And Ice Cream.

Raise your hands if you remember Ice Magic. That chocolate flavoured ice cream topping, manufactured by Cottees. It set hard in seconds. Like magic.  A trip down memory lane for me. The stuff of childhood dreams. Instantly transforming a tub … Continue reading

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Baking At Carisbrook. From Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem. Chocolate Krantz Cake.

Spring time in Mount Wilson is magnificent. Perched high in the Blue mountains this tiny village hamlet is famous for it’s cool climate gardens. This weekend we were lucky enough to be invited by our good friends to join them … Continue reading

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Highly Addictive. Incredibly Easy To Prepare. Brigadeiros. Brazilian Chocolate Caramel Fudge Truffles.

These must be the easiest truffles I have ever made. Cooked to fudgy perfection, cooled, rolled into little balls and coated within an hour. Including the clean up and loading of the dishwasher. Brigadeiros. Unbelievably sweet and delicious. Highly addictive. A Brazilian … Continue reading

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Marbled Bundt Cake With A Neapolitan Twist. Three Flavours. Raspberry, Chocolate and Vanilla.

Last week’s chocolate and vanilla marble bundt cake was so popular that the requests came in thick and fast for another. Could it be that this simple cake is about to supersede caramel slice, choc chip cookies and chocolate cake … Continue reading

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More Baking With Bundt Tins. Large And Small. Old-Fashioned Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cake.

One of my enduring childhood kitchen memories? Old-fashioned marble cake. More often than not a two tone chocolate and vanilla version and very occasionally a very special three tone, neapolitan treat with the addition of a third flavour, strawberry. Reminiscing … Continue reading

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Weekend Baking. Iconically Australian. Chocolate Lamington and Raspberry Jelly Patty Cakes.

Nothing beats biting into a freshly baked lamington.Vanilla sponge coated  in a layer of chocolate icing and then rolled in dessicated coconut. Simple, elegant and decidedly delicious. Iconically Australian. Most times a great lamington is hard to come by. Here … Continue reading

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A Kiwi Favourite. Disappearing Afghans. Chocolate Cornflake Biscuits.

I was first introduced to this biscuit decades ago on a trip to New Zealand. Afternoon tea at a picturesque cafe in Wanganui. It was difficult to choose from the delicious array of baked goods on offer. In the end … Continue reading

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