Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Happy Saturday all! Today’s recipe is Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins – and let the festive season begins! ๐Ÿ˜€

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

As you can see these Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins are loaded with chocolate, like lots of it so that’s enough of a good reason for me to make them this festive season. They’re one of the simplest muffins I’ve ever made. It only takes 15 minutes for them to cook. I think it actually takes more time to make them look like Christmas trees. I used some desiccated coconut hoping to make them look like snowy Christmas trees. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s a great way t get your kids involved and leave them to decorate the muffins. They probably won’t look like Christmas trees at the end but that’s ok. ๐Ÿ˜€ This reminds me, I should make some Christmas cookies as my kids love decorating them.

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

No matter how healthy we’re trying to be, it’s this time of the year again and there’s always something sweet and naughty to try so that’s a tricky task. Seriously, what’s Christmas without some indulgent food (ok, probably too much of it). But hey, there’s January, it’s usually when people make their New Year’s resolutions so it’s a good time to get back in shape. ๐Ÿ™‚ Till then, let’s just try to find a healthy balance.

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Here’s how to make the Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Ingredients

  • 100g flour
  • 100g sugar
  • 2eggs
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 300g hazelnut chocolate spread
  • 300g cream cheese
  • 2tbsp instant coffee
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • desiccated coconut for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190ยฐC.
  2. In a bowl, mix the eggs and sugar. Add the flour, baking powder and oil. Mix well.
  3. Mix the instant coffee with 3tbsp of water and add it to the bowl.
  4. Empty the muffin mixture in a grease muffin tray and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  5. Leave the muffins to cool down.
  6. Gently cut their tops and put on a side. Mix the chocolate and cream cheese together and using a piping bag swirl some chocolate, add the lid and add more chocolate.
  7. Decorate as you wish and sprinkle some desiccated coconut.
  8. Enjoy!
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Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

I hope you guys like this recipe as much as we did. Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes coming in the next few days. Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend and treat yourself with some delicious food. xx

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Pumpkin & Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Happy Monday guys! Today’s recipe is Pumpkin & Chocolate Biscuit Cake – so creamy, chocolatey and simply irresistible!

Pumpkin & Chocolate Biscuit Cake

I’m telling you guys, this cake is just perfection – biscuit layers, with mascarpone and cream, pumpkin & of course, lots of chocolate. Oh, and on top – my fav caramelized pecans. We really enjoyed this cake and I honestly had a bit too many pieces, but it really was amazing.

It’s also so simple to make, I actually used digestive biscuits for the layers, soaked in some strong espresso & brandy mix. So no flour, no baking, no fuss really. The other main ingredients are the mascarpone & cream mixture, pumpkin and some chocolate spread (like a jar of it ๐Ÿ˜€ ). This beautiful cake was topped up with some caramelized pecans for a crunchy finish.

Pumpkin & Chocolate Biscuit Cake

I have originally seen the recipe in a website and I thought this all sounded pretty delicious so I couldn’t wait to try it. I’ve changed quite a few thing but I got the main idea from there.

Pumpkin & Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Here’s how to make the Pumpkin & Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Pumpkin & Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Pumpkin & Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Ingredients

  • 400g tea biscuits or similar
  • 200ml espresso
  • 50ml brandy
  • 300 pumpkin, cooked
  • 500g Mascarpone
  • 200ml double cream
  • 100g sugar
  • 300g chocolate spread
  • 100g pecans
  • sugar for caramelizing

Instructions

  1. Mix the coffee and brandy.
  2. In a bowl, mix the Mascarpone, cream & sugar.
  3. Dip the biscuits in the coffee mixture and start making a layer - biscuits first, pumpkin, chocolate & finally the Mascarpone layer. Repeat.
  4. Place the pecans in a pan, add a bit of sugar and caramelize them for a few minutes. Add on top of the cake.
  5. Refrigerate for at least three hours.
  6. Enjoy!
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What I really love about this cake is that the more it stays in the fridge, the tastier it gets. The biscuits really soften and soak the espresso & brandy mixture. It tastes so much better in a few days time (not that anyone could wait that long :-D).

Pumpkin & Chocolate Biscuit Cake

I hope you guys love this recipe as much as we did. Stay tuned for more yummy recipes coming very soon. I’m really into party/festive recipes at the moment ( 7 weeks till Christmas yay!) so make sure to check my blog. I promise they’ll be very tasty and simple to make and your friends and family will simply love them. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you don’t want to miss a post, simply hit the subscribe button. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you all have a lovely and productive week. xx

Pumpkin & Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Raspberry Chocolate Pie

Happy Sunday folks! Today’s recipe is Raspberry Chocolate pie – moist and chocolatey, this pie is a perfect treat for you Sunday!

Raspberry Chocolate Pie

I hope you all are having a great weekend so far! I myself had a super fun Saturday at a local farm picking some veg. The kids absolutely loved the idea of picking their own veg and then getting to help me cook them later. Seriously, freshly picked beetroot makes amazing veg chips. I should probably share the recipe with you (it’s no rocket science really, but there are a few tips and tricks) ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, I make them in the oven so they’re much healthier, tastier and cheaper too than the shop bought chips. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and the kids love them!

