Carob and Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake #Bundtbakers


Carob,once very popular in Southern and Eastern Europe for making hot drinks, tray bakes and cakes is, to my delight, making a comeback and bringing with it a pleasant nostalgia for places and people from my childhood that I am very fond of.  
It's most commonly used as coarse or fine ground powder, very often as a chocolate substitute, and in baking combined with apples to balance out it's powerful taste. When Tara, from Noshing With The Nolandsour, our #BundtBakers host for November, set us with a challenge of baking with hot chocolate, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to try to bake with those "two chocolates". I also wanted to add a balancing flavour, but since the apples didn't seem to be the right choice, I opted for oranges thinking that they would compliment well both the carob and chocolate.  Good! Everything blended just the way we like it.

Carob and Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake

Recipe adapted from Vali Voli Torte

225g 0 type flour
2tsp baking powder
110 g ground carob
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1 bag orange flavoured vanilla sugar
zest of 1 orange
80 g butter
120ml honey
80 ml milk
20 g 100%  cacao chunks
6 eggs

Combine the dry ingredients,  and separately mix egg yolks, butter and honey. Put the orange zest, vanilla  and hot chocolate cacao in a pan with milk and let it melt and infuse over low heat,  allow  to cool down and pour into a honey mixture. Add the dry ingredients, then mix with beaten egg whites.
Bake for  about 45 minutes on 180C .

Cover with chocolate glaze or dust with  icing sugar.

Carob tree - Picture courtesy of Holidays in Komiza 
please visit  the page if you would like to find out more about this amazing fruit

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