Tuesday, 17 February 2015

a dream team with heart and soul...coffee and cake

trilogy of hot drinks...this is what i like to call my recent project...a hot drink combined with a sweet treat...a dream team with heat and soul...isn't it...???

there are so many of them anf three oft them here with me.

part 1: der german traditional combination...coffee and cake.

...as i am not into coffee, i will go straight to cake part...not that traditional, but since gluten is giving me a hard time, flour had to be substiuted with a more unconventional ingredient...with black beans.

i always wanted to do some baking with black beans and finally did so...there are a lot of baking recipes out there...but as i do neither have the time and nor the sense for soaking beans overnight and later on cooking them for hours...i was looking for one, which uses grounded black beans.

and i am so glad to have found this

with my thermomix i could easily ground my dried black beans and i gues this could be made with other kitchen tools, too.

...as i fully trusted the taste of the many food bloggers baking with black beans, i had no doubt, the little cakes would taste like beans instead of chocolate...and then...i was sooo disappointed, that the dough smelled like beans and unfortunately tasted like beans, too.

anyhow...i decided to still bake my little muffins...and what can i say...thank god i did...ready baked they smell and taste delicious and are so worth to try.

...you do need to bake them long enough and let them completely dry before removing from the mould...otherwise you end up with a gooey, fudgy crumble...delicious but...crumbly.

this is what you need

- 12 dried dates

- 1/12 cups water

- 2/3 cup chocolate

- 1/4 cup cacao powder

- 1/4 cup coconut oil

- 1/2 cup agave syrup  

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 1 cup grounded black beans

- 1 cup grounded quinoa

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

this is what you have to do

- preheat oven to 175 degreed celcius

- grease muffin moulds or brownie pan or line with parchment paper

- simmer dates and water in a small saucepan until soft

- melt chocolate in a double boiler

- blend dates and water

- add chocolate, coconut oil, agave syrup, and vanilla and blend until smooth

- mix the dry ingredients and to the mixture

- add cacao

- pour the dough into the baking pan or moulds

- bake for 35 to 40 minutes or longer, if you don't want the centre to be too gooey or fudgy

- let completely dry, before removing from the moulds or cutting into squares

- enjoy

i wish you a lot of fun baking this unusual little cakes...within the next days, i will continue my trilogy of hot drinks..it is going to british and american...

thank you very much for visiting my blog...best regards and until soon...silke