You know what I find really difficult? It’s keeping up with a recipe and especially those ones that go into 3-4 pages, or with difficult-to-source ingredients, or are just overly-complicated! I don’t think I could compete on “MasterChef”…forget it :)!
I love keeping things simple so naturally I go for easy recipes as well, that create just as stunning a dish within a couple of minutes. That said, something else that we don’t have the luxury of is “time“… we don’t really have all the time in the world now do we?
So here are my top 5 Easy-Peasy Chocolate Delights. Some I sourced online, while others were handed down to me or shared. If you are as lazy as me when it comes to baking, yet to the one eating your chocolaty dish…you are going to look like an absolute pro! Promise they taste divine!
Here goes and “Happy Baking”
- Home-made Chocolate Ice-cream
1 1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Whisk together milk, cocoa powder, and sugar to combine. The sugar and cocoa should completely dissolve. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla extract
- Refrigerate the chocolate ice cream base for at least 30 minutes before putting it in your freezer, so it is completely cold. (This will help it freeze faster, improve the texture, and allow the cocoa powder to be fully hydrated by the milk and cream)
- Give the ice cream base one more gentle stir and freeze
Store your ice cream in an air-tight container, to help preserve its flavour and texture!
2. Simple Dark Chocolate Cake
200g dark chocolate
2 tsp. of flour
- Melt the butter and chocolate. Mix in the sugar. Crack in the eggs one at a time and mix. Add the flour, mix
- Cook at 180C for 25-30mins
*Thank you ‘Margot’ for this delight!
3. Chocolate Chip Cookies
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup caster sugar
½ tsp. vanilla essence
1¾ cups self-raising flour
½ tsp. salt
½ cup chocolate chunks or chips
- Preheat oven to 180°C or 160ºC (fan) and grease or line two baking trays with baking paper
- Beat butter, brown sugar, caster sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy, add egg and beat until mixed
- Sift in flour and salt, mix until combined before stirring in the chocolate chunks or chips
- Roll heaped teaspoon sized balls of mixture and place on tray, press down lightly with a floured fork. Bake for approx. 12 minutes
4. Chocolate Molleux Cake
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
A pinch of salt
½ cup butter, softened
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 160°C
- Line a muffin pan with paper baking cups or use any individual moulds that you have. If you are using ramekins, brush the insides with melted butter
- In a large bowl, mix together the sugars, flour, salt and eggs and stir briskly until mixed. Put the butter and chocolate in a double boiler and melt, stirring frequently until melted. Let cool slightly and pour into the first mixture and beat until blended. Stir in the vanilla
- Spoon the batter into the prepared pans, filling half full. Bake for about 15 minutes, but don’t over-bake. Remove from oven and turn out onto a cooling rack
5. Easiest Choco Mousse
200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
3 large eggs, separated
50g caster sugar
softly whipped cream, to serve (optional)
- Place the chocolate and 120ml of water in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of just simmering water – the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water. Heat gently, stirring, until the chocolate is melted
- Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then stir in the egg yolks with a wooden spoon until well combined
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites with the sugar until stiff peaks form, then gently fold into the chocolate mixture
- Spoon the mousse into individual dishes and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Top with softly whipped cream (optional)
Most of these recipes are simple enough to do the whisking by hand, but what I use, and what makes it so much more easier is investing in a good hand mixer like the one shown below. It is so handy to have around and an extremely good buy!
Thanks for joining me. Stay tuned for more of my upcoming lists and articles, especially for my follow-up articles around “Chocolate”. See you soon!
BY CHRISELDA BARRETTO
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