OK so I'm late to the party, but since I wasn't originally planning to post at all for Easter, late is better than never right? Besides, this recipe is perfect for using up some of those pesky ingredients you may have bought in the process of making other Easter treats.
In our family, Easter never really was a thing. My sister and I celebrated Christmas like everyone else (except, much to our glee, without the requirements of attending church, or waiting till any time past 4 am to open our presents) but on the flip side of this, we found that round about this time of the year, all the other kids were getting to decorate eggs, participate in scavenger hunts, and eat a lot of chocolate, whilst in our house absolutely nothing out of the ordinary seemed to be happening. We complained, of course, the result of which being that our slightly perplexed mum started to buy us a single gold-wrapped rabbit each per year and giving them to us pretty much at random as soon as they appeared in the shops. We appreciated this, but gave up on the whole celebration thing after a point.
I used to love this stuff as a child, and delighted in saving the cake topping now to scoff later. Once the cake was gone I decided I had to do something else with the delicious confectionary - whilst eating the cake, I thought (predictably) the only thing that could make it better, apart from making it vegan obviously, was to make it, you know, chocolate.
I had a couple of bananas that needed using so nosed around and basing the recipe on a combination of these brownies by Marfigs and MyInspiration, created my own highly untraditional take on Simmel Cake.
Happy Easter everyone.
Marzipan "Simmel," Brownies
Cook Time: 30-35 mins
- 50g almond flour
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 small bananas, mashed
- 1/2 packed cup pitted dates (soaked)
- 3/4 cup nondairy milk (I used unsweetened soya)
- 3 tbsp golden sultanas
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 100g dark chocolate, chopped
- 8 walnut halves, chopped
1. If making your own marzipan, simply combine ingredients in a bowl and squish with your hands! Set aside until needed.
2. Blend dates with bananas + 1/3 cup soaking water until smooth.
3. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl.
4. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
5. Add wet to dry and mix in add-ins - add marzipan LAST as it is the softest ingredient, especially if you made it yourself, so you can fold it in gently.
6. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, pour in mixture, smooth and bake in pre-heated oven until a knife inserted into the centre comes out dry (or just 20 or so minutes for squishy brownies!)
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