I've been cooking new or rediscovered recipes lately. I made Beef Stroganoff a few nights ago -- rich but yummy! Improvised off of an internet recipe. Last night, I stir-fried a spicy prawn dish with bell peppers, onions, peanuts, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, and ketchup. Totally improvised and really good! Yesterday, I also made a simple French chocolate cake -- I'd say, the French version of a brownie. It was so delicious warmed up and served with ice cream. Maylin helped with the baking. Earlier in the week, Maylin and I baked peanut butter cookies -- something you'd never find in France since it's very difficult to come across good peanut butter. This recipe required vegetable shortening -- something else you can't find easily here. Butter is the fat of choice here, of course.
This morning, we're going to make sour cream pancakes with creme fraiche (a better, richer version of sour cream which you can find in the States if you look really hard).
Here's the recipe for the French chocolate cake, found on my Swiss baking chocolate wrapper. My oven was a little hot and overcooked the edges, so you might want to play around with the oven temperature or baking time.
Le Moeulleux au Chocolat
200 g or 7 oz. of best quality cooking/baking dark chocolate
150 g or a little over 1 1/3 stick of butter
65 g or 1/3 cup of sugar
4 tablespoons of almond powder (can you find this in the U.S.?)
7 tablespoons of flour
a pinch of salt
Preheat oven (375-400 degrees F). Cut chocolate into little pieces, place in bowl, put in the microwave for a minute or less to melt. Stir, make sure it's melted. Cut butter into small pieces and add to chocolate. Stir until well-incorporated. In another bowl, mix eggs and sugar with a whisk. Add this to chocolate/butter mixture. Add almond powder, flour, and salt -- stir well. Butter and flour your cake pan. Try baking 375-400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Serve warm or warmed (in the microwave, 30 sec. maximum) with creme anglaise or good vanilla ice cream on the side.
Hope you're having a good weekend! We've got the sun this weekend!