As the new normal has given us a lot of time on our hands, most of us have been spending it baking. Whether it's been with kids or just as a pick-me-up for ourselves, isolation is indeed a little bit easier to cope with when there's chocolate involved. With a surge in new bakers and bread pros, we've seen consequent shortages of flour at the shops across the country. But that shouldn't stop you from rocking your chef hat! In fact, there are tons of flour-free recipes you can make at home: here are our 3 favourite ones.
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World's easiest chocolate cake
This amazing chocolate cake is the perfect allrounder. Easy to make, delicious and with just 4 ingredients: it can be a comforting pick-me-up after a long day, or a yummy, low-effort dessert to serve at your next dinner party. Its soft texture is ideal to eat with a spoon, a bit of ice cream on top and your favourite TV show.
- 6 eggs (separated)
- 225g of dark chocolate for baking
- 225g of sugar
- 200g of butter
- Preheat oven to 195°C
- Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bain marie
- Mix 75g of sugar with the egg yolks then add the melted chocolate/butter to it.
- On the side, beat the egg whites until they reach firm peaks.
- Add the remaining sugar to the egg whites and beat again.
- Gently add the egg whites to the chocolate batter, mix softly.
- Butter a cake dish of your choice, put the batter in it. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
- Take it out of the oven and wait for 15 minutes before removing it from the mold.
Super-easy banana pancakes
You don't need flour to have a fancy breakfast! This amazing flour-free pancake recipe only needs 2 ingredients. If you feel like making it extra nice, we suggest you add some fresh fruit, chocolate chips or maple syrup and pecan nuts for a bit of crunch.
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 eggs
- Butter or oil for cooking (depending on your pan)
- Optional: fruit, chocolate chips, pecan nuts, maple syrup, whatever floats your boat
- Mash the bananas in a big bowl with two dinner's forks until you got rid of all lumps
- Stir in the eggs until the batter is smooth and liquid
- Heat a non stick pan over medium heat
- Once it's hot, pour a small amount of batter into the pan (it will be easier to flip later)
- Cook it for about a minute on each side
- Repeat until you don't have any batter left
- Serve warm!
Delicious chocolate orange truffles
For a very tasty snack not requiring an oven, you can make your own chocolate truffles. It's the easiest recipe to make with kids and it's really hard to get wrong. These chocolate truffles have a zingy orange twist to them, but if that's not really your thing, you could swap it for another fruit or avoid it altogether.
- 180g of baking chocolate
- 10cl of heavy cream
- 10g of butter
- 20g of cocoa powder
- The zest of an orange
- A few drops of orange blossom extract
- Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie
- Stir in the cream and butter
- Add the orange zest and the orange blossom extract to your liking
- Pour into a very large bowl and let it rest in the fridge for about 2 hours
- Shape little balls of chocolate with a little spoon and roll each of them in the cocoa powder
- If you'd like your truffles sweeter, mix the cocoa powder with a bit of icing sugar
- Let it rest again in the fridge for about 20 minutes just to set