Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse

This weekend has been just perfect. I’d been working away all week and I’m not going to lie, it was tough. Sometimes things seem to just pile up and up and it gets a bit much. Amongst other things, I hadn’t seen James properly for 3 weeks because he’d been away the 2 weeks before I went away, as well as back to work blues (I’d had last week off of work and it was blissful). Thankfully though, it was Valentine’s weekend this weekend; which meant a weekend of eating mostly chocolate (and calories not existing – I definitely made the most of this!), which incidentally is the known cure for a long week. I baked a monstrously decadent and delicious pecan praline bundt cake (more on that soon) and made these chocolate mousses. Chocolate mousse is up there in my favourite desserts ever list and salted caramel is a thing James and I both love. When we first started talking far more than people who are just friends do, I used to post him bars of salted caramel chocolate. I figured these would be the perfect Valentine’s desserts, especially because I could put them in those adorable heart shaped dishes.

SC mousse 2

As Valentine’s go, this was the best one ever. I got absolutely spoilt with thoughtful gifts and was then surprised with a ridiculously generous gift later in the day, after I’d assumed all the gift giving was done; beats headphones, (in matte black of course), I’m still in shock and the luckiest girl. We also went to test drive a car on Valentine’s day and put a deposit down on a new car!!!! This is a huge stress off of our minds. My car has been unreliable for a long time and we have so many long drives coming up over the next 6 months; we thought it was about time we took that step and bought a new car, as a couple (eek!). It is such a relief to know we’ll have a reliable car to make those journeys in now. We decided on an adorable VW Move Up! in Mayan blue. 
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Banoffee Pie

Banoffee is a weakness of mine, I manage to resist, just about, for most of the year because I am trying to eat less sugar and no gluten. You only have a birthday once a year though and boy, did I make the most of that excuse this year. I mentioned before that the savoury crown went to the Brioche Couronne; well, the sweet crown went to this Banoffee Pie. The stakes were high in the sweet department, it was competeing with a berry layer cake, spiced pumpkin patch cake, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, s’mores brownies and sour cream strawberry ice cream (recipes to follow).  It won fairly and squarely though, everyone kept saying how good it was and requesting the receipe. I feel some what cheated when it comes to this banoffee pie, it goes against a lot of my ‘home made is best’ principles but it was just too good not to share the recipe; even if you do have to buy digestive biscuits to make the base and use condensed milk to make the caramel/toffee. A word of warning, to make the caramel you need to boil the tins of condensed milk for 2.5 hours, factor this into you preparation time! Or, do it the day/weekend before.

 

Banoffee slice

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Nutella & Salted Caramel Stuffed Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I stumbled across this recipe and knew that I just had to make it for James, my boyfriend, as it has all his favourite things in one cookie (and mine too, let’s be honest). We had a stressful weekend having remove all the furniture from our room and to deep clean it and treat it; along with having to wash ALL of our clothes, shoes and any other fabric items (bags, scarves, the lot!). Morale was pretty low, despite a wonderful afternoon cycling around the coast to the cinema to watch Hercules (seriously, go watch it now) and finding a navy scarf with pumpkins on (vital July purchase) on Saturday; by Sunday afternoon, things were at an all time low and cookies were required. Now, just licking the spoon (after scooping them onto the tray!) was enough for me to know these would be food coma inducing. I found this recipe on a gorgeous and superbly written (so many photos and demos, check it out) blog called ‘Top With Cinnamon’ (great name).

These cookies are messy, gooey, absolutely delicious and dangerous. Make at your own peril!

Nutella and Salted Caramel Double Choc Chip Cookie

You’ll need to start by making a batch of salted caramel, luckily Top With Cinnamon gives one of the best explanations of making caramel I’ve found. I finally successfully made caramel!

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