Picnic + Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Every summer I want to go on at least one picnic. Every summer, barring the one in 2010, we did everything but go on a proper picnic. You know the one Enid Blyton described in painstaking detail – the ones had on soft verdant carpets of grass, surrounded by flowers or beside the sea, filling ourselves with yummy cold meat sandwiches, cool/hot drinks and a fair bit of running around. That kind.

Henley-on-thames. Back in 2010.

Henley-on-Thames. Back in 2010.  Perfect for picnicking

Anyway. That was not to be had for a long time, till yesterday. A few friends decided to throw caution to the winds (literally) and brave the chill to eat our suppers outdoors. After all the sun was out and it would have been a shame not to make the most of it… Yes I am aware how fraught with irony these lines are. But it wasn’t all that bad. Thanks to great company and what not.

The Gang

The Gang

I would add good food to the reasons for joviality but that would amount to tooting my own horn. Almost. The picnic was a success due to two amazing recipes that I got off two great blogs. A) Rice with beans and Sun-dried tomatoes from My Favourite Pastime b) Banana and Date Bread from Frugal Feeding.

Do try out the recipes (as well as the blogs); you won’t regret the decision.

The rice  is so full of flavour it is unbelievable. what attracted me to the dish was the inventive use of varied ingredients. They worked together beautifully. If I could I would serve you a plate but as I can’t, savour the picture I took before we took it for a jaunt.

Rice with Beans and Sundried toamtoes. Courtesy: My favourite pastime

Rice with Beans and Sundried toamtoes. Recipe courtesy: My favourite pastime

And the bread –  so moreish that the loaf disappeared soon after it was inaugurated to the gang – except for this one slice, which I kept aside for personal hogging and took a picture before committing it to my maw.

Banana and Date bread

Banana and Date bread.                                            Recipe courtesy Frugal Feeding

After I plied the group with the two great offerings, I supplied them with another cake. I am glad to report that it was gleefully accepted. This one was my own creation. A strawberry chocolate cake with a hint of mint.

I am not a big fan of strawberry as it stands, but pair it with cream or chocolate I can down punnets in a sitting. Given that my favourite combination is strawberries and chocolate, I decided to combine them in a cake. The result…

Chocolate and Strawberry cake with a hint of mint

Chocolate and Strawberry cake with a hint of mint

Ingredients: 

  • Flour: 1-1/4 cup
  • Cocoa powder: 1 tbsp
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Butter: 125 gm
  • Eggs: 3
  • Strawberries: 200 gm
  • Mint leaves: 3-4 bruised
  • Sugar: 3/4 cup
  • Chocolate (dark and milk): 100 gm , melted

Method:

  • Cook the strawberries with a little sugar and the mint leaves. Leave to cool.
  • Cream sugar and butter
  • Add eggs, one by one, to this mix
  • Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa into the liquid mix in thirds. Combine gently.
  • Add strawberries (with the liquid) and melted chocolate at the end.
  •  Bake at a 180 degrees C for 40 min.
  • Cool  and consume.
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10 thoughts on “Picnic + Chocolate Strawberry Cake

  1. That bowl of rice looks so so good! And it really is an innovative way to use sun dried tomatoes and beans. I would have never thought of combining the two! And Frugal Feeding’s cakes are pretty awesome. I need to try his victoria sponge too. But your choc+mint+strawberry takes the cake! It looks so rich and wobbly and lovely. Chocolate and mint are a great combination. I am going to try this with my cooking.chocolate!

    • Thank you M! You are an absolute doll. Do try the first two recipes out, they won’t disappoint.Promise. As for my version of the chocolate cake I would love to know what you thought of it if you bake one… I plan to play around with the ingredients a bit more. I am thinking of making the next batch with mint flavoured chocolate.

  2. What else can I say, you have made my day by trying the Rice with Beans and Sun-dried Tomatoes. It’s one of my favourite recipes, Blogging only has meaning when people are using the blog to cook and I’m glad you made my site have meaning. Thanks so much for trying out the recipe. I really appreciate. I used to be an ardent reader of Enid Blyton. I read all the Famous Five books and still have fond memories of George and her faithful dog Timmy and of course uncle Quentin. Fond memories those are! Enjoy the coming week!!!

    • My absolute pleasure Liz! I have my eye on a few other recipes from your blog and I will keep you posted as and when I make them 🙂
      I have a VAST collection of Blyton’s books. In fact it was because of these that I fell in love with this country even before I came here!

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