Diwali is long gone but my associations with chocolate are far from over. As I usually try to do, I once again made chocolates for friends this Diwali. I have been distributing chocolates almost every second day. Occasions just don’t get over. But then who says chocolates need an occasion or a reason to be enjoyed.
I started off making plain chocolates then came the rice crisps. To add a little more flavour I made a batch full of coffee chocolates. I used the store bought coffee essence but I soon plan to make my own. Now, how that is going to be done is a different story in itself. But when I do, I promise to post it. The store bought one was not so satisfying and hence only one batch of coffee chocolates.
Then I moved over to one of my favourites, the muesli chocolates. The first time I made these friends were surprised. It seems they had never had muesli chocolates before. Was I the first one to make them? If I was, then kudos to me. I can call this my version of healthy chocolates. Muesli is healthy and chocolates are tasty. This is an excellent combination of taste and healthy. Who says healthy food cannot be tasty? And yes, they are pretty filling.
Then came the almond rocks. Roasted almond chocolates are pretty common so nothing special about these.
Since I use the cooking chocolate and not chocolate compound it takes long to set and also melts faster in hot weather. But cannot help it, the taste and texture of chocolate far surpasses the compound.
As if having chocolates was not enough I also ended up baking a chocolate sponge cake for a friend’s son; who also happens to be my son’s friend. To make it a little more chocolatey I sprinkled a handful of chocolate chips on top of the batter before baking. What I got was a CHOCOLATE cake which the birthday boy loved.
It’s a wonderful feeling when your cake is loved and relished. BTW, I love gifting cakes to friends on their birthdays. They enjoy my cakes and I enjoy baking. There is something special and satisfying in a cake that bakes well. Baking can be relaxing and stress relieving.
If you want the recipe to this simple chocolate chocolate chip cake scroll down. And one very important point I missed mentioning – this is once again a wholewheat cake.
It has become a habit baking cakes with wholewheat. A couple of months back I made up my mind to bake with all purpose flour. Once again, I had gift these cakes. As a habit I measured out wholewheat flour, prepared the batter and set them to bake. It was only then that I realised, “Oh no, I had thought of using all purpose flour this time!” This is what those cakes turned out like.
Okay now for the recipe for this Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake.