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In Dessert, Recipe on
June 11, 2018

Easy Chocolate Brownies

Easy Chocolate Brownies

When I was a student starting placement as a dietitian, I was keen to quickly jump straight into it. This meant teaching everyone on all the healthier alternatives they could be having:
• Having butter on your toast? Why not try a vegetable based spread?
• Drinking coffees with regular milk? Swap it for skim!
• Burger for lunch? How about a sandwich?

Of course, most didn’t take on the advice.

Easy Chocolate Brownies

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In Cookies and Bars, Dessert, Recipe on
March 30, 2018

Nanaimo Bars

As we’re nearing Easter, I’m feeling in the mood for more sweet treats. If you follow me on Instagram and have noticed the recent increase in dessert photos, that’s the reason why. All in moderation of course! Which is why slices like these Canadian Nanaimo Bars are great- particularly for sharing!

Nanaimo Bars

I first had a taste of these delicious bars from a Canadian colleague a couple of years ago. It is essentially a coconutty chocolate biscuit base, topped with a creamy custard buttercream and then a layer of smooth chocolate ganache. And it’s not hard to see why it was a hit within our office!

They don’t get much press here in Sydney, but in Canada Nanaimo Bars are a very classic Canadian dessert. There’s even a Nanaimo Bar trail for those who are keen on trying all the different varieties! If I ever do find myself in Canada, I’d love to try the real deal, but in the meantime, it is simple enough for me to make at home too. The base recipe uses biscuit crumbs, so when I made a batch of cookies and wasn’t happy with the texture, this was the perfect excuse to blitz them into crumbs and make something even better!

Nanaimo Bars
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In Dessert, Recipe on
June 3, 2016

Flower Pot Dessert : Chocolate Biscuit Pudding


Chocolate Biscuit Pudding Recipe

100g chocolate chips
80g butter, at room temperature
1 egg
70g Marie Biscuits (I used half a packet)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup almonds
2 tsp instant coffee (optional)
1/2 tbsp Rum (optional)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Pinch of salt

1. Place chocolate in heat-proof bowl and microwave in 20 minute intervals, stirring in between. Continue until melted. Combine instant coffee, run, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of hot water then slowly add into the chocolate mixture. Stir in the butter. Set aside.
2. Place egg whites, the salt, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in a bowl. Beat on high speed until firm but not dry.
3. Place the egg yolks and the rest of the sugar in a bowl. Beat on high speed until pale yellow. Add the chocolate mixture then fold until combined. Fold the egg whites into the mixture.
4. Beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture.
5. [Optional] Baked almonds at 180degC for 7 minutes. Coursely chop the nuts.
6. Soak the biscuits in milk slightly. Layer a bottom of each pot with a biscuit. Next layer with chocolate mixture (about 1/2 inch high). Sprinkle with almonds. Follow with another layer of soaked biscuits and then the chocolate mixture and cashew nuts. Continue layering until all of the chocolate mixture is over. Make sure that the top layer is chocolate mixture and cashew nuts.
Chill for at least 2 hours

In Cake, Recipe on
May 29, 2015

Bailey’s Chocolate Mud Cake

It occurred to me the other day, that it’s been some 3 or so years since I’ve last tried a new chocolate cake recipe. Perhaps not a big thing for most people, but it’s quite a surprising thing for me, being the type who really loves trying new recipes.

Ever since I discovered the Chocolate Beetroot Cake, which has been one of my favourite chocolate cakes so far, I never really felt the need to experiment with other mud cakes.

Well……until now.

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In Cake, Recipe on
March 22, 2015

Chocolate Brownies

I don’t bake brownies often, since I’m not a huge fan, and on the odd occasion that I do, I’m one of those rare strange people who prefer to make them cakey more than fudgy since that’s the preference of everyone in the family. On this occasion though, I managed to convince myself to attempt the fudgy version after seeing picture after picture of rich, gooey chocolatey brownies all over blogs and pinterest with beautiful cracked tops (they are rather photogenic!). Read more