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Are you a sweet tooth? You might be interested in this…

While the country isn't running short on cool food festivals taking place in pretty much every county, this year is seeing the first edition of a national festival solely and entirely dedicated to… dessert. 

Named #DessertFSTVL, the event is taking place from July 23rd to 29th, with venues located across the country celebrating all things sweet for one whole week.

For the occasion, Cork’s Casanova Gelato created a 13lb Jägermeister gelato sundae, made with tropical fruit punch and decorated with deep fried plums and mini bottles of the boozy digestif.

Not sure if we'll dare trying it…

From bars, restaurants and cafés to doughnut shops, crêperies and ice cream parlours, hundreds of venues across Ireland will be participating in the festival, showcasing their most delicious sweet specialities and hold events for everyone to enjoy.

So expect pop-up events, tastings, workshops, “Man versus Food” challenges or unique desserts especially created for the occasion.

For more information, check out fstvlr.ie or follow FSTVLR on social media!

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Yes, it's Monday we have all decided to be good this week.

But is there a better way to make sure that you stick to your balanced diet than including some healthy treats along the way?

The recipes below all feel like pure indulgence without being a threat to your waistline. So give them a go!

1. Healthy double chocolate banana brownies

2. Healthy baked chocolate oats

3. Double chocolate breakfast cookies

4. No-bake chocolate macaroons

5. Two-ingredient banana chocolate chips ice-cream bites

6. Cheesecake cupcakes

7. Healthy peanut butter cups

8. Paleo coconut blondies

9. Honey banana muffins

 

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As children most of us longed for the day that we flew the nest so that we could finally fulfil our dream of eating ice-cream for breakfast (and every other meal for that matter).

Of course, once that day actually came we realised that a diet comprising entirely of sugar and milk wasn't exactly the best idea – but hey, Nutella on toast provided a happy medium.

And while we might feel a little bad about starting out day on a chocolate high, all traces of guilt are usually gone by lunchtime – and rightly so.

According to foodbusinessnew.net, eating chocolate at breakfast time could actually be good thing.

Speaking about the benefits, Liz Moskow, culinary director at Sterling-Rice Group said: “Simply put, engaging with food is a conduit to engaging with the world.”

“There was a study that recently came out from Syracuse University re-touting the benefits of dark chocolate, specifically on cognitive function — abstract reasoning, memory, focus.”

“The thought was eating chocolate prepares you more for your workday, so what better part to incorporate dark chocolate into your meal than breakfast?”

“The thought was eating chocolate prepares you more for your workday, so what better day part to incorporate dark chocolate into your meal than breakfast?”

And get this – not only is dessert for breakfast not nearly as bad as for us as we were led to believe, but it could actually support weight loss when eaten in conjunction with a balanced diet.

Someone pass us the Coco Pops!

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Imagine that you are working in some of the best restaurants in the country, and your job is to come up with the most delicious ideas for desserts: that is the life of Aoife Noonan.

Previously Head Pastry Chef for the Michelin-starred Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, the 28 year-old Dubliner is now Executive Pastry Chef at SMS Luna

While we feel jealous that she gets to try all these delicious cakes and desserts, we also wondered how she manages to stay in shape.

Her secret? You might have guessed: she doesn't eat cake all day.

 

Itty Bitty loaf of Saffron Bread anyone? #DublinRestaurants #Dublin #Food

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What is your typical weekday breakfast?

I always make the time to have a good breakfast. I start the day with a huge glass of water, then coffee, and usually eggs.

I love eating vegetables for breakfast, a favourite would be roasted beetroots, poached eggs, greens; usually kale or rocket, tomatoes and romesco sauce. So tasty! 

Otherwise it's soaked oats or porridge with a mountain of various toppings like berries, nuts and seeds if I'm not feeling the eggs. 

What about lunch?

Working in a kitchen all day means sometimes lunch is forgotten. I get peckish and start to pick at things otherwise, so a lot of the time I bring lunch with me.

I meal prep a few bits and pieces throughout the week so I always have things to throw together for lunch. 

I love prepping lots of roast vegetables, sweet potato, squash, peppers, then have them in the fridge ready to go into a salad with chicken, tuna or chickpeas with some greens.

As a pastry chef, how do you manage to keep in shape? 

I train in the gym four times a week. Being on my feet all day obviously ensures I stay active.

Eating well is so important and contributes massively to a healthy lifestyle. 

Do you eat cakes and sweets on a daily basis? 

Believe it or not, many are surprised to find I don't gorge on sweets all day! Being a pastry chef means I'm constantly developing, creating, and tasting, all day every day. It's my profession.

But I love savoury food and will choose savoury over sweet out of work. Obviously I have a sweet tooth or else I wouldn't do it for a living. 

What do you usually have for dinner?

Dinner during the week is usually fairly simple, if I go to the gym in the evening it needs to be something quick to prepare so I can get it eaten soon after I come home.

