A frog in the kitchen

samedi 25 août 2012

Coca-cola chocolate cake

I've always wanted to cook with coke since I saw Nigella Lawson cooking a chicken with coca-cola. I haven't tried the chicken yet but the chocolate cake seemed like a good alternative.This cake was fun to make. The addition of coke is a nice change from other classic chocolate cakes. That being said, I don't think I'll ever bake it again. Simply because it's full of crap ingredients (coca-cola & marshmallows) which is contradictory with my philosophy of cooking and also, those ingredients makes that cake pretty expensive, which I... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Afrog à 00:58 - Permalien [#]
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vendredi 13 janvier 2012

Homemade Oreos

I use to be a huge fan of Oreo cookies. I have to confess that during my first visit to the USA I use to eat a pack of Oreos almost everyday. The original ones, the golden ones, the minis (my favourites!), the "double stuff", the peanut butter ones... etc.  Not anymore. I find them bland. It really juste taste like sugar, nothing else. And of course they have an extensive scary list of ingredients. This recipe is great. You'll find the same texture and appearance than the "real" oreo cookies but they taste infinitely better and... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Afrog à 05:43 - Permalien [#]
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mercredi 14 décembre 2011

Dark chocolate & Nutella cupcakes

The 3rd birthday of the week! This morning I baked another bunch of cupcakes for my dear friend Heather. One of the best chocolate cupcake I've ever made if not THE best. The cupcakes are extremely light and a little bit bitter with the dark chocolate dough, and the Nutella makes the center super sweet and creamy. A perfect combo! I've topped the cupcakes with some fondant (black & white leftovers from this recipe). Really easy to make, I basically cut rounds with a glass a "glued" them on top of the cupcakes with some Nutella. ... [Lire la suite]
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dimanche 30 octobre 2011

Marble cake

One of my favorite cakes! When I was a kid my mum use to make it quite often and everyday after school I had a slice and dipped it into some milk. Yum!   Ingredients: - 200g butter, softened- 1 cup sugar- 1 tsp vanilla extract- 3 eggs- 2 cups self-raising flour- 1/2 cup milk- 2tbs cocoa powder, sifted Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush a square cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition... [Lire la suite]
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mercredi 24 août 2011

The perfect crispy-chewy chocolate chip cookies

There are some recipes that you get satisfied by getting them done just "well". And there are others that you have to get absolutely perfect. I think that classic chocolate chip cookies are one of those things. "The" perfect cookie recipe is an eternal quest, and it takes time to find the holy grail. I don't know anyone who loves to cook that haven't tried tons of chocolate chip cookies recipes.     The best cookies I had so far were from Levain Bakery in NYC. They are huge and really thick, crunchy outside and chewy... [Lire la suite]
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mardi 23 août 2011

Totally chocolate chip cookies

I am a huge fan of Nigella Lawson. I remember watching her show "Nigella bites" on CuisineTV 10 years ago and I've followed her ever since. Every other cook show we had in France on TV before was "Bon appetit bien sur" with Joel Robuchon.or "La cuisine des mousquetaires": with Maite. As much as I love cooking, I've never realy enjoyed that type of cooking shows. Too boring and academic, not to mention that Maite and Joel are not particularely attrative or pleasant to watch. But when Jamie Oliver and Nigella started their shows it was... [Lire la suite]
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