Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Chocolate Cake with Pears

December has arrived incredibly fast with all Christmas decorations, madness of shopping and preparations for festive seasons. Many of us are already planning a Christmas menu, but we all know that it can get a bit tricky when it comes to low carb cakes and puddings. I’ve been thinking what I should bake not only to satisfy my own tastes buds (and don’t go off the meter!), but also to keep my family and friends happy. I decided to go for this rich and moist chocolate cake with aromatic pears. I found a recipe for this cake on one of my favourite baking blogs and adjusted it to diabetic needs a little bit. Omitting flour didn’t do much harm. In fact, I think it made this cake even better. Dense and smooth texture combined with soft pears make a perfect cake to enjoy with cup of good coffee or tea.

Ingredients:

For the cake (everything at room temperature):
  • 150 g dark chocolate (I used Tesco 74% Ivory Coast)
  • 120 g butter
  • 100 g Xylitol (powdered) plus a little bit for decoration
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 2 tbs. Cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
For the pears:
  • 200 g (about 1 ¼ medium pear)peeled and cut into long strips
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
Preparation:
  • Bring to boil water with cinnamon and star anise. Add the pears and cook on a very low heat for about 5 minutes. Do not overcook the pears. You want them to be in nice whole pieces. Place aside to cool down.
  • In a large bowl, over simmering water, melt the chocolate until smooth.Set aside to cool down a bit.
  • Using electric mixer beat the butter with xylitol until mixture gets light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one by one, beating continuously.
  • Add the melted chocolate and mix until all nicely combined.
  • Combine ground almond, cocoa and baking powder together. Add it to the chocolate mixture and fold it in gently.
  • Pour the batter into the tin and place the pears in a circle (kind of star shape)and bake for about 30 – 35 minutes (check with the skewer if the cake is ready).
  • Cool it down and dust with powdered xylitol.

Merry Christmas J

Nutritional values:

Whole Cake
1 slice (1/12 of the cake)
Carbohydrates
101 g
8.5 g
Calories
3124
260

 Source : Adapted from moje wypieki

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Chocolate Cupcakes

Quick and easy recipe for Halloween Party. Moist, dense and truly delicious chocolate cupcakes, that will amaze everyone. I shared them with few of my friends (none of them on low carb diet) and everyone absolutely loved them. I took the recipe from BBC website and just swapped normal flour for almond and soy flour. I didn’t expect it would work so well!
Ingredients (for 6 large cupcakes):
  • 60 g ground almond
  • 40 g soy flour
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 100 g Xylitol
  • 1 egg
  • 120 ml full fat milk
  • 40 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

For topping:
  • 125 g mascarpone cheese
  • 150 ml whipping cream
  • 1 ½ tbsp. xylitol

Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 170 C and prepare 6 muffin cases (if you use smaller, cupcake cases you will need around 10 – 12)
  • Place the flour ,cocoa powder, xylitol, baking powder, salt and butter and using electric mixer beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
  • Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract in a jug and slowly pour into the flour mixture. Beat to combine it for couple of minutes.
  • Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the center should come out clean. Set aside to cool down.
  • For the topping whip the cream with xylitol. Add mascarpone cheese and combine together. Using piping bag decorate the cupcakes. You can use some pomegranate for decoration

Enjoy J


Nutrition: 


 Per Cupcake

Carbohydrates

9 g

Calories

400


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Coconut and Chocolate Cheesecake

Marvellous, creamy, baked cheesecake packed with flavours I love the most – coconut and chocolate. Lovely combination of smooth cheesecake covered with a blanket of rich, dark, chocolate mousse. The cake isn’t complicated but you will need to spend some time to build this lovely multi layered masterpiece :)



Ingredients (makes about 16 pieces):

Chocolate base: 
  • 200 g ground almonds  
  • 20 g cocoa  
  • 3 tbsp. powdered xylitol
  • 1 tsp. baking soda  
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)  
  • 2 eggs  

Cheesecake:  

  • 250g cream cheese  
  • 250g mascarpone  
  • 3 eggs  
  • 3 tbsp. ground almond  
  • 125 ml whipping cream  
  • 125 ml coconut cream  
  • 150 g powdered xylitol (or any other sweetener of your choice)  
  • 50 g desiccated coconut  
  • 1 tbsp. coconut essence (or coconut liquor)  


Chocolate mousse:   

  • 150g dark chocolate (I used tesco 74% cocoa)  
  • 350 g whipping cream  
  • 1 tbsp. coconut essence  

Preparation:  

Chocolate base: 
  • Preheat oven to 180 C and line a spring form tin with baking paper (only the bottom) 
  • Mix all dry ingredients. Slightly beat the eggs with a fork and add to the dry ingredients together with melted coconut oil. Mix well and put in a fridge for 30 minutes. Press evenly into the tin and bake for about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool down a bit.  

