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Chocolate Candy Cookies 12/23/2010

Since this is my last post before Christmas I’d like to start by wishing you a Merry Christmas

And hoping this Christmas enriches your life;
May each day be happy and bright,
Overflowing with pleasure and love;
May your Christmas be filled with delight.

 

Tonight I’d like to share some chocolate cookies I made earlier

The photos are not so great, I’m sorry 😦

By now, most of you know I love chocolate so when I saw this recipe I knew I have to make them .

Minding my not so perfect photos, aren’t they cute? They look like they’ve come out of a box of chocolate. These bite size cookies are perfect wrapped as a gift.

 

Let’s make some Chocolate Candy Cookies

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 package vanilla sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

Directions

There are two ways : or you rub the flour, cocoa and butter with your fingers or place them in a food-processor and pulse few times 😀

Mix in the sugars and the eggs (pulse few more times)

Place the dough on your working area and knead for 1-2 minutes until it can be easily shaped in a ball.

Now, take a deep breath and shape small balls, about 11-12 grams each. I had 38 small balls.

Place the trays in the fridge (or in the garage like me) for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile heat the oven at 425 F.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes until slightly risen and start to crack.

Transfer them to cooling racks.

Now, to decorate them I used around 6 oz chocolate chips (60%) and some Christmas sugars

Dip the top of the cookie in melted chocolate and sprinkle with some sugar.

At the end I melted about 1 oz white chocolate and played a little on some 😛

 

a bite just for you 😛

 

Merry Christmas everyone !!!

 

 

 

Candy Cake 11/10/2010

Although we are not capable of understanding the miracle and wonders of birth and life, but we have watched with joy and amazement our lovely and beautiful daughter growing from newborn to one year old.

At birth everyone at the hospital adored and treated you with utmost care. We gave you the finest care and love enduring many sleepless nights, watching over you, our concern being at every turn your well-being and comfort. We sang you many nursery songs and read lots of stories and your gift back to us was, at first, a heart melting smile followed by your first “mama” and later “daddy” .

We have witnessed your fighting spirit at every turn. On November 2009, although you knew you are going to be loved unconditionally, you didn’t want to leave the comfort of my belly, panicking us and the hospital stuff. Despite the numbers of  stories you are read at bed-time, you let us know with no uncertain terms you are not satisfied going to bed. You have even protested by eating away at your crib :)))

At lunch or dinner time you are also a fighter, pushing my hand away with food you find distasteful. We often watch with laughter as you discard food from your tray, dumping the fruit and vegetables onto the floor. To our surprise, you made a great connection with the nature, and by saying this I mean eating flowers, grass and leaves.

Above all, we are amazed that you posses the gift and appreciation for the zest of life. At every turn you make your eyes take notice, something new to discover, something not yet touched and experienced. The inquisitiveness and interest for like you show will prove to be one of your greatest findings.

It was a year full of firsts, you’ve learned so much and had lots of fun.

Happy Birthday out dear Tiffany, may all your dreams come true

love,

Mom & Dad

Candy Cake

 

 

Ingredients

2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

10 tbsp butter

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

few vanilla extract drops

 

Directions

Melt the butter and set it aside. In a big bowl mix well the flour, sugar and coconut

 

add the melted butter

 

 

buttermilk

 

 

eggs, one by one

 

 

and vanilla extract. Pour the batter in a 9 inch springform pan and bake the cake in preheated oven at 350F for 55-60 minutes.

 

 

Let it cool for few hours and then slice it in two.

 

For the coconut mousse you need

 

1 8oz package cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup heavy cream

 

 

Mix the first three ingredients in a bowl and slowly add the heavy cream mixing until stiff

 

Assembling the cake

 

In a foiled springform pan place the first layer. Add the coconut mousse and spread

 

place the second layer on top and cover everything in foil. Put the cake in the fridge for few hours or overnight

 

Remove the cake from the and place it on serving plate

 

Cover with a chocolate ganache made from 2/3 cup chocolate chips and scant 1/2 cup heavy cream.

