Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Here’s wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season,
And a New Year filled with Peace and Happiness.
May your Christmas be Happy and Bright!!

I hope to see you all again in New Year with lots of new recipes and inspirations for low carb baking. I keep trying to prove that everything is possible, even baking without sugar and flour :) Happy Christmas to all bakers!

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