Tuesday, January 25, 2011

chocolate cake (again)

this is a pimped up version of a recipe i did last year: a simple chocolate cake. but this time i added brown sugar and coconut shavings. yum!! (also added some baking powder which made it more fluffy*)

oven: 200 degrees celcius

2 eggs
 2dl granulated sugar
1 dl brown sugar
1 tsp vanillasugar
1 tsp bakingpowder
4 tblsp cocoapowder
1,5 dl flour (not self-raising)
2 tbsp coconut shavings
1 dl melted butter or margarine
coconut shavings for "lining" the pan

grease and cover a spring pan, about 24 cm or smaller, with coconut shavings.
mix the ingredients, by stirring, not whisking. (i add the butter last so it'll cool down and to avoid making an unplanned omelette)

pour into the pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. when the cake has come of the edges of the pan, it's done. and like the original- wonderful to serve still warm with vanilla ice-cream!


(ok, so maybe not THAT fluffy, but still...)

Monday, January 17, 2011

whole wide world

 ever seen that movie "stranger than fiction"? did you get a sudden urge to get a small bakery, a half-sleeve tattoo and bake chocolat chip cookies everyday? me too... so i made cookies. the rest will have to wait.
 the recipe is originally from a swedish book called "tillfällen att njuta en smula" (terese wikström) which i can recommend to all swedes. really beautiful book. anyway, bake this to either the soundtrack of aforementioned film or edith piaf. works either. i added lemon-zest and i think some coarsely chopped almonds would not have been bad..

chocolate chip cookies
makes 12-30 depending on size

2 eggs
200 g butter/margarine
3 dl flour
6 dl rolled oats
4 dl brown sugar
4 tbsp vanilla sugar
1 tsp baking soda 
200 g dark chocolate
pinch of salt
the zest of half a lemon

mix all the dry ingredients together. melt the butter and add that and the eggs and stir into a batter. roll little (or big) balls and place on a baking parchment, not to close since they float out. bake for about 8-15 minutes depending on size. my middle-sized ones took about 13 so if they don't look done leave them for a minute or so.. when they've floated out and set on the surface they're done. let the cookies cool on the baking sheet before moving them onto a rack to cool completely.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

foux du fafa

right before christmas i decided to face my great and highly irrational fear of fruits (don't judge). tangerines are ok, but not berries (also in jam) or any other fruit. but, like i said, i decided to man up and make: appleclafoutis. lc made clafoutis with prunes (which i didn't taste at the time. prunes=fruit) and she gave the hard verdict that it tasted like pancakes- in a bad way. so i made mine with some season-appropriate spices. this is a straight-forward recepie, and with things you have at home. so- my version? did i dare? yessir. i did. but some of the applepices were still crisp so i couldn't eat those but it was nice and had some pancake similarity but not overwhelming. also custard. see lc's custard-school.

Apple- clafoutis
oven 175 degrees
serves at least 4

25 g butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 dl caster sugar
1 dl wheatflour
1 dl milk
two-three small apples
about 2 dl blueberries
spices: a pinch of salt, 1 tsp each of cinnamon and cardamom

Butter and bread a pan about 24 cm in diam. Melt the butter, then put aside to cool. Whisk eggs, sugar, flour, milk and spices together in a bowl. Add the butter. Spread the fruit evenly in the pan, pour over the batter, bake for 30-40 minutes until it's golden and has set.
serve luke warm. with custard. nom nom.
(yeah, i know the pics not that great but it i'm but a mediocre photographer)

Saturday, January 1, 2011


happy new year!
me and lc's been stuffing our faces with pasta and chocolate icecream (me) and chinese food and sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce (lc). if you're nice we might even publish the recipe.

so hope you have a great new year and LOTS of cake and desserts!