Friday, April 18, 2014
I am serving this for Easter, but it would be good served any time. It is drenched in chocolate flavor and is gluten free.
2/3 cup olive oil, plus more for greasing spring form cake pan (sides only)
6 Tbps. good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 boiling water
2 heaping teaspoons pure vanilla extract...I love vanilla!
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Pinch of salf
1 cup of sugar
3 large eggs
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease the sides of a 9 inch spring-form pan with olive oil.
Line the bottom (cut out pattern to fit the bottom) of pan with parchment paper.
2. Place cocoa powder in bowl and whisk thoroughly with boiling water until you have a
smooth, chocolaty , still runny (but only just) paste. Whisk in vanilla extract and set aside
3. In a small bowl combine almond meal with baking powder and a pinch of salt.
4. Put sugar, olive oil, and eggs into the bowl of a free standing mixer or use another bowl
and whisk by hand. Whip or beat vigorously until mixture is pale-primrose, aerated.
thickened, and creamy, about 3 minutes.
5. Turn down mixer speed a little and beat in cocoa mixture. Slowly add almond meal
6. Turn off mixer. Scrape down sides of bowl and stir a little with a spatula. Pour batter into
prepared spring form cake pan. Bake until the sides of cake are set and very center on top
still looks slightly damp, 40-45 minutes. A cake tester should come up mainly clean but
with a few sticky chocolate crumbs clinging to it.
7. Let cake cool in its pan for ten minutes on a wire rack. Carefully remove sides of pan using
a spatula if necessary. Leave to cool completely or serve warm with ice cream ( ice cream
is not Paleo).
8. I made a frosting by mixing a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips and a bit of butter
Crisco and put in microwave to melt. Whip into a frosting and drizzle on top of cake. These
ingredients are not Paleo, but I have to make it pretty for myself. LOL!
Enjoy. I love almonds so much. I use only almond milk and this cake is made with almonds.
I think slivered almond on top would be fabulous. I didn't have any this morning.
A blessed Easter to everyone! HE IS RISEN!
I have a special Bible.......in Confections 1:1 it says" And God created chocolate, and it was very good! LOL!
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!
Calories per serving: 272.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
My SparkFriends are aware of how very important my koi pond is to me. When I began my journey of sobriety.....almost 1,000 days ago....I was gifted several koi, but of course during my journey I added special ones. Sobriety Rocks is the white shimmery koi; Serenity Bing....my first purchase.... is the BIG shiny yellow one, and I will take another pic so that you can see Amazing Joy, who is very very special to me and to my SparkFriend, Leslie. This incrediblyh beautiful koi is named after an amazing friend who passed, but not without leaving a lot of JOY in many hearts and a legacy of sobriety, Godliness, and absolute courage.
I have a new others......Mountain Mania, speckled and huge, along with Wisdom and Courage to complete the cast of our beloved Serenity Prayer. It seems when I am near this glorious pond, I feel the presence of God. It my place of tranquility and absoute peace.
Blessings today to everyone!
Amazing love, how can it be? That you my king would die for me?
Happy Easter to all!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Yes, Jacob is our sprinter. He has always loved to run....fast as the wind. I admire his fortitude and dedication to track. He is attending the School of Mines and Technolgy in South Dakota on a football scholarship, but may qualify also for a track scholarship.
This particular race, 100 m, he finished with a 11.14...not his best, but good enough for first place.
I am proud to say he is kind, humble, and a Christian. And I obviously am a very proud grandmother!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
This plant means so much to me. I bought it about a year ago and it is still alive. which is a miracle in itself. It has bloomed twice already at Christmas two years in a row. This Easter season it is blooming again. My question is this? How can this be possible without God? All doubters need to just watch these spiritual plants bloom at the birth of Jesus Christ and at his death and resurrection at Easter.
Oh how this blesses me. This plant of course receives tender loving care from me to thrive, but how our Heavenly Father gives us even more tender loving care to thrive in our temporary world here on earth.
Thank you God for this miracle plant and for giving us amazing love found in John 3:16. Amazing love, how can it be that you my king would die for me?
Happy Easter to all SparkFriends. Blessings today and always!
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