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Updated: February 16, 2011 19:34 IST

High on chocolate

Parvathy Menon
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'Choco-licious' Chocolate goodies
'Choco-licious' Chocolate goodies

Try these chocolate confections…

Everybody, or most people at least love to gorge on a or any confection that has oodles of chocolate in it. What better way to indulge than making it, feeding others and eating it too. Here are some ‘chocolatey' recipes.

Chocolate Cake

Soft n' fluffy for that mild chocolate flavour...

Makes one 8-inch cake...

Ingredients

Maida – 120 gm

Milk powder – 60 gm

Sugar, powdered – 90 gm

Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp

Butter, at room temperature – 60 gm

Milk- 150 ml

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Baking soda - One-fourth tsp

Salt - A pinch

Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Method

Grease an eight inch cake tin. Sieve maida, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. In a bowl, whisk the softened butter well. Add 70 gm sugar and cream this till light and fluffy. Separately, sift the remaining sugar and the milk powder together. Add this to the creamed mixture, stir in milk. Fold in the flour mixture add vanilla essence. Blend well. Transfer contents into the greased cake tin. Bake at 150 degrees C for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

Sticky, Chewy Choco-Squares

For those times when only 'fudge' will do!

Makes two dozen...

Ingredients

Milk powder - 125 gm

Sugar – 60 gm

Water – 150 ml

Butter – 50 gm

Cocoa powder – 4 tbsp

Method

In a bowl, sift the cocoa and the milk powder till well-blended. Mix the sugar and water in a saucepan and cook to one- thread consistency. Remove from fire and add the butter. When the butter has melted, add the cocoa-milk powder and mix well.

Add one tbsp of hot water and place on the stove again. Cook until it leaves the sides. Line a pan with foil. Grease well with a dab of butter. Transfer the mixture to the greased pan. After 5 -10 minutes, place the pan in the freezer for 30-35 minutes.

Cut into squares with a sharp knife dipped in hot water. Return to the freezer for the chocolate to firm up as desired.

Chocolate Cookies

Crisp, buttery, sweet and also homemade...

Makes a dozen.

Ingredients

Maida -100 gm

Drinking chocolate powder – 2 tbsp

Sugar, powdered – 50 gm

Butter – 100 gm

Baking powder – Half tsp

Lemon juice – 1 tbsp

Vanilla essence- 1 tsp

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Sift the flour and cocoa. Beat butter till soft and creamy. Add sugar and cream this well. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, lemon juice and vanilla essence. Knead into a smooth dough. Divide this into a dozen even-sized balls. Flatten the balls in the centre and bake in a baking sheet in batches of four, spacing the rounds at least an inch apart as they are apt to spread while baking. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The cookies will harden on cooling. Store the cookies in an airtight container.

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