Chocolate Cake

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I am loving this Chocolate Cake, always been my favorite cake ever! I have been searching and exploring the web for the best chocolate cake and I never found. This recipe has been inspired from my best friend and it’s the best I have baked so far. If you try baking a cake and end up with disappointments, still DON’T GIVE UP! Baking is not on my favorite lists as well but with much efforts and emotions you can bake a wonder. This recipe is really simple, I have not used milk nor baking powder and yet the cake is still so moist and decadent. Since I had strawberries, I have used them on the ganache as toppings. You choose how you want to decorate your toppings.

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Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 250g self-rising flour
  • 250g butter
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 200g sugar
  • 4 eggs

For the Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened chocolate chips

Preparations:

For the Cake:

  1. Combine butter and granulated sugar together until creamy consistent is obtained.
  2. Add eggs one by one and blend together into the butter and sugar.
  3. The flour and cocoa powder go in, mix well together until smooth.
  4. Grease your baking mould with butter and pour the batter.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 180 C for 30 minutes.

For the ganache:

  1. Once the cake has cooled down, melt chocolate chips into a pan for 30 seconds until creamy and softened.
  2. Spread the ganache on the cake and garnish on top with strawberries or anything else you prefer.

 

 

Blueberry Muffins

“Blueberry Muffins,” for any special occasions.. The perfect way to make everyone happy. So gloriously soft and moist, filled with flavor. Blueberries add a unique touch to your muffins. Best sweet-tooth to serve with tea or as a dessert after lunch or dinner. I know the batter can get easy peasy to make, the secret ingredient is to not overbeat otherwise you will end up with a broken and dry puck muffins. You have a great win when you add butter to your muffins and homemade blueberries sauce.

Cooked Blueberries Sauce with granulated Sugar

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Servings: 12-14

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of self-rising flour (260-280 grams)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 large tsps of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large tsps of melted salted or unsalted butter (to grease the muffin cups)
  • 6 large tsps of granulated white sugar (Quantity will depend as per your sweetness preferences)
  • 1/2 small tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of good quality Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 12-14 Muffin Aluminum cups or Muffin pan

Preparations:

  1. Whisk the wet ingredients; the beaten eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  2. In a pan, simmer 10-15 blueberries and sugar (see in picture above) on low heat for 30-40 seconds until blueberries can be mashed up and sugar has dissolved into a sauce. Stove off and allow to cool for 30 seconds.
  3. In another large bowl, sift the flour and add the baking powder, remaining uncooked blueberries and salt. Mix well with a spatula.
  4. Add the wet ingredients and cooked blueberries sauce into the dry ingredients and stir well until they are completely combined and moistened (Don’t worry if the batter has turned a bit blue or purple). Make sure that the batter is thick and there are no lumps.
  5. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Position your rack in the center of the oven. Now if you are using a Wave Oven (Four Cyclone), preheat your oven at 200 degrees C.
  6. Grease the muffin cups (I have used Aluminum Muffin Cups) with melted butter. Spoon the batter evenly into each muffin cups.
  7. Place the cups on the oven rack and if for (Wave oven-Four Cyclone), place the cups at the bottom and bake for 15-20 minutes (for both oven) until light golden on top. Insert a toothpick or fork in the center of the muffin, if it comes out clean then muffin is ready.
  8. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before removing them from the muffin cups. You can preserve a little blueberries sauce and top them on the blueberry muffins before serving 🙂

Blueberry Lemonade Drink

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Haha I know it’s definitely not summer yet in Mauritius, we are still freezing frozen in this winter 😀 though its mostly sunny. In our little tropical island, whether it be summer or winter, we always make time for cold refreshing drinks and even ice-cream 🙂

Blueberries my favorites! If not served fresh nor baked and cooked then be it as a cold refreshing drink. The perfect drink to take for your beach adventure!

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Servings: 1
Ingredients:

  • 10 blueberries, heated for 20 seconds into the microwave oven and mashed
  • squeeze juice from half of a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of honey
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar (optional)
  • 7-8 mint leaves
  • ice cubes
  • 1 cup of cold water

Preparations:

1. Add the mashed blueberries, lemon juice, honey and sugar. Mix well together.

2. The ice cubes go in and then the mint leaves. Pour the cold water and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

3. Before serving, mix everything together and garnish with more whole blueberries, mint leaves and lemon slice.

Eid Special: Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins,” for any special occasions.. The perfect way to make everyone happy. So gloriously soft and moist, filled with flavor. Blueberries add a unique touch to your muffins. Best sweet-tooth to serve with tea or as a dessert after lunch or dinner. I know the batter can get easy peasy to make, the secret ingredient is to not overbeat otherwise you will end up with a broken and dry puck muffins. You have a great win when you add butter to your muffins and homemade blueberries sauce.

