Who doesn’t love a rich delicious chocolate cake?!

One of the best things about my Thermomix is that I can make my own nut flours. Baking without refined white flour and sugar is something I enjoy doing and I have found 2 recipes, that when paired together, make for one rich delicious cake! I found the recipe for the almond flour chocolate cake on the Thermomix Recipe Community site and the Gooey Chocolate Ganache at Quirky Cooking. I have made this cake many times, served it with and without the ganache, and it is perfectly rich every time. I usually serve it with whipped cream, but you could also use whipped coconut cream if you are dairy adverse.

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Rich Chocolate Almond Cake

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 270 g Dates (pitted)
  • 125 g Boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bi-carbonate of Soda
  • 250 g almonds
  • 3 eggs
  • 60 g coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 50 g cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C.  Grease and line a 20 cm round cake pan (i used a bundt pan with a hole in the middle) Mix dates and bi-carb soda in boiling water and leave to soak for a few minutes while you do the next step.
  2. Grind almonds for 10 seconds, speed 9. Set aside.
  3. Put dates, water and bi-carb into mixing bowl, and blend for 30 seconds, speed 6.  You may need to stop and scrape the sides a couple of times, and maybe reduce the speed a little after the first few seconds if necessary.
  4. Add eggs, oil, vanilla essence and blend for 20 seconds, speed 6.  Scrape down bowl.
  5. Add almonds, baking powder, cocoa and salt and mix for 20 seconds, speed 6.  Scrape down bowl and repeat.
  6. Pour into prepared cake tin and bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.  Leave until cool before turning onto a serving plate. I covered mine with chocolate ganache (see recipe below) and sprinkled it with shredded coconut. You could also use cacao powder.
  7. Serve with whipped cream and raspberry coulis.

*please note the numbers on the photos do not correspond with the instructions

Gooey Chocolate Ganache

  • Servings: one cake
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 100g raw cashews (soak in water for one hour then drain)
  • 3 fresh pitted dates
  • 20g raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20g pure maple syrup
  • 20g filtered water

Method

  1. Grind cashews for 10 seconds, speed 9, until fine.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix at speed 6 for 30 seconds, scrape down, add a little more water if needed, and mix another 30 seconds until smooth.

Enjoy!

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“You’re doing WHAT?!”

A mid-forties move to a distant land that’s about to head into winter, armed with a Thermomix, a few books and a knowledge of Swedish that hasn’t really been used in 26 years, is probably not a situation many people might find themselves in. And yet here I am! Doing exactly that!

Saltvik, Åland Islands, Finland

‘Why?’ I hear you ask…. well, it’s always about love, isn’t it? You fall in love and all of a sudden you are making life-changing decisions. And with a Thermomix! My love for cooking and all things Thermomix related has come with me to the amazing Mariehamn, so I have decided to let my passion fly free and blog about it! And hopefully, a few Scandinavian people might come along for the ride… (and, of course, anyone else who is interested!)

So here you will find recipes (tried and tested), adaptations, Swedish versions of old favourites, healthy eating recipes, all adapted for my Thermie, as I affectionately call her. You may also hear about my new home and the adventures I have!