Thursday, July 14, 2011

beautiful baking

This video popped into my inbox this afternoon like a whimsical melody.

There is something beautiful about the baking process. The way flour feels in your hands or the sound of eggs cracking on the edge of a bowl. Baking is a gathering of interesting materials, a mixed medium art piece of sorts, that ends in a cake instead of a canvas.
After watching this video i would have to agree with the tiger-in-a-jar good folk.
Baking for me usually involves the clattering mess of pots and pans, clouds of gluten free flour and organic vegan substitutes for everything. Amongst the chaos though I do find a feeling of serenity. There is something calming about making something with your own hands.
The gorgeous music and visuals inspired me to create sweet lovelies using vegies, so i migrated to the kitchen and whipped up a batch of chick-late brownies- a recipe inspired by have cake will travel. I made a few tweaks........

My Chicky-Béb Brownies

1 can of organic chick peas
1 cup almond meal
1 cup self raising gluten free flour mix
1/2 tea-spoon baking powder
1/3 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
80g dark chocolate
1 table-spoon of cocoa
1 egg
3 table-spoons of olive oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla

Grab the food processor from the pantry and throw the chick peas in. Blend those bébés until they form a smooth paste.
Meanwhile melt the chocolate and olive oil in the microwave. Stir in the sugar and the vanilla.
Toss the almond meal, flour, cocoa and baking powder into the food processor and pulse.
Then add in your chocolate mix and egg.
Have a good taste before smearing the rather stiff mixture into a lined brownie pan.
Chuck it into the oven and let it bake for 25 minutes.
Yummy yum yum
Enjoy with a cup of green tea and a funny friend.

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