A Chocoholics Guide To Oven Baking

BrowniesMmm… chocolate, an indulgently sweet treat that many of us enjoy regularly (sometimes a little too regularly). At least Chocolate Week, which runs from the 14th to the 20th October, gives us a completely viable excuse to indulge ourselves in devouring the luxuriously delicious confectionary.

In fact we’re so hungry, let’s skip the history lesson and go straight to the chocolate-themed recipes. But if you’d like to know more about the facts behind Chocolate Week then you can visit the occasion’s official website for more information.

Cuckoo For Chocolate Cake

  • 300g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 100g soft butter
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tbsp boiling water
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder

 

For the icing/filling:

  • 150g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 55g Chocolate sprinkles
  • Pot of chocolate spread
  • 2 Packets of mini eggs
  • 150ml double cream
  • Icing sugar

 

Begin by preheating the oven to 180oC (fan ovens 160oC) or gas mark 4 and grease two large sandwich tins. In order to make removing the cake much easier later on, you could also line the tin with baking paper.

Mix the boiling water and cocoa powder together in a large bowl to form a paste, then add the remaining ingredients then beat them together well.

Divide the cake mix into the two tins and bake for roughly half an hour, until the mix has fully risen in both tins.

Whilst you’re waiting for the cakes to bake, put the chocolate and cream together in a bowl before putting it over a pot of simmering water until the mix has melted. Stir occasionally to ensure it mixes together properly. The minute it is ready it’s ready, set it to one side before leaving it to cool.

Now back to the cakes. Once they’re baked, remove both of them from the oven and let them cool down. As soon as  they’re both nice and cool, slice the top off one cake and remove it from the tin. Coat the top of the (now flat) cake in half of the chocolate spread.

Remove the second cake from the tin, place it on top of the first and layer the remainder of the chocolate spread over the cake. Next, decorate with chocolate sprinkles, mini eggs and icing sugar. Serve up in slices or eat it all yourself. We won’t judge.

‘Orange’ You Glad For These Brownies?

  • 70g butter
  • 60g sugar
  • 25g orange dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder

 

Preheat the oven to 180oC (160oC fan ovens) or gas mark 4 and grease a square tin.

Rest a cooking bowl over a pot of simmering water and spoon in the butter. Then break up the chocolate then add this to the mix as well. When the ingredients are completely melted together, take the bowl off the pot and keep mixing until smooth.

Add all the other ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly, then pour the mixture into the pan.

Ensure it is evenly spread as well as levelled before placing into the oven to bake for around 25 minutes, when the mix should have risen and will feel firm around the edge.

Let the brownies cool for 15 minutes (make sure to do this, as they are still cooking at this stage) before slicing them into pieces and serving them up. Enjoy!

Tantalisingly Tasty Truffles

  • 300g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 70g butter
  • 300ml double cream
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • zest from ½ an orange
  • pinch of sea salt

 

Begin by heating the cream in a small saucepan. Once it’s simmering, take it off the heat and put in the butter alongside the chocolate. Add the brandy, orange zest and salt, ensuring you continue to stir the mix until it’s consistent.Truffles

Cover the pan and leave it in the fridge until the mix becomes firm.

When it comes to actually creating the truffles, use a spoon to mould the mixture into small balls, and then use your hands to smooth them out. If your hands get too sticky, coat them in flour to stop the chocolate from rubbing off onto them.

Dust the truffles with cocoa powder before enjoying your delectable treats there and then.

Why not try these out for yourselves over the next week and let us know how it goes over on our Facebook wall? We can’t wait to see your delicious results!