Whole Lemon Squares / Kocke od cijelog limuna

Are you a lazy person when it comes to cooking? Me too!!! (If your answer was a decisive ‘No!’, what are you even doing on this blog?! Rather go make some Beef Wellington and have us all over for a spectacular dinner!)

Anyhow, as I was saying, this is a perfect desert for all you lazy people out there. I also went one step ahead and used store-bought frozen puff pastry. I know, I know. I will most likely suffer for my blasphemous ways, but I have zero regrets.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 20 squares / 0.18 EUR per square / 3.55 EUR for all)

500 grams store-bought frozen puff pastry, thawed (1.00 EUR)

For the lemon cream:

1 whole small organic lemon (0.20 EUR)

4 eggs (0.80 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

1 cup crème fraiche (0.67 EUR)

5 tbsp butter, softened at room temperature (0.67 EUR)

1 cup sugar (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.07 EUR)

Flour for dusting (0.01 EUR)

Powdered sugar for serving (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 175°C. Butter a square baking pan and line it with parchment paper. Generously dust your work surface and rolling pin with flour then roll out the pastry into a shape of your pan. Transfer the dough into the pan and set aside.

Give the lemon a good wash, making sure that you get any wax off. Be sure to use an organic, chemically untreated lemon, as the pesticides make the skin inedible. Trim and discard the top and bottom off the lemon, then cut the whole lemon into chunks. Pick through and discard any seeds. Add the whole lemon to a food processor with the rest of the ingredients and pulse until smooth. You can strain the mixture to get rid of any chunky bits, but I decided that it wasn’t necessary. (Remember? I’m lazy.) Pour the mix over the dough and bake for 35-45 minutes, until firmed up and slightly crispy on top.

Allow the cake to cool completely in its pan before cutting into squares and serving. Serve at room temperature or chilled, dusted with powdered sugar.

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Jeste li lijeni za kuhanje? I ja isto!!! (Ako je vaš odgovor decidirano ‘Ne!’, što uopće radite na ovom blogu?! Radije pripremite biftek Wellington i sve nas pozovite k sebi na spektakularnu gozbu!)

Uglavnom, kao što sam govorila, ovo je idealan desert za sve vas lijene ljude. Ja sam u svemu tome otišla korak dalje i uzela kupovno lisnato tijesto. Znam, znam, čeka me patnja za ovu herezu. Ali ne kajem se.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 20 kocaka / 1,35 kn po kocki / 27,01 kn za sve)

500 g kupovnog lisnatog tijesta, odmrznutog (7,50 kn)

Za kremu od limuna:

1 cijeli mali domaći limun (1,50 kn)

4 jaja (6,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

1 šalica milerama (5,00 kn)

5 žlica maslaca, omekšanog na sobnoj temperaturi (5,00 kn)

1 šalica šećera (1,00 kn)

2 žlice glatkog brašna (0,10 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti protvan (0,50 kn)

Brašno za posipanje (0,10 kn)

Šećer u prahu za posluživanje (0,10 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 175°C. Namastite pravokutni protvan i obložite ga papirom za pečenje. Dobro pobrašnite radnu plohu i valjak za tijesto, pa razvaljajte lisnato u oblik protvana. Preselite tijesto u protvan i stavite na stranu.

Dobro operite limun, pazeći da sa njega skinete eventualni vosak. Za ovaj recept upotrijebite samo domaće nešpricane limune, pošto pesticidi čine koru nejestivom. Odrežite i bacite krajeve limuna, pa ostatak limuna onda narežite na komadiće i očistite od koštica. Cijeli limun ubacite u multipraktik sa preostalim sastojcima za kremu, te pulsirajte dok sve ne bude glatko. Kremu možete procijediti ako vam smetaju eventualne grudice, ali ja sam zaključila da to nije potrebno. (Khm, lijenost, sjećate se?) Kremu izlijte preko tijesta i sve pecite 35-45 minuta, dok se krema ne stisne i blago ne zahrska.

