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Chocolate Cake, Raspberries and Passionfruit Ganache

Valentines Day Chocolate Cake with Raspberries and a Passionfruit Ganache

Indulgent delicious and perfect for Valentines day -just a tiny slice will do  – this will serve 14

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Cake

110g butter

110g light brown sugar or coconut palm sugar

3 eggs

170g gluten free flour

55g coconut flour

1tst bread soda sieved

30gr good quality cocoa powder

150ml butter milk

 

Line the base of a 23cm springform cake pan with parchment and grease the sides.

Cream the butter and sugar until well incorporated and really soft and smooth

Whisk all the dry ingredients together

Beat the eggs into the butter sugar mix then alternatively add the dry mix and buttermilk until all are totally incorporated

Pour half the mixture into the tin, press the raspberries into the mixture and cover with the rest of the mix

Bake until a skewer comes out clean approximately 40 minutes

Cool a little then remove from the tin and allow to cool completely

Chocolate Passionfruit Ganache

200gr chocolate chopped finely

100ml cream

100ml passion fruit puree

1 gelatine sheet

Bloom the gelatine in cold water

Gently heat the passion fruit puree and add the gelatine and stir to fully combine and make sure there is no trace of the gelatine

Meanwhile heat the cream to just below boiling, pour it and the passionfruit puree mix over the chocolate and stir until it has melted. Cool until it has a thick pourable consistency

Place the cake on a board the size of the base of the cake and place onto the cooling rack which sits on a baking tray. (This will catch any ganache which spills off the cake).

Pour the ganache over the centre of the cake and using a metal spatula gently spread it so that it flows over the cake and covers the sides. Keep pouring a little more until you have the sides fully covered. Let it set in a cool place – not the fridge or it will dull the ganache.

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Dark Chocolate Mendiants & Other Edible Christmas Presents

 

I love making edible Christmas Presents especially for somewhere like work if you have a big gang to think of. Here are a few lovely easy ideas for presents which you can tuck into cellophane  bags and give away.

Chocolate Mendiants – Easy to make and delicious for a sweet treat or edible Christmas Present, You can use any selection of toppings you like- I also love to use dried raspberries and crystallized ginger.

200g of 70% dark chocolate, chopped very finely
20g of pistachio nuts, chopped finely
25g dried cranberries
15g desiccated coconut
sea salt flakes, optional

I used a macaron silicone mat for making these but you can simple draw circles onto a sheet of parchment paper and flip it over so you don’t place the chocolate onto the pen or pencil marks!
A simple method to temper chocolate is to very gently melt 90% if your amount of chocolate (in this case 180g) over a very low heat on a bain marie. Take off the heat and stir in the remaining amount (20g in this case) and stir until it has melted.
Working quickly, spoon the chocolate onto your circle marks and spread evenly using the back of a teaspoon, sprinkle over your nuts cranberries and coconuts plus the sea salt if using.
Leave to set then gently peel off and store in an airtight tin in a cool place (Not the fridge) or into small cellophane bags to give away.

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Baci Di Dama – Ladies kisses

Makes 40 (20 pairs)
Zest of 1 orange
150g butter at room temperature
150g rice flour or plain flour
150g almonds or ground almonds
Pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
100g caster sugar
Oven at 170C
Grind the Almonds with the sugar until light and floury

If you are using ground almonds then simply mix them mix together
Add to bowl with rice flour, salt, rub in the butter
Grate in the zest of an orange and add the vanilla essence
Work the pastry until it comes together, wrap in cling and chill for an hour or more. Roll into small balls (about 10gr ea).
Gently press them to flatten and bake for about 20 mins until light golden.
Sandwich together with chocolate ganache from here or melted chocolate.

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Chocolate Nut Biscotti
250gr plain Flour
250gr golden castor Sugar
5 Eggs beaten lightly
240g Chocolate drops
50g shelled pistachio or other nuts if you prefer
1tsp each espresso powder and vanilla essence
15 gr Confit orange zest (Optional but lovely!)

