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Recipe : Double Chocolate Pecan Fudge Squares

We bake most weekends and this past weekend was no exception.  With winter theoretically on our door step ( in theory, I say  because the days here in Brisbane at this time of the year really are glorious!) it seemed only fitting to bake ourselves  a triple layer treat.

Dello Mano Kitchen Baking of Double Pecan Fudge Squares

Triple layers of yumness!

The layers in these Double Chocolate Pecan Fudge Squares  do take a little more time however the result is well worth the effort.

Start by preparing the biscuit base according to the instructions below. Take care not to overbake it as it tends to dry quickly and you really are looking for lovely moistness across each of the square layers.

The  creamy chocolate filling is simply a brown sugar and butter mix made super delicious with condensed milk.  I’ve long been a fan of condensed milk. Beginning my Food Science career at Carnation, I remember clearly the joy of huge and I mean really huge, vats of white creamy condensed milk. My job then was to taste test the condensed milk as it caramalises over time.  A  life well spent – condensed milk tasting to now these days brownie tasting!

condensed milk pouring

Delicious condensed milk makes for the beginning

Of course, as we always say great chocolate makes or breaks a dessert. Here at Dello Mano our choice of beautiful chocolate is Belgian chocolate however so long as you choose great quality, the choice of chocolate is yours.

dark chocolate bowl

Delicious dark chocolate

After melting, pour the molten dark Belgian chocolate onto the base of biscuit and creamy filling.

Dark chocolate pouring into pan

Use great quality dark chocolate

Starting to get exciting now – take a little care to evenly spread the chocolate so as to ensure the squares look balanced when they’re cut. Refrigerate.

spread dark chocolate onto filling

Dark chocolate spread onto filling

Remove from the refrigerator and carefully cut the layers to your preferred size. Since we love Dello Mano cubes, we have a preference for little squares, but really the fudge squares could be ribbons or bar shaped.  Just take a little care when moving the knife through the layers to avoid cracking.

cutting double pecan fudge

Carefully cut into neat squares

Sit back and enjoy those delicious layers.

double pecan fudge finished

Double Pecan Fudge – the final product




¼ cup finely chopped pecans

100 g Butter, melted

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup plain flour, sifted

1/4 teaspoon baking powder


395 g can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup brown sugar

125 g butter, chopped into small pieces

120g coursely chopped pecans

100 g  dark Belgian chocolate, chopped


60 g butter, chopped

200 g dark Belgian chocolate, chopped 


Preheat oven to 170-180°C depending on your oven. Grease and line a brownie style pan.

       THE BASE

Combine butter, sugar and pecans in a bowl. Add flour and baking powder. Mix until well combined. Using the back of a spoon         press the base mixture into the cake pan.

Bake for 18 minutes or until golden and firm to touch.


Combine milk, sugar and butter in a 2-liter (8 cup) microwave safe jug or bowl. Cook, uncovered, stirring every 2 minutes for 6         to 8 minutes on high (100%) power or until mixtures comes to the boil and is thick and golden. Stand for 1 minute.Add the          chocolate and stir constantly until melted. Stir in pecans.

Add the chocolate and stir constantly until melted. Stir in pecans.

Pour over warm base and set aside to cool completely.


Melt butter over a low heat.  When melted slowly add chocolate, stirring gently  until smooth. Be careful not to aerate the chocolate mix. Pour over fudge filling.

Optional : Spread some crushed pecans on top before refrigerating ( can there ever be too many pecans!)

Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set. Cut into squares and serve.

        Recipe adapted from Stahmann Pecan Farms –



Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you will never know what you’re gonna get.”

21 years have passed since the first time most of us heard these famous lines. Forrest Gumpis one of the most quoted movies of all time. The mixture of comedy, romance, and drama that revolves around the inspiring story of a man named Forrest Gump, is not that easy to forget. His wonderful story reminds us that we should strive to be all we want to be – just don’t give up.

Dello Mano Brownie Gift Box

Dello Mano Chocolate Brownie Gift Box

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Easter approaches and it’s chocolate time!

The days seem to run very quickly at this time of the year. Easter is fast approaching and our kitchen is full steam ahead. So many lovely Easter gifts in the making.  Our Easter Cookies are so cute – I just know with our own kids the bar is high and something that is deliciously hand made is always so well received. Take a look at these gorgeous Easter cookies – each one a work of art.

Dello Mano Easter Cookies

Hand made Dello Mano Easter Cookies

We’ve just finished our website revamp and included a page of our Easter brownies and chocolate.  The site relaunch also showcases a whole new range of luxury cakes which would be fantastic for the Easter long weekend. There’s nothing like the handmade.

Dello Mano Easter Gift box

Easter gift box of cookies



Celebrating National Brownie Day

Today is National Brownie Day.  We celebrated here at Dello Mano with our Classic and Mixed Brownie Gift Box giveaways every hour, lots of wonderful brownie and Belgian chocolate tastings and of course our Christmas Brownies, Truffles, Panforte and Christmas Star Belgian Chocolate cookies. There was even a sneak peak at our new Brownie.


Dello Mano Team



Dello Mano Bien and Ben drawing hourly National Brownie Day competition



Dello Mano Team celebrating Christmas and National Brownie Day


Dello Mano Brownie Gift Box

Hourly Dello Mano Brownie Gift Box prizes were drawn to Celebrate National Brownie Day!

National Brownie Day

Team Dello Mano celebrating National Brownie Day

An Italian 13th Century treat you must try this Christmas

Dello Mano Panforte

Dello Mano Panforte is available from 1 December

It is said that Italians have been enjoying Panforte since the 13th Century.  Originally thought to be the “tithe” paid to nuns and priests in Italy and even carried as a treat by the Crusaders, Panforte is now shared by many around the world.  The recipe although simple has some intriguing elements.

Not exempt from controversy it is said that Panforte should correctly contain 17 ingredients to be truly called Panforte.  The 17 ingredients apparently stemming from the number of neighbourhoods (Contrade) in the Italian city of Siena, where most believe this delicious recipe began.  While many of the ingredients of Panforte are similar to other fruit cakes and even our own Dello Mano Christmas brownies, the treat is made unique by the use of a simple boiled syrup, sometimes chocolate and a special spice mix.

Panforte is traditionally made using a honey and sugar syrup that’s mixed with delicious fruits and nuts and a spice mix.  Here at Dello Mano we use roast hazelnuts as our nuts however it is really a matter of personal choice. The Panforte spice mix a little different to most as it contains black pepper which although seems odd, really does highlight the fruit flavours.  Long obsessed with this Italian treat, we are now at Dello Mano in our 6th year of presenting Panforte at Christmas. Mixing cultures as we tend to do here at Dello Mano, we wrap each of our handmade Panforte in muslin and tie it with string as an ode to a Christmas pudding and to help make it a great and unique Christmas food gift.

There are lots of Panforte recipes and this weekend we’ve tried a lovely one at home presented by Gourmet Traveller in their December magazine. If you have the issue it is on the last page.

Panforte is not difficult to make at home so why not give it a go?  If you are going to buy one though, look around for one that is from a trusted source as the shelf life on Panforte is long and they often sit around for many months and in some cases years.

However, you manage to get ahold of Panforte, do once you have your hands on it, make a coffee or tea and sit down and enjoy a thin slice. As I sat with mine this morning  it’s easy to see why the tradition of Panforte has been around for 700 odd years.

panforte wm

You can buy Dello Mano Panforte on line or in our Teneriffe store ( 1300 661 682). We have samples in store if you want to have a taste.