Sheer indulgence and a cause…

by Sunita on September 19, 2007

Brrrrr…it’s getting really chilly now. We, of course haven’t had that much of a summer anyway. But since yesterday, it has been exceptionally chilly…that kind of chilly which tends to numb your hands and tickles and reddens your nose in the early morning air…as the kids and me , cycling to their school, found out only so well. But then, this time of the air has it’s own charm. The leaves changing their hue and being strewn all over by the breeze… more like petal flakes from the skies, is a sight to behold. Where I come from, we don’t experience this change at all. Of course, there is a slight crispness in the air, but no leaves change their colour and no trees become completely bereft of them. On coming to the UK, this explosion of colours that nature brings us has been something really close to my heart.

Well, nature apart, coming to the recipe of the day, be warned…what you’re about to read is indeed a very rich chocolate and cheese layered cake recipe which displays my chocoholicness to the full. Don’t say that you were not warned beforehand and don’t come complainin’ if your waistline goes expandin’. But please do read the following…it’s a real eye opener…

I’m a real lover of chocolate…but recently, I became aware that…

‘Nearly half the world’s chocolate is made from cocoa grown in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. The 2000 US State Department Human Rights report said “It is estimated that some 15,000 Malian children work on Ivorian cocoa and coffee plantations. Many are under 12 years-of-age, sold into indentured servitude for $140, and work 12-hour days for $135 to $189 per year.”

(more info here)

…a bit overwhelming, and makes chills run down your spine to think that the chocolate that I dig into with so much affection has behind it the sweat and toil of so many deprived youngsters. I then went in search of a ‘fairtrade’ chocolate which don’t support slave labour and found it at the local supermarket. These organic chocolate bars went into the making of these delights… which makes one feel a little less guilty. As long as we’re not faced with facts, we take so many things for granted…but how can one carry on even after knowing the facts…after all, there is indeed something called a conscience. If we all worked together, maybe we could all eradicate such things… as our local supermarket’s slogan goes ‘every little helps’. Although this was an entirely new brand of chocolate for me, I was not in the least disapointed, regarding the taste…and the fact that buying it contributed to something more important, made it all the more gratifying. I’m therefore sending the following recipe as an entry for the stop the traffic chocolate competition.
As I mentioned earlier, today’s recipe is a cake with chocolate and cheese and is topped with another layer of chocolate. I hadn’t made brownies for a long time and was actually thinking of making them. But one thing led to another and instead out came this gorgeous chocolate cheese cake. I was not in the least disappointed…for inspite of my apprehensiveness, the texture was indeed lovely… not the crumbly variety but the soft and melt-in-your-mouth kind. I know, but I just can’t help it…it was just one of those recipes about which I was really apprehensive but which came out really well in the end…I had never made cheesy cakes before…hence all the excitement. Now, before you all run away to escape my banter :) , here’s the recipe…

What’s needed-

6 eggs
1 C sugar
3/4 C plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
7-8 tblsps of melted butter
4 tblsp cocoa powder
80 gms of milk chocolate
250 gms of mascarpone cheese ( it has a very smooth creamy texture)

For the topping-

40 gms of milk chocolate
300 gms of white chocolate
a little cocoa powder for dusting

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 170 deg cel.
  2. Grease an 8 inch square baking dish.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar.
  4. Add the flour, salt and baking powder and mix well.
  5. Add the butter and mix well.
  6. Transfer 1C of the above mixture into another bowl.
  7. Melt the milk chocolate and add it along with the cocoa powder to the larger quantity of the mixture. Mix well.
  8. To the 1C of the mixture, add the cheese and mix well .
  9. Pour 2/3 of the chocolate batter into the greased dish.
  10. Pour the cheesy batter on top of the above layer.
  11. Pour the rest 1/3 of the chocolate batter on top.
  12. Take a tablespoon and with it’s back, gently push the mixture to and fro from top to bottom in waves, taking care not to apply too much of pressure.
  13. Place the dish in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about25- 30 minutes. The centre should still be a little soft.
  14. Leave the cake to cool in the pan.
  15. In two separate bowls, melt the milk and the white chocolate.
  16. Pour the milk chocolate into the white chocolate and mix it very little ( they should not become one colour, but should have a marbley effect)
  17. Pour the chocolate on top of the cooled cake and spread it to cover the whole top.
  18. Dust some cocoa powder on the top.
  19. Again, with the back of a spoon, push the chocolate to and fro creating a wavy pattern.
  20. Refrigerate to set the chocolate.
  21. Cut into squares and serve.

As I said, the texture was indeed heavenly… the cheesy layer was a delight. It was, of course, indecently rich…but so what, we all deserve to indulge once in while { maybe I do so a bit more than I should :) }

So there you go…a plate of sheer indulgence for you… While enjoying it, think about the gorgeousness of the cake and how it melts in your mouth…pondering about your waistline is strictly forbidden :)

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{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 R Khooks October 9, 2007 at 9:10 am

A great combo chocolate & cheese. Bet they were wolfed down within minutes. Thanks for participating. And check out the other Text to be displayedand send me your vote.

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2 Sarah October 9, 2007 at 10:23 pm

Wow… these sound way too good!!! Excellent post!

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3 Judith October 15, 2007 at 11:50 pm

Mm, this looks phenomenal! Almost like brownies. I just recently found some mascarpone cheese around here so I’ll have to give it a try.

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4 sunita October 16, 2007 at 9:29 am

rkhooks, thanks and I’ve already voted :)

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5 sunita October 16, 2007 at 9:30 am

sarah, thanks…we did enjoy them indeed and well, we do take quite a lot of things for granted.

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6 sunita October 16, 2007 at 9:31 am

Judith, they tasted good as well…do give it a try…I’m sure you’ll love them:)

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