Later than planned I have managed to write up this Mini Egg Cake on the train(s) to Gatwick (thanks to holiday engineering work it’s taking 3 hrs just to get to the airport). I’m heading home to Cornwall for Easter and made this chocolate and vanilla cake for my neighbours as a thank you for feeding my little monsters while I’m away. Rob declared that he doesn’t like chocolate cake but I’m pretty sure this will bring him round. Happy Easter folks!
Last weekend I was feeling a need for dense chocolate cake and an even greater need not to have to get dressed and buy ingredients or spend ages baking so I remembered this super easy Bounty Bar Cake from the River Cottage Handbook No 8 – Cakes by Pam Corbin. Aside from having the patience and fore thought for soaking the coconut for a few hours, it’s almost an all in one recipe and it hit the spot with a hot mug of tea.
Our houseguest is off backpacking round Europe from Wednesday so I decided to bake her a dairy free chocolate cake this weekend to bid her bon voyage. I used my go to chocolate cake recipe but swapped the milk for goats milk as Amber is just cows milk intollerant but soy or nut milk can be used instead. If you don’t need a dairy free cake you can swap 240g unsalted butter back in rather than the dairy free alternatives I used.
Post move my mac has decided it’s full. Despite having no photos on the HD it seems to think it has over 3GB of the swines. I have had to sacrifice a whole series of New Girl just to open Photoshop and everything is painfully slow. It took me less time to make this mini egg chocolate slab than it did to edit the shots! It makes a great alternative to Easter eggs. I love Hotel Chocolat’s slabs so thought I would have a go at making my own in the run up to Easter. Super easy to do and a fraction of the cost of shop bought eggs.
I’m sure a psychologist would have a lot to say about Rocky Road being the recipe of choice post move. I had high hopes of stock piling recipe posts so that I could seamlessly blog away this past month despite the near breakdowns, running out of bubble wrap, learning to disconnect fridge freezers from junction boxes, house buyer gazumping and generally enduring one of the most stressful times in my life.
I’m pretty sure I’ve come out the other side addicted to sugar yet somehow lighter and before I try to ween myself off the white stuff thought I’d have one last hurrah. It is also a recipe that requires next to no equipment or technical ability so seemed the perfect thing the christen the new kitchen. To Nigella’s recipe I added hazelnuts and raisins and swapped the rich tea biscuits for digestives.
I recently found this recipe for baked churros on a blog I follow What Jessica Baked Next and thought it wouldn’t hurt to try a healthier baked rather than fried version of the Spanish classic doughnuts. Although they were quite nice they were not entirely churros like and being hollow, reminded me a lot of chocolate eclairs without the cream filling. Never the less, they were consumed by my workmates with their usual gusto!
These whisky and ginger truffles make an excellent homemade Christmas gift and are pretty easy to make, save from covering yourself in melted chocolate as you roll them into balls! I sadly also found out last week that they are extremely comforting after I had to say goodbye to my faithful feline friend Erin. Her final vets bill will no doubt result in everyone getting homemade gifts for Christmas this year and possibly 2015……..