Who got distracted by watching knife skill videos? I DID.
Who also decided to prep cinnamon rolls tonight for her birthday breakfast!? STILL me.
So that’s why I’m bringing the last installment of my Valentine’s meal plan a few hours later than I had planned! However, now, in all its glory we’ve got…
– Starter: Lettuce Boats with Sweet Potato, Grapefruit and Paprika Mayo
– Main: Sticky Glazed Meatballs with Cauliflower Quinoa Pilaf (GF with Vegetarian variation)
– Dessert: Flourless Chocolate & Pomegranate Mini Cake
The recipe for this lovely, fudgy cake comes from one of my recent favourite cookbooks. You may be familiar with Kamran’s blog, The Sophisticated Gourmet, in which case you’d also know his first cookbook was recently published! I’ve followed along with the behind-the-scenes pics he’s been posting on instagram for SO LONG. I craved this book, people.
And let me tell you oh how worth the wait was!
I’ve already made the bagel recipe (twice as regular bagels and three times as an adapted invention: Bagel Bread Loaf which I posted a few months ago), the blueberry cornmeal muffins, the blondies plus now the flourless chocolate cake all of which lasted less than 24 hours. It’s an utterly gorgeous book – all of the recipes styled and photographed by Kamran himself.
When I contacted Kamran to let him know how excited about his book I was, he generously offered to send me an extra copy so I could host a giveaway for all of you! You can enter using the Rafflecopter box below (you may have to click through to my site in order to see it!):
I only made 1/3 of the flourless chocolate cake so that it was juuust small enough for two people to share (keepin’ with the theme, guys!). I dolloped freshly whipped double cream on top and scattered on some juicy pomegranate arils. I have no clue why food seems to go all red velvet/strawberry themed for Valentine’s – pomegranates are the ancient fruit of love (..okay apparently so are quinces but they’re not red so they can get out) AND they’re red AND they’re a lot more seasonal than strawberries or raspberries (for the UK, at least). So YAY for pomegranates, beautiful books and rich chocolate cakes.
See you when I’m 19!
– Recipe from Handmade Baking by Kamran Siddiqi (Chronicle Books)*
– I only made 1/3 of the batter from the original recipe so that it makes a small, quite thin cake (enough for 2 HUNGRY or 3-4 normal people!).
– It’s a very rich batter which bakes to a kind of brownie-like texture. I highly recommend serving with the whipped cream, whipped coconut cream or vanilla ice cream. Just something to cut the intensity of the chocolate flavour!
– Don’t have pomegranate? Use sliced strawberries or raspberries instead.
– This is an amazing dessert to make ahead of time. Just chill the baked, cooled cake until you’re ready to serve then decorate with the cream + fruit and EAT!
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