Hazelnut chocolate cupcakes

Hazelnut and chocolate are definitely one of my favourite combinations. Probably because it takes me back to that nostalgic time when on a Friday night I used to stay over at my grandparents house after Shabbat dinner. In the morning it wasn’t the usual choice of weetabix or bran flakes for breakfast, anything was on offer. So Nutella on toast it usually was (or if they’d run out of Nutella my grandma would melt Dairy Milk and use that instead!) and the fact that it was our little secret made it even more delicious.

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Peanut butter chocolate mousse cheesecake slices

Once upon a time, a twenty something accountess living in a cute but small flat in Chalk Farm, happened upon a recipe during some recipe testing (when she probably should have been doing her day job) that she thought was possibly the best thing ever. She gave some to her new husband, and he agreed. Despite wanting to try and create other new recipes, this recipe was so good that she had to always have a batch of it in the freezer. Every week she made a batch of 16 squares. But soon they outgrew it, and two batches a week were necessary. On their moving day to their newly purchased family home, she cut them each a huge slab of it, to keep them going throughout the morning and as a cheers of sorts to their new home. Continue reading

Sticky pecan caramel shortbread

Pecans for me epitomise autumn, but I’m not sure why. Apparently they are indeed harvested in the autumn months, so it must be a tradition thing, as unlike fresh local produce you can still get them all year round. It’s funny as it’s not like any other nuts evoke such seasonal feelings, but I won’t dwell on that for too much longer.

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Mocha sandwich cookies

Coffee and chocolate. A pairing of dreams. I used to be a total coffee addict; I’d have three skinny lattes a day (minimum) and thought I couldn’t function without it. After going cold tofu (that’s the vegan version of cold turkey) I now can’t drink even one coffee without it sending me totally jittery and loop the loop loopy. Continue reading

Peanut butter choc chip blondies

One problem with both myself and my taste testing entourage being serious, hardcore chocolate addicts is that sometimes it can be hard to get unbiased feedback on my non-chocolatey recipes. It’s almost as if they’re slightly discriminated against. So when I decided to leave the cacao powder in the cupboard and whip up some blondies instead of brownies I wasn’t sure what kind of backlash I might face. Continue reading

Chocolate PB swirl frosting 

Chocolate? Or peanut butter? Chocolate? Or peanut butter? These are the kind of serious, real world, life changing quandaries I find myself having to answer on a daily basis when I’m deciding, for example, what flavour frosting my cupcakes are going to have. Well HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU my friends. I’ve only gone and come up with an easy way to enjoy both. Continue reading

Chocolate coconut quinoa Easter nests

Easter nests take me right back to my childhood (as I’m sure they do with everyone) so I’m very happy that I can make healthier ones for my little ones (OK lets face it and myself) these days. Christmas and Easter could totally be renamed winter Chocolate festival and spring festival part 2 in my house, because we seem to go a little chocolate overboard around those times of year. Not that there’s anything wrong with that I hasten to add. Just telling you guys how it is. Continue reading