Chilli chocolate pots

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This is possibly one of my favourite desserts ever, and it’s surprisingly easy to make! If you don’t like chilli chocolate then you could just use good quality dark chocolate, but the chilli gives it a nice warming aftertaste. I used Lindt chocolate for this recipe, which comes from The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries. It goes really well after a curry – make sure you check out my posts about the Chicken tikka masala and Saag aloo which are also from this great book! Continue reading

Millionaire’s Flapjack

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This is a delicious combination which makes normal flapjack just that bit more special. The recipe is from the Gu Chocolate Cookbook (another book that comes highly recommended if you have a sweet tooth – you’ll want to make everything! I’ll definitely make these again but will probably double the flapjack amounts and chocolate – we used a brownie pan to make it in, and it didn’t stretch quite far enough. I’ve written the original amounts here. It does taste really good if you chill the flapjack in the fridge overnight before baking, just to make it really chewy. Continue reading…

Rich chocolate almond cake with white chocolate frosting

Last week we had a pre-birthday celebration for our lovely friend Hannah, and everyone brought something along to contribute to the meal. We were set the challenge of making a birthday cake – but what sort of cake do you make for the person who made you the most amazing wedding cake?! So we decided to go for a super-chocolatey cake, but found two recipes that we liked. Tom was in charge of cake making and went for a combination of the two recipes: the first was by Rachel Allen and the second was from The Cooking Ninja blog. I was in charge of the frosting, and this originally comes from a Mary Berry recipe that we also found on the BBC Food website. You’ll need to use a 21cm loose bottomed cake tin, lined on the bottom and buttered on the sides – best to get this ready before you start! Continue reading…

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The Hummingbird Bakery Traditional Brownie

This week I have my last class with my English students, and as a special treat I’ve decided to make them some cake. I couldn’t decide what to make, and ended up with two choices – the first is chocolate brownies (I know, not really cake, but they will be easy for me to carry into work and I thought that a big cake is difficult to cut into 15 pieces!). This is the best recipe that I’ve found and it comes from The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook – it’s tried and tested, simple and works every time. The trick is to use the best quality dark chocolate that you can find to make them super chocolatey, so I used Green and Black’s 85% dark chocolate. I also invested in a proper brownie pan, which has been well worth it. Yum!

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