Flourless Chocolate Cake with Amaranth Crust & Matcha Icing (Gluten-free)

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I made this cake last month for some friends who came over. I wanted to make a slightly different flourless chocolate cake, so I added an amaranth crust and some matcha icing sugar. I really love the combination of matcha with chocolate. If you also like this combination, maybe you want to check out my matcha brownie sticks, chocolate matcha popcorn or my matcha alfajores filled with fudge.

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This recipe is for a 21cm cake mold.

Ingredients:

For the crust:

2 cups of puffed amaranth

3 tablespoons of icing sugar

3 tablespoons of melted butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

For the cake:

230gr of dark chocolate, chopped

6 tablespoons of butter

6 eggs, whites separated from the yolk

½ cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

For the matcha icing:

4 tablespoons of icing sugar

1 tablespoon of matcha

 

Preheat the oven to 135C/275F and line the bottom of the cake mold with parchment paper.

Mix all of the ingredients for the crust in a bowl. Then spread it over the bottom of the cake mold, pressing firmly. Set aside.

Melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave for 30 second intervals at a time. Stirring in between, until it has completely melted. Set aside to cool down a bit. Then whisk in the egg yolks and the vanilla.

In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, slowly adding the sugar. Add about 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Mix well to loosen it. Then gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Carefully pour the batter over the crust. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the cake starts to pull from the edges.

Let the cake cool down completely before removing it from the mold. Don’t worry about the cracks on the top, the icing sugar will cover that. Then sift the icing sugar with the matcha. Sift the matcha icing over the cake.

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Green Spring Salad with Salmon and a Rhubarb-Miso dressing

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Time for a super healthy recipe again. I love a good hearty salad for dinner. A few weeks ago, I got some rhubarb for the first time this year, I used part of it to make my Rhubarb, goat cheese & thyme tart and I saved 2 stalks to make the dressing for this salad. I wanted to make a rhubarb dressing but had no plans to add miso to it. But when I made the dressing it was missing something. I checked what I had in the house and decided to add some miso to it, since I love the combination of miso and salmon. And miso turned out to be what was missing in the dressing. I really liked the end result. And because it is spring, it’s nice to add a pop of color to a salad with some edible flowers.

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This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

½ cup of amaranth

2 avocados, thinly sliced

300gr Salmon fillet, without the skin

1 bunch of asparagus

1 cup of edamame

3 handfuls of lamb’s lettuce (called here veldsla)

3 poached eggs

Lemon pepper

Salt

Olive oil

For the dressing:

2 rhubarb stalks, sliced & then boiled for 5 minutes

½ cup of apple cider vinegar

½ cup of extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons of agave syrup or honey

2 teaspoons of Miso paste, I used red miso

Salt to taste

For decoration:

Pansies

Micro watercress

 

First cook the amaranth, boil it for 15 minutes and then drain it with a very fine mesh strainer. Set aside

To make the dressing, boil the sliced rhubarb for 5 minutes. Drain it, and then blend it with the rest of the ingredients except for the salt. The miso paste is already quite salty so taste first. Set aside.

Cook the edamame as instructed on the package. I get mine frozen and still in the pod, and I just put it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.

To prepare the asparagus, I prefer to buy the small, thin ones because they don’t need any preparation except for washing them and they cook faster. If you get the big asparagus, just snap off the woody ends.  Over medium-high heat, add a bit of olive oil to a pan. Add the asparagus, salt and lemon pepper. Sauté the asparagus for a couple of minutes until they are crisp and tender. Set aside

To prepare the salmon, slice the fillet into 9 pieces. Season them with lemon pepper and salt. Over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan. Add the salmon and pan-fry it for about 2 minutes on each side.  Set aside.

To poach the eggs, fill a pot with boiling water. Add a pinch of salt and a splash of white vinegar, and bring it to a boil. I like to poach one egg at a time.  Crack an egg into a glass or cup. Use a spoon or spatula to stir the boiling water into one direction to form a whirlpool. Carefully drop the egg in the middle of the whirlpool. Let it poach for 3 minutes and then remove it with a slotted spoon. Set aside and repeat for the remaining eggs.

To plate the salad, first arrange some of the avocado slices, lamb’s lettuce and edamame on each plate, then add some of the asparagus and sprinkle some of the amaranth. Then place 3 pieces of salmon in the middle and place the poached egg on top. Finish off with some micro watercress and flowers. I like to serve the dressing on the side.

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Amaranth Crusted Buttermilk Chicken with a Coriander-Sriracha Greek Yogurt Sauce

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I wanted to make a lighter version of buttermilk fried chicken. Besides the obvious reason that it is too fatty, the part I hate the most about deep frying is that the whole apartment smells like a fast food restaurant.  That is why I hardly ever do it.

I added amaranth to the coating. In case you have never heard of amaranth before, it is a seed similar to quinoa, just smaller and it also packs a lot of protein. I browned the chicken a bit in a pan with very little olive oil and then finished it cooking in the oven.  I wanted to keep the lighter vibe going so I made a sauce with coriander, sriracha, lemon zest and Greek yogurt.  Keep in mind that for this recipe you need to let the chicken marinade in buttermilk overnight.  This recipe makes about 3 portions.

Ingredients:

500gr of chicken breast, sliced into chicken finger size pieces

For the marinade:

400ml of buttermilk

Juice of ½ a lemon

Pinch of salt

Pinch of Pepper

¼ teaspoon of garlic powder

¼ teaspoon of onion powder

¼ teaspoon of paprika powder

1 teaspoon of dried thyme

For the crumbs:

½ cup of amaranth

½ cup of panko

¼ cup of cornmeal

¼ cup of breadcrumbs

¼ cup of grated parmesan

1 teaspoon of salt

Pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon of lemon pepper

For the sauce:

170gr of Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons of chopped coriander

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons of sriracha sauce

1 tablespoon of ginger syrup

Pinch of salt

 

The night before, slice the chicken into chicken fingers size pieces. Place all of the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl, mix it and add the chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and let the chicken soak in it overnight in the fridge.

To make the Greek yogurt sauce, just mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl, cover with plastic film and let it sit in the fridge until ready to serve.

To make the coating, first start cooking the amaranth. Boil it for 15 minutes and then drain it with a very fine mesh strainer since they are so tiny. My strainer was not small enough so I stacked a second one underneath, lost a bit of amaranth in the process, but oh well. Then I dried it a bit more in a pan for a few minutes. Set aside to allow them to cool down for a couple of minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Place the cooked amaranth and the rest of the ingredients of the crumb mixture in a bowl. Mix well.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and coat each piece with the crumb mixture.

Brush a large non-stick pan with some olive oil. Once the pan is hot, just brown the chicken a bit on both sides. Do it in batches.  Then place the chicken in the prepared oven tray.

Bake for 8 to 10 min until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve immediately with the Greek yogurt sauce.