Orange Chocolate Chip Loaf

A few weeks (if not months ago), I was completely inspired by an instagram post that I saw of Finla Noronha (another Belgian based food blogger with the blog “My Kitchen Treasures” which isn’t active in the blogasphere anymore – but I do recommend following her on instagram for drool-worthy food images)…


I found the recipe via google using *self raising* in my search as I have run out of normal cake flour (seriously???) on a recipe website called Naïve Cook Cooks => recipe here , however I omitted the orange butter!

It was super easy to make but my only negative comment is that by day 3 it was a bit like a stale scone… but nothing that 10 seconds in the microwave couldn’t fix 🙂


Orange Chocolate Chip loaf

3/4 cup of milk
3/4 cup yoghurt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 Tablespoon orange rind
3 cups self raising flour
1 cup mini chocolate chips

  • Mix together milk, yoghurt, sugar, eggs, orange juice & zest
  • Add flour & mix well
  • fold in chocolate chips
  • Pour into a greased loaf tin
  • Bake for 40-45min at 190C




Chocolate chip cheesecake with Dr Oetker

Just in time for the Belgian National holiday (21st July) – I was spoilt with a goodie box of Dr Oetker baking goodies.

The Challenge was simple enough – “Belgian National Holiday”… so I started brainstorming Belgian foods… Frites (although tasty… I am not sure that baked in a cake would suffice); Beer (a great bread ingredient… but in cakes… I am not so sure.. unless we are talking Guinness Chocolate cake); cheese (I know that they say that French cheese is the best… but if you saw what was on offer in Belgium, you would also smile)… which left me the well known Belgian Chocolate…  because, who doesn’t love Belgian Chocolate? And what better way to celebrate the National day than with one of the worlds favourite Belgian foods!

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Thank goodness Dr Oetker makes baking so simple… everything was in the box mix, except for cream & cream cheese (for the filling) and 25g melted butter (for the biscuit base)… and of course, I added my own chocolate kick… nutella and chocolate chips! AND they even supply the baking “tin” (a cardboard cutout) – so even the washing up isn’t a problem!

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Belgian Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

1 Dr Oetker Cheesecake Box Mix
500g cheesecake
200ml cream
25g butter
2 Tablespoons Nutella spread
3/4 cup of chocolate chips

  • Make cheesecake base according to the box instructions
  • After making the base and putting it in the “tin” – spoon on your nutella
  • Make cheesecake filling according to the box instructions – adding the chocolate chips
  • Bake according to instructions

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It couldn’t have been easier!

White chocolate chip cookies

Just before I was knocked down with a 2nd bout of tonsillitis (don’t even ask – but I was seriously not a happy camper) – I managed to whip up a batch of these delicious white chocolate chip cookies!

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Firstly – I found the recipe in the Olive magazine (July issue) – but theirs called for caramelizing the white chocolate. Now, anyone with a mobile 9month old is not going to be working with hot chocolate for an hour while their Monkey is crawling around their feet … right? So I didn’t do this – but followed the rest of the recipe and they turned out great.

My only negative (and my own fault for not caramelizing the white chocolate) is the cookies looked a bit bland and colourless (even if they tasted great!)

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Would I make it again? Yes – the recipe is easy and quick – but next time I would use milk chocolate chips OR colourful sprinkles – maybe nuts & cranberries… Hmmm! The opportunities are endless!

White chocolate chip cookies

100g white chocolate, roughly chopped
150g butter, room temperature
150g sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon milk
220g self-raising flour

  • Beat butter & sugar until light & creamy
  • Beat in egg
  • Add vanilla extract & milk
  • Mix the flour in
  • Add chocolate chips & mix in
  • Line & grease a baking tray (or 3)
  • Place a teaspoon ball of dough on the tray (evenly spaced). Don’t worry about flattening out, as they will do this while baking
  • Bake for 10min at 190C
  • Rest for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

This past weekend, I didn’t feel like the normal weekend breakfast… I was all smoothie-ed out, wasn’t keen on toast or porridge or  cereal … or fruit … or… but I was feeling up for something on the sweet side…

So I decided a little bit of baking was an order… because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy a freshly baked muffin still warm from the oven for breakfast, eh??? (Especially when ones husband wakes one up at 7am on a Sunday morning concerned that one has overslept and will be late for work… forgetting that it is Sunday… and you have the whole morning still ahead and you can’t go back to sleep!)

I found this recipe on the BBC Good Food Website and have to admit that it was super easy to make and ready very quickly.

Would I make it again? Yes – but this time I would use normal chocolate chips instead of the dark chocolate chips that I had used – as the darker the chocolate, the more bitter the taste. (HIM likes them sweet)

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

300g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
50g butter, cold & cubed
100g sugar
150g chocolate chips
2 eggs
225ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • sift flour & baking powder
  • rub the cold cubed butter into the dry mixture to create crumbs
  • Stir through the sugar & chocolate chips
  • Beat the eggs with the milk & vanilla essence separately, then add to the dry mixture
  • Briefly mix (not too much – just enough to make the mixture wet)
  • Bake for 15-20min at 200C

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