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Chef Ray: Flourless Chocolate Cake

This cake was easy to prepare and tasted great with plenty of flavour.

From: Lennon, Amanda (Oct 2019) in: Sweet Treats Healthy Food Guide

Serves: 16

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat spread
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted, plus extra to dust
  • 3 eggs, separated, plus extra 2 egg whites
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups hazelnut meal (ground hazelnuts)
  • ½ cup low-fat plain yoghurt, to serve
  • ½ cup mixed berries, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (355°F). Grease a 20cm round spring-form cake tin. Line the base and sides with baking powder.
  2. In a heatproof jug, place the coffee and boiling water and stir gently until it dissolves.
  3. In a saucepan set over a low heat, place spread, chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee mixture and heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, until spread and chocolate are melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a bowl, place egg yolks and brown sugar and beat using an electric mixer for 5 minutes, or until thick. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
  5. Combine chocolate mixture with egg yolk mixture and the hazelnut meal and fold together. using a large metal spoon, fold half the egg whites into the mixture until just combined. Fold in the remaining egg whites.
  6. Into the prepared pan, pour batter and smooth surface. bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool cake completely in pan. Dust with extra cocoa powder.
  7. Slice the cake and serve with yoghurt and mixed berries.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

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