Chocolate and pecan loaf cake

Chocolate and pecan tea loaf cake

 

I remember baking and photographing this particular loaf on a grey and rainy winter afternoon. The chocolatey aroma wafting from the kitchen was just heavenly, and the wait while it cooled and was being photographed felt like forever. This simple chocolate loaf cake is a delight with its soft crumb and crunchy pops of pecan nuts, all slathered in velvety chocolate buttercream.

 

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Chocolate and peanut butter ganache cupcakes

 

I’ve been baking up a storm this past week. We celebrated my daughter’s birthday over the weekend (which meant party cake and treats as well as cupcakes for school and home) and today Cupcakes and Couscous turns 7! Last year we celebrated with this caramel choc chip ice cream and this year I decided that some decadent chocolate ganache cupcakes were the perfect treat to celebrate this milestone.

 

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Coconut, pistachio and goji berry chocolate bark

 

Here’s a tasty little snack recipe to keep in your back pocket – homemade chocolate bark with toasted coconut, pistachios and goji berries. If you’ve never made your own chocolate before this is a must-try!

 

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Recipe round up: Fill your cookie jar with these 10 amazing cookie recipes!

 

Earlier this week I posted some photos on social media of a batch of biscuits I was making in the old “roll and fork” style (I was trying to create something that reminded me of the biscuits we enjoyed as kids). The image got a bigger response than anything else I’ve posted recently (you guys sure love your biscuits!) and it inspired me to put together another recipe round up  – and this time it’s allll about cookies.

I first learnt to bake before I learnt to cook, and baking cookies at home takes me straight to my happy place. I hope these recipes do the same for you!

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Chocolate and cranberry cereal bars

 

Today’s no bake chocolate treat is one that kiddies and grown ups alike will love! And I’ve realised that one can never have enough snack ideas in one’s recipe collection when little (and big) tummies need some sustenance in between meals.

 

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Chocolate crunch smoothie bowl

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Happy Monday everyone! We’ve reached the end of the Nature’s Source series and I hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes as much I’ve loved putting them together. We’re finishing off with something chocolatey and delicious – a chocolate crunch smoothie bowl.

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Five ingredient no churn caramel choc chip ice cream

Creamy no churn caramel ice cream

 

I have my four year old to thank for this easy ice cream recipe which was his idea! This is how it came about… every Friday my children’s school has an afternoon market and it has become tradition to go and buy a treat to celebrate the start of the weekend – ice cream is the firm favourite! There are always lots of delicious flavours to choose from and one Friday afternoon in the car on the way home it led to us having a discussion of which varieties the children would make if they had their own ice cream shop. After some ideas were thrown around my son then suggested that every time one of us has a birthday we should should make our own bespoke celebratory batch of ice cream with a different flavour (chosen by the birthday girl/boy) each time. I rather liked that idea but it was put on the back burner… until recently.

 

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Caramel chocolate Valentine’s Day cookies

Valentine's heart cookies

 

I am sure you don’t need any reminding that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and this little treat is a great way to spoil the special people in your life. Two heart shaped chocolate sugar cookies squeezed together in a caramel hug, yum!

 

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