Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chocolate and Hazelnut Paste Loaf Cake

With valentines day approaching fast, how can one not indulge in a bit of chocolate. Eating chocolate is a fine excuse for self indulgence and frivolity and a good piece of chocolate is a delight to the senses and provides your soul with joy.
Here is my recipe for an extremely delicious dense Chocolate and Hazelnut Paste Loaf Cake

225g unsalted butter
375g treacle sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
30ml hazelnut paste
100g dark chocolate (melted)
200g cake flour
5ml bicarbonate of soda
30ml cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
250ml warm water
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Line a loaf tin with parchment paper.
Cream the butter and sugar for 3minutes on medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time, making sure each one is mixed in well.
Add the melted chocolate, hazelnut paste and vanilla paste.
Sift together the cocoa, cake flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Add this to the chocolate mixture. Add the warm water right at the end; ensure that all the ingredients are well incorporated.
Bake for 45minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Leave the cake in the loaf pan until it has completely cooled down.
Enjoy with some whipped cream and a bowl of strawberries.

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