If, tragically, you don’t reside in the humble state of South Australia, you may never have had the joy of chomping your way through a bag of FruChocs. These little jewels are a delicious testimony to the good people of SA, and have hallmarked many a study session/lecture/movie/birthday/car drive/Wednesday night. They are simply a soft, sweet little morsel of dried apricot nestled in a blanket of smooth dark chocolate, and they definitely deserve a muffin recipe in their honour.
It’s SWOTVAC, so with exams next week what’s a girl to do but eat cookies, drink tea, desperately cram knowledge into her brain and dream of the holidays that are less than 2 weeks away? I really worked to perfect this delicious little cookie recipe last week, a dream come true for any lover of the fragrant, sensual, indulgent combination of dark chocolate and orange. Laced with nutmeg and a little salt, these giant cookies have perfectly crispy edges that give rise to a chewy, soft centre. Served warm, generous chunks of melted dark chocolate flow from each mouthful, as warm, salty crumbs cling to your lips. The undeniable magic in the marriage of salt and chocolate completely seals the deal…these cookies are bound to leave you charmed.
Top tip; refrigerating cookie dough overnight before baking helps the cookies to spread evenly in the oven, giving higher, rounder, chewier cookies!
Aaaand I’ve reached 4000 views on my little blog! I can’t quite articulate how happy/jubilant/gleeful/giddy that makes me feel, so instead I baked this celebration cake to send you all my love in the form of a four layered chocolate cake with velvety honeycomb buttercream, drizzled generously with dark chocolate ganache and a pile of smashed homemade honeycomb. Does this give you a better idea of how grateful I am? I actually went a bit over the top on the swiss meringue buttercream, those responsible for demolishing it did so with a bit of a groan…i.e. probably only pile on half as much buttercream as I did. But oh well, as far as life difficulties go, too much honeycomb buttercream isn’t really that horrendous.
With Anzac Day approaching this Saturday, I thought I’d whip up this tasty little tart with all the egg yolks I had leftover from making swiss meringue buttercream last week! The crunchy, coconutty, buttery biscuit makes a wonderful base for the velvety chocolate crème pâtissière and fresh strawberries. Crème Pâtissière is a staple French custard equivalent, and it’s a little bit magical to watch hot milk, egg yolks, cornflour and sugar come together as you whisk to form a thick, silky cream. Traditionally flavoured with vanilla or chocolate, Crème Pâtissière can be used to fill tarts, cakes or eclairs, but is equally delicious on its own.
This is a swanky caramel slice that puts the classic recipe to shame. First, you taste the slathering of dark chocolate, sprinkled with sparkling salt flakes. Then, your teeth collapse into an irresistible layer of thick, silky, slightly salted caramel. Finally, that magnificent mouthful is finished off with a moreish, crunchy base of roasted nuts and shredded coconut. You’ll quickly convert to this jazzed up version of the old favourite, and those lucky enough to taste a slice will be begging you for more…
This is a monster for chocolate lovers; layers of rich, moist, chocolate buttermilk cake held together in a delicious embrace by a thick, velvety, dark chocolate cream cheese frosting, topped off with fresh juicy blackberries! The cream cheese frosting is decadent, but its slight tang provides the perfect offset to the rich, chocolatey sweetness of the cake itself. And I just love blackberries…I summoned my inner jungle girl and went crawling through a dense forest near my house to pick a whole container-full of these bad boys. I came back with some pretty severe war wounds down my legs and arms, but it was so worth it.
This is a celebration cake to get happy about; happy as you whip up the one-bowl cake batter for the layers of soft almond vanilla cake, happy as you see that your chocolate ganache has cooled to a fudgy frosting, happy as you meticulously scrape and lick the bowls clean with your spatula, happy as you press the roasted almonds into the thick chocolate coating, happy as you slice through the four layers and discover that the whole thing actually holds together perfectly…and then JUBILANT as you take a bite and realise it’s just as yummy as it was easy to make! I whipped this one up for my spectacular cousin’s 8th birthday, and it was enjoyed by kiddies and grandparents alike with lots of cups of tea and candles. I promise you the whole recipe really is foolproof, but the final cake looks like you slaved and sweated for hours. So I’m basically handing you the opportunity to appear much more impressive than you really are…does that and a slice of roasted almond and dark chocolate layer cake tempt you enough? If so enjoy the pictures and keep scrolling down for the recipe! Have a great weekend y’all 🙂
Something super exciting happened to me the other day. I was at my local fruit and veg shop, loading up on as many ‘reject’ bargains as I could carry, when a big tray of fat black figs by the counter caught my eye. And they were only $20/kg! Usually figs sell for around $4 each, but now that Autumn has hit, this briefly miraculous time of ripe, affordable figs is upon us. It’s time to take advantage of it! This recipe actually only needs 2 fresh figs, but I bought 6 and froze the other 4, so now I just need to decide what my next fig creation will be!
I’m going to keep this one simple. Here you will find an incredibly easy recipe for possibly the best brownie you will ever taste. Packed with dark chocolate, butter and hazelnut, these brownies are soft, fudgey, crumbly and incredibly moist. I used a touch of almond meal and coconut essence to add a subtle depth of flavour, and have found that the recipe can easily be made gluten free by substituting regular plain flour for gluten free plain flour. Also, feel free to swap the hazelnuts for walnuts, macadamias, almonds, peanuts etc…but then again you can’t go past the perfection of chocolate and roasted hazelnuts. These are definitely best when served warm, your fork will slide right through that chocolately goodness, and each heavenly bite will literally melt in your mouth. Bake them for friends, family or yourself, and have fun!
Life has suddenly gotten very busy, so it is with a slight delay that I present to you my Australia Day creation… a Lamington Layer Cake! The mother of all lamingtons, this cake is a sky high collaboration of an easy, light sponge, thickly whipped vanilla cream, some luscious slatherings of strawberry jam, dark chocolate buttercream and shredded coconut. If you’re not familiar with the classic Australian lamington, you are ordered to invest some time in this creation so that you know what you’ve been missing! Note that my sponge cakes look ridiculously yellow thanks to the eggs of my free range chooks, do not be alarmed by any bright yellow food you come across on this blog…