Pustite da se kolač skroz ohladi u protvanu prije nego ga narežete na kocke i poslužite. Kolač poslužite na sobnoj temperaturi ili ohlađen, posipan sa šećerom u prahu.

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Whole Lemon Squares / Kocke od cijelog limuna

Upside-Down Apple Cake / Naopaki kolač od jabuka

It’s apple season which means we all have some extra apples rolling around. Lucky for you, this cake is just the thing to make! It comes together super quickly and in a single bowl.

I decided to make my cake with crème fraiche because, frankly, that’s what was in my fridge. But sour cream, yogurt or buttermilk would also work. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to adjust the milk amount accordingly and maybe add a bit more sugar to balance out with the sourness. Also, you can easily sub sunflower seeds with chopped walnuts if that’s your thing.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 cake / 4.25 EUR)

For the apples:

4-5 apples (0.80 EUR)

3 tbsp sugar (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp cinnamon (0.13 EUR)

1 tbsp lemon juice (0.13 EUR)

For the batter:

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

2 cups crème fraiche (1.33 EUR)

½ cup milk (0.07 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

1 tsp cinnamon (0.07 EUR)

½ cup sugar (0.07 EUR)

3 cups all-purpose flour (0.30 EUR)

1 tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp baking soda (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1 cup sunflower seeds (0.27 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Butter a square baking pan and line it with parchment paper, then set aside. Wash, peel and core the apples. Dice the apples up and toss them together with sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. You’ll maybe need to add a bit more sugar if your apples are tart, but mine were quite sweet. Evenly distribute the apples on the bottom of a prepared pan and set aside.

Use the same bowl in which you’ve tossed the apples and whisk in it the eggs with vanilla, crème fraiche and milk. Pour in melted butter and stir to incorporate. Add in cinnamon, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until just combined, then fold in sunflower seeds. Pour the batter over the apples and gently shake the pan to even out. Bake for 40 minutes, until the cake is deep golden brown and a skewer inserted inside comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool completely in its pan before flipping it over on a cutting board. Carefully peel off the parchment paper and cut the cake into squares. Serve at room temperature.

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Pošto su jabuke u sezoni i ima ih na sve strane, ja vam donosim jedan super recept za kolač, koji ne samo da ćete pripremiti jako brzo, nego ćete i za cijelu pripremu uprljati samo jednu zdjelu.

Ja sam smjesu radila sa mileramom jer je to iskreno ono što nam se našlo doma. Ovdje bi kao zamjena svakako funkcionirali i kiselo vrhnje, jogurt ili kiselo mlijeko, međutim ako se odlučite za jednu od tih opcija, onda svakako prilagodite i količinu mlijeka i možda dodajte još mrvicu šećera da izbalansirate kiselinu. Također, i suncokretove sjemenke možete slobodno zamijeniti sjeckanim orasima ako su vam oni draži.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 kolač / 31,72 kn)

Za jabuke:

4-5 jabuka (6,00 kn)

3 žlice šećera (0,15 kn)

1 žlica cimeta (1,00 kn)

1 žlica limunovog soka (1,00 kn)

Za smjesu:

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

2 šalice milerama (10,00 kn)

½ šalice mlijeka (0,50 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

1 žličica cimeta (0,50 kn)

½ šalice šećera (0,50 kn)

3 šalice glatkog brašna (2,25 kn)

1 žličica praška za pecivo (0,10 kn)

½ žličice sode bikarbone (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1 šalica suncokretovih sjemenki (2,00 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti protvan (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Namastite pravokutni protvan i obložite ga papirom za pečenje, pa ga stavite na stranu. Operite, ogulite i očistite jabuke od peteljki i koštica. Narežite jabuke na kockice, pa ih pomiješajte sa šećerom, cimetom i limunovim sokom. Ako su vam jabuke kiselije, možda će vam trebati još malo ekstra šećera, ali moje su bile baš slatke. Jabuke ravnomjerno rasporedite po dnu pripremljenog protvana.

