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How To Plant Trees With One Dollar

The year is coming to an end and we are excited to tell you that we have planted over 100 trees this holiday season thanks to your donations. How much would it cost to plant a tree? How about $1? Yes, our friends at One Tree Planted can still plant trees for just 1 USD. Read on to learn how. 
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Fun Christmas Traditions From Around The World

Christmas is a holiday that's almost always associated with joy and happiness, but what most people don't know is that it actually has some pretty dark origins. In fact, the word "Christmas" itself comes from the Old English word "Cristes Maesse", which means "Christ's Mass". Even though Christmas is celebrated all over the world, it has a different meaning to each country and culture. If you've ever wondered what Christmas is all about, here are some interesting Christmas traditions from around the world.

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How To Make A Festive Chocolate Tart

Chocolate Tart Recipe - Chocolate & More Delights

The best aspect of this season is the food, at least in our opinion. It's all about the holidays, family and of course the desserts. There are many chocolate tarts available in bakeries and patisseries. However, to make your own at home is more fun and this festive chocolate tart recipe is a great way of celebrating the holidays. If you love chocolate, then this decadent chocolate tart recipe is for you. It looks gorgeous, and your guests will be very impressed.

Make sure that you've got all your ingredients and tools ready. This easy dessert recipe takes about 60 minutes to make. 

Ingredients:

  • 100 g / 3.52 oz Flour
  • 25 g / 0.88 oz Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (100% Cocoa)
  • 50 g / 1.75 oz Caster Sugar
  • 75 g / 2.65 oz Butter 82% Fast (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 Egg Yolk (from medium size egg)
  • 300 g / 10.58 oz Dark Couverture Chocolate (70% - 75% Cocoa) 
  • 200 ml / 7.05 oz Whipping Cream

Method:

Mix the flours and cocoa powder together in a large mixing bowl. Then add the sugar and mix well. Next, add the butter and rub everything together until you get a crumbly consistency. Add the eggs and whisk together. Knead the dough gently with your hands on to a lightly floured surface until it is smooth.

Roll out your dough to fit a 2 cm (3/4 inch) deep, 24 cm (9 ½ inch) diameter round tart tin. Place the pastry into the greased tin and press down gently and even the sides. Cover with cling film and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 180°C Fan (356 F) and bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Leave to cool then carefully remove from the tin and place on a serving plate.

Chop the couverture chocolate into small pieces and place into a mixing bowl. Pour the whipping cream into small sauce pan and gently heat over a low heat until just simmering. Do not boil the cream. Remove the cream from the heat and pour over the dark couverture chocolate. Leave the chocolate to melt without stirring for a minute, then begin to stir the chocolate and cream until it has fully melted. You should have a glossy chocolate ganache. 

Spoon the chocolate ganache into the pastry case, smooth the top and chill for at least 2 hours to set. Decorate as you like with chocolate shavings, pistachios and sliced figs. The tart is now ready to serve. Enjoy!

Recipe adopted from Dr. Oetker.

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The Fascinating Story Of The Christmas Train

The Christmas train is a beloved symbol of the holiday season. It's also a great way to get in the spirit of giving. But how did the idea of the Christmas train originate? What was its purpose originally? And how has it evolved over time? Read on to learn more.

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Marzipan - A Popular Sweet Treat

We love marzipan! It's sweet, it's smooth, and it is delicious. But where did it come from? And how is it made? Is there a special recipe for making the best marzipan? Let's find out!
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The Best Advent Calendars This Christmas

It is this time of the year once again. Christmas is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start thinking about gifts for friends and family. If you want to get them something special, then why not consider buying them an advent calendar? These Advent calendars will make December a lot more fun!

 

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Plant Trees To Save Cocoa

Chocolate is the most recognized sweet treat globally. In fact, the annual global chocolate consumption has reached 7.2 metric tons and the demand for chocolate products is forecasted to grow even further. The world has smallholder farmers and cocoa-growing communities to thank for some of the best chocolate brands, since they produce the core ingredient from the seeds of the cocoa trees.

However, is the world’s sweet tooth destroying plant and animal biodiversity? This article will discuss how sustainable cocoa production can benefit farmers and consumers alike. Read on to discover what you can do as chocolate lovers to protect the industry from harmful customs.

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Strawberry Cheesecake - A Sweet Summer Treat

Moments we enjoy a lot are those quietly spent in the kitchen trying out new dessert recipes we find in our stack of recipe books and magazines. There is something relaxing about baking and having a cake in the afternoon is one of  Germany's most beloved traditions. When we invite family or friends over in the afternoon there is definitely cake around. Here is how to make a delicious no bake strawberry cheesecake for your next family or friends gathering.
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Is There A White Chocolate Season?

If there is a season for white chocolate, it would be during the summertime. White chocolate is known for its rich and creamy taste, which makes it an excellent companion to acidic fruits like berries and citrus. It also works well with sweet fruits like peaches and melons. Given how well it pairs up with these fruits, it’s only reasonable to believe that the best time to eat it is during the berry season — which is in the summer! What exactly is white chocolate, and what makes it an amazing addition to mix with fruits?

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How To Make Perfect Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is a classic Italian dessert that seems to have it's origin in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. It literally translates into "cooked cream". Panna Cotta is essentially a pudding. We love making panna cotta because it’s easy to do and requires very little ingredients. It is practically fool proof. This delicious dessert is naturally gluten-free and therefore it caters to many dietary needs. It can also be turned into a vegan dessert option, if desired. You can also customize it by adding different flavors like chocolate or coffee. The taste of panna cotta is light, creamy and delicious making it the perfect sweet treat. Try these recipes today!
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