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Of course, I always knew it was my Birthday coming up…
and I have been quietly pinning ideas on my food styling board for cakes or celebration items I would like to make in honour of my creating another year of life filled with happiness, love and connection.
Teff may be one of my favourite gluten-free and high protein grains on the market. It is similar to buckwheat in that its got a rich, dark colour and a nuttiness to the flavour (kind of like me!).
The versatility of teff is also a great reason why I like to have it in my pantry. As a whole grain I use it like you may use quinoa, such as in salads, muesli’s, to use in place of pasta or rice for Italian dishes, stir-frys or curries. OR of course… like I have here in this recipe for chocolate cake.
You can also mill it into a flour to use in muffins, biscuits, pancakes, pikelets, cakes and savoury tart shells.
Pretty darn versatile huh?
It’s super-cute too.
Officially the world’s smallest grain, teff is only about the size of a poppy seed. It’s believed it originated from Ethiopia where it was able to grow in harsh conditions and is what made it a staple to the diet of the native people.
Due to its small size, teff cooks faster than most grains and can be substituted in place of rice or steel-cut oats in a variety of recipes while adding a delicious, nutty flavour.
Teff is high in protein, iron and calcium and contains all of the essential amino acids our bodies need to thrive.
Coles is the first major supermarket to stock teff, so it will be easier to find for you if you want to add it to your pantry, which I recommend doing.
As I found out from research, teff really shines when paired with chocolate. And far be it from me to mess with an epic flavour combination. This cake is rich and is indeed a special occasion cake. You can use whatever milk you like in this and if you need to or are dairy free, you can substitute the butter for coconut oil. The cake will be a little more dense in that case, but still delicious.
I’m giving away a $100 Coles voucher to one lucky reader so they can pick up some teff for themselves too (and all the other makings of this cake of course!). Don’t miss the entry details below the recipe.
I would like to introduce you to my birthday cake for 2015.
The Double Chocolate Layer Cake (with Teff).
- I used 2 small (8cm diameter cake tins) for this cake for four layers. If you want two layers and a bigger cake, use a regular 20-25cm round cake tin.
- Preheat oven to 150C (300F).
- Grease and line your cake tins.
- 125 grams of butter
- 1 cup of dates (softened in hot water for 5 mins)
- 80g of raw chocolate (I used Loving Earth Milk Chocolate), in small pieces
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 cup un-cooked Coles Brand Brown Teff
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
- 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup of whipped organic full-cream cream or coconut cream for layering
- Fresh fruit and rice malt syrup for drizzling over the top.
- Cook Coles Brand Brown Teff to packet instructions and strain until it is free from water
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and the chocolate together
- In a food processor, add the butter and chocolate mixture, the eggs and the softened dates, plus salt, vanilla bean paste, bicarb soda and baking powder. Blend well until they are all thoroughly combined. Scrape out and into a medium mixing bowl.
- Add the cooked Coles Brand Brown Teff and milk and beat with electric beaters or a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined.
- Spoon into your cake tins and place in the oven for 15 mins for small cakes, or 30 minutes for larger cakes (it’s cooked when the center of the cake springs back lightly. Do not cook it until it’s hard or it can become dry.)
- Wait until the cake cools completely before slicing in half and layering with coconut cream or whipped cream, fruit and a drizzle of rice malt syrup.
Happy Birthday to me!!
See How You Can Win A $100 Coles Voucher!
All you have to do is answer this question in the comments section of this blog post:
“What will you create with your Coles Brand Brown Teff?”
Competition will commence on the 28th April and ends on the 5th of May. Winner will be announced on the 6th of May.