Chocolate Apple Squares / Čokoladne kocke sa jabukama

This cake easily became a favorite of mine. It’s rich and delicious, reminding me very much of brownies. However, it’s definitely not as decadent. Plus, it’s not too sweet and is actually packed with a few things that are good for your body as well. So, I’d say that it generally hits that sweet spot between indulgent and relatively guilt-free.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 30 squares / 0.14 EUR per each / 4.32 EUR for all)

For the batter:

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

4 tbsp brown sugar (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp ground cinnamon (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp raw cocoa powder (0.13 EUR)

1 cup milk (0.20 EUR)

3 tbsp butter, melted (0.40 EUR)

2 apples, peeled and shredded (0.40 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

2 cups finely ground sunflower seeds (0.80 EUR)

1 cup all-purpose flour (0.07 EUR)

1 cup of raisins (0.40 EUR)

For the chocolate ganache:

100 grams dark chocolate (0.67 EUR)

100 grams heavy cream (0.40 EUR)

1 tbsp butter (0.13 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a square baking pan and line it with parchment paper. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Add in milk and give a good stir before whisking in melted butter. Stir in shredded apples before adding in salt, baking powder, sunflower seeds and flour. Mix until well combined and no clumps remain, then gently fold in the raisins.

Transfer the batter to a prepared pan and gently shake to even everything out. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a test skewer comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely before covering it with ganache.

To make the ganache, add all of the ingredients together to a small saucepan and warm up on gentle heat while stirring constantly, until the chocolate is fully melted. You can also do this step in a microwave. Pour the ganache over the cake and even out with a spatula. Refrigerate for a few hours to fully set before slicing and serving.

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Ovaj mi je kolač odmah postao jedan od najdražih jer je baš bogat i ukusan, a dosta podsjeća i na brownije. Međutim, definitivno nije toliko dekadentan. Osim toga, nije presladak, a ujedno se u njemu nalazi i pokoji zdraviji sastojak. Tako da se po meni nekako dobro pozicionirao da zadovolji želju za slatkim bez neke pretjerane krivnje.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 30 kocaka / 1,07 kn po komadu / 32,31 kn za sve)

Za smjesu:

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

4 žlice smeđeg šećera (1,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

1 žličica cimeta u prahu (0,50 kn)

1 žlica sirovog kakao praha (1,00 kn)

1 šalica mlijeka (1,50 kn)

3 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (3,00 kn)

2 jabuke, oguljene i naribane (3,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica praška za pecivo (0,10 kn)

2 šalice fino mljevenih suncokretovih sjemenki (6,00 kn)

1 šalica glatkog brašna (0,50 kn)

1 šalica grožđica (3,00 kn)

Za čokoladni ganache:

100 g tamne čokolade (5,00 kn)

100 g slatkog vrhnja (3,00 kn)

1 žlica maslaca (1,00 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti protvan (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 180°C. Lagano namastite četvrtasti protvan, obložite ga papirom za pečenje te stavite na stranu. U zdjeli pomiješajte jaja, šećer, vaniliju, cimet i kakao. Umiješajte mlijeko, pa onda i rastopljeni maslac. Dodajte jabuke, pa na kraju i sol, prašak za pecivo, suncokretove sjemenke i brašno. Miješajte da se sve sjedini i smjesa bude bez grudica, pa na kraju još nježno umiješajte i grožđice.

Smjesu preselite u pripremljeni protvan i nježno protresite da se poravna. Pecite oko 30-35 minuta, dok testni štapić ne bude skroz čist. Pustite da se biskvit do kraja ohladi prije nego ga prelijete ganacheom.

Ganache pripremite tako da sve sastojke dodate u mali lončić i zagrijete na laganoj vatri uz konstantno miješanje dok se čokolada skroz ne rastopi. To također možete napraviti i u mikrovalnoj. Prelijte ganache preko biskvita i poravnajte sa špatulom. Stavite u hladnjak na par sati da se ganache do kraja stisne prije nego kolač narežete i poslužite.

Chocolate Apple Squares / Čokoladne kocke sa jabukama

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