Tag: dessert

The Best Chocolate and Pear Pudding

There’s nothing better on a cold winter evening, than a warm chocolatey pudding. This one is rich and tasty and absolutely bound to melt away any stresses of the day. It’s soft and moist and so full of flavour. A real decadent treat to warm you through and through. You will need: 1 x glass 8″ round dish – greased Ingredients: Sugar Syrup: 2oz  Butter 2oz  Brown Sugar 1 x Large Tin of pears in juice (or two large Tbsp of Golden Syrup) The Pudding: 100g  Dark Chocolate 3.5oz  Butter 3.5oz  Brown Sugar 2 eggs 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup...

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Baci di Alassio – Chocolate Kisses

These delightful little ganache filled biscuits feature a soft, chewy centre and a crisp outer. They are named Baci di Alassio, which literally translates as ‘Kisses from Alassio’. The coastal town of Alassio is situated on the coast in Liguria, North West Italy, where they originate from. Serve these after a meal with a bowl of strawberries, a chocolate cream liqueur for a truly romantic setting.  Ingredients (Makes 18)  100g Belgian cooking chocolate  115g almond meal  165g caster sugar  15g sifted Dutch cocoa powder  25g honey  ¼ tsp vanilla essence  2 free range egg whites  60g heavy cream  Method Grease and line 2 baking sheets. Preheat oven to 220C, or 200C...

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Chunky Chocolate Flapjack Recipe

A firm favourite treat for my son, Chocolate Flapjack is so easy to make. It’s one of those recipes that you probably have all the ingredients for in your store cupboard already. It makes a nice accompaniment with an afternoon cuppa  or to finish off your lunch with. If the basic recipe is a little too plain for you, spice it up a little by adding a teaspoon of cinnamon or by throwing a handful of chopped mixed nuts, fruit, or chocolate drops into the oat mixture. To make the Chocolate Flapjack You will need: 220g porridge oats 140g...

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Salted Caramel Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Vanilla Icing

These delectable muffins are versatile and easily put together, for an unexpected drop in or pre-prepped and top spec for an occasion. I think they’re perfectly delightful just made for fun and enjoyed with a mug of coffee, my only problem being how to keep my mitts off them! I decided to freeze a couple of them to keep them out of harm’s way, especially for my eldest son’s return home visit. Home cooking for my son’s short visit home to the UK.  My daughter and I baked this recipe at half term as a tasty treat, but you can bake,...

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Apricot and Almond Tray Bake

Our local market is brimming with a range of dried fruit and nuts right now. The almond meal looks so fresh, and the dried apricots are plump and brightly coloured. I’m inspired to create a tray bake, made more decadent with a generous topping of dark chocolate ganache, scattered with toasted flaked almonds.  Ingredients (Makes 8 – 10 squares)  For the apricots:  12 dried apricots, each sliced into several lengths  1 tbs brandy  ½ cup boiling water  Pinch bicarb of soda  For the batter:  2/3 cup plain unsweetened Greek-style yoghurt  2 large free range eggs  ¼ cup soft brown sugar  ½ cup caster sugar  1/8 tsp...

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Cool Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

A great looking cake – a rich chocolate chip cake with minty green icing – it’s cool and fresh and great for birthday treats or a great showstopper pudding. You will need: 1 x 7″ round Cake Tin- greased and lined 2  x Disposable icing bags Ingredients for the cake: 8 oz Self Raising Flour 2 oz Plain Flour 8 oz Caster Sugar 8 oz Marg/Butter 4 Eggs 1 Tbsp cocoa powder 200g Chocolate chips Ingredients for the decoration: 300g Chocolate for melting 250g Icing Sugar 125g Butter 1 Tsp Mint Essence 2 x Tbsp Crushed Chocolate Light Green...

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