Upotrijebite istu zdjelu u kojoj ste pripremili jabuke i u njoj razmutite jaja sa vanilijom, mileramom i mlijekom. Ulijte u smjesu rastopljeni maslac i promiješajte da se sjedini. Dodajte cimet, šećer, brašno, prašak za pecivo, sodu bikarbonu i sol. Promiješajte tek toliko koliko treba da se sastojci sjedine i onda nježno umiješajte suncokretove sjemenke. Smjesu rasporedite po jabukama i nježno protresite protvan da se sve poravna. Pecite 40 minuta, dok kolač ne bude zlatno-smeđi, a testni štapić koji upiknete ne izađe čist.

Pustite da se kolač skroz ohladi u protvanu prije nego ga iskrenete na dasku za rezanje. Pažljivo skinite papir za pečenje i narežite kolač na kocke. Poslužite na sobnoj temperaturi.

Upside-Down Apple Cake / Naopaki kolač od jabuka

Blueberry Cocoa Marble Cake / Mramorni kolač od borovnica i kakaa

I’m working towards clearing up our freezer and in such endeavour excavated a bit of frozen blueberries which we had left over. It was a too small of an amount to bake into a proper cake, but at the same time too large of an amount to use in a serving or two of oatmeal. I pondered about it a little and decided to whip up a marble cake. The amount of fruits was just right for half of the batter and the end result not only tasted fantastic, but also looked quite pretty.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 cake / 3.42 EUR)

For the batter:

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

1 cup milk (0.20 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

5 tbsp sugar (0.07 EUR)

2 cups + 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour, divided (0.15 EUR)

1 and ½ tsp baking powder (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp raw cocoa powder (0.13 EUR)

1 cup frozen blueberries (1.33 EUR)

For the frosting:

2 tbsp butter (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp milk (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp raw cocoa powder (0.13 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a loaf pan with butter and line it with parchment paper. Set aside. In a bowl, whisk eggs together with salt, vanilla and milk. Whisk in melted butter and sugar. Add in two cups of flour and baking powder. Stir until just combined, then divide the mixture evenly between two bowls.

Stir in the remaining tablespoon of flour into one half of the mixture and gently fold in frozen blueberries. Stir a tablespoon of cocoa powder into the bowl with the other half of the mixture. Take your prepared pan and dollop the blueberry and cocoa mixtures in interchangeable pattern. Use a butter knife and swirl the mixtures into each other, shake to even out and bake for 35 minutes, until the cake is puffed up and crispy and a skewer inserted comes out clean (a crumb or two are also alright). Allow the cake to cool for about 5 minutes in its tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cake is completely cool prepare the frosting. Melt the butter, then stir in milk and sugar. Continue stirring until the sugar completely dissolves, then mix in the cocoa powder. Transfer the frosting into a piping bag and drizzle over the cake. Allow the frosting to firm up before cutting the cake and serving it.

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Trenutno radim na tome da nam raskrčim zamrzivač te sam u tom pothvatu iskopala i malo smrznutih borovnica. Količina koju smo imali je bila premala za neki pošteni kolač, a s druge strane prevelika za ubaciti u porciju ili dvije zobene kaše. Mozgala sam što bih s njima, kada mi je sinulo da mogu napraviti mramorni kolač. Ta količina smrznutog voća je taman bila dostatna za pola smjese, a konačni rezultat ne samo da je bio jako ukusan, već i vizualno primamljiv.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 kolač / 25,64 kn)

Za smjesu:

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

1 šalica mlijeka (1,50 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

5 žlica šećera (0,50 kn)

2 šalice + 1 žlica glatkog brašna, podijeljene (1,15 kn)

1 i ½ žličica praška za pecivo (0,15 kn)

1 žlica sirovog kakao praha (1,00 kn)

1 šalica smrznutih borovnica (10,00 kn)

Za glazuru:

2 žlice maslaca (2,00 kn)

1 žličica mlijeka (0,03 kn)

1 žlica šećera (0,10 kn)

1 žlica sirovog kakao praha (1,00 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti kalupe (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Maslacem lagano premažite kalup za kruh i obložite ga papirom za pečenje. Stavite na stranu. U zdjeli razmutite jaja sa soli, vanilijom i mlijekom. Umutite unutra rastopljeni maslac i šećer. Ubacite dvije šalice brašna i prašak za pecivo, pa promiješajte tek toliko da se sve sjedini. Podijelite smjesu na pola u dvije zdjele.

