Hot Chocolate On A Stick (Christmas Edition)

Hey you guys know hot chocolate right? Yeah well imagine if it was on a stick and you could use that stick to stir the chocolate into the milk and then eat that stick. And what if it was all Christmassy? Yeah let's make that. 

Ingredients

  • 200g Dark Chocolate - or white, or milk
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa
  • 1/4 cup Icing Sugar
  • 12 Candy Canes, chopped off before the curve so that they are straight

Method

  1. Sift your cocoa and icing sugar and put aside. This mixture will henceforth be known as chocolate sherbet. 
  2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler slowly over low heat. 
  3. Mix the chocolate sherbet into the melted chocolate - it should be thick and resembling a soft dough.
  4. Squish chocolate tightly into an ice cube tray, making sure there's no air pockets and put a candy cane stick into each one. You shouldn't have too much trouble keeping them straight as the chcolate is quite thick. 
  5. You will need to place your tray somewhere cool and dry until they have hardened. DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE FRIDGE OR FREEZER. This will make your candy canes really sticky as they will draw moisture. 
  6. To serve, just add a cup of steamed milk per stick and stir until dissolved. And don't forget the marshies!

Note: You may want to add a splash of peppermint essence, or even some peppermint liqueur if you feel that way inclined. And if you're not such a huge fan of candy canes or mint (you monster!) try nutella, or cinnamon or even chilli and replace the candy cane with a wooden ice cream stick.  

Another Note: Store in an airtight container (refer to moisture drawing mention in recipe). The sticks should last a couple of months at least. 

Recipe adapted from the Hot Chocolate on a Stick Queen. 

Kladdkaka Cakes

We all know everything Scandinavian is amazing (Hello Heidi, IKEA, Sven the masseur) so it really is no surprise that the world's most delicious cake is Swedish. It's also the world's easiest cake and if you can stop giggling at the name you can have these babies in the oven in about 5 minutes flat. 

Ingredients

  • 185g Butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Caster Sugar
  • 1 cup Plain Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Essence
  • Cocoa for dusting

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. 
  2. Pour into greased muffin cases and bake at 185 degrees C for about 15-20 minutes. You want your cakes to be soft on the inside so DO NOT OVER COOK. Look for a bit of wobble but crunchy edges.
  3. Let cool and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche/whipped cream/ice cream/your poison. 

Seriously, that's it. Behold the world's easiest and most satisfying cakes. 

*Recipe loosely adapted from here