Chocolate Squares with Apples and Oranges

We spent a very relaxing weekend at the cottage with my little wonder of a godson and his parents. It was full of raking leaves and picking mushrooms, knitting on the porch in the autumn sun and watching the little guy play with the toys me and my brothers used to have as kids. Indescribably lovely time was had by all, I think. It was a little sad to be in Helsinki again on Sunday evening, home alone when Heikki had hurried off to meet his study group, so I desperately needed to bake something to lift my spirits. I made use of what we had in the house – it was too late for shopping – and also had to create something a little healthy, since you can’t have chokladbollar every day.

Here’s what I came up with: chocolate squares with grated apple, orange juice, and a hint of cardamom thrown in the batter. Moist and gently fruit-flavored, these treats made the transition to urban environment much easier for me!

I would say these are best when eaten warm, either on the day of baking or warmed up a bit on the following days. We don’t have a microwave oven, so we always warm leftovers on the stove. Today, I just heated a small non-stick frying pan and fried the cake for a minute or two on both sides, until a thin crust formed and the insides softened.

The Wet Mix:

  • 70 g dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 small apple, grated
  • 1 dl freshly squeezed orange juice with pulp
  • 1 dl plain soy yoghurt

The Dry Mix:

  • 1 and 1/4 dl whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons chick pea flour (gram)
  • 2 tablespoons potato (or corn) starch
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 dl muscovado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

First, I melted the chocolate, set the oven to 175 degrees Celsius, and covered a small (23 X 15 cm) baking dish with some parchment paper. Then I sprayed the paper with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.

I set the chocolate aside to cool down a little, and mixed the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. When the oven seemed ready, I added the oil to the chocolate, and mixed until combined. Then I added the rest of the wet mix ingredients to the chocolate bowl, and stirred until the mixture was pretty smooth.

I poured the wet mix in the dry mix bowl and stirred with a fork until thoroughly combined. Then I poured the baatter in the baking dish and baked it for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake came out with a few moist crumbles.

8 Comments

  1. Posted October 6, 2008 at 18:58 | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, these look so good! I love how you fried them the next day, the crispy crust and gooey center sound scrumptious.

  2. Posted October 6, 2008 at 22:01 | Permalink

    These would have lifted up my spirits too, they sound so good!

  3. Samantha
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 04:35 | Permalink

    hello
    my names samantha and i am i design student in New Zealand. i stumbled across your website when i was looking for some inspirations. i am in the middle of creating a calendar and i wondered if you could possibly send me some of your beautiful desserts? i will put the name of your blog on the calender although only my tutors and i will see it

  4. Posted October 7, 2008 at 18:24 | Permalink

    Beautiful! I love your blog and the simplicity of the way you go about your recipes. :)

  5. Posted October 7, 2008 at 20:02 | Permalink

    I am amazed at how quickly you can come up with an original recipe! You are a great kitchen improviser.

    The description of your weekend was lovely. I hope your transition back to your urban dwellings was a smooth one (with the help of this cake!).

  6. Posted October 8, 2008 at 19:16 | Permalink

    You just made me a bit happier with yet another chocolate “cake” :-)

  7. Anni
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 19:33 | Permalink

    Thank you for all the friendly comments, you dear people!

    Jennifer – Melancholy is gone, and the last chocolate square was consumed today!

    Alice – I feel like all I post about is chocolate these days… The normal food we’ve been eating has just been a tad boring lately! And we’ve cooked a lot of cookbook recipes that can’t be blogged about.

  8. Posted October 14, 2008 at 02:35 | Permalink

    Ooh, I think I would love these.

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