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Chocolate Cream Pie

WARNING!
Unlike some of my previous recipes, this one is NOT BANTING FRIENDLY!
Despite all the warnings on social media (which I HAVE taken note of) regarding the dangers of sugar consumption and the addiction properties paralleled with that of cocaine, as an avid runner, I personally feel the need to indulge every now and then in something sweet. Not only does my body need it, but deserves it. Besides gulping down a few litres of Energade or Powerade after a long run, I do enjoy a large chunk of cake or pudding every so often. This particular dessert pie is extremely sweet resulting in only a small piece needed to satisfy those sugary cravings.
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You will need:
150g marshmallows
200g milk chocolate
1pkt Romany creams
1 cup cream
1 cup milk
75g butter
1 chocolate flake
Glazed cherries
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Method:
Combine marshmallows and milk in a saucepan. Stir until marshmallows have melted. Add chocolate and stir until melted and mixture is smooth. Allow to cool.
Crush Romany Creams and stir in the melted butter. Press into a greased pie dish and chill.
Whip cream and fold into the cooled chocolate mixture. Pour into the prepared crust. Decorate with flake and cherries.
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Chocolate Layer Cheesecake

Wow your guests this Easter weekend with a decadent Chocolate Layer Cheesecake which is too simple to make. Chocolate Layered Cheesecake
I’ve made this recipe before (here) but in the form of a Granadilla Cheesecake. The only change I’ve made is to divide the mixture in half before pouring into the biscuit base. Add 80ml good quality cocoa powder to half the mixture. Blend till well combined. Pour the first layer of mixture over the biscuit base and then gently (spoon if you wish) add the cocoa mixture over the top of the classic cheesecake mixture. Bake as per instructions of original recipe.
Chocolate Layered Cheesecake
Chocolate Layered Cheesecake
Chocolate Layered Cheesecake
Garnish with grated dark chocolate.

Chocolate Cake

This cake (not my own but I also can’t remember where I got it from or who gave it to me) is for all the wonderful women I know in my family and of course my friends, especially my best friend of 35 years who lives in the UK. Happy Woman’s Day (SA) for the 9th August.

Click here for the recipe and here for the ganache

Cappuccino Muffins with dark chocolate chips


Muffins come in a vast array of flavours, flavour combinations as well as sizes.  The wide variety makes it so hard to choose which ones to buy that suppliers have packaged mixed trays to give the buyer a delicious assortment.  Muffins have become such a convenient member of the bread family that having a snack with coffee is hassle-free.  I personally prefer to make my own muffins, not only because it’s cheaper, but I can make in bulk, freeze and have them on hand anytime.  I recently tried this recipe which I found in one of my recipe books, “The Ultimate book of baking” (written by Heilie Pienaar) and they are truly delicious and very easy to make.

You will need:
500ml cake flour
15ml baking powder
5ml bicarb of soda
2ml salt
15ml instant coffee powder
2ml cinnamon
80ml sugar
125g dark chocolate chips
1 extra large egg
125g butter (melted)
375ml buttermilk
2ml vanilla essence
Extra chocolate chips for topping

Method:
Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb, salt, coffee powder and cinnamon together.  Add the sugar and chocolate and mix well.
In another bowl, whisk the egg, melted butter, buttermilk and essence together.  Add to the flour mixture and mix lightly with a whisk or spoon until just combined.  Spoon into greased muffin pans filling each to two-thirds full.  Sprinkle chopped chocolate on top and bake in a pre-heated oven at 190 degrees Celsius for 15 – 20 minutes.  Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

Variation:
Omit the coffee powder and add 60ml cocoa powder to the dry ingredients.

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