There are many people in the UK who are chocoholics and we have a few of them here in the Cooker Spare Parts office! We don’t know many people who don’t like at least one thing with chocolate in it, whether that's chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake or chocolate pancakes, the list could go on forever! So we have chosen 3 of our favourite recipes with chocolate to get your taste buds tingling!

Raspberry Chocolate Cake

We all know that the combination of raspberry and chocolate goes perfectly together and this recipe certainly proves that! The creamy chocolate frosting combined with the moist cake and raspberry filling will make your mouth water just thinking about it!

This cake takes just 35 minutes to bake and 45 minutes to prepare, so if you have a free couple of hours, why not treat yourself!

To see the full recipe, visit the taste of home website here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some people may say that chocolate chip cookies aren't very exciting, but we disagree! These little pieces of chocolatey goodness are made from a recipe by the brilliant Nigella Lawson and she claims they are the “chocolatiest cookies you will ever come across”. With that statement, these cookies are a must try to see if Nigella Lawson is correct and if we had to guess, we would probably say she is!

Check the fantastic recipe for these chocolate chip cookies on Nigella's website by clicking here.

Croissant and Chocolate Bread Pudding

Ever since we saw this recipe on real simple, we had to include it in our favourite recipes with chocolate! Bread and butter pudding is a classic British dessert, but we love the twist that this recipe puts on the traditional recipe. There aren't many better things than a freshly baked, still warm croissant, so when you couple that with delicious chocolate and a creamy filling, there aren't many things not to like! Very simple to make, this recipe will leave you wanting to cut yourself an extra slice of this fantastic dessert!

See the full recipe on the real simple website here.

Unfortunately oven elements are not invincible and are prone to damage due to the high temperatures that they experience when fitted in your oven cavity.

 Below we list 3 common problems we find people tend to have with their oven elements, so if you have any of these issues with your own oven element, don’t hesitate when it comes to replacing it.

1.      If you own a fan oven, the element in your oven will expand and contract. When the oven is on, the element will expand and as soon as the oven is turned off, the element will contract. This can result in strain being put on the element and could lead it blowing;

2.      Staying with fan ovens, if the motor in your fan oven gets too dirty and covered in grease and dirt, it won’t be able to cool your oven element sufficiently meaning your oven element is at greater risk of overheating. Check your fan oven motor regularly to ensure it is clean and keeping your oven element cool;

3.      The most common problem with oven elements is when the oven light and fan come on but the oven element won’t heat up at all. This is the classic sign that the element needs replacing.

Here are a few tips we have to help ensure your oven element doesn’t become damaged:

·         Ensure the oven door seal on your appliance is keeping the hot air in the oven cavity. If it isn’t doing this, the oven element will have to work harder to maintain the temperature in the oven cavity, which puts added strain on it;

·         Keep your fan oven motor as clean as possible to help ensure it keeps your oven well ventilated when you are using it.

Here at Cooker Spare Parts, we stock a fantastic range of fan oven spares so if you are experiencing any of the problems listed above with your fan oven, take a look at our range of spares here!

As we mentioned in our post on our hob spares last month, summer cooking usually involves you using your hob a lot more to prepare lighter meals such as pasta dishes to help you stay cooler during the warmer summer months. Well this month we will tell you all about our fantastic range of spares for gas hobs and why you should replace the damaged parts that are attached to your cooker.

You may think, what are the differences between electric hobs, ceramic hobs and gas hobs? Unfortunately they do not all use the same parts and we know all too well the variety of spare parts that are available for gas hobs, electric hobs and ceramic hobs!

So you have a gas hob that needs a part replacing on it? Could it be the gas hob burner cap, or perhaps the burner gas tap needs replacing to help the gas supply reach your burner correctly? We like to think we have all bases covered when it comes to getting your hob back up and running again.

If its burner caps that you need to help get your gas hob back to tip top condition, we stock a great range of parts. Take this gas burner cap for instance, the enamel finish means it will be highly resistant to scratches and scrapes when being used on your semi rapid burner (medium burner), which is just as well when it is one the first points of contact for any pans you use on your hob. You can take a look at the part here, it’s our part number GHS 24009.

As well as this, we offer parts such as this cooker lid gas shut off valve. It is crucial that this part works on cookers with lids as it shuts off the gas supply of the cooker when you pull the lid down. It is a simple yet highly effective part spare part for your hob. Here is one of our best sellers, the gas shut off valve for Leisure gas cookers, our part number is GHS 24027 and you can see it here.