Flour-less Chocolate Cake

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Rich, fudgy and soul-satisfying. This flourless chocolate cake is exactly what you need make a bad day better. It’s the kind of cake you don’t need an occasion to bake, because it’s just that good.

Ingredients:

  1. 150 g dark chocolate, chopped
  2. 70 g unsalted butter
  3. 4 eggs, separated and at room temperature
  4. 90 g granulated sugar
  5. 20 g cocoa powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Line a 7 inch spring-form pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add the chopped up chocolate to a heat-proof bowl. In a saucepan, heat the butter until it is just simmering.
  3. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Let sit for about 2-3 minutes and then whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  4. Add the 4 yolks to the chocolate and whisk to combine. Then sift in the cocoa and salt. Mix together until combined. The mixture will be thick and stiff.
  5. Using an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks or a meringue forms.
  6. Add 1/3 of the whipped egg whites to the chocolate mixture and fold gently to combine. Then add in the rest of the egg whites and gently fold through until all mixed together.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 21-23 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then release and allow to cool completely. The cake will collapse and form cracks on the surface as it cools.

Honeyed Pear and Almond Cake / Gluten Free

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This honeyed pear and almond cake is gluten free, refined sugar free and is the epitome of warm, sunny picnicy days. It’s not overly sweet and uses only unrefined sugar so that the pears and honey add the needed sweetness without overdoing it. I absolutely  love baking with almond flour. It brings with it a beautifully subtle, nutty and toasty flavour. The cake itself is spiced with cinnamon and honey. Soft notes of almond and floral hints of pear give the cake a much needed mellowness.  It’s simple, but good.

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Ingredients:

  1. 2 pears (grated)
  2. 150 g ground almonds
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 50 g honey
  5. 30 g olive oil
  6. ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  7. ⅔ teaspoon baking powder
  8. ⅓ teaspoon baking soda
  9. ½ teaspoon salt
  10. 1 tablespoon of melon seeds

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160°C. Line a 8″ cake tin with parchment paper.
  2. Separate the eggs into whites and yolks.
  3. Beat the egg-whites with an electric mixer until you have soft peaks.
  4. In the bowl with the yolks, add the honey, oil and grated pears. Mix until combined.
  5. Fold the dry ingredients into the yolk mixture.
  6. Gently fond in the egg-whites.
  7. Transfer the batter into the cake tin and sprinkle the melon seeds on top.
  8. Bake for one hour.

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