Going sugar free no longer means missing out on decadent culinary delights like Gateaux and here is a divine recipe for Chocolate, Coconut and Raspberry Gateaux to demonstrate.
Thanks to Sugar Free Baking by Carolyn Hartz you can still tantalise your tastebuds with guilt free treats made using 100% natural ingredients and avoiding hidden and everyday sugars.
Chocolate, Coconut and Raspberry Gateaux
Serves 8 – 10
Butter or oil to grease
250g raw almonds, ground
80g shredded coconut
4 X-large eggs
100g Perfect Sweet® xylitol
Pinch of salt
20g cacao or good quality cocoa powder
150g coconut oil, melted
100g fresh or frozen raspberries
DAIRY FREE GANACHE
3 ripe avocados
100g coconut oil, melted
60g cacao or good quality cocoa powder
75g Perfect Sweet® xylitol
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Dark Bitter Chocolate or good quality sugar free dark chocolate, shaved to decorate .
Preheat oven to 140˚C/120˚C fan-forced. Brush 4 x 17cm spring form cake pans with butter to grease. Line with baking paper.
Combine the ground almonds and coconut in a large bowl, then set aside
Place the eggs, xylitol and salt in a clean bowl and, using an electric beater on high speed, whisk until pale. Add the cacao and beat on slow speed until combined. Gradually add the coconut oil and beat on medium speed.
Add the almond and coconut mixture and fold into the egg mix to combine.
Pour a quarter of the cake mixture into each cake pan. Then place a quarter of your raspberries (25g) into each pan and push down into the cake mixture. If you only have 1 or 2 cake pans, bake 1 or 2 cakes at a time until you have 4 layers.
Bake 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan then turn onto wire racks to finish cooling.
DAIRY FREE GANACHE
Process all ingredients until smooth and shiny.
Use a quarter of the ganache and spread over the first cake layer, top with 50g raspberries. Add the second cake layer, use a quarter of the ganache and spread over the second cake layer, top with 50g raspberries, repeat for the 3rd layer. Top with the 4th layer, cover with remaining ganache and decorate with the remaining 100g raspberries. Finish with shaved/grated chocolate and serve.
TIP: If you cannot find sugar free chocolate and your lifestyle allows you to have a little sugar, you can use a good quality 70% dark chocolate.
Sugar Free Baking is $29.95 and stockists will be listed on www.sweetlife.com.au as of October 2015.
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