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Orange Olive Oil Chocolate Cake

Orange Olive Oil Chocolate Cake

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Serves: 16 Cooking Time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 250 g dark baking chocolate ( sweetened)
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 60 g organic arrowroot powder
  • 100 g walnuts
  • 50 g plus 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 fl oz Orange Liqueur ( such as Cointreau)
  • 4 eggs, separated at room temperature
  • dash sea salt
  • zest from 3 organic oranges
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

1

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Find your baking mold ( I used a circular one) and place in 1 tbsp of olive oil ensuring it gets on all the sides as well as the bottom of the pan.

2

Time to whip out your blender and place in the walnuts. Blend it until a flour like consistency is reached. It should take only 30 seconds, you are not going for a nut butter just a flour. Set it aside.

3

Take the chocolate and break it up into smaller pieces if its in a bar form. Using a bain marie, slowly melt the chocolate using a heat proof spatula to stir in a large glass bowl until it is smooth and glossy. Remove it from the heat and add in the dark brown sugar, vanilla extract, olive oil, orange liqueur, and stir with your spatula before adding in the egg yolks. Zest in the oranges and mix in the walnut flour and arrow root powder to the chocolate.

4

Beat your egg whites with a dash of salt until stiff peaks are formed. Once you have the peaks, gently fold them with the same spatula you've been using into the chocolate mix and pour the mix into your baking vessel.

5

Bake for 40 minutes and let cool before removing it from the mold or slicing.

Chocolate is synonymous with decadence. All too often its referred to as “sinful”, “indulgent”, “rich” all adjectives that I think are a bit negative. Negative thoughts aren’t great for growth, especially when your trying to enjoy a bit of added sweetness in your life! Since I have dessert every day, I do try to be mindful about what kind of desserts I eat which is why I prefer homemade ones that I have complete control over the ingredients, flavor, and texture of. Let us reserve creme brΓ»lΓ©e for nights out, but so as not to deprive yourself heres a chocolate cake recipe that you can feel good about.

Vitamin C and pectin, omega 3 and 6, antioxidants, protein, and heart boosting fats are all found in each piece of chocolate cake. Made with ground walnuts, orange zest, and olive oil, you have a umami of flavors that build the longer it sits on your tongue. A bit of peppery notes will enter, that dance around with pungent orange and is mellowed out with a luscious chocolate aftertaste. The eggs used are separated, and must stay this way. The yolks will combine with the chocolate base to create a pudding like texture and help to create a instagram worthy cracked top on the cake. It’s going to be a thick and creamy base but then the beaten white get folded in which elevate the cake to a light and airy mythical creature that you wont feel bad about going in for seconds, or thirds…

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