Protein Slice Birthday Cake
Jan10

Protein Slice Birthday Cake

My partner isn’t a huge fan of sweets, so there’s no point getting him a birthday cake because I end up eating it all! A few years ago I started making him protein slice and balls to save the $5 per bar that he was spending on these pre and post gym snacks. Using his most basic of protein powders, pure whey protein, and fine quality chocolate, healthy seeds, and nuts this slice is a complete meal or a quick snack. So when...

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Tia Maria Chocolate Balls
Jan05

Tia Maria Chocolate Balls

These are a deliciously rich, decadent treat to have with coffee or a glass of Tia Maria or coffee after dinner. The recipe is simple, and you can substitute most alcohol varieties into this recipe such as Kahlua, dark rum, Brandy, Whiskey etc. Creamy alcohol like Baileys goes best with white chocolate, however this recipe works with baileys too. You may want to substitute the cocoa for coconut flour if you don’t like the...

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Date & Ginger Chocolate Mud Cake
Dec13

Date & Ginger Chocolate Mud Cake

This mud cake base has been modified in so many ways, and it has never failed me yet. I’ve failed it a few times, but if you stick with the core basic ingredients and always remember to increase wet/dry ingredients to suit your variation, you’ll get some amazing cake and dessert results. This recipe is gluten and dairy free as it uses nuts and fruit to keep it delicious and moist with just a splash of milk (I use almond)...

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Chocolate Pour Boxes
May06

Chocolate Pour Boxes

Last week I posted a trial of some chocolate pour boxes for Mothers Day. Here’s a few more of the creations we’ve made in the CA kitchen this week for sale at our local markets. Rocky Road Heart Box with Strawberry Rose This is the easiest type of pour box to create from this mould, as you can simply half fill it with chocolate and press the rocky road ingredients into the wet chocolate. This has a turkish delight piece...

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Cougar Pops
May02

Cougar Pops

I’m loving how simple it is to make these stylish chocolate lollypops with transfer sheets, so they have become a standard feature at my market stalls now. Chocolate transfer sheets are made using coloured cocoa butter and come in a huge range of designs. You simply put wet chocolate onto the transfer sheet, and as it contracts/sets it will pull the cocoa butter off its plastic sheet and attach it firmly to the chocolate....

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Turkish Delight Rocky Road
Mar09

Turkish Delight Rocky Road

I visited one of my favourite suppliers in West End, Mega Continental, for some supplies and what should I find but freshly made turkish delight! The container was big enough to eat half of it and still be able to make something with the rest. Here’s the rocky road recipe I made with this delicious treat … Ingredients 150 grams couverture dark chocolate 150 grams turkish delight (this was mint flavour) 1 moderately packed...

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Swirly Chocolate Bites
Feb20

Swirly Chocolate Bites

I approach chocolate making in the same way I approach painting. In other words, I make it up as I go along and do what feels right and looks good. And I make a LOT of mess. I was playing with white chocolate and colours one day (that is oil based powder colours for use with chocolate) and discovered a method for making a swirly pattern that looks different every time. This is easy to achieve and a great school holiday activity for...

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Chocka Mocka Mud Cake
Jan15

Chocka Mocka Mud Cake

Like the name says, its chock full of coffee but this chocolate cake is still enjoyed by non-coffee drinkers due to the delicious mud like texture and bitter sweet ganache. It is a simple variation of the flourless mud cakes and can be eaten by most gluten free folks provided you use a gluten free chocolate. It is a moist cake and is best served as a dessert, either cold or slightly heated with icecream and berries … but you...

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Rocky Road
Feb19

Rocky Road

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_road_%28dessert%29) doesn’t say much that we don’t already know about Rocky Road, but it does suggest that it was invented in Australia as a way of tricking locals into buying spoiled chocolate transported from Europe. It was mixed with nuts and other ‘filler’ which is why you can’t find a specific recipe for the original rocky road. Apparently, the name...

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How to Make a Chocolate Basket
Apr18

How to Make a Chocolate Basket

I posted this video back in 2011 after a chocolate making workshop where we taught a technique which we used in our family restaurant for 17 years. I didn’t think that many people would see it, especially as it was just a very rough test. But anyway … the subject is still interesting and the video explains a really easy way to make a perfect chocolate basket to serve with mousse, fruit or ice cream. Equipment Oven bag, cut...

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Choc Nut Slice
Oct15

Choc Nut Slice

This is a basic gooey chocolate fudge recipe which can be adapted using a variety of ingredients. My favourite variations are rocky road and the delicious white chocolate and pistachio version in the video. The recipe for rocky road is included below, but you can substitute the marshmallows, nuts and cranberries for your favourite variations. Ingredients 1 x 375g tin of condensed milk 200g chocolate 1.5 cups coconut (shredded or...

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Home Made Ice Cream
Sep16

Home Made Ice Cream

This is the old fashioned kind, a recipe from back in the old restaurant days. You will need a large mixer, or a thermie. Ingredients 600gr white/dark chocolate 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cup water   12 egg yolks 1.8 litres cream Equipment Needed Saucepan Mixer Storing containers Handy Tip Ice-cream can be made in any flavour you can imagine. The recipe here is for a base, which can be made in bulk quantities and divided so you can make...

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