October is fast approaching and so, in anticipation of my upcoming birthday, I remembered last year’s birthday party… keywords: chocolate overdose!
I had prepared a savory and a sweet birthday buffet. The savory buffet included Laura Vitale’s Bacon Parmesan Cookies, my mini Roasted Chicken, Feta and Sweet Tomato & Basil Chutney Sandwiches (Chutney bought from JAR in Kato Drys) and other easy and quick snacks.
As for the sweets, let’s just say this party was definitely not for diabetics… Most of the desserts were based on Laura Vitale’s recipes (Visit her website HERE). The only non-chocolate dessert was Chai Tea Muffins, which I prepared in case someone was not a big chocolate fan… nah, just kidding… I baked because they are a personal favorite and I wanted to have some with my breakfast on my morning after.
Chocolate-related desserts included:
- Nutella Truffles
- Mini Oreo Cheesecakes
- Chocolate Pavlova
- Chocolate Fudge
- Chocolate Sin, which was loosely based on this recipe HERE.
- Chocolate and Caramel Pie, which was partly based on a Chocolate Rum and Dulce de Leche Pie recipe I found online. Instead of Dulce de Lecce, I used a can of NOUNOU sweetened condensed milk, which I boiled unopened and covered in water for 4 hours (if you try this, make sure you wait until it cools down before opening the can).
- Nutella Tear and Share Flower Bread, for which I used Laura’s Braided Nutella Bread recipe for the ingredients and process and the following videos for the design: Steve’s Kitchen and The Bread Kitchen
- And, a childhood favorite, Chocolate and Morning Coffee Biscuits Dessert (recipe coming soon).
Oh, and as a prelude to the party, a few days earlier, on the day of my actual birthday, I had prepared Laura’s S’Mores Cookie Cups! Yum!..