U polovicu smjese umiješajte preostalu žlicu brašna pa nježno umiješajte i smrznute borovnice. U drugu polovice smjese umiješajte kakao. Uzmite kalup koji ste priredili te u njega naizmjenice dodajte smjesu sa borovnicama i kakaom. Uzmite nož za mazanje, pa njime još malo promiješajte smjese u kalupu da jedna uđe u drugu. Nježno protresite kalup da se sve poravna i stavite peći. Pecite kolač 35 minuta, dok ne bude nabubren i hrskav po površini i dok testna čačkalica ne bude čista (mrvica-dvije su isto ok). Pustite da se kolač 5 minuta ohladi u kalupu prije nego ga izvadite i stavite na rešetku kako bi se ohladio do kraja.

Kada je kolač skroz hladan priredite glazuru. Rastopite maslac i umiješajte u njega mlijeko i šećer. Miješajte tako dugo dok se šećer skroz ne rastopi pa onda umiješajte i kakao. Preselite u vrećicu za ukrašavanje i prošarajte po kolaču. Pustite da se glazura stisne prije nego krenete rezati kolač i poslužite ga.

Blueberry Cocoa Marble Cake / Mramorni kolač od borovnica i kakaa

Cheap and Sweet Quick Apple Cake / Jeftini, slatki i brzi kolač od jabuka

A while ago we bought two large 15 kilo crates of apples. While we obviously do eat a ton of apples, some of them we’re a bit bruised and bumped, so we needed to figure out what to do with them quickly. We decided to juice them, but I felt really bad about throwing away all the leftover pulp so this cake was born.

Since the pulp I used was pretty dry, I did add a cup of the fresh apple juice too, but it was mostly the foamy, murky leftovers no one was particularly interested in drinking. However, I think shredding about 4 large apples together with their skins would be an accurate substitute of the pulp and juice that went into this cake. But if you’re also juicing, this recipe might be a good idea to look into if you’re throwing away a ton of leftover pulp. I think it would also work for a bunch of different fruits and certain vegetables like carrots and beetroots.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 cake / 2.44 EUR)

For the batter:

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

½ cup yogurt (0.20 EUR)

2 cups apple pulp (0.27 EUR)

1 cup apple juice (0.27 EUR)

¼ cup sunflower seed oil (0.20 EUR)

2 cups all-purpose flour (0.20 EUR)

1 cup finely ground sunflower seeds (0.13 EUR)

4 tbsp sugar (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp baking soda (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1 cup raisins (0.67 EUR)

Additional:

Oil for greasing the pan (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C and lightly grease a baking pan with a bit of oil. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, yogurt, apple pulp, apple juice and oil, until it is all well incorporated. Add in flour, ground sunflower seeds, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then stir everything together to combine. Fold in the raisins and transfer the batter to a prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, until crispy and golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean (a crumb or two are also fine). Allow to cool to room temperature before removing from the pan and slicing.

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Pred neko vrijeme kupili smo dva velika sanduka od po 15 kila jabuka. I dok je očito da jedemo puno jabuka, neke od njih su bile malo nagnječene i natučene, pa smo trebali brzo odlučiti što dalje s njima. Odlučili smo se napraviti svježi sok, ali meni je bilo žao baciti svu pulpu koja mi je od toga ostala, pa je tako nastao ovaj kolač.

