Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf

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Salwaa’s Choc Chip Banana Loaf
Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

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Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

2 large eggs

1/2 cup softened butter

1 tbsp milk

Pinch of salt

1 tsp fine cinnamon

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup cake flour

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a loaf tin with oil.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the eggs.

Add the butter, milk and sugar and mix with a wooden spoon until the sugar has dissolved. Add salt and cinnamon. Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

Mix until combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into prepared tin.

Put in the middle shelf of the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean and the loaf is nicely browned.

Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then remove the loaf and cool completely on a cooling rack.

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Ebony & Ivory Cake 

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Ebony & Ivory Cake

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Ebony & Ivory Cake

Ingredients:

100g soft butter

3 Tbsp cooking oil

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup warm milk
Extra:

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 Tbsp warm milk

¼ tsp baking powder

1 tsp caramel or vanilla essence


Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease 2 x 20cm round cake tins.

Using a large mixing bowl cream the butter, oil and sugar together.

Mix in the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.

Fold in the self-raising flour, baking powder and the milk.

Divide the mixture evenly in 2 bowls.

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In the one bowl mix in the caramel or vanilla essence.

Mix the cocoa and milk together. Add the cocoa mixture and the ¼ tsp baking powder to the other bowl. Stir well to combine.

Pour the individual mixtures into the prepared cake tins.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 – 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and leave to sit in the tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 

To finish:

½ cup fresh cream, whipped

Ganache:

200g Cadbury Diary milk chocolate

½ cup fresh cream

Melt together for 60 seconds in the microwave in a suitable container without stirring. Let it rest/stand for 2 minutes and stir to combine the chocolate and cream.

Sandwich the cake together with the whipped cream.

Pour the ganache over the cake whilst hot or refrigerate it for 30 minutes before spreading over the cake. Top with shavings of white and milk chocolate, optional.

 

 

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Chocolate Coconut Dreams

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Chocolate Coconut Dreams
Chocolate biscuits made with oats, flour, coconut and topped with melted chocolate. This was one of the first biscuits I made as a teenager.
Chocolate Coconut Dreams
Chocolate Coconut Dreams

Ingredients:
2 cups cake flour (plain flour)
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sugar
1 ¼ cup desiccated coconut
250g soft butter
5ml bicarbonate of soda
25ml boiling water
25ml cocoa powder
25ml golden syrup
2 large eggs, beaten
To complete: 200g cooking chocolate

Method:
Combine flour, oats, sugar & coconut in a large mixing bowl.
Rub in butter with finger tips to resemble fine crumbs.
Pour boiling water over bicarbonate of soda, stir in cocoa powder and golden syrup.
Beat eggs well and combine all ingredients. Mix well to form soft dough.
Divide into approx. 30 small balls. Place on a baking tray and press flat with a fork.
Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degrees Celsius for 10-12 minutes.
Cool on a cooling rack and dip the top of the biscuits in melted cooking chocolate.

Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. This biscuits last for up to a month if stored in an airtight container.
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Chocolate Trifle

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For this trifle I used the left over chocolate cake I made for my granddaughter’s first birthday. You can also use plain chocolate muffins  or even chocolate chip muffins for an even richer trifle.

Chocolate Trifle
Chocolate Trifle

Ingredients:

Chocolate cake slices

Or

6 chocolate muffins, sliced

1 litre milk

2 Tbsp custard powder

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 – 3 Tbsp sugar

1 cup fresh cream

Grated chocolate

Raspberries or fresh cherries for decorating

In a large bowl suitable for use in the microwave, mix the custard, cocoa and sugar with one cup of milk until the sugar and cocoa has dissolved.

Add the rest of the milk, stir and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir

Return the bowl to the microwave for about 10 minutes, giving the mixture a good stir every 2 minutes.

Remove from the microwave, cover the top of the custard with cling film to prevent a skin forming. Cool completely.

Layer chocolate cake in a glass bowl. Pour the cooled custard on top of the cake. Add another layer of cake followed by the custard.

Whisk the fresh cream and pipe or spread it over the custard.

Garnish with fresh raspberries or cherries. Grate chocolate over and enjoy. This trifle can also be made the day before.

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Chocolate Trifle
Chocolate Trifle

Pear and Chocolate Pudding

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Pear and Chocolate Pudding – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

Pear & Chocolate Pudding
Pear & Chocolate Pudding

This dessert is so versatile and is suitable for both winter or summer. Serve the pear and pudding with vanilla ice cream on a warm day. For a cold winter’s day it can be served with a chocolate sauce and or thin custard. Very easy to make with the minimum of fuss using everyday store cupboard ingredients.

 

Ingredients:

3 large eggs

¾ cup sugar

½ cup juice of the canned pears

½ cup vegetable oil

2 tsps baking powder

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 cup cake flour

2 (410g) tins canned pear halves

Butter for greasing

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Grease a 20cm square dish with the butter. Arrange the pear halves in the dish, cut side down. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together using an electric mixer. Pour the mixture over the pears. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, it will be slightly gooey when baked. Cool down slightly before cutting into squares, serve with thin custard, chocolate sauce or vanilla ice cream. Cut into approximately 9 slices.

Arrange the pear halves in a greased oven proof dish
Arrange the pear halves in a greased oven proof dish

 

Pour the chocolate mixture over the pears
Pour the chocolate mixture over the pears

Chocolate sauce

100g good-quality dark chocolate

1 Tbsp butter

½ cup fresh cream

1 Tbsp sugar

Break the chocolate into small pieces. Microwave in a suitable bowl for about 1 – 2 minutes, checking every 30 seconds on its progress until it is melted. Heat the cream, butter and sugar over low heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir well. Serve with the pear and chocolate pudding. Delicious serve whilst still warm.

