BROWN BUTTER CAKE WITH APPLE&PEAR
(or basically any other fruit your prefer)
7 tbsp / 100 g butter
6 eggs, separated
1/2 cup / 160 g maple syrup, or more to taste
1 cup / 240 ml coconut milk
1/4 cup / 60 ml almond milk
1 vanilla bean, split lenghtwise
1 cup / 100 g almond flour
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp / 125 g coconut flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 pear, 2 apples / core removed, thinly sliced
To make the brown butter, place the butter in a saucepan and melt on medium high heat. Stir until it melts completely. Continue to cook the butter, stirring frequently, until the milk solids begin to brown and the butter starts to smell nutty. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Take the butter off the heat and pour it in a small bowl. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 25cm baking pan.
Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine egg yolks, maple syrup, coconut milk, almond milk and the scraped seeds of the vanilla bean. Add the warm and melted brown butter and mix well.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth. Taste the dough and adjust the sweetness by adding more maple syrup, if you like.
In a squeaky clean measuring cup or bowl beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and carefully fold the fluffy egg whites into the batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and arrange the fruit on top and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Let cool completely and serve with coconut yoghurt/ sour cream/ whipped cream/ fresh berries/ chopped nuts!
HAZELNUT CAKE WITH AMARETTO GANACHE
AND CRANBERRY JAM
– 200 g ground hazelnuts
– 160 g ground almonds
– 200 g unrefined sugar
– 100 g cornstarch
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 4 eggs
– 160 ml olive oil
– 150 ml almond milk
– 200 g good quality dark chocolate
– 150 ml cream
– 70 ml Amaretto
– 250 g fresh Cranberries
– juice of 2 Oranges
– 5 tbsp unrefined sugar
– 100 g finely chopped chocolate
– 1 tbsp butter
The ganache can be prepared a day in advance. Finely chop the chocolate and place it in a bowl. Pour the cream into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Take it off the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Add the Amaretto and wait for 2 minutes. Stir the cream-chocolate mix until the chocolate has melted and everything is well combined. Place the bowl in the fridge overnight.
To make the cranberry jam, combine the cranberries, orange juice and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stirring frequently let the cranberries cook for about ten minutes until a thick jam forms. Scoop the jam into a bowl and let cool completely.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line three 18cm cake tins with parchment paper and butter and dust with flour. Set aside.
Add the ground hazelnuts and almonds to a pan and roast them on low heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are golden brown and have a fragrant smell. Immediately transfer the toasted, ground nuts to a plate or bowl and let cool completely.
In a medium sized bowl combine the toasted nuts, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine.
In another bowl whisk the eggs, oil and almond milk. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix to form a smooth batter.
Devide the batter evenly into the prepared baking tins and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Take the cakes out of the oven and let cool completely.
To assemble the cake place one cake on a plate or cake stand. Using a spatula or the back of a spoon scoop a generous amount of amaretto-ganache on the cake and spread evenly. Add 2-3 tablespoons of cranberry jam and carefully spread it evenly on the ganache. Place the second cake on top and repeat the steps with the ganache & cranberry jam. Place the third cake on top.
In a bowl combine the finely chopped chocolate and butter. Place the bowl in a bigger bowl and add hot water to create a water bath. Stir often while the chocolate and butter are melting. Carefully pour the ganache glaze over the cake and quickly spread it over the edges so that it rubs down the sides.
Decorate the cake with freeze dried raspberries, more chocolate, cocoa nibs, and truffles.
Make some coffee or open up a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the cake!