Thursday, 21 October 2010

Craving For Chocolate.....

You see, the Frenchmen has their own special ways when baking and cooking...that I learned from my first guru Saf...ever since that I have been frequenting several blogs whose writers are French cooks...David Lebovitz, Tartelette and Ms Dorie Greenspan are a few authorities in their own special areas (whether or not I follow step by step their techniques is another story to tell, ha ha!)

So, it was Friday and I was craving chocolate...chocolate cakes or brownies to be exact! No, I don't want to do that Devil's Food Chocolate Cake, I was looking for something like that chocolaty and also luxurious at the same time, but different version! And, I had this order from Zura for makan-makan at her house that Sunday...this thick library of recipes from Ms Greenspan came to my mind.......I turned the pages...and saw this recipe....

Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes by Dorie Greenspan, Baking From My Home To Yours

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick (8 tbsp or 115g) butter, at room temperature
3/4 caster sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk (I used a mixture of plain yoghurt and milk instead)
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate soda and salt.
Beat butter until soft and creamy, add sugar and beat for 2 minutes, until it is blended into the butter (of course Ms Othman did not time herself here!). Add the egg, then the yolk, beating 1 minute after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl...(can't remember doing that...hmmm...). Add in vanilla and set the mixer to low, add half the dry ingredient, mixing only until they disappear. Scrape down the bowl and add the buttermilk, mixing until well incorporated, then, mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Scrape down the bowl, add the melted chocolate and mix it in with a rubber spatula........divide the batter evenly between muffin cups and bake at 15C...that is my oven! Serve with Chocolate Ganache!

see, I told you, they have all this different step by step to follow...maybe that is what make the additional flavour! So, here's the cuppies that I made for Zura, I baked mine in a casserole bowl...and hubby who doesn't really fancy chocolate cakes, asked for more of this :p   
Then, last week I made this for Puteri's daughter, thank you Puteri for this order!
I also made Congo Bars for Aida, who ordered all the way from my homestate Kedah, who is here for the big meet in PWTC...them ladies wear red or pink! Thank you Aida!

Now I'm psyching up myself for someone's big day....another recipe from Ms Greenspan's recipe library and flowers in white and red....have a brilliant weekend you all, I'm off to Avillion for a Workshop! See you!


Mama Huptihup said...

kak yani...i dah seminggu craving nak mkn coklat MALAS tahap gaban punya nak buat...tgklah this weekend kalau rajin :D

Fiza said...

oooo la la sedapnyer, i was craving for choccies too yesterday but end up doing biskut batik only hahaha punyela malasss...
thx for sharing KG, i mesti merajinkan diri macam you utk try out new recipes :)

tina_bakes said...

Yani, looking at your book took me back to suatu waktu dulu. My book dah berderai2!! hehe...

Edi said...

oh i've been eyeing THAT book on amazon for quite sometime! tetiba nampak kat sini pulak! hahahaha...

hm... skrg i pulak dah teringin nak makan choc la pulak.. :/

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Yani,
Mama baked moist choc cake last weekend. has buttermilk in it too. But it's all gone now. Her friends who came to our house walloped all. purrr....meow!

ilyana1001 said...

Yani, i tried the brownie recipe!!!
sedap sgt!!!!!

Rima said...

Just to let u know i dah try bake congo bars.. sedap bangat dear!

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