chocolate recipes

A collection of recipes selected by The Saturday Paper team

dessert September 5, 2015

Flourless chocolate torta caprese

This dish is named after the island of Capri, like the salad of tomatoes and mozzarella, or the mid-calf pants, or the shoes. The torta caprese is the original flourless chocolate cake. There are different stories about how this happened. One...

baking August 7, 2021

Florentines

It seems many of us have returned to a winter of discontent. Bright sparks are few and far between. As restaurant kitchens slumber or pivot, with a near-hysterical glint, to takeaway offerings, I have retreated to my farm looking for some...

dessert March 19, 2022

Chocolate chip cookies

How do we find favourite recipes these days? There are, of course, books and magazines for inspiration, and newspapers, but so much of our world is now online. For me, inspiration is often found in the images that flit by while scrolling through...

baking May 5, 2018

Chocolate cake with Swiss meringue buttercream

There’s nothing like an impending “state occasion” such as Mother’s Day to bring out the wannabe cake-maker in me. I must admit that when I scroll through pictures on Instagram of other people’s cake triumphs, I often feel a little inadequate –...

dessert October 14, 2017

Chocolate pots with whisky cream

To me, a chocolate pot de crème is the best part of a chocolate tart without all the hassle of pastry-making – resting, rolling, blind baking, blah, blah, blah. If, however, you did want to go to the effort of making a tart – and I don’t judge –...

baking February 28, 2015

Coconut and chocolate cake

This recipe has been in our family for some time. A while ago I adapted it slightly as a homage to an ever-popular chocolate bar – the Cherry Ripe. For the time poor, it can easily be made without the addition of chocolate and cherries....

dessert May 28, 2016

Chocolate truffles and chocolate salami

My favourite type of chocolate varies depending on what I am using it for. When I’m making hot chocolate, I like to use a Valrhona chocolate powder. When I’m making ice-creams, I like to use a combination of Lindt and Valrhona – through...

dessert June 13, 2015

Chocolate eclairs

When I started cooking, there wasn’t necessarily a dedicated pastry chef in the kitchen. It was just part of your training and you worked your way through the pastry section.  I was lucky enough to work for a while in a pastry kitchen...

dessert March 17, 2018

Andrew McConnell’s Tiramisu

Tiramisu has a somewhat naff mass appeal – it’s a homely dessert that should be for everyone but the addition of raw egg, coffee and alcohol excludes children and some people from the pleasures. Bringing together two things that complete every...

dessert August 24, 2019

Eugénies

It’s blood orange season. Which means I’m busily making the most of one of the truly seasonal citrus fruits. I feature blood orange on the dessert menu, use blood orange segments in salads, and make copious amounts of blood orange cordial. I’m...

baking September 13, 2014

Chocolate and sea salt biscuits with raspberry jelly

Who said food at a child’s party has to be only for the kids? Why is it not socially acceptable for adults to enjoy the occasional frog-in-a-pond, too? For adults and children alike, jelly is a somewhat forgotten food. The convenience and...