Easy Desserts For Any Occasion

Chocolate Mousse Fruit Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

  • 4 squares semi-sweet chocolate
  • 4 tsp. water
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • Chopped mixed nuts to decorate

Melt the chocolate in the water in a small basin over a pan of simmering water. Beat the egg yolks into the melted chocolate. Leave to cool Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then carefully fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour into small individual glasses or pots. Allow to chill in the refrigerator before serving. Top with a few chopped nuts and piped whipped cream, if liked. Serve chilled.

Fruit Mousse

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet strawberry flavored gelatin
  • ¼ lb. strawberries
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp. cream cheese

Make up the gelatin according to the directions on the packet, using only 1 ¼ cups water. Set aside to thicken. Crush or sieve the strawberries. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, until thick and pale colored. Fold in the strawberries. When the gelatin has started to thicken, beat the cream cheese with a little of the gelatin and add to the egg mixture, until stiff and gently fold into the gelatin mixture. Pour into individual glasses and allow to set. Serve chilled.

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Summer Pies

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • 1/3 lb. butter or margarine
  • 6 oz. dry cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 1/3 cups white Karo syrup
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 (10 inch) pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a saucepan melt butter. Add dry cocoa, sugar and oil. Stir until well blended. Add syrup, eggs, vanilla and pecans; mix well. Pour into pie shell and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool pie. Refrigerate overnight.

Serve chilled or slightly warm topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Summer Pies

Chocolate Marshmallow Pie

 

Chocolate Marshmallow Pie

 For the crust:

One 9-inch baked chocolate cookie or one 9-inch baked pastry crust

 Ingredients:

  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 3 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 cup whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate shavings (optional)

 Method:

Heat marshmallows, chocolate and milk in double boiler until melted. Remove from heat; cool. When mixture has cooled, fold in 1 cup whipped cream. Pour into baked pie crust. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 For the garnish:

Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if desired.

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Chocolate Angel Cake

Chocolate Angel Cake

 Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups superfine sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 10 egg whites
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dark bittersweet chocolate, coarsely grated
  • Confectioners’ sugar, to dust

 Method:

Grease and flour a 10 x 3 inch bundt pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Sift half the sugar together with the flour, cocoa and baking powder onto a sheet of baking parchment. Tip the egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add the cream of tartar and salt, and whisk on medium speed until the egg white will hold a firm but not dry peak. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 tbsp. at a time, whisking well between each addition. Add the vanilla extract and continue to whisk until the mixture is stiff and glossy. At this stage you may find it easier to tip the mixture into a larger mixing bowl if you have one. Add the sifted dry ingredients and the grated chocolate, then using a large metal spoon, fold into the egg whites using a figure 8 action, until the batter is smooth and the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Spoon the mixture into the cake pan, run a knife through the batter and sharply tap the pan on the work surface to knock out any large air bubbles. Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 35 minutes, until well risen, springy and a skewer comes out of the cake clean. Turn the cake pan upside down onto a cooling rack and leave to cool in the inverted pan for 1 hour or until completely cool. Loosen the edges of the cake with a small palette knife and then turn the cake out of the pan onto the cooling rack. Dust the cake with confectioners’ sugar.

Makes 12 servings

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Love Is In The Air, For The June Bride

Chocolate Filled Macaroons

Chocolate Filled Macaroons

 Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. potato starch
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 cups unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Pink and blue icing to drizzle

 Method:

In a large glass bowl, combine sugar with potato starch. Whisk in egg whites until well incorporated and slightly foamy. Mix in coconut, 3 tbsp. water, the almond flour and salt until combined. Microwave mixture for 30 seconds. Mix well with a silicone spatula, making sure to scrape sides of bowl. Repeat 3 times. Stir in orange zest and vanilla. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Stir mixture. Spoon 30 rounded teaspoonfuls of mixture onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Press 2 to 3 chocolate chips inside center of each cookie. Gently spoon 1 level tsp coconut mixture on top of each cookie. With moistened hands, bring up bottom layer to top layer and enclose chocolate. Round each mound to resemble a ball. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dribble a stream of pink and blue icing over macaroons.

