Recipes

Easter Treats: Cornflake Cakes

For me, you can’t have Easter without Cornflake cakes! …or Krispie Cakes, for those who prefer the Rice Krispie version πŸ™‚

This is a very loose definition of the word “recipe” because I only really have one measured ingredient, but these cakes are divine and so simple to make! They’re perfect to make with children and could be decorated in any way they want to.

I made 18 cakes from this mixture but probably could have got 20 with a few more Cornflakes in the mix.

Ingredients:
230 g milk chocolate (I used Cadbury Dairy Milk)
Cornflakes (or Rice Krispies if you prefer them!)
Mini Eggs

1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water. Make sure it doesn’t go past the melting point and turn to crumb.

2. When the chocolate has melted, and is lump-free, add the cornflakes! I guessed by eye on the quantity to add – shake some in, stir and fold them into the chocolate then add some more until you get the chocolate coverage that you want πŸ™‚ You could also add raisins, nuts or dried fruits at this stage if you wanted something a bit different – I prefer mine with just the chocolate and cornflakes though!

3. Spoon the mixture into paper cases. I place mine into a cupcake tray for ease of carrying and to keep the cases more rigid while the chocolate sets.

4. Lightly press one Mini Egg into the top of each cake then put them somewhere cool to set. Don’t put them in the fridge as chocolate shouldn’t be stored that way – it can become tasteless and also too solid to bite into later!

5. When the chocolate has set, enjoy the tasty treats! πŸ™‚

You can make these cakes more “posh” for the adults by changing the ingredients a little. Check out my Posh Cornflake Cakes post for a simple way to make them more sophisticated!

Recipes

Eggless Chocolate Orange Mousse

A while ago I came across a Nigella Lawson recipe for Eggless Dark Chocolate Mousse, tried out by US Masala. They looked delicious but for me the ultimate chocolate mousse has to have something extra… orange!

So I amended the recipe to give me a chocolate orange fix, but the great thing is that you could add anything you like in there – try some kahlua for a coffee flavour, or for a non-alcholic route try coffee flavouring, or even add more vanilla extract, or mint flavouring…whatever added extra that you like πŸ™‚

For me though, it will always be orange in chocolate!

Makes: 4-6 (I got 5 portions, in small cocktail glasses, and I think they were the perfect size)
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 1-2 hours

Ingredients:
270 g (3 cups) mini marshmallows
50 g (2 oz) unsalted butter
255 g (9 oz) dark chocolate drops (or a bar broken into pieces)
60 ml (1/4 cup) hot water
250 ml (1 cup) whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp Cointreau (Grand Marnier would also work well, or 1 tsp of orange flavouring)

1. Put the butter, water, marshmallows and chocolate drops into a saucepan and heat until melted together. Stir every now and then to prevent sticking and to stop the chocolate from burning as it melts.

2. When thoroughly melted, set aside to cool to room temperature. I transferred the mixture to a bowl to help it cool faster.

3. Whip the cream with the vanilla extract until thick.

4. Add the Cointreau (or any other flavouring that you like!) to the chocolate mixture and stir well. Now fold in the cream until you have a smooth consistency.

5. Pour, or spoon (I used a ladle!), the mixture into glasses or small bowls and put in the refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours, or until you want to eat them! I left mine for 1.5hrs, while we cooked and ate dinner πŸ™‚

6. Eat and enjoy! I decorated the top of each mousse with a few mini marshmallows and chocolate drops. You could use a couple of coffee beans, or a sprig of mint, or even some orange segments for different looks depending on what you added to the mousse!

This was one of the best chocolate desserts that I’ve tasted! So easy to make and the texture and consistency is just perfect. The marshmallows add a nice sweetness so this isn’t a bitter dish at all, even with the dark chocolate in there. I will definitely be making this again!

This will be my blog post for the Hearth And Soul Blog Hop, a recipe hop that happens every Tuesday πŸ™‚

Life

Little Tub Of Love

Monday was one of those days where noone wanted to cook, so it was decided after a quick pit-stop at the supermarket for some cat food (I didn’t think the cats would want to cook either!) that we would be ordering something in.

While I was in the supermarket though I spotted a lonely little lovetub – it was the last one in the chiller and on special offer too, how could I possibly refuse?! …The fact that it was chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate didn’t even come into it. …well ok, maybe a little πŸ˜‰

I’d never heard of, nor seen, lovetubs before. The one left in the chiller was chocolate pudding but they also do a caramel pudding (so their website says).

After a short burst in the microwave, per their instructions, it was ready to eat and I found it to be really nice πŸ™‚

Before:

After:

It did get a little bit too sweet at the start until I mixed the sauce and cake together into a sort of mashed-up goo…then it was really tasty! Easily enough for 2 people, but not 2 chocoholics lol! I am unashamed to say I ate the whole thing to myself and because you eat it out of the tub, there was only a spoon to wash up! Bonus.

Life

Tea For… Three

Well, hot chocolate actually πŸ™‚

Yesterday my Mom and I went to meet a friend (my best friend’s Mom, who also happens to be my Mom’s friend) for coffee in the morning. I’m not fond of hot coffee so that quickly turned into orange juice for me… and then we added scrambled eggs, toast and a croissant. Good “coffee” hehe.

I’ve never had many female friends, I don’t know why that is because the female friends I do have are really close to me and I love spending time with them. So yesterday was a lot of fun πŸ™‚ We had a wander around the Christmas displays at a local garden center, then the craft products and then went to another garden center for “coffee”…which turned into hot chocolate with cream, marshmellows and a fruit scone with clotted cream and jam. Bliss πŸ™‚ and I felt…girly. Well, maybe womanly is more the right word to use.

Growing up, my best friend and I have gone out to loads of different places together and we’d have a drink together while shopping, or meet in a coffee shop before heading off somewhere else together. But it seems to be a sort of milestone in a woman’s life where meeting for coffee IS what you do with friends, not just something you do with them before going somewhere else together.

It reminds me of a recent post in Serendipitous’s blog. I seemed to go from “miss” to “madam” overnight – I don’t even remember when it happened, I just remember hearing someone call me “madam” one day and feel…disheartened. Why? I’m not entirely sure. I try not to put much emphasis on age but again it’s one of those milestones that I suppose I didn’t think would be happening in my twenties.

My best friend and I used to joke about how far away 30 was, and now it’s only next year. Perhaps we should meet for coffee.

Life

Pop-tastic!

For the Christmas holiday season Terry’s have come up with a variation on their normal Chocolate Orange and invented the Volcanic Popping Candy Chocolate Orange!

This excited me a lot! Maybe more than it should have, but I remember as a child how much fun popping candy was and being really excited if I had a bag of poprocks. We didn’t seem to have the urban legend in England about poprocks and cola making you explode. Or maybe we did and I just never heard it. Either way, the power of popping candy and chocolate (that’s a powerful mix!) called out to me and made me put one in my shopping trolley for Christmas.

It didn’t make it to Christmas.

It lasted maybe a week in the cupboard before I had to “test” it to make sure it did have a good pop going on in there! Terry’s have done a good job, it has a decent amount of popping candy in there and was a lot of fun to eat. Not to mention the fact that it’s a Chocolate Orange, which is great anyway!

So I’m off tomorrow to buy another for Christmas… or maybe for Halloween …or maybe for Saturday.