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Cheat’s Chocolate Soufflé

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A simple and impressive dessert, perfect for any occasion or just because you want dessert on a Tuesday! A chocolate lover’s delight, it really needs no accompaniment other than a spoon…

Chances are if you’ve been to my house for a meal, you’ve eaten this dessert. And in all those times, with all those people, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love it. Who wouldn’t?! Imagine a small amount of the lightest, most delicate, warm chocolate sponge around the outside, and then in the middle a warm, velvety smooth, rich, liquid chocolate centre. It’s like the centre of a Lindt chocolate, but warm and somehow lighter. Just perfect in my book.

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This dessert is part soufflé, part chocolate fondant. I’ve called it a Cheat’s Chocolate Soufflé as although the ingredients and baking method are right for a soufflé, the end result (what with that gloriously rich chocolate centre oozing away) is more like a fondant. However, unlike a chocolate fondant, this dessert does not require the hair-raising moment of trying to turn it out of its tin in one piece. It’s just the dish, a spoon, and you.

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So now we’ve established what this dessert is, how can it be ‘easy’?! I promise it is… in essence, it is melted chocolate and butter mixed with egg yolks, with fluffy egg white folded in (and trust me, you can knock all the air out of your egg whites and the end result will still be fantastic) – all kid’s play really! The trickiest bit, honestly, is baking them for the first time. This is a real test of how temperature accurate your oven is. Don’t be disappointed if on the first try you’re not left with enough of the liquid centre… next time (and I promise, there will be a next time once you’ve tried it), just reduce your cooking time by 2 minutes, and I promise they’ll be perfect.

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So, if you know a chocolate lover or just need something to hit the spot, give this a go. I promise you won’t be dissapointed!

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Amaretti and Raspberry Brownies

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For Meg…

The chocolatiest, moistest, most delicious, decadent brownies ever. With fresh raspberries and crumbled amaretti biscuits, it takes the humble brownie to a whole new level of awesomeness.

We went up to stay with my brother and his girlfriend, Meg, for the weekend in their new house. I asked if they had any baking requests, and Meg told me all about these brownies. They originate from Jamie’s Italian, and Meg described them as the best brownie she had ever eaten. Well, challenge accepted!

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Moist from tons of chocolate and fresh raspberries, these are gooey to the max making them ideal for dessert. Almonds and raspberries are a classic, delicious combination; added to rich chocolate, all the flavours are enhanced and it creates the most decadent brownies. I love raspberries (in case you didn’t already notice from my many raspberry related posts!) and they pair brilliantly with dark chocolate. This recipe is no exception – the tart raspberries cut through the sweetness, leaving you feeling as though there is always room for another piece…

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I know I said in my last brownie post that there was no need to ever look for another brownie recipe, but even the most brilliant people can admit when they were wrong! For a dessert brownie this recipe really is fantastic, as it is much gooey-er than my go to recipe. This is from a lot of melted chocolate in the mix, whereas my usual recipe relies on it’s chocolate hit from cocoa powder. This definitely makes them a lot richer, and makes them feel more dessert like.

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I’m pleased to say these rivalled Jamie O’s (or at least, Meg said they did – having never tried them myself I, of course, could not possibly comment!). And so, challenge accepted, challenge won!

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Banana Bread

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Warning: Not for those who don’t like bananas! A really simple recipe for Banana Bread, ideal for a breakfast treat or snack any time of the day. A great way to use up any old bananas!

Banana Bread is such a good recipe to have up your sleeve. I don’t know about you, but at the end of the week we always have a few bananas left in our fruit bowl, abandoned as the week goes on due to their ever growing brown spots. This recipe is one of my favourites as you have to use old overripe blackened bananas – they have a much stronger banana flavour and of course are much sweeter, which is just perfect for Banana Bread. I much prefer bananas on the green side for eating, so I find this recipe transforms your bin worthy bananas into something utterly delicious; a moist, dense cake where the banana flavour is the star, compliment by crunchy walnuts scattered throughout.

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As mentioned, the main reason for using old, blackened bananas is the sugar content. The blacker the bananas, the sweeter and more mashable they are, which is ideal for this recipe. The recipe actually has a relatively low added sugar content, because the natural sugars in the banana make up for it big time. If you don’t have ripe enough bananas for this recipe you can cheat and speed up their ageing process by baking them, skin on, in the oven for about 10 minutes until black all over and very squidgey.

I’ve made this banana bread very simply, with ingredients you almost certainly have in your cupboard. Unusually for me there are no surprising ingredients, no long list of spices, no twist on a classic. Instead this is as pure a Banana Bread recipe as you can get – the only addition being walnuts (as I think every great Banana Bread has to have texture!). You could use any nuts you like, pecans would also work well.

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I really enjoyed eating this as a breakfast treat, just cold and thickly sliced. It felt naughty, but everyone needs a treat every now and then… as I seem to tell myself every weekend!

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