3 Chocolate Treats to Get You In the Festive Spirit

Penny McCrae  |  December 22, 2015
3 Chocolate Treats to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit
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If you love chocolate, the chances are you like to celebrate the festive season by indulging in your favourite chocolate treats. Make the most of this Christmas by getting yourself and your loved ones into the festive spirit with these delicious chocolate-infused desserts.

1. Chocolate Brownie Trifle
This chocolate brownie trifle makes for a tasty treat any time of year, especially during the festive season. It's not hard to whip up and it's a rich and tasty alternative to traditional Christmas cakes. For a quick dish, use brownies bought from the shop to speed up the preparation time.

Main Ingredients

  • 1 recipe chocolate brownies
  • 500g mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 150g plain chocolate, melted
  • 350ml whipping cream, whipped
  • 30g plain chocolate, grated

Optional Ingredients

  • Raspberries, blackberries, cherries or strawberries
  • Grand Marnier, Kahlua, amaretto or rum
  • Amaretti biscuits, crushed
Treat yourself to this delectable chocolate trifle.Treat yourself to this delectable chocolate trifle.

Directions

The first step is preparing your brownies. If you need a tasty and easy brownie recipe, click here. Once your brownies have cooled, break them apart into pieces that are approximately 5 centimetres.

Next, begin making the chocolate mascarpone by melting the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Combine the mascarpone and the melted chocolate and beat thoroughly. Place half of the brownies, half the whipped cream and half of the chocolate mascarpone in a trifle bowl or serving dish. Repeat layers until the bowl is filled and grate chocolate onto the top layer. Before serving, refrigerate for the best results. 

If you decide to use the optional ingredients, sprinkle a few drops of liqueur over the first brownie layer and drop the berries and biscuits over the cream layers. 

2. Chocolate and Chestnut Yule Log
Put your baking skills to the test with this Christmas creation that's sure to please friends and family of all ages.

Ingredients

  • 100g walnuts
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 5 large free-range eggs
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 25g plain flour
  • 25g quality cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp. marsala or sweet sherry
  • 160g dark chocolate 
  • 180g icing sugar
  • 180g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 150ml double cream
  • 150ml sweetened chestnut puree
Serving this delicious dessert is a great way to celebrate the holidays.Serving this delicious dessert is a great way to celebrate Christmas.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 180ºC and line a 26cm by 37cm Swiss roll tin with baking paper. Make sure the paper is higher than the sides of the tin. Chop the walnuts in a food processor until finely ground. Add baking powder and a pinch of salt. Separate the eggs. Then whisk the egg whites (save the yolks) with an electric beater until firm peaks form. Gradually add and beat half of the sugar until glossy.

Whisk the egg yolks and remaining sugar in another bowl until thick and pale. Fold in the walnut mixture, cocoa and flour. With a large spoon, gradually fold the egg white mixture into the nut batter a little at a time. Spoon into the tin and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean and the sponge is springy. Lay a sheet of baking paper over the sponge while it's still warm and flip it out of the tin. Peel off the tin lining and leave to cool for 5-10 minutes. Drizzle the cake with marsala and roll from the longest edge so that the paper is inside. Cover with a damp cloth. 

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Place the icing sugar in a food processor with the butter and blitz to cream. Add the cooled chocolate and pulse. Once smooth, pour into a bowl and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Whisk the cream until it begins to peak and stir in chestnut puree.

When the sponge is cool, unroll and spread the cream, leaving a 2 centimetre border around the edge. Reroll the cake without the paper. Spread the chocolate icing on top and dust with sugar, if preferred. 

3. Mini Chocolate Meringues
Prepare a plate of these chocolate delights that make a tasty low-fat addition to any dessert table. 

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 125g sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. best quality cocoa powder
  • 50g chocolate chips
Chocolate meringue is sweet and flavourful without the calories. Chocolate meringue is sweet and tasty without the calories.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 150ºC. Start combining the egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar. Beat the mixture until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form and the batter becomes glossy. Fold in the chocolate chips and cocoa. On a greased baking tray, drop the mixture 1 teaspoon at a time. Bake for 25-30 minutes and serve.

At Gracewell, our care homes offer residents a daily menu that features a variety of nutritious dishes prepared by our experienced chefs. Afternoon tea treats served in our stylish cafe are also a favourite among residents. To find a location near you, contact us today.