For me? i've 3 ingredients in mind, (can't really name them as a dish because anything of that IS good !)
- Chocolate (choco bars/choco chip cookies/choco cakes/hot choco..and the list goes on)
- Cheese (mac&cheese, pizza, pasta, anything cheesy but not cheesecake)
- Milk (hot/cold, malted/pure fresh, or even in the form of ice-cream!)
Won't you agree with that? Ignore the calorie and whip them up! Indulgence is about feeding the soul, when you're happy and mental state is at its best, your body functions well and metabolic rate goes up up up; which helps you to burn them fats off! Just so you know, depression is also one cause to obesity. I ain't citing any references/evidence here, articles are everywhere in the net. I'm sure some of you have even heard of what I've said a thousand times already. Indeed, there's no good and bad food, healthy eating is about consuming every nutrients in moderations :)
And I've gotta admit, life has been really really down for me recently and all I crave for is a piece of extremely chocolaty chocolate cake. & yesterday, I made myself a real intense, rich, deep & chocolaty cake with a moist & crumbly texture. SO good !
I've always blogged about my bakes but never really did share my recipes because yeah, I'm not sorta a professional baker so am not confident enough to post about it. Plus, I think the adjustment in recipe is made according to individual differences, as long as you know the ratio and theory behind different cake types, texture and taste of course.
But today, I would like to share this recipe because it's really comforting for me.
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
Heap 1/4 teaspoon baking powder (which I will omit in the future, see note*)
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup of Hershey's natural unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons Hershey's milk chocolate chips
40g Lurpak butter
1 large egg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 cup milk plus a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (it's a sub for buttermilk, you could also use any white distilled vinegar or lemon juice)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla paste
DbC is originally a rich dark chocolate cake but since I was opting for something sweeter & creamier (refer to my top list of comfort food :p), I swapped the semi-sweet baking chocolate with Hershey's milk chocolate chips.
Steps are as followed:
1. Melt them lovely chocolate & butter together. The smell is incredible!
2. Sift all flours and give them a good whisk. Get your milk ready. Set aside.
3. Whisk egg, sugars and vanilla till smooth.
4. Add in the melted choco and butter mixture. Whisk till combined.
4. Pour in 1/3 of flour followed by milk mixture. Stir well. Repeated and make sure you end with the dry ingredients.
5. Mix till everything is smooth and just combined. Do not overtax to avoid gluten forming. It's quite a thick batter and it's so beautiful when pouring it into the pan. I wish I could have pictured it but one-man show is quite a tedious thing in the kitchen. *sniff*
Bake at 175degree for 40 minutes and TA-DA!
*Note: I noticed every time when I bake with buttermilk, the batter will be exploding like a volcano in the oven, if not, over-rising with an ugly top which I have to trim them off or cover up with frosting. Unless, baking it in a lower temperature. So I guess using soda as the leavening agent alone would be enough as it is 4x powerful than baking powder.
I have not tried it before but according to SK's chocolate loaf, it could be a thing! But that's depending on the types of cocoa (natural or dutch-processed) cos only the former will react with soda.
Time for my afternoon bite! BYEE x