Chocolate Banana Ale – Nothing gone to waste!

Brew of the week: Chocolate Banana Ale

Nothing went to waste on this brew: The Malt was used to fertilize my plum/pear trees and make bread, the spent hops used as mulch for my chili trees, the boiled bananas for jam and the banana peels for cake and the leftover for compost!

What makes it chocolate-y? The chocolate malt grain for chocolate/coffee and slightly bitter taste;

What makes it banana-y? I used a whole bunch of chopped bananas during the boil;

What makes it an ale? Most of the grain used was Pale Malt; and used Ale Yeast;

To taste? Fuggles Hops

I don’t want high carbonation, so kegging the 10L seemed like much, much less work! I will update you on the progress!

Ly’s Cake! (In portuguese by popular demand!)


Ha um tempo atras, fiz um bolo de cenoura com farinha de centeio para comemorar o aniversario de uma amiga, mas quando fazemos algo pra alguem, outras pessoas ficam com ciumes, entao, tive que fazer outro bolo… bem, nao tive muita escolha! Mas se for pra fazer algo, entao e melhor fazer direito!

A receita do bolo usa como base o do floresta negra, mas fiz algumas modificacoes pra criar o “bolo da Ly!”, tentando ser o mais original possivel, que e um pouquinho dificil, mas vou tentar assim mesmo!

Bem, deixarei aqui a receita!

Bolo:

  • 400g de manteiga sem sal;
  • 400g de acucar;
  • 280g de farinha integral;
  • 120g de po de cacau;
  • 7 ovos;
  • 1 colher de sopa de fermento;
  • Licor de morango ou chocolate ou guarana.

Calda:

  • 350g de amora;
  • 150g de morango;
  • 1/4 xicara de cha de acucar;
  • 1/2 laranja espremida;
  • 1 xicara de cha de agua;
  • 3 colheres de sopa de amido de milho.

Glace:

  • 200g de creme de leite;
  • 200g de chocolate amargo.

Recheio:

  • 400g de creme de leite.

Instrucoes:

  1. Unte uma forma de 25cm com fundo falso e pre-aqueca o forno a 170°C;
  2. Separe as gemas e claras d todos os ovos e bala as claras em neve;
  3. Em uma vasilha grande, bata a manteira e o acucar ate ficar uniforme e macio;
  4. Misture a clara em neve, as gemas e bata um pouco;
  5. Misture a farinha e o cacau aos poucos com uma colher de pau ate ficar uniforme;
  6. Coloque a mistura na forma untada e asse por uma hora e meia mais ou menos. Depois de uma hora, enfie uma faca limpa no meio e se ela sair suja, asse mais;
  7. Depois de assado, corte o bolo em tres camadas iguais e deixe esfriar.
  8. Para a calda, coloque as amoras, morangos picados, o suco de laranja e o acucar em uma panela;
  9. Dissolva o amido de milho na agua, misture na panela ate ferver, sempre mexendo;
  10. Depois q ferver, abaixe o fogo e, sempre mexendo, espere chegar na consistencia desejada.
  11. Para o glace, coloque o creme de leite em uma panela e espere ferver;
  12. Misture o chocolate ralado e mexa ate todo o chocolate derreter;
  13. Coloque na geladeira por alguns minutos ate esfriar e o glace engrossar.
  14. Para o recheio, bata o creme de leite ate ficar bem grosso.
  15. Para a montagem, umedeca as camadas do bolo com o licor ou guarana, nao muito!!!
  16. Nas duas camadas debaixo, coloque uma camada de creme de leite do recheio e uma camada de calda, deixando um pouco grosso, mas a uns dois centimetros da borda;
  17. Coloque uma em cima da outra, em ordem, e aperte um pouco com as maos ate o recheio chegar ate as bordas;
  18. Espalhe o glace sobre o bolo e as laterais. Quando mais grosso, melhor! Acho que nao existe receita que tenha chocolate demais!

E o bolo esta pronto! Demora umas 4 horas pra faze-lo, mas vale muito a pena! Pena que a dona do bolo nao pode saborea-lo!!!

Eu fiz calda demais de proposito para poder joga-la por cima de pedacos individuais e comer com sorvete de baunilha tambem! Fica muito bom!

Original post here.

Ly’s Cake!

A while back, I posted a carrot cake with rye flour for a friend’s birthday, which was delicious! But someone else got a bit jealous and also demanded a cake… well… What could I do?? I didn’t really know which cake to make, so I had the initial idea of baking a black forest cake. Well, that didn’t work for the lack of cherries in syrup. So I decided to make Ly’s cake, a black forest cake with a twist of almonds, mulberry and strawberry sauce… you should try to make it!!

Recipe for Ly’s Cake:

Cake:

  • 400g of unsalted butter;
  • 400g of caster sugar;
  • 280g of plain wholemeal flour;
  • 120g of cocoa powder;
  • 7 eggs;
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder.

Sauce:

  • 350g of mulberries;
  • 150g of strawberries;
  • 1/4 mug of sugar;
  • 1/2 orange, squeezed;
  • 1 mug of water;
  • 3 tablespoons of corn flour.

Icing:

  • 200g of double cream;
  • 200g of 70% dark chocolate

Filling (together with the sauce):

  • 400g of double cream, whipped.

Instructions will follow soon!

Carrot Cake – Bolo de Cenoura

It’s saturday, a beautiful day outside, most likely the warmest day in a good while… what to do.. what… to… do… oh wait! Carrot cake! I had some carrot that was about to go off, so why not?

I called my grandma and she gave me her recipe a good while back… A few years actually and I never got around to doing it! It is a very simple recipe and everyone probably could do it if you have one hour to spare!

For this recipe, I won’t use grams, just units of measure (in mugs), depending on how big you’d like it to be!

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 mug of wholemeal flour
  • One mug of brown sugar
  • 1/4 mug of sunflower oil
  • One mug of grated carrots (more if you want)
  • Two large eggs
  • One tablespoon of baking powder
  • A few crushed spearmint leaves
    • For topping
  • 75% of dark chocolate, 15% of milk chocolate, 10% of grated coconut (if available)

Method:

It is quite simple! Mix the sugar, carrots, eggs and oil first, until the sugar has dissolved. Add the flour and baking power and mix for about 5 minutes. Grease your baking tray and make sure that the dough is at least 4cm high for best rise and bake it for about 40 minutes. After 25 minutes, stab the middle. If your knife comes out with some dough, bake it some more!

For the topping, melt the chocolate and mix the coconut. Spread on top of the baked cake and wait for it to cool. That’s it!

Fancier toppings can be made… I was just to lazy to do so! Enjoy!