Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake

I’m always up to try anything flavoured ‘Ferrero Rocher’. My eyes light up when I see Ferrero Rocher ice cream in little boutique ice-cream shops. So when my birthday came around what better cake to make then one inspired by these little golden balls of pure delight.

My cake ‘media’ of choice was the humble Cheesecake, I wanted to be sure the true intense flavour of the Rocher could really be captured and not lost in a cake like a light and airy sponge. I wanted a rich intense flavour with every element of the cake more decadent and packed full

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Double Chocolate Birthday Cake

Sahara's Double Chocolate Birthday Cake

I was delighted when I was asked to make my niece Sahara’s very first birthday cake! Mum left it completely up to me and I spent the next week sifting through design ideas and recipes. I soon settled on a fondant covered cake and not long after picked a classic chocolate cake recipe. I can’t remember the last time I made a chocolate cake, when I first started baking Chocolate seemed to be they only flavour I desired but now I find my preference leaning towards the more fruity varieties but who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake?

Next was the cake

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Ferrero Raffaello Clone

Ferrero Raffaello Clone

The Raffaello: Ferrero Rocher’s younger, less attractive sister. I shouldn’t be quite so harsh these white chocolate coconut balls actually have quite a following. I won a box of Raffaello’s the other day and after the tenth one they did start to grow on me however my heart still lies with the original golden Rocher.

My ‘clone’ attempt worked out fabulously well. They looked extremely authentic with the desiccated coconut on the outside and all the right flavours where there: coconut, almonds, white chocolate and the crunch of wafers. My centres could be tweaked a little to achieve a texture closer to the original.

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I’ll Never Buy Another Ferrero Rocher Again!

Homemade Ferrero Rocher

Aren’t these one of the best store bought chocolates? The idea of the ‘Homemade Ferrero Rocher’ has been on my mind for a while, so when my husband bought me an assorted box of Ferrero Chocolates I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to compare my homemade version with the real thing.

They turned out fabulously and are more then worthy of the title ‘Ferrero Rocher Clone’! I made this batch with the idea of including them as part of my ‘Christmas Goodies’ but unfortunately they barely survived a day – 35 little balls of Rocher Clone goodness all gone

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Mars Bar Slice

Mars Bar Slice

An oldie but a goodie! I love slices, bars and cookies made form candy bars and with Christmas around the corner these are the perfect addition to your edible Christmas gifts. I’m looking forward to having a crack at some Malteaser cupcakes in the future and I have an absolutely awesome recipes for Snickers Cookies that I must, must share with you all. You’ll hate me they are soooooo good! You can’t stop until they are all gone but unfortunately, like most cookies they are rather bad for the waist line :S

Mars Bar Slice Ingredients 6 x 60g (2 oz)

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Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

Under normal circumstances, I’m not a huge popcorn fan but while walking around a ‘Duane Reade’ drug store in Manhattan I came across a big barrel of ‘Delish Double Chocolate Popcorn’ which tickled my fancy. I admit is was the double chocolate part which caught my eye but who could not love popcorn drizzled with white and dark chocolate! Mmmmm…. I’m drooling at the thought.

Then, while on a quick stop over in the UK I came across a packet of ‘Marks and Spencer’s Belgian Milk Chocolate Coated Butter Toffee Popcorn’ – no it isn’t as good as it sounds, it’s better! The

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Cherry Coconut Bon Bons

Cherry Coconut Bon Bons

Every single day Christmas gets closer and closer and I get more and more excited! Throughout the year I put aside ideas and recipes to consider as part of my ‘Day of Christmas Cooking Madness’. I set aside one day early to mid December and go nuts in the kitchen making 5…. 6…. 7…. finger sized treats to see me, family and friends through the Christmas season. I like to make them a few weeks before Christmas and enjoy them during the lead up rather then on the day because there is always SOOOOO much food on Xmas day that

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Cracking the Cookie Code: Levain Choc Chip Walnut Cookie Attempt #3

Levain Choc Chip Walnut Cookie Attempt #3

Have I finally cracked the Levain Bakery Cookie Code? I had my third attempt at duplicating the best cookie on Earth and this time I think I may have done it! I can now sleep soundly at night without tossing and turning over choc chips, walnuts and oven temps

My husband Paul and I first came across the Levain Bakery while on a 2 month expedition of the modern jungle which is New York City. Manhattan Island is my favorite destination and whenever I think of the time we spent there I long

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