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"Beautiful Chocolate recipes"
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Lovely book full of amazing chocolate recipes, a must have for all those chocolate lovers.

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This is the best chocolate cookbook I've ever bought!!!


These chocolate treats are sure to have everyone angling to lick the spoon. With over 170 recipes, we’ve got all your chocolate cravings covered. There are recipes to keep your cookie jar chock full, afternoon-tea delights, tasty lunchbox sweeties, special celebration cakes, elegant desserts to wow your guests and lots more.

Sample Recipes, Simple Essentials Chocolate. Copyright © by Donna Hay.


Serves 4


5 cups (1¼L/2 pints) water
1½ cups (260g/9 oz) brown sugar
1 cup (220g/7¾ oz) caster (superfine) sugar
11/3 cups (160g/5½ oz) cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt
220g (7¾ oz) dark chocolate, finely chopped
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Place the water, brown sugar, sugar, cocoa and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve sugars. Remove from heat, stir through chocolate until smooth. Pour through a fine strainer into a bowl, stir through vanilla and set aside to cool slightly. Transfer mixture into an ice-cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.



Makes 35


400g (14 oz) dark chocolate, finely chopped
¾ cup (180ml/6 fl oz) (single or pouring) cream
cocoa powder, sifted for dusting


Place the chocolate and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture into a 15 x 18cm (6 x 7 in) dish lined with non-stick baking paper. Place in the refrigerator for 2−3 hours or until set. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls and dust with the cocoa to serve.

Author Biography:

Donna Hay is Australia's favourite and most trusted home cook, and an international food-publishing phenomenon. Donna's 27 books have sold more than 6 million copies worldwide, been translated into 10 different languages, and her television cooking shows have brought her signature style to life for viewers in more than 14 countries. In Australia, her recent books have dominated the bestseller charts, with Fresh and Light (2012) selling 202,000, The New Classics (2013) selling 160,000, Life in Balance (2015) selling 114,000 and Basics to Brilliance (2016) selling 106,000 copies to date. Donna Hay is a household name. She is editor-in-chief of her own magazine (that's reached more than 730,000 readers) with a digital version that's been the number one of its kind in Australia. In addition, her food range is stocked in supermarkets nationally. She is also the working mum of two beautiful boys. Books by Donna Hay include: Basics to Brilliance Kids; Basics to Brilliance; Life in Balance; The New Easy; The New Classics; Fresh and Light; Simple Dinners; A Cook's Guide; Fast, Fresh Simple; Seasons; No Time To Cook; Off the Shelf; Instant Entertaining and The Simple Essentials Collection.
Release date NZ
April 1st, 2007
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
2nd edition
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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