SPICE ‘N’ NUTS CHOCOLATE CAKE


This is a chocolate cake with nuts and spices.

Honey is also used in the sweetness .

Found this in my old stack of recipes,and made

half the quantity .

Will be sharing the full quantity.

So here’s to the awesome recipe !

INGREDIENTS

150 gm butter

100 gm sugar

2-3 tbsp honey

2 eggs

200 gm all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp mixed spice powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

1/4 cup chopped dates and nuts ( almonds)

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 cup milk

METHOD

Cream butter and sugar till creamy .

Add honey and beat again lightly.

Add in one egg at a time .

Mix the flour with all the other powders.

Next add the dry fruits into the flour

Fold in the rest of the ingredients gradually,till

well blended .

The mixture may look thick,but the cake will be

soft .

Pour into a greased tin,and bake in a preheated

oven (180C) for 30 minutes.

Layering and icing may be your choice .

Pour chocolate sauce , or ganache .

Add chopped nuts to decorate.

CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING


News around says its ‘Chocolate Day ‘today the

7th of July.

So …today I will be sharing a healthy chocolate

pudding !

Yes ! it’s with chia seeds,coconut milk and

honey.

The chocolate had sugar,and the rest of the

sweetness was honey.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

150-200 gm dark chocolate / any of your choice

1/2 cup pre-soaked chia seeds

2 cups fresh coconut milk

3 tsp gelatine

75 ml fresh cream

3-4 tbsp honey

2 tsp brandy ( optional)

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Add the gelatine to 1/4 cup water,and allow to

bloom.

Heat the cream and once it reaches a boil ,pour

over chocolate and mix till smooth with honey.

Mix in the gelatine into the warm chocolate

Add coconut milk,and return to flame ,for just

1-2 minutes .

Mix well and remove from fire

Add brandy and essence .

Add the soaked chia seeds and allow to set in

the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

BLUEBERRY,CARDAMON BROWNIE ROCK CAKE


Those who are following me know that I’m

trying out varieties of these rock cakes .Rock

cake like cookies . They are soft inside and melt

in mouth cakes, and easy to make.

This time I mixed half almond flour and half

all purpose flour ,and the texture was good .

I used blueberry ( as it’s in season ).You can use

any other berries of your choice .

Now to the recipe ..

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar ( use half brown sugar)

2 tbsp.cocoa powder ( unsweetened)

100 gm almond flour

100 gm all purpose flour

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp baking powder

3-4 tsp cardamon powder

A few blueberries

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Melt the butter and chocolate in a bain-marie

( double boiler) .

Beat eggs,sugar,cardamon powder,salt together

for few minutes.

Mix the egg mixture in to the chocolate mixture

Mix the flours and baking powder together

Fold the mixed flour into the chocolate mixture

and mix till well blended with milk .

Even if the mixture looks thick do not worry,it

will be soft .

Place rustic spoonfuls in a greased tray ,and

bake in a 180 C oven for 25 minutes.

Allow to cool and store .

Can be served with ice cream too😋.

TRIPLE DELIGHT(EGGLESS)


A lovely pudding,a satisfying treat after a meal!

Eggless,with simple ingredients.Thickened with

Cornstarch in three flavours and a sprinkle of

praline is divine !

Each layer will set quickly, and you have to

pour each layer after it sets . ( within minutes).

The time you make a layer is enough for the

prepared layer to set.


INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CHOCOLATE LAYER

2 cups milk (200 ml )

2 heaped spoons for cornstarch mixed in a little milk

3 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp cocoa powder or 100-200 dark chocolate

pieces

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

a pinch of salt

METHOD

•Heat the milk with the sugar

•Pour a little hot water on the cocoa powder

and mix to a smooth paste.

• If you are using chocolate also you can add a

little hot water / hot milk to melt

•When it reaches boiling point ,add cornflour

and the rest of the ingredients,and cook to a

thick custard consistency .

•Remove from fire and pour into individual

ramekins and allow to set ,while you prepare

the next layer.


