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A little treat once in a while isn't going to hurt!

Everybody loves a dessert and, from where I stand, it's okay – everything in moderation, just as long as it doesn't have any 'numbers'.

Here are a few very simple desserts to enjoy and winter seems to be the time we love them the most.

And for all you chocaholics, make my luscious chocolate cake.


Golden syrup dumplings

You’ll need:

  • 30g butter
  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup of milk

For the sauce

  • 400mL water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup

Then you:

  1. Rub the butter into the flour and salt.
  2. Add the milk and mix until it comes together.
  3. Form into balls about one inch in size.
  4. Place the balls (about two inches apart) into the prepared sauce in a greased ceramic baking dish.
  5. To prepare the sauce, place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  6. Cook in a preheated 180C oven for about 30 minutes.
  7. Serve with cream and/or ice cream. If your kids are like mine, they will want both!


Raspberry tartlets

You’ll need:

  • 245g butter
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 ½ cups of icing sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of ground almonds
  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 packet of frozen raspberries (you can use fresh but they are just so expensive at the moment)

Then you:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease six individual tart cases (or one large).
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and cook for five minutes. The butter will become a golden colour and smell quite nutty.
  3. Place the flour and ground almonds in a bowl. Add the melted butter and combine using a wooden spoon.
  4. Add the egg whites and stir till they are completely amalgamated.
  5. Cover with glad wrap and place in the fridge for half an hour to rest.
  6. Place the greased tart cases on a baking tray. Spoon the mixture equally amongst the cases and top with raspberries.
  7. Cook for about 35 minutes. The tarts will puff up a bit and have a golden crust.
  8. Serve warm or cold with thick double cream.
  9. The tarts will keep well for a few days.

Luscious chocolate cake

You’ll need:

  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Then you:

  1. Place chocolate and milk in a saucepan and heat till the chocolate has melted. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. With electric beaters, combine the egg yolks and the sugar till they are pale, 'creamy' and have almost doubled in size.
  3. Add the chocolate and milk to the mixture and gently mix well.
  4. Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.
  6. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
  7. Divide the mixture into two round greased pans and cook in a 180C oven for about 40 minutes.
  8. To be really, really naughty sandwich the cakes together with whipped cream and top with a chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Ganache

You'll need:

  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 1/3 cup of cream

Then you:

  1. Place the chocolate and the cream in the microwave for 30 seconds or till the chocolate melted, then mix together well.
  2. Let the ganache cool a bit and it will thicken. Then spread over the top of the cake.

Published: Friday, July 16, 2010

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