My Deadly Chocolate Cake

If you are chocolate cake lover, anything you want from a chocolate cake is right here: Most dangerous, most wanted, most delicious cake. The texture is soft, gooey, moist and rich.

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I am sharing my chocolate cake recipe :). You can make just one layer cake or bake layer cakes.

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Ingredients

  • 80g plain flour

  • 150g white sugar

  • 50g coca powder

  • 60g melted buttermilk

  • ¼ tsp baking powdered

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • 1 whole egg

  • 125ml hot milk

  • 2tbsp coffee

  • pinch of salt

  • 200g dark chocolate

  • 150 cream cheese

  • 100g white sugar

  • 50ml milk

  • 1tbsp coca powdered

  • Bourbon biscuit

How to make it??

Preheat the oven to 180C degrees. In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients. Add melted butter or oil and combine it.

Then add 2tbsp coffee and hot milk to the mixture and mix until come together. Maybe you ask why hot milk? Well, for dissolving of coca powder. Now add egg and stir in until combined.

Line the two pans with flour and then line the bottom of pans with parchment paper. Divide batter among the two pans. Bake for 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Cool on wire racks for 5 minutes and then turn them over and let to cool completely.

Now we make chocolate sauce: In a pot with milk, add sugar and allow to dissolve. Let to boil for 5 minutes on a low heat. After 5 minutes, add coca powder, mix together. Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Now we need to prepare chocolate ganache. Melt the chocolate and add soft cheese. Mix until well blended.

Poke some holes with the toothpick in one of the cakes and spoon over that chocolate sauce and add some of chocolate ganache and spread all over the cake.

Place the second cake and spread remaining of the chocolate ganache on the came. Top it with some crushed cookies and chopped strawberries.

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My Deadly Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 80g plain flour

  • 150g white sugar

  • 50g coca powder

  • 60g melted buttermilk

  • ¼ tsp baking powdered

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • 1 whole egg

  • 125ml hot milk

  • 2tbsp coffee

  • pinch of salt

  • 200g dark chocolate

  • 150 cream cheese

  • 100g white sugar

  • 50ml milk

  • 1tbsp coca powdered

  • Bourbon biscuit

How to make it??

Preheat the oven to 180C degrees.

In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients. Add melted butter or oil and combine it.

Then add 2tbsp coffee and hot milk to the mixture and mix until come together. Maybe you ask why hot milk? Well, for dissolving of coca powder. Now add egg and stir in until combined.

Line the two pans with flour and then line the bottom of pans with parchment paper. Divide batter among the two pans. Bake for 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Cool on wire racks for 5 minutes and then turn them over and let to cool completely.

Now we make chocolate sauce: In a pot with milk, add sugar and allow to dissolve. Let to boil for 5 minutes on a low heat. After 5 minutes, add coca powder, mix together. Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and put it in the fridge to become thick.

Now we need to prepare chocolate ganache. Melt the chocolate and add soft cheese. Mix until well blended.

Poke some holes with the toothpick in one of the cakes and spoon over that chocolate sauce and add some of chocolate ganache and spread all over the cake. Place the second cake and spread remaining of the chocolate ganache on the came. Top it with some crushed cookies and chopped strawberries.

Green tea milk

It’s a simple but delicious and creamy drink, a combination of Matcha or green tea with milk and chocolate. Green tea does have wonderful effects on the body with loads of wonderful benefits.

Ingredients

  • 30 g green tea
  • 50 ml water
  • 40 g sugar
  • 130 g white chocolate, chopped
  •  800 ml milk

 

How to make it??

In a bowl, add sugar, green tea and water. Mix together well. Add chopped chocolate and blend all together.

Place it in microwave for 30-40 seconds until melt the chocolate.

Then gradually stir the milk into the chocolate mixture and mix well. Now, strain the milk mixture to remove the residue green tea powder.

Store it in a suitable bottle in the fridge.

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Green tea milk

Ingredients

30g green tea

50ml water

40g sugar

130 g white chocolate, chopped

800 ml milk

How to make it??

In a bowl, add sugar, green tea and water. Mix together well. Add chopped chocolate and blend all together. Place it in microwave for 30-40 seconds until melt the chocolate.

Then gradually stir the milk into the chocolate mixture and mix well. Now, strain the milk mixture to remove the residue green tea powder.

Store it in a suitable bottle in the fridge.

Tasty chocolate milk

This chocolate milk is a rich and full of chocolate flavor. Everyone will love this tasty treat.

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Ingredients

  • 800ml milk
  • 50ml water
  • 130g dark chocolate, grated
  • 18g cocoa powder
  • 40 g white sugar

 

How to make it??

In a saucepan add water, cocoa powder and sugar .Place over a medium heat and bring it to a simmer.

Now, add chocolate and whisk in until chocolate is melted and all ingredients combined well.