 

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Cooked Blueberries Sauce with granulated Sugar

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Servings: 12-14

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of self-rising flour (260-280 grams)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 large tsps of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large tsps of melted salted or unsalted butter (to grease the muffin cups)
  • 6 large tsps of granulated white sugar (Quantity will depend as per your sweetness preferences)
  • 1/2 small tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of good quality Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 12-14 Muffin Aluminum cups or Muffin pan

Preparations:

  1. Whisk the wet ingredients; the beaten eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  2. In a pan, simmer 10-15 blueberries and sugar (see in picture above) on low heat for 30-40 seconds until blueberries can be mashed up and sugar has dissolved into a sauce. Stove off and allow to cool for 30 seconds.
  3. In another large bowl, sift the flour and add the baking powder, remaining uncooked blueberries and salt. Mix well with a spatula.
  4. Add the wet ingredients and cooked blueberries sauce into the dry ingredients and stir well until they are completely combined and moistened (Don’t worry if the batter has turned a bit blue or purple). Make sure that the batter is thick and there are no lumps.
  5. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Position your rack in the center of the oven. Now if you are using a Wave Oven (Four Cyclone), preheat your oven at 200 degrees C.
  6. Grease the muffin cups (I have used Aluminum Muffin Cups) with melted butter. Spoon the batter evenly into each muffin cups.
  7. Place the cups on the oven rack and if for (Wave oven-Four Cyclone), place the cups at the bottom and bake for 15-20 minutes (for both oven) until light golden on top. Insert a toothpick or fork in the center of the muffin, if it comes out clean then muffin is ready.
  8. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before removing them from the muffin cups. You can preserve a little blueberries sauce and top them on the blueberry muffins before serving 🙂

Eid Special: Nestle Condensed Milk Jelly

My mum’s dessert during Ramdhan and on Eid Day. I had to share because many people in Mauritius are familiar with this dish but only the cooking style will differs because everyone has their own versions of making this fabulous desserts.

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Servings: 5-6 (Depends on the size of your bowl or tray)

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Gelatin Agar Agar
  • 1 Nestle Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 5 large cups of water
  • 2 cardamons

Preparations:

1) Add water, gelatin and cardamon in a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Whisk well until gelatin dissolves. It usually takes 3 to 4 minutes.

2) Add the condensed milk and stir well for 1 minute on low heat. Once stove off, remove the cardamons.

3) Pour the liquid into a bowl or tray and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Once done, refrigerate for 1 hour until gelatin hardens.

4) Before serving, sprinkle on top cocoa powder.

Eid Special: Blueberry Jelly with Cocoa Whipped Cream 

Looking for a special refreshing desserts on Eid Day or any other occasions? This is the easiest dessert anyone can make,  your guests will feel ecstatic 😀 On our little island Mauritius, jelly is very famous when it comes to desserts because on a tropical island, you are always thrilled for refreshing food.

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Note: Prepare the cream first.

Servings: 4-5

Ingredients for the cream:

  • 1 cup of Elle & Vire Whipped cream (Quantity based as per your preferences – you can use any whipped cream you prefer)
  • 3 tbsp of heavy cream (Quantity will be based as per the amount of whipped cream used)
  • 2 tbsp of sweetened Nestle cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp of good quality vanilla extract

Ingredients for the Jelly:

  • 1/2 of a packet of Gelatin Agar Agar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tsps of Rose syrup (Quantity will depend as per your sweetness preferences)
  • 1/2 of a cup of Blueberries
  • 1/2 a small tsp of blue food coloring

Preparations for the cream:

1.  First begin by preparing the cream. Pour the whipped and heavy cream into a bowl, add the cocoa powder and vanilla extract.Whisk until stiff peaks form.

2. Place your glasses at a diagonal on a cupcake pan or a small bowl (See in picture below).  Fill the glasses halfway at a diagonal with the cream.  Put the pan or bowl of glasses into the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours until the cream is firm and set. Start preparing for the jelly only when the cream is firm.

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Preparations for the jelly:

1. Heat up water and gelatin in a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Meanwhile stir  until gelatin dissolves. It usually takes 3 to 4 minutes.

2. The Blueberries go into the water. Mix well for 1 minute. Add Rose syrup and blue food coloring and stir well. Stove off once you have added the syrup.

3.  Pour the liquid into a bowl but constantly keep on stiring with a spoon for 1-2 minutes to unable the liquid to hardens until it cools down in temperature.

4. Once your cream is out of the fridge, remove the glasses from the pan or bowl and stand them right up. Pour the dissolved gelatin liquid into the glasses (make sure the gelatin liquid is not hot). Refrigerate for 30 minutes  until jelly hardens.

Note: Before serving, remove the glasses 1 or 2 minutes before. You can top on with more blueberries. 

Coconut & Pomegranate Popsicles

I would say “meet under the palms where we can eat coconut & pomegranate popsicles.”

Living on a little tropical island is fabulous when you get a variety of fresh tropical fruits, amongst which coconuts are my favorites. Summer or Winter, I am always trying various recipes with coconuts 🙂 I end up having them fresh as a drink, frozen and even cooked, yayy.

This delicious coconut & pomegranate popsicles are so easy to make and so healthy.

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Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • Sweet coconut water (I have used COCO UP brand’s coconut water – optional) (Quantity will depend as per your molds)
  • a large handful of pomegranate seeds (you can use as much as you want)

Preparations:

  1. In a Popsicle molds, add the coconut water and pomegranate seeds. Refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight.

Happy tropical popsicles are done.

Rose Jelly

Hello foodies,

An excellent healthy dessert, served chill and can as well be topped on with other desserts such as ice cream, sorbet, Nestle Cream and Alouda (Mauritian famous cold drink).

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Servings: 5-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Gelatin
  • 5 cups of water
  • 4 tbsp of Rose Syrup (Quantity will depend on your sweetness preferences – I use Sirop Dowlut Rose)

Preparations:

1) Add water and gelatin in a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Whisk well until gelatin dissolves. It usually takes 3 to 4 minutes.

2) Add Rose syrup and stir well. Stove off once you’ve added the syrup.

3) Pour the liquid into a bowl and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Once done, refrigerate for 1 hour until liquid hardens.