Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Here's a rich, decadent chocolate cake with warm chocolate oozing out of the middle. And its so simple to whip up!





Ingredients:

50g semi sweet chocolate
60g butter
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 egg
1 pinch salt
2tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp all purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Method:

1. Place the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, taking it out every 10 seconds and stirring it
2. When you take it out, the butter will be melted, stir it for a minute (the heat of the butter will melt the chocolate)
3. Leave it aside to cool
4. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg, add in the rest of the ingredients and stir
5. Add in the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and whisk to combine
6. Generously line 2 ramekins with butter (If you don't have ramekins, use a muffin tray which makes 3)
7. Bake in a 220 degree C oven for 13-14 minutes
8. Dust with powdered sugar!



Saturday, 20 December 2014

Chocolate Walnut Loaf

I've had this amazing recipe for months now and have even tried it out a few times, but never really got around to posting it. So here's this delicious chocolate walnut loaf recipe that i'm sure you'll love as much as me. 








Ingredients:


100 g plain dark chocolate (broken into squares)

125 g butter, softened
125 g caster sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
125 g self-raising flour
1 tbsp cocoa power
1 cup of chopped walnuts


Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Lightly oil a cake tin and line with a layer of baking paper. 
  2. Put the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of very hot water. Stir until melted. Leave to cool. 
  3. Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs, beating well after each addition. 
  4. Sift in the flour and fold with a spoon. 
  5. Gently fold the cocoa powder and chocolate into the mixture.
  6. Fold in the chopped walnuts.
  7. Pour cake mixture into prepared tin. 
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  9. Let it cool for a few minutes and dust with icing sugar or cocoa powder!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Cake Donuts


Cake donuts are old fashioned donuts. They are fun to make and taste heavenly. The crust is nice and crispy, and the inside is wonderfully soft. I am not a big fan of using yeast; these donuts use baking powder as the rising agent. The subtle flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg is delicious, but I would recommend glazing your donuts. I mean, what are donuts without a generous glaze and sprinkles?


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While you can buy an actual doughnut cutter to cut out the doughnuts, I just use two round shaped cookie cutters (one large and one small for the inner hole). Also, these donuts store really well.

Ingredients:

1.     2 cups all purpose flour
2.    ½ cup white sugar
3.    1 teaspoon salt
4.    1 tablespoon baking powder
5.    ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6.    a dash of ground nutmeg
7.    2 tablespoons melted butter
8.    ½ cup milk
9.    1 egg, beaten
10. 1 quart oil for frying

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Method:

1. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix in butter until crumbly.
3. Stir in milk and egg until smooth. Knead lightly, and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
4. Roll or pat to 1/4 inch thickness.
5. Cut with a doughnut cutter, or use two round biscuit cutters of different sizes.
6. Carefully drop doughnuts into hot oil, a few at a time. Do not overcrowd pan or oil may overflow.
7. Fry, turning once, for 3 minutes or until golden.
8. Drain on paper towels.


For the glaze:

1. In a bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons un-sweetened cocoa powder.
2. Slowly add 3 tablespoons milk and 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract.
3. Mix until it has a glossy shine.




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Friday, 24 January 2014

Cut Out Jam Biscuits

Are these cute or what? I found this recipe in a cookbook for kids my friend gifted me last year. Yes, it's for kids. And I was quite skeptical, but I love these! I promise you'll love them too!
This recipe makes about 40 biscuits. I used only half the measurements (for 20). 


My cookie cutters are from IKEA and are super adorable! 

You can buy them here : http://www.ikea.com/aa/en/catalog/products/50151831/




Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.

Ingredients:

100g butter, softened
50g caster sugar
a small orange
1 medium egg
2 tbsp ground almonds
200g plain flour
1 tbsp cornflour
8 tbsp seedless raspberry jam
a round cookie cutter
a smaller cookie cutter (i used a heart)

Method:

1. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and cream till pale and fluffy.
2. Grate the zest from the orange and add to the bowl.
3. Break the egg into a cup, mix with a fork and add to the bowl. Mix well.
4. Add the ground almonds. Sift the flour and cornflour and add to the bowl.
5. Kneed with your hands until you have a dough.
6. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
7. Sprinkle flour onto your work surface and roll out the dough until it is about 3 mm thick.
8. Use the round cutter to cut out circles. Use the smaller one to cut out the middle of half of your circles. 9. Bake for about 15 minutes. Leave on baking tray for two minutes. Move onto wire rack to cool.
10. Spread jam on the whole biscuits and place the heart biscuits on top. Be very gentle as the biscuits are very delicate.