Thursday, January 10, 2008

JFI - Chocolate Roundup

We all have read a lot about chocolate lately in the food blogging world. So without further delay I am presenting the array of chocolicious goodies for JFI-Chocolate. You can read more about JFI here.



Chocolate Drive by Indira of Mahanandi


Chocolate Coconut Burfi by Indira of Mahanandi


Sweet Chocolatey Morsels by TC of The Cooker


Chocolate kesari by Selvi of Samaithupaarkalam


Hot Chocolate by Nupur of Onehotstove


Fruit and Nut Chocolate by Valli of Valliskitchen


Chocolate Truffles by Arundati of Escapades


Chocolate Pinwheels by Arundati of Escapades


Mocha Chocolate Pots by Bee & Jai of Jugalbandi


Individual Chocolate Cakes by Suganya of TastyPalettes


Chocolate Sformato with Amaretto Whip by Siri of Siri's Corner


Marbled Cream Cheese Brownie Sheer by Mansi of Fun and Food


Home Made Chocolates by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen


Dry Fruit Truffles by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen


Brownie Cookies by Asha of AromaHope


White Chocolate - Cranberry Fudge by me


Chocolate Roll by Chithra of Kudampuli


Mexican Hot Chocolate by Bharathy of Spicychilly


Chocolate Cinnamon Cakes By Bindiya of In Love With Food


Chocolatey Cinnamony Nut Crunchers by Rachel of Tangerine's Kitchen


Walnut Strudel by Dhivya of Culinary Bazaar


Moist Chocolate Cake by Carnation of Red Carnation


Chocolate Soup with Cinnamon Coated Apples by Happy Cook of My Kitchen Treasures


Chocolate and Sesame Thins by Sunita of Sunita's World


Molten Chocolate Cake by Me



Yummy Chocolates by Renuka of Fusion (does not have a picture)



Peruvian Drinking Chocolate by Gretchen of Canelay & Comino


Chocolate Eclairs by Sukanya of Sukanya's Musings


Chocolate Orange Marble Cake by Raaga of Chef At Work


Choco Berries by Meera of Enjoy Indian Food


Chocolate Bread Pudding by Namratha of Finger Licking Food


Chocoalate Pudding by our very special youngest chef Gudiya (3.5yrs old)
She is the daughter of Meera of Enjoy Indian Food



Chocolate Orangey Muffins by Rajitha of Hunger Pangs


Chocolate Walnut Tart by Archana of Archana's Kitchen


Roasted Pears and Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Sauce by Maya of Konkan World


Choco Makhana by Nidhi of Charche Chauke Ke


Chocolate Balsamic Truffles by TBC of The Budding Cook


Chocolate-Peanut Butter Samosas by Paru of Brindavan


Chocolate Cups by Priya of 365 Days of Pure Vegetarian


Almond Chocolate by Kajal of KajalDreams


Pomegranate Chocolate Pots by Kaykat of Cooking from A to Z


Molten Chocolate Baby Cakes by Priyadarshini of Food and Laughter


Panettone Triffle by Madhavi of Madhu's Vantalu


Easy No Bake Chocolate Caramel Krinkles by Linda of Out of the Garden


Chocolate Lava Cake by Mandira of Ahaar


Healthy Chocolate Cake by Nirmala of Passionate Trials


Mole Poblana by Pelicano of Elaichi et Cetera

If I have missed any entries please let me know.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Molten Chocolate Cake

I love molten chocolate cakes and have been searching for a good recipe for a while. Recently I bought the New Baking Book by Better Homes and Gardens and was happy to find the perfect recipe for the molten chocolate cake. These are baked in individual cups and hence easy to serve. I followed the recipe as is, but served it with whipped cream instead of the recommended Mocha Cream. Next time I will try it with the Mocha Cream. This will be my second entry for the JFI-Chocolate event.

Ingredients:

Butter - 3/4 cup
Semisweet chocolate (chopped) - 6 ounces
Eggs - 3
Egg yolks - 3
Powdered sugar (sifted) - 1/3 cup
Vanilla - 1.5 tsp
All purpose floor - 1/4 cup
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Whipped cream - for garnishing


Method:

In a heavy saucepan combine butter and chocolate and melt over low heat, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and let it cool. Grease six 1-cup souffle dishes or ramekins. Coat with granulated sugar. Beat eggs, egg yolks, powdered sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed about 5 minutes. Beat in chocolate mixture in medium speed. Sift flour and cocoa over chocolate mixture, beat on low speed just until blended. Spoon into prepared dishes. Place the dishes in a larger baking pan. Bake in a 400F oven 12 to 14 minutes or until cake rise slightly and feel firm at edges and softer in the center when pressed gently. Cool in dishes for 5 minutes. Invert with pot holders onto plate and let it cool for about 5 minutes. Serve warm with a dollop of whipping cream on top.


Since I had to serve these to guests I couldn't cut them to show the molten center. Will upload another picture with the molten center soon.

Note:
These can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to to 4 hours or frozen for a week.

Also remember to remove them from the oven when the centre looks half finished. I let the first batch cook for a little longer and did not get the molten effect.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Reminder for JFI-Chocolate

I know its raining chocolates in the food blog world but I just wanted to remind everyone to send in their chocolate loaded entries for JFI-Chocolate by Jan5, 2008 to letzcook@gmail.com. Also if you have not received a mail from me for your entry, please send it to me again.

My Christmas Dinner

I had friends over and made a 4 course meal for Christmas eve dinner. Here's sharing with you a few pictures from the night.

For the first couse I served mushroom-blue cheese crostini, walnut cheese tartlets (with onions), peas wheels and spinach cheese rolls.


course 1: mushroom crostini, walnut-basil tartlets, peas wheels, spinach cheese wheels



The second course was sweet corn vegetable soup with egg drop for non-vegetarians.


course 2: sweet corn veg soup



The third and the main course was vegetable biryani, colocasia fry and raitha for the vegetarians and mutton biryani, chettinad chicken fry, boiled egg and raitha for the meat lovers.


course 3: main course



course 3: mutton biryani, veg biryani



course 3: boiled egg, roasted colocasia



course 3: chettinad chicken



course 3: raitha


Last but not the least, for the dessert course I served my usual black forest cake.


course 4: black forest cake


I will try and post these recipes soon.