Chocolate

Day 12 – Snowmen Macarons

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Just a little delicious Christmas idea from me today!

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Day 10 – Chocolate Meringue Roulade

DSC04007Last years Toffee Pecan Roulade went down an absolute storm so I thought this year I’d share a chocolate version.  They’re so brilliant because they’re freezable!  Make it now and stash it in the freezer for a Christmas dessert.

Ingredients:

Roulade

5 egg whites, large

2 tsp cornflour

225g caster sugar

2 tbsps cocoa powder

Chocolate Caramel Filling

1 x 315g tin of condensed milk

90g soft brown sugar

90g butter

3 tbsps cocoa powder

Cream

300ml double cream

3 tbsps icing sugar

50g chocolate curls

Popping candy (optional)

Cocoa powder to dust

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Day 9 – Cappuccino Truffles

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A perfect after dinner treat, deliciously simple to make but dark, rich and packing a coffee punch.  The white chocolate coating adds a lovely creamy touch just like a Cappuccino! Here are my tips for making, shaping and coating the best truffles around.

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Day 6 – Chocolate and Mulled Wine Tart

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An extremely rich mulled wine and chocolate tart – very decadent and something a little bit different to serve this Christmas.  I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s definitely mine!

Ingredients:

Pastry

100g butter, softened

75g caster sugar

1 egg, large

300g plain flour

1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground cloves

 

Filling

6 eggs, large

225g caster sugar

350ml mulled wine

100ml double cream

3 tbsps cocoa powder

 

Makes: 1 x 9” tart

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Day 4 – Chocolate Christmas Cake

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A super rich dark Christmas cake.  I’ve been making this for a few years now and I’m always asked for the recipe.  The chocolate isn’t an obvious flavour but it is what makes this cake so rich and luxurious.  It’s a great cake to make as the fruits only have an overnight soaking and it doesn’t need any feeding – bargain! 

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Mini Cakes – Santa Stop Here!

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How about these miniature cakes – teeny tiny cakes made in mini baking cups from Iced Jems.  Just like the cupcake sized Christmas cakes then one full batch of 8” Christmas cake mix is going to make a ton, 50+ of these teeny tiny ones so just make a part mixture or mix up your baking with a variety of sizes, unless of course you want to make 50?!

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Individual Christmas Cakes

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This is a lovely project to make for gifts – Individual Chocolate Christmas Cakes.  Waitrose is heading a #BakeItForward campaign, something lots of us do for Christmas – creating something special for friends.  I’m sending some of my individual cakes to Helen at Casa Costello and Jenny at Mummy Makes Cakes – lovely cakey friends with great blogs that I met up with recently.

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Vanilla Layer Celebration Cake

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A big thank you from me goes to the lovely Sam at Sams Kitchen for the inspiration for this cake, when I was at a complete loss for what to make for my Dad’s 60th birthday Sam came to the rescue.  

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Inspired to Bake? #GBBO

Wow what a final on #GBBO last night!  Congratulations Nancy!!

All the finalists did so brilliantly well they would all have made worthy winners.

I’m going to give a special mention to Luis, as we both live in Poynton – it must be a hive of baking ability – hopefully third time lucky Poynton will conquer with a winner ;)  Luis’ blog is here www.luistroyano.com and is definitely one you want to visit!

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Chocolate Amaretto Schichttorte & Cashew Baklava

It’s not often I get to bake something a little bit different from the norm but these two #StorkTwist recipes delivered it in bucket loads.

First up a Chocolate Amaretto Schichttorte – the method looks a little daunting, baked in layers under the grill but I have to say I loved baking it and loved eating it too!

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