Pošto je preostala pulpa bila dosta suha, odlučila sam u kolač ubaciti još i šalicu svježeg soka od jabuka, ali to su uglavnom bili oni mutni pjenasti ostaci koje nitko nije bio zainteresiran popiti. Međutim, mislim da bi oko 4 veće jabuke, naribane skupa sa korom, bile dobra zamjena umjesto kombinacije pulpe i soka koju sam ja stavila u receptu. S druge strane, ako isto cijedite sokove, ovaj recept je super način da iskoristite pulpu koju inače bacate. Mislim da bi jednako dobro funkcionirao sa većinom drugog voća, kao i sa određenim povrćem kao što su mrkve ili cikla.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 kolač / 17,37 kn za sve)

Za smjesu:

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

½ šalice jogurta (1,50 kn)

2 šalice pulpe od jabuka (2,00 kn)

1 šalica soka od jabuke (2,00 kn)

¼ šalice suncokretovog ulja (0,75 kn)

2 šalice glatkog brašna (1,50 kn)

1 šalica fino mljevenih suncokretovih sjemenki (1,00 kn)

4 žlice šećera (0,20 kn)

1 žličica praška za pecivo (0,10 kn)

½ žličice sode bikarbone (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1 šalica grožđica (5,00 kn)

Dodatno:

Ulje za namastiti protvan (0,10 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C i lagano sa malo ulja namastite kalup za pečenje. U zdjeli razmutite jaja sa vanilijom, jogurtom, pulpom od jabuka, sokom od jabuka i uljem. Ubacite u smjesu brašno, mljeveni suncokret, šećer, prašak za pecivo, sodu bikarbonu i sol, pa sve dobro promiješajte da se sjedini. Na kraju nježno umiješajte grožđice i smjesu preselite u pripremljeni kalup. Pecite oko 30 minuta, dok kolač ne bude hrskav i zlatno-smeđi, te čačkalica ostane čista kada upiknete kolač (mrvica-dvije su isto ok). Pustite da se kolač ohladi na sobnu temperaturu prije nego ga izvadite iz kalupa i razrežete.

Cheap and Sweet Quick Apple Cake / Jeftini, slatki i brzi kolač od jabuka

Raw vegan chocolate cake / Sirova veganska torta od čokolade

This cake is da bomb! It’s super scrumptious and rich, but also pretty healthy for you. So you have a win-win situation here. It also mostly comes together in a food processor so you won’t have to wash a mountain of dishes. I made this for my birthday and it was a big hit as pretty much everyone loved it – vegans, omnivores and everyone in between.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 cake / 10.52 EUR)

For the dough:

3 cups pitted dates (3.00 EUR)

2 cups sunflower seeds (0.53 EUR)

2 tbsp peanut butter (0.27 EUR)

3 tbsp raw cacao powder (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp natural stevia powder (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

3-4 tbsp plant based milk (0.07 EUR)

1 cup unsalted cashews (2.00 EUR)

For the chocolate ganache:

200 grams good quality dark chocolate (2.67 EUR)

1 tsp coconut oil (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp natural stevia powder (0.07 EUR)

¼ cup plant based milk (0.10 EUR)

For the topping:

¼ cup crushed cashews (0.50 EUR)

2-3 rows of white chocolate (0.67 EUR)

½ tsp coconut oil (0.03 EUR)

Additional:

Coconut oil for greasing the pan (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

Before starting, soak the pitted dates in warm water for about 20 minutes so they soften up a bit, then drain. Lightly grease a baking tray with coconut oil and line it with parchment paper. In a food processor, grind the sunflower seeds into a fine powder. Add in drained dates, peanut butter, cacao powder, stevia, vanilla and salt, then pulse until a uniform dough forms. Add in milk as needed, a tablespoon at the time. Finally, throw in the cashews and pulse a few times so there is still some crunch left to the dough.

Press the dough into a prepared baking tray and even it out. Throw it in a freezer for about 15 minutes before adding ganache. To prepare the ganache, simply melt the chocolate with coconut oil, stevia and milk. Stir until silky and smooth, then pour over the cake base and quickly even out with a spatula. Sprinkle crushed cashews on top of the ganache. Melt the white chocolate with half a teaspoon of coconut oil and transfer into a freezer bag. Cut the end of the bag and drizzle the white chocolate over the cake. Return everything to a freezer for a couple of hours to firm up and set.

Let the cake sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before cutting it into small squares. Store it in a refrigerator and serve chilled.

