Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cocolate cake & blueberry pie

Even though it’s not done yet I’ve been playing in my new kitchen. Mostly I’ve been playing with my new ovens – you remember those don’t you?

Twin 30” convection electric ovens? They replaced the one 24” that was forty years old and couldn’t keep temperature. I love to bake, and when B suggested we redo the kitchen the first thing I thought of was new ovens, along with a new gas cooktop to replace the electric that only had two working burners.

Well, I read a number of food blogs (some listed over there on the right) and at times print out listed recipes in anticipation of being able to make them. I love doing cakes and cookies, unfortunately a lot of recipes call for using one of those fancy mixers, which I don’t have yet (but it is on my get it soon list) along with a food processor (we have a small chopper thingie).
I came across this nice blueberry tart over at Valeri’sI saw this pretty tart and thought, well, except for the blueberries I’ve got everything it takes. Well, I can’t take photos as nice as hers, but the tart came out very well:

I can’t taste the ginger in the crust, but the chocolate is a background taste that helps a lot. I don’t usually make the crust myself, just buy premade ones, but this one was worth it – rather easy to make, and my first try at the lattice top. It goes really well with the blueberries.

A few weeks ago over at the Cafe there was a recipe for a flourless chocolate cake that sounded pretty good. It’s about a pound of chocolate, a pound of butter, eight eggs and a cup of Kahlua – what else could you throw in there?

This one came out marvelously – if you like chocolate this is about the best thing you can make. She paired it with whipped cream and raspberries, as heavy as the cake is the whipped cream would help a lot, it is very dense and chocolaty and I love it.

The ovens work very well. A blueberry tart and cocolate cake that complement each other. I would hightly recommend making either (or both). No recipes here - they are posted on those sites.


Graciewilde said...

Wow! You are going to love that new kitchen! We replaced our thirty year old funky oven/stove recently but really? Really I don't know why - I dont have much time for real cooking but maybe someday....
the blueberry tart looks especially yummy here.

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Coucou et merci pour ce partage rempli de gourmandise ! hum !!!! Ce gâteau me fait très envie !!!!

GROS BISOUS ensoleillés d'Asie jusqu'à chez toi Joe !!!
Bon lundi de Pâques ! :o)

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Valerie said...

Your pie looks scrumptious! (Beautiful lattice work!) :D

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Un petit bonjour chez toi Joe :o)

GROSSES BISES ensoleillées d'Asie
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Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Good grief: you make me feel we don't deserve our kitchen - you are a much better baker than me! That lattice cake looks TRULY scrummy.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Looking good Joe. my daughter Aimee is a fantastic baker also, it's so hard to resist (well I don't try that hard really!) I can see many delicious goodies coming out of your new kitchen!

Daly said...

That cake sounds heavenly! Will have to try the recipe.

And those are beautiful double ovens! The microwave in your photo is exactly the one that was part of the set of kitchen appliances that we sold, LOL.