Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chocolate Dominoes




At this time of year, when there is a change in the weather, so many seem to complain of some sort of a cold or flu. One of my young men spent a lot of last night coughing so naturally he was too tired to spend the day at school. However once the others were dropped off at the gate and we were a safe distance from the school he felt miraculously better. Delighted to have a sibling free morning he pondered upon what way he could best spend his time. As TiarnĂ¡n is a man after my own heart he gathered a few cookbooks and flicked through them till he found the recipe he wanted to try out - Chocolate Dominos. I read through the recipe with him and like I do so many times myself he altered the recipe to suit his taste by substituting the buttercream icing with melted milk chocolate!!
These little cakes would make a lovely addition to a birthday party table. A wonderfully easy recipe as all the ingredients, for the cake, are simply combined together with a mixer. We will be making these again- well done to TiarnĂ¡n for spotting this one.




Ingredients:
175g/6oz soft butter
175g/6oz caster sugar
150g/5oz self- raising flour
25g/1oz cocoa powder, sifted
3 free range eggs

For the topping;
100g milk chocolate or cooking chocolate
liquoirice strips or tube of writing icing
smarties

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C(fan)/390f/gas mark 6. Lightly rub some butter on a baking tin approx 7x11 in
2. Put all the cake ingredients in a mixer and beat until smooth.
3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level with a palette knife.
4. Bake for 30mins, untill the cake springs back when pressed in the centre with the fingertips.
5. Cool in the tin for 5 mins then loosen the edges with a knife and tranfer to a wire rack.
Cut into approx 16 bars.
6. For the topping spread some melted chocolate over each bar and decorate as seen in the photo.


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