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Enjoy Whisky Chocolate and Celebrate the Scottish Open

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

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The prestigious golf event, The Open is finishing this week in our home of Scotland and what better way to celebrate than with a box of Whisky Chocolates. The Open Championship returned to The Royal Troon gold course this July and has been the 145th Open Championship.

Tourists have traveled far and wide to visit Scotland for this very special event and box of delicious whisky chocolates is the perfect keepsake to return home with. (more…)

Father’s Day Luxury Chocolate Gifts for Him

Friday, June 10th, 2016

fathers-day-chocolateOn Father’s day, many of us make a special effort to visit our dads and father figures. This special day was introduced from America where we took inspiration from the Mother’s Day celebrations. Fathers are often showered with cards and and gifts to show them just how much we care. Of course, most of our dads have been subject to the “World’s Best Dad!” mug, or, even worse – socks! So, if this year you’re looking for a unique Father’s Day gift, then why not indulge in some gourmet chocolate hand crafted by the Highland Chocolatier?

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One Month Until National Chocolate Day!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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Be prepared for the sweetest celebration of the year: National Chocolate Day UK! Are you prepared for the 7th July? Chocoholics will spend the day treating themselves to their favourite chocolate bars.

Highland chocolatier creates exquisite chocolate made for the finest of occasions in our Scottish chocolatier.  Do you know a chocolate lover who will be indulging on the 7th July? Here are some special ideas below that will make their Chocolate Day the best yet! (more…)

Taste The History – Rich Praline Chocolate

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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Columbus found a whole new world and gifted cocoa to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella when he returned top Spain but they were not wholly invested in the taste of this foreign bean.

It took a long time after 1502, when Christopher Columbus found the Americas for the rich praline recipe to be created – in fact 410 years!

Our deluxe chocolate pralines make the perfect gift for a loved one!  (more…)

Pairing Gourmet Chocolate and Whisky

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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When in Scotland, one if the most popular activities to take part in is, of course, a whisky tour. Our world famous whiskies are known for their superb quality, delicate flavours, and the smooth yet fiery heat they embrace. At Iain Burnett’s The Highland Chocolatier, we are also fans of bringing a whole new range of fans to the wonders that whisky can bring – especially when paired with some of our exquisite, delicious chocolates from our range.

Specially crafted and selected to be paired exclusively with some of the most famed whiskies in Scotland, our selections of chocolates are created to compliment the flavours of each whisky perfectly. Our range extends to champagne, also, but for the definitive Scottish experience, choose the Highland Chocolatier. For the best gift for a whisky lover, consider surprising them with gourmet chocolate paired with their favourite drink.

Expertly Paired for Flavour Sensations

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There is nothing quite like a glass of your favourite whisky. For a lot of whisky lovers, not much can beat it. However, at the Highland Chocolatier we believe we have hand crafted some of the most delicate and delicious accompaniments to whiskies that bring out the flavours in both. The chocolates are smooth, sweet, and at times a hint of bitterness lingers, infused with fruits and spices selected to be paired with each whisky’s own individual, strong flavours. From the irresistible charms of the smokier variety to sweeter whiskies, there is a chocolate for every favoured glass.

Iain Burnett is an expert in flavour pairing. It takes only a small nose of a whisky for him to know which flavours would work best. That is why each of his chocolates chosen to pair with each whisky bring out the flavours of the malt they are created for. Scottish whisky chocolates have never been quite so luxurious – and it takes an expert chocolatier to be able to bring out the chocolate lover in even the most adamant of whisky lovers.

It is important to note that every chocolate Iain creates does not contain alcohol, contrary to the drink they are to accompany. Every chocolate is alcohol-free. While other chocolatiers may include alcohol as a preservative, Iain firmly believes in bringing out the best in the natural flavours of the chocolate without being marred by preservatives. Every handmade box of chocolates by post and in store are freshly made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives, ready to be taken home and enjoyed.