Remove it from the heat into a bowl. Gradually pour the cold milk into the melted chocolate and mix it well.

Store it in the fridge and chill well before serving. This will last for a week in the fridge. You can serve it with ice cream or just enjoy it as a cold tasty drink.

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Tasty chocolate milk

Ingredients

  • 800ml milk
  • 50ml water
  • 130g dark chocolate, grated
  • 18g cocoa powder
  • 40 g white sugar

 

How to make it??

In a saucepan add water, cocoa powder and sugar .Place over a medium heat and bring it to a simmer . Now, add chocolate and whisk in until chocolate is melted and all ingredients combined well.

Remove it from the heat into a bowl. Gradually pour the cold milk into the melted chocolate and mix it well.

Store it in the fridge and chill well before serving. This will last for a week in the fridge. You can serve it with ice cream or just enjoy it as a cold tasty drink.

 

Homemade Country Cheese

I love my country style home made cheese. It’s elegant, tasty and very easy to make. Most importantly, I enjoy it a lot.

You can have plain cheese or add some fresh or dried herbs such as chives, mint, basil, oregano or nuts such as walnuts. It’s your choice.

 

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All you need is just two simple ingredients. I was over the moon when my cheese was ready. It looks so beautiful and really good. This cheese will not last for a long time but you can keep it in salted whey for about two weeks.

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups or 2 litres milk
  • 6 tbsp white vinegar or any acid such as lime / lemon juice

How to make it

First of all, place a cheese cloth or butter muslin on a strainer and put the strainer into a bowl.

Heat the milk in a pot over medium flame. Keep stirring , otherwise the milk will start to burn on the bottom. Once it starts to get bubbly, it’s a sign that the milk is close to or just about to boil.

Now, turn the heat low and add vinegar. Then the magic happens and the curds separate from the whey.

Give couple of stirs and turn off the heat.

Now, use a strainer spoon and collect all curds and pour all them into the cheese cloth. Add salt to taste  and chopped herbs.

Bring the corners of the cloth together and squeeze out of all liquid. Put a weight on it for an hour to give it shape.

Do not through the whey away. Add some salt and keep the cheese in it for several days.

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Home made country cheese

Ingredients

8 cups or 2 litres milk
6 tbsp white vinegar or any acid such as lime / lemon juice

 

How to make it

First of all, place a cheese cloth or butter muslin on a strainer and put the strainer into a bowl.
Heat the milk in a pot over medium flame. Keep stirring , otherwise the milk will start to burn on the bottom. Once it starts to get bubbly, it’s a sign that the milk is close to or just about to boil.
Now, turn the heat low and add vinegar. Then the magic happens and the curds separate from the whey.
Give couple of stirs and turn off the heat. Now, use a strainer spoon and collect all curds and pour all them into the cheese cloth. Add salt and chopped herbs.
Bring the corners of the cloth together and squeeze out of all liquid. Put a weight on it for an hour to give it shape.
Do not through the whey away. Add some salt and keep the cheese in it for several days.

Ice Cream Cones

It is pretty easy to make ice cream cones at home. They are delicious, crispy and fun to make it.

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You can bake them either in the oven or in a frying pan on a gas stove. And, for giving shape to the baked batter and rolling them, we can use cone mould, or make cone shape mould with aluminium foils or simply roll them with hand.

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Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites

  • ½ cup plain flour

  • ½ cup white or brown sugar

  • 2 tbsp milk

  • 2 tbsp melted butter

  • ¼ tsp orange or vanilla essence

  • 1 tbsp cold water

  • pinch of salt

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Instructions

Place egg whites and sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk together for 2 minutes. Stir in melted butter, water, milk, flour, pinch of salt, vanilla or orange essence, until incorporated and make the a smooth batter.

Now for baking you can either use oven or gas stove. Preheat the oven to 200C.

 

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Pour 1 ½ tbsp batter on tray and spread into a thin layer. Move the spoon in circle and give a round shape to the batter. Place it into the oven and bake it for 8 minutes.

Other way of baking is: Pour batter into the warm non sitck pan. Spread into a think circle layer and cook for 5 minutes until edges are golden.

Now you need to do rest of process QUICKLY, BUT BE CAREFUL DO NOT BURN YOUR FINGERS.

 

So once cone is done, put a cone mould on baked cone and roll from the bottom of the cone in order to shape it. And then pull our the cone mould. Or cone mould is not available, simple put baked cone on a towel and roll it into a ice cream cone 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Smoothies

In summer time smoothies are great solution. You can make tens of smoothies with all fruits that you like and treat yourself and family members and friends with beautiful and scrumptious smoothies.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 large slices of melons
  • 2 cups mixed frozen fruits
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Nuts: almonds – walnuts or pistachio

Instructions

Peel and slice bananas and set aside. Cut melons into small pieces. Defrost frozen fruits.
Put your choice of fruit into the blender with 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 cup milk and 2 tbsp honey. Blend until smooth.
Once they are ready. Stir each one separately and serve in a glass and garnish with crushed nuts.

