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  1. Boiled Sweets Recipe

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    Boiled Sweets Recipe

    Author: Magdalena Marsden

    This article was last updated on 20 July 2018

     I've always been interested in traditional confectionery - pretty much all of my life I was on a quest for the perfect sweets, chocolates or bonbons. And I was always fascinated about the process of sweet's making and it was partly the reason why I founded Cocoa & Heart few years back. All those demonstrations at seaside sweet's shops of how to make a stick of rock got me thinking, that perhaps I could have a go myself. And I did - successfully - made several batches of boiled sweets and now you can have a go too, following my step by step boiled sweets recipe tutorial.

  2. Chocolate Roulade Recipe

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    Chocolate Roulade Recipe

    This recipe for chocolate roulade looks fairly complex, but I promise you it's not as difficult as you think. Just take your time and don't rush the process and you'll end up with a delicious dessert that taste as good as it looks!

    Chocolate Roulade Recipe

    Ingredients

    200g plain dark chocolate

    200g caster sugar

    7 medium eggs, separated

    300g double cream

    3 tablespoons Cointreau or Grand Marnier

    4 tablespoons of icing sugar for dusting

    Fresh raspberries for decorating (or adding into the roulade)

    spring of fresh mint

     

  3. How to make vegan chocolate

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    how to make vegan chocolate

    I've always been fascinated by the process of making chocolate and whilst in my day job, I usually use already prepared chocolate covertiture, for this recipe I've decided to explore the world of actual chocolate making.

    So, here is how to make a simple vegan chocolate bar with only three basic ingredients. This recipe is of course suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets, but it's also gluten and wheat free and doesn't contain any lactose (milk). So, this is as healthy as chocolate can get! 

  4. Chocolate Buttermilk Cake Recipe

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    Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

    The most delicious, moist and easy to bake chocolate cake with buttermilk. This is my favourite recipe I bake often for my family and friends - it's always a big hit!

    Here is what you need:

    For the cake:

    175g unsalted butter

    1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 

    350g caster sugar

    4 medium eggs separated into egg whites (one bowl) and egg yolks (second bowl)

    100g self-raising flour

    40g cocoa powder

    175g buttermilk

     

  5. Rhubarb Cake Recipe

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    Rhubarb Cake recipe

    I've developed this recipe for rhubarb cake when I was working at Down House - a historic house where Charles Darwin lived for most of his life. We had an amazing garden kitchen which also had a large patch of heritage rhubarb. I wanted to create a recipe that would use the rhubarb as the main ingredients, as we had a bounty of rhubarb every year.

    So, each day during the rhubarb season, I would walk down to the end of the garden as I was finishing my work and cut few stems of rhubarb. I was under strict instructions to make it look like 'nothing was missing', so I would spend a lot of time working out how to cut the best stems that were ready from each cluster. fortunately the head gardener was a great fan of the rhubarb cake!

  6. Vegan Chocolate Icing

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    vegan chocolate icing

    I'm always interested to learn more about how to make things different and always curious about new recipes. This vegan chocolate icing is currently my favourite one! Very simple to make, taste delicious and keeps in the fridge for few days. Obviously it's perfect for vegan diets, but since it's also dairy free, it's suitable for anyone who is trying to cut out dairy from their diets. I've included few different versions of this recipe, since all of them have slightly different taste and will suit different styles of your chocolate cakes. Also if you are sensitive to soya, avoid the first recipe.

    There are few little tricks to make any vegan chocolate icing absolutely delicious.

    First of all if you'd like to enhance the flavour of chocolate in your chocolate icing, use about 1/2 teaspoon (or more if you are making a large batch of icing) of granulated instant coffee (decaf if the icing is for children). dissolve in a tiny amount of boiling or hot water and blend into your icing. The chocolate icing won't taste like a coffee, instead the coffee intensifies the chocolate flavour.