Lauren Gemmell

Food, Fitness, and Technology

Tag: chocolate

Easter Mini Egg Chocolate Tiffin Recipe

My Mum makes Chocolate Tiffin every Christmas, and every year I promise that I will steal her recipe and make it for myself. I always forget.

However when I was thinking about recipes that I could make in the evenings after work, chocolate tiffin came to mind as it’s simple and it doesn’t involve the oven and timings and stress.

Easter Mini Egg Chocolate Tiffin

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The Connoisseur, Extra Thick Chocolate Easter Egg

I was lucky enough to receive a “The Connoisseur” Easter Egg from Hotel Chocolat, earlier this month to try.

The box was impressive, highlighting the quality of the chocolate within, no thin cardboard boxes here. This chocolate egg is well protected.

Boxed Connoisseurs Extra Thick Easter Egg

This isn’t your average run of the mill chocolate easter egg, it is an extra thick dark chocolate easter egg.

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Chocolate and Cherry Christmas Cake

At the end of December I wrote a post about how I had stopped cooking and baking during the stress of planning a wedding. How I had resolved to get myself back into it using a list of techniques and dishes I wanted to create by the end of 2012. Needless to say I can’t strike a single thing off of that list.

My first year as a married woman has not been spent as a domestic goddess, with apron on, baking delicious treats and warming homely dinners. While it is extremely unlikely I will ever be that woman, I can always hope (and pursue) more of a life/work balance for the next year.

However there was one thing that shines out above all others on the list, to bake, marzipan and ice a cake.

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Coffee Risotto

Since I became a food blogger there have been many ways I have found out about new recipes, reading other food blogs is just one of them.

Coffee Risotto

I first heard about Coffee Risotto when looking at the search keywords that people had used to find my blog. I get a lot of search hits for coffee recipes (usually coffee flavoured muffins or coffee macaron recipes) but occasionally I get something more interesting – something that sparks off a new idea.

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Chocolate Easter Eggs

Chocolate Easter Egg, with bow and chicks

Chocolate Easter Egg, with bow and chicks

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Beetroot and Choc Chip Muffins

Usually when I feel compelled to eat my baked goods it is because they taste good. While this is also true for these Beetroot Muffins, there is also a more sinister reason.

Beetrax, the Beetroot Muffin

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Chocolate Buns : Fresh from the Oven

In true Coffee Muffins style I yet again forgot about the posting date for the Fresh from the Oven challenge. However at least this time I remembered to make it before deadline day! This months challenge was hosted by Chele.

Chocolate Bun

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Pistachio Macarons for MacTweets

This month the challenge for MacTweets was “do something or add something you’ve never done but always wanted to try!”. As if making macarons wasn’t hard enough!

I decided that the next stage in my macaron learning was to move on from ground almonds and try a different type of nut. My favourite nut to snack on is pistachios, I don’t do it often as they are so often coated in salt, but when I do I am in heaven. So I made Pistachio Macarons with Chocolate ganache.

Pistachio Macarons Close Up

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Chocolate and Cherry Dobos Torte: Daring Baker's Challenge

It’s that time of the month again, where I realise that although I did my Daring Bakers Challenge weeks ago, I need to dig out the pictures and dredge the bottom of my memory to make some sort of intelligent comment.

My final torta

The August 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonful of Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. They chose the spectacular Dobos Torte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers’ cookbook Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caff├ęs of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

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Daring Bakers: Marshmallow Cookies

The July Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

My marshmallow cookie, with jam

My marshmallow cookie, with jam

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