Thursday, 24 May 2012

Breakfast cake

When I was a kid I used to have this cake for breakfast. The best part for me was being in the kitchen helping to mix all the ingredients and eating, secretly, the raw dough. This is the easiest and fastest cake you can do, kids usually love it and it is perfect to eat with  some tea or coffee. A few months ago I started to add chocolate to have a two colors cake, today is not the best outcome, but if you follow all the instructions you will have a great result.

4 eggs
125gr yogurt 
240gr sugar (2 x container)
210gr flour (3x container)
14gr baking powder
130gr olive oil (1 x container)
40gr dark chocolate

1. Beat the eggs in a big bowl. Add the yogurt and sugar and mix. Add the flour with the baking powder and mix. Add the olive oil and mix. Stir well for a while.
2. Put most of the mix above into a mold lined with baking paper. Reserve a bit in the same bowl. 
3. Melt the chocolate being careful not to burn it and mix with the reserved dough.
4. Pour into the mold as you see in the picture and cover (not mix!!), using a spoon, with the "white dough". 

5. Put in the preheated oven 200ºC about 40 minutes. If your oven works with air you should cover the cake with foil for the first 30 minutes and put the oven at 180ºC instead of 200ºC. As I always say al oves are different so you should be taking a look, at least the first time you do a new recipe.

My problem with the chocolate this time was I decided to melt it with milk... bad idea, it was too liquid!! It has to be melted alone, or at most with a bit of butter, if not the chocolate will go to the bottom, as it happened to me!
 I hope you try this recipe. If you find a 125gr (4.4oz) yogurt containers it's even easier, once you have added the yogurt just fill the container with the flour, sugar or oil the times I say in the ingredients (for example 2 containers of sugar). Bon profit!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Homemade Chips Ahoy

I know, they don't look perfect but trust me they are delicious!!!! For many years I've been trying different Chips Ahoy recipes and I think this is the best one. The funny thing is that it came out "by accident". I found a recipe that, in theory, was the one but I didn't have half of the ingredients, so I just used what I had.
This recipe is very easy but you will need patience because the dough is very very sticky, actually if you have a kneading machine you should use it.

300gr Sugar
125gr Margarine
340gr Flour
2 Eggs
200gr chocolate
1 teaspoon baking powder
Vanilla sugar

1. Mix the eggs, sugar margarine and vanilla sugar.
2. Add the flour and baking powder.
3. Chop de chocolate. Once the dough is ready (you will see that easily) add the chocolate and mix.
4. Use two spoons to do the "shapes". With one spoon take a small amount of dough and with the other just "push" until the dough is on the baking paper.
5. Preheated oven 180ºC. About 10 minutes, depending on how big the cookies are.

IMPORTANT: once the cookies start to get a bit brown in the oven you can remove them, that way you will have crunchy outside and soft inside.

I have to say that at the end I got tired of doing small Chips Ahoy so I did big ones, for me were the best ones!!
Bon profit!