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Visit to Radio Sheffield

By AnnaMester | 7th May 2019

If you didn’t manage to catch me on Radio Sheffield a few weeks ago talking about this lovely beetroot and chocolate cake I brought in for Paulette and the team  to try. You can make it yourself and see. It’s such an easy recipe and it’s Gluten Free. I recommend trying it. I was pleasantly … Read moreVisit to Radio Sheffield

Academy of Chocolate Awards 2019

By AnnaMester | 7th May 2019

Academy of Chocolate Awards 2019 After a really busy Easter followed by a lovely Easter break. I returned to Sheffield to receive the wonderful news that I have been awarded two Academy of Chocolate Awards in this years competition . These were two Silver Awards for the Salted Caramel Chocolates and the Spiced Gin and … Read moreAcademy of Chocolate Awards 2019

Easter Egg Workshop

By AnnaMester | 5th April 2019

Easter Egg Workshop I had a wonderful time last week teaching Rochelle from the Sheffield Star to make her own Easter Egg. Here is the link to her article; https://www.thestar.co.uk/best-in-sheffield/shopping/make-your-own-yummy-easter-egg-and-other-chocolate-treats-at-sheffield-independent-chocolatier-cocoa-mester-1-9680462

Bespoke Wedding Favours

By AnnaMester | 22nd February 2019

[siteorigin_widget class=”WP_Widget_Media_Gallery”][/siteorigin_widget] Really enjoyed making some bespoke flavours today for a couple looking for unique flavours for their wedding favours. These are flavours passion fruit white Chocolates and milk chocolate salted Caramels. I was delighted to be asked to make these flavours as they are good flavour combinations and what do you know; they turned … Read moreBespoke Wedding Favours

Gin and Tonic with a twist of Lime

By AnnaMester | 20th November 2018

Gin and Tonic with a twist of lime I first started developing this chocolate a few years ago. It was originally a gift for a friend. I had wanted to try making a chocolate in these flavours for a while and it was a good excuse to start. Getting these flavours in a chocolate was … Read moreGin and Tonic with a twist of Lime

Festive Chocolates

By AnnaMester | 15th November 2018

Festive chocolates The festive season will soon be upon us. I do love Christmas and in particular I love indulging in some festive treats. Christmas day would not be complete without certain little luxuries. On my list of must haves I would include; nuts (every kind!) Port and Gin and Tonic for drinks, Chocolates of … Read moreFestive Chocolates

Sticky Toffee Pudding

By AnnaMester | 30th October 2018

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Sticky Toffee Sticky Toffee Pudding; a delicious and comforting treat for this time of the year. Made traditionally with dates incorporated into a rich sponge and served with a butterscotch of caramel sauce on top. I’ve taken my favourite elements of this dessert and made them into a tasty chocolate with a rich … Read moreSticky Toffee Pudding

Time for Gingerbread

By AnnaMester | 5th October 2018

As the leaves begin to fall and everything turns golden my tastes begin change and long for warm spicy flavours. It’s now that I begin to make Gingerbread. There are two types of gingerbread. One is a soft spongy cake mix and the other a biscuit. For gingerbread croutons I make the a gingerbread cake … Read moreTime for Gingerbread

Great British Bake Off; Pastry Week

By AnnaMester | 4th October 2018

Great British Bake Off; Pastry Week Pastry!! I really enjoyed watching this weeks challenge, it also made me very hungry… I like a good pastry. I was sad to see Dan go as he’s a fellow Sheffielder. But it did seem to be the right choice. I can’t say I have ever made samosa’s, but … Read moreGreat British Bake Off; Pastry Week

Brownie Recipe

By AnnaMester | 14th September 2018

This is a wonderful brownie recipe, it’s the one I always use when I make brownies at home. It uses milk chocolate rather than dark, which may sound a little sweet. However combined with  the light Muscovado sugar which has a slight molasses taste and a little salt it balances very well Line a deep … Read moreBrownie Recipe

Great British Bake Off: Bread Week

By AnnaMester | 13th September 2018

Bread Week. I do love a good loaf and I was delighted to see enriched dough right at the start. My favourite enriched dough, also easy to make, is Brioche. You can use this mix to make a simple loaf of try rolling into buns and filling with delicious crème patisserie; what ever takes your … Read moreGreat British Bake Off: Bread Week

Great British Bake Off; Response to Cake Week

By AnnaMester | 12th September 2018

Chocolate Cake Firstly I felt so sorry for the bakers with this challenge! A hot day and tempering Chocolate was just a bit mean of the producers! Even professionals would find this hard. Ideal room temperature for tempering chocolate is 18 to 20 degrees C and people; don’t use a glass bowl to temper chocolate … Read moreGreat British Bake Off; Response to Cake Week