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  • Chocolate Brownie Cake with Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream – Chocolate Lovers United
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    Chocolate Brownie Cake with Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream – Chocolate Lovers United
    Brownie recipe taken from allrecipes.com Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream recipe is an original from cookbookmaniac.com Brownies are a blessing to the home baker. You get a superior product with a minimal amount of effort. Instead of dressing it up, it is best left the way it is. Therefore the cake is prepared and baked in almost no time, and your chocolate craving is satisfied sooner rather than later. There are so many varieties available. There are the gooey and fudgy kinds, or the chewy and cakey. Even ones filled with nuts, raisins or rum. I have tried many types (being a chocolate lover) and I have to admit I love them all. There is no mystical science to making brownies, the only rule that seems to pervade every recipe that I have come across is to take the brownies out of the oven when the aroma of it baking hits the air. This is because many of the compounds that give chocolate its flavour are highly volatile and easily lost. The brownies will continue to cook for a few minutes from residual heat, it is best to remove brownies from the oven as early as possible, generally when a toothpick test still shows a few moist crumbs. CHOCOLATE BROWNIE CAKE 2 cups caster sugar 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2/3 cups cocoa powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 eggs 1 cup plain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/ Take butter out of the fridge and allow it…
  • Glorious Butter Cake
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    Glorious Butter Cake
    I was recently given a set of Jamie Oliver DVD's as a housewarming gift. It took me a while to get around to them but I finally watched the Ministry of Food the other day and was really surprised that someone could feed their toddler doner kebabs every night. It was also frustrating to see that almost an entire town of people were at risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity because they didn't know how to cook. Whatever happened to learning how to cook from your parents?! One of the tasks that Jamie set for himself and the group of people participating in the show was to pass on a recipe. It's so magical how a simple task like this can really change a community. I've made this cake for my family, friends and colleagues over the years and everyone has been enamoured by this glorious slice of heaven. It's a simple cake. Not just in terms of ingredients but also preparation. I love making it just to see the look of comfort and disbelief in people's eyes when they devour a slice of this yummy cake. I have been asked for this recipe many times. This is the first time I have actually put pen to paper. So, here it is my dearest friends and family. Enjoy. Glorious Butter Cake Adapted from allrecipes.com 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, at room temperature 2…
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
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    Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
    It's been a while since my last post. I've been busy re-designing my blog layout and house-hunting. Both tasks are proving to be a big challenge, but I will soldier on and not give up. I am too determined to have the blog layout of my dreams and a humble abode. One thing is for sure I have a bad habit of diving into the deep end of things without a crash helmet. There are some important lessons that I have learnt: Firstly, patience and understanding is a virtue. My poor sister has to put up with my nonsense explanations, multiple emails, random phone calls and constant questions. She really is a gem for doing this probono. Secondly, don't listen to anyone (except your mortgage broker) when it comes to advice about home loans and real estate. It is currently an unstable/unpredictable economic climate where legislation and laws change almost on a daily basis. Buying a home will be the biggest purchase Pizzaboy and I will make in our lifetime, therefore emotions are running high, desperation creeps in as every day passes and misinformation can be passed around easily just by the click of a button. A simple statement by anyone can send a surge of sudden panic through us. We have learned not to listen and only receive our information from certain sources. I had a plan to not concentrate on blogging for a month, then I received a generous tray of 5 sweet pineapples from the King of…