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Grain and Egg FREE -Chocolate and Coconut Cake

 

This cake is amazing, chocolate and coconut moist cake, and it’s grain and egg free!! Yes completely grain and egg free so perfect for people with intolerance’s! In our family we have my niece Phoebe who is anaphylactic to egg and nuts, we also have my mum who is wheat intolerant so it makes desserts hard, especially cakes.  But this cake ticks all the boxes, and it tastes great! Chocolate and coconut cake.

vegan chocolate cake
Chocolate Cake

GRAIN, EGG AND DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE & COCONUT CAKE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

400ml Coconut Cream

1/2 cup cocoa

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

200 ml vegetable oil

1 cup coconut four

3 teaspoons baking powder

METHOD

Pre-heat oven to 170 C

Blend together the coconut cream, brown sugar and cocoa.  Slowly add in the vegetable oil until combined.

Sift in coconut flour and baking powder, mix well until combined.

Pour into greased caking tin.  Bake at 170 C for 40 minutes.

Allow to cool in tin and then carefully turn out.

I used the icing from this recipe.  But it would be equally delicious without icing and eaten warm!

Note:  The coconut flour does make it a fragile cake, but it does not detract from the great flavour you just need to be careful!

Delicious as a birthday cake for the whole family - grain, dairy and egg free
Delicious as a birthday cake for the whole family – grain, dairy and egg free

 

 

 

Chocolate Flake Cheesecake

no bake chocolate cheesecake recipe
Chocolate flake cheesecake recipe

This chocolate cheesecake recipe is amazing! Rich and decadent but not so much that you’re unable to eat the whole piece (or maybe thats just me!)  Great dessert to make the night before and not have to do anything else to, in my books a winner all round!  The chocolate base is the perfect match to the smooth creamy filling with flake in the filling and of course on top as well!  Perfect with fresh strawberries or alone – this cheesecake is so good you don’t need anything to serve with it!

Ingredients

2 pks of chocolate ripple biscuits
200 g butter
1 large lemon
500 g cream cheese
400 ml condensed milk
250 ml thickened cream                                                                                              teaspoon of chocolate essence or vanilla essence
5 flake chocolate bars

Chocolate cheesecake
Perfect when served with fresh berries

Method
1. Crush biscuits in a food processor or blender until fine crumbs
2. Melt butter, and mix into the crushed biscuits, press into spring form tin.  Fill bottom first and around the edges of tin as well
3. Put into fridge to set while making filling
4. Beat the cream until forms soft peaks
5. In a separate bowl beat together cream cheese and condensed milk until it becomes thick and smooth
6. Juice lemon and stir through the mixture
7. Carefully fold through the cream and essence into the cream cheese
8. Carefully crumble 4 flake bars into the mixture and stir to even distribute
9. Pour over crust, sprinkle last flake on top and allow to set for 3-4 hours

the perfect slice of chocolate cheesecake
perfect slice

 

chocolate flake cheesecake recipe
Chocolate flake cheesecake recipe

Summer Pavlova Recipe

If I had to name a dessert that was my favourite it would be a pavlova.  I detest bought ones – the middle all gooey and eggy is not my thing at all – there has to be soft centre but the crunchy crust is the best part! I believe pavlova is the perfect summer dessert.  Easy to make the day before and leave the dressing until serving.  I think it is probably the dessert that I get asked to make the most – seconded only by my rocky road.

summer pavlova recipe
Summer pavlova recipe

 

I got this recipe from my recipe book – Everyday Cooking. If you ever see this book I suggest you buy it, it is by Helen Bunney and was a recipe book used by Home Ec departments – so many great recipes (mine was published in 1979 so I doubt it is still in print). Its a great basic recipe that I have made single, 1 1/2 and double batches of and it works every time. My tip is to bake it directly on the serving plate. A pavlova is notoriously hard to change from baking tray to serving tray without cracking – so cut that step out and find a serving plate that is oven safe. I had a wonderful white serving platter I used for years as my pavlova plate but in my new house it doesn’t fit in my oven!

Ingredients

4 Egg whites

pinch salt

1 cup castor sugar

2 teaspoons corn flour

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

  1. Brush tray lightly with water if it is your serving tray – if you are baking pavlova on a different tray to serving spray water onto baking paper.  The water creates a steam so to crisp up the bottom for easy transfer.
  2. Beat egg whites and salt until firm peaks are formed. (meaning when you lift the beaters out of the mix, the egg whites keep their shape)
  3. Keep beating and add sugar gradually, keep beating after each sugar is added.  continue to beat until sugar is dissolved. (to test if the sugar is dissolved rub some between two fingers and check there are no grains left)
  4. Lightly fold in sifted cornflour and lemon juice.
  5. Turn mixture onto baking plate and use a spoon to create a circle of approx 20 cms.  Or into 6 miniature pavs.
  6. Bake at 120 degrees for an hour or until pavlova is dry to touch.
  7. Leave pavlova to cool completely and then dress with whipped cream and strawberries, banana, passionfruit or sprinkle with chocolate.
  8. TIPS I often leave the pavlova in the oven over night with the door slightly ajar to cool.  The slower the pavlova cools the better chance you have of it not cracking. If you baked the pavlova on a different tray to serving tray get someone to help you can left two edges of the baking paper each and transfer onto your serving tray.
summer pavolva
summer pav!

