One of our most asked for recipes- and its gluten free!

Espresso cake is a rich and delicious end to any meal. When you make it just right, these cakes are pure bites of heaven! Espresso cake is great when paired with berries or fruit for a little extra flavour. Alternatively, try accompanying them as you would your favourite specialty coffee.

If you have flavoured coffees, you can experiment with your Espresso Cake. You may be surprised at how versatile this recipe can be!

Ingredients:

Method:

  • Bring espresso, sugar, Kahlua and butter to a boil
  • Melt chocolate in double boiler
  • Add melted chocolate to espresso mixture and whisk until smooth
  • Beat eggs to blend
  • Wisk in eggs to chocolate mixture
  • In a prepared spring form pan bake at 350 for 1 hour
  • Garnish with edible flowers and fresh berries

PRO TIP : If you’ve never melted chocolate for desert before, you must take special care to make sure it doesn’t burn. Chocolate can burn easily in microwaves or on the stove top if you are not careful.

A double boiler helps a lot with this. If you do not own a double boiler, you can get the same effect using a heat-resistant bowl, and pot of the appropriate size. Bring water to a simmer on a medium low heat, and place your chocolate in a bowl that can cover the pot’s opening. Place the bowl on top of the pot while it simmers. Stir the chocolate until it has melted, and voilà! Rich, velvet smooth chocolate ready to be used in any desert!

Looking for more deserts? Try our chocolate covered strawberries!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

made with love by Chef Steve

Chocolate covered strawberries are one of those treats that is easy to make, but OH so delicious. These chocolate covered strawberries make great no-hassle deserts for parties, and are the perfect finish to a romantic dinner date. The red of the strawberries with the darkness of the chocolate looks and presents well too! They’re also fun to experiment with by adding different accents or decorations. Try out many different flavour combinations and chocolates!

You will need:

• Large ripe strawberries, cleaned and dried

• Good quality Dark or milk chocolate (whatever your favorite is. We like to use LURE Chocolates at Oceanstone!)

• Wooden skewers (remove splinters first)

• Baking sheet and parchment paper.

Steps

  1. Melt chocolate in microwave (or double boiler but the microwave just as easy). Make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn by stirring midway.
  2. Skewer the strawberries from top to bottom.
  3. Roll each strawberry and cover it in the delicious hot, melted chocolate.
  4. Cover the baking sheet with parchment paper, and lay the strawberries on top to cool.

Don’t worry about a flat spot on the chocolate. Trust us: chocolate covered strawberries disappear pretty fast!

Eat when cool- or surprise someone you love!

PRO TIP :

You can add additional decorations if you’d like to give your work some extra flare. Try drizzling on some white chocolate for a sweet presentation, or adding a touch of sea-salt. Customize this easy recipe to your heart’s content! Bon Appetit!

 

Valentine's Day chocolate covered strawberries

Homemade Chocolate covered Strawberries Ready to Eat

Before we begin, we must warn you that this post may lead to serious cravings.  

1. THE CANADIAN

Canadians are maple-syrup lovers. We can’t deny it.  So what is a Canadian s’more without maple-syrup flavoured marshmellows?

Instantly ‘Canadianize’ any s’more with these bad boys! Top it off with one of our exclusively Canadian chocolate bars, that you won’t find south of the border, like Crispy Crunch or a Crunchie bar , that will go perfectly with that maple syrup flavour.  If you really want to go full blown Canadian, grab some Tim’s doughnuts on your way, slice one in half and use in replacement of graham crackers.

Pair with an ice cold Canadian craft beer, and call it a celebration.

2. PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE S’MORE

Peanut Butter and Chocolate are a match made in heaven, there’s no doubt about it.

Toss a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup on your s’more as a substitute for chocolate, or spread some peanut butter on your graham cracker before layering your ooey gooey ‘shmellow on there.  Your average s’more will never be the same!

Not a peanut butter fan? Replace it with Nutella and prepare for love at first bite.

3. LURE CARAMEL S’MORE

Of course, this is an Oceanstone favourite.  Next time you stop by, make sure you pick up a box of LURE caramel chocolates from Rhubarb restaurant on your way in. These are hand-made caramels, dipped in delicious chocolate that will melt in your mouth.  They are made from start to finish right here on our property, so we can assure you, you’ll have a fresh batch.

You can pick from a variety of sea salt, pecan, almond, or ginger, but we recommend you try them all. Check them out here.

4. THE COOKIE S’MORE

If you want to seriously step up your s’more game and impress your guests… whip up a batch of fresh made chocolate chip cookies before your fire and use as graham crackers. Need we say more?

Short on time? Pick up some Chocolate Chip cookies from the grocery store, or a pack of oreos!

     


5. THE HEALTHY S’MORE

Now that we’ve got your mouth watering, we thought it was best to leave you on the right track.  Try out a healthier option for everyone’s summer guilty pleasure by swapping out milk chocolate for dark, making your own marshmellows with this recipe.  For the finishing touch, be sure to check out recipes like this one for a healthy alternative to store-bought graham crackers!

                


Try one, or try them all!  Either way, let us know what you think.


Have any other to-die-for s’mores recipes that we should add to the list? Let us know!

We had the absolute pleasure of a one-night getaway at the Oceanstone Seaside Resort. This lovely resort is located in Indian Harbour, only 40 minutes from Halifax and about 75 minutes from the Annapolis Valley. It’s the ideal location for weddings, corporate meetings and of course a staycation.

The property is stunning! It’s truly a beautiful and magical escape from the stress of everyday life. Oceanstone Seaside Resort is far enough outside of the city to allow for complete relaxation. Plus, it’s right on the ocean! Take a stroll along the beach (the freezing cold temperatures didn’t stop us!) and soak up the salt air. There’s something rejuvenating about being surrounded by nature and within a stone’s throw of the ocean. This getaway will give you the chance to chill out and regroup…

Read the full review by Two Wild Tides here!