ALL · Desserts · Healthy Eating Ideas

Chocolate & Honeycomb Mousse

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This was a little healthy dessert recipe I found on line, although having double portions doesn’t make it healthy…lol! It was so delicious we had to have seconds.!

Makes  4 pots

100g scottish rasperberries

80g dark chocolate

100g quark

2 egg whites

2 tsp caster sugar

1/2 Cadbury crunchy bar – chopped

 

  1. Firstly melt the chocolate either in a bowl over warm water or on level 1 on an induction hob.                                                                                                                                20171021_150008
  2. Set aside and allow to cool. (approx 10 mins)
  3. Whisk egg white until stiff then whisk in the sugar                                                         20171021_151547_001
  4. Mix quark into the chocolate mixture
  5. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mix.                20171021_152939
  6. Add in the chopped honeycomb, leaving a few chunks to decorate after 20171021_153136 20171021_152835
  7. Place some rasperberries in the bottom of the dish then spoon some of the mixture evenly into each dish. Top with crunchy bits and rasperberries.

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Combi Microwave Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes

Chocolate Nut Cake

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On deciding what to do next using my crisper plate, I thought I’ve not really tried a cake?? Would it work?? Only 1 way to find out………………………..results were fab, tasty and baked in 10 minutes…….revelation!

 

Serves 12-16

200g Dark Chocolate – Melted (I used 70% cocoa)

240g butter

45g Walnuts

45g Hazelnuts

45g Almonds

170g golden caster sugar

1 tbsp flour

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch salt

 

  1. If you have an Induction hob, melt chocolate in a pan on No. 1, if not melt using a glass bowl over boiling water. Once nearly melted add in butter and melt through, stirring a couple of times. Remove from heat and allow to cool.  20170917_181232
  2. Chop nuts into very small pieces or use a processor and pulse but make sure not to make into crumbs.
  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites
  4. One at a time add egg yolks to the chocolate and butter mix, stirring continuously.
  5. Then stir in vanilla, sugar, nuts & flour
  6. Whisk the egg whites together until stiff peaks, then gently fold into your chocolate mixture.                                                             20170917_181713
  7. Pour the mixture onto the crisper plate and cook on dynamic crisp setting for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled remove from plate, slice and serve with some lovely whipped cream or ice cream if you prefer. YUMMY!!!!

 

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ALL · Desserts

Cherry Chocolate Mousse

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This is my take on Jamie Olivers 5 Ingredient Recipe on his new Channel 4 TV Show and from his new book. It was really delicious and so easy to make.

 

Makes 6 small pots (or 4 big ones, if you’re like me….lol!)

200g Dark Chocolate

1 jar Black cherries (about 400g) I only used half.

4 eggs

2 tbsp golden cast sugar

200ml double cream

salt

 

  1. First melt chocolate on Induction hob at No. 1 (or in a bowl over water) Keep 1 square of chocolate back for decoration.
  2. Heat up the cherries in syrup gently for about 5-10 minutes              20170910_193858
  3. Divide the whites from the yolks into separate bowls
  4. Mix the egg whites with a pinch of sea salt until stiff peaks             20170910_193850
  5. Mix the cream until slightly thick, then add egg yolks and sugar, mix to combine
  6. Allow the cherries and chocolate to cool before adding
  7. Gently add the chocolate to the cream mixture and fold together             20170910_193843
  8. Then gently fold in the egg whites to the chocolate mixture
  9. Place mousse into a dish, then cherries, then mousse, then cherries……layer up as much as you want.
  10. Grate some chocolate over top to finish……………devour!!!!

 

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ALL · Bread · Cakes and Biscuits

Chocolate & Banana Marble Bread

Marbled-banana-bread

First try at marbling, I’ve seen it loads of times in magazines but never tried it, who knew it would be that simple!

125g butter

150g light brown sugar

2 eggs

2 ripe bananas

1 tsp vanilla essence

200 g self raising flour

2 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarb soda

pinch of salt

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

 

1. Preheat oven to 170 deg.

2. Line a baking tin with greaseproof paper

3. Place butter and sugar in a large bowl and mix together until smooth and fluffy

4. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well.

5. Mash the banana and add with the vanilla essence and mix

6. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt and cinnamon together, fold into the wet mixture until combined.

