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i-Phone Chocolate Case – Review and Giveaway #43

When it comes to food, we’re not very good at austerity in this house. Admittedly, we did fast three times over the Christmas week and twice last week, but that was because we wanted to properly indulge on the other days. However, in this time of post-Christmas austerity many of us will be thinking about tightening both our belts and wallets.

But chocoholics, don’t despair. I have a chocolatey treat to offer up to one lucky reader that shouldn’t pile on the pounds and might just help in the battle of the bulge. The designers at TShirt Store have come up with an iPhone case in the form of a chocolate bar. A half opened chocolate bar to be precise and as we know, such bars rarely remain that way. This, however, is a feast for the eyes, not the stomach. You can look as much as you like, but you won’t be tempted to eat it.

On sale through the TShirt Store, it costs Ā£19. This may seem a tad expensive, but you could soon recoup it by cutting back on your chocolate consumption. Gazing at this tasteful rather than tasty chocolate accessory is probably the way to go. It’s made of tough plastic and is a snug fit. If my experience is anything to go by, it is not likely to fall off, in fact it is remarkably tenacious. I can’t vouch for how long the design will last, but mine has been knocking around for a few weeks now and looks as good as new.

I was sent a TShirt Store iPhone case to review. There was no requirement to write a positive review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Giveaway
The TShirt Store are kindly offering a second chocolate iPhone case (4, 4S or 5) to give away to one lucky Chocolate Log Blog reader. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. The winner will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this will result in another winner being picked.
Prizes are offered and provided by TShirt Store and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.
Closing date is Tuesday 4th February 2014

Do take a look at the Chocolate Log Blog giveaway page to see if there is anything else you would like to enter.

iPhone Case

Baileys Choconana Pie

Dessert | 4th January 2014 | By

 New Year’s Day and we were off to visit friends for a feast by the fire. Something special was required. I had some bananas that needed using up and some odds and ends of chocolate that I wanted to finish off. I also had two 180ml pots of Baileys Extra Thick Cream I’d been sent in order to try out in a recipe. So my Baileys Choconana Pie was born.

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Stollen Cakes and 2014 Greetings

5 Star, Small Cakes | 1st January 2014 | By

Stollen Cakes

First of all I’d like to wish everyone a Very Happy New Year. May 2014 bring you plenty of chocotunities.

When I saw this spiced stollen traybake over at How to Cook Good Food before Christmas, I knew I would have to make this or something similar very soon. I had no stollen at all last year and it is one of my favourites. A spicy stollen full of fruit and marzipan in cake form is an excellent idea. My version is actually quite different to Laura’s, but hers was the inspiration.  These would have been perfect for bringing in the new year along with a glass of something special or for celebrating today, New Year’s Day.

As it happens, my mother’s birthday is on New Year’s Eve and as we were going to be out and about, I needed something portable. She’s a bit of a marzipan fan, so stollen cakes seemed to fit the bill very nicely. I’d also been sent a surprise Christmas parcel from Dr Oetker which handily contained both marzipan and chocolate chips.

This is how I made:

Stollen Cakes

  • Added 75g sultanas and 25g mixed peel (homemade) to a bowl together with 25g ground almonds and 2 tbsp rum and left to soak overnight.
  • Creamed 150g unsalted butter with 125g cardamom (golden caster) sugar.
  • Grated in the zest of a small lemon.
  • Added 1/2 tsp freshly ground coriander, a good grating of nutmeg and a good grinding of black pepper.
  • Creamed some more until the mixture was very light and fluffy.
  • Beat in 3 small eggs.
  • Sifted in 160g flour (half wholemeal, half white), 1 tsp mesquite powder (optional), 1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda.
  • Stirred this in alternately with 1 tbsp lemon juice and 2 tbsp sour milk.
  • Folded in the fruit and rum mixture, 50g dark chocolate chips and 100g chopped marzipan.
  • Spooned into 15 cupcake cases then scattered a few flaked almonds over the top.
  • Baked at 180Ā°C for 20 minutes, then turned onto a rack to cool.
  • Dusted with vanilla sugar.

The house smelt deliciously of nutmeg and coriander whilst the cakes were baking. CT and I couldn’t help ourselves, but had to filch a warm one as they came out of the oven. Ooh, they were so delicious, sweet and seasonally spicy.

Stollen Cakes

We ate another one or two whilst watching The Hobbit (second time for us, birthday treat for my mother). They may not have been as impressive as Smaug’s Hoard, but each bite uncovered buried treasure – rum soaked sultanas, marzipan and chocolate chips or occasionally all three. The sponge was light and a glorious yellow just like the dragon’s gold. And if CT takes another one without permission, I’ll be breathing fire all over him. Actually he’s unable to fulfil his desire as my mother squirrelled the remainder away and is jealously guarding her hoard.

The beautiful golden yellow sponge was the result of some local free range eggs which I buy whenever I am able. I am thus entering it into this month’s Tea Time Treats where the theme is eggs. This has been chosen by the new co-host Jane of The Hedgecombers. I’m pleased to say that Karen of Lavender and Lovage remains.

With those local eggs in mind where the chickens truly run freely, I am entering this into Shop Local at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

I’m also submitting this to Jac’s Bookmarked Recipes over at Tinned Tomatoes where you can see last month’s round-up.