5 must have Christmas Treats

In our family I am in charge of Christmas Treats – it’s my thing and I love it!  So this is my list of the treats that must be on your christmas table this year, they have been always winners. Perfect for the bring a plate to the never ending list of events, perfect for a gift and perfect on a platter for an easy dessert!  All the christmas treats you need – all in one place!

5 Of The Best Christmas Treats - what you need on your christmas table
5 Of The Best Christmas Treats – what you need on your christmas table

1. Rocky Road – hand down always a winner – easy to prepare ahead of time and always a winner. Have a look at the best rocky road recipe here.

Rocky Road Recipe
Rocky Road Recipe

2. Chocolate Fudge – Im a massive fudge lover from wayyyy back.  Like make my husband pull over if I see a fresh fudge sign! love it!  I like making it but try and limit it to Christmas because you know – I have no self control.  And for this recipe you need self control, it only has four ingredients. Head over to Fat Mum Slim to check out her fudge recipe here

Chocolate Fudge
Fat Mum Slim’s Chocolate Fudge

3. Rum Balls – the classic christmas must have!  I must confess i have been making these for years.  When I was 12 I started my own christmas treat business with my bestie, these were on the list! And only about 2 years ago had I ever tasted one! So now i can honestly say that they are great because i actually know!  To mix up these bad boys, don’t be afraid to use gingernuts or chocolate ripple biscuits!  Check out the recipe http://monaandolive.com/2014/12/22/rum-balls/

Rum Balls
Traditional Rum Balls

4. Cherry Ripe Balls – if rum balls aren’t your thing or you have kids around try these guys out!  From the organised housewife these guys are bound to be awesome!  Check them out here

Organised Housewife Cherry Ripe Balls
Organised Housewife Cherry Ripe Balls

5. The final and by no means least the chocolate spider.  You know how much I love chocolate spiders, I love them.  I want them to be at all parties not just christmas!  But a must a Christmas!!! Check them out here

Chocolate Haystacks
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Spider Recipe

What did I forget?  Anything that is a must on your christmas list?

Madonna xx

Chocolate Spiders Recipe

When  I was about 37 weeks pregnant I bought a range of ingredients that may or may not of been for the sole purpose of chocolate spiders.  However my need to have peanut butter and chocolate in my mouth was out weighed by my desire to sleep 20 hours a day.  So call it willpower or call it laziness but no chocolate spiders were made.  This week I tidied up my pantry (found 4 packets of M&M’S?!?!?!?!) and found the magical ingredients to realise my dream of chocolate spiders! So in celebration of the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, I celebrated with chocolate and peanut butter!

Chocolate Haystacks
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Spider Recipe

If you haven’t made chocolate spiders – you’re missing out.  If you have made chocolate spiders but not recently – you’re missing out.  They are often left to the realm of children’s parties and christmas, when really they are just simple and delicious treats for every chocolate and peanut butter addict!  And the ingredients have a long shelf life if you have a strong will power – so they are a great stand by because its bring a plate day tomorrow at school/work/life and you forgot (again)!

 

chocolate haystack
Chocolate haystack recipe

 

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE SPIDER RECIPE

200 – 250 grams of melting chocolate

2 tablespoons of peanut butter

1 packet of fried egg noodles

Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir.

Add peanut butter, microwave again for 30 seconds, stir.

Keep putting in microwave in 30 second bursts until smooth.  (I normally find 1 1/2 minutes)

Stir in egg noodles, place in little haystacks or spiders on a tray with baking paper.

Refrigerate until had normally 2 hours in enough.

Store in the fridge!

chocolate haystacks
chocolate spiders ingredients
Chocolate Spiders
Chocolate Spiders

Never Fail Scones

These scones, are the only recipe that I have ever used. Easy and always, always turn out perfect.  The original recipe comes from a school recipe book from St Augustines Primary School, but I have altered it slightly!

scone recipe
delicious never fail scone recipe

Ingredients

3 cups SR Flour + extra for rolling

1/2 cup castor sugar

pinch salt

100 grams butter

1 1/4 cups milk

Method

Preheat oven to 240 degrees

In a large bowl sift in the flour and salt.  Using only your finger tips rub in the butter into the flour until all butter is rubbed and it looks like tiny crumbs.

Add sugar, stir in and make a hole in the middle of the mixture.  Pour all milk into the hole and mix in using a butter knife (so the mixture doesn’t stick as easily).  Mix until you have a combined ball with no flour left around the sides of the bowl or the bottom.

Sprinkle the extra flour onto your bench and gently knead out the dough until it is 2-3 cm high.  Using a scone cutter or a glass, dust rim in flour and cut out scone.  Place cut scones on a baking tray touching each other.

Roll your dough off cuts together and cut out more scones until all dough is used.  Should make 12 large scones.  Dust scones with extra flour.

Turn the oven down to 210 degrees and bake scones for about 18 mins until nice and browned.

