Decided to bake a chocolate cake for our New Years Day dessert, we had the whole family this year so had to do something that fed 11 adults and 1 child. This was perfect and delicious but so rich, so a little bit is all you need.
Serves about 12-14
For the Cake:-
200g unsalted butter
200g Dark Chocolate
300g Light Muscovado Sugar
4 large eggs
175g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
For the Glaze:-
300ml double cream
160g dark chocolate
Choice of nuts – I used Hazelnuts
- Preheat oven to 180 deg
- Melt butter and chocolate together, either in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or in a microwave for about 1 minute. Allow to cool slightly.
- Beat Sugar & Eggs together then pour in butter & chocolate mix.
- Fold in flour & baking powder until combined.
- Pour mixture into a cocoa floured bake tin and bake for about 40 minutes.
- Meanwhile make the glaze by heating the cream gently and add the chocolate in, stir to melt. Whisk and pour over cake once cooled from oven. Sprinkle over nuts.
Oh Yum, I love Pistachios and had some in my cupboards to use up, so I though I would give this little delight a go and I wasn’t disappointed.
For the Crust
100g Plain flour
35g Cocoa Powder
70g Chopped Pistachio’s
1/4 tsp salt
70g unsalted butter, room temperature
35g Demerara Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Pistachio Paste
35g Demerara Sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
For the Filling
150g Milk Chocolate
1 egg beaten
Pistachio’s chopped to garnish
- Grease a 9″ Fluted Tart tin with removal bottom.
- Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, chopped pistachios, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Beat butter on medium speed until fluffy. Add sugar, and beat until pale. Add vanilla, then flour mixture, beat until just combined and dough holds together when pressed between 2 fingers. Press dough into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 15 – 30 mins.
- Roll out dough to an 11-inch round, 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Press dough into bottom and up sides of tart pan. Trim excess dough flush with edges of pan using a knife. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 150 deg C.
- Bake until firm, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Make the pistachio paste: Pulse pistachios, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor until mixture begins to clump together. Add oil, and pulse until smooth and paste like. Spread evenly into bottom of cooled tart shell, pressing firmly with back of a spoon until flat and smooth.
- Make the filling: Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Heat cream and milk in a saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling, pour over chocolate. Let stand for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk until smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes. Stir in egg until combined. Pour in filling to tart shell. Bake until just set, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool. Garnish with finely chopped pistachios.
Oh yum……Pears are in season at the moment so I wanted to try a different dessert with them, this was so delicious and the texture was crunchy too.
Makes 8 servings (or 6 big ones…lol)
100g chopped hazelnuts
140g self raising flour
175g butter cut into small chunks
70g Caster sugar
80g dark brown sugar (10g from sprinkling)
2 large eggs
4 small pears – peeled, cored and diced
50g dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- Preheat oven on convection bake to 160 deg and line and grease a springform cake tin
- Add the flour & hazelnuts to a bowl and mix, add the butter and pulse until it forms bread like crumbs
- Add the sugar, eggs and mix
- Add in 3 of the pears and chocolate and mix lightly until combined, Spoon mix into the cake tin and smooth out.
- Sprinkle the other pear pieces on top and press down lightly, sprinkle the remaining 10g brown sugar on top and bake for 50-60 minutes.
- Cool in the tin then transfer to a wire rack.
- Serve with some lovely whipped cream or ice cream.
Oh yummy! I fancied something a little naughty with my coffee this weekend so thought I’d try out my new Bundt cake tin. It was supposed to be marbled, however, I think I put to much chocolate into the mixture and swirled it too many times…….lol! The flavour was fantastic though.
A Bundt cake is a cake that is baked in a Bundt pan, shaping it into a distinctive ring shape. The shape is inspired by a traditional European cake known as Kugelhupf, but Bundt cakes are not generally associated with any single recipe. The style of mould in North America was popularised in the 1950s and 1960s, after cookware manufacturer Nordic Ware trademarked the name “Bundt” and began producing Bundt pans from cast aluminium. Publicity from Pillsbury saw the cakes gain widespread popularity.
