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Fantastic Bake Along – Ode to chocolate

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Happy Saturday everyone!

Like every month, I’m participating in the Fantastic Bake Along hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetday. This month’s host is Tammy from TangleWoodKnots and she decided on chocolate recipes, which was perfect with Valentine’s day. Tami made chocolate peppermint patties but we could all choose our own recipe and so I decided to make choux filled with chocolate mousse. Yum!

The choux recipe is as follow:

  • 130 g flour
  • 200 mL of water
  • 75 g of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs of sugar

Boil the water, butter, salt and sugar in a pot

Pour all the flour in one go and mix on the stove on low heat until the dough becomes dry and forms a ball

Remove from the heat, let cool slightly and add the eggs one by one, making sure to stir well to incorporate into the dough (you really need to work those eggs in hard, or the dough won’t be right)

Make the choux using either a table spoon or a piping bag (I used a zip lock back with one of the corners cut)

Bake at 180°C for 25-30 min or until golden

Making choux might sound a bit hard but it is actually simpler than it seems, and I was super pleased with the result.

The chocolate mousse recipe on the other hand is actually so easy and probably fail proof!

You will need:

  • 100 g chocolate (dark or milk, I used dark for my recipe)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs of sugar

Melt the chocolate (you can do it in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or use the lazy option like I did and melt it in the microwave by using short bursts at max power)

Separate the yolks from the whites

Add the sugar to the yolks and mix with the chocolate

Beat the whites to stiff peaks and incorporate into the chocolate mixture gently as to not make them go down

Put in the fridge for a couple of hours

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All that was left to do was to assemble the choux. I used a sharp knife to make little cuts at the bottom of the choux and then I piped the chocolate mousse into the choux using a piping bag and voila!

Delicious chocolate mousse filled choux!

I would love to see your bakes so don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have participated in this month’s Bake along. I’m already looking forward to next month!

If you are interested in participating, contact Tracy and you can also follow my Pinterest board where I will be adding all the recipes for the Bake Along.

Please also check out the other amazing bakers/cooks normally participating in the Fantastic BAL

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Fantastic Bake Along – Cherry tarts

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Happy Saturday everyone!

Like every month, I’m participating in the Fantastic Bake Along hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetday.

This month is obviously a bit special as it is almost Christmas! Yay! Because of this, Tracy very kindly chose the recipe so that we didn’t have to think about it. Thanks Tracy! ❤️

The recipe for her cherry tarts can be found on her blog as usual and without further ado, here are mine!

I didn’t have shortenings so I used butter instead and I reduced the amount of water because the butter I used made the dough more moist already. I was worried I would be able to find pie filling but I did find pitted cherries in syrup and I’m pretty sure that’s what it was meant to be. Regardless, the tarts are amazingly good and they have been husband approved too! I hope you guys join us for the bake along, I always love reading your comments on recipes and seeing all your delicious food 😊

If you are interested in participating, contact Tracy and you can also follow my Pinterest board where I will be adding all the recipes for the Bake Along.

Please also check out the other amazing bakers/cooks normally participating in the Fantastic BAL

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November wrap up

Happy Saturday everyone!

I hope you all had a great week, it has been busy as ever here! I have actually been taking a small break from blogging with my best friend still being here, as I wanted to make the most of my time with her. This means that I will have to catch up on all your amazing blogs in the next few weeks, which I’m really looking forward to!

So, what did I manage to get done in November? For starters, I managed to put together a little parcel for my stitching santa, organised by Sheila of Sewchet. I really hope that my swap partner loves it as much as I do! I posted a picture on Instagram a couple of weeks ago but here it is again if you have missed it 😊

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I have also received my own swap parcel, and it’s been patiently sitting under my Christmas tree! I just can’t wait for Christmas now!

This month, I have also barely escaped from trolls, made friend’s with Azog the defiler and visited the Shire on an amazing trip to New Zealand!

I did decide to join the NaNo WriMo as well for the first time, and I have to say that it was all great before New Zealand, but I did find it hard to write once there. So in the end, I was quite far from my goal, with almost 15,000 words written this year. I’m still pretty proud to have done it, and I think I will continue to use the site to track my writing, as the hardest thing is to just keep at it. I do also have plenty of plot ideas, so I will definitely keep on writing on this project.

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This month, craft-wise, I have mostly done crochet, and I have finished two shawls, the Liula from Potter & Bloom and the Swaye from Addydae Designs. I have also made a lovey for a new baby girl in the family and I have designed Sandy the sea dragon for the amigurumipatterns.net design contest (voting opens tomorrow, 3rd of December, I will share some more in another post).

I am also super pleased to have joined the Hand Quilt along this month, and I have made some progress on my EPP! I have decided that this will be a baby quilt size, and that I might actually also hand quilt it.

And last but not least, this month saw another very successful Fantastic Bake-Along, themed around the apple! Yum! I decided to make an upside down pie, called a Tarte Tatin in France.

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I hope you all had an amazing month and that you are ready for Christmas!! 🎄🎁screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-9-29-20-pm

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Fantastic Bake-Along – Chilli/Chocolate Bread

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Happy Saturday!

