Showing posts with label chocolate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chocolate. Show all posts

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

the best chocolate and beetroot brownies

When I first saw this recipe for chocolate and beetroot brownies, I wasn't too sure. Beetroot with chocolate didn't sound like a good combination to me! I am a lover of carrot cake though so for a change I thought I would try these out. There is nothing better than a brownie when it's cold for a bit of comfort.

Well I am so glad I did. The beetroot makes the brownies really moist and sweet and adds a lovely texture. It was hard not to have more than one piece at a time! Give it a go, you will be pleased with the result.

This yummy recipe is from the River Cottage website. Enjoy!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

small sighs

My newly purchased wedding planner. So cute.

Beautiful gladioli from the flower market.

Luxury chocolate by The Bittersweet Chocolate company from the food fair we went to recently. Chocolate heaven!

Pretty soaps from one of my favourite shops 'Rose & Co.' I love everything about this shop, it is like stepping back in time as soon as you walk in. 

Have a good day.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

how to make chocolate and nut bites

Part of my July bucket list was to bake a treat and these yummies are what I made. These are a great little treat for someone if you wrap them up in a sweet gift box. Mind you, it is difficult to make them last that long! Mine didn't.

1 x 400g can of condensed skimmed milk
350g 70% dark chocolate, chopped
40g salted butter
pinch sea salt
100g shelled and skinned pistachio nuts
50g hazelnuts
icing sugar (to decorate)

  1. Break the nuts in a bag with a rolling pin.
  2. Put the chocolate, condensed milk, butter and salt in a thick-based saucepan. Stir everything together with a wooden spoon until melted.
  3. Stir in the broken nuts.
  4. Pour into a foil tray about 23cm (9") square and smooth down with a flexible spatula.
  5. Leave in the fridge for 4 to 5 hours until set.
  6. Remove from the tray onto a chopping board. Chop into pieces about 3cm (just over an inch) square, using a sharp knife for a clean cut.
  7. Dust with a little icing sugar and serve with a cup of tea.
  8. Enjoy!
I found this recipe in La Dolce Diet by Gino D'Acampo. So, they are even a healthier treat. Does that mean you can eat more??

Monday, 25 March 2013

how to make chocolate and hazelnut cups

These chocolate and hazelnut cups can be a luxurious dessert for a dinner party or an indulgent treat.
60g caster sugar

2 large eggs separated

100g of 70% dark chocolate - keep 15g back for grating

150g of O% fat Greek-style yogurt

50g of crushed hazelnuts

  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until fluffy.
  2. After the chocolate has cooled a little (go careful here) whisk the melted chocolate into the egg yolks.Then, fold in the yogurt until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl to stiff peaks. Fold this with a metal spoon into the chocolate mixture, adding the hazelnuts.
  4. Put the mixture into four espresso cups and place in the fridge for an hour or so.
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of grated chocolate.
     This is a recipe I made when friends came for dinner. Luscious, velvety and smooth.