Need a quick chocolate fix? Why not whip up a batch of these…
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 1/2 cups groundnut oil (or any other light mild-tasting oil)
1 large egg
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
100g white chocolate, grated (makes about 1 cup grated)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Using an electric whisk, beat together the oil and sugar for about 2 mins.
2. Add the egg and beat for a further minute.
3. Sieve the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into the mixture and fold in.
4. Fold in the grated white chocolate. The batter will be fairly thick and stiff.
5. Divide the mixture into 12 cup cake cases.
6. Bake in preheated oven 180C/350F for about 15/16 mins. You kind of have to trust the timing – your usual method of checking if cakes are done doesn’t really work here because of the low flour content. If you push gently on one, you will feel that the top is slightly crispy, and the underneath still feels squishy, which will make you think they’re not done, but that’s just the way they are. If you were to stick a toothpick in, it would come out wet, which again would make you think they weren’t done.
7. Leave them for two or three minutes in the tin, and then with a large spoon, carefully lift the cases out and place on a cooling tray; they’re still a bit squishy at this stage so handle gently, and will look something like this, a bit bumpy and cracking:
8. Allow to cool completely. They will sink a bit in the middle.
I’ve cut one in half, notice three things:
– Firstly, the speckling effect created by the grated white chocolate.
– Secondly, how they are fudgy like chewy brownies.
– Thirdly, how they have sunk in the middle.
The fudginess and the sinking middle are the reason why I recommend eating them with a spoon, served with whipped cream or ice cream, like a dessert, as in the picture at the top, I’ll show you again…
Delicious recipe, thanks for sharing! Nice to meet you! 🙂 Maple
Thanks, nice to meet you too. Looks like some yummy things on your site, I shall have to check that out further, I love Italian food! (Who doesn’t, right?) 🙂
Thank you! 🙂 We are mainly foodies who love wander around looking for good food 🙂 Your blog is full of great recipes!
Those look really good! That’s a lot of oil though. I suppose that’s what makes them so moist and chewy.
Yes, it is a lot of oil, when they’re warm they taste a bit oily, but they don’t seem to when they’re cold. I think groundnut oil is one of the healthier oils though, and it’s good because of it’s mild taste, I think if you tried to use something like olive oil it wouldn’t be good!
Oh, I have to try these. I’m off to a ‘not a goodbye lunch’ in a week and might try these. A test batch will have to come first though…
Yep, definitely a test batch because of the timing issue! And some way to disguise them a bit because of the sinking middle – I was thinking maybe a piped blob of whipped cream in the centre of each one with half a strawberry in it, then they would look lovely to take along somewhere 🙂
That would be perfect for the day or maybe some thick custard and shaved chocolate..
Ooh yes, let me know how they work out if you make them!
You’ll hear about it for sure.
This sounds so easy and scrumptious. My hips agree. UGh.
I’ll try and come up with a hip friendly recipe soon! 🙂
Ha ha ha ha ha
Oh, you just HAD to show us that lusciously sinful whipped cream photo again…! 😉
These look yummy and pretty easy to make. I love these from-scratch recipes of yours, Vanessa. 🙂
Well often from-scratch recipes are just as easy aren’t they, maybe just a few more ingredients, but worth it I always think! (Not that I make EVERYTHING from scratch you understand).
Honestly, I was pretty scared of homemade chocolate recipes, before seeing all of your examples. I could do scones and cookies and the like, but the chocolate made me leery, for some reason. Now, I know better! 🙂