Each to their own....
In ten days time we start to harvest our grapes ,we hope we will be helped by many of our friends and family who will also bring their children, so I thought I'd do a little practice and make this chocolate cake.
I need practice because ... if you look on the left part of the website, under categories, you will see that out of a total of 197 recipes, only 9 are cakes .... unfortunately, I’m not very good at making them.
But anyway, to avoid a disaster on the day of the harvest I thought now is a good time to do the test of this almond and hazelnut gluten free chocolate cake because, Nicks mum Jackie and her friend Ida are here for a late relaxing summer holiday (or so they thought) . BUT I thought while they are sitting in the shade on the porch sipping a large Gin and tonic it would be very helpful if they shelled a BIG bag of nuts picked from our almond and hazelnut trees (the main ingredients of this cake) also I just happened to have 2 pairs of nut crackers....unfortunately Ida managed to pinch her skin a few times but she was very brave and only moaned a little .Although chocolate cake may not seem suitable when it could be 35 degrees outside it will give our helpers energy and they will need it.....there are 4 tons of grapes to pick!
The hard work didn’t finish there because I kept reading the weighing scales wrong saying we need more and more ,finally after a couple of hours I got it right and we had the 400 grams needed and just had to remove the skins from the almonds which also was not an easy job to do.
Maybe I should have chosen a Ciambellone ( sponge cake) , I think even a wedding cake would have been easier but of course the real answer is to buy the prepared nuts from the supermarket.......but still we did it.
My worse critic Nick , and Jackie and Ida did the tasting and all agreed it was good but they would prefer it served with ice-cream , but I’m not sure if this was because the texture was more like biscuit or was it because the English I know seem to prefer cream or ice-cream with their cake .
Each to their own is I believe the answer to that.
for the recipe please go to my blog www.sagraincasa.com grazie
They look so beautiful