I love chilli with brown rice and smashed avocado, or Middle Eastern spiced chicken with quinoa and hummus and lots of salad.

Is it different at the weekend?

Dinner at the weekend is much more laidback, and I can enjoy taking the time to cook. I love making a roast at the weekend, or eating out. 

 

 

Unreal feed @bastible111 this afternoon Thank you @bazfitzo ! #bastible #sundaylunch

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Do you snack during the day?

I try to eat every 3 to 4 hours, so I would snack on fruit; berries or melon and yoghurt, with pumpkin seeds and almonds.

I love nut butters, so eating them with something crunchy like quinoa cakes or crackers always hits the spot. 

What would be your ideal food day?

Breakfast would be waffles and truffled eggs in Duck and Waffle in London.

Lunch would be a sort of Afternoon Tea/Lunch hybrid in the Ritz or the Shelbourne. Absolutely love it.

Dinner would be the tasting menu in the Ledbury in London. 

 

Savages. #afternoontea #thewestin 

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The one food you could have everyday for the rest of your life?

Cheese. Obsessed. 

What is your favourite dessert? 

I love a simple Victoria Sponge. Soft fluffy sponge with cream and jam and a nice cup of tea, can't beat it. 

What is your favourite meal of the day?

I love having a good breakfast and starting the day right. But my favourite meal of the day would have to be a long lazy lunch, like the French do.

When I lived in France I learned how much of a huge part of the culture it is. A few hours, a few courses, a few glasses of wine, good company, it's so relaxing. 

 

Summer on a plate! Tomato, courgette & goats curd. @forestandmarcy @macsuibhne1 #summerfood

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Your favourite restaurant in Dublin/Ireland/the world?

My favourite restaurant in Dublin is Forest and Marcy. Ciaran is doing amazing things and every time I eat there I have an outstanding meal.

Outside of Dublin, I love the Tannery in Waterford.

One of the best meals I ever had was in Restaurant Jan in Nice, France. The chef is South African and fuses classic French with food from his native country. The combination of flavours and concepts and how he executed them were outstanding. I didn't want the meal to end. 

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In what can only be described as a feat of food engineering, one innovative bakery in the US have created a combination of sweet treats that you never even knew you needed – until now.

Introducing the ice-cream donut.

The guys and gals over at B Sweet Bar in Los Angeles have blessed the world with their mouth-watering dessert know as the 'Halo'.

According to the shop's official Instagram account, the dish consists of "a scoop of your favourite #icecream heat-sealed inside our fresh glazed donut!!! Hot on the outside, cold on the inside and yummy allover!"

Customers can choose to fill the classic donut with a scoop of their favourite ice-cream, with options of vanilla, mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, rocky road and chocolate malted crunch to choose from.

B Sweet is also famous for its rotating menu of over 40 different flavours of bread pudding, which honestly looks way more appealing than it sounds.

Alas, these beautiful creations are only available in LA right now, but fingers crossed the recipe will make it onto Irish shores sooner rather than later.

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Do you have a celebration coming up, but have no idea what to serve at the event?

Well, we have the perfect party food for you, and it is a MAGICAL recipe. 

None of us can deny the fact that unicorns are so popular right now, so it seems only right that we would include them in our food repertoire.

Check out the recipe (you're welcome)

What you'll need:

White chocolate, melted. 

Large strawberries at room temperature, dried thoroughly.

Fondant, shaped into small triangles for the ears and small cones for the horns.

Edible glitter to sprinkle on horns.

Vanilla butter cream in a piping bag.

Sprinkles.

Dark chocolate, melted. 

What you'll do:

Holding the strawberries at the stem, dip the fruit in the melted white chocolate, leaving the stem exposed.

Shake off extra chocolate and carefully place on a baking sheet.

Slowly place the fondant ears on the top right and left of the strawberry, just below the stem.

Add the glittery horn in between the ears. 

Form the mane of the unicorn by piping butter cream on top of the strawberry, behind the horn. 

Carefully add a few sprinkles to the mane, for some extra pizzazz. 

Allow to set in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes.

ENJOY! 

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OK, ladies; this is not a drill! 

Picture the scene: you have just finished up your lovely dinner, but you have a serious dessert craving.

 

Great to hear from another happy customer #deviliciousdesserts #belgianwaffle #milkshake #cake : @twolittlefoodies

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Nothing in the fridge? WELL, that is no longer a problem, thanks to Dublin-based company Devilicious Desserts. 

 

Cake is acceptable to eat at any time of the day we feel #Cake #chocolatecake #DeviliciousDesserts

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Devilicious Desserts is "a brand new Irish confectionery delivery service that is set to transform our nights on the couch!"

 

Another happy customer! #FanPic #IceCream #Milkshake #BelgianWaffle #DareToOrder #Desserts #DeviliciousDesserts

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No more arguing on who has to make the trip out to the shop and stock up on delicious supplies to satisfy your sweet tooth, you can now get all you want STRAIGHT TO YOUR DOOR.