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Black Forest Brownies

Black Forest Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 9 tablespoons slightly salted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 5 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup + 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 7 oz. black or red cherries, pitted and halved, plus extra to serve

 To Serve:

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Chocolate shavings

 Method:

Grease a 7 inch square cake pan or shallow baking pan and line it with nonstick parchment paper. Melt 2 oz. of the chocolate and the butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water (don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water). Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract in a separate bowl until light and foamy. Stir in the melted chocolate mixture. Tip in the flour, baking powder, cherries and remaining chocolate and mix together until combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and level the surface. Bake in a preheated oven, 350 degrees F, for 20-25 minutes or until just firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan, then transfer to a board and peel off the lining paper. Whip the cream in a bowl until peaking, then spread over the cake. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings and cut into small squares. Serve with extra cherries and rich chocolate sauce, if desired.

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Count Down To Valentine’s Day

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A great treat to make for you Valentine.

A Cookie Within A Cookie

Ingredients:

  • 21 Oreo Double Stuf Cookies
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Twist open 13 Oreos and scrape the filling into a small bowl. In a food processor, grind the separated chocolate cookies until fine; alternatively, put them in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and whisk to combine. Chop the remaining 8 Oreos into large chunks. Put the Oreo filling in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and brown sugar and mix on medium speed until smooth and well blended, about 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until completely combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined, scraping the bowl if necessary to incorporate the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chips and mix on low speed until evenly distributed. Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the Oreo chunks with a spatula. The dough should be smooth, dense and somewhat pliable. Using a small ice-cream scoop or tablespoon, drop well rounded balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time, until the centers look dry but are still soft. When cool enough to handle, transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, the cookies will keep for 2 to 3 days.

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Count Down To Christmas

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Chocolate Pecan Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 7 ounces marshmallow crème
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Method:

Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with a long sheet of foil, leaving overhang on two ends to use as handles to remove the fudge.

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, butter and milk and bring to a full, rolling boil over medium heat. Boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 235 degrees F (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat, add the chocolate chips, and stir until melted and smooth. Beat in the marshmallow crème and vanilla with a wooden spoon. Stir in the pecans.

Spread the fudge into the lined baking dish and let cool to room temperature. Fold the foil to form handles and lift out the fudge. Remove the foil and cut the fudge in to squares.

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

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The perfect dessert for chocolate lovers.

Country Club Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:
1 pound best quality semi-sweet dark chocolate
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
8 eggs, room temperature
Whole strawberries, for garnish
2 cups sweetened whipped cream

Method:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a springform pan and reinforce outside with foil to ensure a tight seal.
Combine chocolate and butter in a glass bowl. Melt in microwave for 1 minute at a time until smooth. Stir after each minute.
Using an electric mixer, beat eggs in a large bowl for 5 minutes, or until doubled in volume. Stir one-third of the eggs into the chocolate to lighten it. Then add the chocolate mixture back to the remaining eggs and gently fold until well combined and the batter becomes chocolate colored.
Pour batter into the prepared springform pan. Create a bain marie (water bath) by setting the cake pan inside a large roasting pan.
Place both on the pulled out middle oven rack. Pour boiling water into the roaster to come about halfway up the side of the springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes. Cake should be firm to the touch without cracking.
Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Remove the sides of the springform pan and place the cake on a cake platter. Decorate with whole strawberries. To serve, slice cake into wedges and place on individual dessert plates. Pass with a beautiful large bowl filled with whipped cream.
Serves 8 to 10

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

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Coconut and chocolate is always a favorite.

Coconut Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:
1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
4 eggs
¾ cup canola oil
¾ cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling:
2 cups flaked coconut
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 can chocolate frosting

Method:
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, water and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour 3 cups into a greased and floured 10 inch fluted tube pan.
In a small bowl, combine the coconut, milk and extract. Drop by spoonfuls onto batter. Cover with remaining batter.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost with prepared chocolate frosting.

Yield: 12 servings

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