Monday, April 23, 2012

Flourless chocolate torte and mostly wheat bread

I'm going to keep things short today. I have a pile of work in front of me, since I took the weekend off for my birthday. I turned 28 yesterday. I had an awesome brunch with friends, followed by a trip to the museum, and a nap (I never take naps!). All-in-all a great, low-key weekend.
My husband surprised me with his flourless chocolate torte. He first made this for me years ago and it's kind of his signature dessert now. Eggs. Chocolate. Butter. A sprinkle of pistachios. That's it.
We baked bread for this week's Food Matters Project. Check out the full recipes for homemade baguettes and whole wheat bread hosted by Melissa. See what others made here.
I decided to make the whole wheat loaf on Saturday. I mixed up the dough, put it in the windowsill, and ran errands. It was fairly warm here, so my dough was ready in less time. I subbed one cup of whole wheat flour for half a cup of oat flour and half a cup of brown rice flour. I added a teaspoon of dried oregano to the dough and covered the top with sesame and flaxseeds.

We thought the bread turned out pretty good. I'm glad I mixed in some lighter flours, so it wasn't as dense as some wheat breads can be. We ate it with a smear of arugula pesto and goat cheese, these roasted carrots, herbed omelets, and braised chard for dinner on Saturday. Hope you all had a great weekend.

17 comments:

Lexi said...

Happy birthday! Great looking loaf of bread.

marissa at the boot said...

happy birthday! i can't believe how good that cake looks, amazing photos, and the bread too!

Margarita said...

Happy late birthday! Your loaf looks pretty and that chocolate torte looks amazing!

Shannalee said...

Oh my. That flourless cake looks like a dream! Happy birthday!

Chiara Arkesteijn said...

Happy birthday to you! :D I'm going to try to make that chocolate torte as well, it seems delicious. So sweet of your husband to make you a torte!

kelsey said...

joyeux anniversaire! I'm totally addicted to this raw chocolate cake at a new vegan restaurant near our house, this looks just like it (better with the topping!)

Evi said...

Happy Birthday! I'm glad to hear that you had a fantastic weekend!!!

Your bread looks gorgeous. I guess I never though to leave it in a warmer spot to speed up the process!

Talley said...

Alle Guten W├╝nshe zum Geburtstag! That torte looks like a great way to celebrate turning 28.

adrienne yancey said...

Thanks everyone :)

Carrie said...

Wow - that cake looks perfect - what a great homemade birthday surprise! Any chance you might share the recipe?

Jacqui said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great weekend and what a great surprise dessert too!

My Wholefood Romance said...

Happy birthday Adrienne! What a great birthday cake!! Your bread looks beautiful too.

Blandine said...

Happy birthday. This sounds like a lovely weekend :)
I would love to try the torte as well as the bread - they really look delicious!

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Treble Tart said...

Happy Birthday!!! That torte looks SO stinkin' delicious. I'm trying to talk myself out of making one, because I know I would eat it all in one sitting. Yikes! ;) And look at that bread!! I'm always looking for new bread recipes. They are so addicting!

Cookie and Kate said...

Happy belated birthday, Adrienne! Sounds like you had a great weekend. Both your torte and bread look delicious!

Mike said...

I love what your husband made you. The chocolate torte is super cute.