Monday, September 14, 2009

Vittles For Littles: Chocolate Teff Cake

Teff is a very important grain in Ethiopia. It is a native grass, and (good for me) it's gluten free. You can't tell from this picture, but it's really tiny. It's so tiny that when I opened my package of teff, I thought it was already ground into flour. On the right is the grain; on the left is the flour. This particular kind is brown maskal teff.
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I found this recipe for Chocolate Teff Cake at Bob's Red Mill.
2 1/4 cups teff flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 c. sucanat
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 Eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
2 oz. chocolate, melted and cooled
Icing and Filling:
1 1/2 cups any chocolate Icing
3/4 cup jam
Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar.
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Add melted chocolate. (The recipe didn't specify what kind of chocolate. We used chocolate chips, but I think unsweetened would have been better.)
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Add eggs. (She did a kind of one-handed smash that actually worked out. Eggs went in. Shell didn't.) (By the way, that's the oregano we planted drying in the background.)
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Add milk. Beat well.
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Next, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
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Grease 2 round cake pans. Pour in batter. Bake 25 minutes.
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Clean your bowls and utensils while you wait.
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Cool cakes on rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Spread one layer with jam. The original recipe suggested raspberry, but we had strawberry.
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Place second layer on top and cover with chocolate frosting. You know what to do next.
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“It's just been a wild ride. We've finally been able to put the icing on the cake with this mission.” Eileen collins

8 comments:

  1. I laughed out loud at that last picture! So, so perfect. And to catch that moment on your camera! The cake does look that good though...

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  2. Looks great! Love those pictures and the happy faces.

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  3. How delightful! That last photo is priceless.

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  4. Oh how I love that one-handed egg smash! And the frosting licking is too cute! Looks like a fantastic cake. I have never cooked with teff before. Thank you for sharing this grain!

    lisa

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  5. Oh that is so stinkin cute! I love her... she seems to have such personality.

    I haven't ever cooked with teff. I will have to try it out! Does it taste like rice at all?

    Val

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  6. Teff doesn't taste like rice to me. It is very mild-flavored with a hint of sweetness.

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  7. Oh my goodness. Those photos are adorable! Nothing better than small children really enjoying some food! ;D

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  8. that is so Zahana to do that. tee hee. I really like the wedding pics (ill have to call miah and tell her she is the best flower girl ive ever seen. she was soooo pretty. also, i love that larkin reads with his feet. thats really funny. anyway, i need to know what types of books they are able to read now. love you mon sissy

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