Daily Archives: April 13, 2010

Feeling Blue?


Blue

To be or not to be…

As we all know, a little chocolate now and then makes us happy. Very happy. Especially when we are heartbroken. But as they say, forget love, I’d rather fall into chocolate. :)) I wish!;) No, I’d rather fall into chocolate and Love. For the moment let’s talk about chocolate. Not any chocolate but something special. A chocolate cake full of this aphrodisiac.

I found this recipe a few years ago in a supermarket in Constanta in “BBC Good Food” magazine. In pictures it didn’t look extraordinary. But the look can be deceiving, as we all know. I read the ingredients and then it clicked. This cake had 7 chocolates in it! Imagine that! 7! I searched Google at home at that time to see if I could find something similar. But I couldn’t. There were only cakes with 3-5 chocolates mostly. That was different.

Because of this I decided to make the cake on a special day. It was almost 2 years ago, probably on Christmas, Easter, my name day or my birthday. Or mom’s. Who cares! I made it and it was an instant hit from the beginning. It was sooooo delicious, you can’t imagine. Feeling the chocolate melting in your mouth, the smell, sensations that can’t be described. I just felt happy. Thinking now of it, makes me happy again. πŸ™‚

For a tastier and why not, funnier description of this simple cake with 7 chocolates try my choice. Because my choice of cake is made with plain chocolate only, of at least 70% cocoa. Yes, you already know that, but bear with me. I was more generous with the cream and chocolate. I would never put only 250 g of chocolate in something but go for 300 g. I know, you agree with me here.

Chocolate Cake

Serves 12

Ready in 1 hr 30 minutes, plus cooling

Ingredients:

  • 250 g flour/ self raising flour
  • 1 baking soda package (in case you don’t find self raising, mix flour with baking soda)
  • 250 g unrefined soft brown sugar (if you don’t have it in your kitchen, choose the white one)
  • 50 g cocoa
  • 250-300 g plain chocolate
  • 250 g butter (again, 80-82% fat if you don’t mind, because I do)
  • 4 eggs

For the cream:

  • 400 g plain or milk chocolate (please, please, please, plain)
  • 300 ml pot single cream (my choice is full-fat)
  • 25 g butter
  • 100-200 icing sugar
  • cocoa powder for dusting

Method:

  • Heat the oven to 160Β°C/ fan 140 C/ gas 3. Line a 20cm x 20 square cake tin. I use at home my round 26 cm diameter cake tin.
  • Mix the flour, sugar and cocoa together in a bowl. Melt the chocolate (don’t touch it!) and the butter together with 200 ml water in a pan and then beat this along with the eggs into the dry mixture. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean. It may crack a little on top but this will be covered by the icing. Cool.
  • To make the icing, melt the chocolate (I said to keep your fingers out of this!) with the cream and butter until smooth and then cool to a spreadable consistency, beat in enough icing sugar to make the icing opaque and stiff.
  • Slice the cake horizontally into 2 or 3 layers and spread some icing (yummy) between each layer. Ice the outside of the cake in a thick even layer and smooth the icing down as much as possible, don’t worry about the top too much. I worry, I want it to be smooth on top too.
  • Dust with cocoa powder just before serving.

Bon appetite!

Blessed those who have tried this out!

PS: while searching this recipe on the net one day, years after, I discovered that it was no longer on the BBC Good Food site. So I turned myself into a detective. And guess what? I looked closely on the printed recipe I had since 2009 and there it was: “Recipe from olive magazine, September 2007.” While you find it here too, the original is from that site and I must add this. I am glad that everybody can access it too, from different sources.

Manastire intr-un picior, ghici ciuperca ce-i?


Raspunsul sper ca il stii. Iti plac ciupercile? Si mie. Fffff mult. Asta m-a intrebat ieri o prietena. De aceea m-am gandit la ce retete am eu cu ciuperci pentru ca dorea si ea una. Am cautat ca nu stiam sigur care e mai reusita sa o adaug aici dar am gasit. N-o sa-ti vina sa crezi! Este una dintre cele mai parfumate mancaruri pe care le-am gatit si le-am mancat vreodata. Miroase superb. Vorbesc serios. Are arome de lamaie, nucsoara, utsuroi, piper, amestecate intr-un buchet cum rar intalnesti. Iar la gust, te lingi pe degete, nu alta. Din cauza asta, am repetat de cateva ori reteta si acum ca vorbesc despre ea, mi s-a facut pofta sa o mai fac o data. Intr-o zi cu soare. :))

Intr-o tara cu soare. Pentru ca azi ne plimbam prin Italia. Cui nu-i plac pastele si pizza? Hm… sunt si din acestia dar slava Domnului ca sunt rari. Glumesc. Oricum azi mancam paste se pare. πŸ˜‰ Reteta am luat-o din cartea “Confident Cooking – Classic Essential Pasta” 1996, si sincer, nu prea am ce modifica sau adapta la ea, este perfecta. Pentru toata lumea. Si se prepara si repede. Ca o mancare chinezeasca. Este mai mult decat perfecta se pare. Nu mai zic cat e de delicioasa. Dar te las pe tine sa hotarasti.

Tortellini cu sos cremos de ciuperci

4 portii

Preparare 18 minute

Ingrediente:

  • 185 g ciuperci mici ca marime
  • 1 lamaie mica
  • 60 g unt (80-82% grasime)
  • 1 catel usturoi, zdrobit
  • 300 ml smantana
  • piper negru
  • nucsoara
  • 3 linguri Parmesan ras
  • 500 g tortellini fierte, strecurate si lasate la cald (eu le cam fac in acelasi timp cu sosul sa le strecor imediat si sa le combin)

Preparare:

  • Taie ciupercile fin. Razuie coaja de lamaie. Topeste untul intr-o tigaie medie si gateste ciupercile cca 30 secunde la temperatura medie.
  • Adauga usturoiul zdrobit, smantana, lamaia rasa, piper negru si nucsoara, cat se ia cu degetele. Lasa totul sa se imbibe cca 1-2 minute (acum poti zice ca miroase divin). Adauga si parmesanul si lasa pe foc mic inca 3 minute.
  • Pune tortellini calde intr-un bol caldut sau rece, cum preferi. Toarna sosul si amesteca bine sa se combine. Serveste imediat.

Pofta buna!

Daca ramane ceva pentru a doua zi, incalzeste la cuptor sau in cuptorul cu microunde (totusi nu recomand ultima varianta, eu una nu mai am asa ceva si pot si fara).