Winter comfort food

Let’s start with dessert

Chocolate cake

I think you know what my priorities are. Yes. Chocolate is one of them. It’s a vegetable with lots of antioxidants. What’s that you say? Something about fat and sugar? Surely not!

This is the second time I’ve made this cake. First time was for craft night and exactly to David Herbert’s recipe. There were 8 lovely crafters and everyone had a slice. There was more than a quarter of the cake left.

Second time was in a smaller tin just for Sunday lunch (5 people). My cut down recipe was a little less than half of everything and is just right for a 16 cm tin. It also looks cute on He Who Cooks new mini cake stand. This time there was half a cake left. Its very rich!

Cake
70g butter, plus extra, melted, for brushing
90g dark chocolate, broken up
2 large eggs
90g granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder (I make this by combining two parts tartaric acid with one part sodium bicarbonate).
70g ground almonds
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
50g caramel chips

  • Preheat oven to 170°C (mine is fanforced, 180°C for regular ovens).
  • Line base of a 16cm-round springform tin with baking paper; and butter the sides ( squish a small piece of butter all the way round with your fingers).
  • Melt butter with chocolate carefully in the microwave (mid to low power, check every minute or so and stir, until smooth).
  • Crack eggs into a mixing bowl then add sugar, baking powder, almonds and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  • Pour in chocolate mixture and beat until creamy, then fold in chocolate chips.
  • Pour into tin, place on an oven sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes (don’t do what I did: set timer for 20 and then another 5 and another 5. The top should spring back when pressed. Mine almost did and I thought it should be cooked because the full size one was in this time so I took it out. Gooiness ensued. I did have fennel roasting in the oven at the same time. Perhaps that changed the timing?)
  • Remove from oven and leave to cool for 1 hour.

One way to disguise the sunk-in centre:

Topping
25g butter
50g dark chocolate, broken up

  • For topping, melt chocolate and butter and drizzle over top. Leave to set for 2 hours.

Roast lamb for main course

He Who Cooks put a crust of garlic, re-fried beans and taboulleh (parsley, onion and cracked wheat salad) on the lamb and roasted it on a rack above a bed of borlotti beans with stock, cherry tomatoes, diced celery and carrot. He also roasted root vegetables (heirloom carrots, butternut pumpkin and potatoes) in the same pan.

Pork Belly starter

  • Rub Chinese five spice liberally over the skin of the pork belly.
  • Use a slow cooker to braise the pork belly for about 4 hours in a 50/50 mix of cider and soy sauce (enough to come up the sides about 1 cm).
  • Drain the fat off and then reduce the cooking juices on the stove top with a splash of port until thickened slightly.
  • Crisp pork belly skin up in a hot oven.
  • Slice and serve with a drizzle of the reduced sauce and blanched greens (we used slivers of snow peas and the outer leaves of young brussels sprouts).

A fabulous Sunday lunch.

Now its time to go up to the sewing machine and make a casual winter coat (BurdaStyle 12-2011-114). In a boule style, to give plenty more room for more cake and other comfort food.

Burda uses faux fur, but I’m going to use this poly wool knit.

Looks like it’s going to be a great Sunday!

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9 Responses to Winter comfort food

  1. Rachel says:

    Delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe-I’m going to try the chocolate cake recipe for a Hen Do I’m going on soon. Each winter I contemplate making that jacket as it looks so stylish yet comfy, which is no mean feat. Enjoy your day 🙂

  2. trixfred30 says:

    I love the thick gloops of chocolatey goodness running off that cake!

  3. Tia Dia says:

    Oh, Yum! It’s breakfast time here, and I’m wanting roast lamb and chocolate! Yummy! Two of my most favourite foods. Looking forward to that jacket. I’ve long admired it, too.

  4. Sewbussted says:

    Forget the lamb, I just want the cake!! I will surely give this recipe a try.
    That coat pattern will look lovely on you.

  5. sewforward says:

    Roast lamb and chocolate cake – Yummy! It’s summer here so comfort food is anything that can be tossed onto the grill but I am looking forward to the fall and cooler weather.

  6. emuseats says:

    Yum yum! I am looking forward to fall/ cooler weather here in Canada. The sun still shines upon us though, so these recipes will have to wait a few months. They look fantastic though!

  7. Oh for goodness sake. You’re going to kill me lol. Delisciousness is dangerous! And I look forward to the coat…. shall skip ahead to read about it.

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