Valentine’s day dessert: pavlova with chocolate cream

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This dessert is easy and delicious, perfect for Valentine’s or Galentine’s day. A pavlova is a cooked meringue with cream and fruit. In this case I made a chocolate cream to make it more interesting. You can make the meringues ahead of time and keep them at room temperature in a sealed container so they don’t go soggy. You can leave the cream mixed with all the ingredients in the fridge so it’s nice and cold when you use it, and whip it right before serving.

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Cookies and ice-cream sandwich

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In summer or winter, these chocolate chip cookies filled with vanilla ice-cream are my doom. The cookie recipe is really impressive on its own (I made them for some friends and let’s say it didn’t even last 2 hours in the gift bag), and it works perfectly with the ice-cream because they are soft and melt in your mouth; so when you bite the sandwich the ice-cream doesn’t go everywhere. Try it at home 🙂 Continue reading Cookies and ice-cream sandwich

The perfect hot chocolate

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This hot chocolate is too yummy. It’s not just dissolved cocoa but actual melted dark chocolate with milk. It’s the kind that you find in European Christmas markets and I LOVE IT. You’ll specially like it if you’re into chocolate. I like it with whipped cream (if I’m cheating my diet I do it all the way!) and marshmallows. I also tried it with also marshmallows and it works amazing as well. Continue reading The perfect hot chocolate

Churros with chocolate sauce

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So my story with churros is one of terror and despair. I was looking for an egg-less churro recipe as are original Spanish churros. I tried two that supposedly worked and they both failed me! The amount of flour that it had was so much that it was impossible for the water to absorb it and I ended up with endless goops of useless dough. In the end I gave up (on those recipes) and decided to go with my own proportions, and after two tries I got it!! I like to pipe them nice and thin so they’re not so doughy and definitely with chocolate sauce to dip in 🙂 Continue reading Churros with chocolate sauce

Chia chocolate pudding

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Chia is a funny little seed. When in contact with humidity, they hydrate and increase in volume, leaving a feeling similar to tapioca when you bite into them. Chia is also an amazing source of nutrients, and at the same time contains a really low calorie count.  They are also loaded with antioxidants, fibre and protein. This mix makes it helpful in the search of losing weight :O! And if this wasn’t enough for you to eat a whole kilo of these magical seeds, they help improve certain blood markers which help decreasing the chances of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In this case we make a pudding out of them (since they soak up the chocolate milk) and top them with fruit and honey 🙂 Continue reading Chia chocolate pudding

Triple chocolate oatmeal cookie bars

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If it has oatmeal it counts as breakfast, right? These bars are A-MA-ZING. Addiction warning though, because once you have one is hard to stop yourself for more. And because one set of chocolate chips is not nearly enough, I used white, milk and dark chocolate chips, which are optionally joined by toasted hazelnuts. The dough is nice and soft but the oatmeal and hazelnuts add a nice crunch. If you can’t get chips, use chocolate couverture and chop into small squares. Enjoy these beauties 🙂 Continue reading Triple chocolate oatmeal cookie bars

Fudgy and chocolate-y brownies

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Everyone needs a go-to recipe for brownies, and my absolute favourite are the fudgy, gooey ones. To eat one and feel how it just melts in your mouth is absolute perfection. You can use this as a base and then add whatever you like: chocolate chips (milk, dark, white), nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds), fudge, caramel, etc! The sky is the limit. Brownies are generally easy and this one is not the exception. The only critical point is the cooking degree, it has to be just enough so that a skewer comes out clean from the center and any longer will cook out the gooey-ness, but other than that it’s a piece of cake… I mean, brownie. As a cool idea, it’s nice to give a gift of the dry mix in a nice container and include instructions for the rest 🙂 Continue reading Fudgy and chocolate-y brownies