One can never have too many chocolate cake recipes. Or too many chocolate cakes, for that matter. Though I am partial to buttercream and ganache, I thought this year, for my birthday, I’d eschew that and settle for something a little more ‘adult’ and pared down.
But oh-so-delicious! I was actually thinking about making a layer cake, or a Nutella cheesecake, but then I was flipping channels on TV and saw Nigella Lawson whip this up on her new-(ish) series Nigellissima. It’s so easy, so dense and so delicious.
Read on for the recipe!
The classic Victoria Sponge has been on my to-do list for a while, and I don’t know how many times I have thumbed through the recipe in my copy of How To Be A Domestic Goddess. I made a practice cake last month just to test it out, and it was quite nice.
Last week I was on a cake making spree. I used a lemon I found at the local market to make a quick lemon & vanilla loaf. I made a chocolate and olive oil cake. And then I set my sights on the Victoria Sponge again.
The chocolate chip cookie. It may be the plain Jane, the everyday cookie, the cookie which even has the capacity to elicit a yawn in the age of boutique cupcakeries, dessert bars and bespoke macaron makers.
But a good, warm, chewy chocolate chip cookie…can really do no wrong. Even the most persnickety of dessert snobs will agree that a well-made chocolate chipper hits all the right spots. It may not have the exotic charm of an ispahan macaron or require deft skills, but it is a dessert to be loved and revered just as ardently.
I think that is what makes the chocolate chip cookie so appealing to me- there are no hard and fast rules; you can play around with flavours and ingredients and still call it a chocolate chip cookie.
♥ The chocolate chip cookie is not going to kick up a fuss because the air is too humid (like a macaron.)
♥ It doesn’t have to compete with a frosting, or rely on one to make it complete (like a cupcake.)
♥ You can carry them in a ziplock in your handbag from Frankfurt to Bombay and re-discover them, still intact and just as delicious, 2 days later. (Yes, I am referring to myself.)
These cookies are what I expect a perfect chocolate chip cookie to be: a little firm, a little cakey, delightfully chewy and with chocolate chips that are melting as you bite in. (There, I had my Nigella moment. Done. Dusted.)