Christmas mince pie brownies

Christmas mince pie brownies with melted chocolate

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I won’t lie, the last few weeks have probably been the busiest and most stressful of the year and I cannot wait to close my laptop at the end of next week and prepare for Christmas as well as enjoy some down time at home with the family. Bring it on!

 

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Chocolate smoothie bowl

Chocolate smoothie bowl top shot

 

The warmer weather means that smoothies are featuring more regularly on our breakfast and snack menu at home, and chocolate smoothies (not surprisingly) are my favourite. Not only are they delicious but they’re filling too, not to mention filled with wholesome ingredients – love it! 

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Hazelnut, cranberry and pistachio chocolate bark

 

This treat is so simple to make that it barely needs a recipe! I absolutely love making chocolate bark, it’s almost like creating a piece of edible art. Swirling the chocolates together and decorating the slab with your favourite toppings is actually quite relaxing, and you have a delicious treat to enjoy at the end of it.

 

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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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