Sticky chocolate coffee cakes

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Sticky chocolate coffee cakes

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Sticky chocolate coffee cakes

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Sticky chocolate coffee cakes

I had a rich and creamy mousse planned for dinner but my guy came back from grocery shopping with a can of pre-whipped cream. The shock and horror. Being too lazy meant a scrambled dash through the kitchen cupboards for a replacement dessert. 

I decided to take the idea of mousse and make it firmer. With a good hint of coffee for a bit of adult fun. Still super chocolaty but without any dairy. I paired it with cherries baked in rum, balsamic, cinnamon and black pepper and honeyed ricotta to balance the richness.

Molten chocolate coffee cake
200 grams pure chocolate
3 tablespoon cacao
150 grams butter
3 tablespoons ground coffee
3 eggs
3 yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons self-rising flour

Preheat the oven to 200 celsius. Butter and flour (cocoa or icing sugar) 8 ramekins. Melt the chocolate, cacao and butter and mix in the coffee, while mixture is warm, till dissolved. Allow to cool slightly. Beat the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, salt and vanilla in a mixer. Temper the egg mixture with and the chocolate and slowly add the rest while mixing on low speed. Gently pulse in the flour. Pour into prepared ramekins. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until  lightly firm. Let cool but these are best served warmed. Flip onto a plate and serve with cherries, cream and drizzled in syrup. These babies taste just as good with a 15 second reheat in the microwave which is perfect for less dinner party stress.
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Sip, Chug, Gulp!

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Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Sip, Chug, Gulp!

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Sip, Chug, Gulp!

No clue how that happened but the thing that is never far from hand is water. I have a specific container for nighttime sips, working-out gulps and now office chugs. I've long had my eye on the memobottle but couldn't find it in NL till recently at Decovry.

The bottle fits perfectly in the portfolio I use for my work paraphernalia, looks the shizzle on my desk and still manages to hold almost a litre. This is my favourite bit of work kit. Keeping hydrating never looked so good..
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Down the rabbit hole




I finally got around to doing the new school year shop for the kids. I wish I had a reason to get some new kit for myself.. And if I could, I would squeeze myself into a few of these. The H&M studio A/W collection for kids is chock full of flounce, ruffles, embroidery and rich materials. Whimsy on overload springs to mind as well as a big toothy grin. Totally impractical for my wild bunch but it sure makes me want to try...
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Dinner bell

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Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Dinner bell

I'm a sucker for home decor. Beautiful products that add fun without being throwaway. So I pretty much love every single piece by Pat Kim. The racetrack mirror, inspired by my boys, for us girls, would be perfect for last minute checks.

But it's the dinner bell that has me smiling. How amazing, to ring this instead of screeching "go wash your hands and get your butt to the table"? Hung on the kitchen wall for instant access, this puppy would be out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.. 
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A series of 7's




We recently upgraded our punie four-seat dining table for a whooping 4 metre long one made out of solid walnut. Standing tall, proud and oh so lonely with only four chairs. So besides wondering how to style that sucker, I'm lost chair-wise.

Luckily I've swayed my other half to the wonder that is design and he insists on series 7 chairs. My first and truest chair love. Heck, I'm sitting on my pink one as we speak. But in white, black, wood, colour, upholstered, with or without arms? I can't make up mind. And so the search for inspiration begins..
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Chill


Here I was stressing because it's Wednesday, the to-do list keeps growing and the clock keeps ticking. Then I spotted the perfect reminder to simply chill the heck out! 

This fun foodie project by Studio DIY! makes me want to run out to the shop and get sugaring. Or at least sit back, have a coffee and stress less..
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