Cold-Weather Comfort Food

Choc-Caramel Brownie Pudding & Hot Fudge Sauce

Brownie meets biscuit in this crazy good pud that’s packed with chocolate.

INGREDIENTS

  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 200g dark cooking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 270g (1 1/4 cups) caster sugar
  • 115g (3/4 cup) plain flour
  • 35g (1/3 cup) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 200g Arnott’s Caramel Crowns

HOT FUDGE SAUCE

  • 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 250ml (1 cup) thickened cream

Vanilla ice-cream, to serve

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Brush a 16 x 26cm slice pan with melted butter. Line with baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang.
  1. Place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Stir with a metal spoon until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl.
  1. Whisk the eggs and egg yolks in a jug until combined. Add to the chocolate mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the sugar, flour and cocoa powder.
  2. Pour half the mixture into the lined pan. Place the biscuits on top of the mixture, spacing evenly and pressing down slightly into the mixture. Pour over the remaining chocolate mixture and gently spread to cover the biscuits. Smooth the surface.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes or until crumbs cling to a skewer inserted into the centre. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. To make the hot fudge sauce, place the chocolate and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until smooth.
  5. Cut brownie into pieces. Serve with ice-cream and hot fudge sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: taste.com.au

Recipe: PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE FONDANT CAKES

PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE  FONDANT CAKES

Your sweet tooth is going to Love you for this one…Its chocolate adventure time.

Makes four

 

INGREDIENTS

• 200g dark chocolate, chopped

• 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped

• 2 eggs

• 2 egg yolks

• 1/2 cup superfine sugar

• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

• 8 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

• Cocoa powder, for destining

Special equipment:

4 x 1-cup baking molds

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 205C.
  2. Place the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl over a pot of hot water over low heat and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  3. Place the eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Add the chocolate mixture and flour and whisk until well combined.
  4. Spoon two-thirds of the mixture into 4 (1-cup) well-greased baking molds. Spoon 2 tablespoons peanut butter into the center of each mold and spoon the remaining chocolate mixture over. Place the molds on a baking sheet and bake for 16–18 minutes or until puffed. Gently turn out the cakes immediately and dust with cocoa powder to serve.

Serve these immediately to ensure they have a lovely, molten center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: epicurious.com

Back To The City Festival

Back To The City Festival

There’s no question about what to get upto this Freedom day. @backtothecityfestival is back at the Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Featuring artists representing the pinnacle of artistic expression from South Africa and abroad, this unique annual youth event has grown into the largest public display of both commercial and underground Hip Hop in Africa, presenting a day of live music, street art, break-dancing, art installation, skateboarding, film, street fashion, gaming, speakers and panel discussions.

From the daytime events to the nightly performances, this is one time that the inner city comes alive with true freedom of expression providing a destination for hip hop fans, artists and industry related individuals to converge and celebrate the experience today’s youth culture.

The day begins with an educational Hip Hop Summit offering an exchange of knowledge from industry gurus working within the media, advertising and music business arenas.

The aim of these workshops was to effectively empower the artist with as much knowledge to enable her/him to efficiently administrate their career and brand growth. Back To The City Festival wants  to utilise the culture as a tool to encourage critical thinking, social change and unity while empowering communities through media, arts, education and independent initiatives.

Topics such as Publishing, Distribution, Recording, Independent versus Mainstream, Funding, and Entrepreneurship are openly discussed allowing audience members a chance to actively engage speakers, facilitating access to resources as well as empowering the youth with valuable knowledge.

Live performances and DJs entertain throughout the day while graffiti artists utilise the surrounding street walls as their canvasses, creating colourful masterpieces in the city. The Second stage is reserved for competitions for rappers, beatmakers, dancers, and alternative Hip Hop performances.
The 3rd stage is strictly for the live bands.

 

 

 

 

Source: backtothecityfestival.com

Recipe: Chicken Curry Bunny Chow

Chicken Curry Bunny Chow

A South African explosion of flavours and textures. Perfect to keep you warm and the chills at bay.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 6 chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4cm piece ginger, grated
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups (500ml) Massel chicken style liquid stock
  • 400g can butter beans, rinsed, drained
  • 4 large round bread rolls
  • Olive oil, to brush
  • 1/3 cup (95g) thick Greek-style yoghurt

TOMATO & RED ONION SAMBAL

  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 long green chilli, seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch coriander, leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat 1 tablespoon sunflower oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Season chicken, then in 2 batches, cook, turning, for 4-5 minutes until browned. Remove from the pan.
  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, ginger and spices, then cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add tomato paste and cook for a further 1 minute. Return chicken to pan and add stock. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Add beans and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce is slightly reduced. Remove from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the tops off the rolls and hollow out, discarding filling and tops. Brush with olive oil and bake for 5 minutes or until slightly golden, then set aside.
  5. For the sambal, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Stir the yoghurt through the curry and season, then divide among bread rolls. Top with sambal, then serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: taste.com.au

Cocktail Recipe: SCORPION

SCORPION COCKTAIL

You cant buy happiness. But, you can prepare a cocktail and that’s kind of the same thing…

Scorpion

INGREDIENTS:

30ml brandy
15ml dry gin
15ml
aged rum
30ml
orange juice
20ml
lime juice
20ml simple syrup
15ml amaretto

METHOD:

Combine ingredients in shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with citrus and mint.

 

 

 

 

Source:  copperandkings.com