Κέικ Βανίλιας Με Κομματάκια Σοκολάτας || Vanilla Cake With Chocolate Chips

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Μετά από αρκετό καιρό απουσίας μου λόγω διαφόρων υποχρεώσεων -πέρασε σχεδόν ένας μήνας-, επιστρέφω με μια γλυκιά ανάρτηση. Ένα κέικ βανίλιας, με κομματάκια σοκολάτας. Αγαπημένο, εύκολο στα υλικά, απλό και γρήγορο στην εκτέλεση του.

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A Festive Cheese Plate

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The second day of the year, is the perfect day for a snack. With all the crazy amount of cooking and baking of the previous days for the festive family-meals, a cheese board and some wine is the best way to still feel the New Year`s atmosphere without spending hours in the kitchen.

So I created a very simple cheese plateau for two, from all the left overs in the fridge. We enjoyed it a lot and if you want to give it a try, here are some suggestion ingredients to use.

I put three kinds of cheeses, which were the base of the plate. A provolone dolce piece, which is an italian kind of soft aged pasta filata cheese, a piece of blue cheese and a Greek metsovone, which is a semi-hard smoked cheese, produced in the region of Metsovo. I added some prosciutto, a few salami slices, green olives, salty crackers, some breadsticks and croutons, apricot marmelade, some nuts, raisings and dried figs.

Feel free to add some fruits, fresh or dried, other kinds of marmelades or roasted bread slices and depending on the number of people, simply adjust the amount of food served in your plate.

Have a great day friends.

Simple Chocolate Cupcakes

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I should post these Chocolate cupcake photos around Valentine`s, but I was too occupied with my little son who turned two!! (I cannot believe how quickly time passes by), the difficulties of my pregnancy and my work at the office, that it was impossible for me to do anything else.

About a month later though and being away from office, my schedule starts to feel a little lighter. Being in the seventh month now, I feel that I have just a minute to cool down from my crazy daily rhythm, focus on my new baby son coming soon and perhaps find some time for myself, to be creative with my food photography and my cooking love again.

Other than that, life around Athens is the same, with the weather getting finally kinder to us and our well-known Greek sun visiting our little town again. It is so relaxing to enjoy your breakfast in the veranda without getting cold.

I guess you are pretty busy too, but find some time to try those delicious and so simple to make chocolate cupcakes. Chocolate has the power to turn your day into a great one!! No? 🙂

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You Will Need:

60 gr. chocolate couverture

120 ml boiled water

40 gr. cocoa

5 gr. instant coffee

120 ml sour cream

2 eggs

1 tea-spoon vanilla sirup

150 gr. white sugar

140 gr. all-purpose flour

1/2 tea-spoon baking soda

1/4 tea-spoon salt

Pre heat the oven to 160 *C. Prepare the cupcake tray with butter and flour. Finely chop the couverture and place it on a large bowl with the warm water. Stir until it melts. Add the cocoa and the coffee and mix well.

Add the sour cream, the olive, the eggs and the vanilla and mix well. Add the sugar and mix again. Finally, add the flour, the baking soda and the salt and mix until all the ingredients are homogenized.

Divide the mixture evenly into 8 parts and fill the cupcake tray up to 2/3. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Allow the chocolate cupcakes to cool down for 10 minutes. Remove from the tray, allow them to further cool down for one hour and serve.

Enjoy, Anthea

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* The recipe is adopted from here.