VANILLA LAYER

INGREDIENTS

2 cups milk (200 ml )

2 heaped spoons for cornstarch mixed in a little milk

3 -4 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

METHOD

Follow the same method,and pour the next

layer.


CARAMEL LAYER

INGREDIENTS

2 cups milk

2 heaped tbsp cornstarch mixed in a little milk

or water

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp water

A pinch of salt

METHOD

•Boil the sugar with 2 tbsp water till it melts.

•Add milk and heat.

• Add cornstarch and cook to thick custard

stage

•Remove from fire and add to the final layer .

Allow to set for minimum two hours and serve

with praline / chocolate shavings .

Praline is my best choice .

If you have salted caramel toppings you can add a tbsp for enhanced taste .

FOR THE CASHEW PRALINE

1 tbsp butter

3-4 tbsp sugar ( not brown)

A handful of cashewnuts

Heat the butter and sugar together.

When it starts to bubble add the cashews and

mix in quick for a minute .

Transfer to a board and allow to cool . Crush to

your choice and sprinkle on dessert when you

serve!

OLD TIMES CHOCOLATE CAKE


This is my 700th post, and I compulsorily need

to thank all my followers,and those who give

me appreciates,and comments on WordPress,

Facebook and Instagram!

Decided to post something sweet ,and made

this chocolate cake for tea.This time I made the

icing sugar at home,and the texture of the icing

was good .(check below for homemade icing

sugar)

Old times cake were mostly flavoured pound

cakes . Sponge cakes and gateau cakes were

followed later.

Compared to cakes which are made with exotic

combinations ,this recipe is comparatively

unique in taste.

Easy recipe to make and remember .Moving to

the recipe ….

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar

2 eggs

2 tbsp.cocoa powder

100 gm all purpose flour

1 tbsp.cornflour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

a pinch of salt ( do not use if you are using

salted butter)

METHOD

Beat butter and sugar till creamy .

Add eggs one at a time ,and beat for few

minutes. Add essence.

Sieve the flour,cornflour,baking powder ,cocoa

powder together .

Fold in gradually into the the butter mixture,

(do not beat ).

Bake in a 180C oven for 25 minutes .

Allow to cool .

Layer and coat with buttercream.

You can use brandy or rum to moisten the cake


For the chocolate buttercream icing

1:2 ratio works well .

100 gm unsalted butter

200 gm icing sugar

A little milk ( according to the texture you require)

1 tsp vanilla essence

Beat all together till creamy and ice the cake .


Homemade icing sugar

1 cup sugar

1 tsp cornflour

Powder the sugar with cornflour fine .

Sieve and use.

Tip : Beating egg whites separately,and folding in with flour , gives a softer texture.

Post in your comments and suggestions!

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE


Chocolatey elegant simple dessert , which no

one could resist. Chocolate mousse tops the list

of all mousses .This dessert is easy to make,and

tastes too delicious if prepared a day ahead

and allowed to set.( Even though it sets within

2-3 hours ).

The quality of the chocolate,says it all , so it’s

best to use good quality chocolates. I used dark

chocolate .

Now to the recipe..

INGREDIENTS

100-125 gm dark chocolate

25 gm butter ( unsalted)

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp rum /brandy ( optional)

3 egg yolks

3 egg whites

A pinch of cream of tartar

150 gm fresh cream

A pinch of salt

3-4 tbsp sugar ( powdered)

METHOD

Melt the chocolate with butter,in a double

boiler.

Add egg yolks,vanilla,brandy ( if using),salt ,

2 tbsp sugar and mix well.

Beat egg white with cream of tartar stiff .

Beat cream with the remaining 2 tbsp sugar

until stiff peaks form.

Mix in the egg whites first into the chocolate

mixture ,gently and gradually.

Next fold in the cream the same way ,gently till

no whites are seen .( Do not beat ).

Pipe into individual moulds .Top with a little

grated chocolate and serve .

This dessert can be served without cream or

any adorning. Served plain itself,was amazing .

So do try this easy recipe and post in your

comments.

The same recipe can be made with white

chocolate for white chocolate mousse !