Chocolate Roulade!

        After a few days Sabbath I’m back to baking. And the first thing that I did was a Chocolate Roulade. It was the kind of roulade that makes you..” Well to hell with the camera, let’s dig in!”  I did the same. And only took the pictures when one large chocolate roulade was gone….eep. And I’m not the only one guilty here. When I announced, “Guys let me take a few pics then we can roll”. The friends gazed at me with horror(Eyes like saucers-only larger)and were like,”Whaaa?” And nobody listened to me. I shook my stuff like a mad chicken and protested, but to no avail. The plate went clean.All that was left was a piece on the side.  Sad story.5

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What You Need

  • 120g egg yolks
  • 35g sugar
  • 35 g honey
  • 160g egg whites
  • 60g sugar
  • All-purpose flour 5og
  • Cocoa powder 15g
  • Butter 20g- Melted
  • Milk 35ml

Filling

  • 355ml/1 ½ cups double (heavy) cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Whisk these together an a bowl.Set aside.

Topping

Lots of dark chocolate( and some Dairymilk chocolate) melted with butter on double boiler.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven.
  • Grease and line your baking tray with parchment.
  • Whisk egg yolks,honey and sugar. Heat these over a double boiler until it reaches room temperature. Remove from the boiler. Whisk till light and fluffy.
  • Whisk the flour and the cocoa powder.Set aside.
  • Whisk egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form.Set aside.
  • Add 1 tsp espresso powder to egg yolk mixture. Mix in.
  • Add half the egg whites/sugar  into the bowl with egg yolk mixture. Fold in.
  • Add the flour/cocoa to the egg yolk mixture. Fold in well.
  • Add the remaining egg whites/sugar into egg yolk mixture and fold in well.
  • Fold in the melted butter and milk into the batter.
  • Set to bake. Only bake till the batter is firm.
  • Refrigerate for 5-10 min then apply Filling and the Topping.

Tips:

Don’t overbake. Otherwise it won’t fold.

Apply the filling thickly for better taste.

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Dark Chocolate Custard Cake

“The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare…neither knew chocolate.” ― Sandra Boynton

When I was a kid  mom  used to make lovely vanilla custard cakes for me and my sisters,I loved them but I loved chocolate more. Then I grew up, and baking chocolate cakes became an obsession. Recently me ,my sisters and mother  were having a “remember when…”, when the topic of her vanilla custard cakes came along. They all  looked so wistful 😛 that I decided to bake them custard cakes but…chocolate ones. The rest is history. They loved this cake so much, and every one wanted to know the recipe. Even my mom admits that this is better than her vanilla custard cakes (And that for her is a big thing to admit 😛 )

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Ingredients ( For 2 small or one Large cake):

1/2 cup  unsalted butter

2 1/2 cup milk

1 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

4 eggs ( whites and yolks in separate bowls)

1/4  tsp vinegar

1 3/4 cup confectioners sugar

A pinch of baking powder

2 tbl spoons strongly brewed coffee

1 tsp vanilla extract

Cherries for decorating

Chocolate ganache for icing

(For Chocolate ganache Put a large pan with water boiling in it. Put a smaller pan over the boiling water. In the smaller pan add a stick of unsalted butter. Add 6 ounces semi-sweet dark chocolate or Milk chocolate. Let the butter and chocolate melt. Stir regularly.Put this in a fridge to cool)

How to go about it:

  1. Preheat the oven. Butter and flour your baking dish.
  2. Melt butter and set aside. Heat  the milk and set aside so it gets lukewarm.
  3. In a seperate bowl whisk together the flour,pinch of baking powder and cocoa powder -set this aside
  4. Whip the egg whites to form stiff peaks-set this aside.
  5. Beat egg yolks and sugar until light.Beat in the melted butter,espresso,vinegar and vanilla extract for about 3 minutes.
  6. Mix flour/ cocoa into the batter.
  7. Whisk in the milk. Make sure all the ingredients get well-incorporated.
  8. Fold in the egg whites 1/3 at a time. Keep repeating until all eggs are folded in.
  9. Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish.
  10. Bake for around 50-60 min. The cake should be jiggly but firm( Not wet. To check this, slide a knife into the cake. If it comes out dry, your cake is done )
  11. Let your cake cool in the fridge for a while.
  12. Decorate it with chocolate ganache and cherries.

Have an amazing Baking Time.

Enjoy your cake and complements from friends & Family 😀

jj

sanne

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