Bake: Bill Granger’s Gooey Chocolate Cake with Raspberries

The title of this post actually speaks for itself. The photos to come will also speak for themselves. I made this for my gorgeous friend, Holly’s birthday recently, as the occasion called for something super yummy and super decadent…and this certainly delivered. I thank Bill Granger, once again, for his spectacular recipe.

- The recipe -

– The recipe –

- Ingredients -

– Ingredients –

- The Process -

– The Process –

 

- Bill's version -

– Bill’s final version –

- The first part is to melt the dark chocolate, raspberry jam and cream -

– The first part is to melt the dark chocolate, raspberry jam and cream –

- This is then poured into the greased caked tin to form the base..and then the gooey top when turned out -

– This is then poured into the greased caked tin to form the base..and then the gooey top when turned out –

- The cake mix is then layered on top of this -

– The cake mix is then layered on top of this –

 

- ...baked -

– …baked –

- Then cooled (a little) and turned out to create a gooey chocolate cake -

– Then cooled (a little) and turned out to create a gooey chocolate cake –

 

- Decorate with raspberries (I used defrosted frozen, and they were fine) -

– Decorate with raspberries (I used defrosted frozen, and they were fine) –

- We served it with whipped cream, which turned out to be a little OTT, but still YUM! -

– We served it with whipped cream, which turned out to be a little OTT, but still YUM! –

Do you have a yummy, gooey cake recipe? Do you prefer a dry chocolate cake, or a gooey one?

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{Holiday Series} Bake: Bill Granger’s Poached Pears with Warm Coffee Sauce

I know this is not technically a bake post, but sometimes I’m going to have to share other cooking adventures with you that aren’t in the bake category. It’s my blog and I’ll do what I want 🙂

So, I had to make something out of my all-time favourite cook book, Bill Granger’s ‘Feed Me Now’. It just has so many yummy, hearty, easy recipes in it. My copy of this book is so well-used that it’s a bit grotty. It’s gross, but I kind of love that about it now.

– I love you Bill –

For those of you that have been reading along with my blog last week, you will know that I have been doing Michelle Bridge’s 12WBT. Unfortunately, there are no Bill Granger recipes in her 1200 calories per day regime. So, I broke the rules (which I figure is my prerogative ONCE A WEEK….for blogging purposes of course) and I made poached pears with a warm coffee sauce. Bridges’ program has a treat meal once a week and so I made this my treat.

– Yum –

I also got some inspiration from watching My Kitchen Rules. The two ‘evil’ characters on the show made a poached pear recipe and they inspired me to make this – it’s one of my favourites and I haven’t made it for so long.

– If only they knew their destiny –

They were peeled and then poached in a litre of water with dissolved sugar and vanilla extract. It also had a cinnamon stick floating carelessly at the surface.

– Naked pears –

– A hot bath –

The sauce is the naughty bit. This has a little butter, cream, brown sugar and a shot of espresso coffee. This spends five minutes on the stove top and then it’s ready to pour over the poached pears – with some more cream….or course.

– How many calories in that? –

So, the verdict…my husband kept repeating….’Oh my God, the sauce is so good’ and then he said, ‘the pears could have been in a little longer’. He is always very honest about my cooking – which is annoying, but helps me to improve. I often remind him, quietly and calmly, just how lucky he is to have a clever wife who will cook for him.

Do you have a favourite recipe book?

Alison