Christmas Rocky Road
It’s not that I felt my usual Rocky Road Crunch Bars needed any improvement (though fiddling with recipes is one of life’s pleasures) but I thought they would benefit from some seasonal adjustment. So, out go the Rich Tea biscuits and in come amaretti and – in the seasonal spirit – I’ve crammed in some Brazil nuts and glacé cherries (as red as Rudolph’s nose), along with snowy mini marshmallows. The fresh snowfall of icing sugar on top might seem seasonal enough, but not for me. So I add…
Salted Chocolate Tart
I have always avoided making chocolate tarts, not out of laziness (I love a bit of pastry-making, in the right mood), but because I have never really felt that the pastry served the chocolate, or was worth the effort here. This is my simple solution: make a base out of chocolate biscuits. And the filling is just as easy to make, too. Not that you’d know from the taste. I never lie about how effortless something is to make, but no one will believe me on this one. I think the hit of salt is…
Dark and Sumptuous Chocolate Cake
Perfect for Christmas day, Nigella's dark and sumptuous chocolate cake is THE show-stopping festive dessert. Inspired by Pinterest, @nigellalawson is sharing this exclusive new recipe from her Simply Nigella book.
Nigella’s Chocolate Cloud Cake
I’m thinking of chocolate. In particular of a rich chocolate cake, oozing with depth of flavour and richness. Well, it is ten in the morning after all, I am hosting a children’s book party at home and cake is necessary. I’m sure my obsession is not helped by the fact that this months’ theme for the Forever Nigella blogging challenge over... Read more
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pots
My children love a chocolate chip cookie so gooey on the inside that I can’t really make the outside firm enough to let the cookies keep integrity of form. This, then, is the solution: a cookie dough you bake in a little dish, and then eat with a spoon, dolloped with ice cream or crème fraîche as desired. I love them with a few sea salt flakes sprinkled over the top. For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.
Middle Eastern Blood Orange Cake
I was once invited to an associate of my husband's house for afternoon tea. My husband's friend set down a huge plate filled with great hulking slices of cakes (bought up from a shop in Melbourne) and the one that caught my eye was a fragrant orange cake. I figured the man of the house was a little clueless as men usually tend to be around cakes and tea as there was no fork or knife around and I only wanted a small slice (I usually start small in case I don't like it as I feel rude not…
Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake Recipe on Food52
On creating this cake, Nigella Lawson explains, "I remember very strongly wanting to create what we call a loaf cake—and what is generally called a pound cake Stateside—that had a richness and squidginess of texture that this form of cake normally doesn't major in." And she did. Recipe adapted very slightly from How to Be A Domestic Goddess (Hyperion, 2005)
Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
Although I first came up with this recipe because I had someone coming for supper who - genuinely - couldn't eat wheat or dairy, it is so meltingly good, I now make it all the time for those whose life and diet are not so unfairly constrained, myself included. It is slightly heavier with the almonds - though not in a bad way - so if you want a lighter crumb, rather than a squidgy interior, and are not making the cake for the gluten-intolerant, then replace the 150g ground almonds / 1½ cups…