Tag Archives: desserts

Sweet Treats

24 Dec


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.

Festive Treats

29 Nov


This cream cheese berry roulade makes for a great festive dessert or snack and although it looks impressive is fairly easy to make.

What you will need:
4 tablespoons (fine) caster sugar
6 eggs, separated and at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons dutch cocoa
120 grams extra dark chocolate
300 grams cream cheese
1/4 cup icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Blueberries, strawberries and icing sugar for garnish.
What to do:
Preheat your oven to moderate and grease and line a shallow slice/lamington tray. Seperate your egg yolks and whites into 2 separate bowls and set aside. Melt your chocolate over a saucepan of boiling water and allow to cool slightly. Add the sugar and cocoa to the bowl containing the eggs yolks and beat using an electric beater until your mixture becomes light and fluffy. Now fold through your chocolate and vanilla. Using a clean set of beaters beat your egg whites until a stiff peak and gently fold into the chocolate mixture, being careful to not to over mix the batter. Pour your batter into your prepared tray and cook for around 15 minutes or until the sponge springs back when touched. Allow the sponge to cool before turning out onto a lightly icing sugar dusted board lined with grease proof paper. In a bowl beat together your cream cheese, vanilla and sifted icing sugar. Spoon half of your cream cheese mixture onto the top of the sponge and gently roll. Top your roll with the remaining cream cheese mixture, berries and a dusting of icing sugar.


13 Nov


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.

Sweet Treats

29 Oct


Coffee, liquor and dessert what could more could a person want in life? How about a combination of all three sitting together on a sugar dusted plate? Alas my Boozey Raspberry Tiramisu. Enjoy!

What you will need:
2 packets of sponge finger biscuits (400 grams)
1/2 cup espresso coffee, freshly brewed
1/4 cup Kahlua liqueur
1/4 cup Chambord  Black Raspberry Liqueur
500 grams mascarpone cheese
1 cup cream
1 cup icing sugar
Dutch cocoa and raspberries to serve

What to do:
Press the sponge fingers into the base of a rectangular dish. Whisk together the coffee, Chambord and Kahlua and pour it over the sponge fingers. Allow the liquid to be absorbed, softening the biscuits. Beat together the mascarpone, cream and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Once your sponge fingers have softened top with the mascarpone mixture smoothing down the top using the back of a spoon. Dust with the coca and garnish with a few raspberries. Too easy and such a tasty result.
Makes 8 serves. 


25 Oct


The perfect fall treat. These Stuffed Apple Crumbles are sure to impress. Use what ever apples you like most and free feel to alter the recipe with the addition of maple syrup, pumpkin spice or vanilla.

What you will need:
4  large apples of your choice, I used Pink Lady
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup apple sauce
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

What to do:
Preheat your oven to moderate. Cut the top off each of your apples and scoop out the core and majority of the flesh leaving a shell about 1 cm thick. In a large bowl sift in your flour and add the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently rub in the butter until crumbs form then add the apple sauce. Scoop your crumb mixture into each of the apples. Replace the top and cover in foil. Bake in a moderate oven for about 30 minutes or until the apple flesh is tender. Dust with icing sugar and serve with a generous blob of fresh cream. Enjoy. Serves 4.


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