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El Tesoro Dark Cocoa Mousse Cake

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by admin | April 1st, 2009 

dark mouse cake

A rich dark flavoursome desert … a perfect end to a dinner party!

Serves 12


180g cacao, finely grated

250g unsalted butter

5 eggs

200g golden caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract


1 Preheat the oven to 160C / Gas 3. Line a 25cm cake tin with non-stick baking paper.

2 Melt the cacao and butter in a large heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Meanwhile, beat the eggs with the sugar and the vanilla extract until pale yellow and fluffy.

3 Pour the cacao mixture into the eggs and beat to combine.

4 Stand the lined tin in a roasting tray and fill the tin with the mousse mixture.

5 Pour enough boiling hot water into the roasting tray to come halfway up the side of the tin. Bake for 30 minutes or until set. Leave to cool in the tin.

Sticky Chocolate Spare Ribs

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by admin | April 1st, 2009 

Spare Ribs

Serves 4


6 tbsp tomato purée

2 tbsp harissa

2 tbsp grated cacao

2 tbsp sunflower oil

2 tsp honey

1kg pig ribs (8 ribs)


1 Put all the ingredients for coating the ribs into a small pan, with a pinch of salt.

2 Place over a medium heat and stir occasionally until thick and glossy. Leave to cool slightly.

3 Pour the sauce over the ribs and turn the ribs over and over until coated.

4 Cook the ribs over a medium barbecue for 20-30 minutes, depending on their size, turning them frequently and brushing regularly with the sauce.

Porcini & chocolate risotto

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by admin | April 1st, 2009 

porcinirisottoServes 4


4-5 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

100g dried porcini mushrooms

25g butter

250g arborio rice

1 litre hot chicken or vegetable stock

2 tbsp cacao, finely grated Parmesan, to serve


1 Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion and garlic and fry over a gentle heat until soft.

2 Place the porcini in a small bowl and cover with boiling water to rehydrate.

3 Drop the butter into the pan. Stir in the rice.

4 Add the porcini and the soaking liquid. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the liquid is absorbed.

5 Add a ladleful of stock and simmer, stirring again, until the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is plump and tender. Stir in the cacao. Season and serve with grated Parmesan.

Chili con Cocoa

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by admin | December 14th, 2008 

Serves 14

Here is a fantastic, canie-friendly variation of the much loved Chili con Carnie. Add some much needed Cocoa love to your already fantastic classic recipes!


* 1/4 cup vegetable oil
* 1 Sliced Garlic
* 1 chopped onion
* 2 lbs. ground beef or ground turkey
* 50g Grated venezuelan-black
* 2 tablespoons chili powder
* 2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 7 cups whole tomatoes, undrained
* 1-1/3 cups tomato paste
* 1 cup water
* 3 cups dark red kidney beans, undrained
* Plain Rice


1. Heat oil over medium heat in large saucepan; add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 minutes or until tender. Add meat, cook until brown. Drain.

2. Stir in cocoa, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, allspice, cinnamon, tomatoes with liquid, tomato paste and water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat. Add beans; simmer 30 minutes.

3. Ladle chili (about 1 cup each) into prepared bread bowls. Garnish as desired.

Cocoa Shot

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by admin | December 14th, 2008 

What about some fantastic Cocoa Pripulsion in the morning with a Cocoa Shot! Not only does this start the day with a great boost of energy but the antioxidants in cocoa helps your heart by keeping your blood vessels relaxed, thus easing blood pressure and helping circulation.


1 part cacao
2 or 3 parts water, depending on desired thickness
a little honey or preferred sweetener


Grate the cacao and melt it into the water. once the water and cacao boil they emulsify. add a little more water if you like it thinner. then add a little honey to taste or your preferred type of sweetener.



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