Festive chocolate (Christmas) trees – easy homemade gifts!

Easy festive chocolate Christmas trees

Kipper has four teachers at pre-school. It occurred to me that we probably ought to give each of them a Christmas gift at the end of term. And for whatever insane reason (because really, I have LOADS of time on my hands) I decided the gifts should be homemade.  There …

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Ice-cream puffs (profiteroles)

ice-cream filled profiteroles

The inspiration for this utterly fabulous dessert came from a friend – let’s call her Polly – who, while pregnant, ate an entire box of frozen mini-eclairs, without waiting for them to thaw out first. You can get away with that sort of thing when you’re expecting, but people are generally …

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Nobbly-bobbly spiced chocolate biscoff fruit & nut crispy cake bites

Catchy title, no? Kipper had a friend to stay on a sleepover – you can’t begin to imagine the excitement – and ever neurotic about them running out of fun activities, I came up with far too many things for them to do. (In the event, they mostly just played nicely …

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Vanilla apricot almond blondie bites

Vanilla apricot almond blondie bites

Because Jewish dietary laws prohibit the mixing of milk and meat, or even of eating milk-containing foods for several hours after eating meat, Kosher shops are a treasure trove of dairy-free foodstuffs. Anything marked ‘Parev’  (or ‘Parve’) you can guarantee will be free from any trace of milk or dairy …

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Yummy Mummy bars / Choc-chip banana breakfast oat bars

Yummy mummy banana choc-chip oat bar

My lovely friend had a baby a few weeks ago, but because she lives in London we only managed to go and visit them just now. Lucky Little Person is feasting regularly on finest Mummy Milk, so it seemed only right and proper to take Mummy some calorie-laden, milk-supply-boosting, extra-indulgent …

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Flourless chocolate hazelnut brownie cake

Flourless chocolate brownie cake.

My approach to Pesach baking has always been to avoid the ‘traditional’ Pesach recipes – which tend to replace flour with things like potato starch and matza meal, and have a unique and identifiable ‘Pesach flavour’ – and instead to find recipes which are just inherently kosher for Pesach. There …

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Cheat’s Pesach truffle cake pops – 10 minute dessert!

cheat's truffle cake pops

A couple of years ago someone brought me an Osem Pesach cake, which never got eaten. Seven weeks later, on Shavuot, it was still lurking in the cupboard, taunting me with its very presence every time I looked in there for something else. Action needed to be taken. But what? …

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No-bake chocolate coconut balls – Pesach treats!

Chocolate coconut balls

For a while now, I’ve been browsing various Paleo diet websites and blogs, thinking to myself how these grain-free recipes would be perfect for Pesach. (If you’ve never heard of the Paleo diet, according to Wikipedia, it excludes “grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.” Perfect Pesach fare, …

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Incredible 1-ingredient chocolate mousse!

This is an amazing recipe. It has only ONE ingredient. Can you guess what it is? Can you?  CHOCOLATE. That’s it. Chocolate mousse made entirely from chocolate. No eggs. No sugar. No cream. No nonsense. Just chocolate, whipped into dreamy fluffy billowy smooth mousse. Mmmmm. It manages to be both …

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