As someone traveling this “Real Food” journey, I do try to incorporate more nutrient dense foods into my family's diet. However, I am also happily learning how to turn a delicious sounding standard baked good recipe into a nourishing soaked flour or sourdough treat. In years past, I have been more of a recipe follower and less of a recipe trail blazer. I am quick to admit that all of this tweaking is quite freeing… and addicting! Enjoy the latest experiment… and success!
Here is a very delicious and easy, soaked, whole-grain chocolate cake. It does not require all of the squooshing as in my recent muffin recipe!
The original recipe made this torte as a double decker with filling in the middle and on top. We found a sliver of single layer to be just enough. I cut the second round as brownies and saved a jar of the filling to be used as a dollop on top if I so desired. My boys (all of us, really) enjoyed them equally as well plain.
This recipe is adapted from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen.
Here is a very delicious and easy, soaked, whole-grain chocolate cake. This recipe is adapted from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen.
- 2 cups whole grain flour of choice
- 2/3 cup plain yogurt or coconut milk plus 2 teaspoons of an acid such as lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup raw whole milk or fermented dairy or whole coconut milk thinned to a milk consistency
- 1/2 cup grass-fed butter or coconut oil, melted
- 1/2-3/4 cup raw honey how sweet do you like your treats?
- 2 organic or pastured eggs
- 1/2 cup cocoa my cocoa is a blend of natural and Dutched cocoa.
- 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
In a medium size bowl, stir together your 2/3 cup yogurt plus 1/2 cup of milk, fermented dairy, or coconut milk.
Add 2 cups of whole grain flour.
Stir well to combine.
Cover and set aside for 8 to 24 hours.
When ready to complete your torte, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place an oven rack on the middle shelf, and butter (2) 9-inch round cake pans.
I am sure other shapes and sizes would work just as well; just adjust baking times.
In a small bowl, combine melted butter or coconut oil, honey, eggs, cocoa, vanilla, baking soda, and salt.
Whisk. Whisk. Whisk.
Pour this mixture onto your soaking dough.
Using a hand held beater, mixer, or a wooden spoon, mix until smooth.
I used the beater and was thrilled with the results.
Pour batter into your prepared pans.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes or so before turning them onto a cooling rack.
When cool, frost with Yogurt Cheese Frosting (recipe below).
I frosted one 9-inch round, and the leftovers kept beautifully in the fridge in a sealed container. The other 9-inch round I cut into brownies and left plain. A bit less messy, for my boys to enjoy. I also kept these in the fridge in a sealed container. If unfrosted, these will freeze very well.
Yogurt Cheese Frosting
- 1-1/2 cup yogurt cheese *other mild creamy cheeses or greek yogurt can be used here, too.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest freshly grated, I used more – any citrus zest would work here.
- 3 tablespoons raw honey
While cakes are cooling, prepare your yogurt cheese topping.
Combine yogurt cheese, vanilla, zest, and honey in a bowl.
Stir to combine.
Put in fridge until your torte is cool and ready to top.
Make The Yogurt Cheese
*These are directions to make your own yogurt cheese, if you want to do this instead of using another mild, creamy cheese that's on hand.
The night before making the Chocolate Torte, take about 3 cups of homemade yogurt and strained it in the fridge.
I use jelly bags for my strainers, and they work wonderfully.
As you can see, I tie them with their own draw strings to the shelves of my fridge above a bowl.
In the morning, I can easily remove the yogurt cheese from the bag and place it into a container for use as sour cream, cream cheese, ice cream, frosting…
The whey can then be poured into a glass jar to be used for soaking and fermenting.
thick and creamy... and cheaper than store-bought!
Free Recipe: "How To Make Thick Raw Milk Yogurt"
Is it really possible to "eat what you want to eat" like bread and butter, cinnamon rolls and cookies, meat and potatoes...
Bible-based cooking program...
...yet it's GOOD for you?
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