Category Archives: Dessert

Chocolate Orange Mousse

I had such high hopes. I love anything chocolate orange flavoured, but alas it was not to be. This is a delicious mousse, it’s just not a chocolate orange mousse. More juice next time? Some zest perhaps? I used freshly squeezed juice in the mousse but omitted the candied orange garnish after discovering the mousse wasn’t quite flavoured the way I’d hoped. This recipe is by Curtis Stone. Have you made it and had better results? Or do you have a chocolate orange mousse recipe I can add to my to-do list?

Perhaps I’ll have to stop by Rockpool for another serving of jaffa mousse cake. If I remind hubby of Rockpool’s mac and cheese I may just get that little slice of heaven soon!

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Cinnamon Ice Cream

The most common question I’m asked about this blog is Do you take the photos yourself? The answer is yes, I bake or make and then photograph. This time, however, I didn’t do the making. This was hubby’s project from start to finish. He makes ice cream a couple of times a year. I’m still wanting some more of the chocolate ice cream he made last Easter. The first batch for 2012 is cinnamon, a flavour I know he has been wanting to make for a while. If you like snickerdoodles and ice cream, you’ll love this recipe. It’s creamy, with all the flavour of a snickerdoodle. The original calls for just white sugar; this batch substitutes brown sugar and Equal for 1/2 of the white sugar.

Hubby recommends letting the ice cream freeze for at least a night, but says the texture will be best after two days. If you add anything to the recipe, like walnuts or pecans, be sure to chill them first and add them to the ice cream machine late in the freezing process. That goes for any goodies you add to homemade ice cream, says hubby.

Cinnamon Ice Cream
Adapted from recipe from All Recipes


1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Equal sugar substitute (do not convert to grams, as you will add way too much sweetener. the conversion from sugar to sweetener works only if you go by volume)
1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream (can substitute 3/4 cup of pouring cream plus 3/4 cups of whole milk)
2 eggs, beaten
1  1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


In a saucepan over medium-low heat (make sure it’s not too hot) stir together the sugar and half-and-half. When the mixture begins to simmer, remove from heat, and whisk half of the mixture into the eggs. Whisk quickly so that the eggs do not scramble.

Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan, and stir in the heavy cream. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 10-15 minutes.

Remove from heat, and whisk in vanilla and cinnamon. Cover and set aside to cool for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Pour cooled mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Pour ice cream into freezer-safe container with lid, cover surface of ice cream with plastic wrap under lid, and let harden in freezer overnight. Scoop and serve. 


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Sweet Potato Pie

My philosophy when it comes to dessert is usually If it’s not chocolate, why bother? While I don’t mind a coconutty treat or a caramel-flavoured delight, chocolate has a special place in my heart and on my dessert menu. Imagine my surprise when hubby introduced me to sweet potato pie. Magical, delicious sweet potato pie. There is a reason I only make this at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. It’s too tempting to resist, warmed and served with vanilla bean ice-cream. Now, if only I could get my chocolate habit down to two indulgences a year.

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
from Modern Classics Book 2 by Donna Hay


2 cups flour
3 tbs caster sugar
150 g (5 oz) cold butter, diced
2-3 tbs ice water


Process the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. With the motor running add enough water for the dough to cling together.
Knead lightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until 2-3 mm (⅛ in) thick. Line the greased tart tin. Blind bake for 10 minutes. (I don’t do this next step unless it’s a big pie with thicker pastry – Remove the baking weights and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust is golden.)

Sweet Potato Pie
Adapted from: View recipe and reviews here.


1 (1 pound/454 g) sweet potato
1/2 (115 g) cup butter, softened
1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar
1/2 cup (100 g) brown sugar
1/2 (120 ml) cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Peel sweet potato and boil until soft.
Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into pie crust (see recipe above).
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.

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Homemade Pizza and Chocolate Mousse

The Kitchenaid is getting used at every opportunity in Katie’s kitchen this week. Saturday night hubby and I made pizza and let the Kitchenaid do her stuff with the dough. Success!

For dessert I made chocolate mousse, something I hadn’t made before. More success!

Basic Pizza Dough
Donna Hay

1 teaspoon dry yeast
pinch  sugar
2/3 cup  lukewarm water
2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
pinch teaspoon fine salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Combine the yeast, sugar and water in a bowl. Set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes or until bubbles appear. Place the flour, oil and salt in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture and stir until it comes together. Knead until dough is soft and elastic. Place dough in oiled bowl, cover, set in warm place to rise until doubled in size.

Chocolate Mousse
Donna Hay

200g dark chocolate, chopped
75g butter, chopped
4 eggs, separated
1 cup single or pouring cream
2 tablespoons icing sugar

Place the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth.
Pour mixture into a bowl and add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating until well combined. Set aside.
Place the cream in a bowl and whip until soft peaks form. Set aside.
Place the eggs white in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Sift over icing sugar and whisk until mixture is thick and glossy.
Gently fold the cream through the chocolate mixture, the fold the egg whites through.
Spoon into bowls and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Serves 6-8

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