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Redemption and Soft Gooey Chocolate Cake

So the LiveInbaker has been forgiven.

Miraculously, some of the cake that the LiveInBaker made has survived a week (pushing a new record) and has made its way back to me.

Unfortunately, it made it back at the end of a day filled with an assortment of puddings, and so all I have been able to eat is a small square from the corner. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as this cake is so decadent, that not even the lowest of cholesterol levels can survive its assault.

But it is good enough that it can get even the most heinous of baking crimes forgiven.

Soft and gooey chocolate cake:

Ingredients:

  • 250g plain chocolate;
  • 225g unsalted butter;
  • 80g golden syrup;
  • 5 eggs;
  • 175g caster sugar;
  • 55g plain flour.

Preheat your oven to 150C. Spray and cook a 23cm springform cake tin and then base line (which is to cover the base of the springform tin with baking paper, not something a DJ would drop at a club).

Gooey Chocolate Cake

Ready for melting

Melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup using a double boiler. Once melted allow it to cool a bit before stirring until smooth.

Gooey Chocolate Cake

Fight the temptation to eat it just yet

In another large bowl, stir together the eggs, caster sugar and flour until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture and pour into the prepared tin.

Bake for 25-30 minutes (the cake will have a slight wobble in the middle). Remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool.

Gooey Chocolate Cake

Almost ready

Once the cake has chilled a bit, remove the sides of the springform tin but leave the cake on the base and chill for around an hour in the fridge. The LiveInBaker actually made this the day before it was needed, so we just left it on the kitchen counter for around 24 hours in an airtight container (once it was completely cool). This results in the best end product. It should be firm enough to slip off the base of the tin when ready.

Gooey Chocolate Cake

Ready for eating

As weird as it sounds, the cake is best served with sour cream. Don’t question it, just do it.

Warning, this cake is dense and decadent, so when serving, rather go for thinner slices than you might normally, or risk putting your guests into a mammoth food coma!

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It’s Freedom Day, so feel free to indulge

Freedom Day 2012 saw South Africa having its 18th birthday since our first free and fair elections. So for the first time, the country is allowed to legally buy itself a beer (no more sneaking a few sips from its parents’ drinks), and finally can ditch that ridiculous learners licence and take the car out for a spin completely unsupervised (with much wheel spinning and racing other youths from traffic light to traffic light). It might even volunteer to be the designated driver now, just once in a while.

It’s also time for the country to start making some serious decisions, like what it’s really going to do with the rest of its life, and whether its going to make the big move to a university near the coast, or stick in land where things are a little faster and a little tougher. And if it’s going to buy those text books it needs, or if it’s rather going to save the money for something more important, like a crate of beer for the weekend?

The country might even think of entering into its first serious relationship, no longer messing around with silly child-like crushes.

It’s parents might sit it down, and explain that it’s about time that it finds a place of its own to stay, and to remind it that it is probably not okay to have breakfast for supper, even though that milk and cereal is just about the only meal it knows how to make without seriously stuffing it up.

The country, like most teenagers when they finally turn 18, probably thinks it’s really the man, but it won’t take long to find out its back at the bottom of the ladder, and that there are a lot bigger countries out there able and willing to put it in its place with a quick snot-klap.

But that’s all not its problem at the moment. Right now it really just needs to worry about how bad its first proper birthday hangover is going to be!

So to celebrate its birthday, and to celebrate the end of the countries high school year, we made:

Chocolate, Pretzel and Peanut Butter Squares

Ingredients:

  • 170g butter, at room temperature;
  • 250ml light brown sugar;
  • 125ml sugar;
  • 2 large eggs;
  • 2 tsp. vanilla;
  • 500ml cake flour;
  • 1 tsp. bicarbanate of soda;
  • ½ tsp. salt;
  • 100g milk chocolate (in slabs);
  • 170g of dark chocolate (in slabs);
  • 375ml mini pretzels, coarsely broken;
  • 60ml crunchy peanut butter;
  • 45g dark chocolate, either disks or a slab broken for melting.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spray & cook, and line a square 23cm baking tin with wax paper.

Hot out of the oven.

In a large bowl, beat the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, bicarbanate of soda and salt and stir until almost combined. Add the dark and milk chocolate (both roughly broken up) and 250ml of the pretzel pieces and stir until blended.

Spread the batter evenly in the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden. In a small double boiler, melt the peanut butter and remaining dark chocolate, stirring until smooth. Sprinkle the bars with the remaining crushed pretzel pieces and drizzle with the peanut butter-chocolate mixture.

The LiveInBaker uses a big knife, mostly to keep me from sneaking bits.

Allow to cool until set, then cut into squares. Make sure it is properly set and cool, otherwise the cutting part can get a bit messy (but that is all part of the fun I guess).

If you are making these to share, ensure you keep a few for yourself, as you are definitely going to want as many as you can get your hands on.

If you are on some sort of diet, you are going to need to wait for your day off, as these are seriously decadent, and seriously delicious.

These two were left at home, for our midnight snack!

Happy Birthday South Africa! Here’s looking forward to you entering your twenties!

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Sunburn, sounds and Rice Krispie bars

As a kid, I remember one of the most important things to get done in summer, was to get the first sun-burn of the year done and out of the way. Yeah I know there were the risks of skin damage and all that, but we were young, and based on the amount of time we spent around the pool (normally from around sun up to sun set) some sort of sun-burn was inevitable. And just like when pulling off a plaster, our thinking was always to do it quick, fast and properly. With the first bad sun-burn of the year behind you, you could get on and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Extreme measures to stay protected from the sun

Now that I’m older and, have convinced people, wiser, I don’t intentionally get sun-burnt, but every year it normally happens, and there is normally beer in varying quantities mixed into the equation. I’m blaming this particular sun-burn on and a good dose of Mitchell’s Old Wobbly Lager, which went down like mother’s milk. A couple of hours later, and I had a champion makro tan coming along (famously named after the security guards at the store of the same name, from standing too long in the sun wearing shorts and short sleeve shirts, while maintaining the pasty white complexion underneath). But after queuing to get into the KONGOS concert at the Voortrekker concert, there was no way I was gonna let a little sun burn slow me down. That and the LiveInBaker and I had also spent the better half of a day working out how we were going to sneak all our goodies into the event. And by sneak I really just mean find enough hands to carry it all.

The LiveInBaker normally makes something sweet to eat at these concerts, and she definitely didn’t disappoint this time, though in her words it was just something simple that she had quickly thrown together.

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Death by Brownie!

Everyone has their own, preferred method of leaving this world.

Some people would like to go quietly into the night, some people would like to go out in a blaze of glory. Some people would like to see it coming, some people would like it to come in their sleep. I’ve even heard of someone who, when the time comes, has planned on buying a corvette, and flipping it on the highway.

Me? I see it coming, with a mild case of heartburn, and a couple of brownie crumbs on my lips.

Speaking about leaving this world, I think that the LIB was actually trying to get rid of me (maybe she has finally had enough of my snoring).

I should’ve known when I didn’t even need to ask for the latest creation to come out of the LIB’s kitchen.

In fact the first I knew about these was when I received a message from the LIB, saying that she was not sure how much longer she could go without eating one.

And her weapon of choice: Seriously Decadent Chocolate Brownies.

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