Marie Biscuit Fudge

Marie Biscuit Fudge

If you grew up in South Africa chances are you have eaten Marie Biscuit fudge.  It evokes sentimental memories of childhood treats.  The recipe is simple and easy to make with children.  Cocoa, butter, icing sugar, and Marie Biscuits.  The ingredients list calls for raw eggs, but this can be replaced with a dash of water.   For those who cannot find Marie Biscuits, a simple substitute is thin butter biscuits.  However, you can substitute the Marie Biscuits with coconut, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips – just about anything that…

Basic Brioche

How to make basic brioche

Brioche is rich and buttery with a beautiful crumb.  What’s not to like?  There are also so many meals that you can prepare with it, it makes sense to keep some sliced and ready in the freezer. This is another very straightforward recipe once you have mastered how to proof your bread properly.  A simple rule of thumb for your final proof is if you make a small indentation with your finger the dough will come up slowly.  If it happens too quickly you need to wait longer. Print Making…

Chocolate Grand Marnier Pot De Crème

Chocolate Grand Marnier Pot De Crème

Pot De Crème’s is on my list of top ten favorite desserts. I posted the following recipe on my first blog almost 8 years ago and I still love it. It seems like Pot De Crème’s have come and gone as far as food trends go. One day they were all over and now you hardly see them and they are really worth the effort when finished off properly.  I can still remember when I made these particular ones in the photo.  They were so good I forgot to take…

Chocolate Recipe Round-Up

chocolate shavings

Here’s a selection of recently posted chocolate recipes for you to try out. The chocolate Chai cookies are different and tasty.  The Mint Top Deck Chocolate Cake is packed with bright flavors and the chocolate mousse and chocolate pancakes are light and fluffy.   Chocolate Chai Cookies Milk Chocolate Mousse Fluffy Chocolate Pancakes Mint Top Deck Chocolate Cake Chocolate Grand Marnier Pot De Crème  

Chocolate Chai Cookies

Vegan chocolate chip chai cookies

Like most of us, I love a good Chocolate Chip cookie.  There are so many different variations out there, it can be hard to choose which one you should make.   I find that a lot of these recipes are too buttery with not enough flavor to back it up.  I really like the big flavors in this cookie.  It’s a definitely a cookie for grown-ups.  The Blackstrap Molasses and dark chocolate come through intensely.   The boldness of the chocolate can be toned down by using a lower cocoa…

How to make Ciabatta at home

How to make Ciabatta

Everyone has that one thing they can’t wait to cool down for.  Cookies, pastries, pie… Mine is Ciabatta.  To be very precise, it’s the end pieces of Ciabatta hot out of the oven with a smear of salted butter. It’s food heaven for me. Ciabatta is also not something you would normally consider to make at home.  I spent years making it in professional kitchens with huge stand mixers.  The dough needs a good, fast beating which these machines provide with no problems.  I tried making a single batch at…