Scotland’s Favourite Drinks Enhanced

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The Highland Chocolatier have chocolates paired with numerous whiskies aged across Scotland. Some even include our chocolates on distillery tours to enhance guests’ experiences and be able to taste the full extent of the whisky’s flavours. The first to do this was the Dalwhinnie distillery in Inverness. The aromatic aspects of their famous whiskies, particularly the Dalwhinnie 15-year-old malt, pairs beautifully with our All Dark Velvet Truffles. Bitter, dark single origin Sao Tome chocolate flavours bring out the very best in this delicious malt. Now, no Dalwhinnie tour is complete without at least one Highland Chocolatier chocolate available for tasting, and other distillery tours also have our chocolates on hand.

The whiskies our chocolates pair with include the following:

  • Aberfeldy 12-Year-Old
  • Cragganmore 12-Year-Old
  • Glenfiddich 15-Year-Old
  • Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon & Madeira Casks
  • Lagavulin 16-Year-Old
  • Tullibardine 20-Year-Old

There are many more whiskies our chocolates are paired with among a variety of matured ages. These chocolates are all paired in collaboration with each distillery, and each carefully balanced flavour has been chosen to create the best range of Scottish whisky chocolates on the market.

Introducing New Chocolate and Whisky Fans Alike

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If you enjoy whisky, there is no reason not to try one of our paired chocolates with your favourite drinks. If you are looking for an excellent gift for the whisky lover in your life, why not consider going for something different that they will truly appreciate? Our range of paired whisky chocolates has attracted a number of new fans to both the chocolates and whiskies alike. Our customers have given us some wonderful feedback, including from fans who thought they may not have liked chocolate.

Indeed, our chocolates have brought a wealth of new fans through our paired chocolate delights. Enhanced flavour combinations that are irresistibly fresh and smooth offer the perfect complement to our selected Scottish whiskies. Unsure which whisky is your whisky lover’s favourite? We have you covered. Our Whisky Tasting Box of 20 Chocolates contains 20 of our expertly handcrafted chocolates, made to pair perfectly with our select whiskies.

The chocolates include real fruit and natural spice infused truffles, smooth pralines coated in milk or delicious Sao Tome 70% dark chocolate, and our award-winning velvet truffle collection. These chocolates cover whiskies from the Top 50 Malts in Scotland listing, ranging from distilleries up and down the length and breadth of the country. For the ultimate gift, choose this delicious selection box. If you are looking for something extra, why not consider our range of luxury chocolate hampers?

Paired to Perfection

Every chocolate hand-made at the Highland Chocolatier is made with your satisfaction in mind. Made without preservatives and natural ingredients, every chocolate will simply melt in your mouth. Whisky chocolate has never been so good. Contact us at the Highland Chocolatier for more information or to place your order now.

Gourmet Chocolate for Every Occasion

Monday, January 4th, 2016

There is arguably no better ice breaker at a social event than delicious food and drink to keep a party flowing and natural throughout the course of the day or evening. At The Highland Chocolatier we believe every one of our hand-crafted gourmet chocolates would make a perfect appetiser – or beautiful centrepiece! – for any occasion. Whether you are just looking for the perfect luxury thank you gift, or a great wedding gift, or even a nice bit of a sweet treat for your weekend party, we have everything you could look for in our chocolate lovers’ haven.

Delicious Gourmet Chocolate for Kids

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We all know when we were young that chocolate was a must-have on any party food list, and we can’t agree more with that even today! Kids are the ultimate chocoholics, and a delicious sweet treat never goes amiss at the party food table. If you are looking to give that touch of extra luxury, however, why not try some of our sweets made especially for little ones?

We have created a delicious range of white, milk, and tantilising strawberry chocolates for you and your children to choose from in specially made containers! Does your child really love to make a stomp around their party? Our chocolate button filled dinosaurs would be a real roaring success at their party! Or perhaps they would love a gift that could help them save up for an even bigger box of chocolate? The chocolate button filled piggy bank is both a great treat and a fantastic way to teach your kids about the value of saving their pocket money. If that doesn’t suit, we also have a delicious number of chocolate bars for you to choose from, including our Blonde Chocolate Bar, made with São Tomé cocoa butter, vanilla, and our best fresh Scottish cream. No kid could resist – big or small!

