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Blood orange season is my favorite. There’s nothing quite nice as a fresh red-colored juice to go with the cold weatherweather.

This February, I was spoiled rotten by everyone. One of the perks of just having a baby is people pampering you all the time. Naturally, my favorite citrus fruit was everywhere – in a bowl on the kitchen counter, in the fridge, and *surprise*, in a cake we made using Jamie Oliver’s recipe on this link.

Due to popular demand, I am writing the recipe of a delicious Christmas Tree cake I made for Elle et Vire’s Bake a Smile Christmas campaign. Baking usually makes me happy and peaceful. This time, it was twice the satisfaction because this cake was meant for people in need. Elle et Vire teamed up with Order of Malta Lebanon to help spread the Christmas spirit by baking as many cakes and cookies to offer and make people happy during this festive season.

Nowadays, lots of people in anyone’s entourage are obsessed with gluten-free diets. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I have done some research and even tried not having gluten for a full month, but I guess I still need more information to make up my mind as to when and to whom is gluten bad.

It’s with great excitement that I finally introduce you to my favorite Lurpak Cook’s Range product: BAKING! We bakers finally have a kind of butter that allows us to bake on a whim. I now can choose to bake at any moment, without having to put the butter out for hours for it to soften.

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Lurpak Baking is the ideal blend of Lurpak Butter and Vegetable Oil. It has a softer texture and it’s ready to mix straight out of the fridge. It easily folds into cake mixtures and gives them a light and fluffy golden finish. This product is happiness guaranteed!

A cake I baked with this wonderful product is this fluffy chocolate cake I had once made for a friend’s birthday. I recommend you make it for any occasion. It can be a bit tedious at first, what with the separation of the egg whites and yolks then folding in the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, but with time you’ll get used to it and you’ll start making it any time you have something to celebrate.

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Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate cake – Preparation: 45 minutes – Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  •  200 g Lurpak Baking butter
  • 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 glass of milk
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking powder
  • 5 Eggs

For the frosting:

  •  200 grams of dark chocolate
  • 200 ml fresh cream
  • 2 tablespoons Corn Starch

Instructions:

 Cake:

  •  In the bowl of a mixer, mix the sugar and butter until well combined
  • Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites
  • Add the egg yolks to the sugar and butter mix and mix until well-combined
  • In another bowl, mix the milk and cocoa powder until well-combined
  • Add the flour and baking powder and mix
  • Add the egg, butter and sugar mixture to the chocolate mixture and mix well
  • Beat the egg whites until mousse-like
  • Gently fold the beaten egg whites unto the chocolate mixture
  • Place in 2 cake molds of equal size and in a high temperature (280 degrees Celsius) preheated oven for 30 minutes

Frosting:

  •  Melt the dark chocolate in a bain-marie
  • Add the cream to it and mix until well combined
  • Add the corn starch to thicken it

Once the cakes are out of the oven, let them cool completely. Decorate the top of the bottom cake with the chocolate frosting, then place the top cake on the bottom one and cover them both with frosting. Decorate with red fruits (optional). Serve and enjoy for days!

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What’s a home without some dessert lying around, right? I haven’t baked for weeks due to crazy schedules and lack of time and I really miss it! Baking has always been some kind of therapy, drowning my feelings unto that mixing bowl and traveling far far away in thoughts and dreams. But then I realized that baking doesn’t have to take that much time and effort! You can always whip out something fast and easy, with a few ingredients that you surely have in your cupboard. That’s why I’ve decided to share with you the easiest Nutella Brownies recipe ever (found on this blog a long time ago). You only need 3 ingredients and it takes 20 minutes to prepare AND bake these nutella brownies. So here we go.

What you’ll need:

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– 2 eggs

– 2 cups Nutella

– 1 cup All-purpose flour

How to make it:

1) In a bowl, whisk the eggs then add the Nutella and mix

2) Add the flour and mix

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3) Spoon the whole thing unto a greased square mold

 

4) Bake for 10 minutes until the top is cracked but a toothpick doesn’t come out clean

5) Let it cool for 5 minutes in the moldbrownie-out-of-the-oven

6) Cut into squares, place in a plate and let cool completely

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Enjoy for days! 🙂 Happy short therapy for busy people!

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The best feeling, is to remove a perfectly baked tart from the oven. This time, I made my own dough and added a bit of orange zest to it. It was just perfect and the best part was pouring the chocolate ganache over it.

