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Lava Chocolate Cakes from Chef Michael Smith – Sweet, Impressive and Gluten Free

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It’s May. It’s spring. And for the past few days it’s been gorgeous! I must admit that there are days when I’m sitting in my office at work, looking out the window and wondering if we’re not missing out on too much in life. Not that trip overseas, not that final sale at the mall but everything that life and nature has to offer. For example, I feel I would be so much more happy working in my garden instead of typing contact lists, just enjoying the sunny day, or maybe cooking or baking something just because I like it and because my goal for the day would be to make the kids happy with something yummy. But instead of being a “child of nature” we have this thing called “Reality” where we need to work to get money so we can afford that garden we want to work in during these beautiful spring days. Reminder to self – I’m supposed to be a responsible adult! But hey, a girl is allowed to dream right? I should be thankful for what I have and not sorry for what I don’t. So as part of being thankful, I want to thank the person who discovered the chocolate, and to Chef Michael Smith. Why, you ask? Well…I love chocolate, in any shape, color, flavor or form and Chef Michael Smith had the exact thing I needed most – Molten Chocolate Cakes! Every time I used to order these at a restaurant I kept thinking that this must be so complicated to make. I mean, how do you bake something yet make sure it’s all soft and liquid on the inside? But surprise- surprise, it’s pretty easy, and simple, and very tasty! It’s also pretty quick to make and as an added bonus it’s gluten free so I gave it a shot. What can I say? It was sooo worth it.

 

Molten chocolate Cake - Lava Cake

 

Lava Chocolate Cakes from Chef Michael Smith
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Desserts
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Serves: 6-8 cakes
 
Molten Chocolate Cakes! Easy, Quick and so good! What a great way to impress someone.
Ingredients
  • 225 grams semi sweet or dark chocolate (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • ½ Cup Butter – Softened to room temperature
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • Butter and sugar to spread and sprinkle on muffin cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a small saucepan (over low-medium heat)
  3. Once butter and chocolate have melted, remove from heat and add in the cocoa powder and stir until smooth
  4. In a mixer bowl or a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with sugar and vanilla extract until the mix is thick and smooth
  5. Pour the chocolate mix into the egg mix and stir until smooth
  6. Rub each muffin cup (mould) with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Shake any excess sugar out.
  7. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Make sure you fill about ¾ cup for each cake.
  8. Place in heated oven and bake for no more than 10 minutes. The cakes are ready when the tops are cracked and the inside is still a bit gooey.
  9. Cool for a few minutes (cakes will shrink a bit and pull away from the sides) and then take out of muffin cups. You can run a paring or butter knife along the edges to help loosen the cakes.
  10. Serve on a plate with whipped cream or ice cream.

 

Molten chocolate Cake - Lava Cake

Here’s the link to the original recipe: Michael Smith – Molten Chocolate Cakes

It’s May. It’s spring. And for the past few days it’s been gorgeous! I must admit that there are days when I’m sitting in my office at work, looking out the window and wondering if we’re not missing out on too much in life. Not that trip overseas, not that final sale at the mall […]

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Mini Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Cakes and Cookies

Weather is starting to get warmer and we definitely see a bit more sun these days. While most normal people would prefer spending a sunny day on their decks just soaking in vitamin D, I would probably prefer to work in the garden or surprise- surprise, bake something.

So the other day I went to Wal-Mart with my girl to buy some cupcake decorating supplies for her birthday. They had a Mini Muffin Pan (Clickable link) on sale and once again, I just couldn’t resist. Bake and cookware on sale immediately turn me into a kid in a candy store. So of course I purchased my new toy and rushed to the kitchen.

I didn’t feel like baking the traditional fluffy muffins, I wanted something sweet and chocolaty. The solution was crystal clear – Brownies!

How fabulous would it be to bake brownies in mini muffin cups? Very cool! Not to mention super convenient and pretty. So that’s exactly what I did. I also added some almond extract because as I mentioned in the past, I just LOVE the smell of almond extract, it kind of adds sweetness without the sugar; it’s just so good.

