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This is a chocolate cake. A simple chocolate loaf.
(It’s a chocolate cake w/ chopped pistachios which are optional.)
Is this a healthy cake?
For the record:
Maybe you’ve already made an educated guess … This post is not about Corona times!
I’d like to present a recipe for chocolate cake & some insights – my very own! – about healthy food in general & especially about posts featuring the It-word healthy.
(… once again …) For the record:
I wrote this post some weeks ago. My better half & I had planned to relax in Greece at a beach, visit some interesting temples … ruins … some old town quarters … having nice Mediterranean meals w/ wine …
Alas … all was cancelled because of CT (aka Corona times or SARS-CoV-2). So we had some holiday at home; the company didn’t accept the cancellation of any already confirmed leave days.
If you wonder why my blog schedule appeared somewhat strange & messy during the last 2 weeks – that’s why. Although at home I relaxed & approached the dolce far niente once more.
Back to my post …
When roaming food blogs you inevitably stumble across posts w/ recipes proclaiming that whatever was cooked or baken is „healthy“. I always wonder what this means … & suspicion arises.
In my understanding the opposite of „healthy food” is any food that will harm you, make you ill, poison you or even kill you. At the end I’m thinking of food that isn’t any longer ready for being eaten – rotten food. However, my impression is that many a blogger thinks that „healthy food“ is either a philosophical or ethical question, it’s the pursuit of a certain diet or even the religious devotion to the teachings of one of today’s popular food gurus.
For the record:
I’m not dealing w/ any persistent illnesses concerning the consumption of special food products at this point like lactose intolerance or coeliac disease or …
So when regarding the food available for us today what is „healthy” or better: what is called „healthy“?
I tried to summarize some of the main points – concerning food, preparation & diet – what seems to have achieved the gold medal of „healthy“:
- any organic food
- vegetables & fruit out of the region – most likely from a farm just 2 km from home that can be reached via bike (regardless if it’s organic or not!)
- eating like a vegetarian
- eating like a vegan
- any food resp. dishes enriched w/ grains & nuts
- any wholemeal/-grain products
- any superfoods (regardless of origin & if organic)
- eating only raw vegetables & fruit (most beloved product seems to be the green smoothie)
- any products w/o artificial preserving agents
- any processed food – ready to be eaten at once or to be reheated … extremely fat-reduced … extremely sugar reduced …
- any diet w/o fat (or almost no fat)
- any diet w/o carbs (or almost no carbs)
- anything w/o sugar (formerly caffein, salt, nicotine …).
At first: I think that „healthy“ has got different meanings always according to the people who believe in something – well whatever … if environmentalism, animal welfare, body cleansing, inner glow, slimming, best care for children etc.
Secondly: „Healthy“ is a worn-out attribute nowadays because it’s used too often & in too diverse contexts.
So coming now to my definition of „healthy“:
For me „healthy“ means to use organic food when available, to avoid processed food resp. food w/ lots of artificial preserving agents & to take care when preparing dishes (i. e. avoiding any contamination).
… & it means also not to use any ingredients which beyond shelf-life or rotten in any way …
What about my chocolate cake?
I used organic ingredients like organic flour & organic eggs adding pure olive oil. Sugar is sugar is sugar … (I assume you know!).
In short: For me my chocolate cake is „healthy“!
What to do:
The cake is made by using „my“ recipe for olive oil cake … some weeks ago. The olive oil cake approach works also for a chocolate cake.
- Preheat the oven & line the loaf tin w/ baking parchment.
- Mix the flour w/ the dry ingredients including the cocoa powder.
- Mix the eggs, the sugar, the olive oil & the milk.
- Add chopped pistacchios – if you like.
- Whisk everything together & put it in the oven.
I pondered if a chocolate icing could even make it more delicious – I’m sure it is -, but unfortunately I had no chocolate in my pantry. So it’s a simple chocolate cake – for any occasion. (Believe me: it’s best for any coffee break when sitting at your desk working …)
- 250 g all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 tsp baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 150 g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 150 ml olive oil
- 150 ml milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 25 g chopped pistachios (optional)
- loaf tin (25 cm)
- elextric handheld mixer
- Preheat the oven to 160° C w/ fan.
- Line the loaf tin w/ baking parchment.
- Mix flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt.
- Whip the eggs & the sugar w/ your electric handheld mixer; add the olive oil, the milk & the vanilla extract.
- Add the flour mix & mix until there's a smooth mess.
- Add the chopped pistachios & mix - if you like.
- Fill the dough in the loaf tin & let it bake in the preheated oven for about 40 - 50 min.
- After 40 min make the famous test w/ the wooden pin ... & decide if to prolong the oven session by 5 or 10 min or whatever.
- Let the cake rest in the loaf tin for about 10 - 15 min; then lift it onto a cooling rack.