Peanut butter and chocolate stars

 

The finish line is in sight and holidays are nearly here! Some of you may already be enjoying your year end break, yippee! I thought I’d finish up the year with a simple festive treat that I’m sure you’ll love – especially if you enjoy a peanut butter and chocolate combo as much as me. These cute little stars could be served as an after dinner treat or given as an edible Christmas gift, if you can bear to part with them.

 

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Chocolate gingerbread cake

 

Here’s a small nod to the festive season without me getting too Christmassy on you…for now. *wink* No Christmas is complete without a gingerbread flavoured bake, and (me being me) I decided to try and make a chocolate version of my favourite gingerbread cake. It worked so well that I had to share the recipe here.

 

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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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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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Raw Turkish delight doughnuts

 

Inspiration for today’s bite-sized treats comes from Donna Hay’s recipe for raw Turkish delight doughnuts. I adapted her original recipe and was so happy with how they turned out. They’re deliciously nutty and chewy, yum! The doughnuts are topped with dark chocolate which makes them extra decadent, but you could leave this off if you prefer. The Turkish delight element comes from a dash of rosewater which is added to the dark chocolate, giving it a delicate floral flavour.

 

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Date caramel truffles

Date truffles

 

These date truffles were an absolute hit when I made them at home, and with just a handful of ingredients you can whip up a batch in no time. The sweet date caramel and the dark chocolate pair beautifully, and they’re the perfect treat for when you need a quick sweet hit. You could also wrap them up for someone special, they make a gorgeous edible gift. 

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Chocolate orange custard tarts

Chocolate and orange custard tarts

 

I put this recipe together for a Portuguese inspired magazine feature, and since travel has been so restricted these past few months there’s all the more reason to take a culinary trip from the comfort of your own kitchen. Hey, it’s not quite like jetting off to Europe but we can only try, right?

 

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