What you’ll need:

For the Dough:

150 g unsalted Butter

100 g Sugar

A pinch of Salt

250 g all-purpose Flour

1 large Egg

The zest of 1 small Orange (you can skip this if you want to make a simple dough)

For the Ganache Filling:

150 g of dark Chocolate of your choice, chopped into pieces

25 g unsalted Butter, cubed

250 ml of Double Cream (you can substitute with light cream)

Pinch of sea Salt

How to make the dough:

1) In the bowl of a mixer, mix the sugar and butter (softened)

IMG_80272) Add the egg, flour and orange zest and mix again until you get a coarse dough

IMG_80313) Roll the dough, wrap it with a film wrap and place it in the fridge for an hour

IMG_80334) Roll out the dough (it’s okay if it’s coarse and doesn’t stick together, you can put the bits together in the tin)

5) Place it in a pie mold (greased) and poke it with a fork so that it doesn’t inflate, and cook it in a 180 degrees preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes

IMG_8036How to make the Ganache:

1) Heat the cream in a double boiler (i.e. bain-marie) until it starts to simmer

2) Remove from the heat and immediately add the chocolate and butter, then stir to bring all the ingredients together

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IMG_80413) When the ganache is a bit cooled down, pour it over the half-baked dough and place the whole thing in the oven again for about 15 minutes or until the dough is golden and the chocolate is no longer very liquid

IMG_8042 IMG_8044 Cool down the tarts so that they also firm up and refrigerate

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And Voila! Enjoy!

During Christmas time, I believe that nothing is forbidden. It’s a happy time where you can eat and drink whatever you wish. It’s basically the Friday night of the year. You work and you work all year round to then enjoy this enchanted time, alive with cookies, multi-layered cakes, chestnuts, chimneys, snow, friends, family and children who believe in Santa.
Among the things you can bake to offer guests or even to have yourself with tea, are those soft and mellow brownies that can be done in no time. Plus, chances are you won’t have to run to the supermarket to get the ingredients because they’re so basic you probably have them already.
So here’s what you’ll need:
– 170 grams of Semisweet Chocolate Chips
– 100 grams of Unsalted Butter
– 2 Eggs
– 1 cup of Sugar
– 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
– 0.5 teaspoon of Baking Powder
– 0.25 teaspoon of fine Salt
– 1 cup of all-purpose Flour

How to make it:

1) In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate and the butter on low heat, while stirring regularly. Then let it cool for 5 minutes

2) In a large bowl, stir with a large spatula the eggs, sugar, vanilla, baking powder and salt, until evenly incorporated

3) Add the chocolate mixture to the large bowl and stir until combined

 

4) Add the flour and fold it gently until it’s fully incorporated

5) Pour into a mold, or shaped molds if you have some, and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean

6) When out of the oven, let them cool for 20 minutes and shape

Enjoy them with a cup of tea next to your Christmas Tree 😉

 

For any occasion, a homemade chocolate cake fits perfectly. Whether it’s a friend or family member’s birthday, or a simple invitation to dinner, it’s all you need. You can also make several small ones and make it a multi-layered chocolate cake. This recipe here will help you make a fluffy, not-so-heavy cake that will leave everyone satisfied. I personally made it twice in the last month for one of our friends’ birthday and also to welcome a little baby boy to the world!
So here’s what you’ll need:
For the cake:
– 5 Eggs
– 2 cups of Sugar
– 2 cups of cake Flour
– 200 g of unsalted Butter (softened)
– 1 tall glass of Milk
– 5 tablespoons of Cocoa chocolate powder
– 1 tablespoon of Baking powder
For the frosting:
– 200 g of dark chocolate
– Light fresh cream
– 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
For the material:
– A mold of your choice. I chose a relatively small one for the purpose of making a multi-layered cake
– A spatula for the frosting
– Icing writing, if you wish to write something on your cake

How to make it:
1) Separate egg whites and egg yolks and set them aside
2) In a bowl, mix the milk and the cocoa powder, then add the flour and baking powder
3) In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until smooth, then add the egg yolks and beat again until the mix is homogeneous
4) In a third bowl, beat the egg whites (with a pinch of coarse salt to remove the egg smell) until they look like snow

5) Add the chocolate mix to the butter and sugar mix and beat

6) Then gently fold the egg whites into the whole mixture

7) Now here, you have to options:
If you wish to make a single-layered cake, pour the whole mix into a greased mold (click here to see how to grease a mold), and cook in the oven at a maximum temperature for 30 minutes or until a stick comes out clean.
If you wish to make a multi-layered cake, pour half of the mixture into the mold and bake. Then pour the second half and bake.
8) Make the frosting:
    Melt the 200 g of dark chocolate in a bain-marie (click here to see how)
    Once the chocolate is melted, add the cream, then the corn starch and mix well until they are all             combined
9) For a single layer cake: (skip to step 10 for the multi-layered cake)
Once the cake is out of the oven, wait for it about 30 minutes to cool and add the frosting on top and on the sides, then decorate with the toppings of your choice. You can either write something on it with icing tubes, or decorate it with fruits of your choice – I chose raspberries and blueberries for their great and vivid colors.
10) If you choose to make a multi-layered cake:
Once both cakes are out of the oven and have cooled down, first cover the base cake with frosting, then add the second cake on top and cover them both with frosting. you can also separate them with raspberries, then cover the top with the toppings of your choice.
Also, great news!! If you’re too busy at work and don’t have time to make it, you can order your cake from Breadonbutter! Just email me at: lynnbedran@gmail.com for more details 🙂