Wedding Gifts for Couples to Share

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Finding the perfect chocolate wedding gift can be quite the challenge if you are looking in the wrong places. Here at The Highland Chocolatier we think that our wide range of delicately made chocolates serve as the ideal treat for any pair of love-birds flying home to their new nest. We have chocolates and truffles available in every flavour for that wow factor in your gift. Choose something different to the rest with us.

Our award winning range of truffles are the perfect wedding gift for anybody who likes both chocolate and a bit of luxury. We specially make every batch of truffles with São Tomé cocoa for a delicious dark chocolate experience unlike any other. With gold awards for our dark truffles from international chocolate award associations, why look anywhere else for your gourmet truffles? Specially for gifting, we have created a range of truffle selection boxes that are purely filled with our truffles. Ranging from 9 to 48 individual truffles, you can find a box within every price range with the same luxurious gourmet chocolate feeling. Not sure what flavours they may like? Not to worry. All of our truffles come in a variety of flavours – and some are even just our delicious gold award winning plain 70% dark chocolate truffles. They also include delicious Lime and Chilli, Raspberry and Black Pepper, Rose, and many other delicious fruit and spice flavoured truffles to pick from. Your giftees will be spoiled for choice and love the thoughtfulness of your gift. (If you’re tempted to pick one up for yourself, we wouldn’t blame you- they’re pretty delicious even if we do say so ourselves!)

We also have on offer our great range of chocolate hampers. They contain a variety of our finest chocolates to bring you the very best of our full range in a great, luxurious, reusable chocolate gift hamper that makes a great gift for anybody. If you want something a little bigger and more eye-popping for your wedding gift, why not look at our hampers for some great gift ideas?

The Best Party Trick – Chocolate!

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We admit it, we all serve chocolate at our parties. There is just nothing better for that quick party treat that impresses everybody and is universally accepted as the best sweet around. Having no chocolate at a party is like a bar without wine, so why not make sure you have the best for your big occasion?

Why not choose chocolate? They make great chocolate gifts for men, women, kids, and everybody. Have some friends who really love Turkish delight? Let them try our great Chocolate Dipped Turkish Delight served in a beautiful decorative tin for that little bit of extra luxury for your guests. Or maybe they would prefer something a little sweet and juicy? There is a great option for them with our range of chocolate dipped fruit. Making a delicious addition to any bowl of snacks or served on their own, try our amazing chocolate coated cherries and orange segments, or even our pineapple slices. There is something for absolutely every fruity flavour preference.

These are only a small handful of the options available for your special occasions listed on The Highland Chocolatier. Every one of our gourmet chocolate products could make the ideal show-stopping piece at a party or the best gift – it’s up to your to find the absolutely perfect one for those special people in your life. Whether you are looking for chocolate gifts for children, or for a partner or friends, you’re sure to find what you are looking for with The Highland Chocolatier.

Your New Year Party with Champagne and Whisky Chocolates

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Your New Year Party with Champagne and Whisky Chocolates

If you are organising a New Year Party for your family and friends and you want to give them a very special, unforgettable experience or you are simply looking for a luxury thank you gift that will leave them speechless then the Highland Chocolatier can help you. No New Year Party is complete without a bottle of malt whisky shared with friends and a glass of champagne at midnight, but what can make the evening even better is adding luxury gourmet chocolates expertly paired with some of the best whiskies and champagnes in Scotland. Put these boxes of champagne and whisky chocolates on the table five minutes before midnight and you might not find them ten minutes later!

Gourmet chocolates and champagne

Expertly matching champagne and gourmet chocolates is Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier’s specialty. Working together with Laurent Perrier we have created a range of luxury gourmet chocolates that contain no alcohol or preservatives but make for an amazing treat when combined with premier champagnes.

