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Chocolate birthday cakes

Recipe 99: Another birthday, another cake!!! this is my best excuse and the chocolate cake of my mum it’s one of my favourite recipe…unfortunately i didn’t have the right tools and i decided to change something so the result wasn’t exactly what i was expecting. By the way i will give to you the right recipe!

Ingredients (i normally do 1 big cake but this time i did 12 little cakes with the muffins tray): 190gr butter, 110 gr grated of almond,190gr of sugar,190 gr of grated chocolate,100gr of flour, 6 eggs.

Cut the butter in little pieces and melt them a bit then mix it with 90 gr of sugar and 6 egg yolks, adding one at the time.  Mix everything with the almond.

To make the cake a bit more consistent i used half of the quantity of grated almond and half of chopped ones. Then add the rest of the sugar and the chocolate.

This was my mistake: because i didn’t have anything to grate the dark chocolate bars i used chocolate powder but NEVER put the same quantity! Don’t put more than 100gr and if you see the mix gets to thick, add a bit of milk. However it’s better if you can use grated one.

At this point beat the eggs white until stiff and dry and add it to the mix slowly. Then add the flour too, little by little and keep on mixing.

Finally put some butter on the tray and a bit of flour to avoid the mix to stick to it!

Put the tray or baking pan in the oven at 175 degree for half an hour and then turn off the oven and leave the cake there for other 20 minutes. Normally to see if everything is cooked i try to insert a toothpick in it. If it comes out dry, the cake is ready!Serve it with some nice candles for a birthday or just with icesugar and whip cream!

Enjoy!

PS. Mamy nonostante l’apparenza, purtroppo le tortine sono uscite un po’ come dei massi e tutto per colpa del dannato cioccolato da grattuggiare! L’anno scorso mi ricordo mi sono ammazzatta per grattuggiarlo tutto e quest’anno ho avuto l’idea di usare il cioccolato in polvere! Non lo avessi mai fatto: ho aggiunto purtroppo la stessa quantita’ di cioccolato e non risucivo piu’ a girare la massa! che catastrofe senza attrezzi! Cmq alla fine tra il latte che ho aggiunto e la panna diciamo che erano mangiabili, ma la rifaro’ sicuramente perche’ la tua era troppo buona!!!!

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Surprise Birthday Party: french dinner and italian cake!

Last saturday a friend of mine decided to give a surprise birthday party for her boyfriend inviting us to eat a typical french dish: Raclette.

It was a long time i was waiting to try it, but i also though that was going to be a good occasion to cook a nice birthday cake. The problem is that Raclette is mainly a plate based on melted cheese. This means the dinner was going to be quite heavy and the cake needed to be kind of light. This is the reason why i made the fruit Crostata.

raclette

But let’s speak about the “Raclette”: the name of this dish comes from a french verb “racler” that means “to scrape”. Originally in fact, they used to take the melted cheese from a big piece of cheese, scraping it. The cheese we used was a specific one made exactly for this dish and that we found in “La Fromagerie” here in London (Marylebone High street). It’s all about melting the cheese and eating it accompanied by potatoes, salad, tomatoes, ham or dried meat, gherkins and pickled onions.

To prepare the cheese there is a specific little machine that allows you to choose a portion and melt it, as you can see it in the pictures. So finally it’s an easy and quick plate to make, but good, fulfilling and the most of the fun is to prepare it and eat it with your friends all together. Then, of course, a good french red wine is a must to complete the dinner! Thank you Morgan and Guillaume!

The italian cake instead is just an optional!

Birthday crostata

PS. Mamy, sabato per il compleanno del nostro amico, io mi sono incaricata della torta, mentre loro hanno preparato la cena, ovviamente francese. Hanno cucinato “Raclette” che non e’ altro che un particolare formaggio francese che si fa fondere (ma non e’ da confondere con la fondue) e si mangia accompagnato da altre “delicattessen”. Insomma non una cosa proprio leggera, ma pensa che per farla hanno proprio una macchina apposita. Assurdo! Comunque ci siamo divertiti un sacco preparando i nostri piattini e la festa e’ uscita molto bene.