Monday, September 6, 2010

German Chocolate Cake





I first read about this cake on this blog, which is sadly now absent from the blogasphere. Since then I seem to see it everywhere. I've used my favorite chocolate cake recipe, for this and topped it with a bitter ganache, which helped balanced the intense sweetness. This is an ugly cake, with an intense flavor, you will remember it long after you've licked the last drop of ooze from the plate



Chocolate Cake

You may be tempted, as I was, to cut down the sugar in this recipe-Don't. Once you add the buttermilk and coffee, this becomes a not very sweet cake.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups good cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare your cake pans.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl and mix until combined.

In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Topping

1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup white sugar
3 egg yolk, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
1/2 cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut

In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, margarine and vanilla. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut. Spread on cake while still warm.

Ganache

250g dark cooking chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup cream

Combine chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon until smooth. Remove bowl from heat.

Set aside at room temperature to cool, stirring occasionally, until ganache is thick and spreadable.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Kidgeree





1 cup rice

½ cup moong dal

1 Tbsp cooking oil

Mustard seeds

Turmeric

Powder together: 4-6 cardamoms, 6-8 cloves, 2-3 pieces of cinnamon, 1 tsp cumin seeds

Roast the moong dal to a light brown; wash it along with the rice. Mix salt and the powdered spices with this and let it stay for awhile. Heat the oil; add mustard seeds. When they stop spluttering, add turmeric. Pour in the rice-dal mixture, roast it for a minute or two, then add sufficient water. Let it cook slowly on a low heat. Fluff with a fork, and serve.