Fat-free all Chocolate Cake

ChocakeEveryone loves to enjoy a good all chocolate cake once in a while. But even though this stays occasional who doesn’t feel guilty about eating a gigantic piece of cake afterward? Yes friends, I know that you know what I mean.  

But fear not! because that time is over now. You want another slice of cake but you’re not sure it’ll be that much of good idea now that summer is in sight? No worries, I have the perfect recipe for you: Fat-Free (yes, you read me right) all chocolate cake.
You’ll see that the cake stays super moist and is also super light and sweet but not too sweet. There is quite a bit of sugar indeed, but it doesn’t take over the bitterness of cocoa powder and that is exactly what I like. Curious to know what I put in my cake? Keep reading and take notes because you will soon make a fat-free all chocolate cake of your own. 


For the cake: 

OOOOOOOO 1-3/4 cup of all purpose flour
OOOOOOOO2 cups of white sugar (if you want your cake to be extra
OOOOOOOOsweet you can replace one cup of white sugar by a cup
OOOOOOO●Oof brown sugar)
OOOOOOOO3/4 of a cup of cocoa powder
OOOOOOOO1 tablespoon of baking powder
OOOOOOOO1 tablespoon of baking soda
OOOOOOOO1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
OOOOOOOO1 cup of boiling instant coffee (if you don’t have instant
OOOOOOO●Ocoffee you can use regular coffee but make it
OOOOOOO●Oextra dark
OOOOOOOO1 can of coconut milk (156ml) 

For the frosting: 

OOOOOOOO2 1/2 cups of 0% milk 
OOOOOOOO1 cup of Maïzena (corn starch)
OOOOOOOO1 cup of cocoa power
OOOOOOOO1 cup of sugar


In a large mixing bowl, mix all your dry ingredients. Add your eggs, coconut milk and vanilla extract and start mixing. Don’t worry you can mix all your dry ingredients at that point, it is totally normal. Once you cannot mix properly anymore add your coffee. You mixture should be more liquidy than your usual cake base, that’s what is gonna make your cake so moist in the end. Separate your dough in half and bake for 30-5 minutes at 180C° (350F°). 

    While your cake is in the oven, get started on your frosting. In a sauce pan, add you milk, cocoa powder and sugar. Take it to a simmer. In a mug add 1/2 cup of water to your corn starch and mix it really well. Add it to your sauce pan and take it to a boil. Now, you want to keep stirring the whole time because once your mixture starts to boil the corn stach will solidify very quickly and you don’t want to be left with a burned sauce pan (trust me, I ruined more than once pan in the past).

Let both the cakes and the frosting cool down before building your final cake. Once your done, serve yourself a gigantic slice, pour yourself a glass of milk or a nice cup of tea, grab a good book and enjoy. No guilt, just pleasure

I’ll be happy to see your cake if you are to make one. You can tag me in a photo on instagram (@broadenyourminds) if you want! 


April Book Haul

I managed to stick to my book buying ban on March, but I went right back into the book buying trap in April, the latest being the month of my birthday. Great excuse to spend money, isn’t it? 

OOOOThe first two books are from that secondhand bookshop I keep talking about, Renaissance. I paid 6$ for the two books which is simply amazing. I have yet to read them, but I will get onto it. Some day

OOOOThe six other books are from Amazon and Bookoutlet
I have had my eyes on graphic novels for a while now but I was unsure wether I should buy some or not.
Now I haven’t picked up a comic since I was a kid
(apart for Calvin and Hobbes); and even then I much prefered novels. In my head I was absolutely certain that I didn’t like graphic novels because 1/ I love words way too much and 2/ there is just not enough text in it to be worth my money. Well, I take it back, they are worth my money and I will buy some more in a very near futur. I have found myself enjoying reading them so much more than I expected; I enjoyed the art just as much as the story itself and I am now addicted. I am sure I will soon be in a novel reading slump because I only want to pick up graphic novels at the moment. Not only is it very enjoyable to go through a graphic novel quickly (meaning reading it in one go and not being sleep depraved) but it also is very enjoyable to read again later because you can spot details you missed the first time. Now I do enjoy re-reading a book (ahem! Harry Potter) but it sometimes can be a bit boring when you know the story very well. With a graphic novel however, it is always nice to have a look inside, if only to admire the drawings. And I love it; that’s it, I’m converted.
(I realize now there’s a bit of a blue theme going on here)

What books have you bought this month? 