Oven at 180C
Line two baking trays with parchment paper;
Combine flour, espresso powder, baking powder and sugar.
Make a well in the center, add the eggs and vanilla essence and stir until combined.
Stir in the chocolate, the pistachios, and orange zest if using. Use your hands to knead the dough until it comes together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Using cold, wet hands, divide dough into four equal portions. Shape each portion into a log. Place logs a few inches apart on prepared baking sheets; flatten logs slightly then bake for 25 minutes or until firm and light brown. Remove from oven and cool for about 15 minutes.
Use a very sharp serrated knife to cut each log diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices, cut sides down, on to baking trays and bake for 15 minutes more or until crisp and golden brown. Cool and enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container or cellophane bags at room temperature for up to a month.

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Peanut Butter Fudge

This is my ode to a finger of fudge, one of my all time favourite sweet treats. So easy to make, just 4 ingredients, a lovely little treat, not quite as sweet as the said fudge but that’s no bad thing!.  These need to be stored in the fridge.

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Makes approx 36 pieces

1 cup of coconut butter

4 tbsp chunky peanut butter

2 tbsp chocolate nut butter

1 tbsp honey

Melt everything over a double boiler on a gentle heat until you can stir it to combine everything.

Pour into a cling film lined tin approximately 10cm by 9cm.

Smooth the top until level and put it into the fridge to set.

Remove from the tin and cut into 2cm squares.

If you wish you can cover in chocolate, I did half with 150gr chocolate drops.

Story in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Loaves with chocolate chips

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Gluten Free baking can be a challenge at times – sometimes the end result is a bit dry. The banana in these makes sure that doesn’t happen, just make sure they are really ripe before using. This is a super easy recipe and versatile, throw into a loaf tin or muffin cases if you are in a real hurry. They are beautiful just out of the oven but equally delicious when cool with a coffee or a cup of tea and actually it is a great recipe for little bakers to make on their own.  In our case, they are the perfect sweet treat after  Eva has bounced on the trampoline for the afternoon….. I just try and make sure I’ve done my time in the gym before having some as I want to make sure I have earned the extra calories which will come from these delicious but sadly not calorie free sweet treat.

Makes 1 large loaf or 12 large muffins

Oven at 180C

100gr light brown sugar
8oz almond meal
6oz rice flour
2 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp polenta (omit if you dont have it, not essential)
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder

4 eggs
6 ripe bananas mashed
2 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil
t tbsp nutella
2 oz dark chocolate chips 70% preferably

Combine the dry ingredients and give them a good stir to combine.
Mash the bananas and add the oil ,nutella and eggs and mix well.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet and mix well to combined to a smooth batter.
Pour into greased loaf tin or into muffin cases, sprinkle over the chocolate chips and bake until a skewer comes out clean – 20-25 minutes for the muffins, 1 hour for the loaf tin.
Turn out of the tin after a few minutes to cool.

 

Gooey Brownies with White Chocolate Chunks

Brownies with White Chocolate

When you bake brownies, they should be intensely chocolatey, totally Gooey, bordering on under cooked when you take them out of the oven. The great thing about all brownie recipes is that you can change out the flour for gluten free flour and not have to worry about needing to add anything else to the recipe. These ones because they are made with cocoa powder also have a delicious crust on the top

i always keep a batch of these in the house for the weekend – adults and kids love them and when I promise to dish them up paired with vanilla ice cream, well the kids will do almost anything for you.. homework, housework, cleaning the bird cage… I even made some extra for my other half to bring to the gym but he had eaten them before he could get them there!… Don’t say I didn’t warn you – remember – Don’t eat them all, course now that I’m not in work I have no where to bring the extras 🙂

Makes about 18 Browmies

Chocolate Brownies with White Chocolate Chunks
Oven at 170C

4oz butter
4 eggs
12 oz gluten free flour
3 oz cocoa powder (Please get the best quality you can – It’s worth it)
2 oz coconut palm sugar or caster sugar if you cant get it
2 oz white chocolate chopped

Sieve the flour and cocoa powder together
Cream the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy
Alternately beat in the eggs with the flour mixture until fully incorporated
Fold in the chocolate chunks
Pour into a greased parchment lined tin and smooth out
Bake for 20 minutes – turn them around half way through
Let cool and cut

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