Have you had thyme hot chocolate? It is one of my recent favourites. It gives the hot chocolate a very lovely scent and a smoother texture in mouth that I like. It has a calming effect too. There is just an extra step and ingredient added in your usual making of hot chocolate. All you need to do is add a sprig of thyme while heating the milk, remove it and froth the milk. Put a few teaspoon of your favourite hot chocolate powder and add the heated milk into the mug and stir well. The froth is poured in after for a finer finish of smoothly frothed milk. Try this and let me know how you like it. If you do not have a milk frother, omit that step or buy one. I currently use the Bodum Latteo Milk Frother but my I am itching for the Aeroccino that heats and froth at the same time.
From the above experience of the perfect combination of chocolate and thyme, it gave me the idea of adding thyme to the chocolate cake.
CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH ORANGE CREAM RECIPE
adapted from Sweet Paul's Fallen Chocolate Cake
- 250g dark chocolate
- 225g butter
- 6 eggs, seperated
- 4 sprigs of lemon thyme
- 6 tbs sugar
- 250ml double cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbs caster sugar
- 1 orange
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Melt the chopped chocolate with the butter and lemon thyme in a bain marie or in the microwave.
- Beat the yolks and sugar until pale. Mix in the chocolate.
- Whisk the egg whites into stiff peaks and gently fold into the chocolate mixture.
- Pour the mixture into ramekins or into a 12 inch cake tin.
- Bake for 12 minutes if using ramekin or 16-20 minutes if using cake tin.
- The cake will rise and fall so don't panic.
- While the cake is in the oven, zest half an orange and squeeze out juice from half an orange.
- Use the remaining half of the orange for decoration of the cake. Cut them into small wedges.
- Whip the double cream with a teaspoon of vanilla extract and sugar until soft peak.
- Combine orange juice and zest and mix well.
- Scoop the whipped cream on top of the cake and decorate with the orange wedges.
- The cake tastes much better when warm. So heat it up before serving and scoop a generous amount of orange cream onto it afterwards.