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Sweet Treats

26 Oct

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE LOAF CAKE

Belgium Chocolate Loaf Cake
Ask any sweet tooth and they’ll tell you when it comes to sweets nothing beats a gooey, rich chocolate cake. This Double Chocolate Loaf cake is so rich and tasty you’ll be asking for seconds. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Feel free to spice it up with the addition of chocolate chips, nuts or even dried fruit.

** WHAT YOU WILL NEED **

200 grams unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup dark chocolate buttons, melted
2 cups self raising flour, sifted
3 tablespoons Dutch cocoa
1 cup buttermilk
Belgium chocolate cake loaf slice

** WHAT TO DO **

Grease and line a loaf tin and pre-heat your oven to Moderate. In a large bowl beat together your sugar, butter and vanilla. Whisk in your eggs then gently fold in the cooled melted chocolate. Gradually sift in your flour and cocoa powder. Mix in your buttermilk and beat until well combined. Pour you batter into your tin and cook for about 30 minutes of until a skewer just comes out clean. Serves around 10. Enjoy!

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Sweet Treats

22 Feb

CHILLI CHOCOLATE SERVING SAUCE

spicy hot chocolate

I have been craving chocolate something chronic lately and after getting a bit experimental in the kitchen and making some Spiced Orange Hot Chocolate I thought it would be fun to make a chilli infused chocolate sauce. A while back chilli (or chili or chile?) chocolate was a bit of a culinary craze and although I love anything spicy and chocolate I was too chicken to try it. But times have changed and I have decided to become more creative in the kitchen, alas this chilli chocolate sauce was born. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

What you will need:
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Dutch cocoa
2 teaspoons chilli powder (adjust to suit your tastes, I like spicy)

What to do:
On a low heat combine all your ingredients together in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Gently stir until your chocolate has melted and all your ingredients have been well combined. Remove your saucepan from the heat once just combined to avoid burning. You can serve this sauce warm or chilled. I poured mine over some vanilla ice cream and added a few coconut flakes. Delicious. Store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for around 10 days.

Sweet Treats

24 Dec

RICH DOUBLE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Two chocolate mousse desserts with a spoon
Chocolate mousse has to be one of my favourite desserts and is so easy to make. This rich double chocolate mousse is the perfect alongside a slice of cake or own it’s own with some fresh berries.
What you will need:
2 cups of dark chocolate, chopped
4 eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons Dutch cocoa powder, sifted
500mL thickened cream
Two chocolate mousse desserts with a spoon
What to do:
Over a saucepan of boiling water melt your dark chocolate and set aside. In a large bowl beat together your eggs alongside the sugar until the mixture has thickened and lightened. Fold in the melted chocolate and cocoa powder. In a separate bowl beat your cream until thickened and gently fold into your chocolate mixture. Allow to chill for an hour or so before serving. Serves around 6.

Sweet Treats

16 Dec

SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE MIX

Hot chocolateHot Chocolate has to be one of my favourite treats. After a bit of recipe hunting and experimenting in the kitchen I have come up with my all time favourite hot chocolate mix. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

What you will need:
3 cups milk powder
2 cups caster sugar
2 cups Dutch cocoa powder
2 cups dark chocolate, processed into a powder
2 tablespoons nutmeg
2 tablespoons cinnamon

What to do:
To make your hot chocolate mix simply sift together all your ingredients and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

(Note: This recipe makes a huge batch of mix so feel free to reduce the quantities)

SWEET TREATS

13 Nov

RICH CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKES

If you have never tried a Lava Cake you are missing out. These rich little cakes have to be one of the most indulgent desserts ever and there’s nothing wrong with that! It surprised me to learn that making these was actually really easy and required few ingredients. Please note: It is important to allow the cakes to stand before removing from them from the ramekins. I was overeager in my first attempt which resulted in a (delicious) chocolate mess.  So it’s best to wait.

What you will need:
150 grams of dark chocolate. The darker the better I used a 90% cocoa variety.
150 grams salted butter
2 eggs, at room temperature
80 grams of caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons self raising flour
2 tablespoons Dutch cocoa
What to do:
Preheat your oven to Moderate and generously grease 4 ramekins with butter or oil spray. If you don’t have ramekins you can use a muffin tray. Now melt together your butter and chocolate over a saucepan of boiling water. In a metal or glass bowl beat together your vanilla, eggs and sugar using an electric beater. Beat until the mixture has whitened and become light and fluffy.  Gently fold in the melted butter and chocolate. Sift in the cocoa and flour and gently mix. Pour your mixture into the ramekins and bake for about 10-12 minutes. You want a the inside of the cake  to remain gooey and a shell to form around it. Remove from the oven once done and allow to stand for a few minutes before turning out. Serve with a dusting of icing sugar, some ice cream and of your favourite berries. Serves 4.

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