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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Turkish Coffee & Caramel Mud Cake Bites - Moist, Delicious and & Very Elegant

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Caramel Mud cake Bites
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."  - Pablo Picasso

Some of us are real Turkish Coffee lovers. For those who are, we know that an instant coffee won't do. We still have instant coffee, but Turkish Coffee is a must have and not an option! We also know that making Turkish Coffee is sometimes annoying, because it involves boiling and simmering and getting it just right! For that reason we appreciate having a filtered coffee machine, and use it every time we don't have the time or the energy to stand over a boiling pot of Turkish Coffee! How many days I thought; why isn't there a Turkish coffee machine?! But that day is here!!! There is one. The Beko Turkish Coffee Machine, which is also a giveaway sponsored by the fabulous CitrussTV for this blogs readers as part of the Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special :) I actually own this machine for almost a year now and have never had to boil another cup of coffee ever since! It is wonderful! It even prepares a cup of coffee with the creamish top (we call wij)! It does! It is also so convenient and time saving! So am happy to let you know that you can be the winner of this fabulous giveaway. You know what to do...

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But until then, boil some turkish coffee to have with today's cake. What better addition to Turkish coffee than caramel flavour?!

A few years ago, I have come across a fabulous caramel mud cake recipe in Woman's Weekly Magazine. Something about caramel flavour and the mud cake texture mixed together appealed to me. Reading the recipe, I could only think thick caramel! I thought the recipe will come out amazingly delicious. I was right! When I tried the recipe it was superb! However the recipe instructed frosting with a white chocolate Ganache, which blends very well with the caramel flavour. I decided to leave the ganache out, and go for a lighter version of this cake and make one that only celebrates the caramel flavour.

Presentation Matters
I love cake bites and find them very elegant to serve. It is always nice to serve the cake as a whole, but on occasion I like to serve cake in a more stylish and elegant presentation. Cake bites always help you do that. Cutting the cake into equal bites and minimally decorating them will make for a very elegant dessert. This method works with almost all cakes. All you need to do is cut the cakes into any shape you like using cookie cutters. I always prefer to use simple shapes and find them very elegant (squares, triangles, circles and rectangles). However, you can choose any shape you want and you can even go by theme!
A dainty piece of cake bite is too delicate to be over decorated! Don't go over board. Think simple and minimal instead. After all we are going after elegant presentation. I have topped this cake with Chocolate shapes as you can see in the photo above. Placing chocolate decorations vertically over the cake gave it length making it even more elegant. The taste of the dark chocolate enhances the flavour of the caramel too. Should you wish to taste only the caramel then simply leave out the chocolate decorations.

Here is how you can make these fabulous cake bites...

Caramel Mud Cake Bites

This recipe is adapted from Women's Weekly Magazine
Ramadan Recipe 19
Caramel Mud Cake Bites & 
Piped Chocolate Decorations
Serves 24

You Need
225g all purpose flour
75g self-raising flour
220g firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
185g butter, chopped
1 cup milk
1/3 cup golden syrup
180g white eating chocolates, chopped
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt

Preheat your oven to 300F. Line a standard size Jelly Roll sheet pan with baking paper, set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, combine the milk, syrup, sugar, chocolate pieces and chopped butter. Cook over low-medium heat while continuously stirring. Do not leave the mixture or he chocolate will burn. Once the mixture is smooth and everything has incorporated well, remove the sauce pan from and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, sift in the flours.
In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs together. Gradually add the cooled chocolate mixture to the eggs and whisk to incorporate. Once all the chocolate mixture has incorporated into the egg misture, add the sifted flours and whisk well to combine.

Pour the batter onto the prepared sheet pan and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hr - 1 hour and 15 minutes. When done the cake will be firm and will appears set at the centre.

Cool the cake completely in the sheet pan. Once completely cooled, cover and refrigerate for 1 at least hour before cutting into pieces.

Top the cut pieces with piped chocolate decorations.
To make these decorations, melt some chocolate without over heating -just until the chocolate is all melted). Place the chocolate in a piping bag. Pipe the desired shapes on parchment paper and leave to set overnight. Once the decorations are set, make an incision in the cake with a sharp small knife, carefully place the chocolate in the opening without breaking the piece.

Place the cake bites on a nice platter, I like to use tiered platters for cake bites, but you can go for any platter or cake stand you like. Serve cold.

These cake bites are a perfect option for pass around cocktail parties, for afternoon tea get togethers and for any type of entertaining. They are also a fabulous addition to your Desserts Buffet.

I hope you liked today's post, and that it inspires you to play around a little with presentation. Different presentations are nice for different occasions, it almost feels like you are having a new cake altogether. With the ease of making Turkish coffee now with Beko you have entertaining all figured out, elegantly and at super ease ;)

Come back tomorrow for more of Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special, and don't forget to take photos of your creations inspired by this blog. Who knows you might be the winner of one of the fabulous giveaways ;) Let me know what you think of these fabulous cake bites before you go...

Don't forget to Recycle this Ramadan, somethings are too good to be tossed away!
Ramadan Kareem