Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Bites

This is an Easter activity that I have combined with www.whatcanieat.com.au, to think of fun Easter ideas, with this idea, you simply replace the strawberries with easter eggs to make a very cool and home made Easter treat!

Chocolate Strawberry Balls

6 eggs
1 heaped tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. bicarb soda
200g almond meal or ground almonds
250g caster sugar
60g of cocoa
1 1/2 punnets of strawberries
Slug of Baileys (to your liking)
1 block of milk chocolate
100g unsalted butter
1/2 punnet or more of strawberries (for decoration)
Easter Eggs

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Cut strawberries in half and put in food processor with Baileys until blended through and cut into small pieces. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until ingredients is combined. Now this is the part where you must grease the 20cm spring form cake tin and use baking paper and bake for 1 hour. Let the cake cool before removing. If you want to do the smaller delightful strawberry chocolate balls, remove the cake from the tin, while still warm, the cake will fall apart. Break the cake into smaller pieces, place in a bowl cover with cling wrap and put in the fridge. Get our your patty cake holders and roll the cake mix into small balls and place inside the cup cake holder. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave, checking at 30 second intervals, and stirring each time. Add the melted chocolate and butter and top with a small section of a strawberry, or Easter egg, you might like to alternate to create something rather cool! Repeat with remaining mixture. I think this is a delightful way to ensure such a rich cake, in small bite size portions. The only problem is, you are more likely to go back for seconds and thirds! If you do make it as a whole cake, I would cut strawberries in half and decorate around the side of the cake after using the chocolate and butter to make a delicious ganache icing

I hope you enjoy this cake and the original recipe was part of a  wonderful Blog Hop, hosted by the Hungry Australian. Remember you can find me on Twitter @MMOAGFL. The lovely Jennifer at Delicieux is running a great comp to win an awesome set of Kitchen appliances, just head to her website to enter!