Before making the cake, dissolve 3 level tbsp cocoa and 1 level tsp instant coffee in a cup with 50ml cold water. Stir into a paste, then beat this through the butter and sugar mixture before adding the eggs. Melt 100g dark chocolate and beat this in, then continue with the recipe. Bake as recommended above, and drizzle with coffee water icing (see Icing and topping after baking). … [Read more...] about The easiest cake in the world
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Topping Again, the blank creamy canvas allows a certain amount of latitude when it comes to topping – you can go fancy and make a greengage compote and an infused olive oil to drizzle on top, as Ottolenghi recommends; or a honey syrup and roasted almond and herb sprinkle, as the Honeys do. You can, like Grigson, even make a strawberry sauce but I’m with Parks: all you need here is a generous scattering of fruit. Plums, figs and berries are all good at the moment – and of course, frozen fruits of the forest mix is always in season. … [Read more...] about How to make the perfect no-bake cheesecake
The dough itself seems fairly standard: moderately sweet, enriched with egg and butter, although testers prefer the softer texture of those made with plain flour and egg yolks to the sturdier bun dough of the Konditor and Cook recipe with its strong bread flour and whole egg. Weiss’s slightly wetter, lighter base is more popular than the one from Alfons Schuhbeck’s forthcoming German Cookbook, although I suspect that the difference might also come from the fact that she bakes hers in a cake tin, giving a deeper base that’s better protected from the heat of the oven, as opposed to the big tray bakes favoured by German bakeries, and the other two recipes. If you’re feeding a crowd, I’d recommend the Schuhbeck version, but for tea (or perhaps coffee) at home, Weiss’s works better. … [Read more...] about How to make the perfect German plum cake
2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil500g minced beefSalt and freshly ground black pepper20g butter2 onions, peeled and finely chopped2 sticks celery, cut in half lengthways, then finely chopped2 apples, peeled, cored and diced3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped1 stick cinnamon1 tsp ground allspice1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp dried oregano1 small hot green chilli, finely chopped (optional)2-3 tbsp chipotles en adobo (or to taste), finely chopped1 x 400g tin kidney beans1 x 400g tin chickpeas2 x 400g tins plum tomatoes300ml beef stock250ml medium-bodied red wine45g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), roughly chopped1-2 tbsp brown sugar, to taste … [Read more...] about Thomasina Miers’ recipe for chilli con carne
With the highest number of votes, the Smartie party wins the first MEP seat. It then has its original number of votes divided by one plus the number of MEP seats it has already won which equals 2. This means that, in the next round of counting, 50 of its votes are considered and it becomes the second party on the leaderboard leaving the Jelly Baby party with the most seats going into the next round. … [Read more...] about European elections: how does the voting system work?