7. Pour half the mixture into another bowl and mix through the cocoa powder

8. Spoon both mixtures into the baking tin alternating between each so you have layers.

9. Drag a knife through the mixture a few times to marble then bake for approx. 1 hr or until knife comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

 

ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts · Snacks and nibbles

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

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Oh we do love a good cupcake for afternoon coffee break. We bought some new coffee beans to try but then realised we didn’t have any cake to go with it…..so off I went to the kitchen to see what I had. Bananas from last week that were perfect for cake making, so that made my decision, banana cake it was. So yummy!

Makes 6

80g self raising flour

120g light brown sugar (or you can use caster sugar)

20g cocoa powder

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp salt

30ml milk

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 medium ripe banana – mashed

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg. Put all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, cocoa powder) into a mixing bowl and mix through.                                                                                                                                                                                                      20170319_142942
  2. Then put all the wet ingredients (egg, milk, vanilla, banana) into a separate bowl and whisk together.                                                                                        20170319_142946
  3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk together. It should be runny but not too runny.
  4. Put some cases into a muffin tin and pour the mixture into each, only 1/2 to 3/4 way, leave room for rising. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins or until a knife comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool on a rack and then decorate to your own tastes. I just used some icing as I didn’t have any frosting.                  20170319_15134920170319_161845

I made some plain chocolate ones too, follow everything above but just take out the banana.

 

 

ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts

Chocolate Devil Delights

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Oh well, what can I say, these are simply delicious! Initially I was just going to make some cupcakes but decided to try the gooey centre and also tackle my first time at sugar work, which is something I’ve always wanted to try. The sugar work is definitely work in progress…lol!

For the Cupcakes:- Makes 8-10

1 Cup all purpose flour (about 100g)

1 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup good cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil or rapseed oil

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla essence

 

  1. Pre-heat oven 180 deg C
  2. Place cake liners in a muffin tin.
  3. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a large bowl and whisk through to combine.
  4. Add milk, oil, egg, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined.                                                                 20170107_145204
  5. Evenly distribute cake batter. Each cupcake liner should be about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for about 12-15 mins or until a knife comes clean from centre.
  7. Remove and allow to cool completely.

For the Gooey Centre:- I decided to go with caramel but you can choose anything you like, I also cheated and just melted some caramel instead of making the real thing.

  1. I used some caramel curls and just added 1 tsp milk and melted in microwave. I also wanted to use my food colouring and decided to give it a nice pink colour….lol!

    2. Once melted, I wanted it a bit thicker so whisked it up a bit until thick and creamy.

    3. Once the cupcakes are cool, using a spoon, spoon out some of the centre of the cupcake.                                                                                            20170107_164805

    4. Then using a tsp, spoon some of the caramel mixture into the holes.  20170107_165348

Finishing off:-

Again I cheated slightly and used shop bought frosting but you can of course make your own if you have more time.

  1. Put frosting into a piping bag and then pipe on top to cover up the centre.
  2. And then simply serve and devour or if you like try my sugar work and make fancy toppings! see my post on Sugar work.   sugar wor

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ALL · Desserts · Pastries and Pies

Malteser Pie – Simply Heavenly

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O.M.G. What can I say….delicious, moreish, delightful, dessert heaven….oh the list goes on, simply delicious!

Tip: Remove base from tray before putting filling in! (I had a terrible time trying to get it out)

 

Bake tin size – 26cm

450g Maltesers – leave a handful for decorating at end

110g butter – melted

100g caster sugar

4 egg yolks

200g dark or milk chocolate

400ml whole milk

3 tbsp malt powder

300ml double cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

  1. Blitz the maltesers in a food processor until crumb like. Empty into a bowl. 20161008_145704
  2. Melt the butter and add to the maltesers, mix through until coated.
  3. Grease the baking tin, push down the crushed malteser into the pan evenly, make sure that you go up the sides as it will need to hold a filling.                                                                        20161008_145943
  4. Put in the fridge to harden.
  5. For the filling, in a pan heat gently the milk, sugar, egg yolks and malt powder until thickened. then add in the melted chocolate, stir through.
  6. Once base has set, remove from tin and fill with the chocolate mixture.  Place in fridge overnight to set.20161008_151844   20161008_184921
  7. When you are ready to serve, then we make the cream topping.
  8. Pour cream and vanilla extract into a bowl and whisk until thick, then top the pie.
  9. Using the left over maltesers, crush and sprinkle on top of pie. oh yeah….Yum…Yum!

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