Craccum’s resident chef Maddy Newman brings you two easy dessert recipes, Chocolate Cake and Ambrosia. Perfect for a ‘standing in the front of the fridge at 2am’ snack, that requires no more than 2 core ingredients.
As you may have observed, the COVID-19 Lockdown triggered a lot of flour-purchasing and “survival-bread” baking. So, although Level 2 is bringing flour back to the shelves, we thought you could do with some backup flourless recipes.
As a side note, if you’re a diehard gluten fan, you could try including flour. But it might not work so well for the second recipe.
RECIPE NUMBER ONE: Easy “Chocolate Cake”
If you don’t have an oven, apparently you can bake this in a rice cooker for 40 minutes. Experiment at your own risk.
OPTIONAL: garnishes like cocoa powder, powdered sugar, cream or fruit
- Preheat oven to 200°C if you’re using a conventional oven, 180°C if you’re using a fan-forced oven.
- Line and grease your cake tin (preferably 15cm in diameter).
- Break up the chocolate and place it in a microwave-proof bowl.
- Heat the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until completely melted. Take care not to overheat as the chocolate will separate.
- Separate eggs yolks and whites into separate bowls.
- Break up the egg yolks and mix until smooth.
- Add half the egg yolk mixture into the melted chocolate and stir until smooth.
- Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. NOTE: If you have a strong sweet tooth, you might want to add two or three tablespoons of sugar while beating the egg whites, especially if you’re using dark chocolate.
- Gently fold one-third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture (this is best done with a silicone spatula).
- Fold in the remaining egg yolk mixture.
- Fold in the remaining whipped egg whites.
- Pour the batter into your prepared cake tin.
- Bake for 18 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through. You can check by poking a skewer or chopstick through it. If it comes out clean, take the cake out of the oven.
- Cool and serve. If you’re feeling classy, you can also decorate it with garnishes like fruit or powdered sugar.
RECIPE NUMBER TWO: Easy “Ambrosia”
According to Ancient Greek Mythology, ambrosia is the “food of the gods” and grants immortality to those who consume it. This a cheaper, mortal-made alternative that probably won’t protect you from COVID-19, but it tastes just as good.
-200g any yoghurt of your choice
-50g plain marshmallows
OPTIONAL: garnishes like canned/fresh fruit, compote, jam or whipped cream
- Place ingredients in a fridge-safe container.
- Mix until the marshmallows are coated in yoghurt.
- Let sit in the fridge for at least three hours. For best results, let sit for one or two days.
- Serve. Again, if you’re feeling classy, you can put it into an aesthetic-looking dish and garnish before serving.
Enjoy your sugar-rush and the freedoms of Level 2!