Chocolate Ganache recipe

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Hi guys! I hope you’ve all had a lovely day. If, however, you’re still feeling those Monday morning blues, how about a super speedy sweet treat to pick you up? Here’s a simple but incredibly versatile recipe for my chocolate ganache.

Chocolate ganache is a great addition to so many desserts. It makes a great icing for cupcakes, a tasty topping for ice cream, the perfect dip for strawberries… or marshmallows, bananas, doughnuts… you get the idea. It’s a yummy all rounder that can be eaten hot or cold, on its own or with other food, and it lasts a few days in the fridge.

Fancy giving it a go? Find the recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • 4oz chocolate. I used milk cooking chocolate, but if you’re wanting something less sickly sweet, dark chocolate would be better- I was catering for my sister’s sweet tooth.
  • 120ml of double cream

Method:

  1. Chop chocolate into small pieces. This doesn’t have to be perfect, just small enough so the cream can melt the chocolate once it has been heated.P1220678
  2. Heat the cream in a microwave for around 50 seconds to 1 minute. Be careful during this step to ensure the cream doesn’t bubble over the top of the bowl.
  3. Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate. Leave the mixture to sit for three minutes before slowly whisking the mixture. I find it’s best if you do this in one continuos direction. P1220680
  4. After enough whisking, you’ll have your ganache! If you’re wanting to use it as a cake topping, as I did for my peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes, leave it to cool completely. If you’re wanting a slightly thicker consistency as shown on the strawberries below, refrigerate the ganache for a few hours.

 

Upcoming Blog Posts for August

 

Hi guys! I hope I find you all in good spirits. I just wanted to give you all an insight into what sort of content you can be expecting on the blog this upcoming month.

I’ll be uploading some quick and easy craft projects this month to help give some inspiration for things to do over the school holidays. You’ll also be seeing some more baking recipes uploaded (including the peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes shown above) as well as some vegetarian barbecue ideas- for the unlikely event that this rain ever ends!

I hope you enjoy whatever you’ve got planned for tomorrow, Jason and I are hoping to be going for a picnic (though we have been planning said picnic for about two weeks now and it has been rained off each time. We can hope though).

Hopefully you’re looking forward to seeing what’s to come this month on the blog; if you can’t wait though, why not check out my Travel and Food pages? I’ve uploaded some content to help get things off to a good start.

Best wishes to you all for tomorrow and the week ahead,

Maddie.

Strawberries and Cream cupcakes

 

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Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a great week. It’s been one of those accidentally putting my cereal in the fridge days today I’m afraid. I’ve been working for the past few days and it’s safe to say I am definitely ready for the weekend, its been a hectic week!

If you’re feeling like trying your hand at a bit of baking this weekend, how about my Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes? It’s basically British summertime in food form. With fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream, accompanied by a hidden jammy centre, these cupcakes are the perfect treat for any lover of this classic summer pairing.

I made these cakes earlier this week, and its safe to say they went down an absolute treat with the family. They’re super easy, perfect for beginner bakers, or something to keep the kids entertained now the schools have broken up.

Fancy making your own? Find the recipe in the food section of my blog.

I hope you all have wonderful weekends,

Maddie.

Hello!

 

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Hello! Welcome to my blog, A Little Mad Smith. I’ve fancied blogging for about six years now so I thought it was high time I tried my hand at it.

I absolutely LOVE anything arts and crafts related; sewing, painting, candle making… you name it and the chances are I’ve given it a go. I also love food, vintage style, yoga, travel and makeup. I plan on sharing my own experiences, recipes and projects on here, along with the odd random ramble.

As for me, I’m a nineteen year old Northerner currently studying Theoretical Physics with Mathematics at Lancaster University. When I’m home from uni, I have the pleasure of working with some amazing women in a local fabric shop.

I have A LOT of ideas for future posts I want to create for this blog, and I can’t wait to share some of my projects with you.

Wish me luck!

Maddie x