MLT9LME_SOne such product is the Strawberry and Star Anise Velvet Truffle containing fruit coulis ganache infused with star anise and coated in milk chocolate with caramel notes. Pair this magnificent velvet truffle with Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne for a perfect New Year celebration. Or why not try the sophisticated taste of White Lime and Chilli Velvet Truffle? This fresh infusion contains tangy limes crushed over white chocolate and complemented with a hint of chilli. For an unforgettable finish the white lime and chilli velvet truffle has been coated in 70% Dark São Tomé chocolate. Perfect to pair with Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut and Laurent Perrier Demi-Sec Champagnes. These boxes of chocolates contain 9 velvet truffles each and are ideal to share.

The sophisticated whisky companions

The Highland Chocolatier has a mouth-watering selection of whisky chocolate for any taste. Our range of whisky companions was created to match some of the top Scottish malts, which makes them the perfect luxury thank you gifts for the whisky lover.

MLT9ORG_SSo how about our All Orange Truffles Box? This amazing whisky chocolate companion contains dark chocolate ganache of orange and clove covered with 70% Dark São Tomé chocolate. It can be paired with seven different whiskies including Mortlach 18 Year Old, Glenfiddich 15 Year Old and Singleton 12 Year Old. Or maybe you need something more refreshing? Then the All Lemongrass Praline Box is the ideal choice. This selection of hazelnut pralines infused with lemongrass citrus and coated in 70% Dark São Tomé chocolate can be paired with Macallan Amber, Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old, Glenkinchie 12 Year Old and Caol Ila Moch.

Do not forget to check the full range of whisky chocolate products to find the most suitable whisky companion for your New Year Party!

Refreshing chocolate dipped fruits

4-Whole-Clementines_LWhisky and champagne do not always need to be paired with boxes of chocolates, whisky chocolate or luxury chocolate bars. They are also exceptional when paired with chocolate dipped fruits. That is why the Highland Chocolatier created São Tomé 70% dark chocolate dipped Whole Clementines. The fruits are carefully candied over days and expertly decorated by hand serving as a real treat for the connoisseur. This luxury chocolate dipped fruits are perfectly paired with Laurent Perrier Vintage 2004 Champagne.

Another all-time-favourite are the Highland Chocolatier’s São Tomé 70% dark chocolate Dipped Cherries. These juicy cherries have been candied and dipped in gourmet chocolate to create the perfect whisky chocolate treat. Pair with Glenfiddich 30 Year Old malt to bring out the subtle flavour notes of the whisky.

The Highland Chocolatier’s Gourmet Chocolates by post

If you are looking for luxury thank you gifts the Highland Chocolatier has a wide range of gourmet chocolates for any occasion. Our luxury chocolate hampers are the perfect present for the chocolate lover and our luxury chocolate bars are the ideal chocolates for kids and adults alike. We deliver our chocolates by post directly from Scotland in just a few days, just remember to check our luxury chocolate range before you place your order. If you have any questions, simply contact us and we will respond as soon as possible!

Unforgettable Luxury Thank You Gifts This Festive Season

Monday, December 28th, 2015

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The festive season is that time of the year when we relax, enjoy ourselves and spend time with our loved ones. It is the time to appreciate everything you have and all the people who care about you and love you. That is the main purpose of giving gifts – to show people what they mean to you and to say a big “Thank you for being a part of my life!” The Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett has the ideal luxury thank you gifts for you. In our festive range of gourmet chocolates you can find the perfect gift – from whisky chocolate for your dad to tasty chocolates for kids that are ideal for the little members of the family!

Whisky and Truffles – The perfect pair!


MLT9SEL_SIn every family there is at least one dedicated whisky lover who has invested in discovering the magic of malt whiskies. And there is no better place for whisky lovers than Scotland! The whisky chocolate selection available from the Highland Chocolatier has been created with the whisky and chocolate lover in mind. Our gourmet chocolates are the
perfect whisky companions expertly paired with the Top Fifty Malts from Scotland.

