An extremely quick and easy dessert when you are short of time but still want to WOW!
200gms milk chocolate
150gms Dark chocolate
6 tbsp mascarpone cheese
1. Bring cream up to a gentle boil, take off heat and stir in broken up pieces of milk chocolate until all chocolate has melted. Pour equally amongst 6 cups and place in the fridge.
2. Once the ganache in the cup has hardened break up dark chocolate and melt 3/4 of it over a double burner until chocolate reaches 50C. Add a 1/4 tsp of mint essence. Take off heat and stir in the rest of the dark chocolate and stir until temperature reaches 30C.
3. Spoon dark chocolate over ganache and place in refrigerator.
4. When ready to serve place a tbsp of mascarpone on the choco cup and decorate.
This is such an easy and quick dessert to make – you can’t go wrong!!
For the chocolate decoration in this picture I tempered some chocolate and poured it over some roasted chopped nuts, allowed it to set and then broke shards off for decoration.
This recipe will work just as well without tempering the chocolate ( bringing it up to heat and then bringing it back down) it just means that the chocolate won’t have a shiny finish – however, clever use of the mascarpone, some chopped nuts and maybe a mint leaf will cover any dull finishes.
if you don’t like mint change the essence to a flavour you do like. Just test the flavouring before you pour the flavoured chocolate over the ganache.
Not only is there a potential shortage of chocolate on the cards, with a global shortage being predicted by 2020 but also, with the advent of Eboli, drought and some pesky little cocoa pod insect eaters the price of cocoa beans is likely to go up by 25% next year. Now folks, there is something you can do about this – but you have to be strong. Do not choose this path without careful thought or you could make the situation worse. BUY MORE CHOCOLATE and then store it. ( that is where being strong comes into play – store it – don’t eat it!) Obviously the price is still going to go up next year, there will still be a global shortage in 2020 ( possibly earlier if you do all take this advice) but you and me? We’ll be ok!! And that’s all that matters – right
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280g/10oz plain flour
125g/4½oz icing sugar
50g/2oz cocoa powder
200g/7oz cold butter, diced
2 egg yolks
500g/1lb 2oz ready-made mincemeat
Juice and zest of an orange
100g/4oz chocolate calletts
1/2 tsp all spice
Sift and mix the flour, icing sugar, cocoa powder and salt together in a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Mix in the egg until the mixture comes together. Add a little water if necessary. Knead into a disc , cling film and place in fridge for 40 minutes
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
Mix the mincemeat, orange zest and juice, all spice and chocolate calletts together in a bowl.
Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to 3mm thick, cut out 11cm-diameter rounds with a pastry cutter, then cut out the same number of small stars as there are large rounds.
Line muffin tins with rounds and add a large tsp of the mincemeat chocolate mixture. Top with a star. Brush the top with beaten egg.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked through.
50 shades of chocolate – bringing chocolate and good cheer to you this Christmas!
What can be better than looking drop dead gorgeous? Looking drop dead gorgeous wearing chocolate make up of course!!
For chocolate eye shadow: mix 1 tsp corn starch with 1 tsp potato starch. Add 2 tbsp of cocoa powder. And that’s it!! How easy is that?!
check out this you tube video of a girl using hot chocolate powder as blusher
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100gm/ 4oz Dark chocolate callers
2 Egg Yolks
¼ Cup Sugar
¾ Tbsp All Purpose Flour Flour
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
- Preheat oven to 230 C /450˚F
- Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler and allow to cool
- Whip eggs, egg yolks and sugar
- Mix the egg & sugar mixture into your melted chocolate
- Fold in the flour
- Spray 4 ramekins and dust with the cocoa and flour
- Pour mixture into ramekins ( you can refrigerate these at this stage and bake later)
- Bake for about 7 minutes.
Serve with ice cream and a saucy smile
A delicious way to bring chocolate into your thanksgiving this year – (tho’ obviously true chocoholics need no help!!)
1 1/4 cups plain flour (or all purpose)
pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter cold and chopped into small squares
10oz dark chocolate callets
12 oz Can Evaporated Milk
14oz can pumpkin
4ox brown sugar
1tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
pinch of salt
1tsp vanilla extract
Make your pie crust.
Add all ingredients to a mixer, (except the water) and whizz until most of the butter is worke in. Then add a couple of teasp of water until the pastry binds together. Flatten into a disc, wrap with clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 425F
Roll out pastry an place it in a sprayed pie dish. Place some parchment paper with pie weights (or rice) over the pastry and blind bake.fr 15-20 minutes till the pastry has started to firm and turn light brown.
Reduce to temperature to 350F
Melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix in the chocolate and egg mixture and pour into the pie crust . Bake for about 45 minutes until the filling has set.
Allow to cool.
Serve with whipped cream,
Now tell me what you are thankful for!!
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FIB ( just!) yes it has caffeine and theobromine in, which can have an effect on fatigue and concentration – but the levels in chocolate are so low that they won’t make any difference
FACT! The endorphins released from eating chocolate can increase feelings of optimism. This is probably why you can manage to talk yourself into eating the whole bar ( and perhaps even another!) and believing it will have no affect on your diet!
Included in the healings food pyramid
FACT! Having found out it is in the healing food pyramid you may want to skip this next line… Recommended serving are 1 oz a day and it should be dark chocolate
FIB! Yay . The Pensylvannia school of medicine and the U.S. Naval Academy have concluded that chocolate does now cause acne – heredity, stress and overall diet is to be blamed for the pesky skin condition
Can kill dogs
FACT! More chocolate for you – less for Fido. The theobromine in chocolate can poison the pooch – it really is a dogs life- fleas AND no chocolate!! Humans can metabolise the theobromine a lot easier than dogs ( thank goodness) and can eat about 22 lbs before it kills you! ( please don’t try this out at home!)
FIB! There is no physical addiction component to chocolate. It’s will power and if you don’t have will power then it’s just not your fault!!
chocolate quite clearly is good for you! Go forth and eat and enjoy!!
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