Serve as fresh as possible with whipped cream and raspberry jam!

scones with jam and cream
scones with jam and cream recipe

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

This cupcake recipe is no-fail!  They are easy and delicious.  You will make them over and over agin, by far one of my most asked for recipes!  Coupled with this chocolate butter icing it is the perfect classic flavour combination.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing
Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing Recipe

RECIPE VANILLA CUPCAKES

3/4 cup castor sugar

2 cups self raising flour

125 grams butter

2/3 cup milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Beat all ingredients together until thick and mixed well.  Normally 2-3 minutes if you use an electric mixer.  The mix should be smooth and a consistent pale colour.

(Occasionally i need to add an extra 2 tablespoons of milk, it seems to be every 3rd time, it may be the size eggs i have used?  But be aware if you use smaller eggs, or the mixture is very thick, add a dash more milk.)

Spoon into patty pans in a muffin tin, bake at 190 degrees for 12 mins.

Bake at 210 degrees if you want peaked tops for 12 mins.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing
Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

RECIPE CHOCOLATE BUTTER ICING

The reason this chocolate icing is better then all other icings is the vanilla essence.  It might sound like a simple or unnecessary addition but once you add it in once you will always add it.  The vanilla takes it to another level in the flavour category!

2 cups icing sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

3 tablespoons soft butter/margarine

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa.

Add milk, vanilla and butter, beat for 2 mins on high until smooth.

Spread on and eat!

If you want to pipe this icing, use 2 tablespoons of milk and butter.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing
Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

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Chocolate Slice

An easy peasy chocolate slice that is yummy and moist!

CHOCOLATE SLICE RECIPE

125 grams of butter

1 dessert spoons of golden syrup

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons of cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup SR Flour

1/2 cup coconut

2 tablespoons milk

Method

In a saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar and syrup.

Allow to cool and then beat in egg.

Stir in sifted flour and cocoa.

Add coconut, milk and vanilla and stir until smooth.

Line your baking tray with baking paper, pour mixture in and smooth with knife or spatula.

Bake in a small slice tin at 180 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes.

 

Best iced while hot.      CHOCOLATE ICING

This recipe makes a lovely smooth glossy icing that “sets”  so great for school lunches and easy to pour over the chocolate slice while still warm.

1 Cup icing sugar

1 tablespoon cocoa

1 tablespoon hot water.

Mix together until smooth and then pour over slice while still warm.

Sprinkle with 100’s and 100’s or coconut!

EAT, EAT and EAT!

 

KIDDIE ROCKY ROAD

Rocky Road Recipe
Rocky Road Recipe
Rocky Road Recipe

This Rocky Road is the best thing I have ever tasted! Rocky Road is always a hit in our family, but for Easter Sunday dessert this year I made it with a twist so that all the kids could eat it, even my anaphylactic niece Phoebe could enjoy it too! By leaving our the nuts, you need a crunch factor which is where I added the rice bubbles. Instead of turkish delight, lolly snakes – truly amazing. It was a clean plate at the end – even the crumbs were eaten which considering it was Easter it proves how good this Rocky Road is.. This Rocky Road is for every choc-oholic! From my 67 year old Dad to my 2 year old niece everyone wanted more – my Dad even asked for the recipe :-)

Rocky Road
Kid Friendly Rocky Road

Ingredients
500 g cooking chocolate
200 g snakes (chopped into 1cm pieces)
100 g marsh mellows (I brought mini’s so I didn’t need to cut them up)
1 cup rice bubbles

Method
1. Melt 100g chocolate – spread a very thin layer onto bottom of the baking tray
2. Melt 300g chocolate – mix in snakes, marsh mellows and rice bubbles – layer on top of the baking tray chocolate.
3. Melt final 100g of chocolate and drizzle on top to join together.
4. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
5. Chop into rough pieces.
6. Enjoy!

rocky road
Baking Tray full of Rocky Road
rocky road
Close up of the delicious rocky road
Rocky Road
Plate full of Rocky Road – ready to be eaten!

TIP – If you are worried about burning your chocolate, I microwave it in 30 second goes, but you can also add 1 dessert spoon of coconut oil to make it easier to work with!

The best chocolate brownie recipe!

Brownie
Brownie

This recipe comes from my sister – she uses this recipe for her son’s tuck-shop. It always sells out! It is an amazingly easy but delicious and moist recipe for brownies!

The moist inside of the delicious brownie
The moist inside of the delicious brownie

Recipe
4 eggs
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups plain flour
250 grams melted butter
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp bi-carb soda

Pre-heat oven
Melt butter, mix together all ingredients.
Pour into lined 20 x 20 cm tin. (I use a pyrex dish)
Bake 50-60 mins at 160 c
dust with icing sugar! EAT quickly before someone else does!

The whole baked slap - won't stay whole for long!
The whole baked slap – won’t stay whole for long!

I told you it was easy! and you won’t be disappointed! The best thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile, add nuts or choc chips or whatever you like! It is truly a lovely easy but moist recipe that you will keep coming back to! It makes for great school lunches but also great dessert with ice cream!

chocolate brownie dessert
chocolate brownie dessert
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