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The blog is the very first thing I set up when I embarked on the Dolci & Delizie project.  I found that creating it greatly improved my visibility.

The various sections of the blog cover most of my work from sweets to savoury, encapsulating all that I love doing most…..cooking and baking.

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” ~ Luciano Pavarotti

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Ciambellone

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Ciambellone

Ciambellone

I like my Sunday mornings to be easy and my breakfast sweet. Not overly sweet, so I won’t be seen eating Nutella or indulging too much. This Ciambellone makes an ideal breakfast treat for a lazy morning. I particularly enjoyed the mild tartness of the lemon and yogurt in the cake combined with the sweetness from the jam. Perfect!   Here is what you need for one cake:- 150 grams plain yoghurt 150 ml vegetable oil (plus some for greasing) 3 eggs 250 grams caster sugar 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract zest of 1/2 a lemon 175 grams plain...

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Almond, Coconut & Lime Cake

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Almond, Coconut & Lime Cake

Almond, Coconut & Lime Cake

A simple mid week treat. Bursting with flavour. Perfect with a cup of tea or as a dessert served with some whipped cream. Here is what you need:- Cake:  200g caster sugar finely grated zest of 2 limes 75g butter, softened 80ml olive oil 175g almond meal 50g unsweetened desiccated coconut 125g all purpose fl our 2 teaspoons baking powder pinch of salt 4 medium eggs ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 3 rounded tablespoons sour cream Syrup: freshly squeezed juice of 2 limes 100ml water 2 ½ tablespoons honey 1 ½ tablespoons caster sugar Preheat the...

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Vegetable Stew

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Vegetable Stew

Vegetable Stew

The recipe below is a one pot, feel good dish. A dish that’s hearty, healthy and ideal for those looking at some guilt free post holiday food. Lots of vegetables and no fuss. The stew is easy to prepare. I served mine with some buttered basmati rice.   Here is what you need for 6 persons:- 4 sweet potatoes 3 carrots 1 onion 1 fennel bulb 1 leek 2 tsp paprika handful of baby spinach leaves 1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 can chopped tomatoes 400ml vegetable stock olive oil Peel and chop...

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An eventful moment

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on An eventful moment

An eventful moment

These last couple of months have been very eventful for me on a personal and professional level. I never thought things could change so dramatically in the such a short span of time. The first thing was the decision to move house. It happened completely out of the blue, one day I’m here the next I’m buying a house. Something unplanned, unexpected and welcomed. Almost a spur of the moment decision. This means busy months ahead, sorting, packing, discarding and so on. I’m not entirely looking forward to that part. What I was...

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Caramel Swirl Bars

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Caramel Swirl Bars

Caramel Swirl Bars

Scrumptious cake-like bars, swirled with caramel and enhanced with chocolate chips and pecans. They are also a breeze to prepare. Here is what you need:- 170g butter 215g light brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs 280g plain flour 100g pecans 160g dark chocolate chips 1/2 can caramel (carnation) Preheat the oven to 180C (gas) Prepare a 20×30 baking dish (I used a ceramic oven dish). Line it with foil and lightly butter the foil. Leave an overhang to facilitate removal after baking. In a large...

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Blueberry Cherry Galette

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Blueberry Cherry Galette

Blueberry Cherry Galette

A quick and easy treat to prepare. A galette is similar to a pie but it’s baked free form. It’s equally delicious but less fancy. I prepared this with what I had available, blueberries and cherries and cream cheese for the base.   Here is what you need:- For the pastry 225g plain flour 2 tbsp. sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt 115g cold butter 1 egg For the filling 280g fruit (a mix of blueberries* and cherries) 70g + 2 tbsp. sugar 1 tbsp. lemon juice 4 tsp cornflour 200g cream cheese 1 egg yolk pinch of nutmeg Place...

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Chocolate Crunch Cake

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Chocolate Crunch Cake

Chocolate Crunch Cake

A cross between a brownie, a chocolate fondant and a dense mousse. That’s how amazingly delicious this cake is. It’s fudgy at the bottom, squidgy and soft in the centre and has a crackle at the top. The addition of poppy seeds or cacao nibs give a hidden crunch. You could serve it with vanilla ice cream, poached fruit or a dusting of cocoa powder or icing sugar, but it’s equally delicious on its own. It’s best served once it’s cooled and will keep well in the fridge.   Here is what you need:- 200g butter 200g...

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Coconut Cake with Summer Berries

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Coconut Cake with Summer Berries

Coconut Cake with Summer Berries

I’ve been craving coconut cake for a while now and I finally got down to baking it yesterday. I love this cake because it is rich and moist and the coconut flavour is very present. Here is what you need:- 125g butter, softened 1/2 tsp coconut essence 200g caster sugar 2 eggs 40g coconut 200g self raising flour 300g sour cream or crème fraiche 60ml milk For the topping 250ml double cream 2 tbsp. caster sugar 2 tbsp. Malibu (optional) 200g berries of your choice to top the cake Grease the bottom and sides of a 23cm cake tin. Line the...

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Leek, Onion & Goat’s Cheese Tart

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Leek, Onion & Goat’s Cheese Tart

Leek, Onion & Goat’s Cheese Tart

I cooked this for lunch last Sunday, it’s quick, easy, delicious and ideal as a light dish. I used two sheets of ready rolled puff pastry, which were absolutely crispy and flaky. I also added pesto, fennel and bacon for more flavour. Here is what you need:- 2 sheets ready rolled puff pastry 4 spoons pesto 1 leek, finely sliced 1 onion, finely sliced 1 fennel bulb, finely sliced 250g soft goat’s cheese 4 slices bacon, chopped 100g pine nuts, toasted egg wash Prepare two baking trays lined with baking parchment. Unroll the puff...

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate, peanut butter, fudge brownies, ganache frosting….. what else could you ask for? These brownies are loaded with chocolate and peanut butter. I held back on the sugar to avoid an overload of sweetness. I topped these brownies with chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I doubt they are available locally, however a chopped Snickers bar may be a good substitute and would also add some crunch. You may also omit it altogether and use the ganache alone as topping. Here is what you need:- 100g butter 60g dark chocolate,...

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