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Ova torta je totalna bomba! Apsolutno je fantastična i bogata, no ujedno je i poprilično zdrava, tako da imate idealnu situaciju. Većinu posla možete odraditi sa multipraktikom pa vas na kraju svega neće čekati planina od suđa. Ja sam ju radila za svoj rođendan i oduševila je sve po redu – vegane, svejede i sve one između.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 tortu / 78,71 kn)

Za tijesto:

3 šalice odkoštenih datulja (22,50 kn)

2 šalice suncokretovih sjemenki (4,00 kn)

2 žlice kikiriki maslaca (2,00 kn)

3 žlice sirovog kakao praha (3,00 kn)

1 žličica prirodne stevije u prahu (0,50 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

3-4 žlice sojinog ili kojeg drugog biljnog mlijeka (0,50 kn)

1 šalica neslanih indijskih oraščića (15,00 kn)

Za čokoladnu glazuru:

200 g dobre tamne čokolade (20,00 kn)

1 žličica kokosovog ulja (0,50 kn)

1 žličica prirodne stevije u prahu (0,50 kn)

¼ šalice sojinog ili kojeg drugog biljnog mlijeka (0,75 kn)

Za ukrašavanje:

¼ šalice drobljenih neslanih indijskih oraščića (3,75 kn)

2-3 reda bijele čokolade (5,00 kn)

½ žličice kokosovog ulja (0,25 kn)

Dodatno:

Kokosovo ulje za namastiti protvan (0,25 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Dvadesetak minuta prije nego počnete namočite datulje u toploj vodi da malo omekšaju, pa ih ocijedite. Malo namastite protvan kokosovim uljem i obložite ga papirom za pečenje. U multipraktiku sameljite suncokretove sjemenke u fini prah. Dodajte ocijeđene datulje, kakao prah, steviju, vaniliju i sol, pa pulsirajte dok ne dobijete jednolično tijesto. Po potrebi nadodajte i mrvicu mlijeka, žlicu po žlicu. Na kraju ubacite indijske oraščiće i par puta sve skupa propulsirajte da ih usitnite, ali da vam tijesto i dalje ima nešto hrskavoće.

Tijesto rukama utisnite u pripremljeni kalup i poravnajte. Stavite u zamrzivač na petnaestak minuta prije nego zalijete glazurom. Glazuru pripremite tako da otopite čokoladu sa kokosovim uljem, stevijom i mlijekom. Miješajte glazuru dok ne bude svilenkasta i glatka, pa ju prelijte preko tijesta i brzo poravnajte špatulom. Po glazuri sada posipajte drobljene indijske oraščiće. Bijelu čokoladu rastopite sa pola žličice kokosovog ulja i preselite u malu vrećicu za smrzavanje. Odrežite kut vrećice i prošarajte kolač sa bijelom čokoladom. Sada tortu vratite u zamrzivač i ostavite ju na par sati da se stisne.

Petnaestak minuta prije rezanja izvadite tortu iz zamrzivača i ostavite ju na sobnoj temperaturi. Razrežite ju na male kockice, te čuvajte u hladnjaku, a poslužite ohlađenu.

Raw vegan chocolate cake / Sirova veganska torta od čokolade

Chocolate Squares / Čokoladne kocke

Do you have a desert for Valentine’s Day all figured out yet? No? Well, my friends, you are in luck. This cake is super tasty and juicy, but also really simple to make.

There are two ways you can go about it when it comes to ganache. You can either cool the base and the ganache completely or pour the warm ganache on a warm base. The first option will keep those two separated and the base will be more brownie-like, with a thick layer of ganache on top. The second option will yield a juicier cake as a good deal of ganache will soak right into the base. I actually prefer this method and result, but took photos of the first option. But whatever you choose to do, this cake is da bomb!

