January 30, 2011

Plum,Chocolate and Pistachio Bake

A big sigh of relief!  This Sunday I woke up and something felt different. It wasn't as uncomfortably hot as it has been for the past couple of weeks and I could only think of one thing: baking! I had bought a big bag of plums the previous day and paring them with chocolate was the obvious choice.

This is another guilt-free treat: again I've used no butter and no sugar, only fat free yoghurt and raw honey. I've used really dark chocolate which gives it richness without too much sweetness, and I've added raw cacao nibs and pistachio for texture. Plums give it natural sweetness which is just perfect for a lazy Sunday morning treat.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

Plum, Chocolate and Pistachio Bake

1/3 cup white, unprocessed spelt flour (or plain wheat flour)
1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
3 large free range eggs
1tsp natural vanilla extract
1 cup fat free plain yoghurt
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
25g pistachios
60g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 small plums, halved and stoned

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a small (20cm x 20cm) square tin with baking paper. In a bowl, lightly whisk the eggs with vanilla, and add the yoghurt and honey. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the flour and cacao powder, and then mix in the cacao nibs, pistachios and the chocolate. Pour the batter into the tin and smooth the top. Place the plums on the batter, cut side up. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean (this is a moist cake!). Serve dusted with icing sugar.