Amazing, Rich Chocolate & Coffee Cake

I’m not one for rich chocolate cakes. I find they are often over-rated, dry and boring and would much rather enjoy something fruity or a creamy, bitter cheesecake. But this, this rich chocolate and coffee delight, wow….hmmm….I wanted to drink the chocolate glaze, I wanted to smooth it onto my breakfast toast and put a tub of it in my handbag. Or as Joy the Baker says…use it as an “edible face-mask”.

Everything great goes into this cake: real dark chocolate, sour cream, buttermilk, real yummy coffee….This is a chocolate cake I savour and dream about. I also love it because I got to use my new ring cake tin and it came out of it so perfectly. This is not a crumbly dry cake, but it is smooth and heavy at the same time, it is rich, but not too sweet.

This “Amazing, Rich Chocolate and Coffee Cake” has revolutionized the way I see chocolate cake. I am hesitant to fall for the chocolate cake that the average coffee shop offers. The one that leaves you feeling disappointed, conned into ordering something chocolate and not getting more than dry powdery cocoa. I want real chocolate,not only cocoa, real coffee, not granuals. I want this “Amazing, Rich Chocolate and Coffee Cake”..and you should too. It’s totally worth it!

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Oatmeal Banana Bread

Its a rainy day in Somerset West and the dear husband is out looking at cars again…his favorite pastime. I’ve been home looking through recipes again…a favorite pastime of mine, and I came across this low fat oatmeal banana bread recipe. So being a baker-wife who loves to bake so the house smells good, I threw this together, put it in the oven and washed the dishes.  I hate washing the dishes, I can bake all day, but the unfortunate thing is that with baking comes dishes. Bla. Its totally worth it so I  shall not complain.

The dear husband came home just in time to smell the bread baking, gave me a “thank you for being a baker-wife” kiss and went to switch on the tv to watch Portugal torture South Korea on the soccer field. He was however eager to taste the delicious bread, thickly spread with butter and strawberry jam.

This is a great guilt-free bread, healthy, tasty and great when you’ve put on a few winter kilograms. I just know it wont last long….”would you like another piece dear husband?”

Here is the recipe so you can have a piece too:

with thanks to joythebaker

makes 1 loaf

– 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
– 1/2 tsp  salt
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 3 tsp canola or walnut  oil
– 1 large egg, beaten
– 2 medium egg whites, beaten
– 3 large bananas, ripe
– 1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats

Preheat oven to 180°C.  Grease a loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl, stir together all the dry ingredients including the oats and cinnamon.

In a separate smaller bowl, mash bananas with a fork, then add oil and whole egg and mix well.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well again.  The batter will be very thick.

In a clean bowl, with an electric hand mixer, beat the 2 egg whites until medium stiff peaks form. (When you lift the mixer, the peaks should be stiff and not fold over) Gently fold the egg whites into the batter in three additions.

Pour batter into pan and bake until top of loaf is firm to touch, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Flip out and cool on a wire rack for another 10 minutes. Best served with butter and jam or honey.

Fennel & Lemon cookies

Fresh out the oven…Fennel & lemon cookies! so yummo. The fennel adds such a subtle but great flavor.  These cookies don’t last very long in our house. They are perfect with that hourly cup of tea…hmmm….good idea…I think it’s time for tea and cookies.

Thanks to my Sean for the photography skills.

a beginning . . .

I love to dream of running a small baking business from home, baking scrumptious cakes for tea parties and coffee shops. Well today I delivered a cake to Ria Cronje of “Mad About Junk” . She runs a fabulous antique/2nd hand junk store on the sir Lowrys pass road, Somerset West, and has started offering her clients tea and coffee and homebaked cookies. The garden is so beautiful and filled with yesterdays treasures, a magical place to sit and enjoy some Koek en Tee. So this is a beginning of that dream, looking forward to seeing how it unfolds and my husband is looking forward to being official tester!!

Below is one of my favourites, a spiced apple cake. One just like it was delivered this morning to Mad About Junk.