I do like it when you get asked to use particular ingredient to try for free 😊😊 And so when I was contacted by Food Thoughts to try out a sample of their Finest Organic Fairtrade Cocoa, I jumped at the chance. Mostly to try a product I had not seen or tried before.
And where better I thought, than a Madeira cake. Recently seen on the Great British Bake Off, Series 6 on the BBC (with added crack). Here then is a Gluten Free version 😊
Pre heat the oven to Gas 3/160c and line a 2lb/900g Loaf Tin.
180g Soft Butter
180g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs, lightly beaten
80g Chopped Glacé Cherries
60g Food Thoughts Finest Fairtrade Organic Cocoa
150g Dove Farm Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
60g Ground Almonds
50ml semi skimmed milk
Firstly sift the cocoa, gluten free flour and ground almonds together until well combined.
Then beat until soft and creamy, the butter and caster sugar. Then pour in the egg mix slowly and beat until well mixed.
Then pour in the rest of the ingredients and beat well. Remember the glacé cherries need to be chopped otherwise they’ll sink!
The mix needs to fall off a spoon when lifted, so you may then extra milk to do this. Beat in well if required, but with care, as it will splatter 😉.
Pour into the prepared loaf tin and bake on the middle shelf for 50 – 60 minutes. Use a skewer to check it’s cooked. If it comes out clean, it’s done.
Leave to cool before removing from the tin. And decorate accordingly if you want to. I decorated mine with some left over white chocolate ganache I had, but you could easily just melt some white chocolate for the same effect.
The result of using Food Thoughts Finest Organic Cocoa? A deep, rich and moist chocolate cake. Thoroughly enjoyed but us and the neighbours over the road 😉
Would I buy Food Thoughts again? Yes, but it seems it’s currently only available in a few Sainsburys.