Ingredients for 1 Bundt tin
180g softened butter
225g caster sugar
3/4 tsp almond extract
2 tsp baking powder
180 g plain flour
75g ground almonds
3 large eggs
2 tbsp milk
3 tbsp cocoa powder with 3 tbsp water – mix to a paste
100g dark chocolate chips
Icing sugar to decorate
- Pre heat your oven to 180 deg or if you have a cake setting, set to Marble Cake setting. Brush the Cake tin with melted butter, ensure it is thoroughly covered.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, stir in the almond extract.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder and ground almonds together. Beat in the eggs one at a time to the butter mixture with 2 tbsp of the flour mixture, repeat until all eggs have been added then fold in the remaining flour mix.
- Stir in the milk and mix, then spoon 1/2 of the batter into a separate bowl and mix in the cocoa paste into 1 and the chocolate chips into the other.
- Add spoonfuls of each batter alternately to the cake tin and drag a handle of a spoon through the mixture to create the marble effect, do not over do this.
- Bake in the oven for about 40-50 minutes until a knife comes out clean
- Let it cool for about 10 minutes in the tin before turning out. Once cooled, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve. Yummy!
I wasn’t really sure what to call this as it was a mishmash of 2 cakes….I was going to bake a chocolate tart and realised I didn’t have all the ingredients for the sweet pastry. So I decided to make a biscuit base instead. Then I discovered I didn’t have double/whipping cream but only single cream, so I therefore now had to bake. Despite all my misfortunes, this did actually turn out quite nice.
I was only making a small one for my other halves birthday, he loves chocolate…lol!
Makes a small portion for 1 or 2
For the filling:-
100g Milk Chocolate, minimum 35% cocoa
100ml single cream
50ml whole fat milk
For the base:-
4 Digestive biscuits
1 Crunchie chocolate bar
1 tbsp butter – melted
For the toppings:-
small chunks of honeycomb to decorate
small edible spray glitter (optional), it was a birthday after all.
- In a food processor put the digestives, crunchie bar and blitz until breadcrumbs, add in the melted butter and bring together.
- Line a small springform tin with greaseproof paper. Empty the biscuit mixture into the tin and push/flatten down with your hands evenly. Refrigerate.
- Empty the cream and milk into a pan and bring to the boil.
- Place the chocolate into bowl in pieces.
- Pour the hot cream and milk over the chocolate to melt, stir until blended. Set aside to cool.
- Crack the egg into a dish and using a hand mixer, mix until fluffy.
- Once chocolate has cooled, pour egg into bowl and mix through.
- Remove biscuit base from fridge and pour in the chocolate mix.
- Preheat your oven to 130 deg. Gently place the tin in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. You want it set but with a slight wobble. Remove and allow to cool.
- Sprinkle some cocoa powder over top (optional) the sprinkle the honeycomb pieces on top. Serve.
- This can be chilled and kept for later. Serve at room temperature.
I’ve been dying to try this recipe for a long time & it was just as dreamy as I thought. I love peanut butter, so any recipe with it in I simply have to try.
This was so easy and quick to make, just 3 ingredients.
1 packet of Filo Pastry (I only used 8 sheets)
3 tbsp Peanut Butter (I used crunchy but you could use smooth if preferred)
3 tbsp Nutella (got to be Nutella…lol)
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and preheat oven to 220 deg
- Place 4 filo sheets onto tray and gently spread nutella chocolate over the sheet, lay another 4 sheets of filo over the chocolate spread and then gently spread the peanut butter over.
- Gently roll up the filo (not too tight) and bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.
Slice up and serve.
I’m not a fan of marshmallows but I was cleaning out my kitchen drawers and came across a bag (not sure why they were in there…lol!), they had to be used up, so Rocky Road was the only thing I could think of where I had all the other ingredients and it was quick and easy to put together. My partner was absolutely delighted, he has a very sweet tooth.
100g milk chocolate chips – melted
30g butter – melted
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
40g mini marshmallows
80g Crunchy Weetabix bran (you can of course use digestive biscuits or other biscuits of your choosing)
- Put the crunchy bran or biscuits into a food bag and using a rolling pin, crush till you have a good mix of crumbs and smaller pieces.
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwaveable bowl for about 50 secs at power 900w. Mix in the crunchy bran biscuits, marshmallows and maple syrup until coated.
- Pour into a small tin or a muffin tin and press down. Chill in the fridge for about 2 hours.
- These need to be kept in the fridge after as they will melt at room temperature, allow to sit at room temperature for about 1 minute before eating. These will keep for about 1 week in an airtight container.