Raspberry Chocolate Pie

I really don’t know how come we haven’t done this earlier. The farm itself was beautiful with great restaurant where they served really delicious food. My favourite place though was the farm shop. Now, I’ve been to quite a few of those and to be honest wasn’t that much impressed for various reasons. But this particular shop, oh I was in heaven! ๐Ÿ™‚ First of all, it was very spacious, with lots of different counters filled with gourmet items. I honestly can’t stop thinking about it and about the items I’m getting next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Raspberry Chocolate Pie

Let’s go back to the recipe now…

The Raspberry Chocolate Pie is super moist and chocolatey, you couldn’t resist. The raspberries add this amazing berry hint that is just divine with chocolate. The recipe is super simple, all you need is some flour, chocolate, eggs, sugar and raspberries. I’m not a very good baker myself so I always look for the easiest baking recipes and this one is definitely such. All you have to do is mix everything together and bake. ๐Ÿ™‚

Raspberry Chocolate Pie

Here’s how to make the Raspberry Chocolate Pie

Raspberry Chocolate Pie

Raspberry Chocolate Pie

Ingredients

  • 200g raspberries
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 150g sugar
  • 150g butter, melted
  • 200g dark chocolate, melted
  • 1tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, start combining the dry ingredient together and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  2. Mix well. Combine the two bowls and mix again till a smooth consistency.
  3. Gently add the raspberries and stir the mixture thoroughly.
  4. Empty the pie mixture in a greased baking tray and place in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.
  5. Enjoy!
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Raspberry Chocolate Pie

I hope you guys love this recipe. Stay tuned for more quick and easy recipes coming next week! Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of your Sunday with some tasty homemade food, hopefully! ๐Ÿ™‚

No Bake Coconut Milk Chocolate Sweets

Happy Tuesday all! Today’s recipe is No Bake Coconut Milk Chocolate Sweets – indulgent and easy to make treat especially for those of you who love coconut! There’s lots of it! It’s actually the main ingredient. ๐Ÿ™‚

No Bake Coconut Milk Chocolate Sweets

I didn’t add any sugar but there’s a bit of milk chocolate in there, not that much really. Also I used coconut oil (quite a lot of it) for even more intense coconut flavour. And for helping these sweets to stick together. The almonds I put are more like a decoration but they gave a nice crunch to the sweets. Really basic recipe but sooo delicious. It reminded me of my favourite chocolates ย (Lindt, the coconut bonbons), mineย tasted as good as them, I promise!

No Bake Coconut Milk Chocolate Sweets

Here’s how to make these No Bake Coconut Milk Chocolate Sweets

No Bake Coconut Milk Chocolate Sweets

No Bake Coconut Milk Chocolate Sweets

Ingredients

  • 200g coconut, desiccated
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 3tbsp coconut oil
  • raw almonds for decoration

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Make small balls and arrange them on a tray.
  4. Add an almond on each of the sweets and press gently to stick the almond.
  5. Refrigerate for an hour.
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No Bake Coconut Milk Chocolate Sweets

I can’t believe Easter is over and there’s another week off coming that I need to start planning and organising about. I’m talking about the Summer half-term. I do hope the weather will be much better than it is now so we could spend more time outside. And April is almostย gone! Seriously? The time does fly. Sometimes I just wish to stop that ( especially the fact that the kids are growing so fast, too fast I’d say). But this is what life is bout, right! OK, I think I need to move back to the recipe now.

This is one of the laziest and tastiest sweets I’ve made. I’m not really into baking and making sweets (on the other side I bake every week), but as we all have sweet tooth I have to make sweet stuff too. Baking is quite precise, isn’t it. Well, I’m the opposite. That’s why baking and me don’t get along (sometimes). ๐Ÿ™‚

No Bake Coconut Milk Chocolate Sweets

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Stay tuned for more simple and delicious recipes!

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bites

Happy Friday! Today’s recipe – Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bites! The weekend is nearly here and for those of you who’d like a treat, this isย the perfect recipe – indulgent chocolate & fresh raspberries…yum…

It’s quite similar to the Raspberry & Basil Chocolate Ganache Bites which you can find here –ย Basil Chocolate & Fresh Raspberries Ganache Cakeย but different at the same time.

There’s a crunchy biscuit layer, cheesecake layer and then the chocolate ganache layer. It is delicious! And it’s a great way to use the summer berries!

Here’s what you need.

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bites

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bites

Ingredients

  • 200g fresh raspberries
  • 300gdigestive biscuits, crushed
  • 400g mascarpone
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 2tbsp powder sugar
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 1 cup double cream

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine the biscuits and butter and layer them in a baking tray. Refrigerate.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the mascarpone, sour cream, powder sugar and raspberries. Mix well.
  3. Spread the cheesecake mixture on top of the biscuits layer.
  4. Finally, make the chocolate ganache, using the bain marie method, gently melt the chocolate and the add the cream. Leave on a side to cool down.
  5. Add the chocolate ganache on top of the cheesecake and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Cut into small bites when serving.
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Enjoy!

Tip: I love the combination of white chocolate and raspberries, so next time why not try making white chocolate ganache instead!