Wicked by Gregory McGuire | The Selection by  Kiera Cass
Rat Queens Volume 1 by Kurtis J Wiebe | Peter Pan By J.M Barrie
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang | Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol  Delilah Dirk by Tony Cliff | The Odyssey by Gareth Kind 

Last minute edit: I said I wouldn’t buy anymore books this month… and I failed. 
OOOOOLa nuit des temps by Barjavel | The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

No Baking Oreo Cheesecake

DSCN2310You know what? I’m not that much of a fan of oreos. I like them, but I’ve never get why people go so crazy about them (then again, there’s a lot of things I don’t understand why people go crazy about but I’ll tell you about that another time); until one day I decided to order a gigantic piece of Oreo cake at Second Cup.

Instant love.

Now, I guess you all see what kind of cake that is; the one with multiple layers of cake and cream. Well, in France, that’s not something we see very often. Probably because we invented croissant and macarons, but anyway. I tasted that cake, and I have wanted more since then. But this kind of cake is a bit too long to make very often so I needed a recipe a little quicker to make. Then came the No Baking Oreo Cheesecake. Hell to the yes! I was inspired by Gemma Stafford ‘s recipe. I changed the quantities (and decide not to do a chocolat ganache as well) a little because I wanted a smaller cheesecake I could eat on my own (although I could have eaten the whole thing anyway). And it is heavenly good, I much prefer that recipe to the actual Orea Cake I first tasted. I will most definitely adapt that recipe many time from now on.  
For this recipe you will need:


OOOOOOOO12-14 oreos (eat the rest of them while baking)
OOOOOOOO2 tablespoon of melted butter
OOOOOOOO100g of cream cheese (room temperature)
OOOOOOOO1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
OOOOOOOO1/4 of a cup of ice sugar
OOOOOOOO250ml of whipped cream
OOOOOOOO+ of course a baking dish of your choice. Not too big, but
OOOOOOO●O not to little as well.
(I used a glace on the picture, but the main dish I used is about 20/25cm long for 15cm wide, same for deep)


OOOStart by crushing 10 oreos until you have a very fine powder. You can either do it by hands of use a food processor. Add the melted butter to it and mix until the whole powder is covered in butter. Press it into your dish and put it in the fridge while you start working of the filling.

OOOIn a bowl, whip your cream cheese, vanilla extract and  sugar together until it is perfectly smooth (it could take 3-5mins). Add your cream and keep whipping until it doubles size. Once your done, crushed some more 2-3 oreos and add them the cream mixture. Add the filling on top of the crust, crush the remaining oreos on top of it and put it on the fridge for at least 6 hours (over night would be best) until serving. You could also put it in the freezer to have an ice cream consistancy. 

All you have to do now is enjoy your little treat. 



The Book Courtship Tag

I wasn’t tagged to do this by anyone, but, who cares? I really like the tag, I find it to be very funny. So, here I go. 

Phase 1Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

OOOOThat would be the Puffin Chalk Edition of Peter Pan, by JM Barrie. I’ve had read this book already, but the cover was too pretty not to buy it. I mean, look at it… just look at it! And the pages are all cut in that beautiful shape. I think it’s on trend at the moment, but I don’t care, it’s beautiful


Phase 2First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

OOOOI would pick The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It took me months to pick it up, which is a sin. But I read it and loved it from beginning to end. Has for the summary:
OOOOThe circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billborads. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within these noctural black-and-white-striped tents awaitsand utterly unique experience, a feast for senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander thourgha lush garder made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air. 
OOOOOOWelcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. 


Phase 3Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

OOOOThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Beside the fact that it is amazingly well writen, the story itself is fatastic. Every booklover would love it; it is a book about books. I have read it many times and still love it, like every other Zafon’s books. Zafon has a very peculiar style; he uses quit a lot of description, and all of his stories have a hint of fantasy. Or at least, something a little inexplicable. This particular book is a story about books, and what they could represent for those who read them. It is very sweet. I highly recommend it.


