Chocolate log

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This easy 4 ingredient chocolate log is loved by both kids and adults alike!  Over the years, this is the one thing my children have always asked me to make whenever they come home….whether they are 15 or 30! This quick recipe requires no prep and is very simple to make.

What you need:

1 packet Marie biscuits (the big size)

1 tin condensed milk

4-5 tbsp cocoa powder

1 cup walnuts chopped into smaller pieces 

1/2 cup grated coconut (optional)

How to make:

  1.  Take the Marie biscuits and throw into a blender.

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2.  Add the condensed milk and the cocoa powder and blend till a lump has formed.

3,  Remove the lump from the blender.  Add the walnuts and mix well.   

4,  Roll out  some foil and sprinkle it with grated coconut or powdered sugar.  Form the lump in the shape of a log and roll it along with the foil.

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5.  Freeze the log for a few hours and then cut into chocolate rounds!  Enjoy!

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Marble Cake

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It was my niece’s birthday yesterday and she requested me to make her a cake. I asked her whether she wanted the yellow vanilla cake or the chocolate and she said she liked both! This brought back memories of a childhood favorite….Marble Cake. This wonderful combination of chocolate and vanilla batters that are swirled together before baking, never fails to appeal. Needless to say, she loved it!

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What you need:

4 eggs
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup oil or unsalted butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup milk
pinch of salt

How to make:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
2. Cream the butter/oil and the sugar together in a large bowl, until light and fluffy.
3. Measure the flour, baking powder and salt and mix them. Keep aside.
4. Break the eggs in a separate bowl. Add them one at a time to the butter and sugar mixture and
beat well.
5. Now add the flour 2-3 tbsp at a time to the batter, and whisk well.
6. Take the milk and add vanilla essence to it. Now pour this into the batter and beat well till it
is absorbed.
7. Transfer half of the batter into a separate bowl and add the cocoa powder to it. Mix well.
8. Grease the cake tin. Now layer the chocolate and vanilla batters alternately into the cake tin,
starting with the vanilla batter. Take a skewer and swirl it in the batter a few times to create
a marbled effect.
9. Bake for about 40 mins till the cake is done. Cool on a rack for 10 mins before serving. I
decorated the cake with a few chocolate gems (but did not do any frosting). Enjoy!

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Chocolate Rum Balls

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Rum Balls is one of the easiest holiday desserts to make and is delicious as well.  Whenever I have make them, they have got rave reviews!  They are a regular treat during Christmas in our house.  They do taste better the next day as the full flavor of the rum soaks in, so you can make them ahead of time.   They are yummy and finish fast, so do make lots!  I have adapted this recipe from Food Wishes.

What you need:

8 oz chocolate brownies to make about 20 small rum balls(I used the store ones but you can make your own)

1/3 cup dark rum

4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

How to make:

1.  Take the brownies in a bowl and crumble them.

2.  Pour the rum over the brownies and let them soak for a few minutes.

3.  Shape the brownies dough into one inch balls.  Cover and keep in the fridge for 15 minutes.

4.  Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler.  Dip the brownie balls into the melted chocolate so as to coat them evenly.

5.  Arrange them in a serving dish and refrigerate them for about 15 minutes.  

6.  Sprinkle some cocoa powder and powder sugar on the rum balls.  They are now ready to serve.  Enjoy!