When you have a one year old who is yet to sleep through the night, and someone offers to send you free coffee, well you are most certainly NOT going to say no.
Throw in an invitation to create a coffee-inspired recipe, and well it is pretty much a sure-fire thing.
The caffeine hero on this occasion was Di Bella Coffee, who treated me with some coffee beans and aromatic coffee capsules (that I was super pleased to find out fit into our trusty Nespresso machine just perfectly.
Starting as a small coffee roasting business in Brisbane in 2002, Di Bella now has an international reach (although they still source 100% of their coffee beans “directly from the farmer”). I tested their Ari blend – touted to be “rich and strong with hints of raw cacao and a bright citrus finish” – and it did not disappoint. It was definitely smooth, and had a wonderful aroma.
But I also wanted to test out its flavour in a recipe. And given that coffee + chocolate seem to be an appropriate combination when one has a little case of the sleepies, a mocha brownie cake seemed to be a logical solution.
Rich fudgey chocolate cake, that was a little more “brownie” than your traditional chocolate cake. Completed with a little caffeine kick owing to the coffee contained within. On this occasion, we served slices of the cake as an after-dinner treat, although it would also work served warm with a scoop of vanilla icecream.
Mocha brownie cake
- 200g dark chocolate
- 125g butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 2 pods espresso (extracted / short poured)
- 1 cup plain flour, sifted
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a square baking tin (18 x 18cm).
- Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir until smooth.
- Add the sugar, oil, eggs and coffee, and whisk until well combined.
- Sift over the flour and baking powder, and fold in with a metal spoon until just combined.
- Pour into the prepared pan, and bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan.
A big thankyou to Di Bella Coffee for the opportunity to work with a new (to me) Aussie product (and for the caffeine kick!)
What about you? Are you a coffee fan?