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Malteser cheesecake (no bake)

Malteser cheesecake (no bake)

Generally I’m a baked cheesecake kind of girl but after my white chocolate and berry cheesecake proved so popular I thought that it would be nice to make a variation on that recipe. This malty, chocolatey malteser version is really indulgent and decadent – a […]

Creamy peppermint truffles

Creamy peppermint truffles

For me it’s the melting point of a truffle that makes it so delicious. There needs to be that soft, yielding luciousness when you bite into them. I once read that the reason this is so satisfying is because the melting point of chocolate is […]

Homemade ice magic

Homemade ice magic

Who else remembers ice magic (or am I showing my age there?) I think it’s also sometimes called magic shell, it’s basically a chocolate sauce, which you can flavour however you like, that solidifies to a hard, crisp shell when you pour it over cold ice cream.
This is kind of a cheat. It’s too simple to really count as a recipe! Just a couple of ingredients melted together. It’s as easy as that!
So if you’re inundated with Easter Eggs this weekend why not melt a couple down, indulge in an ice-cream treat and enjoy the sunny weather.

Ingredients
serves 6(ish)
200g chocolate (I like dark but use whatever you like)
3-4 tbsp flavourless oil (vegetable or coconut work well)
extract or flavouring of your choice (optional)

Simply melt everything together and stir well. Pour into a heatproof jar or bottle for storing. Warm a little before serving over your favourite ice cream so that it returns to a liquid consistency.

Peanut butter and chocolate energy bites

Peanut butter and chocolate energy bites

Sometimes your day needs a little pick-me-up but you don’t always want to rely on sugary snacks and chocolate bars (even if they are delicious). These are a really good alternative, quick and easy to make, full of fibre and pretty tasty to boot. I’m […]

Tahini honey cheesecakes

Tahini honey cheesecakes

I love the flavour of tahini in both sweet and savoury dishes (halva makes me very happy!). It goes really well in these little baked cheesecakes, especially when combined with fragrant honey and rich cocoa. They have a lovely buttery, crunchy base and a rich, […]

Chocolate and hazelnut flapjack bites

Chocolate and hazelnut flapjack bites

Who doesn’t love a good flapjack? Soft and chewy and gooey with all sorts of delicious treasures hidden amongst the sticky, syrup drenched oats.
These are especially indulgent with their combination of hazelnuts and rich chocolate. You can use any chocolate you like but I prefer dark chocolate as I think it balances the sweetness of the brown sugar and golden syrup. Likewise with the seasalt – I know it’s only a pinch but trust me – it makes all the difference!

Ingredients
375g oats
185g butter
185g soft brown sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
big pinch of seasalt
150g chocolate (100g chopped 50g melted)
75g hazelnuts

Melt the butter in a large saucepan and then stir in the salt, sugar and syrup. Keep the pan over a low heat until the sugar starts to dissolve into the other ingredients. Set aside to cool a bit.
Pre-heat your oven to 200°c and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. It’s a good idea to pop the hazelnuts into the oven to toast a little as it pre-heats.
Roughly chop 100g of the chocolate. Keep the remainder to melt and drizzle over the baked flapjacks. Roughly chop the hazelnuts too and combine them with the oats. Add these to the butter mixture and stir well to combine, ensuring everything is well coated. Fold through the chocolate chunks and then firmly press the mixture into the prepared tin.
Bake for 15 minutes before leaving the flapjacks in the tin to cool. Once cooled drizzle with the melted chocolate and allow to set before cutting into bite-sized pieces and enjoy!

I’ve also added this recipe to the #bakingcrumbs linky hosted by www.applytofaceblog.com and www.joskitchenlarder.com

Clotted cream shortbread

Clotted cream shortbread

It’s nearly St Piran’s Day, which means a day of fun and feasting in Cornwall. I always like to mark the occasion with some form of Cornish themed treat, after all we really do produce some amazing food down there. Previously I’ve made wonderfully fragrant […]

Chocolate and miso caramel sponges

Chocolate and miso caramel sponges

Look me in the eye and tell me that you don’t want to eat one of these right now. Rich, fluffy chocolatey sponge absolutely smothered in sticky, salty miso caramel. Sounds pretty delicious doesn’t it? This is perfect comfort food. It’s cosiness on a plate! […]

Orange and passionfruit tart

Orange and passionfruit tart

We all need a little extra sunshine at this time of year. I think that might be why nature made it that oranges only take on their beautiful colour once the weather turns cooler… This is a lovely dessert, a rich, buttery, chocolate crust topped with a sweet creamy fragrant filling and finished off with tangy passionfruit. Scrumptious.
The crust for this tart is a little unusual because it’s not a traditional pastry dough that can be rolled out but it is incredibly delicious. It’s very rich, crumbly and buttery, almost like shortbread, and totally worth getting a few messy fingers for. I made this particular tart with blood oranges because I love to use them when they’re in season but you can use any type of orange you like. You’ll need the lemon juice to add a little extra acidity to create the chemical (magic) reaction which thickens the filling.

Ingredients
can be prepared as 1 full size or 4 individual tarts
crust
180g softened butter
40g icing sugar
30g cocoa powder
180g flour
filling
400g condensed milk (1 tin)
170g creme fraiche
120ml of citrus juice (about 2 oranges and 1 lemon)
zest of 2 oranges
2-3 very ripe passionfruit
2 tbsp icing sugar (or to taste)

Start by making the rich chocolate pastry case. Beat together the softened butter and icing sugar before sifting in the cocoa powder and flour. Mix together to leave you with a very soft dough, it’s okay if it’s a little sticky. Thoroughly grease your tart tin/tins and use the back of a spoon to spread the pastry dough evenly into it. Cover the surface with baking parchment and chill the dough for 15 minutes. Pre-heat your oven to 180°c. Pile some baking beans onto the parchment and blind bake the case for 20 minutes. Uncover the pastry and bake for a further 10 minutes.


Once the case is baked you can make the filling mixture, you don’t really need to wait for the case to cool. Whisk together the condensed milk and the creme fraiche in a large mixing bowl, making sure that they are really well blended. Add the orange zest and the juices and whisk again until the mixture thickens slightly. Pour the filling mixture into the pastry case, give it a little shake to level it off and bake for 10 minutes.
Let the tarts cool on a wire rack. Remove the seeds from the passion fruit and mix them with the icing sugar, use as much or as little to suit your own taste. Spoon this over the top of the orange filling, spreading it out in a thin layer. Pop the tarts in the fridge to chill completely before serving.

I’ve added this to the #bakingcrumbs linky hosted by www.applytofaceblog.com and www.joskitchenlarder.com

 

White chocolate & berry cheesecake

White chocolate & berry cheesecake

This is a recipe I made recently for Mr C’s grandad’s birthday. By all accounts it’s the best cheesecake he’s ever eaten and at 81 years old I reckon he’s tried a few! You won’t tell him how easy it is to make, will you? […]