Holiday hot chocolate with cinnamon marshmallows

Hot chocolate recipe with cinnamon and home made marshmallows

 

The Christmas treats continue this week and today’s recipe is totally decadent and perfect for those times when only chocolate will do! This is not your standard everyday hot chocolate, (it is pretty much a dessert in its own right) but it is utterly luscious.

 

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Santa’s Christmas cookies

Fruity chocolate chip cookie recipe

 

It’s almost December and after trying my best over the last two months to ignore the Christmas jingles on the radio and festive paraphernalia lurking at every turn in the supermarket I have decided to embrace the season. Yes folks, I am officially “feeling Christmassy”. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some divine Christmas treats, so let’s kick things off today with a bit of festive baking shall we?

 

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Almond and chocolate macarons with Elmarie Berry

How to make almond macarons with chocolate ganache

 

What do you get when you put two foodies in a kitchen with some almonds, sugar and a macaron recipe? In this case it was tons of laughter, some exploding butter and a batch of  scrumptious almond and chocolate macarons!

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Chocolate hot cross bun loaf

Hot cross bun bread

 

School holidays are just a hop, skip and a jump away and many of you may be thinking about how to keep the kiddos busy over the Easter break. This time last year my kids, who LOVE their hot cross buns, and I decided to make our own buns from scratch using a recipe by Jamie Oliver, and we were all pleasantly surprised by the results. I’m not sure why we were so surprised but it was probably the combination of a potentially tricky yeast dough recipe and two small children that could have gone rather wrong, but didn’t!  They were so delicious! It was also a fun baking project for the three of us…many hands make kneading a breeze after all.

 

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Chocolate layer cake with dark chocolate ganache

Ottolenghi chocolate cake.

 

Helloo there. Welcome to March (say whaat?!) and my first blog post for the month. It’s a rather celebratory post and this recipe is inspired by one of my personal foodie icons, Yotam Ottolenghi. This easy chocolate cake recipe is adapted very slightly from one that appears in his book “Sweet” (co-written with Helen Goh) and the reason for this cake post is that this week Cupcakes and Couscous celebrates its fifth anniversary!

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Coconut and pistachio chocolate bark

Chocolate bark recipe with nuts and coconut.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day foodies! Whether you love this holiday or are not such a fan today’s chocolatey recipe is the perfect thing to make to spoil your partner… or yourself. This easy triple chocolate bark with pistachios and toasted coconut is quick to make which also makes it an ideal last minute homemade gift for your special someone.

 

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Chocolate cheese tart with dark chocolate ganache

Baked chocolate tart

 

Valentine’s Day is coming up and this lovely little dessert is perfect for the occasion. It’s inspired by an old chocolate tart recipe I made back in college whilst doing my food training, and I have adapted it by adding a decadent dark chocolate ganache layer and using my favourite sweet pastry recipe for the base. (And if making pastry from scratch for someone isn’t a sign of love then I don’t know what is!)

 

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Date caramel and chocolate pots

Date caramel

 

Happy New Year and hello 2018! I am happy to be back after a lovely break, it was great to have a change from the regular routine for a while. Now though, it’s time to get back into the swing of things and it really feels as though we have hit the ground running this week hasn’t it? (My inbox alone can attest to that.) I have got a good feeling about this year…2018 – I am ready for you!

 

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