Cheesecake:   
  • Preheat oven to 160C and place a big tray with boiling water at the bottom of your oven. We will make a simple version of baking in a water bath :)
  • Place all ingredients for a cheesecake layer in a large ball and mix with electric mixer for couple of minutes (not too long so the mixture won’t get too airy). 
  • Pour the mixture on a chocolate base and place on a shelf above tray with hot water. Bake for about 60 minutes. It should look set and firm (baking time may depends on your oven and can be a bit longer than 60 min). Set aside to cool down and refrigerate.  

Chocolate mousse:   
  • That’s the most time consuming part of the cake. It’s very easy but the mixture needs at least 4 hours in the fridge. Place whipping cream in a saucepan and warm it up (but do not bring it to boil). 
  • Take off the heat and add chocolate broken into little pieces. Stir well until you get nice, smooth chocolate mixture.  
  • Add liquor or coconut essence. Set aside to cool down and put in the fridge for about 4 hours.  
  • When the mixture is firmly set take it out of the fridge and using electric mixer beat the cream for couple of minutes to get a thick cream (as if you were making a whipped cream). 
  • Spread the mouse on top of cheese layer and place the cake in the fridge for couple of hours. Decorate with desiccated coconut and enjoy :) 
 

Nutrition:

 
Whole cake
1 slice (1/16 of the cake)
Carbohydrates
152g
9.5g
Calories
6527
407

 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Raspberry and Chocolate Cake

Autumn is just around the corner, but you can still get nice raspberries in supermarkets. It wont last long, so its the last call for making this beautifully looking, raspberry and chocolate cake. It looks very complicated ,but believe me, it isn't. It will just take a bit more time, but effect is fabulous. If you are in need of an artisan cake to impress your guests, go for it. It will astonish everyone, not only those on low carb diet.

Ingredients: 
¾ cup coconut oil (melted)
¾ cup water
1 cup powdered xylitol
4 tbsp. cocoa  
  • Put above ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to boil. Stir well and set aside to cool down completely. 

Ingredients (all should be at room temperature):  

7 eggs 
¾ cup xylitol 
1 ½ cup almond flour
½ cup soy flour 
1 heaped tsp. baking powder 
1 heaped tsp. baking soda  
  • Preheat oven to 180 C and line a large rectangular baking tin (mine 30cmx35cm) with baking paper. You can use two smaller tins.
  • Sieve almond flour, soy flour, baking powder and baking soda and set aside.
  • Using electric mixer beat egg whites until soft peaks form. At the end of beating gradually add xylitol. Add the egg yolks one by one, still beating until the mixture is thick and cream.
  • Gently fold in the cocoa mixture (make sure its cooled down completely).
  • Add sifted dry ingredients and mix gently.
  • Pour the batter into the baking tin and bake for about 20 minutes (check with the skewer if the cake is baked. Skewer should come out clean). Let it cool down completely and then cut in half (if baked in a large tin).  

Raspberry filling:  
500 ml whipping cream 
400 g raspberries (can be frozen but use few fresh ones for decoration) 
2 tbsp. lemon juice 
1/3 cup xylitol 
6 tsp. gelatine (about 24g)  
1/3 cup boiling water 
  • Place raspberries, xylitol and lemon juice in a sauce pan. Bring it to boil and cook on a low heat for a few minutes. Blend the mixture using hand blender.
  • Place gelatine in a cup and cover with boiling water and leave for about 10 minutes. Stir it well until gelatine is completely dissolved (if it doesn’t dissolve easily you can warm it up in a microwave but don’t bring to boil). Add the gelatine to the raspberry mixture and mix well. Cool it down completely and place in a fridge until slightly set (but not completely)
  • Whip the cream and add slightly set raspberry mixture. Mix well  

Chocolate ganache:  
125 ml whipping cream 
100 g dark chocolate 
  • Bring the cream to boil and set aside. Add chopped chocolate and mix well until chocolate dissolves. 

