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A Gift from Gods of the New World

We all have our own individual idea of chocolate. What does it mean to you? Does it bring memories, nostalgia, magical moments of happiness, pleasure or just a treat! Chocolate makes me very exited every time I come across new cocoa estates and varieties. The smell of chocolate takes me back to my childhood and my grandmother who I spent happy times with, cooking, baking and using the most special ingredients. My love of chocolate started with her, she'd always have special treats for me and its this memory I'd like to share. Do you remember your first time you ever had chocolate? Whether that was a bite or a sip of this sweet smelling product, its nature is to...

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Waffles with Strawberry Compote & Crème Fraiche

Have you been thinking of the perfect way of making someone feel special? There is a reason behind sayings like ''The Way to Your Heart Really Is Through Your Stomach''.  I love making waffles and experiment with different selection of ingredients (sweet or savoury) and one of my favourites is the strawberry compote and crème fraiche.   Ingredients:  300 g of self raising flour 2 tsp of baking powder 480 ml of milk 2 tsp of sugar 3 medium eggs    1. Heat up your waffle iron. 2. Mix all the ingredients together and leave on the side for 10 minutes, to allow the baking powder to start working.  3. Pour onto your waffle pan. 4. When ready pour compote strawberries...

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''Oreo'' Cookies

 Especially now during lockdown I have been going though my recipe book, in order to find some ideas for sweet treats for my children. I came across this ''always working'' Oreo like recipe. Its very quick and easy to make, try it out and let me know what you think.    Ingredients:  260 g plain flour 160 g sugar 230 g butter 1.5 g baking soda 90 g unsweetened cocoa powder (for the deep black colour, I have used Van Houten Intense Deep Black Cocoa Powder from Keylink)   1. In a medium bowl place the flour, sift in the cocoa and baking powder, mix till combined.  2. Place the butter in the bowl and on the medium speed mix...

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Vanilla & Almond Macarons

One of the most exiting skills I have learned, while working in hotels kitchens is the art of macaron. I have been practicing it for over 6 years now, and let’s be honest... it might go wrong, but when you will perfect it, the great feeling of satisfaction will come.   Perfectly chewy inside filled with cream... absolute classic! For Macarons:212 g almond flour 212 g icing sugar82 g egg whitesFood colouring90 g egg whites158 ml water236 g Caster sugarBefore starting make sure you have a sugar thermometer, pipping bag, plain nozzle and preferably silicon baking mats, if not baking paper will do. You will also need plat baking trays.1. Sift the almond flour and icing sugar into a large...

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Ruby & Milk Chocolate Cookies

I love soft and chewy double chocolate cookies, they are super simple to make as well. Ruby Chocolate is available in our store, to buy in small bags, handy for home baking and snacking. You’ll need (makes 12): 50g unsalted butter250g chocolate, roughly chopped  200g ruby chocolate 2 eggs170g brown sugar – any will do85g plain flour½ tsp of vanilla essence½ tsp salt½ tsp baking powder Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 190C/fan170C/gas 5 and line wo baking sheets with non-stick baking paper. 3. Put butter and half of the chocolate into a bowl and set on the pan of simmering water. Melt until it’s lovely and smooth. 4. Put the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence into a separate bowl, mixing...

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