Chocolate orange recipe

125g 60% chocolate

1 orange – preferably non-waxed

Melt chocolate.  Either in a bain marie, or the easy way is use a microwave!

Break chocolate up into small pieces and place in Pyrex bowl Heat at medium/high setting. Stir every 30 seconds. When all melted stir in finely grated rind of orange. Pour into silicone mold and place in fridge until solid.  As an alternative stir in 1 tbspn of finely grated fresh ginger root.

 

Chocolate Crunch Mini Muffins

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Continuing the chocolate theme, here’s a version of everyone’s favourite, chocolate Rice Krispies, only a little healthier.  There are also elements of Rocky Road biscuits.  However, unlike these there are no marshmallows.  Strict vegetarians don’t eat marshmallows as some, (not all), contain gelatin that is derived from animal products. Chocolate is a good source of carotenoids, especially plain chocolate, so is not completely bad.  But go easy.  As it said on the entrance to the Oracle of Delphi, “Nothing to excess”.  So, there’s my attempt to justify it.

This is a mega easy recipe – no bain maries.  When I first tried it the shortcake biscuits were too soft and were very crumbly.  I found it worked better when I found some that were a bit firmer.

Plain chocolate 60% 5oz (125g)
Shortcake biscuits 2oz (50g) – chopped coarsely.  Use biscuits with a fair bit of crunch as if they are too soft they will break up into fine crumbs.  Digestive biscuits work well.  Four will be enough.
Sultanas 2oz (50g)

Cashew nuts 2oz (50g) – lightly toasted and chopped to about the size of ½ peas.  I lightly roast them by putting on silver foil and putting under the grill.  I ALWAYS put the timer on in one minute intervals and then turn them about, as with the best will in the world you will forget them and they burn easily.

Break the chocolate up into small chunks and place in a small Pyrex bowl.  Place in microwave and cook for about 3 minutes, checking at 30 second intervals.  Some people don’t like the use of microwaves in anything so do let them know.  Stir regularly to make sure it mixes well.  It is easy to overcook the chocolate when it will burn and go lumpy.  I have found that the chocolate melts much more quickly in the summer months when it starts to be heated from a higher initial temperature.  When all melted stir in the biscuits, sultanas and cashews.  I find this works better if all the dry ingredients are mixed together before adding to the chocolate.  Spoon mixture into small cupcake cases in small muffin tray.  Cool in fridge until set.  These are much nicer if served cold.