Mocha Flavoured Bread Recipe
WARNING: Keep in mind this bread will still contain caffeine equal to the amount in the coffee you use to make it (this could be anything up to 800mg per loaf depending on the coffee in question). You can, of course, use decaffeinated coffee if you prefer.
Mocha flavoured bread
300ml lukewarm coffee (any coffee will do, the easiest method is to prepare a few shots of espresso and dilute them, which has the advantage of cooling it down)
1-3 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. caster sugar
2 tbsp. whipping or single cream
1 packet/tablespoon of dry yeast
360g plain or bread flour (either will work)
25g of butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract/flavouring
1/4 tsp. salt
Stir the cream and the caster sugar into the coffee, place them in a bowl.
Sift the flour, salt and cocoa powder into another bowl, add the vanilla.
Melt the butter and put it to one side to cool.
Mix the yeast into the coffee mixture. Leave everything for 15 minut
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A 400g pack of ready to roll puff pastry
150g of icing sugar
2 tbsp cold water
360g of confectioner's custard (the recipe to which is linked at the top of the
page). See the instructions for when to prepare it.
Preheat your oven to the temperature indicated on the pastry's pack (most likely 220
Sprinkle some flour around and roll the pastry until it's about half a centimetre
Cut shapes out of the pastry. Rectangles or squares are the most efficient and
tradition, but feel free to use any shape from stars to scalene triangles
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175g caster sugar sugar
The zest (rind) of one lemon.
1 tsp. Vanilla Essence
285g Self Raising Flour (or plain flour sifted with 2 tsp of baking powder)
Pinch of Salt
Crushed Lemon Wafers
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Grease and flour a baking tray or baking parchment.
Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy.
Stir in the lemon zest and vanilla essence.
Add the egg and beat into the mixture until smooth.
Sift the salt and flour before stirring it in. You should have a slightly stick dough that clings to the spoon.
Roll the dough into balls of about the size of a 2 pence piece (that's about the same as a Canadian 2 Dollar "loonie", a US 25 cent "quarter" or a standard diameter two Euro coin depending on where you live ).
Put the broken wafers in a bowl. Roll each ball in the wafer pieces.
Place each ball on the baking tray and press it down slightly (
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The following recipe is for a simple lemon curd, ingredients you can substitute for other types of curd are listed below.
At least one lemon's zest (about a tbsp.)
150ml lemon juice
2 eggs, beaten
Mix the sugar, lemon zest and juice in a double boiler (or a saucepan suspended over a boiling pan of water).
Boil the water in the double boiler and heat the mixture for about 10 minutes, stiring constantly.
Stir in the butter until it melts. The mixture should
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Two 9 inch cake tins with removable bases
2 circles of greaseproof paper the size of your baking tins' bases
A large pan of water and a smaller pan (feel free to use a double boiler instead if you own one)
At least two mixing bowls
Whisk (normal or electric, a hand cranked one won't work!)
250g Margarine or Butter (suitable for baking)
200g Plain flour
50g Cocoa Powder
250g Caster Sugar
4 tsp. Baking Powder/Soda
2 tbsp. hot water
125g Butter or Margarine (only solid butter will do, no spreads or shortenings)
50-100g of cocoa powder (to taste)
50-100g icing sugar or white caster sugar (to taste)
156ml whipping cream
200g Dark Chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Grease the tins and place the greaseproof paper on the base of each.
Chop up the butter or margarine (for the sponge) and plac