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Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

This dessert is my idea of decadence – a truly delicious dessert. Due to the ridiculously high fat and sugar content it’s not something I make on a regular basis, but because it’s Easter all bets are off with calorie counting and a few indulgent treats are on the menu.  Besides, anything is always better for you when it’s homemade….

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Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Loaf

I’ve been doing some recipe development for a magazine recently, and they required a recipe for a Zucchini Cake to include in their next issue. I regularly make my Zucchini Pie with Bacon and Cherry Tomatoes, but I can’t say I’ve ever made a sweet zucchini dish. Always one to rise to a challenge, I remembered an old carrot recipe that was given to as a teenager (when carrot cakes were at the height of culinary fashion) and I used it to create this recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Loaf. Like its Carrot Cake counterpart, this is a very moist cake with the goodness of vegetables (in this case zucchinis) hidden in the cake. It’s really delicious served as afternoon tea, or as dessert with fresh strawberries and triple cream. You could ice it with a chocolate ganache, but I reckon it’s perfect just as it is.

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Recipe: Chocolate Liqueur Mousse

An oldy but a goodie, chocolate mousse never goes out of style. It is a perfect dessert for a dinner party as it can be made fully in advance. This adult version has the addition of  liqueur, which of course could be left out but why would you? Any liqueur can be used – use your favourite or experiment for different results. My favourite – Cointreau.

Chocolate Liqueur Mousse

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Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Dessert Cake

Although Easter has just passed us by and we are all chocolated out, I reckon you can never have too much chocolate in your diet. This decadent dessert cake is flavoured with hazelnut meal and Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur. It’s gluten-free, which is welcome news for coeliacs and those who avoid gluten in their diet. This is a great dessert when entertaining, as it can be made way in advance and only needs slicing at serving time.  Serve it with fresh strawberries and cream and a glass of liqueur muscat.
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recipe: chocolate volcanoes

These puddings, which resemble a volcano with molten chocolate oozing out of their shells, are a chocoholic’s dream!  Apart from the beautiful appearance and decadent taste, this is the perfect dessert for entertaining as all the preparation can be done in advance, and all that is required at serving time is baking.

Chocolate Volcano

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