Thursday, 19 October 2017

chocolate concrete (chocolate crunch biscuits)

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chocolate concrete (chocolate crunch biscuits)


chocolate concrete (chocolate crunch biscuits)



This recipe for chocolate concrete, also known as chocolate crunch is an old school dinner dessert classic. Traditionally served with pink or green custard, however now I much prefer to enjoy a slice on its own with a cup of tea or coffee. A buttery, crunchy and ultra chocolatey sweet biscuit treat. And with only a few ingredients this recipe is so easy to make too and can be in the oven and baking away in less than 5 minutes.


preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 20 minutes

ingredients:
200g plain flour 
200g caster/granulated sugar
100g butter
50g cocoa powder
pinch of salt

method: 

line a 20cm square cake tin/baking dish and preheat the oven to gas 4/180C

melt the butter then mix into the dry ingredients

tip the mixture into the prepared baking tin and press down well

sprinkle with a bit of water then bake for 20 minutes

if you like you can sprinkle with a few spoonfuls of sugar after removing from the oven then leave to cool for about 5 minutes in the tin before scoring into slices

serve warm or cold





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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

chocolate chip banana cake with a mocha ganache icing

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chocolate chip banana cake with a mocha ganache icing

My chocolate chip banana cake with a mocha ganache icing is the latest bake on the menu for our choir rehearsal tea break.  A slice (or 3 in some cases) with a cup of tea or coffee after a morning singing is just the thing. We were working on our version of Drive in Saturday by David Bowie today. A brilliant (and complicated) song, but starting to sound good already. Definitely a cake recipe i'll be baking again. Super moist and full of dark chocolate and banana, with a little hint of citrus and spice from the grated orange zest and ground ginger. All I have to do now is wait for the rest of the bananas in the bowl to ripen so I can bake another one...



chocolate chip banana cake with a mocha ganache icing

preparation time: less than 30 minutes
cooking time: 30-40 minutes (depending on size of cake tin/s used)  

recipe by Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin

ingredients: 

2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups plain white flour
1 1/2 cups ripe/over ripe bananas 
2 teaspoons baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs
1 cup natural yogurt or sour milk (add juice of 1/2 lemon to sour the milk)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup dark chocolate chips/finely chopped chocolate 

1 tsp vanilla extract 
finely grated zest of half orange 
1/2 tsp ground ginger

for the chocolate ganache icing:

200ml single cream
200g dark chocolate roughly chopped(I used 50 percent cocoa) 
1 tsp instant espresso coffee powder 


method: 

heat oven to 350°F/180C/gas 4. Grease and line two 9-inch deep round baking tins or one 13 x 9 inch rectangular baking tin.

prepare the chocolate ganache icing by heating up the cream to just under boiling point. Take off the heat, and add the chopped chocolate and instant espresso coffee powder. Stir until melted and glossy. Leave to cool while you make the cake.


whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl.


blend or mash the bananas then add to the eggs, yogurt/sour milk, coffee, oil, vanilla extract, orange zest and ground ginger and and mix well for a few minutes.


stir in the chocolate chips and pour the cake batter into the prepared baking tin/s, bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean.


wait for 10 minutes before removing from the cake tin/s, remove to a cooling rack and leave to cool completely before icing.


whisk the chocolate ganache for a few minutes before spreading over the cake (and in the middle if you are making a sandwich cake).


serve in slices with a lovely cup of tea or coffee. Bon appetit! 





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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sing from the Heart Singing Holiday Week 12-19 August 2017

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Peter introducing our Sing from the Heart singing holiday performance night
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Siggy singing an acapella version of Waltzing Matilda
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Pete singing a Ray Lamontagne song
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Philomena with her rendition of "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals
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Claire singing the classic "Every Time We Say Goodbye"
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Karin singing a Bob Dylan song
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Jane singing "Run" by Snow Patrol
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Charley with her performance of "Strong" by London Grammar
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Sing from the Heart Singing Holiday Week 12-19 August 2017 

We welcomed guests from all over France and the UK for our fully booked Sing from the Heart singing retreat holiday. A wonderful week of singing, facing fears, community, sharing good food, getting to know new friends and taking the time time to relax, de-stress and explore the beautiful local Limousin countryside too. 

With plenty of free time and sunny days there were several trips to Lac de Vassiviere for swimming and relaxing by the water, afternoons spent reading and sunbathing in the garden, and walking and cycling along the local forest paths and trails. 

To join us next time and find out more about our creative well being holidays, retreats and workshops here at De Tout Coeur Limousin please just get in touch and watch this space for more information coming soon...


What our guests said about the week...

"I have had a great time this week, enjoying Ema's fabulous cooking, Peter's solid singing coaching (I have learned a lot, thank you!), getting to know a great bunch of people. I got to do a solo which was a big personal challenge and felt so supported throughout the process. I shall miss the experience (and Peter's humour) and hold it in fond memory. It's been magic."
Helen

"Thank you Ema and Peter for an absolutely amazing week. The food was just too good for words and the music too. Whatever it is that keeps you two energised should be bottled. I will be back."
Phil

"Thank you so much for last week and for encouraging/forcing me to sing a solo. You honestly have no idea what it means to me."
Charley

"Thank you once again, Ema and Pete. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you both and fellow members of the workshop."
Jim

"Thank you for a lovely week with good company, a beautiful setting. A chance to de-stress whilst enjoying great singing, lovely food, and a great last night."
Claire




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