 

 

Let the ganache set and start decorating the cake

 

welcome to CandyLand :d

 

An inside view

In the end, I’d like to apologize for being away these last couple of days  and not visiting your blogs. Now that everything is back to normal I’ll do my best to catch up with all those wonderful recipes you shared.

 

This recipe was featured on Foodbuzz

The recipe goes to Your Best Recipe @ Spicie Foodie http://spiciefoodie.blogspot.com/p/your-best-recipe.html

 

Death by Chocolate Cheesecake 10/12/2010

Few days ago my baby girl turned 11 months so, as every month, I had to make a cake to celebrate. I really didn’t know what to do, I wanted a cheesecake but in the same time I wanted chocolate so I decided to go with a chocolate cheesecake. Easier said than done, by the time I manage to free my hands and get Tiffany out of the kitchen I told myself that a cheesecake is not actually a birthday cake so I went back to the idea of having a cake. Browsing through my recipes I laid my eyes on a Death by chocolate cake and my mouth started drooling, if that’s not a sign, that I give up.

 

 

I like chocolate cakes, actually I love chocolate cakes but I was in the mood some for cheese too so instead of using a chocolate filling why not use, let me think, oh yes, a cheesecake filling.

That seemed to be the  perfect cake, now all I needed to do is start making it.

Death by chocolate cake

Ingredients

8 oz chocolate chips

4 oz butter

2/3 cup milk

1 1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

2/3 cup sour cream

2 cups self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

 

 

Directions

 

Place chocolate, butter and milk in a saucepan. Heat gently until smooth.

 

Remove from heat and add sugar and vanilla. Mix well, let it cool for a while.

 

In a large bowl beat the egg yolks and  sour cream.

 

Add the chocolate mixture to it.

 

Sift the flour and baking powder and fold in.

 

Whisk the egg whites until stiff; fold into the mixture.

 

Preheat the oven at 350F. Pour the mixture into a greased 10 inch cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. (the recipe is for a 8 inch cake but i didn’t want it too tall so I used a wider cake pan)

 

Cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes then invert to a wire rack to cool.

 

When is completely cooled slice the cake in 3 layers, 2  thinner (bottom and top), about half-inch each and 1 (the middle) thicker, about 1 inch.

 

Leave the bottom and top to a side and with a large cookie cutter or a knife cut 5 rings out of the middle layer. Carefully, separate in 2 parts.

 

 

Cover the cake pan with foil. Place one of the thin layers in the bottom and then 3 rings.

 

Set aside while making the cheesecake filling.

 

Cheesecake filling – is actually a no bake cheesecake, one of those desserts that you lie shamelessly telling everyone how hard it is to make such a creamy, delicious  and no top cracks cheesecake, he he he, does that ring a bell?

Ingredients and Directions

2 8 oz packages cream cheese

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

juice from 1 lemon

vanilla extract

 

In a large bowl beat the cream cheese slowly adding the milk.

 

Add the fresh squeezed lemon juice and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth.

 

With a piping bag fill the 2 spaces between the cake rings with cheesecake filling.

 

Lay the other 2 rings on top of the cheesecake and fill the 3 spaces.

 

Cover with the remaining thin layer and foil and refrigerate over night.

 

Next day take the cake out of the fridge, remove from the pan and foil and set aside while making the frosting.

 

White chocolate cheesecake frosting – after all it is a death by chocolate cake, so why not add some chocolate to the frosting

Ingredients and directions

8 oz white chocolate

2 8 oz packages cream cheese

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

juice from 1 lemon

 

Melt the chocolate and mix it with the milk

 

In a bowl beat the cream cheese while slowly adding the chocolate milk mixture

 

Add the lemon juice and beat until smooth.

 

Frost the cake

 

Usually half of the frosting would be enough, but my husband loves a cake with lots of frosting, but you can only make out of 1 package of cream cheese and half can of condensed milk.

 

Refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours before the final touches.

 

 

closer

 

stay away, the cake is all mine

 

 

 
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