A cake for Sanja

Choco-love

Choco-love

Please let me introduce your new friend: the chocolate cake from heaven. It will melt in your mouth and you’ll enjoy chocolate as long as there is cake left in the mold 😉

If you try the recipe and you like it, thank Sanja. I shared the recipe because she reads the blog and I know that she loves chocolate as much as I do!

The only trick here is: you can’t eat it warm. You have to wait until it reached room temperature (or if you can’t wait that long, at least wait 1 hour). Because that’s when it reached the perfect melting point in your mouth.

Ingredients:

  • 200g dark dark chocolate (52% cocoa at least. 64% is better)
  • 120g sugar
  • 1tbsp flour
  • 100g butter
  • 5eggs (separate whites and yolks)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 180°C

  1. Slowly melt chocolate and butter in a pan
  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff
  3. Mix the egg yolks and sugar until it becomes whitish.
  4. Add the melted chocolate & butter to the egg yolks and sugar. Mix.
  5. Gently add the egg whites.
  6. Then add the flour and mix.
  7. Pour in a mold covered with cooking paper
  8. Bake for 25min NOT MORE!
  9. Let it cool for at least one hour.
  10. Enjoy 🙂 (don’t eat the whole thing in a day!)

Step by step pictures:

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Triple-chocolate cookies

To make you happy even though holidays are over: those cookies are chocolate bombs. Your brain will love them.

Triple chocolate cookies
Ingredients:

  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 180 g wheat flour
  • 125 g soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp almond powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 100g coarsely chopped white chocolate
  • 100g coarsely chopped dark chocolate
  • 100g coarsely chopped hazelnut milk chocolate
  • 10 g baking powder

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix butter and sugar.
  3. Add the flour, the baking powder, the almond powder, the vanilla essence and the egg. Mix until you obtain a homogeneous dough.
  4. Add the chocolate chips. Mix.
  5. Drop cookie dough in ~4cm diameter balls on a sheet pan covered with bakery paper.
  6. Bake during 8-12 min in the oven.
  7. Let cookies cool on a wire rack.

 

Delicious tips:

It’s even better when cookies are a bit soft. I bake them until the edges are golden brown. Then let the cookies out, on the sheet pan for a couple of minutes and then, put let them cool on a wire rack.

These cookies are beautiful with vanilla ice-cream!

Mousse au chocolat

I finally succeeded! Evil chocolate mousse: I could never have the right firmness! After few (I won’t mention the scary number) trials, here is the recipe that led me to the right dessert. I got inspired from Mr Lebovitz, who confesses he adapted his recipe from Mrs Child’s. I guess there is no “perfect recipe”, you have to make your own. Anyway, if you do trust me, you could make a good mousse with these proportions and steps. Good luck and ENJOY!

Mousse au chocolat

Mousse au chocolat

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Chocolate bites

With Christmas comes new recipe! For those of you, who are fond of the christmassy time, I will try to post few recipes before the D-day (talking about the 25th, with all the food, love and family. Not the supposed-to-be-once-again end of the world)

Here is the first one: little chocolate something. They look like cookies, but are as soft as cake. We knew the half empty vs half full glass. Here is the half cookie/half cake issue (isn’t in more fun?)

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Chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients:

  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 180 g wheat flour
  • 125 g soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp almond powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 100 g chocolate chips
  • 10 g baking powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix butter and sugar.
  3. Add the flour, the baking powder, the almond powder, the vanilla essence and the egg. Mix until you obtain a homogeneous dough.
  4. Add the chocolate chips. Mix.
5. Drop cookie dough in ~4cm diameter balls on a sheet pan covered with bakery paper.

6. Bake during 8-12 min in the oven.

7. Let cookies cool on a wire rack.

Muffins

Here is the very simple muffin recipe. Follow the instructions to make the basic batter, and check the “variations” to try different muffin flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 200 g of wheat flour
  • 125 g of sugar
  • 10 g of baking powder
  • 200 mL of single cream
  • 20 mL of milk
  • 75 g of melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • a pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, stir the egg, cream, milk and butter, pour it into the flour mixture. Mix until you obtain a smooth batter.
  4. Add the ingredients from the “variations” section, and mix gently.
  5. Pour the batter into paper muffins cups, and bake for 15 to 20 min.

Variations:

  • Chocolate and vanilla muffins: 100 g of chocolate chips, 2 tbsp almond powder and 1 tsp vanilla essence.
  • Raspberries muffins: 150 g of frozen raspberries, 2 tbsp almond powder.
  • Double chocolate muffins: 100 g of melted dark chocolate, mix. Add 100 g of chocolate chips.
  • Cranberries muffins: 100 g of frozen cranberries, 2 tbsp almond powder, 1 tsp nutmeg powder.

Decoration ideas: before baking, sprinkle the muffins with slivered almonds, colored sugar pearls…

Advice: check if muffins are baked using a toothpick.  Insert it in the middle of the muffins, and pull it out. If some batter sticks to it, your muffins are not baked: when muffins are ready, there won’t be any wet batter on the toothpick