Serve with chocolate sauce
Serve with chocolate sauce
Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

 

Pear & Chocolate Pudding
Pear & Chocolate Pudding

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Chocolate Chiffon Cake

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Chocolate Chiffon Cake
Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Light and fluffy chocolate cake made in a Bundt or ring tin.

 

5 extra-large eggs, separated

1 cup white sugar

1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup sunflower oil

2 tsp baking powder

¾ cup hot water (boiled water, slightly cooled)

1/3 cup cocoa powder

 

Preheat your oven to 170C.

Grease a Bundt (ring) tin.

Using a large mixing bowl, cream the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the oil and stir to combine.

Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together in a separate bowl.

Add the flour mixture and the hot water to the wet ingredients in stages mixing well after each addition.

Using an electric beater whip the egg whites stiff until they hold their peaks.

Fold the egg whites lightly into cake mixture until just combined. DO NOT OVER STIR as the cake will lose volume and won’t be as light and fluffy.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.

Bake at 170C for 35 minutes. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning it out on a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.

 

Ganache

200g Cadbury Diary milk chocolate

½ cup fresh cream

Melt together for 60 seconds in the microwave in a suitable container without stirring. Let it rest/stand for 2 minutes and stir to combine the chocolate and cream. Pour this over the cake. Decorate with fresh strawberries and/or chocolate curls.

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Eid Recipes

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Here follows a quick round-up of popular Eid dishes.

Click on the links for the recipes. Continue reading Eid Recipes

ROCKY ROAD BROWNIES

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This remains a firm favourite with my kids. We have it at least twice a month and they never get tired of eating it! We love it with vanilla ice cream or whipped fresh cream.

ROCKY ROAD BROWNIE BARS
Makes about 2

Ingredients
2 cups of chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups of  cake flour
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 ½ teapoon of baking powder
¾ cup of sugar
1 1/4 cup of soft brown sugar
6 tablespoon of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 eggs
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 ½ cups of walnuts, coarsely chopped

Method:
Preheat your oven to 180C. Spray a 13x9inch baking pan with non stick cooking spray and lay the bottom with parchment paper.

Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a small bowl and melt in the microwave and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in the melted chocolate and beat until smooth.

Beat in the dry flour mixture and spread this mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly sticky.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with the marshmallows, remaining chocolate chips and walnuts. Return to oven for 2 minutes or until the marshmallows begin to melt.

Variation: Substitute the vanilla essence with peppermint essence and sprinkle peppermint crisp chocolate over instead of the chocolate chips for a pepperminty flavour.
Let them cool for about 30 minutes and cut into bars.

Chocolate Coconut Dream Cookie

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CHOCOLATE COCONUT DREAM COOKIE

Delicious chocolate, coconut and oats biscuits,  the whole family as well as the chocolate addicts will enjoy this biscuit.

Chocolate Coconut Dreams
Chocolate Coconut Dreams

CHOCOLATE COCONUT DREAMS

Ingredients:

2 cups plain flour

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup sugar

1 ¼ cup desiccated coconut

250g soft butter

5ml bicarbonate of soda

25ml boiling water

25ml cocoa powder

25ml golden syrup

2 large eggs, beaten

To complete: 150g cooking chocolate

 

Method:

Combine flour, oats, sugar & coconut in a large mixing bowl.

Rub in butter with finger tips to resemble fine crumbs.

Pour boiling water over bicarbonate of soda, stir in cocoa powder and golden syrup.

Beat eggs well and combine all ingredients. Mix well to form soft dough.

Divide into approx. 30 small balls. Place on a baking tray and press flat with a fork.

Bake in a preheated oven at 190C for 10-12 minutes.

Cool on a cooling rack and decorate with melted cooking chocolate.

 

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ROCKY ROAD BROWNIES

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This remains a firm favourite with my kids. We have it at least twice a month and they never get tired of eating it! We love it with vanilla ice cream or whipped fresh cream.

ROCKY ROAD BROWNIE BARS
Makes about 2

Ingredients
2 cups of chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups of  cake flour
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 ½ teapoon of baking powder
¾ cup of sugar
1 1/4 cup of soft brown sugar
6 tablespoon of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 eggs
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 ½ cups of walnuts, coarsely chopped

Method:
Preheat your oven to 180C. Spray a 13x9inch baking pan with non stick cooking spray and lay the bottom with parchment paper.

Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a small bowl and melt in the microwave and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in the melted chocolate and beat until smooth.

Beat in the dry flour mixture and spread this mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly sticky.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with the marshmallows, remaining chocolate chips and walnuts. Return to oven for 2 minutes or until the marshmallows begin to melt.

Variation: Substitute the vanilla essence with peppermint essence and sprinkle peppermint crisp chocolate over instead of the chocolate chips for a pepperminty flavour.
Let them cool for about 30 minutes and cut into bars.

BANANA AND CHOC CHIP MUFFINS

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BANANA AND CHOC CHIP MUFFINS
Makes 10 – 12

Ingredients:
1 medium egg
1½ cups of cake flour
¾ cup of milk
¾ cup of chocolate chips
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of puréed banana
¼ cup of vegetable oil
3 teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

METHOD:
Blend all of the ingredients together thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into greased muffin tins, about two-thirds full.
Bake at 200C for twenty minutes.