A Gemeled of Goudie’s Gastronomical Goodies
I decided to revisit my recent baking experiences but, this time, I was more prepared having ALL the named ingredients and not having to improvise at all. Given that the Clean Dark Chocolate Cake, shared on Facebook, takes an hour to bake at 190c and the Banana and Date Tea Loaf, 30 mins at 200c. With the cake designed to go with coffee and the loaf with tea, I thought that it would be rude not to make both together and cover all bases.
Clean Dark Chocolate Cake
150 gr walnuts
150 gr ground almonds
200 gr best quality cooking chocolate, broken into squares (I used Green and Black’s Fair Trade, organic, dark cooking chocolate)
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
225 gr butter, cut into cubes (I used Graham’s unsalted butter)
3 tbsp agave or coconut sugar ( I used the latter)
6 free range eggs, separated NB both the whites and the yolks will be used.
A pinch of rock salt
Pre Heat an oven to 190c and butter, or line, a large cake tin.
Mix together, in a food blender, the ground almonds, walnuts, chocolate and cacao powder. Spoon the mixture into a bowl.
Then add the butter with the coconut sugar and the egg yokes and blend together.
Add the original mixture, in the bowl, to the blender and blend both mixtures together.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites with pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks. Add this slowly, into the blender and gently blend together.
Spoon into the cake tin, pat it flat, and place in the, preheated, oven, on the middle shelf, for 60 minutes at 190c.
Remove from oven, leave to stand for 20 minutes. Serve an enjoy… or store in a biscuit tin for later and share with running friends.
Banana and Date Tea Loaf
Water; 200g Spelt Flour; 1 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda (BoS); a handful of chopped pitted Dates; a handful of Raisins; 2 very ripe Bananas (roughly sliced); 1/3rd a cup of Coconut Oil, 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Bean Dusting Sugar.
Preheat the oven to 200c (or 190c if making at the same time as the Dark Chocolate Cake, above). Butter, or line, a loaf tin. (I buttered mine)
Pour the flour and BoS into a food mixer and then slowly add the water, blending into a firm dough consistency. Add the: bananas; dates; raisins; vanilla extract and coconut oil to the mixture and blend it all together into a dough.
Spoon the dough into the loaf tin and pat if flat. Place in the pre heated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and dust with the Vanilla Dusting Sugar, leave to stand for 20 minutes. Ax above serve or store and share with your running buddies.
Original recipes supplied by Rachel Holmes