If you are looking for the ideal luxury thank you gifts for the whisky lover we recommend our Whisky Tasting Box of 20 Chocolates. This gourmet chocolates selection contains the award-winning Velvet Truffle, natural spices and real fruits perfectly enrobed in 70% single origin cocoa chocolate or milk chocolate. It is perfect to pair with a range of whiskies. So why not order this gift and get a nice bottle of malt whisky to accompany it? We send our chocolates by post and you can get them on the next working day.

Luxury chocolate hampers filled with joy

indulge hamperJust like the whisky lover the dedicated chocolate lover has probably tried almost every type of chocolate and it is getting harder and harder to surprise them. Well, not anymore! Our luxury chocolate hampers will get them speechless and will keep them happy and fulfilled during the festive season. Available in 4 different variations the Highland Chocolatier’s luxury chocolate hampers contain award winning gourmet chocolates, expertly paired boxes of chocolates, luxury chocolate bars, decorative tins filled with luxury chocolate treats and packs of traditional favourites dipped in chocolate. If you want your luxury thank you gifts to have an expert selection of the Highland Chocolatier’s gourmet shop products then the chocolate hampers are exactly what you are looking for. Any product in our luxury chocolate hampers can be substituted with an equivalent one, so if you want some extra customisation of your gift simply let us know.

Luxury chocolate bars for every taste

TST100_SLooking for a classic gift with a sophisticated taste? Then our luxury chocolate bars are waiting for you! Glossy in appearance, smooth in texture and amazing in taste, our luxury chocolate bars are available in 12 different combinations. Are you ready for São Tomé 70% dark chocolate infused with cranberries and pistachio in our Cranberry and Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bar? Or maybe you prefer a Salted Toffee Bar of caramel noted milk chocolate with toffee pieces and sea salt? You choose the perfect luxury thank you gifts for your loved ones, but do not forget to check our luxury chocolate bars range for some more surprising gourmet chocolate combinations.

Show your love with chocolates for kids

Milk-Chocolate-Buttons-Dinosaur_LChoosing gourmet chocolates for the kids in your life might not be an easy task as the little ones can easily destroy whole boxes of chocolates during the festive season. That is why the Highland Chocolatier has created some special chocolates for kids that are nutritious and tasty, but can be portioned according to your preferences. One such product are the Strawberries and Raspberries Rolled in White Chocolate. These chocolates are ideal for kids and contain real fruits that have been expertly coated in white chocolate. Or maybe a Chocolate Button Dinosaur is even a better gift? Our dinosaur shape is filled with chocolate buttons so it makes for a tasty treat, but it can also be used as a chocolate mould. What child wouldn’t be impressed by a chocolate dinosaur?

This is the Highland Chocolatier’s selection of luxury thank you gifts. Our chocolates by post are delivered promptly and make for an unforgettable present for everyone – from whisky lovers to children. If you have any question or requirements simply contact us.

Gourmet Chocolate – the Perfect Christmas Gift

Friday, November 20th, 2015

What could be more tempting and pleasurable than a box of gourmet chocolate? – A box of gourmet chocolate from someone you love. For many people finding the perfect Christmas gift is a difficult task, but at Highland Chocolatier we know that there is one gift you cannot go wrong with – luxury chocolate. After all, who does not enjoy receiving a beautiful box of gourmet chocolate made especially for them? That is why the team of Highland Chocolatier created an exquisite selection of fresh chocolate gifts ideal for the festive season.

Chocolate gifts for the whisky lover

For all the whisky lovers Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier has created the perfect pairing between famous Scottish malts and luxury chocolate. The Whisky Tasting Box is available in box of 9 or box of 20 and is an ideal gift for a connoisseur of good whisky. The luxury chocolate selection in the Whisky Tasting Box includes award-winning Velvet Truffle, truffles infused with natural spices and real fruits and smooth pralines and enrobed in chocolate either milk or 70% single origin cocoa that perfectly complements the taste of some of the Top Fifty Scottish Malts. These include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old, Cragganmore 12 Year Old, Caol Isla 12 Year Old, Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old, Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, Glenkinchie 12 Year Old, Lagavulin 16 Year old, Oban 14 Year Old and Talisker 10 Year Old. Indeed what could be a better Christmas gift for the whisky and chocolate lover than a Whisky Tasting Box of luxury chocolate?

