Marzipan Mice Truffles

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. -CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE- One of my favourite Christmas poems – I think we can all remember it being…

Honeydukes’ Exploding Bonbons

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: by far my favourite HP book and definitely my favourite in the film franchise. I remember that first visit to Hogsmeade, like it was me taking those steps into that magical place. “Do you know much about Hogsmeade?” asked Hermione keenly. “I’ve read it’s the only entirely non-Muggle…

Treacle Tart Truffles

What is it about treacle tarts that makes me feel all misty-eyed and nostalgic? It’s certainly not the nightmarish memories of the child-catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, tempting children with “treacle tart… all free today”. Ugh, even writing that line makes me shudder. Could it be because it’s Harry Potter’s favourite dessert? As a…

Chocolate Tartlets with Festive Spices

Made with store-cupboard ingredients, because I ALWAYS have chocolate and biscuits within arms-reach… (what self-respecting human-being doesn’t?!) This recipe is perfect for easy-entertaining. To make 4 tartlets, you need 120g of chocolate. Choose your favourite, of which you’ll have to buy 200g – so that you can eat the remaining 80g of chocolate while you…

Chocolate, Chilli & Clotted Cream Truffles

“Truffle, truffle, toil and trouble, Chocolate melt, and boil and bubble, Drop of cream, and dash of spice, Make your chocolate truffles nice. Mix them, stir them, roll them, chill, Lick the chocolate that you spill. Seal them like a prized love letter, Garnish with some cayenne pepper.” – The three witches from Macbeth (after…

Chocolate Scones

Every time the mention of scones pops up in literature, it makes me smile (and my tummy rumble). Remember those mouthwatering ones that Enid Blyton’s Famous Five devoured, all “running with butter”? Or perhaps you recall the dwarves demolishing rounds of scones during an ‘unexpected party’ at Bilbo Baggins’ house in The Hobbit? Or maybe…

Chocolate & Blackberry Spread

This recipe is inspired by the gloriumptious world of Roald Dahl. Who wouldn’t want to spend an afternoon exploring Willy Wonka’s marvellous chocolate factory? I’m fairly sure that he is responsible for the fact that chocolate is always on my brain! Ideally, this chocolate spread should be mixed by waterfall, but if you haven’t found…

Mint Choc Chip Marshmallows

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory had “EATABLE MARSHMALLOW PILLOWS”. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? I’d like to think that this little recipe might nudge through the factory doors during the Christmas season. It seems only fair that the factory-pillows get a festive upgrade. And what’s more festive than beautiful mint and dark chocolate. A little tip, though:…

Scrumdiddlyumptious Thick Hot Chocolate

This Hot Chocolate recipe is so good that I wouldn’t be surprised if someone told me it came straight from the Chocolate River in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. It’s positively scrumdiddlyumptious! For me, Hot Chocolate is a treat. So, ditch the powdered mix and make this splendiferous stuff instead. It would be an extra-special delight…

Christmas Cocoa Ice-Cream

I genuinely believe that if aliens ever visit our planet, the first thing we should do – is give them chocolate. I can’t think of any special relationship that would be better built on, than a bridge of chocolate. Let’s be honest, no-one is going to be declaring war with a mouth full of scrumptious…