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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.

© Julia M Wlodarczyk and Tattoo My Broccoli, 2014-2024. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, recipes and images without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Julia M Wlodarczyk and Tattoo My Broccoli with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

coffee muffins

I love coffee. I live in Norway so I’m not alone! Follow this link to find out that Norwegians imported half a percent of all the coffee produced in the world in 2010. They drink 5 cups per day on average and I can confirm that even when they come visit in the evening they rarely say no to a cup of coffee. Proper stuff from a coffee press though, not the instant granules. I first smiled a bit at this coffee madness but now I’m part of it.

coffee muffins

 

These muffins contain coffee, so they are not suitable for children. They are, however, suitable for Norwegians as well as anybody else who likes coffee.

coffee muffins

This recipe makes 12 muffins.

 

coffee muffinsIngredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp instant coffee

a little warm water to dissolve the coffee in

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1/4 cup applesauce (or oil if you have no applesauce)

 

For decoration: 24 whole almonds

 

 

 

Preheat your oven to 200C/400F. Prepare a 12 muffin tray.

In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

In a smaller bowl mix applesauce, oil, milk, egg and coffee dissolved in a little water. Don’t use very hot water or your egg will cook.

Once mixed pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and blend but don’t overmix. Some people say that stirring muffin dough 10 times is enough. I might stir a bit longer if I still see a lot of dry patches but not too long.

coffee muffins

Pour into the muffin cups/tray or whatever you’re using. Decorate with almonds.

 

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, check with a skewer.

 

coffee muffins

 

© Julia M Wlodarczyk and Tattoo My Broccoli, 2014-2024.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, recipes and images without express and
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Broccoli with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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