*hyperventilating* 

 

Our deep fried menu includes #marsbar #snickers #oreo and #twix and can be ordered direct to your door via the link in the bio

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They offer everything you could imagine, from sweet waffles and cookies, to brownies and cake. 

 

#oreo milkshakes are flying out! #deviliciousdesserts

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Currently, Devilicious Desserts only delivers to the following areas in Dublin: Stillorgan, Blackrock, Booterstown, Mount Merrion, Dundrum, Goatstown, Sandyford, Foxrock, Cornelscourt, Deansgrange, Stepaside, Ballyogan, Ballinteer and Clonskeagh. 

HOWEVER, hope is not lost!

I chatted to the two ANGELS behind this service, who insist that they are planning to expand and reach a much wider market in the near future.

 

One of our most popular items is #BelgianWaffles our menu includes #Cruchie S'mores and #Oreo and many more

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We would like one of everything please!

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On a list of things we love, mythical creatures and colourful cakes are well on their way to the top.

So, discovering unicorn cheesecake was obviously an epic moment for dessert lovers here at SHEmazing! HQ.  

This dreamy combination also falls under the title of rainbow cheesecake and can be found in a variety of eye-catching forms on image sharing platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.

 

SUPPORT MY POP-UP COOKBOOK ON KICKSTARTER! Link in bio!  I've been working towards the dream of a cookbook for years now & I can't believe it's finally within reach! It is because of you, sweet friends, that I have been granted the wonderful opportunity to pursue my dreams. I'm THRILLED you enjoy my cakes as much as I enjoy making them! To honour this, I have joined forces with an incredible team to create a POP-UP COOKBOOK & art piece of paper engineering to share them with you, in a very special way. Your support in helping bring this one-of-a-kind project to life would mean the world to me! Please help fund the book: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/katherinesabbath/katherine-sabbath-greatest-hits-a-pop-up-cake-cook  LINK IN BIO  Much love to you all, Kat  @nik_to

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For those of you interested in trying this mystical treat, YouTube offers a collection of inspiring unicorn cheesecake baking tutorials, many of which are simply magical to watch.

Feat image: katherine_sabbeth Instagram

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They mightn’t be that common in Ireland, but with their gooey textures and chocolate flavours S’mores have to be one of the world’s greatest comfort foods.

And with doughnuts dominating the food porn channels in recent months, it was only a matter of time before some genius created the S’mores doughnut.

Featuring melted chocolate, puffy marshmallows and golden graham crackers, the S’mores doughnut is the latest must-try dessert trend to appear online.

While we have yet to find somewhere stocking these culinary delights in Ireland, we did come across an easy follow recipe by The Kitchy Kitchen which will allow you to create S’mores doughnuts at home.

Enjoy!

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Forget your Mary Berry-approved three-tier showstopper cakes, people. One US food blogger knows where it's at when it comes to enviable baking, and she's got the Instagram account to prove it.

Bake a cake. Decorate that cake with some killer Drake lyrics. Eat that cake. Repeat.

LA-based Joy Wilson has been doing her thing over at Joy The Baker for eight years now, and with a host of celeb fans including both Taylor Swift AND Emma Stone, it's safe to say she's got the whole blogging-as-a-career thing down.

But now she's expanded her reach with a little side project, Drake On Cake.

The account, which does exactly what it says on the tin – puts Drake lyrics on decadently delicious cakes – already has a whopping 62k followers and counting.

So next time you're planning a party cake with a difference, take a leaf out of Joy's book. From the explicit…

…To the downright inspirational…

…Drake On Cake is giving us LIFE.

 

 

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McDonald's has made a move in South Korea that is making the rest of the world very jealous. Yes, the fast food giant is now serving churros as part of it's value menu. 

The cinnamon sugar-covered desserts have made their debut and as you can see in the ad below, they can also double as… a conductor's baton?

We have to admit, we're feeling a little bit left out of the loop with this one and are wondering when our churro moment will happen. Hopefully it'll be soon! 

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The dessert of kings; the sweet-treat of champions: here at SHEmazing! we recently stumbled upon a recipe for caramel Snickers cookie cups… and suffice to say our lives have since changed for the better.

Better still, they're embarrassingly easy to make. All you need is a batch of 1) chocolate chip cookie dough, 2) a bit of butter, 3) a bag of Snickers fun-sized, and 4) caramel sauce for drizzling (Tesco's Finest range has a great salted caramel sauce for €2.50). 

You're welcome.

Method:

1) Take a bun tray and light grease with a little butter.

2) Mash segments of cookie dough into the bun tray, creating a cup shape. 

3) Then bake for 10-12minutes at 180C.

4) Remove and, leaving the dough in the tray, immediately add a fun-sized Snickers bar to each cookie.

5) Let cool, transfer to a plate and drizzle with caramel just before serving.

Caramel Snickers Cookie Cups

Posted by Tasty on Thursday, 22 October 2015

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