In my Easter chocolate rankings, Mini Eggs sit right up there with the Lindt Gold Bunny. (Cadbury Creme Eggs, if you were wondering, are right at the bottom. I just can’t stand them.) Two for me, one for you; that’s my approach to sharing a bag of these beauties. I’ve made a few batches of fridge cake in recent months – it’s an easy-peasy bake, with very little washing up involved (win-win) – and decided to chuck a bag of Mini Eggs in last time for an Easter-y treat. Happy Easter!
[veuillez défiler vers le bas pour la version française] Fortunately, you don’t have be part of the 1% to indulge in this decadent dessert: we nine-to-fivers can dig in too. Baking is more than just an opportunity for me to satisfy my sweet tooth; it’s also an opportunity for me to recreate childhood favourites and unspool the memories associated with these sweet treats. My love affair with millionaire’s shortbread goes back a decade or two and has its roots in the little P&A Davies counter in my local newsagent’s. P&A Davies has gone, but the not-so-humble millionaire’s slice lives on. (Thank goodness!) What could be better than a slice of crumbly shortbread, featuring a thick layer of gooey, golden caramel and topped with chocolate? Two slices, perhaps?
[veuillez défiler vers le bas pour la version française] Alas, the time has come for me to make a confession: I’m not a Nutella fan. I don’t consume it by the spoonful directly from the jar nor do I spread lashings of it on toast every morning (the fact I don’t even have a toaster is beside the point). On the contrary, Laurence is a Nutella fiend – he drowns his toast in Nutella, adds it to his (delicious) banana bread and is visiting this weekend. So what better way to honour his visit than with a bake incorporating his favourite chocolate-hazelnut spread? I may not be a fan of Nutella in isolation, but in rich, decadent, fudgy brownie form . . . well, that’s a different story!
Last weekend it was my sister’s 18th birthday, so a seriously chocolatey cake was in order. Enter: a fluffy chocolate sponge, smothered in 70% dark chocolate ganache and edged with milk and white chocolate fingers. I completed the mud bath with five little fondant piggies on top – but you could have more or less, or choose a different animal altogether!
Flapjacks are one of the easiest traybakes to make, and should be a staple of any student’s baking repertoire. Smothering them in chocolate is a sure-fire way to make them more addictive (and less healthy) . . . but when you’re drowning in revision for finals/ essay writing, something’s got to give, hasn’t it?
This loaf cake is devilishly chocolatey: a light and fluffy chocolate sponge, smothered in rich chocolate buttercream and studded with Maltesers. It’s the ideal celebration cake for chocoholics, and it’s a hassle-free bake that’s perfect for when you don’t have much time to spare.
These chocolate orange brownies have all the decadence of a devilishly chocolatey dessert with the added zestiness of orange peel: the ideal extra flavour boost to elevate a standard brownie to a more exciting treat! After experimenting with salted caramel brownies last term, I decided to make a few tweaks to the recipe and voilà: a delicious chocolatey orangey delight was born. This recipe also gave me a bona fide reason to make the most of a £1 deal for Terry’s Chocolate Orange – an opportunity I was never going to let pass me by!
These salted caramel brownies are the epitome of chocolate puddings: just the right level of gooeyness, blended perfectly with a decent dose of chocolate and a smothering of salted caramel. I usually just whip up my usual recipe, but this time (in honour of my sister’s visit) I decided to adapt it and try something new – which turned out to be utterly delicious. Chocolate fanatics, read on . . .