I ended up making 16 mini brownie muffins which ended up being eaten in about 30 minutes. That’s about one mini brownie muffin every two minutes – pretty impressive don’t you think? Oh yeah – they were DELICIOUS!

Mini Chocolate Brownie Muffins

 

Mini Chocolate Brownie Muffins
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Sweet Treats
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Serves: 16 mini muffins
 
So easy, so fast and so yummy! These Chocolate mini brownie muffins have amazing almond fragrance and are just impossible to resist.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Almond extract
  • ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup butter – melted
  • Icing Sugar – for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Place mini muffin cups inside mini muffin baking pan
  3. Melt butter and set aside
  4. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and then add the melted butter. Mix well until batter is smooth.
  5. Pour into mini muffin cups (about ¾ full) and place in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes
  6. Sprinkle with icing sugar or cover with icing

 

Mini Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Weather is starting to get warmer and we definitely see a bit more sun these days. While most normal people would prefer spending a sunny day on their decks just soaking in vitamin D, I would probably prefer to work in the garden or surprise- surprise, bake something. So the other day I went to […]

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Strawberry and Whipped Cream Spelt Squares

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I recently discovered that you can actually bake pancake batter and get a whole different thing than pancakes. So of course, I decided to try it out with Spelt flour which is very low in gluten and so much better than the traditional white flour.

This was super easy and ended up being so good. I mean, what can go wrong with a pastry topped with strawberries and whipped cream right? I made these, placed in a sealed container and into the fridge. You should have seen the kids’ faces the morning after when they got to taste it. “Mom, this is so fancy, we are having a fancy breakfast”

Hey, I made my kids feel VIP, isn’t this what it’s all about? Try it for your family, kids, and friends or just as a super quick entertaining solution. It works.

Spelt Flour Squares

 

Strawberry and Whipped Cream Spelt Squares
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Yummy and sweet squares with low gluten values. A fats and furious solution when your guests are literally at the door.
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups Spelt Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • ⅓ Cup Vegetable Oil
For topping:
  • Whipped Cream
  • Strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Mix the ingredients (except for the topping ingredients) in a bowl. Whisk until fully combined into a batter.
  3. Pour into a parchment paper covered baking pan and spread a bit until about ½ inch thick.
  4. Bake for about 8 minutes or until golden.
  5. Cut into squares (2 inch X 2 inch) while still hot and let cool.
  6. Top each square with whipped cream and sliced strawberries, cover with another square and top the same way.
Notes
*Baking pan used for this was 12 inch X 8 inch*

 

Spelt Flour Squares

I recently discovered that you can actually bake pancake batter and get a whole different thing than pancakes. So of course, I decided to try it out with Spelt flour which is very low in gluten and so much better than the traditional white flour. This was super easy and ended up being so good. […]

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Chocolate Cake Ice Cream Cones

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Well, summer is most definitely over by now. It’s colder in the evenings and even during the day. I had some ice cream cones left from the summer but of course no ice cream. While I agree that ice cream is a great thing regardless of the season I wasn’t planning on buying a bucket of ice cream just to be able to use the cones, so I made a different kind of “Ice Cream”. I made a cake batter and poured it into the ice cream cones. I then baked it and added chocolate on top and voila! I got the ice cream look with the taste of chocolate and a lot less mess. The kids loved it and I was even happier to see their clean placements on the table after they were done.

This recipe can be used for just a regular chocolate cake in a small bake pan or for more ice cream cones. I’m not sure about the size because I made 8 cones and used the rest of the batter for a mini cake in a 7 inch pan.

