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  • Chocolate Brownie Cake with Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream – Chocolate Lovers United
    American Recipes
    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…
  • American Recipes
    Homemade Pop Tarts – AMAZING!!
    Pop Tarts were my preferred choice of breakfast back in the days of high school. My mother was always concerned that I was not getting a healthy breakfast, but I was never an early riser and these were ready in a matter of minutes before I rushed out the door. After ten years, I no longer eat pop tarts, but I still rush out the door to head to work. Old habits die-hard. I was looking to make a sweet pastry pie, so I bought Bubby's Homemade Pies. (I will use any excuse to buy a beautiful cookbook). Sweet pastry pies are not very widespread in Australia like they are in the US. The only ones I find easily available are from Sara Lee in the frozen food section at the supermarket. Movies & TV Shows like Fried Green Tomatoes, Waitress and Pushing Daisies, have propelled my craving for this quintessential American dessert. When I got the book, I was very nervous about making pastry. I have never ventured that far in dessert-making, it seemed to be something that should only be left to the professionals and not cooking neophytes like myself. I decided that I would make the Homemade Pop Tart recipe. I have never eaten a real hearty pie like the ones made in Pushing Daisies, therefore I would be going in blind when making it. The stakes were against me and the task seems too huge and risky, I would be so mad at myself if I…
  • American Recipes
    Red Velvet Cake – Irresistable charm
    Recipe taken from Rose's Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum 3 (90g) large egg whites 2 tablespoons red food colouring 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups (200g) cake flour or plain flour 1 cup (200g) caster sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup canola oil 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter 1/2 cup buttermilk Special Equipment One 9 by 2-inch heart-shape or round cake pan (8 to 8²⁄³ cups), encircled with a cake strip, bottom coated with shortening, topped with parchment cut to shape, then coated with baking spray with flour Preheat the Oven Twenty minutes or more before baking, set an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Mix the Liquid Ingredients In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites, red food color, and vanilla just until lightly combined. (Caution: Be careful with the red food color: it stains effectively, but also unmercifully.) Mix the Dry Ingredients In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, and salt. Make the Batter In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater, mix the oil and butter on medium speed for 1 minute. It will not be completely smooth. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Raise the speed to medium and beat for 1½ minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Starting on medium-low speed, gradually add…