Rachel Allen’s Divine Rich Chocolate Cake recipe

Happy Sunday!
This Divine Rich Chocolate Cake recipe is from my 2nd cookbook, Rachel’s Favourite Food For Friends (published in 2005), that I come back to time & time again. This is a super quick to make and completely delicious cake that’s a bit brownie-like, a bit moussey-like, and can be made using ground almonds or flour, so super versatile. And, it keeps for ages, if you can keep it!
I made 2 this morning, one for home and one for a friend’s (belated) birthday!
Here’s the recipe below!
Serves 6-8
A little soft butter, for greasing the tin
150g dark chocolate, chopped
125g butter
150g caster sugar
3 eggs, whisked to break up
50g ground almonds or plain flour

For the Chocolate Glaze:
110g dark chocolate , chopped
2 tbsp milk or cream
50g butter

Preheat the oven to 160’C/Fan 145.
Butter the sides of a 20cm round cake tin (or spring form tin ) and line the bottom with grease proof or parchment paper.
Place the chocolate, butter and sugar in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of simmering water, and melt. Stir until smooth then beat in the eggs and fold in the ground almonds or sifted flour. Feel free to add orange zest, vanilla, sea salt, cardamom, ginger etc!
Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35-45 minutes until the centre feels just set in the centre, but it will still be gorgeously moist. Allow to cool in the tin .
To make the chocolate glaze , melt all the ingredients together and stir until smooth, allow to cool a little until it has thickened slightly ( about 10 minutes) but do not place in the fridge as it will lose it’s glossy sheen .
Take the cooled cake out of the tin and place on a plate or cake stand , and pour the glaze over the top , letting it drizzle down the sides.
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Goatsbridge Trout Taco with Baked Sweet Potato

Rainbow Trout Taco with Baked Sweet Potato

Serves 2


300g Goatsbridge trout fillets (cut into bite size pieces)
100g flour
1 egg
100g bread crumbs
3 sweet potatoes
1 tsp paprika
salt & pepper
4 taco wraps
2 tbsp crème fraîche
1/2 avocado
Handful of small tomatoes
1 clove of garlic (minced)
1 tsp chopped coriander stalks
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
few sprigs of coriander & chopped red chili (to garnish)

Goatsbridge Rainbow Trout Recipe

This week Ciara Daly from Getting Fed Up has come up with a tasty fish taco, baked sweet potato and fresh salad that might just lure you away from the pre-prepared frozen fish counter. Using freshly filleted Goatsbridge trout Ciara has made fish nuggets that are bound to delight children and adults alike. If you try this recipe at home we’d be delighted if you left a review here afterwards.


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 430°F/ gas mark 7. Wash the sweet potatoes and chop them into wedges, keeping the skins on.

Step 2

Season with salt, pepper, paprika and a drizzle of oil before laying them out on a baking tray. Place the tray in the oven to cook for 30 – 40 minutes.

Step 3

To three separate dishes, add the flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Add a little salt to the flour, to help season the fish.

Step 4

Dip each of the fish pieces in the dishes containing the flour, followed by the egg and finally the breadcrumbs. Make sure to do it in that order as this will ensure the bread crumbs stick to the fish.

Step 5

Drizzle a little oil on another baking tray, add the fish nuggets and put the dish in the oven with the sweet potatoes. Turn the oven down to around 200°C/ 400°F/ gas mark 6.

Step 6

Leave to cook for 10 – 15 minutes depending on the size of your fish nuggets. Half way through cooking, turn the fish nuggets over so they will be golden brown all over.

Step 7

While the fish and sweet potatoes are cooking, you can begin preparing the fresh ingredients. Chop the tomatoes into halves or quarters, add them to a bowl followed by the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, coriander stalks and a little salt and pepper. Slice the avocado and season with just a few drops of the lemon juice if there is any left over.

Step 8

Warm the wraps in the microwave for 30 seconds. When you’re ready to serve, spoon some of the crème fraîche on to the wraps. Arrange the little fish nuggets over the crème fraîche, add the tomatoes and a few avocado slices and garnish with some coriander leaf and chili. Finish it off with the baked potato fries and you’re ready to enjoy you meal!

If you liked this special Goatsbridge Trout recipe, you can buy our fish fillets skinned and boned from our online shop, from our farm shop in Thomastown, County Kilkenny or in all good Irish supermarkets, including Supervalu and Dunnes Stores as well as specialist shops around the country.

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Goatsbridge Trout Taco with Baked Sweet Potato

Flahavan’s Oaty Carrot Cake by Neven Maguire

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Cake Ingredients: 
  • 100g (3½ oz) Flahavan’s Organic Porridge Oats
  • 50g (1¾ oz) chopped walnuts/pecans
  • 200g (7 oz) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g (7 oz) grated carrot
  • 125g (4¼ oz) vegetable oil
  • 125g (4¼ oz) self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt
Icing Ingredients:
  • 50g (1¾ oz) butter
  • 75g (2½ oz) icing sugar
  • 50g (1¾ oz) cream cheese
  • orange zest
Topping Ingredients:
  • 50g (1¾ oz) Flahavan’s Jumbo Organic Oats
  • 25g (1 oz) honey
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • orange segments
For the cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas mark 4).
  2. Blitz the porridge oats in a food processor for approximately 1 minute until they are quite fine.
  3. Add all the other ingredients and blitz well.
  4. Pour the mixture into a 2lb loaf tin lined with parchment.
  5. Bake in the oven for 1- 1¼ hours – lowering the temperature if baking too quickly.
  6. Allow to cool.
For the Icing
  1. Beat the butter, icing sugar, cream cheese and orange zest together in a bowl and spread over the cooled cake.
For the Jumbo Oats Topping
  1. Put the jumbo oats into a bowl. Add the sunflower oil and honey and mix well.
  2. Spread on a baking tray lined with parchment.
  3. Bake at 150°C (300°F/Gas mark 2) for approximately 15 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Sprinkle over the iced carrot cake and decorate with orange segments.
The toasted jumbo oats can be stored in an airtight container and are delicious sprinkled over stewed fruit or added to yogurt.

Rachel’s Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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OHHH YESSSS….These Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are possibly up there as my very favourites. This is a perfect day for some cosy baking. Let me know how you get on.. see Recipe below from my book Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen , @harpercollinsire @harpercollinsuk #baking #cosy #cosybakingday #doublechocolate #doublechocolatechip #doublechocolatechipcookies Makes 20 large cookies-never enough

225g butter, softened

325g caster sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

225g flour

75g cocoa powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

¼ tsp salt 175g dark chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 175’C.
Line 3 baking trays with parchment paper .

Place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat until very soft. Add in the sugar and beat to mix well. Continue to beat and add the eggs in one by one followed by the vanilla extract. Sift in the sifted flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix in until combined.

With wet hands, form the dough into balls the size of a golf ball (or use 2 soup spoons to scoop onto the tray) . Arrange on the tray , about 6 or 7 on each tray, leaving space for the cookies to spread.

If you’re using a fan oven, cook all three trays at once (at 150’ FAN ‘C). Cook for 9-11 minutes until they look slightly cracked on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes, then remove from the tray and place on a wire rack to cool completely. PS- You can just bake a few and keep the cookie dough in the fridge rolled up into a salami shape in parchment paper, then slice to bake when you fancy. 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