Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Flourless Nut Cakes

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Hazelnut Coffee Cake

If you're new to eating wheat free, or gluten free, here's a versatile cake recipe that you're sure to love . . . everyone I serve it to loves it, and can't believe there's no flour in it! (Or white sugar!)  I adapted these from one on Debra Lynn Dadd's site, http://www.sweetsavvy.com/. I sometimes make it a Maple Pecan cake, sometimes a Hazelnut Chocolate cake or a Hazelnut Coffee cake - whatever I feel like. Experiment with different nuts and flavourings until you find your favourite!  If you buy nuts bulk like I do, these cakes don't have to be overly expensive.

Maple Pecan Cake

1.  Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (325 degrees F) and grease or line a 9-inch round cake pan.

2.  Grind in Thermomix on speed 9 for 10 seconds:
- 100g Rapadura

3.  Add all other ingredients and mix for 30 seconds, speed 8:
- 90g butter/ghee/coconut oil
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tblspn arrowroot flour (or cornflour)
- 170g pecan halves
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

4.  Pour into tin and cook 30 - 40 mins, or until skewer inserted in centre of cake comes out clean.

5.  Drizzle with a little pure maple syrup.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

This one's a bit heavier - almost like brownies. 

All you do is add 40g of good quality cocoa, change the pecans to raw hazelnuts, and instead of drizzling with maple syrup just dust with cocoa or sprinkle over some grated chocolate.

Hazelnut Coffee Cake

Add a couple of tablespoons of instant coffee instead of cocoa, use hazelnuts instead of pecans, and eat as is or sprinkle with some powdered Rapadura.

Let me know if you think of any other great combinations!

5 comments:

Ang Pang said...

How often do you use your Thermomix, do you have many recipes for it?

Jo said...

Hi Ang! I use my Thermomix constantly - about 6 times a day, sometimes a lot more! We use it to make smoothies (whole nuts, seeds, frozen chunks of fruit and water), fruit ice-creams (chunks of frozen fruit), grind grains & seeds, bread & pasta doughs, cake/muffin/pancake batters, risottos (it also cooks - put everything in and walk away - beeps when done - about 16 mins), pastas (chops veges, sautes, cooks meat/veges/sauce, add pasta - cooks whole dish in about 15 mins), steam veges/fish/meat, chop veges, make custards, puddings, soups, rice . . . you name it, it does it! Practically washes itself too! Comes with recipe books, and it's so easy to convert your own recipes too. I wouldn't be without one - had mine for over 4 yrs, still going strong! Jo.

Natalie said...

Hi,
I found your blog through Elana's Pantry and have been looking around. This is the first I have heard of the Thermomix and it sounds fascinating. You say you make smoothies - can you make green smoothies with it as well? I assume that if it chops veggies, it could also make them into a smoothie. I am in the USA so don't know if I can find one, but sounds like an amazing product.

Jo said...

Hi Natalie,
Yes, it makes green smoothies - any kind of smoothie or slushie or frappe or latte... If you live in the USA, you have to buy it from Canada, as they don't sell them in the USA at the moment. If you go to the Thermomix forum you can talk to others from the US who have bought one, and see recipes for green smoothies and practically everything else you can think of! http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php

Domestic Adventuress said...

I've just made the pecan cake - so simple and absolutely delicious! Thanks! We're having it topped with cashew cream :) .

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