Dinner with L. Part l – dessert, flourless brownies

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Finally I have made a successfull brownie attempt again!

First of all, my friend L & I have the tradition of cooking something together which neither of us has made before, and even though this was only the second time, both of us were so enthusiastic that we can already call it a tradition.

This time we made artichokes with 2 different dips  and a creamy risotto with turnip-tops and salmon. With 2 people in a small kitchen and recipes never tried before there was unfortunately to chance to take photos of the process unless you’re interested in a exploded kitchen… BUT, the dish was such a success that I made it a couple of days later for my bf, and this time with photos – which will follow later

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However I was smart enough to make the desert in advance, and had plenty of time to take photos of these, delicious nutty brownies.

I decided on a making a flowerless brownie with extra nutty – walnuts and almonds.

For my 16cm bake tin, I have used the following ingredients, which was, as you can see still a bit too much, so additional muffin shapes had to be filled.

200 gr dark chocolate                       150 gr butter

30 gr cacao powder                              2 eggs

150 gr fine sugar               1/2 tbs baking powder

50 gr walnuts                    50 gr chopped almonds

For full recipes, maybe you can try this one by Nigella                                                           or this triple chocolate version by Martha Stewart 

Serve with ice cream, enjoy!

brownies - copyright @ LosAngelas

brownies - copyright @ LosAngelas

brownies - copyright @ LosAngelas

brownies - copyright @ LosAngelas

brownies - copyright @ LosAngelas

No 3D chocolate printer? Get busy in the kitchen yourself!

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Today, I sat in my car standing in non-moving traffic when the weather showed nothing but depression on my front window, I heard something that cheered me up: the first commercial 3D chocolate printer in on sale. Amazing, technology is not standing still, and apparently this is what it is leading to. Last year I already saw the news about “normal” 3D printer, but now there is also a specific chocolate version; for more information and movies go to this page.

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If a chocolate 3D printer in not in your budget at the moment, the alternative is: get into the kitchen and get busy!

On request by my sister I made this delicious chocolate cake, for the and her work mates, which there better be many of because this cake was, like the last one, enormous. For the cake I used the base of this Bakerella cake, like I did the last time I have multiplied all ingredients times 1,5.

For the frosting I used this recipe of Nigella’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake, which goes perfect with this cake, and is quick and easy to make

The strawberries are my own addition

Enjoy!

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Have you ever visited the Bakerella website? I’m not sure if I should I advice you to go there, because it’s an internet trap! Once you there it’s hard to browse away from it… there I found a recipe for this delicious double double chocolate cake, which Bakerella calls “just a cake”. Since my last chocolate post was while ago, this was for sure on my “to bake list” but it’s not one of those things you bake on a tuesday evening for you and you lover.

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Therefore last saturday was the perfect opportunity, when a dear friend of mine celebrated       her birthday/farewell party, as she got a job in Miami (grrrrrrr…!) and had to move away from Amsterdam. And so I dove in the kitchen to make this monstrous chocolate cake. This recipe is surprisingly easy to follow, and has three stages. to make sure my cake was big enough for this occasion, I used 1,5 times the ingredients and used a 28 cm bakepan. and it was big alright! what do you expect with almost a kilo of sugar (or maybe a bit more) and a small mountain of butter… when you’re making it you think “I’m not gonna take a bite of this now that I know how much is actually in it).

But this cake is truly delicious! (or everybody at the party was just very nice to me) plus it looks impressive, I added some red foodcoloring to the buttercream, for a pink effect. this is an absolute must try for every chocolate/cake/sugar-fan.

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So enjoy, but beware of 2 warnings:

– Only enter the bakerella website when you know you have enough time.

– Only make this for a group of people, or you might end up eating the whole thing yourself.

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