Tag: chocolate

Fruit Balls – Delicious for Christmas

 

 

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This recipe is from a friend I met in Moranbah.  Her daughter Lisa and my daughter Kate were best friends at primary school and we became friends as a result.  I don’t know where she got this recipe from, but it is absolutely delicious.  Thanks Sally.

Un-named Fruitcake

 Coffee & Chocolate Fruitcake_NEW

Source & History

We found this when we were going through Rhoda’s treasury of recipes – as you can see, the recipe doesn’t have a name. I said the recipe looked interesting so Rhoda made it for us to taste. The recipe has no eggs and no butter so according to the boss, we can call this a healthy fruitcake (no eggs, no butter & no sugar). Of course it does have the fat & sugar from the chocolate.

Chocolate Fudge Biscuit

Source & History

This is a slice that Rhoda used to make all the time when I first met her – don’t know whether it’s still on the list of regulars. Ask her why it’s a slice when its name includes the word biscuit – I have no idea, that’s just what she always called it. Mine never turned out like hers, though. Eventually I gave up and left it to Rhoda to make – she has always been more than generous about sharing the results of her baking!

Notes

  • The key to this one is icing it while it’s still hot.

Gram’s Baked Fudge Pudding

Source & History

This is a home-made self-saucing pudding that my mother used to make. I used to tell my kids it was magic because when it went into the oven the liquid was on top and when it came out of the oven the liquid (now thick, yummy chocolate sauce) was on the bottom.

Notes

  • I usually use oil rather than melted butter in the pudding. This is a low-fat dessert (especially if you use skim milk for the custard) because there are no eggs and these 2 tbsp of oil are all of the fat in the recipe.
  • Serve with custard or ice cream or cream or any combination of these three.

Rhoda’s Chocolate Fudge

Source & History

This is the standard fudge recipe for the family – this branch anyway. As the title would suggest, it’s from Grandma Rhoda.

Notes

  • The timing is critical for this and make sure that you don’t start beating after you take it off the heat until the mixture in the pot has stopped bubbling.
  • I have never really understood how long to beat fudge which is why mine is sometimes less than perfect, I guess – there’s something about thickening & gloss which has never really made sense to me.
  • All I know is that if you don’t beat it long enough it will crystallise when you pour it into the pan (foams up like a volcano) – it’s still edible, as my kids will testify.
  • Just don’t beat it too long and let it start to harden in the saucepan because then you’ll be eating fudge out of the saucepan with a spoon!

Brownies 2

Source & History

This recipe is from a cookbook called the Kid’s Cookbook, which has recipes that my kids used to use, and the brownies turn out very similar to the Chocolate Fudge Brownies. The advantage is this recipe only uses cocoa not melted chocolate. The disadvantage is that it uses a bit more butter and rather more sugar.

Notes

  • I heat the mixture for an additional minute on Medium in the microwave after addition of the sugar & vanilla
  • I use a whole packet of walnuts and don’t chop them (see justification in Notes for Chocolate Fudge Brownies).
  • these should be a little gooey in the centre.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Source & History

This recipe is from a collection of brownie recipes published in the Women’s Weekly magazine. When we lived in Mackay, I had them at a friend’s home and got the recipe from her. They are really good to take to social occasions where you have to bring a plate – they’re always popular with everyone! This is one of the few recipes I don’t have to look up, which tells you how often I’ve made them.

Notes

  • Save the other half packet of Choc-Melts for the second batch
  • I don’t usually chop the walnuts – the justification is that cutting the brownies into slices should roughly chop the walnuts.
  • Sometimes I use pecans instead of walnuts
  • If you haven’t got any Choc-Melts try the Brownies 2 recipe.