Himalayan Salt Chocolate Truffles

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Fudge is really big here in the UK. From clotted cream fudge to salted caramel treats. I love fudge and just had to try my hand at making these beautiful fudge truffles. By adding pink Himalayan salt to this recipe I was able to conjure up more depth of flavour. It cut through the sweetness yet lifted the overall taste of the chocolate.

If you haven’t tried this gorgeous flamingo coloured salt, what are you waiting for? Make these today! Do let me know how you all get on. Chat soon. Much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 tin condensed milk
400g dark chocolate
Himalayan salt
Cocoa powder to dust

METHOD

Melt the chocolate in a ban marie on a low heat with the condensed milk. Stir gently as it melts

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Pour into a rectangular dish, level out and then place in the fridge overnight. Sprinkle with crushed Himalayan salt

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In the morning, take a teaspoon full of fudge mixture and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in a dish with cocoa powder making sure all of it is smothered in the luscious cocoa

Repeat with all the fudge mixture. Store in the fridge to retain freshness and shape

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Some Birthday Cake?

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I’ve been wanting to make Lamingtons, for quite some time now but when my son said he wanted a chocolate cake with coconut for MY BIRTHDAY…then that worked for me!  I’m just really happy we like the same sweet things lol!

A massive chunky, glossy ganache covered chocolate fudge cake topped off with naturally crunchy sweet coconut! Ummmm loved it! We all did!

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I had to share some cake with you all…I hope you enjoy it, as much as we did!  Have a beautiful day friends! See you soon! Much love, D x

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Click on the blue link below for the recipe…

My favourite chocolate fudge cake recipe…just top with extra coconut!

Cocoa Banana Sponge

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Cocoa & Banana both from the tropics is an amazing combination! This sponge cake came out super moist, light and airy.

Both my son and his grandfather enjoyed it. It’s great, that it’s low in fat and the moisture and decadence comes from the lush bananas. Do let me know how you like it. Have a wonderful day, much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

150g sugar
2 large ripe bananas mashed
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
50g butter
2 eggs
180g self raising flour

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°c, line and grease a square cake tin

Cream together the sugar and butter in a food processor,  then add in the mashed banana.  Combine well into the mixture

Whizz in the eggs then fold in the flour with the cocoa powder

Pour the mixture into a square cake tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake sponge

Once done, slice snd serve with a little vanilla ice cream

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Mary Berry’s Chocolate Cupcakes

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I adore Mary Berry, the absolute Queen of Baking here in the UK. A beautiful person, so extremely talented and has dedicated her career to help us perfect our home baking. I just know that when I use a “Mary Berry Recipe” I will have fantastic results everytime.

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Here is one of our favourites…I put the chocolate icing onto the cakes whilst they were still warm and this way it melted into a rich chocolate sauce with an ultimate moist cake centre…ummm chocolate heaven!

Enjoy friends…Have a wonderful day! Much love, D x

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE RECIPE
@ http://www.bakingmad.com/mary-berry-chocolate-cupcake-recipe/

INGREDIENTS

CHOCOLATE CAKE
4 tbsp water boiling
40g cocoa powder
3 eggs
175g butter (unsalted) softened
165g caster sugar 
115g self-raising white flour
1 tsp baking powder 

CHOCOLATE ICING
60g butter (unsalted)
30g cocoa powder
3 tbsp milk
250g icing sugar 

METHOD

1. Line two 12-hole muffin tins with paper cases. Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl, pour in the boiling water and mix into a thick paste. Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix with an electric hand whisk (or beat with a wooden spoon)

2. Divide the mixture equally between the 24 paper cases. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for about 10 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. Cool in the cases on a wire

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3. To make the chocolate icing melt the butter and pour it into a bowl. Sift in the cocoa powder and stir in the icing sugar a little at a time to make a glossy and spreadable. If the icing is too thick, gradually add the milk until it reaches the desired consistency. Using a palette knife spread the icing over the cakes and leave to set before serving

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It’s all about the chocolate topping!