Since this desert is quite decadent and rich, I decided to bake it in a small pan. But feel free to double the recipe if you’re having a party or just want more chocolate in your life. Also, I’m super keen on a bit of saltiness, so a small pinch of fleur de sel will definitely seal the deal. Of course, you can skip this altogether, but you’ll definitely be missing out.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 12 squares / 0.37 EUR per square / 4.45 EUR for all)

For the cake batter:

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

50 grams dark chocolate, melted (0.53 EUR)

4 tbsp ground walnuts (0.27 EUR)

2 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.01 EUR)

¼ tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

For ganache:

1 cup heavy cream (1.00 EUR)

150 grams dark chocolate (1.60 EUR)

1 tbsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.03 EUR)

A pinch of fleur de sel for sprinkling (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a square baking pan with butter, line with parchment paper and set aside. Separate the egg whites and beat them with a pinch of salt for a few minutes, until firm peaks form.

In a separate bowl beat the yolks with sugar and vanilla. Mix in melted butter and chocolate, then add in walnuts, flour and baking powder and mix until uniform. Finally, gently fold in the egg whites and transfer the batter into a prepared pan. Even out the surface and bake for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Just a small note – I used a heavy ceramic baking dish which took ages to warm up, so my cake took almost 30 minutes to bake. Lighter baking dish will mean shorter baking time.

While the base is baking, cook the heavy cream with dark chocolate and sugar on low heat, until the chocolate is fully melted, while stirring frequently. Once the chocolate is melted, immediately remove the heat.

Once the cake base is done and ganache is cooked, allow them both to cool down, all according to the cake options described above. Using a fork, make a few holes in the cake base. Then pour the ganache over base, sprinkle with fleur de sel and refrigerate for a few hours and best overnight, so the cake can set. Cut the cake into squares and serve on its own, or with a bit of whipped cream and some fresh berries.

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Jeste li već isplanirali desert za Valentinovo? Ne? Dragi moji, imate sreće. Ovaj kolač je jako sočan i ukusan, a ujedno i sasvim jednostavan za napraviti.

Što se tiče glazure, imate dvije opcije. Možete ili sasvim ohladiti biskvit i glazuru, prije nego ju izlijete na tortu, ili preko toplog biskvita preliti toplu glazuru. U prvoj opciji će glazura i biskvit biti odvojeni, a biskvit će poprilično podsjećati na brownije, sa debelim slojem glazure na vrhu. S drugom ćete opcijom dobiti sočniji kolač, a većina će se glazure upiti u biskvit. Osobno mi je ta opcija draža, iako sam fotkala onu prvu. No kako god da napravili, kolač je bomba!

Pošto je ovaj desert poprilično dekadentan i bogat, ja sam ga ispekla u maloj posudi. No slobodno poduplajte recept ako radite tulum ili jednostavno želite više čokolade u životu. Također, meni uz slatko paše i malo slanog, tako da je mali prstohvat cvijeta soli došao kao naručen. Naravno, vi to slobodno izostavite, ali doživljaj neće biti jednak.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 12 kocki / 2,78 kn po kocki / 33,34 kn za sve)

Za biskvit:

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

2 žlice šećera (0,10 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

50 g tamne čokolade, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

4 žlice mljevenih oraha (2,00 kn)

2 žlice glatkog brašna (0,10 kn)

¼ žličice praška za pecivo (0,03 kn)

Za glazuru:

1 šalica slatkog vrhnja (7,50 kn)

150 g tamne čokolade (12,00 kn)

1 žlica šećera (0,05 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti posudu (0,25 kn)

Prstohvat cvijeta soli za posipanje (0,10 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 180°C. Namastite četvrtasti protvan, obložite papirom za pečenje i stavite na stranu. Odvojite bjelanjke od žutanjaka, pa bjelanjke sa prstohvatom soli istucite u čvrsti snijeg.

U drugoj posudi dobro izmiksajte žutanjke sa šećerom i vanilijom. Umiješajte otopljene maslac i čokoladu, pa dodajte orahe, brašno i prašak za pecivo te miksajte dok ne bude jednolično. Za kraj nježno umiješajte snijeg od bjelanjaka, pa smjesu premjestite u pripremljeni protvan. Poravnajte biskvit i pecite oko 20 minuta, dok čačkalica umetnuta u biskvit ne bude čista. Samo mala napomena – ja sam pekla biskvit u teškoj keramičkoj posudi kojoj treba sto godina da se ugrije, pa mi se biskvit pekao skoro 30 minuta. Laganiji protvan znači da će se biskvit kraće peći.

