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RE: OT: Oracle *Chocolate* Monitoring Tools/Friday Recipe

From: Mark Leith <>
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 01:52:05 -0800
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LOL All this over a recipe huh? To start Muscavado sugar IS brown sugar - but it is a softer sugar, it kind of sticks together unlike normal brown sugar. Eggs are LARGE sized eggs - somehow I don't think that America has jumbo sized chickens that lay eggs the size of an Ostrich's:) Just a regular LARGE egg..

Here goes again:

8oz soft unsalted butter
13oz dark muscovado sugar
2 large eggs - beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2oz best dark chocolate - melted
7oz plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 Cup boiling water

23*13*7cm loaf tin (9" loaf tin)

Preheat the oven to 375f, put in a baking sheet case of gooey sticky drips later;) and grease and line the loaf tin. The lining is important as this is a very damp cake: use parchment, Bake-O-Glide or one of those loaf-tin-shaped paper cases.

Cream the butter and sugar, either with a wooden spoon or an electric hand held mixer, then add the eggs and vanilla, beating in well. Next fold in the melted and now slightly cooled chocolate, taking care to blend well, but being careful not to over beat. You want the ingredients combined: you DON'T want a light airy mass. Then gently add the flour, to which you've added the bicarb, alternately spoon by spoon, with the boiling water until you have a smooth and fairly liquid batter. Pour into the lined loaf tin and bake for 30 mins. turn the oven down to 325f and continue to cook for another 15 mins. The cake will still be a bit squidgy inside, so an inserted cake-tester or skewer won't come out completely clean.

Place the loaf tin on a rack, and leave to get completely cold (if you can resist it <G>) before turning it out. (The *Author* recommends leaving it for a day - hhuummm you won't get that far I can guarantee). Don't worry if it sinks in the middle: indeed it WILL do so because its such a dense and damp cake.

I will endeavour to post any new recipes in both American and English! I'm just waiting for MI6 to come and beast me now :)



-----Original Message-----
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2001 02:02
To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L

on second thought.... yes, it might very well mean something different.

large, extra-large, jumbo? what size eggs? are they sized the same here and there? and yes, the size of the egg makes a differnce in baking.

baking, unlike cooking, tends to need very precise measurements.

I'll agree that a teaspoon is a teaspoon :)


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