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Chocolate and Hazelnut Mini Muffins

29 Aug

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Any food in miniature is just delicious; canapés, mini doughnuts, babybel 😉 haha. Well this one’s a favourite in our house; you can eat 3 of these miniature beauties and feel half as guilty! Sneaky sneaky I hear you say, forget it…winter is on its way and I need to keep warm is my response. Here’s how…

What you need:

The Muffin

50g dark chocolate

150g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 large egg

40g golden caster sugar

130 ml whole milk

50g butter

The Topping

50g Hazelnuts, chopped roughly

75g dark chocolate

 

What you do:

1)      Pre-heat the oven to 200°C

2)      Toast the hazelnuts in the preheated oven for 5 minutes or until they are golden brown.

3)      For the muffins, sift the flour, baking powder, salt and coco powder into a large bowl.

4)      In a separate bowl beat together the egg, sugar, milk and the butter which should be melted.

5)      Re-sift the dry ingredients again (this is important as it keep things gorgeously fluffy) and mix into the egg mixture, lightly fold the ingredients together.

6)      Fold in the chopped dark chocolate, without over mixing.

7)      Divide the mixture between the 24 mini muffin cases, I use this muffin tin!

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8)      Bake the muffins for 10 minutes – once baked, remove and let cool, now let’s make the topping! Place the broken-up chocolate in a small heatproof bowl, which should be sitting over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Allow the chocolate to melt slowly.

9)      Take it off the heat once it’s melted and remove from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

10)   Once the muffins are cool enough to handle spoon a little melted chocolate on eat muffin and sprinkle with hazelnuts.

11)   Enjoy with a cup of freshly make coffee…mmmm delicious!

Keep it delicious!

Easy Dark Chocolate Tart

23 Feb

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We all know dark chocolate is the healthiest option plus its so much more chocolaty, that melting in your mouth sensation followed by a sip of your coffee is always a winning combinations. Here’s how to make an easy chocolate tart, no baking, not cooking…only 10 minutes and you’ll have yourself a pool of chocolate resting in a heavenly ginger crust, it is almost impossible to keep yourself from cutting a cheeky slice before your guests arrive 😉

What you need:
200g good quality ginger biscuits
100g butter
1 tbsp golden syrup
200g good quality dark chocolate (green and blacks!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp icing sugar
200ml whipping cream

What you do:
1) Crush up the ginger biscuits using a refrigerator bag and a rolling pin, do not over crush. Melt the butter and the syrup in the microwave for 1 minute.
2) In a bowl mix together the butter and biscuits. Press onto the base and up the sides of a 8″ tart tin.
3) Break up the dark chocolate and put in a large bowl. Melt in the microwave for 2-3 min, stirring halfway through. One melted stir in the vanilla extract, then sift in the icing sugar.
4) Whip the cream until it just holds its shape, then fold into the melted chocolate. Pour into the prepared tin, shake until the top is smooth.
5) Refrigerate for at least 2hours
6) enjoy with freshly ground coffee!

One of the most perfect deserts, if dark chocolate is too much for you then use half milk chocolate and half dark :), if serving then dusting with icing sugar and raspberries!

Keep it delicious!