Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: So you like chocolate hey?

Triple Chocolate Muffins

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You might think a chocolate muffin is a simple recipe to find, an easy thing to make. I thought I’d found it here. But we were wrong. I’ve been looking for a long time for a recipe that’s worth making repeatedly and I’m fairly certain this Donna Hay recipe is the one. The actual recipe is from one of her magazines and was destined as something else, but I have re-appropriated the recipe for my own wicked purpose. I call these triple-choc because they have melted chocolate in the mix, cocoa and chocolate pieces. This recipe is rich, …

Buttermilk, oat and chocolate chunk muffins

Buttermilk, oat and chocolate chunk muffins

Many years ago, back in the day when we could go out for breakfast in relative peace and quiet, we used to visit a little tiny cafe in Drummoyne (Sydney) called the Bowen Island Bakery. We would order a coffee and these incredible choc-chip and oat muffins. The choc-chips in these muffins were more like asteroid-sized chunks of Valrhona and they were spectacularly moist, oaty and just a little bit salty.

I have been trying to re-create this recipe ever since. And I don’t claim to be exactly spot-on for this recipe, but it’s close enough to warrant sharing. These …

The Poor Knights of Windsor

A little while back Green & Black’s  organic chocolate invited me out to Windsor for their pop-up stall as part of their Taste Tour. Sadly I couldn’t make it, so instead they sent me some chocolate and a recipe to create my own little food event at home. Green & Black’s taste specialist Brandt Maybury devised a variation on a recipe traditional to the area of Windsor to highlight the colour and flavour of Green and Black’s chocolate.

The original recipe from ‘The Compleat Cook‘ by ‘WM’, 1658 which is really a variation on the ‘poor knights’ recipe …

Caramel Chocolate Slice

Caramel Chocolate Slice

The ingredients for this classic Australian slice are simple, as is their preparation. The skill in this dish though, lies in the technique. Unlike some other recipes where you might have a generous mistake buffer, if you over cook any of the components of this recipe or it will not work or taste as good as it should; you’ll get a hard base, a chewy middle and a lack-lustre topping. This recipe is sort of like Millionaire Shortbread; the biscuity bottom is not shortbread but rather coconut based.

Keep a watchful eye on the cooking process. Don’t let the base …

Lamingtons

Lamingtons

This is what a lamington looks like. It’s pieces of sponge cake that have been dipped in a thick chocolate glaze and then covered with desiccated coconut. They’re very popular in Australia. Popular enough that you can buy them pre-made in little packets at every supermarket. I haven’t had eaten one for over four years now, since we left Sydney. Recently my 10yr old son has shown an interest in baking and so I thought lamingtons would make a nice easy project. I bought a packet mix sponge cake and a whole lot of icing sugar and once I let …

Double Chocolate Muffins

Well…we can’t be good all the time.

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Here are the rules. Think of it like Fight Club but instead of fighting to escape spiritual somnambulance we’re fighting to escape the disappointment of below-average chocolate muffins. We’re fighting to make a chocolate muffin that rises above the ordinary, sets the bar, goes beyond…
This is a good recipe, but with care and love it can achieve greatness.

First Rule: Use hand-chopped Cadbury Bourneville dark chocolate, not chocolate chips.

Second Rule: Do not let these muffins over cook or they will be ordinary.  Keep a keen eye on oven, and your nose …

Rocky Road

I was chatting to another mum in the school yard the other day and we were talking about how hard it is to choose those incidental gifts; the ones you give to your neighbour, your hairdresser, teachers and workmates. It can get expensive and really difficult to think up meaningful gifts on top of all the other major presents of the season, and so I’ve always gone the home-made route. You can make a few different things, with minimal cost, and because you’ve made it yourself, the resulting sweets and treats become worth more than just the sum of their …

Christmas cranberry and pistachio chocolate drops

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If you’re not overly confident to start your own chocolate factory just yet, why not try these little treasures. All you need is a microwave to create an endless variety of these pretty and festive sweets. You can create a florentine style creation and top with candied peel, raisins and nuts or keep it simple and go with Christmas colours like my cranberry and pistachio recipe. To add some sparkle, once set, brush with edible lustre dust or add some edible glitter or stars to your topping.

All you need to do is slowly melt on the lowest microwave setting, …

Christmas walnut truffles

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For Christmas this year I’m baking another round of sweet treats for the teachers, neighbours and locals. Because things are a bit hectic around here, I kept this year’s selection simple and yet they’ve turned out to be the most festive to date. I’ve tinkered with the clotted cream truffle recipe to create a walnut truffle, and I’ve made lavender shortbread cookies and cranberry and pistachio chocolate rounds which are apparently all the rage in Paris.

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Today I’ll share the walnut truffle recipe. So far  I’ve had some great feedback and so I hope you’ll get some good results with …

Peanut-butter choc-chip blondie

I’ll begin this post with personal anecdote that will make even those who don’t know my eldest son KT smile. On the way home from school I was explaining to him what a blondie is, and how I planned on making one as an alternative to my usual chocolate brownie – his favourite. I took my cue from Ina Garten who once made a blondie slice using her choc-chip cookie recipe dough. So I took the chance that, as Ina promised, I could simply make my cookie dough, press it into a tin and out would pop a blondie. Well …