Happy Easter! I hope you are having a fun day with family, chocolate and a delicious meal! We are currently down South – more to follow! But just before we left I had a bit of a baking sessions. Inspired by a recent trip to Chicago, where we finally sampled some specialities of the area, deep dish pizza – yum! and american key lime pie. The key lime pie was utterly delicious, so I had a go at making one!
Little did I know the key ingredient is a can or two of condensed milk. And of course limes! I love limes, they go wonderfully with mango – trust me they do! Chicken satay, as a salad dressing and on pancakes. So I’m excited to be adding a limy dessert to my repertoire. Continue reading
Easter feels very early this year it’s snuck up on me whilst spring is teasing with the warmer weather. This year it feels even less spring like due to the lack of Easter eggs at every shop I visit. In the UK Easter eggs pop out the second the Christmas decorations go away. It’s a little overkill, but as a complete and utter chocoholic this makes me happy. Earlier this year there was a fracas regarding the shrinking of Cadbury’s cream eggs and a change in the middle! What were you thinking Cadbury’s? I am still extremely disappointed. Continue reading
Well its been pretty chilly here as of late, a combination of it being winter, lake effect snow and I assume the polar vortex has sent arctic conditions this way. I saw an awesome picture of a satellite image of this part of the earth, needless to say its a bit cold out. So far the coldest has been -7 Fahrenheit, which is around -21 in degrees C. Aside from skiing at the top of a mountain I cant think of any other time I’ve been anywhere this cold. On the plus side its far too cold for any frost so there is no need to de-ice the car. On occasion we need to sweep a foot of snow mind.
Whoop whoop, this series of posts came about as a way to mark the number of months I’ve been in the USA! They also serve to take a moment to look back and reflect on what I’ve been up to. Too often we are so busy living life we barely get a chance to stop and breath, and even when we do we are often looking for the next thing and focusing on other goals. Whilst its always great to prepare, we do not always give ourselves the time to look back, to consider what we’ve already achieved and to take time to just be. Continue reading
Recently I’ve been doing lots of baking, I guess with yet another winter storm warning in place, freezing temperatures outside and the need of cake to motivate me to finish my literature review its no surprise that our house is often filled with cake. This week on a whim I threw together a sticky toffee pudding, after chatting to a friend whom I always have this dessert with.
We didn’t have dates so I used prunes instead, which actually turned out pretty well. Instead of making caramel sauce for the topping we had a go at making dulce de leche. I always seem to have a can of condensed milk in the back of a cupboard left over from fudge making that never seems to get used, and I’ve never had a go at making this so it seemed fitting. Boiling a can of what is essentially a sugar coma, in a pan, was pretty exciting and the results were a rather sweet and lovely topping. Next time I’d probably either make caramel or mix it with cream as it was even too sweet for me – which is rare!
I’ve also been baking some sugar free treats, and for the super bowl party on the other end of the sugar spectrum some lemon meringue pie cupcakes! Complete with lemon curd and mini little meringues.
Yes that’s right, actual chocolate, you can make it yourself. I wanted to try this recipe out so figured I’d give it a go – if it didn’t work I’d just have to sit and eat a chocolaty mess out of a pan, that would be a shame. Ok so this isn’t quite Cadburys, its ‘raw’ chocolate so a little better for you and only contains three ingredients!!
This recipe is ridiculously simple, and the chocolates are really tasty and melt in your mouth. The three ingredients to make the chocolate are coconut oil, cocoa powder and honey. That’s it. Then you can add more things such as fruit, nuts etc as you please.
The cocoa powder needs to be pure cocoa, as dark as you can find, drinking chocolate – with added sugar etc wont work so well. You could use dark chocolate grated instead if you can’t find cocoa. You can use any kind of sweetener too, such as maple syrup or agave syrup. You could use sugar if you weren’t too fussed about it being ‘raw’.
I’d suggest starting with three equal parts of the honey, coconut oil and cocoa. Melt the coconut oil and cocoa then add in the honey. Stir until mixed together then put into a silicon mould – I used a Halloween one that I picked up at a supermarket, but you could use anything – I’d suggest silicone as its easier to get out afterwards, and is in handy bite size pieces. Then wack it is the freezer until its set. Once its set you can turn out the chocolates then keep them in the fridge if you don’t eat them all in one go!
I’ve been slowly reducing the amount of ‘sweetness’ it needs each time I make a batch. You still need the same proportions of coconut oil and cocoa, but the honey can be less depending on how bitter you want it. I added in small pieces of chopped apricots, apple, blueberries and raspberries this time which adds some extra sweetness anyway. It also tastes great if you drizzle a little honey on top for a bit extra. Just try not to eat them all in one go!