Monday, December 29, 2014

Almond Marble Cake

Food allergies are very annoying and yet becoming more and more common in the Western world. Having a peanut allergy myself, I know how careful one has to be when choosing food. Over the last years, many of my friends have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance. As I am a passionate baker, I was looking for delicious recipes all over the Internet in order to prepare yummy alternatives for my guests when hosting a dinner party. I have to admit that at the beginning I was a bit lost because many websites just suggest preparing fruit salads instead. But when everyone eats cake, gluten intolerant people, who most of the time used to eat cake before, don't want to be consoled with a less appealing dish. 

But while considering the topic, I realised that gluten-containing foods are unfortunately used for many deserts. This means that even though you don't necessarily prepare cake, many deserts still contain gluten. To date I observe that also most bakeries do not really deal with the situation and the concerned persons are left out when the sweetmeats are put on the desert tables. Some countries are already one step ahead indeed, like Germany for instance, where in many bakeries you can already order your favourite cake in gluten free. I hope this inspires the neighbouring countries as well.  

For one loaf you need:

4 eggs
200g sugar
200g powdered almonds
5 drops almond extract
50g butter
25 cocoa powder
30g chocolate spread

Preheat the oven to 180°

Whisk together the eggs and the sugar on full speed until light and fluffy. Add the powdered almonds and the almond extract. Then add the butter and mix until you get homogeneous batter.  

Separate the batter in two halves. Add the chocolate spread and the cocoa powder to one.

Fill the cake mold with the help of two ladles (or normal tablespoons, depending on the pattern you want to get) altering the white and chocolate batter. When both batters are gone, take a fork, put it into the dough at one end of the mold and push it to the other end. Now you got the final swirl.

Bake for 45 minutes.


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