Dok se biskvit peče, stavite slatko vrhnje, čokoladu i šećer na laganu vatru te kuhajte uz neprestano miješanje dok se čokolada skroz ne otopi. Maknite s vatre čim se čokolada rastopi.

Kada je biskvit pečen, a glazura spremna, pustite da se ohlade prema opcijama koje sam opisala u uvodu. Vilicom izbockajte rupice u biskvitu pa ga zalijte glazurom koju posipajte cvijetom soli. Stavite kolač u hladnjak na par sati, a najbolje preko noći, da se glazura stisne. Izrežite kolač na kocke i poslužite, ili samog za sebe, ili sa malo šlaga i svježeg bobičastog voća.

Chocolate Squares / Čokoladne kocke

Pineapple cake / Kolač od ananasa

We had this sad lonely pineapple lying around for a while so naturally I decided to bake it into a cake. Let me tell you, no fruit is safe from being tossed into the oven in our household. This cake is a breeze to whip up, so if you have a case of neglected pineapple as well, you know what to do.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 cake / 4.19 EUR)

For the batter:

1 pineapple (2.00 EUR)

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

2 cups all-purpose flour (0.13 EUR)

¾ cup brown sugar, divided (1.00 EUR)

1 tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp baking soda (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a baking pan with butter and set aside. Clean and cube the pineapple, toss 2/3 of it in a food processor and pulse until creamy, but reserve the remaining 1/3 for later. Add the eggs and vanilla to pineapple pulp and blitz to combine. Finally, add in the melted butter and give a final pulse.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, ½ cup of sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the liquid pineapple mixture over flour and stir to combine. Pour the batter into prepared pan and shake to even out. Add reserved pineapple and remaining ¼ cup of sugar to food processor and blitz for just a few seconds, so you end up with a chunky mixture. Distribute the mixture on top of the cake batter and bake it for 1 hour, until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Serve the cake warm or at room temperature.

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Imali smo doma jedan usamljeni tužni ananas pa sam ga, naravno, odlučila ubaciti u kolač. Da vam odma priznam, niti jedno voće nije sigurno kod nas doma od toga da završi u pećnici. Ako i vi imate sindrom odbačenog ananasa, znate što vam je činiti.

PRIPREMA:

(Za 1 kolač / 31,32 kn)

Za kolač:

1 ananas (15,00 kn)

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljenog (4,00 kn)

2 šalice glatkog brašna (1,00 kn)

¾ šalice smeđeg šećera, podijeljene (7,50 kn)

1 žličica praška za pecivo (0,10 kn)

½ žličice sode bikarbone (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti kalup (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 180°C. Namastite kalup i obložite papirom za pečenje, pa stavite na stranu. Očistite i narežite ananas na kockice. Ubacite 2/3 ananasa u multipraktik i pulsirajte dok ne bude kremast, s time da 1/3 ananasa ostavite u kockicama za kasnije. Dodajte jaja i vaniliju u pulpu od ananasa i propulsirajte, te za kraj dodajte i rastopljeni maslac i još jednom propulsirajte da se sve sjedini.

U zdjeli pomiješajte brašno, ½ šalice šećera, prašak za pecivo, sodu bikarbonu i sol. Preko toga prelijte tekuću smjesu sa ananasom i dobro promiješajte da se sjedini. Iskrenite smjesu u pripremljeni protvan i prodrmajte da se poravna. Ostatak ananasa koji ste sačuvali dodajte sa preostalom ¼ šalice šećera u multipraktik i samo kratko problicajte da dobijete smjesu sa komadićima ananasa. To rasporedite po tijestu u protvanu i pecite 1 sat, dok kolač ne bude zlatno smeđi, a čačkalica bude čista kad upiknete kolač.

Poslužite kolač topli ili na sobnoj temperaturi.

Pineapple cake / Kolač od ananasa