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That gooey chocolate topping on a cake or traybake really makes the moist sponge that you’ve prepared sing! You can choose any sponge recipe but one of my favourites is a chocolate sponge recipe by Mary Berry. The chocolate topping recipe is mine which is one I have used time and time again and is delicious even though I say so myself. I sprinkled a generous amount of white metallic sweet pearls on my traybake, to give contrast and make it look pretty! I was in a very girly mood over the weekend! Enjoy, much love D x

INGREDIENTS

For the sponge

50g  cocoa powder
6 tbsp boiling water
100g baking spread or soft butter
275g caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs
125ml  milk
175g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder

For the chocolate ganache topping

200g plain chocolate
180ml double cream light

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METHOD

~ Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 (160C fan).

~ Put the cocoa in a large bowl, add the boiling water and mix until smooth. Add the baking spread or butter and beat into the cocoa until smooth, then add the remaining cake ingredients and mix until combined – this can be done in a mixer or by hand.

~ Pour into the tin, spread evenly and bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until well risen, just firm to the touch and shrinking away from the sides of the tray. Leave to cool completely in the tray

~ For the chocolate ganache topping ~ heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low flame until the chocolate melts

~ Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture until smooth, glossy and thickened. Set aside to cool for 1-2 hours, or until thick enough to spread over the cake

~ Pour the chocolate fans ganache over the top of the chocolate sponge base

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~ Using a palette knife, evenly spread the ganache and set aside in the fridge to set

~ Once set, carefully slice the traybake into 16 equal squares. They are now ready to be served

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Lemon pop pop…poppy seed muffin cakes

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to EVERYONE!  With the start of 2015, I bring you something to sweeten your tastebuds. I have been wanting to make these lemon poppy seed muffins for a long time.  My son always opts for them when we go to Starbucks and are definitely his next favourite after my double chocolate muffins.

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I wanted to add a tart lemon curd in the centre of the muffin but in the end found a great recipe online. I used the base cake recipe, left out the icing and made a lemon drizzle syrup to coat each muffin instead.  This gave the muffin a tantalising sour note with just the right amount of sweet and stickiness!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we are…wishing you all a fantastic 2015! Lots more food coming up here @ ShivaayDelights.com

Until next time! Much love D x

A recipe by Sarah Cook. BBC Good Food

INGREDIENTS

225g self-raising flour
175g golden caster sugar
zest 2 lemons
1 tbsp poppy seeds toasted
3 eggs
100g natural yogurt
175g butter, melted and cooled a little

METHOD

Heat oven to 180°c/160°c fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases

Mix the flour, sugar, lemon zest and poppy seeds together in a large mixing bowl. Beat the eggs into the yogurt, then tip this into the dry ingredients with the melted butter

Mix together with a wooden spoon or whisk until lump-free, then divide between the cases

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Bake for 20-22 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean – the cakes will be quite pale on top still. Cool for 5 mins in the tin, then carefully lift onto a wire rack to finish cooling

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For the Lemon Drizzle syrup

Take the juice of 1 lemon and 5 tablespoons of icing sugar. Melt and stir in a saucepan over a slow heat. Once the sugar has melted..turn off and put aside

Spoon on the warm syrup onto the individual cakes so that they are all shiny and ready to eat

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The Christmas Baking Competition @ ShivaayDelights

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The Christmas Competition on Shivaay Delights starts Today..Inconjuction with Tefal UK who are kindly awarding the winner a new sleek black Tefal Optigrill!

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http://www.tefal.co.uk/Cooking-appliances/Grills/OPTIGRILL-Black/p/7211001633

The COMPETITION is to BAKE CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS. You choose whether you’ll be baking cakes or cookies but it has to be Christmas based. The competition is open to UK residents only…sorry friends abroad!

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How to enter…

Please send your own entry pictures to ShivaayDelights@gmail.com. The competition will be running from Monday 1st December to Monday 8th December 2014

Follow me @ Shivaay Delights Twitter

We will be choosing the top 5 entries, that will then, go to an open vote for all Shivaay Delights friends @ The Facebook Group “Sharing Food With Shivaay Delights” who will choose the final winner and this lucky person will be announced on 11th December 2014

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Rules & Regulations

The competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 years or over, excluding employees and their immediate families (defined as parents, siblings, children & spouse regardless of where they live) of Tefal, its affiliated companies, their agents or anyone professionally connected with this promotion.    

There will be no cash or other alternative to stated prize. The prize is non-transferable and non-refundable. Only one prize per winner per household.

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I can’t wait to see what all of you bake. Please feel free to send me pictures even if you’re not in the UK as I will showcase all on the blog here!

Let’s start Baking!!! Happy festivities all!!!