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Salted Caramel Sticky Chocolate Cake {Kladdkaka} & Valentine’s Treats Giveaway

Posted on by Susan Posted in Giveaway | 34 Comments

I had some serious need for chocolate this past weekend, and since it was my birthday I decided to just go for it.

Chocolate in cake form, to be exact. I made a Kladdkaka (Sticky Cake), but to change things up I added extra sea salt to my usual recipe.

Served with homemade caramel sauce and another sprinkle of sea salt. It’s so easy to make and delicious to serve if you have guests. Or for your Valentine.

Here’s my go-to recipe:

  • 150 ml melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1.5 Tsp. vanilla sugar
  • 4 Tsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl (yes, you just need 1 single bowl!) with a rubber spatula until they reach a creamy, chocolatey cake batter consistancy.

Pour into a greased springform pan

Bake at 380° F for 25-35 minutes. The inside of the center should still be sticky soft (but not liquid) and sometimes a nice cracked crust forms on top.

Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and serve with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Or, in my case, with salted caramel sauce.

And if you aren’t suffering from chocolate overload yet, keep on reading.

You can enter to win 5 (five!) Dubbel Nougat bars from Sweden!

This is probably the most decadent nougat/chocolate bar I have ever eaten. Two layers of silky nougat, one light and one dark.

I also realized that you can make a delicious hot chocolate by melting a whole bar in hot milk – add some coffee for a nougat mocha.

And I’ll also throw in a $10 Starbuck’s giftcard. You know, so you can take your Valentine for coffee and share a Dubbel Nougat or two.

Here’s how you can enter:

  1. Leave a comment below with your favourite Chocolate recipe.
  2. For a second entry, tweet about the giveaway: “Enter to win 5 Dubbel Nougat chocolate bars & a $10 @Starbucks gift card @susoniadotcom http://susonia.com/?p=2730“. Leave a separate comment saying you tweeted.
  3. For a third entry, follow me on twitter @susoniadotcom, and leave a separate comment back here on the blog, saying you follow me!

This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly. :) I’ve *ordered* them from our family in Sweden to share with friends here in Vancouver, and I’d simply love to share some of the nougat-ey awesomeness with my readers as well! Open to US & Canada. I will randomly pick a winner on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013 at midnight. Winner will be announced on the morning of February 15th!

So, what is your favourite chocolate treat? Mine is defineltely Kladdkaka!!

PS: Linking this post up with Cooking around the World!

 

 

Distractions, New Recipe + What I Ate Wednesday

Posted on by Susan Posted in Eats, Recipes | 3 Comments

I hate to admit that I really should be studying for my very last exam (coming up this Saturday) right now, but instead I’m blogging my eats of the day for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday! Thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for the opportunity to link up again!

What I Ate Wednesday Healthy Holiday Recipes

It’s almost like my mind is wandering off to the fridge/surfing the web/blogging to distract me on purpose.

Another distraction this morning was a trip to Whole Foods! I haven’t been there in such a long time and was excited to walk around the seawall with the little man, before stocking up on some overpriced food awesomeness.

Mandatory Snack: Green Goodness Smoothie #veganmeals

Can someone please just give me a Vitamix, so that I can save myself those crazy smoothie expenses? ;)

Breakfast this morning was fun:

Breakfast “Sushi” inspired by Kiss My Broccoli (WW tortilla, fried egg, arugula and gruyere cheese all rolled up and cut in pieces) + mandarin orange

Lunch:

Grilled Cheese (Cambozola and Arugula on Walnut + Onion Bread), served on my finest china a paper towel

Dinner:

Leftover Sweet Potato Salad (*scroll down for recipe*) on top of arugula, and (unpictured) hardboiled egg.

Dessert:

Gingerbread Cookies baked by my Swedish friend Anna! Can’t.Get.Enough! :)

And as promised before, I finally have a new recipe to share:

Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

  • 2 large yams, washed and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil (I used half EVOO, half sunflower)
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (can be omitted if you don’t want it too spicy, but I strongly recommend it – the spicer, the better ;) )
  • salt +freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen corn, defrosted
  • green onions (about 1/2 cup, chopped)
  • cilantro to garnish, if you like
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/180°C.
  2. In a large bowl, toss yams with oil and spices. Move to a oven-proof dish and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until soft and done. Let cool down for a few minutes until slightly above room temperature (or easier to handle than right from the oven).
  3. Toss roasted, cooled yams with corn, green onions and cilantro and 1/4 cup of lemon-mustard dressing (below).
  4. Serve as a side or as salad topping or scoop straight from the bowl into your mouth! :)

Dressing:

1 part each mustard, maple syrup, lemon juice, 3 parts extra virgin olive oil – whisk everything together and toss with the slightly cooled roasted yams. I made a big batch and store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week – just mix everything together again, if ingredients separate.

I love how the sweetness of the yams is contrasted by the spices and the fresh cilantro and green onion. Let me know what you think of this and feel free to share any other vegan recipe ideas in the comments for inspiration!

OK, back to studying – and don’t forget to check back this weekend for a chance to win some treats!

What? It’s Already Holiday Season?

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Hi friends, how are ya?

Life is crayzay over here: Writing essays, chasing a toddler around, going on the hunt for food (I’m living on junk convenience food lately), battling a cold and the usual daily shenanigans.

I also still have this big guy to work something out with:

He was supposed to go as Jack’o'Lantern on Halloween, but never made it. ;)

Pumpkin Pie Brownie coming up on the horizon.

For now, I just have to work on my last essay before exam season starts and then I am DONE! Can you believe it? This girl is finally getting her degree!

In other news: It’s Thanksgiving in the US today and this means it’s only 1 month until Christmas! If you’re already getting into the Christmas Spirit, feel free to check out last year’s Christmas Food.

Also:

Swedish Christmas Ham

Swedish Christmas Dishes

German Mulled Wine

Your turn: What is your favourite Holiday Food? Any fun or uniquie ideas that you want to share? Feel free to leave a comment, I love hearing about your tips and tricks and try new recipes!

If you’ll excuse me, I now have to go and be very, very thankful for my son, who played and entertained himself while I just had to take a few moments and stare at my laptop screen without having to think. I hope this semester is over soon, because this mama needs a break!