chocolate comfort

I came up with this cake when I was sick and feeling a little precious. I wanted it to be a mood lifter and I wasn’t wrong. I love chocolate so I made sure to use a lot of it. Chocolate always helps.

chocolate comfort

 

chocolate comfort

Ingredients:

4 eggs

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 cup rapeseed oil

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 1/2 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk

200g minced or grated dark chocolate

chocolate comfort

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl whisk eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla essence until smooth.

Add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and milk and mix with a spatula.

Add chocolate and fold in.

Pour into a spring form and bake for 40 minutes.

chocolate comfort

Enjoy!

 
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mint chocolates

This is so simple that it’s not even a recipe really but I’m still posting it because it’s a delicious way to have some chocolate in the middle of the summer. The peppermint is refreshing and you have to keep these little chocolates in the fridge, so it’s a nice, peppermint experience.

mint chocolates

Ingredients:

200g/7ounces white chocolate

a couple of pieces of dark chocolate

3 drops of peppermint oil

green food dye (optional)

mint chocolates

Divide the chocolate into two portions, one with dark chocolate.

Microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute until melted but not scorched.

Add the peppermint oil and food dye to the portion without dark chocolate and mix.

Fill little molds with a mixture of the two chocolates and refrigerate until the chocolates are hard and easy to pop out of the molds.

mint chocolates

 

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easy chocolate cake

This is a very, very easy way to make a chocolate cake and love it. If you don’t have time and just want to do minimum work, here is how.

easy chocolate cake2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup or 100g butter
1 cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 eggs
3/4 cup raisins
80g (around 3oz) dark chocolate (70% or more cocoa is ideal)
a couple of sunflower seeds for decoration
Preheat the oven to 200 C/400F.
Now, here is the good part. First put the butter and the chocolate in a small pot, put it on the oven on slow heat and wait for it to melt, but not boil. This is really easy, you just pretty much need to forget about the mixture for a couple of minutes and it will be ready.
Put all of the other ingredients in a bowl in whatever order you feel like, add the melted butter with chocolate and stir the whole thing with a spoon for a minute or two, until it’s pretty much uniform. Don’t stress over it. It will blend together just fine.
Pour into a square or round baking tin and bake for 40 – 45 minutes. Check it by the end as it starts burning easy and the sides are then bitter.

Enjoy, try not to eat it hot straight from the tray, like I tend to do…

 

easy chocolate cake

afeature

Ahh! Chocolate!

You know all these chocolate ads showing people on their sofas wearing a white turtleneck and warm socks or people dressed in elegant clothes having the experience of their lifetime? I totally buy into all of them. I love chocolate and eating good quality chocolate is always a delicious, almost spiritual experience for me. Chocolate picks me up from the worst moods and always comforts me when I feel vulnerable. There is just no better drug than chocolate.

decadent chocolate

If you feel similarly or your loved one does and you want to make something special for Valentine’s Day, try this recipe. It’s very chocolatey, very dark, full of well developed cocoa flavour. You can also add a drop of orange aroma if you can find it in the shop and if you like that combination but that is optional.

This cake also contains coffee, so if you are planning a nice dinner with your partner and then this cake for dessert, it is sure to energize you for whatever else you planned for that romantic evening. 😉

 

decadent chocolateIngredients:

 

60g/2oz good quality dark chocolate

1 cup cocoa powder

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 Tbsp dry ground coffee

3 eggs

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup applesauce

orange aroma (optional)

 

 

 

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

 

First of all, you’ll need to turn your dark chocolate into powder. You can grate it if you have the patience but I always put it in my mini food processor. The little particles resulting from this (in the picture) are good enough for this recipe.

decadent chocolate

Once done, place the chocolate powder in a bowl and add cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and ground coffee. Stir to combine all these dry ingredients into a more or less uniform powder.

decadent chocolate

Add eggs, applesauce and milk. This is also the time to add orange aroma if using.

 

Blend with a spatula until combined and there are no more pockets of dry powder. No need to use electric whisk or any other tiresome techniques. :) A short stir will do the job.

decadent chocolate

Pour this mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper. I used a 30cm/12inch loaf pan which is longer than the other two I have. You’ll figure it out, I’m sure.

Bake for 65 minutes. I know it’s a weird time, try 60 and see if it passes the cocktail stick test after that. My oven bakes it to perfection in 65.

decadent chocolate

Enjoy!

 

decadent chocolate

Look out for another chocolate cake recipe next week. This will be just one day before Valentine’s Day and it will be a very simple recipe for those who just want to whip up something very easy and very quick.

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Simple, easy to make and full of chocolate. What more can you ask for on the 2nd January when you’re still nursing a hangover (if you drink, that is).

Anyway, this is a simple way of having steaming chocolate deliciousness on your plate within an hour. If eating freshly baked, hot cake doesn’t appeal to you then… even I can’t save you. :)

chocolate muffins

 

chocolate muffinsIngredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup of oil

1 cup milk

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

50g/2 oz of dark chocolate, crushed into small pieces (I just whack it with a rolling pin)

chocolate muffins

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

In a bowl, mix eggs, oil, sugar and milk. Separately mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and cinnamon and add to the first bowl.

Mix roughly but don’t overmix. Add the chocolate at the end.

Pour into a 12 muffin tray. Bake for 25 minutes.

chocolate muffins

Enjoy with a big smile on your face.

 

chocolate muffins

 

 

 

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