Cake’s assembly:  
  • Place half of the cake on a large tray. Spread the raspberry cream and cover with the second layer of the cake. Place in a fridge for an hour or so and then cover the cake with chocolate ganache and decorate with fresh raspberries and chocolate.   
Enjoy :)


Carbohydrates and Calories:

 

Whole Cake

1 piece

Carbohydrates

191 g

12g

Calories

7340

458

 
Source: Own recipe

Monday, 1 September 2014

Ricotta Cake

After a long break from baking (sorry!) I'm back with an amazing cake different than other. Something between cheesecake and regular cake. Quite heavy but velvety and smooth inside with gentle hint of lemon zest. If you like marzipan you will enjoy that aromatic cake that is packed with sweet flavour of almonds.  Extremely easy to make with a short list of ingredients doesn't take much time to bake. The cake is very moist and tastes much better the next day.



Ingredients:
  • 240 g ground almonds
  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • 170 g Xylitol, powdered (or any other sweetener of your choice which is equivalent of 170g of sugar)
  • 4 eggs
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60g almond flakes

Instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 160 C
  • Line the 20 cm loose bottom cake tin with baking paper
  • Using electric mixer beat egg yolks with xylitol, add ricotta, vanilla extract and ground almond and briefly mix to combine the mixture.
  • Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into ricotta mixture to loosen  and then fold in the rest.
  • Spread the mixture in the tin, sprinkle the almond flakes on the top and bake for about 50 minutes.
  • Cool it down and refrigerate it overnight. Dust with powdered xylitol before serving.
Enjoy :)

Nutrition:

 
Whole Cake
1 slice (1/12 of the cake)
Calories
3814
317
Carbohydrates
67g
5.6g


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Strawberry Mousse Cake

Happy Easter everyone! I havent posted anything for a while, but Im back with delicious, strawberry mousse cake. Strawberry season is just around the corner and lovely, sunny days call for light, summery desserts.Delicate and silky mousse will make a perfect end to your Easter dinner. If you need easy recipe for a cake, that will impress your guests, go for this cake. Cream and fresh strawberries cant taste bad :)

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Base:
  • 200g ground almond
  • 20 g cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. Xylitol (powdered)
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Strawberry mousse:

  • 300 g strawberries
  • 300 g whipping cream
  • 80 g xylitol
  • 2 tbsp. gelatine dissolved in 1/4 glass of hot water
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Preparation:

Chocolate Base:

  • Preheat oven to 180C. Place all the ingredients for the tart in a large bowl and mix well together. Form a ball from dough and press evenly into 23 cm springform tin and bake for about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool down a bit.

Strawberry mousse:

  • Dissolve gelatin in hot water and stir well (there shouldn’t be any lumps). Set aside to cool down slightly.
  • Place strawberries, xylitol and lemon juice in a sauce pan. Blend with a hand blender and bring to boil. Turn off the heat and add disolved gelatine. Mix well and set aside to cool down to room temperature.
  • Whip the cream and add to strawberry mixture. Combine well using hand whisk.
  • Pour the whole mixture on cooled down base and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or until well set. 

Enjoy :)


Carbohydrates and Calories:



Whole Cake 1 piece (1/12 of the cake)
Carbohydrates 74.5 g 6.2 g
Calories 3507 292

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Clementine Cake

Winter is over (hopefully!) so I have turned from heavy chocolate to fresh flavours in my baking. It’s warm and sunny outside so I don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen baking multi layered cakes. I have found this super easy recipe on Nigella website and I can promise you that everyone can make this cake. This is the easiest recipe on my blog I can’t imagine it would turn out wrong.

Ingredients:
  • About 375 g clementines
  • 6 large eggs
  • 225 g Xylitol
  • 250 g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Preparation:
  • Put the clementine in a pan with cold water. Bring to boil and simmer for about 2 hours. Drain and cool down a bit. Cut in half and remove all pips. Place in a food processor and blend.
  • Preheat oven to 180C and line 21cm spring form with baking paper.
  • Add all the other ingredients to food processor and blend together. Pour the batter into prepared tin and bake for about one hour (when a skewer will come out clean).
  • Cool it down and decorate with powdered xylitol. Taste the best the day after it’s made.

 Happy Baking :)
 
Carbohydrates and Calories:
 
Whole Cake
1 piece (1/12 of the cake)
Carbohydrates
113g
9.4g
Calories
2806
233

 Source: Based on Nigella