Chocolate, Espresso & Raspberry Cake

Cravings in Amsterdam cake

Port is one of those things that I always have in my pantry. I love to cook with it because I love the wonderful richness it adds to a dish. But this time I did something different. I’ve partnered with Offley to create a recipe that you can pair with their Ruby port. ‘

Their Ruby is a young port with red fruit tones. I paired it with a rich chocolate dessert to balance out the sweetness of the port. This cake has a layer of fresh raspberries at the bottom, followed by a rich espresso brownie layer and it is finished with a dark chocolate ganache with a hint of espresso.

I invited Eliane from Instagram blogger to come taste my dessert. We had a lovely afternoon enjoying this dessert with the port.

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For all the Dutchies, Offley is organizing a cooking workshop where you can make dishes to pair with their port. And you can win tickets to attend the event with a +1. The workshop takes place on Saturday 24th September at the Smulweb Kookcollege in Amersfoort. If you get a bottle of their port, you will get a code with it to participate. But I have a code especially for you guys! You can participate by filling in this code: OVABLG01C in the Offley website.

This dessert is best eaten cold, so keep it in the fridge.

This recipe is for a 21cm round cake mold with a detachable bottom.

Ingredients:

For the brownie:

140grs of fresh raspberries, broken into pieces

120gr of dark chocolate, chopped (I used 63% cacao, but you can use a higher percentage. Especially if you want to pair it with port)

57grs of butter

125grs sugar (1/2 a cup)

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

½ a teaspoon of vanilla essence

50grs of self-rising flour (1/3 cup)

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

1 shot of espresso, cooled

For the ganache top:

200grs of dark chocolate, chopped

250ml of whipping cream

1 full teaspoon of instant espresso powder

20grs of butter

1 tablespoon of sugar

Extra:

A handful of red currants for decoration

 

Start by preheating your oven to 180C/350F. Line the bottom and sides of your cake mold with parchment paper.

First make the brownie layer. Place the chopped chocolate with the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it in 30 seconds intervals, stirring in between until it has completely melted. Set it aside to cool down a bit. If it is too hot, it will curdle the eggs.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs with the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. Then slowly whisk in the melted chocolate. Then add the shot of espresso, flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix until everything is well combined.

Spread the broken raspberries over the bottom of your prepared baking mold. Carefully pour over the brownie batter. Tap it gently a few times to get rid of any air bubbles.

Bake it for 20 minutes.

When the brownie has cooled down to room temperature, start to make the ganache.

Place the cream, sugar and espresso powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk it until the sugar and espresso have completely dissolved into the cream, and the cream has come to a simmer. Then add the chopped chocolate and butter. Lower the heat to low and stir until everything has melted.

Then pass it through a fine mesh sieve to make sure that there are no lumps.

Carefully pour the ganache over the brownie. Let it set in the fridge overnight.

The next day, carefully remove the cake from the mold and carefully remove the parchment paper. To make a clean cut, use a sharp knife and rinse it under hot water before slicing the cake. Serve it with some fresh red currants.

Enjoy it with a glass of Offley Ruby port!

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Brownie Cookies with Rhubarb & Vanilla Bean

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A friend of mine brought me a chocolate bar for cooking from her trip to France and the first thing that came to my mind were these cookies. They are soft and fudgy on the inside. Rich but not overly sweet, and the tartness of the rhubarb still comes through.

This recipe makes about 30 cookies.

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

100grs of dark chocolate, chopped

113grs of butter

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

¾ of a cup of brown sugar, packed

½ cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

2 teaspoons of cornstarch

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Pinch of salt

¼ cup of cocoa powder

For the rhubarb:

2 rhubarb stalks

1 tablespoon of butter

1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

1 tablespoon of sugar

 

To make the cookies, place the butter and chopped dark chocolate in a small bowl. Melt it in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until the chocolate has melted completely. Then allow it to cool down.

Mix the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, salt and cocoa powder in another bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugars and vanilla. Then slowly whisk in the cooled melted chocolate.

Then add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture in batches. Mix until everything is combined.

Then allow the dough to chill in the fridge for 2 hours.

In the meanwhile, start preparing the rhubarb. Slice the stalks in two lengthwise. Then finely slice them.

Place the butter with the sugar in a pan over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the rhubarb and vanilla and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Then transfer the rhubarb to a fine mesh sieve with a bowl underneath to catch all the liquid. Let it sit there until the chilling time for the cookie dough is up.

Once the cookie dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Discard the juice from the rhubarb and place the rhubarb in a small bowl.

Take the cookie dough out of the fridge and grab about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll it into a ball using your hands. Place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat for the rest, leaving some space in between each ball. Place about 1 teaspoon of the rhubarb on top of each ball and press with your fingers so it sticks. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. While a batch is baking, keep the remaining cookie dough in the fridge.

Let the cookies rest in the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

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Chocolate & Matcha Popcorn

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I love popcorn and always keep in my pantry for those times when I feel like a snack and don’t want to leave the house. Today is one of those days. It’s cold and rainy, and I am hungry! I drizzled a mixture of white chocolate, coconut oil and matcha on the popcorn. And then drizzled a bit of dark chocolate melted with coconut oil. Snack attack satisfied!

Ingredients:

For the popcorn:

1/3 cup of popcorn kernels

1 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil

Salt

For the white chocolate:

100gr of white chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 teaspoon of Matcha

For the dark chocolate:

30grs of dark chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

 

In a large pan with a lid, melt the coconut oil for the popcorn over medium heat. Once it has completely melted, add the popcorn kernels. Cover with the lid, and keep shaking the pan until all the kernels have popped. Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl, add salt and set aside.

You can melt the white chocolate with the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 second intervals at a time, stirring in between.  Or you can melt it over a water bath.

Once the white chocolate has completely melted, add the matcha powder and mix until everything is combined. Drizzle it over the popcorn and toss it to combine.

Melt the dark chocolate with the coconut oil. Once it has completely melted. Drizzle it over the popcorn. Toss to combine.

Spread the popcorn over a tray lined with parchment paper and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes until the chocolate becomes hard again.  Then break it into smaller chunks, serve and enjoy!

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