The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE’s blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.
Decedent for your Valentine but even more perfect for a selection of desserts I was preparing for a recent wedding reception. The catering job had a few challenges; egg, dairy, wheat and nut-free. Of course, if you ask me, cooking challenges are fun – so it was back to vegan baking for me. Luckily, being a flourless cake, the gluten-free issue was solved. I’ve made a vegan flourless torte before, but it contained almonds. Serendipity once again played a hand and I was finally able to try a version of Hannah from Bittersweet’s bean + chocolate cake.
With a few variations and a miniature muffin tin, I was set to shine.
As for the ice cream, things still had to be dairy free, so I thought I would opt for these three choices; Strawberry Rose Sorbet, Raspberry Lemoncello and Bananas Foster. They were based on the first, Strawberry Rose Sorbet, which I made last summer. With this easy recipe, any combination is simple. All you need is some frozen fruit, infused syrups and some imagination.
1 – 19oz can Black Beans, drained + rinsed
1 Package Silken, Firm Tofu, drained (425g)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 Tablespoon Finely Ground Coffee, I used a French Roast
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, melted + stirred smooth
3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Raspberries, frozen is perfect
Heat raspberries and press through a sieve to remove the seeds. Set purée aside.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
In a food processor, combine the beans and tofu until well combined.
Scrape the sides, then add the vanilla, coffee, baking powder, soda, salt, sugar and cocoa powder.
Scrape down sides and add the melted chocolate, mixing well to combine.
Lightly spray miniature muffin tins. Add the batter by the tablespoonfuls.
With a moistened, clean finger, pat down the batter evenly.
Using a teaspoon, create a slight divot and spoon on the reserved raspberry purée over each of the cakes.
Bake for approximately 25 -30 minutes, cool almost completely before turning out to a cooling rack to finish.
Dust with confectioners sugar, if desired just before serving.