I love rice Krispy cakes any time of year, but there’s something very Eastery about them indeed. Make them into a nest and chuck some eggs in the middle and you’ve got the perfect easy to make Easter treat. I wanted to give the traditional version a little twist, and when it comes to desserts I’m pretty sure the ‘less is more’ rule doesn’t apply, so I thought I’d make a big old nest filled with the most indulgent chocolate ganache and decorated with homemade chocolate eggs.
Last Easter, when baby H was 21 months (and baby H 2.0 was just a twinkle in his daddy’s eye) we went on an awesome trip to Washington DC. It was great with a toddler, loads of things to see, so many museums (which were all free entry, even the zoo) and delicious food. But the highlight for baby H was definitely Easter Sunday. Continue reading
I know you know about rocky road, but what if I told you there was an equally as delicious version that comes out around this time of year? Because I don’t know about you, but I love me a little white chocolate version of anything, and these are just sublime.
In the winter the rocky roads tend to get covered with a little snow you see. Sounds treacherous, but luckily our friends with their glitter vans are usually on the case. But they haven’t made it to my kitchen (guess it would be weird if they did not to mention a bit messy) so my roads are officially snow-covered. Continue reading
Now I do like mince pies, but I know a lot of people that don’t. And you guys know how I like to be inclusive etc and even more so how I like to chocolatify everything I touch. Like Midas, but chocolate instead of gold. Can you imagine? What a delicious/hazardous life that would be, in equal measures. Continue reading
Easter is totally one of my favourite times of year – spring is springing, we get a four day weekend and it’s completely acceptable to eat as much chocolate as physically possible. What’s not to like!
I wanted to celebrate this year by creating something a little different, because as much as I love chocolate eggs (and boy do I love them), it’s nice to mix it up sometimes too. We’ve got four days after all! Now these beauties may look and sound pretty fancy, but they’re actually really easy to make. You just need a handful of ingredients, a quick whizz in the food processor, and then a dip or three into the most delicious raw chocolate imaginable.
Since having baby H I’ve been introduced to the wonderful world of Peppa Pig, which I’m not going to lie, I do kind of like. But our house seems to be slowly turning into something akin to a shrine to all things Peppa, which I’m not quite so down with. But that’s just part and parcel of having a little one I guess, so I’ll take it! Continue reading
Shrove Tuesday. I bloody love it. This year will be the 9th year that I host my annual pancake party for my friends and I just can’t wait! For starters I’m a whole lot better at flipping them these days given that baby H demands them most mornings, but also it’s just such a nice tradition to have, hopefully I can carry it on for many more years! Continue reading
Ok, so you might have heard of double chocolate, or maybe even triple chocolate, but quadruple chocolate? Our unofficial motto in the Hollingsworth household seems to be ‘if in doubt, chocolate’ – both Mr H and I are long-standing chocoholics (we think it’s genetic, my dad and his mum are both of a similar disposition so we must have inherited the chocolate gene) and rarely a day goes by when we don’t both indulge in a little cacao (raw of course).
So now that Easter (an event high up on any chocolate lover’s calendar) is fast approaching I knew it was time to get chocolatey. I wanted to make something with a truffley chocolately centre and I also wanted to experiment with dark and white chocolate so these truffles are basically the amalgamation of everything I dreamed up!
They’re honestly just the most divine things ever, and I promise you even the biggest of sugar addicts will love them, despite the fact that they are completely free from refined sugar and anything remotely nasty. They’re also really simple to make, and you only need eight ingredients!
Makes about 10 of the worlds most amazing truffles
For the truffles
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup cacao butter
- 1/3 cup coconut cream
For the dark chocolate coating
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cacao butter
For the white chocolate coating
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup cacao butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
For the truffle fillings, combine all the ingredients except the cacao butter and cacao nibs in a food processor and whizz until you get a smooth, gooey mixture. While this is mixing, melt the cacao butter in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water until it is all melted.
Pour the melted cacao butter into the food processor and blend for another 30 seconds or so, until it is all mixed in. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and stir in the cacao nibs. Place the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes, so that it hardens enough to be able to form it into balls. Remove from the freezer and shape into smallish balls. Pop them back in the freezer to set.
For the dark and white chocolate coatings, melt the cacao butter for each in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, then stir in the other ingredients. Remove the truffles from the freezer and dip them in the melted white and dark chocolate – the more times the better! Pop them in the fridge for ten minutes to set then enjoy!
Love, Mrs H xx
I’m a real girly girl – in my opinion you can NEVER have too much pink, it’s just not possible. I’m 30 years old, yet when I go into clothes shops I find myself drawn to the kids clothes section and wishing that some of their pink sparkly numbers came in my size. So when I gave birth to my daughter I was so excited that I could live my life through rose tinted everything vicariously through her. Turns out she’s a bit of a tomboy – sod’s law hey! Continue reading