Truffles (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Salted Caramel Truffle Recipe by Jenny @ Bake

Truffles (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Truffles (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Sometimes in growing up we lose some of what makes occasions special.  I was recently talking to a mother with adult children about the impending Mothering Sunday, and she admitted that what she had really enjoyed was the homemade gifts she had been gleefully given by her children when they were small.

Over the years of growing up, misshapen baked goods and pieces of craft paper covered in glue and stickers have been replaced with mass produced cards and imported flowers.  Whilst these gifts are lovely in their own right, this year I will be returning to the sticky messy gifts of my youth.  Instead of peppermint creams and various items dipped in melted chocolate I will be making these delicious salted caramel truffles instead. Continue reading

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe by Jenny @ Bake

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Not to adhere to stereotypes too strongly, but being British there are very few things I enjoy more than a cup of tea and good cookie (or as we call them biscuit).  When I first started working in an office in my early 20s there was a fully stocked cookie tin within arms reach, and reach for it I did, four to five times a day.

Unfortunately my metabolism couldn’t support such a habit, and I soon had to give up my tea time snacks. Since then I have been looking for a sweet afternoon pick-me-up that wouldn’t leave me struggling to fit into my favourite skinny jeans.

These cookies, whilst still a treat, are a lot better for you than their processed flour and sugar counterparts.  The sweetness of the banana accentuates the honey which balances the rich bitterness of the cocoa nibs.  The lack of flour makes the cookies soft and chewy with the nuts giving it a satisfying crunch.

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Makes a dozen – Adapted from The Lean Green Bean

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Ingredients

1 cup chunky peanut butter

¼ cup of honey

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 egg

1 large banana

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp cinnamon

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

salt to taste

½ cup chopped mixed nuts and raisins

½ cup cocoa nibs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets.

Put the banana in a stand mixer with the beater attachment and whisk on high until well mashed.

Add the rest of the ingredients (reserving the mixed nuts and cocoa nibs) and beat until well combined.

Using a wooden spoon stir in the nuts and nibs.

Portion the mixture evenly onto the baking sheets, I could fit 6 cookies per standard tray.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.

Leave to cool on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a baking rack to finish cooling completely.


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Chocolate cake is a guilty pleasure of mine, but not just any chocolate cake will do. When I am having a serious cake craving, there is nothing worse than breaking off what seems like a delicious bite only to find that what looked pretty on the plate is a dry bland lump in my mouth. Dry cake simply will not do in my book (I especially get angry about dry red veleet, but we’ll leave that for another day’s discussion), so I am always on the lookout for recipes that boast moist cake results.  I was absolutely thrilled with this recipe for The Moistest Chocolate Cake with Berry Mascarpone Frosting Recipe by Tartlet Sweets and I am sure you will be too.

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Since I am a sucker for getting magazines in the mail, Rachey Ray, is one of the few I get. Even if I do not ever make a recipe, it gives me hope that one day I can, if I wish. While flipping through and telling myself I will make that Broccoli Frittata or the Artichoke Carpaccio, I found the “Fast Idea” section. What caught my eye was chocolate; I guess this is why I choose to bake rather than cook. Chocolate-Banana Melts, also known as two slices of bread, with nutella spread on each slice topped with bananas. You butter the bread and sprinkle on sugar and cook as you would grilled cheese. Two minutes on each side. There you have yourself a super quick and yummy recipe. I will purchase my Nutella ( or chocolate-hazelnut spread you want) and try this out. Continue reading