Archive for November, 2012


Black forest cake

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Thank you so much, A. for all the tips and help with this impressive cake, and thank you TIF for publishing it! I made it for an event at work. It is much easier to make than I expected!

You will need (cake  form Ø 24 cm)

Ingredients:

Cake

400 g flour
270 g sugar
60 g soy flour *
80 g cocoa powder
2 packs of baking powder
120 g of sunflower oil
400 ml soy milk *
1 pinch of salt
150 ml water

For the filling and decoration:

750 ml soy whipped cream **
100 g dark chocolate
1 pack chocolate sprinkles** (granules au cacao/granella al cacao)
1 package chocolate shavings** (copeaux de chocolat/riccioli di cioccolato)
2-3 tablespoons raspberry jam
optional cherry
3 packs of  whip cream fix (raffermisseur pour creme fouettee/consolidante per panna montata) **
1 can of pitted cherries

* Available in health food stores, (for example Votre Sante, Geneva,  Bd Carl-Vogt 28)
**Available  at Migros

Method

Cake:
Mix all ingredients, pour the mixture  into the cake tin and bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes. When the cake has cooled, cut it horizontally into three layers (Tip: Easier to cut the cake if you bake it the day before. ).

Spread some jam over the first layer of the cake.

For the chocolate cream filling: Whip the 750 ml soy whipped cream with the 3 packs of cream fix. Melt the 100 g chocolate in a pan over warm water. Stir the chocolate into  200 g of the whipped cream.

Spread this over the jam on the first layer. Distribute some of the cherries over the chocolate. The second layer will be filled with 250 g of soy whipped cream. I put some cherries on this layer too. Then place the top layer of the cake over this and spread the remaining whipped cream over the top and the sides. (Leave a little bit for the final decoration). Sprinkle the sides with the dark chocolate sprinkles, and the top with the chocolate shavings.  Decorate the top with soy whipped cream rosettes which you finish with half cherries.  Chill it for few hours. It will make 12 to 16 slices.

Source (in German):

http://www.tier-im-fokus.ch/info-material/tif-topf/schwarzwaeldertorte/

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Brussels sprouts soup

One of the best things about autumn is that Brussels sprouts come into season. Here is my fav soup to make with them:

I chop up

1 onion

1 clove of garlic

2-3 carrots

3-4 tomatoes

and any other vegetables that you feel like,

and add

300-500 grams of Brussels sprouts. (I go for the more option normally).

I boil water, add 2 cubes of veg stock and all the vegetables, cook for about 20 minutes. I like to make it a thick soup, a bit like minestrone. You may want to jazz it up with some olive oil, but this is great without that too.