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Sheermal Bread ( Naan Sheermal)

Sheermal/shirmal bread naan  is a traditional mildly sweet flatbread in Iran. Sheer means milk in Persian language,and because the dough is kneaded with milk instead of water , it’s called sheermal, means a bread made with milk.

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Sheermal bread is popular in Iran, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Semnan سمنان is located in South of foothills of Alborz Mountains. Semnan is one of historical and ancient cities of Iran, which was an important city throughout the era of the Persian Achaemenid Empire ( 550-330BC).

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Anyway, if you travel to ancient city of Semnan and towns around Semnan, among the souvenirs of this city, such as pistachio, walnuts, local breads, silk made cloth, halva, candy sugar and fruit leather, Sheermal bread naan is very popular between tourists, that is baked in Seman city for over 100 years.

Sheermal bread naan is one of bread for month of Ramadan.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 100 g melted butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten as egg wash
  • 1 tbsp dried yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

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Instructions

In a bowl, mix sugar, yeast, and milk warm together.

 

In other bowl mix flour with salt and then pour milk mixture, beaten egg, and melted butter in it. Combine together. Oil your hand and knead the dough with your hand for 6-7 minutes until is smooth and no longer sticky.

Cover the dough, and let to rest until double in size. You can leave the dough in a corner of your kitchen in room temperature , to rise but it will take long time dough double in size but if preheat the oven for few minutes, and then turn off the oven and by this way you can create a warm environment to speed the dough to proof and rising up.

Preheat  the oven to 160C.Line your baking tray with parchment paper and once dough is ready, place it on the parchment paper. Sprinkle some flour top of it and deflate the dough.

Cover the dough and let to rest for another 20 minutes. Then give favourite decoration or design to the bread.

Egg wash top of the dough and garnish with sesame seeds. Sprinkle pinch of cinnamon powder on the dough. Transfer the dough into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

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Azerbaijani Rice Pilaf with Milk ( Sutti Polow)

This is a traditional rice pilaf made in milk and serves with beautifully fried raisins and dates in butter, cinnamon and saffron. In some recipes you can serve rice either  with smoked fish, that is just yum or with raisins and dates.

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Ingredients

2 cups rice

2 cups milk

1 ½ cups water

1 cup Dates

1 cup raisins

3tbsp butter

2tbsp vegetable oil

1tbsp Persian saffron water

1tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp turmeric

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Method

Rinse the rice. Pour all milk, water, rice and 2tbsp butter and vegetable oil into a pot. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Add turmeric and Saffron water. Give a stir. Allow the rice to cook.

 

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small skillet, add raisins, cinnamon powder and saffron water. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until softened. Then remove from the heat and do same process with Dates.

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Serving milky rice with fried raisins and dates. If you like add a pad of butter to rice and give extra richness.

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Macaroni cheese

I love Mac and cheese . It’s very easy dish with lots of cheese sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 200g pasta
  • 150g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 medium onions
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1tbsp flour
  • 1tsp nutmeg powder
  • Salt- pepper to taste
  • Butter
  • Vegetable oil

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Method

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté chopped onion until they are soft. Bring the water to a boil, add pasta, pinch of salt and 1tbsp oil and cook it.

For making cheese sauce: Melt the butter in a pan, add flour and pinch of pepper and nutmeg powder. Stir 2 minutes. Then pour milk in the pan and once milk is warm, add grated cheese. Stirring for 2 minutes and remove from the heat and mix it with fried onion. Such an amazing sauce.

Mix pasta with cheese sauce and serve it.

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Apple strudel

This is a quick recipe for a crispy sweet and spiced apple strudel for a cold evening with a cuppa tea .

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Ingredients

400g apple

1 lemon zest

1tsp lemon juice

1 sheet puff pastry

140g sugar

80g raisins

70g almond flakes

1 ½ tsp cinnamon powder

1tbsp flour

1tsp vanilla extract

100g unsalted butter

1 egg beaten

3tbsp milk

Icing sugar for dusting

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Method

Preheat the oven to 190C degree.

Peel the apples and cut into the small pieces. Melt the butter in a pan. Add diced apples, lemon juice, lemon zest and raisins. Sauté for 5 minutes and remove from the heat.

In a bowl, combine the sugar with flour, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Stir well. Add it and almond flakes to the apple mixture and combine well.

Roll out the puff pastry and place the filling in the centre and fold the pastry. Seal the ends as well. with a sharp knife, give few  thin  shallow cut on top of the pastry.Mix egg with milk and brush pastry with egg-milk .

Sprinkle flour on baking tray. Transfer the pastry to the tray and bake it for 40 minutes until golden and crisp.

Served with custard and a cuppa tea or coffee.

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