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I have never made home made chocolates before and I found this recipe from one of my team mates in the recipe swap I’m in this month. It immediately caught my eye as it is good for people who can not take a lot of dairy as my brother, so I thought I would try it. Well my whole family love ginger and this has an absolutely wonderful gingery kick to it. I used very expensive swiss chocolate for both mixing with the ginger and also for coating, so they were extra gourmet and totally indulgent. To read more reviews on this recipe please click here. I will say when processing the ginger mix, do not over process, I did and thought they would have been much better with some more small ginger chunks in them.

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Ingredients

250g Ginger biscuits
400g Crystallized ginger
100g Chocolate (I used creamy milk chocolate)
300g Chocolate, for coating. (I used dark chocolate)

Method

1. Pulverize the biscuits in your food processor until fine crumbs.

2. Add the ginger and process 30 seconds, re-arrange and process another 30 seconds.

3. Add the chocolate, broken into small pieces, and process until it all comes together in a tacky ball.

4. Spread on a tray and refrigerate until you can easily roll it into small balls.

5. Put the balls on baking paper, and return to fridge overnight.

6. Melt the extra chocolate and dip each ginger ball to coat, refrigerate until hardened.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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This mousse is so very rich and so very good. I tagged this one to make about a week ago and just got round to it on the weekend to take to a family BBQ. It is a truly sinful dessert and totally indulgent, but worth every bite. My whole family thought it was very yummy although all said it is not something you could eat to much of as it is very rich. I am the first person to make and review this recipe but did not change a thing. I have never made mousse before so followed the instructions to the tee which were very easy to follow in fact the whole recipe was easy peasy to make. To view the original recipe please click here. Tisme the chef of this one has some great recipes ans I have tried several, so I would definitely check out more of hers, if you go look at this one.

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Ingredients

125g Cream cheese, softened
1/2 Cup caster sugar
1 Cup cream
2 Eggs, separated
1 Teaspoon gelatine dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water
200g Dark chocolate, melted
100g Toblerone chocolate, chopped finely
1/2 Tablespoon brandy
Chocolate, and cream for decoration

Method

1. Beat cream cheese, sugar and cream until smooth.

2. Add egg yolks, gelatine mixture and melted chocolate, mix until all ingredients are well combined.

3. Beat egg whites to soft peaks and gently fold into chocolate mixture with Toblerone, add brandy.

4. Pour into small dishes and chill for 4 hours.

Decorate with extra chocolate and cream if desired.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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This is the easiest chocolate cake I have ever made I am not the craziest about baking as it is something I have never really enjoyed doing but this was fantastic. I did ice mine with frosting and I then sprinkled coconut flakes over instead of icing sugar. I have saved this one, as my family loved it and I do not mind making this regularly because it is not time consuming at all. If you would like to view the original recipe please click here.

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Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups unsifted flour
1 Cup granulated sugar
1/3 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon vanilla essence
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 Cup sunflower oil
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon icing sugar (I didn’t bother with this as I iced mine with chocolate frosting)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / 375°F.

2. Grease and flour a 20 cm cake tin.

3. Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

4. Make a well in the centre of the mixture, and add the vanilla essence, vinegar and oil, then gradually stir in the water.

5. Continue stirring until thoroughly blended, but do not over-mix.

6. Pour all of the batter into the cake tin, and bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake, comes out clean.

7. Do not over bake, the secret to this cake is its moistness.

8. Cool in the in on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then transfer the cake from the tin to the rack, to cool completely.

I iced mine with frosting and sprinkled coconut over the top.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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This is another competition entry and I think this one is real special as it is my youngest entry so far. This one comes from Leah who is 9 years old and lives in Australia. Thank you so much for entering Leah and your cake was yummy, I love your photo too.

Ingredients

Candied Orange peel

1 orange
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water


Cooked pie crust

Store bought Pie crust is fine (you can make your own if you like)


Filling

1 cup cornflakes
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped (Milk chocolate can be used)
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur


Method

For candied orange peel

1. Using vegetable peeler, remove peel (orange part only) from orange in strips. Cut strips into matchstick-size pieces and place in small saucepan. Cover with cold water; bring to boil. Cook 30 seconds; drain.

2. Rinse saucepan; add 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and peel. Stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer until peel is translucent and syrup is thick, about 20 minutes.

3. Using a fork, transfer peel to plate and cool. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and store at room temperature.)

For filling

1. Toss cornflakes, sugar, and cinnamon in small bowl. Chop all but 2 strips of peel. Sprinkle chopped orange peel, then cornflake mixture over bottom of prepared crust.

2. Place cream in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to simmer. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth; mix in Grand Marnier. Pour into crust.

3.Refrigerate until filling is firm, at least 3 hours. Garnish with remaining 2 orange peel strips. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover loosely with foil and keep refrigerated.)

Using sharp knife, gently loosen crust from pan sides. Remove pan sides. Cut tart into wedges; serve cold.

All photo’s taken by me unless otherwise stated. Except in this case as I have included the picture of Leah.

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