Berries and chocolate cake

Everyone in England would probably agree that this has been a long, dark and wet winter. Not particularly cold, just rainy and grey. Despite the daffodils and crocuses in full bloom, there’s still an icy feel in the air and it’s been so windy I often wonder if our fence is going to be blown…

Chocolate & olive oil muffins

Forget about a vegan, alcohol-free and restrictive January. Life is to be enjoyed and that means you should eat a little bit of everything in moderation, including chocolate. These muffins are fluffy, rich, fool-proof and won’t make you feel too guilty. They are made with olive oil and we all know how good olive oil…

Chocolate oat biscuits

Rainy days (and a dodgy knee) mean baking time! So let’s check, what’s in the cupboard? Flour, chocolate, some oats, coconut oil and a lonely egg… I reckon I can make some biscuits. What I am after is crisp on the outside and deliciously chewy in the middle. And these deliver. Plus, they don’t need…

Banana, yogurt and chocolate cake

I had never been a fan of banana cake, the too-moist and almost-mouldy flavour of some banana loafs gives me the cringe. This hearty banana cake is a great way to use up any leftover bananas.  It’s quite light in texture and colour, unlike most banana cakes, and the chocolate pieces complement the banana flavours. The riper the…

Peanut butter cups

When we were little, holidays abroad meant two things: fun (of course) and being able to get (and stash) tons of sweets and chocolates. Reese’s were one of those. How I went through handfuls of Reese’s without feeling unwell is beyond me. While I am much more selective with the quality of sweets I eat these days, I still reminiscence…

Mocha cake

Coffee and chocolate is a pretty amazing combination. Nutty, caramel and warming.  Two bitter and rich flavours that really compliment each other. So for when you want options to the classic coffee and walnut, or the indulgent tiramisu, this cake will give you a subtle double caffeine kick. The sponge is made with olive oil, making it very light and fluffy….

Double chocolate cookies

Double. Chocolate. Cookies. And I am ALL in. These cookies are extra chocolatey and satisfying, but not super sweet.  Thank you dark chocolate! The batter is quite liquid, almost like cake mixture, but that’s how it’s meant to be, don’t panic. You just scoop it out on to the baking parchment, and bake. No shaping with your hands,…

Double chocolate brownies

I hadn’t made brownies for quite a while, mainly because I had been baking other things. Last weekend, I made a small batch of peanut butter and honey muffins for brunch, and they were light and full of flavour. I then decided to make a second batch on Sunday, failing massively: these muffins were dense, stodgy and…

Nutty chocolate truffles

Making truffles isn’t really baking as it doesn’t involve an oven, but it’s a dessert that looks impressive and pleases crowds. While it doesn’t take very long to make, you will need at least 4 hours of chilling time before you can shape the truffle mix into balls. Truffles can be transformed into a delicate…

Chocolate torte

It looks like our gluten free trial is about to become our household’s new regime. I have to admit it’s sometimes challenging (especially when eating out), but I have taken on the challenge to make it feel very natural and effortless in the kitchen. I realise that I’ve been making this smooth and indulgent chocolate…