The goal: make Reeni's Chocolate Sour Cream Tea Bread.
The original changes: nonfat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream; canola instead of butter and slightly less of; slightly less sugar; less chocolate chips; flax egg instead of eggs; more baking soda because flax eggs don't make things rise.
The problem: Greek yogurt was older than originally thought. Moldy yogurt is not good.
The solution: Blend cream cheese with milk.
Delicious idea: "Say, I've got some chocolate mint growing... why not use some?"
The random idea: "Hey, since this week is all about rice, why not substitute some brown rice flour?"
The problem: Very very very very very thick. Very. Forgot that rice absorbs a lot more liquid than wheat.
The solution: Lots of water. Lots and lots and lots. Okay, not really, but I added it in small portions so it felt like a lot. And substitute some of the sugar for honey.
The result: Not bad. Not bad at all.
Minty Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake
(Recipe adapted by Mo from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice, who in turn adapted it from Winnie-the-Pooh's Teatime Cookbook)
70 g (7 tbsp) brown rice flour
187 g (1.25 cups + 1 tbsp) white whole wheat flour
180 g (3/4 cup) room-temperature Neufchâtel cream cheese (also called 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup loosely packed chocolate mint or peppermint leaves
96 g (1 cup) good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
45 - 60 g (3-4 tbsp) canola oil
1/3 cup skim milk
1/2 cup water
100 g (1/2 cup) flax egg
58 g (1/3 cup) white sugar
72 g (3 tbsp + 1.25 tsp) honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
45 g good-quality dark or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (I can't possibly give an accurate volumetric measurement for this)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x4 - 9x5" loaf pan.
Combine the flours in a large bowl.
Purée the cream cheese, milk and mint until well-combined and the mint leaves are well-chopped.
Add the purée to a smaller bowl along with the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry slightly, add in the chocolate, and fold in until everything is just combined. It will be really thick, but that's okay. Add to the loaf pan, try to smooth out the top, and bake for 50-60 minutes. Honestly if you stick a cake tester or toothpick in it'll most likely not come out dry because it's studded with chocolate chips, so just be wary of the cooking time and make sure it's not in there too long. It's okay if it's a little undercooked because there's nothing "raw" in here. As long as you let it cool down it should come out of the pan in one piece.
|This was the best picture I could get, which should say something about how shitty my camera and the weather are acting.|
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Toodle-oo for now...
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