Chocolate Cake Cones
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 Cones
 
Great for the kids and ever greater for birthdays. I only made 8 cones and a mini cake but you can play around with the number of cones and double the amounts as required.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Sweetened/ Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (You can also mix the two)
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 8 Ice Cream Cones (small ones with flat bottom)
For the chocolate coating:
  • ½ Cup Heavy/ Whipping Cream
  • ¾ Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Mix all the cake ingredients together
  3. Pour about ¼ cup (until cone is ¾ full) of cake batter in each cone. Pour the rest of the batter into additional cones or into a 7 inch (18cm) greased baking pan.
  4. Place the cones standing (preferable in a deep baking pan to avoid falling) and gently place in preheated oven. Place the 7 inch cake in the oven as well (or you can bake it later when cones are ready).
  5. Bake for about 35-40 minutes.
  6. Wait until the cakes (cones) are cool and prepare the coating.
To prepare the coating:
  1. Simmer heavy cream in saucepan
  2. Add the chocolate chips in while simmering and stir really well until fully molten.
  3. Remove from heat and pour about 1-2 teaspoons on each cooled ice cream cone. Decorate with coconut or sprinkles.
Notes
**Make sure you immediately place the cones in the oven after filling them to avoid the cones getting wet and soft from the filling.

 

Well, summer is most definitely over by now. It’s colder in the evenings and even during the day. I had some ice cream cones left from the summer but of course no ice cream. While I agree that ice cream is a great thing regardless of the season I wasn’t planning on buying a bucket […]

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Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chips

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I love coconut, who doesn’t  And this is exactly why I was so happy to find this old recipe I had in my old recipe bag. I have a plastic bag at home, a really old one and it’s full of recipes, the old fashioned ones – the hand written ones 🙂 It’s actually quite a chunk of history when you think about it because they are not only hand written but some of them are also written on pieces of old newspapers and flyers which makes it even more fun to dig in them. So I dug in my bag yesterday and found this great coconut cake recipe I used to love. I decided to upgrade it and added some chocolate chips which turned out to be a great upgrade! Try it. The cake is not too moist and the chocolate chips sink to the bottom of the cake while baking but the end result is a cake you’d like to have with your coffee. And besides, look at the small number of ingredients it has – perfect.

 

Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chips
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Soft and tasty cake with chocolate chips on the bottom.
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups White Sugar
  • 1½ Cups Self Rising Flour (or all purpose flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
  • ½ Cup Finely Shredded Coconut – Unsweetened
  • 1 Full Cup (250ml) Heavy Cream (Whipping Cream)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips (Use your favorite)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Layer a 8.5- 9.5 Inch spring form baking pan with parchment paper, or you can spread butter to avoid the cake from sticking.
  3. Place all ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix until fully combined. The batter reminds the consistency of a pancake batter.
  4. Pour the cake batter onto the layered baking pan and place in oven for 40-45 minutes until brown.
Notes
* Use 8.5- 9.5 Inch Round spring form cake pan

I love coconut, who doesn’t  And this is exactly why I was so happy to find this old recipe I had in my old recipe bag. I have a plastic bag at home, a really old one and it’s full of recipes, the old fashioned ones – the hand written ones 🙂 It’s actually quite a […]

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Blueberry Grape Cake

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The great cooking website Food52.com was having a contest. The theme of the contest was grapes; anything you can make with grapes. Knowing how much my family loves my Tanned Apple Cake, I decided to use its base and create a new filling – a grape filling. I added some blueberries to the mix as well and the result was a very tasty cake. So now I’m waiting for the contest results as well 🙂

 

 

