Coconut Oil and Manuka Honey Chocolate

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Inspired by a friend who made this for her son’s advent calendar, I decided to have a go at making this uber simple, natural chocolate. I seriously cannot believe how tasty it is. Granted, it is different to regular chocolate, and lacks the traditional tempered chocolate ‘snap’, but it really is delicious. Think the inside of a Lindor chocolate ball… Smooth, melting and rich.

You’ll need:
1/2 cup organic unrefined coconut oil (use refined if you don’t want the choc to taste of coconut)
1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
1/4 cup Manuka honey
2 top vanilla bean paste or extract

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Melt all the ingredients together on a medium/low heat (it’s really important it doesn’t reach boiling point) and pour into moulds. I used petit four cases. Leave to set in the fridge and enjoy!

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Christmas swirl scones

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Last year I shared my Cinnamon Swirl Scone recipe with you and was blown away by the positive feedback. This is an even more Christmassy version of it, using good old Christmas mincemeat. Like most of my recipes, it’s quick and easy, and can also be made ahead of time and chilled or frozen raw ready to be baked when impromptu, but welcome, Christmas guests turn up.

Make a basic scone dough like the one in the Cinnamon Swirl Scone recipe (I doubled it for this recipe as I was feeding a crowd), and roll out to a rough rectangular shape.

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Spread roughly 450g mincemeat over the dough leaving about an inch gap at one side.

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Roll up, wrap in greaseproof paper and chill for an hour, or freeze for use at a later date.

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Slice and bake at 180oC for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden.

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Slather in icing, or if you’re feeling very indulgent, icing sugar mixed with Baileys for a proper taste of Christmas.

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A little Christmas endeavour…

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With Christmas coming up, this stay at home mum could do with a few extra pennies, so I’ve started making and selling these super cute cookie mix jars to family and friends. I’m thrilled with how they’ve turned out, and orders are coming in thick and fast. Another jar haul is on the agenda this weekend!

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