Phase 4First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

OOOOI would pick The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I have had heard a lot of good things about the book before reading it and I was very surprised of how much I loved it. It was amazing. I cannot say how much I loved it. There’s action, and romance, and friendship. And the sequel was just as good, now I can’t wait for the thrid book to come out (and I know I’ll be just as impatiente for the fourth/fifth etc). Which won’t be for a long while now, unfortunately. 


Phase 5Late Night Phone Calls:A book that kept you up all night?

OOOOAllegiant by Veronica Roth, definitely. I was SO impatient to read it. I couldn’t put it down until I was done with it.But then again, I read the entire trilogy + Four short stories in three days. That’s how obsessed I was with it. I won’t say anything in case anyone has yet to read it, but urgh, the ending. 


Phase 6Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

OOOOThe Odyssey by Homer. This is my ultimate old time favorite story. I have read it many, many times. In many different editions and styles. I had to read it for the first time when I was 11 and I kept picking this up everytime I have the chance since then. I recently bought a graphic novel of the Odyssey that I have yet to read but I know I will love it. 

IMG_20150413_141308Phase 7Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

OOOOHarry Potter, Wizardry Film. The book comes with all these goodies you can take out and read and just admire because they are beautiful. It takes a lot of self control  not to read the whole book at once. But even when I’ll be done reading it, I will still enjoy flipping through it because it is gorgeous. 

DSCN2281Phase 8Meeting the parents: A book which you would recomend to your family and friends?

OOOOThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I just love it. But if I really have to pick another book, I would choose Ce que le jour doit à la nuit by Yasmina Khadra (I believe the english title is What the Day owes to the Night, but I’m not sure). The story is heartbreaking, and sweet, and funny at the same time. 


Phase 9Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

OOOOWithout a second’s hesitation: the Harry Potter series. 
It is just too good. There’s not much else to say. It’s a gigantic piece of my childhood that I know I will go back to for the rest of my life. And I will read it to my children; and if they don’t like it, I’ll had them adopted (of course, that is a joke). 


Phase 10Share the love: Who do you tag?

Anyone who wishes to do it is invited to. I haven’t been tagged so… Just take the right to do it and tag me in it so I can see what books you chose! 

The Hunger Games

I quite suppose you all are familliar with the Hunger Games trilogy wether it is by the books or the movies. Guess no one could have get past the phenomenon, right? Well, praise yourself, because I did. I am the girl who never read nor watch anything Hunger Games related and although I have heard of it (suppose I couldn’t escape it, could I?) I have no idea what actually happens in the story. 

Now, there is a reason why I chose not to read the books/watch the movies, reason being that I’ve always said a similar story already existed: Battle Royale. I couldn’t understand why people would get so existed about a story that was so close to something already existant. And then years past and I kept hearing and reading about the Hunger Games trilogy and so so many people seem to be deeply in the story and yet I simply couldn’t bring myself to change my mind and give it a try. I can be bloody stubborn when I want to.

But one day as I was wandering around a secondhand bookshop I spotted a hardcover of the third book of the trilogy in perfect condition for2$ and thought « hell with that, I’m gonna buy it, at least the book is pretty« . And there you go, I had one of the three books. Weeks later, going back to that bookshop I found the first one, hardcover, perfect condition, 2$. And I got it, which seemed legit. And then, a few days ago, I went to yet another secondhand bookshop, not planning on buying anything really (even I am not convinced) and found the second and final book I was missing to complete the trilogy for 3,50$. Just like that, I had in my possession the complete Hunger Games Trilogy. 

They are now standing in my bookshelf, all very beautiful and waiting to be picked up. Which I guess I’ll be doing in a very near futur since I have a week off from uni. So yeah, the girl who hasn’t read the so very well known and loved Hunger Games trilogy, will soon join the rest of the gang. Better late than never they say; now if you will excuse me, I have a little black book waiting for me to dive into its pages. 

Is there any book(s)/trilogy/series that you have yet to dive into?