Grape Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Fruity, great color, wonderful taste and easy. This is a variation of my apple cake that I came up with for a contest at Food52.
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ⅓ Cup White Sugar
  • 100 Grams Butter
  • 2 Egg Yolks
For the filling:
  • 2 Cups Red Seedless Grapes - Halved
  • 2 Cups Frozen Blueberries
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
  • 50 Grams Butter
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Corn Starch
For the Topping:
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
Instructions
Prepare the dough base:
  1. Preheat oven to 175 C(350 F)
  2. Line the bottom and edges of an 8.5 Inch round baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a mixer bowl, mix all the dough ingredients together until combined into one soft dough ball
  4. Flatten the dough on the bottom of the lined baking pan and just a bit on the edges.
  5. Place dough in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes until golden and puffed. Remove from oven and set aside.
Prepare the filling:
  1. In a medium saucepan place the butter, 2 tbsp sugar, grapes, cinnamon and blueberries and heat over medium heat. Stir often for about 10 minutes until grapes soften a bit.
  2. Add the corn starch and stir well until the grape mix is just a bit thicker (similar to jam)
  3. Gently place the grape mix on the baked dough and spread evenly. Make sure you do not spread on the edges, leave the edges with no filling. Set aside to cool a bit.
Prepare the topping:
  1. Using a mixer, beat the remaining 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Beat the eggs until you get a firm foam. To check if it's firm enough tilt the bowl, if the foam is steady it is ready. If it's a bit runny, beat some more.
  2. Spread the egg foam over the filling. Spread evenly over the edges as well and place back into the preheated oven for another 15 minutes until foam is golden on the top

 

The great cooking website Food52.com was having a contest. The theme of the contest was grapes; anything you can make with grapes. Knowing how much my family loves my Tanned Apple Cake, I decided to use its base and create a new filling – a grape filling. I added some blueberries to the mix as […]

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Black and White Butter Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

We had such a relaxing weekend. We actually didn’t do anything! We just ate, watched TV, had a movie night and basically just chilled. Of course, our lack of motivation to do something else was a direct result of the wintery weather outside. It was way too cold and way too wet to think about an outdoor activity or about any activity as a matter of fact; so what do you think I did? Yup! Baked; Come on…when the winds are blowing it’s time for cookies and milk isn’t it? And so, I did just that. Took me maybe 5 minutes to prepare the batter, gave it another 30 minutes in the fridge and about 20 minutes after I had freshly baked cookies. The best kind of cookies – Simple!

 

Black and White Butter Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
Serves: 60 Cookies
 
Great butter cookies with minimum work and maximum results.
Ingredients
  • 200 grams butter – melted
  • 2½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix well until combined.
  2. Divide dough in 2. Place one half aside and to the other half add 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder and mix well until combined.
  3. Place both dough halves in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  4. To shape the cookies, take ½ tsp from the light dough and ½ from the dark dough and create a small ball.
  5. Place on baking sheet lined with baking paper and flatten with your fingers.
  6. Place in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes until edges are starting to become brown.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool and keep in sealed container for freshness.

 

We had such a relaxing weekend. We actually didn’t do anything! We just ate, watched TV, had a movie night and basically just chilled. Of course, our lack of motivation to do something else was a direct result of the wintery weather outside. It was way too cold and way too wet to think about […]

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Apple Spice Muffins

Cakes and Cookies

Whether you like it or not it is the apple season. Apples are everywhere and it’s not only beautiful and tasty, it’s healthy too. I know, I know, it’s not as healthy when you put it in a muffin, but let’s just pretend 🙂 and anyways, there is no doubt that the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon and allspice in the house is definitely healthy for the soul. I made these muffins last week (sorry for the delay, have no time to breathe these days) and they were gone after 1 hour, now what does that mean?

Apple Spice Muffins
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Recipe type: Dessert. Muffins
Serves: 12 Muffins
 
Wonderful muffins with fall flavors and just how I like it, with ingredients you most definitely have in your kitchen. the smell in the house will be amazing.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ⅔ Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1½ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Apple Sauce (I just put fresh apples in a food processor)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Prepare a cupcake pan layered with 12 muffin cups
  3. Whisk the butter and sugar together until white and soft.
  4. Add the eggs and mix well until even and fluffy.
  5. Add the other ingredients and mix well until fully combined.
  6. Pour into muffin paper cups until they are ¾ full and place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Whether you like it or not it is the apple season. Apples are everywhere and it’s not only beautiful and tasty, it’s healthy too. I know, I know, it’s not as healthy when you put it in a muffin, but let’s just pretend 🙂 and anyways, there is no doubt that the sweet smell of […]

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