Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Chocolate Berry Granola

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

We are currently renovating our kitchen so cooking and baking is pretty much impossible at the moment (though I did somehow manage to make jam in the study yesterday!). So far I have learned how to plaster and next up is woodwork and tiling! It will be at least a couple of weeks yet before we are finished but hopefully the kitchen will be usable again in about a week once we put the sink in and actually have water downstairs! I will keep you updated on our progress and fingers crossed we will have a much nicer kitchen than the ugly, outdated one that we ripped out once we are done. (more…)

Nutella Swirled Banana Yeast Bread

nutella swirled banana yeast bread - soft yeasted banana bread with a generous swirl of nutella.

nutella swirled banana yeast bread - soft yeasted banana bread with a generous swirl of nutella.

We all love banana bread (well, all of us apart from Damian who for some inexplicable reason doesn’t like it. More for me I guess.), and I’m sure that we can all agree that banana bread with nutella is food of the gods. But how many of you have tried a yeasted banana bread? More specifically, one that is swirled with gooey nutella? Probably not very many. But that needs to change because this nutella swirled banana yeast bread is incredible and a totally different way of using up those over-ripe bananas. (more…)

Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Chocolate berry smoothie - a rich, chocolatey smoothie that feels like you are drinking dessert but is totally healthy!

Chocolate berry smoothie - a rich, chocolatey smoothie that feels like you are drinking dessert but is totally healthy!

I always feel like a bit of a cheat when I post a smoothie recipe because they are so simple that it almost feels wrong to even call it a recipe; I mean, the instructions are only one line long for goodness sake! Nevertheless, I having been making this chocolate berry smoothie a lot recently so thought that I would go ahead and share it as I like it so much. (more…)

Chocolate Chip Almond Waffles

chocolate chip almond waffles - fluffy waffles made with ground almonds and filled with chocolate chips; perfect for an indulgent breakfast or brunch.

chocolate chip almond waffles - fluffy waffles made with ground almonds and filled with chocolate chips; perfect for an indulgent breakfast or brunch.

I unsurprisingly own quite a lot of kitchen equipment (and yet still covet more!); a lot of it gets used regularly; some things, such as the ice cream maker and deep fryer, get brought out every now and again; and some things shamefully get used once then shoved in a drawer never to see the light of day again. My poor waffle maker was one of those things that got used once then put away. It makes no sense to have neglected it so, seeing as how both I and Damian love waffles; I suppose I merely forgot about it’s existence. I came across it whilst attempting to clear out a cupboard and vowed to put it to more frequent use; these chocolate chip almond waffles were a perfect reminder of just how good waffles can be. (more…)

Hot Cross Bun Chocolate Truffles

Hot cross bun chocolate truffles - rich, decadent chocolate ganache truffles flavoured with spices and mixed dried fruit, topped with a white chocolate cross.

Hot cross bun chocolate truffles - rich, decadent chocolate ganache truffles flavoured with spices and mixed dried fruit, topped with a white chocolate cross.

I only realised a couple of days ago just how close we are to Easter. This year seems to be flying by already and while I am relieved that Winter is over and the weather is warming up, time does seem to be passing by at an alarming rate. I hadn’t planned any Easter recipes at all so whipped up these hot cross bun chocolate truffles so that I at least had something Easter related on the blog. (more…)

Healthier Chocolate Banana Waffles

Yesterday I took a trip to London to attend the first ever Best Of PinterestUK awards as several (five!) of my recipes had been shortlisted; I didn’t win in the end but my spiralized vegetable noodle bowls did come runner up in the best healthy recipe category (beaten by a recipe by Fearne Cotton) for which I won a whole kilo of chocolate. Even better than the chocolate though was actually getting to meet a load of my fellow food bloggers, most of whom I had thus far only known online and who were all even lovelier in real life. (more…)

Mocha Marshmallows

Mocha marshmallows - pillowy soft homemade marshmallows flavoured with espresso coffee and rippled with dark chocolate

You may think that marshmallows are tricky to make at home, but actually they are really easy. It does involve scalding hot sugar syrup though, so they aren’t a project to make with kids; but they involve very few ingredients and most of the work is done by your stand mixer. For very little effort you will be rewarded with pillowy soft marshmallows in any flavour you choose. One little word of warning however – unset marshmallow is the stickiest substance known to man and if you aren’t careful it will get EVERYWHERE! (Including in your hair….yes. yes I did). (more…)

Chocolate Ginger Pumpkin Bread Wreath & September & October Degustabox Review

Chocolate and ginger filled yeasted pumpkin bread twisted wreath

Are we over pumpkin yet or do I still have time to share a couple more recipes? Given than tinned pumpkin will keep for years and butternut squash is available year round there’s really no reason why we should be limited to a short ‘pumpkin season’, and yet I feel like if I were to share pumpkin recipes in the Summer they would just sink without a trace. I’ve got a couple more to share before everyone loses interest, starting with this chocolate ginger pumpkin bread wreath. (more…)

Chocolate Porter (Or Stout) Ice Cream & A Giveaway

milk chocolate porter (or stout) beer ice cream with porter caramel sauce

It was only a few years ago, while managing a country pub, that I started to like beer; before then I had found the taste too bitter. But maybe something to do with the fact that I was serving many pints of it a day and taking care of the casks in the cellar changed my mind, and I grew to appreciate the bitterness. I have not however managed to grow to like drinking stout or porter, it is just too strong for me; but, pair it with chocolate and add to to ice cream (or cake) then it is a whole different story. Used in this way the deep, rich flavour complements and accentuates the chocolate and adds a malty flavour without overpowering. It is in short, utterly delicious.

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