I have missed last month’s bake along, but I’m back to participate in the Fantastic Bake Along hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetday. This time, Tina from Kristabella’s Hodgepodge chose the recipe, and it is chilli/chocolate bread! 😊 You can find the recipe here on Tracy’s blog. I was very excited about this month’s bake along, as my hubby doesn’t like chilli but I love it, so it meant a slightly more selfish bake with all the resulting bread for myself!

Tina’s recipe uses a bread maker, but I just used my trusty Thermomix to make the dough by combining all the elements, then kneaded it and let it rise a first time. I hit a small snag at that point, because the chocolate chips had started to melt into the bread! But that didn’t discourage me, I knead my dough again and I then put it into a pan and waited again for it to rise some more. After approximately 40 minutes of baking, here it was!

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I loved the spiciness of the chilli with the chocolate, it’s just a great combination! 😍 It was actually so good that half the loaf is gone already 😅

If you are interested in participating, contact Tracy and you can also follow my Pinterest board where I will be adding all the recipes for the Bake Along.

Please also check out the other amazing bakers/cooks usually participating in the Fantastic BAL

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Fantastic Bake Along – Whole grain bread

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Happy Monday everyone!

Like every month, I’m participating in the Fantastic Bake Along hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetday. This time, Kathy was choosing the recipe, and it was whole grain bread! Yum! You can find the recipe here on Tracy’s blog. As you may know, I am french and of course I love bread!

I didn’t really have access to all the ingredients that Kathy listed, so I kind of improvised! I decided to make my bread using flax flour and white flour, and I added in some sesame and poppy seeds as well. I used my Thermo to mix in my dough, then kneaded it.

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It was quite dense so didn’t rise as much as normal bread would but I didn’t really mind. After I baked it, it was really nice, maybe not as fluffy as your usual bread but still super tasty!

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It’s really lovely toasted and I am going to enjoy eating it this week for breakfast, with some homemade blackcurrant jam my nana sent!

If you are interested in participating, contact Tracy and you can also follow my Pinterest board where I will be adding all the recipes for the Bake Along.

Please also check out the other amazing bakers/cooks participating in the Fantastic BAL

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Montecaos Recipe

Hi guys!

Lately I have been obsessed with MasterChef! The new season started a few weeks ago and it has really given me the drive to cook and bake more. Today I want to share with you my family’s Montecaos recipe. These little biscuits are originally from North Africa, and my family adopted them and brought them back when they emigrated from Algeria. The good think with those is that they are completely Vegan, and I have found that more and more people don’t eat animal products so it’s a good recipe to bring if you are baking for lots of people and you don’t know if they eat animal products. I have also tried them with a gluten free flour (a mix of rice flour, corn starch and tapioca starch) and they work really well either way!

So let’s get to it! To make around 12 biscuits, you will need:

  • 250g flour
  • 125g sugar
  • 100g peanut oil
  • ground cinnamon or chocolate powder

Preheat the oven on 180°C. The cooking has to be perfect so make sure your oven is at the right temperature before baking any of your biscuits.

Mix the flour and sugar roughly together before adding the peanut oil.

Knead the mixture until you obtain a dough with the consistency of wet sand. It shouldn’t be so wet that it is sticky but it should also stay together quite well.

Roll into small balls of dough and rest on a baking sheet.

When the oven is at 180°C, bake for 5 minutes at 180°. Then, turn the oven down to 150°C and bake for an extra 5 minutes. I normally turn off the oven at this point and let the biscuits in until some of them show cracks at their surface (note that this only happens with the ones made with normal flour, the ones made with gluten free flour don’t normally crack).

Let them cool a little and sprinkle with cinnamon or chocolate powder.

And you have them! Delicious crunchy sandy biscuits 🙂 I made two different batches this time, some with and some without gluten. Can you spot the difference?

If you try them I would love to hear from you and see some pictures maybe 🙂

 

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Nutella recipes

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Hi guys!

Like I said recently, I’m a huge fan of Nutella so I thought that to start February well, I would share a few Nutella recipes with you! I have not only 1 but 2 Nutella recipe books but today I’ll just share two of my favourite recipes.

Coconut and Nutella puff pastries

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Makes about 30

Ingredients: 1 frozen puff pastry sheet – 150g nutella – 15g coconut powder

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven on 180 C
  • De-freeze the puff pastry and spread nutella on it
  • Roll the pastry on itself until half way and do the same thing on the other side (you will have 2 rolls touching in the middle)
  • Place the pastry in the freezer for 30 minutes
  • Cut the pastry in 0.5 cm thick pieces and bake for 15 minutes
  • Half way through the baking, sprinkle coconut powder on top of the pastries

 

Nutella lava cakes

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Makes 4

Ingredients: 140g coconut powder – 80g icing sugar – 40g of melted butter – 1 egg yolk – 100g coconut cream – 3 egg whites – a pinch of salt – 4 tea spoons of nutella

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven on 180 C
  • Mix the coconut powder, the icing sugar, the butter, the yolk and the coconut cream
  • Add the salt to the egg whites and whisk the whites until they form peaks. Add to the coconut batter
  • Grease 4 ramekins and pour the mixture in each of them. Then, add a teaspoon of nutella in the middle and push it underneath the coconut batter (this will prevent it from drying up when you bake it)
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before gently removing them from the ramekins (or you can just eat them straight from the ramekins!

 

That’s it for today! If you would like more Nutella recipes, just let me know in the comments 😉

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Emma

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