Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chocolate Cake with Banana

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes



Ingredients
160ml milk
2 teaspoon lemon juice
150g butter (soft)
220g caster sugar
2 eggs (medium)
300g self-raising flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup mashed banana
100g dark eating chocolate, grated finely


Creamy Chocolate Frosting
200g dark eating chocolate (chopped)
160g icing sugar
120g sour cream *


Preparation Method
1. Preheat oven to moderate (170ºC/150ºC fan-forced). Grease deep 22cm round cake pan; line base with paper.
2. Combine milk and juice in small jug; stand 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, beat butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until just combined; transfer mixture to large bowl. Stir in sifted flour and soda, banana, milk mixture and chocolate.
4. Spread mixture into pan; bake about 1 hour 10 minutes. Stand cake 5 minutes; turn top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.
5. Meanwhile, make creamy chocolate frosting; combine all ingredients, and then spread cold cake with frosting.


* Sour cream preparation:In a cup of fresh cream add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon. Stir for a few seconds.

Coconut Biscuits

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 15 minutes

Makes 30 (approximately)

Ingredients200g butter (or margarine)
½ vanilla extract
150g icing sugar
1 egg (medium size)
260g plain flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
40g shredded coconut

Preparation Method1. Preheat oven to moderately slow (150º fan forced). Grease oven trays; line with baking paper.
2. Beat butter, extract, sifted icing sugar and egg in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Transfer to medium bowl;
3. Stir coconut into the mixture, then stir in sifted flour and soda, in two batches.
3. Roll level tablespoons of dough into balls; place on trays 3cm apart. Bake about 12-15 minutes; cool biscuits on trays before remove.

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