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Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 28.04.2021

I debated calling this "Chocolate Cream Pie" but since pies are technically made up of a filling between two crusts, this is actually a tart (with only a bottom crust). Whatever you wish to call it, it is delicious. I mean seriously indulgent and rich and decadent and just darn delicious! Although uncomplicated in it's flavour - it is chocolate through and through - it 's far from one-dimensional. Each layer adds its own special magic: a crunchy chocolate cookie base, then a fudgy, melt-in-the-mouth ganache all topped off with clouds of softly whipped cream. Many ganache tarts do without...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 23.04.2021

Just about every baker out there will tell you they have the BEST chocolate cake recipe. But you can ignore them. Because this recipe is the only chocolate cake recipe you'll ever need! I've been using this recipe for over 20 years and it has never flopped. That's what I call fool-proof! This is a simple and straightforward chocolate cake. No difficult techniques or fancy ingredients. It has a lovely, light texture and is not too rich. The beauty of this cake is you can make it as modest or as magnificent as you like. A basic topping of whipped cream is absolutely delicious, or for a...

Desserts, Recipes / 25.03.2021

Do you like chocolate? Do you like cheesecake? How about speckled eggs? I thought so! Then these adorable mini Easter chocolate cheesecakes are just for you. Made up of an Oreo base, a creamy chocolate cheesecake layer and a chocolate curl "birds nest" filled with mini speckled eggs. I used the new choc-mint flavoured speckled eggs which I absolutely love (they add a fresh minty burst which cuts through the richness), but any mini easter eggs will work perfectly. You may have noticed there is chocolate in every layer of these little babies so definitely invite your chocoholic friend around...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 22.02.2021

If you want to up your cake game, say no to boring buttercream! This rich chocolate buttercream is made with melted chocolate and cocoa for an extra chocolatey flavour. The gorgeously luscious texture is thanks to a special ingredient - golden syrup! It also gives a hint of caramel flavour which balances the dark chocolate perfectly. Although not essential, using cream instead of milk adds an exceptional creaminess and is highly recommended! This is the perfect companion to my classic chocolate cake, brownies, or cupcakes. Ingredients: (enough to fill and ice 1 x 20cm double layer cake) 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped 230g unsalted butter,...

Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Delights, Recipes / 08.12.2020

Sponsored.When you bring this stunning showstopper of a dessert to the table, you’ll definitely receive a few ooh’s and aah’s from your guests – and that’s before they’ve even tasted it! Little do they know that it’s actually super-easy to make, especially for such a grand and impressive dessert.Despite trying to imitate a Christmas Pudding, this baby tastes nothing like it! No heavy, stodgy pudding here, just rich chocolate ice cream and lots of crunchy Bakers®  Biscuits, roasted hazelnuts and juicy red glacé cherries. All of this topped with a creamy white chocolate ganache (essential for that Christmas Pudding look) and some cherries for a festive flair.  (When...

Desserts, Recipes / 12.11.2020

I was one of a select few guests that was invited to visit the Cherry Time farm in Worcester this past weekend. We had a fantastic day picking cherries, learning all about cherry agriculture, and enjoying a picnic lunch in the cherry orchards. I've always loved using cherries in desserts but after learning how tricky they are to grow, I have a new appreciation for these gorgeous little fruits!I returned home with an abundant harvest of plump and juicy cherries, just crying out to be used in a fancy, festive dessert. I really wanted to hero the cherries, so much...

Desserts, Recipes / 28.10.2020

If you love baking as much as I do, no doubt you have come across Katelyn Allegra's beautiful blog - The Kate Tin. Katelyn has been blogging for over 10 years and continues to wow us with her delicious recipes and stunning food photography. When it comes to all things chocolate, Katelyn is queen - not only did she marry a chocolate-maker but also published a cookbook with over 90 chocolate recipes called "Chocolate"!The book is an absolute masterpiece - each image is more mouth-watering than the last! Chapters include Speedy, Fruity, Crunchy, Creamy, Fancy, Naughty, and Nostalgic so there...

Brownies & Bars, Desserts, Recipes / 22.10.2020

It's not hard to see why S'mores are so popular. The combination of crunchy biscuits, melted chocolate and gooey toasted marshmallow is all kinds of wonderful! I took inspiration from these glorious treats to come up with a Halloween-inspired dessert. With a buttery biscuit crumb base, rich chocolate mousse layer and ghoulish marshmallow ghost topping, these Spooky Chocolate Mousse Bars have all the S'mores flavour with an extra touch of scary! I used an easy, egg-free chocolate mousse recipe which contains marshmallows to help the mousse set so that the bars can be sliced easily. Of course, making the little...

Breakfast & Brunch, Desserts, Recipes / 01.10.2020

Let me tell you a little bit about Zola Nene. Not only is she an extremely talented chef, TV show host and cookbook author, she is also one of the friendliest and bubbliest people I have ever met! To add to her incredible achievements, recently Zola featured on Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted where she teaches the multi-Michelin starred chef how to cook authentic Zulu cuisine!A few weeks ago I bought Zola's second book - Simply Zola. It is absolutely packed with a wide range of delicious, approachable recipes. The chapter that really caught my eye (apart from the desserts, of course)...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 15.07.2020

I'm a big fan of frangipane tarts and have been meaning to try a chocolate version for a while. Frangipane is a sweet pastry cream made with ground almonds that is usually used in baked tarts along with fruit. This pear and chocolate frangipane tart recipe is made with a chocolate pastry as well as a chocolate frangipane filling so it will certainly keep the chocoholics happy! With pears being in season and a wonderful companion to both chocolate and almonds, it was a no-brainer to use them in this tart. The result is a rich and sophisticated dessert...