It is Sunday today. A bright and sunny morn peps us for the day. We are happy and celebrating. We are happy because we discovered that our fish pond is teeming with baby fish and we are celebrating their arrival. We’ve always abhorred the idea of keeping fish in cramped aquariums where everything is artificial. We got our fish some three years ago. After giving them feed for a while, we stopped as they started scraping algae from the stones and from the walls of the pond. This year, we had babies.
Our fish are happy for sure.
The kids are excited as a Pizza is being baked in our kitchen for the first time. They peep into the oven and squeak with happiness as the cheese is melting, spreading over and concealing the veggies beneath it and sometimes bubbling. Yeasty aroma fills up the nook and crannies of our home as the pizza crust turns golden. A fudge cake in the refrigerator waits to be tasted. No doubt Sundays are fun!
Sometimes we wait for bigger reasons to be happy. There is so much around to be happy. Happiness is a state of mind.
Happiness is home baked Pizza (even if it is not round)……..
Happiness is a bunch of flowers in the courtyard……..
Happiness is when you discover a dove watching you curiously………
Happiness needs to be cultivated.
Here is the recipe of Fudge cake that I baked this weekend
Recipe adapted from www.finecooking.com
Read more about preparing Ganache here
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup butter (100 grams) melted
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ¼ cup mineral sugar powdered (ordinary sugar will also do)
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup hot water ( not boiling)1 cup warm Ganache (Heat the 200 grams dark chocolate in a double boiler. Add 5 tablespoons cream. Stir constantly till the chocolate melts. Take off the heat and stir briskly till it becomes smooth and shiny. It will thicken as it cools.)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line one 8 inch round cake pan.
Sift cocoa powder. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl mix melted butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla essence.
Add flour mix and stir till just moist. Pour hot water over the mix and stir till you get an even consistency and the batter gets smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40 -45 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove the cake from the oven and remove from the pan after 10 minutes. Cool in the rack.
Pour warm ganache over the cake. Spread ganache with a spatula. Let it set for an hour.
My notes : Though it is a fudge cake, but I did find it fudgy. It is just a chocolate cake. Pour warm ganache over the cake. It makes it soft and fudgy to some extent.