Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: So you like chocolate hey?

Chocolate babka

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It finally happened. I took a photo of the chocolate babka that is sufficient to post on this blog. Granted the pics aren’t great, but chocolate babka is not about good looks. I have been using a slightly minimimised version of the Martha Stewart recipe that seems to be the standard used by most bloggers.

Much to the dismay of my hips, I have made babka about four times now. Each time I made mistakes, missing out steps and doing things wrong, but this last time I got everything right and even made a few changes of my own. It’s …

Choc-chip cookies

This recipe has risen to the ranks of most favoured in my house above cakes and slices and all kinds of goodies. Instead buying store-bought biscuits, I try have these on hand most of the time. These particular cookies are made with peanut butter, and while you might think that’s a kink you can’t live with, I promise you won’t really notice the difference. What peanut butter brings to these cookies is a reduced sweetness and more satisfying flavour. I find the Toll House style recipes too sweet and soft. These are crunchy and tasty and truly the best choc …

Salty peanut chocolate slab

Asif AKA, The Duke Oh Delhi recently sent me a sample of his latest culinary alchemy. Little pots of Indian snack mixes unlike anything you ever tried. I’m not talking your average Bombay mix,  where the most exciting oxymoron is the odd sultana floating around in the mix. I’m talking about a sweet-and-salty-snacking madman who puts chocolate in his spicy mixes.

My brush with the Duke this week spurred me to share my own sweet and salty combination with you. In the quiet of my Maidenhead kitchen, when nobody is home, I have been secretly working on a chocolate recipe …

Caramel Chocolate Slice

We’re in the thick of it now. It’s cold most days and we got a dump of snow a couple of weeks ago. A blizzardy Friday meant the boys were picked up early from school and the town went into panic mode. Lucky for us, we don’t rely on our car. I had a little skid on our street on my way home from doing my grocery shopping before the storm hit which was a bit scary. The heavy fall meant a weekend stuck at home. But we made the most of it by building snow people. I took my …

Peanut Butter Chocolate Icecream

I am of the mind that home made ice cream is best left to those with ice cream machines. I’ve eaten my fair share of pathetic home-made crystallised ice-creamery in the past and I’m not really interested in making something that I can buy fairly cheaply that tastes a lot better than anything I can make.

But then, one sunny afternoon, I was having Sunday lunch in a pub down in Rye. It was manned by one family, and lunch was cooked by one very passionate cook, the dad and owner. He served up a most delicious array of roast …

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

I love beetroot. I love it so much that I made a cake with it. I put it in every salad and love to eat it with goats cheese and everything else really. At work we get a lot of press releases from PR companies who’s clients sell fresh produce, like beetroot. I was sent a press release for beetroot the other day – strange I know – and I checked out the lovebeetroot.co.uk site for recipes. I found one for a chocolate and beetroot cake and went home that day and made it.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned …

Chocolate Guinness Cake

I thought I’d better set the scene for you. Of course a half a can of Guinness should never go to waste so I gave it a good home while I baked. I found this recipe on twitter, as it had featured recently in a magazine (Stylist to be specific). I saw it and knew I must have it. Even though I’d just been complaining to AT about my weight and even after we’d promised each other that I would not bake this week – I just knew I would not be able to end this day without making …

Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I was in the mood for something chocolaty-peanut-buttery and yet easy to make. Cookies is usually the way to go and I know they’ll get eaten by someone other than myself. I haven’t got a photo of the cookies as such, because to be honest, they look pretty bad. I wasn’t in the mood to shape or even pat them down. It was one of those afternoons. But I do highly recommend salting them as per the recipe. I only salted a few thinking it wouldn’t taste very good, but actually it is amazing. These cookies are great, otherwise I

Chocolate and Clotted Cream Truffles

I made truffles this year, just this afternoon actually, because I had a spare tub of Rodda’s Clotted Cream from a review I was doing for Foodepedia.  I was inspired by their recipes and even more inspired by their 101 Excuses to eat clotted cream. So here I am, covered in cocoa and feeling a little remorseful after my impulsive kitchen behaviour.

I normally stay away from either making or eating truffles. Call me a little odd but I don’t like the idea of all that handling….silly I know. So when I saw this idea on a Mexican cooking …

Chocolate Tart

I like to call this a lazy person’s chocolate tart.

Why?

Because it’s that easy.

If you want to go against the grain for this one, then yes, please go ahead and make your own pastry. For some of us, it’s no trouble.

But either, blind bake some short crust pastry in a smallish tart pan (7/8″)

While that’s cooling….

Chocolate Tart Recipe

Ingredients:

200ml cream

200g dark chocolate (chopped)

2 egg yolks

1 tsp of either vanilla, brandy or what ever spirit you’d like (you could use Cointreau for a jaffa flavour or Frangelico for some nutty fun…you get …