Death by Chocolate – Happy Birthday Kalli!

I have made this cake for years. It has a dramatic name and I think it answers up to it’s name by being dramatically delicious. It is also dramatically easy to make and here is where the recipe is derived from. And this is how I made ours:

Melt 225 gr of 50% chocolate together with 140 gr of butter. Use a bowl over boiling water.

Preheat oven to 190 degrees.

Grease a baking tin.

Mix the chocolate and butter with 4 eggs, 1 dl of flour, 210 grams of sugar, 4 tbsp of cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 4 tbsp of sour cream.

Pour in to baking tin. Bake for about 50 min in 190 degrees. I covered with foil when top started to get burnt.

When ready (use wooden stick to determine), chill for an hour or two then cut top of horizontally to divide into two. For filling and topping mix: 1,6 dl of whipping cream with 260 grams of 50% chocolate. Heat and let thicken. Put 1/3 in between cake layers. Spread the rest on top and sides. Chill.

I served it with fresh raspberries mixed with a bit of sugar and whipped cream. It was good and appreciated. We had some Avery New World Porter to go with it.

Notable is the emblem on the plate. F.L. My father has been collecting dishes with this emblem all his life – We always thought it meant Folke Linder. Later we realised the F.L. meant Falu lasarett – Falun Hospital.

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Sarah Dawn Finer’s Blackberry Desert

The frozen blackberries were cheap at the supermarket today. I picked up a load, thinking I could make something out of them for Stuart’s student party. Pondering on ideas of what to do with them, I threw the question out on Twitter. @Stellan (aka IT-pappan) responded with a recipe that sounded really lovely. I decided to try it out to see if it might be in the contest of “Dishes Which Will Make it to the Student Party Buffet?”.

The recipe was taken from tasteline.com and there it was admitted by Sarah Dawn Finer and called “Grymt enkel bärdessert” (“Painfully Simple Berry Desert”).

This is how you make it:

Spread frozen blackberries (in the recipe you are supposed to also use blueberries and raspberries, I used only blackberries) in an even layer, either in portion dishes or in a pie dish.

On top spread lime/strawberry flavoured kesella along with vanilla flavoured kesella.

Finish of with some brown sugar. Brown in oven for about 10-15 minutes.

Serve as it is!

After having tasted it, I think it might very well make it on to the student party buffet. I might experiment with something to use instead of the flavoured kesella though.

Thank you Stellan! Nice one! And, of course, thank you Twitter for so often helping me with my queries.

We’re Frying!

My brother left this deep fryer on our doorstep a while ago. At first I thought “What are we gonna do with this monster!?”. Eventually we brought it in to our hallway and after it had sat under the hallway table for about a week we brought it into the kitchen. The first dish we tried were French fries. After that we were “sold”. Deep fried stuff is so nice! We have since deep fried crisps, crab sticks, onion rings and bananas. Everything delicious! Of course this is not very healthy! Luckily, most of the household members has a metabolism to take it.

This is the lunch Cameron made for himself today. Deep fried bananas with syrup and ice cream. To make the batter you mix 2 dl of cold water with 2 dl of wheat flour and 1 tbsp of baking powder. Dip bananas cut in half in batter and deep fry at 180 degrees for about 3-4 minutes. Serve with ice cream and syrup.