This is one of the easiest and quickest sauces I know and it’s perfect on so many desserts, like ice cream, banana split and on brownies. It contains only three ingredients and you can modify the amounts to suit your needs for the situation at hand. Just remember this – mix equal amounts of each ingredients and you’re halfway there. The milk can be substituted for water, but it tastes much better with milk, especially whole milk. For a vegan recipe – change the milk to a vegan option.
1dcl cocoa powder (the darker the better)
- Mix all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil while you stir it, to prevent it from burning.
- Lower the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, or until it’s smooth, silky and a bit thicker. Stir all the time to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn.
- Serve on ice cream, banana split or any other dessert that requires chocolate sauce.
Today I had a huge craving for something sweet, so I made some Chocolate Snowballs – an easy treat that you can freeze, is a favourite with kids and a no bake. In Finland, this recipe is a very traditional sweet and often the first thing that a child learns how to make in the kitchen, since they’re super easy, hardly any ingredients, no knives involved and no stoves or ovens! I remember learning how to make this at about five years old and I still make them – over 20 years later. We often have Chocolate Snowballs at children’s parties or on Saturdays – that are the Swedish and Finnish day when children can have sweets after dinner.
The Snowballs are also very easy to make vegan or gluten free. For vegan – use vegan or milk free butter. For gluten free – use gluten free oats. I always use the darkest cocoa powder that I can find, since it brings a deeper flavour and makes it a bit less sweet and sugary.
6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
4 tablespoons of water
2.5dcl (1 cup) shredded coconut
How to make them;
- Combine the sugar and the butter to a dough. The sugar and butter should be well combined and smooth. Use your hands for this.
- Add the cocoa powder, oats and the water and combine with your hands. Make sure that everything is an even dough and that there aren’t any specks of sugary butter left.
- Grab 2 flat plates. On one of them, add the shredded coconut and put the other one on the right hand side of the coconut plate.
- Roll little balls of the mix to smooth balls and the roll them in the coconut. Place the Snowballs on the empty plate.
- Once you’re done, put the Chocolate Snowballs in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up and set.
This is literally one of the easiest ways to make baguettes at home, that won’t cost a small fortune (and is superhard to make). You only need a few basic ingredients to make this tasty bread.
2tbsp olive oil
1 pack dry yeast
(1 egg) optional
- Heat the olive oil and water to 37 degrees Celsius on the stove
- Mix the hot water with the yeast to start up the yeast. Mix it in a large bowl or a kitchen aid.
- Mix in the rest of the ingredients well for at least 5 minutes in the kitchen aid. It shouldn’t stick to your fingers when you handle it.
- Take it out of the kitchen aid and put the dough on a table, sprinkled with a little flour.
- Knead the dough for a few minutes more and add some more flour if needed.
- Put it back in the bowl, cover it with a baking towel and set it to rise for 60min. Don’t leave it too cold, or the yeast will die. The same thing applies if the opposite happens!
- Heave the dough back on a floured table and cut it into 4 equally big pieces and form them into breads/baguettes. Do NOT knead the dough at this stage!
- Put them on two baking trays, layered with oven paper. Sprinkle some flour on the bread and put baking towels over. Let rise for 30min
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Celsius while the bread is rising.
- If you want you can brush the bread with the whisked egg, and then grind over some sea salt. It’s optional but adds some flavour.
- Bake the bread in the middle of the oven, one tray at the time, for 15 minutes.
- Let them cool on a cutting board, or something else – but not the baking tray.
- Eat fresh and freeze the bread that won’t be used right away.