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Riding my Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownie Bike….

September 5, 2015

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My husband and I have developed a bad habit.

We have recently bought bicycles and discovered the joys of bike riding in our lovely city. “That’s not a bad habit” you may ask? Well, no…but yes, I’ll explain…

Each weekend we set out and plan a ride, following the multitude of bike paths that lace their way around Brisbane. It has opened up a whole new world for us. For those without a bike, it is the best kept secret. We didn’t know how easy and speedily it was to get from A to B. We have discovered parts of our city that we have never ventured before, and explored areas that we thought were hard to get to, or a long distance away by car.

bikeNow, when we need to go somewhere, we automatically look at Google Maps to see how we can get there by bike. The program can show you where the bike friendly routes are so we can stay off the roads. Don’t imagine for a minute that we are dipped in lycra, tapping in our cleats!  I am an upright rider in my daggy wind-proof slicker on my retro touring ebike!! My panniers are full of clothes that we shed as we warm up! Winter is the reason why we live in this city. Our days are clear and blue, albeit crisp, and the sun perpetually shines. We start riding in the cold and cast off layers as our ride progresses. Neck scarf, leg warmers, beanie (for husband), jumper – yep –  I told you daggy!

But on our travels we are also discovering wonderful little coffee shops, tucked away in suburban streets, bustling with customers, relaxing in the sun. The hidden cafe is the new local. Coffee is the new vintage!

Ordinarily, I am not a coffee drinker. But I am concluding that a half-strength decaf ice-coffee on almond milk is the segue to the real stuff!! And so many places offer alternative milks now! A revelation!!!

As a good foodie might,  I ALWAYS look at the menu and peruse the sweet treats on offer. Finding something decent and gluten-free is more of a challenge. But I am always looking for inspiration and saw this chocolate cream cheese slice on offer last weekend and was reminded of a similar slice that I used to make back in the ’90’s. I went home and immediately sought out how to convert it to something more wholefood; gluten-free and dairy-free. I think I cracked it! My dairy free ‘cream cheese’ recipe that I have used in past posts worked well, but you can always use normal cream cheese if you are not intolerant. You will need 3 eggs for this recipe.

I love my bike riding. It has slowed us down (in a good way). It has made us mindful. And it might be making us fat!

 

250g “cream cheese” (or dairy cream cheese)

1 tab coconut sugar

1 egg white

100g fresh dates, pitted (or a combination of dates & prunes)

100g dark chocolate

60g coconut sugar (I used Natvia)

120g coconut oil or macadamia oil (or butter if not dairy-free)

2 eggs + 1 egg yolk

25g cacao powder

60g buckwheat flour (or sorghum or quinoa flour)

½ teas baking powder

Make the cream cheese using these directions – there is no need to hang the cream cheese to thicken – but it will produce a firmer result. Or use dairy cream cheese if not intolerant. Measure out 250g and mix with the sugar and egg-white on SP 5 for 10 seconds. Set aside.

Without washing the TM bowl, mince the dates, chocolate and sugar on SP 8 for 10 seconds. Add the butter and cook at 70°C for 3 minutes on SP 3 until smooth.

Add the eggs & egg yolk with the cacao, flour & baking powder and mix for a few seconds on SP 5 until well combined. Pour into a lined tin and dot with the cream cheese mixture. Give the batter a swirl with a knife to marble the mix. Bake for about 25 minutes at 170ºC, until just set. Do not over cook. It will firm up as it cools, slice when cold.

 

 

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2015 7:02 am

    Oh Sarah, I’m wishing I was with you … Bike riding in the sunshine and a coffee along the way. My kind of thing! I made your nut cheese to make a gingerbread cheesecake last week. 😋😋

    • September 9, 2015 9:02 am

      I wish I was with you too – exploring the UK National Trust!! How did the cheesecake turn out? I’m trying to calm down my ice-coffee addiction – bike rides are not nearly as interesting without them!!

      • September 10, 2015 12:08 am

        Well me and Mr C liked the cheesecake but the kids not so much. Needs a bit of tweaking. I just love the nut cream cheese though!

      • September 10, 2015 6:46 pm

        Thanks Lesley!

  2. September 5, 2015 5:04 pm

    A foodie trail by bike Now there’s a novel idea. Sarah, this slice sounds amazing. Another winning recipie. Thank you.

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