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Chocolate hampers

One of the best and most delightful Christmas gifts available from the Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier are luxury chocolate hampers. These Scottish treats are alcohol free and luxuriously packed in black wicker hampers with leather straps. These chocolate gift baskets come in different hamper variations and contain gourmet chocolate luxury bars, decorative tins containing drinking chocolate flakes, beautiful boxes of award-winning artisan luxury chocolates and packs of all-time favourite chocolate Dipped Cherries, Dipped Fudge, Dipped Nougat and Dipped Turkish Delight. Wish such a selection you can be sure to bring a smile on the face of your loved ones.

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Chocolate stocking fillers

No Christmas is complete without chocolate stocking fillers. That is why Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier prepared a selection of luxury chocolate treats that are perfect as chocolate stocking fillers.

These include a selection of chocolate buttons for children, cranberry and pistachio dark chocolate bar, a solid chocolate star of creamy blonde and milk chocolate with caramel notes, a luxury pack of dipped cherries in São Tomé 70% dark chocolate, which can be paired with Glenfiddich 30 Year Old malt,  and of course a selection of the Highland Chocolatier’s gourmet chocolates.

Christmas boxes of chocolate

Who could resist a Christmas box of chocolates with luxury gourmet chocolate and expertly prepared by an award-winning chocolatier? The seasonal range of chocolates Highland Chocolatier has prepared for you includes limited edition Christmas flavours and luxury award-winning chocolate truffles and pralines ideal as a gift or a luxurious treat. You can also enjoy milk and dark chocolate Florentines, peppermint Florentines or cranberry and pistachio Florentines in a beautiful Christmas box.

Dipped fruit for Christmas

If you want something refreshing and different this Christmas then Highland Chocolatier’s selection of dipped fruits is the ideal gift. All fruits are slowly candied to perfection and then hand dipped in Dark São Tomé Chocolate, before being placed in a beautiful festive box. Our dipped fruit selection includes cherries and oranges in dark chocolate, lemons in white chocolate, and a classic selection of dipped fruits.

Pre-order your chocolate Christmas gifts

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier has created the ideal luxury chocolate Christmas gifts for your loved ones and they are just a click away. All you need to do is visit our Christmas gifts range and select the perfect present. Due to our chocolates containing no preservatives you shoudl pre-order to ensure a delivery after 26th November.

Once you have placed an order you will receive your luxury Scottish chocolates by post or courier. If you have any questions or special requirements all you need to do is contact us and our team will do everything they can to help. Make this Christmas unforgettable for you and your loved ones with the perfect gift!

Recipe: Dark Chocolate & Whisky Brownie

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Luxury Chocolate and Whisky Brownie

Legend’s Dark Chocolate and Whisky Brownie

(makes 12)

100g Scottish Unsalted Butter
500g Dark Chocolate Fondue Buttons
150g Milk Chocolate Fondue Buttons
30-40 ml Fresh Double Cream
200g Castor Sugar
3 Eggs
½ teaspn vanilla Essence
70g Self Raising Flour
125g Walnuts
30ml Malt Whisky (optional)

 

Method

Line a 10” round cake tin with baking parchment. Gently melt butter, all the milk chocolate & 325g of the dark chocolate in a bowl over boiling water. When melted add the cream. In a separate bowl mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and the whisky. Stir in the melted chocolate mixture. Then fold in the flour. Lastly fold in the remaining dark chocolate buttons and the walnuts. Bake at 165 deg C for 45 minutes. Leave in the tin to cool then transfer to the fridge to set the gooey centre. Once set cut into slices. Serve with a hot drink or for a delicious dessert, warm slightly and dust and serve with cream. Dust with icing sugar and garnish with a sprig of mint.

 

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