A Duo of Easter Treats…

I‘ve always been a fan of Easter. Especially since developing a serious ‘appreciation’ for chocolate back when I was designing chocolate biscuits (cookies) for a living. But this Easter I’m more excited than usual.

We have some friends coming to stay for the weekend and they’re bringing their 3 year old. So you know what that means…

Yes! A real Easter Egg Hunt! Yay!

So this week I have a couple of Easter ‘treat’ recipes to get you in the mood.

Happy Easter!

potato rosti

Potato Rosti

Inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe in his brilliant newish book ‘Jerusalem.’

Since sharing a photo of my rosti on instagram and facebook, I’ve had many requests for the recipe. And I’m glad I’ve finally found an excuse. I love the idea of serving these with runny poached eggs as a special Easter breakfast, especially since they look like little ‘nests’.

But I have to tell you they did go down well on St Patricks Day a few weeks ago with avocado, bacon and lashings of hot milky Barry’s tea. So remember a rosti is not just for Easter!

Enough for about 8 rosti – serves 1 Irishman and 1 pregnant lady
500g (1lb) potatoes
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons flour
small handful chopped chives, optional
oil for shallow frying

1. Scrub your spuds then grate – I use my food processor. Rinse grated potato in cold water. Drain then transfer to a clean tea towel and squeeze the spuds as dry as possible.

2. Heat about 1cm (1/1in) oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.

3. Combine dry spuds, egg whites, flour and chives, if using, in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Then form the mixture into about 8 flat patties, placing each on a clean plate as you go.

4. Gently slide half of the rosti into the hot oil. Shallow fry for 3-4 minutes on each side or until deeply golden brown.

5. Drain on paper towel and keep warm in a low oven while you cook the second batch of rosti.

6. Serve hot with a generous dusting of sea salt flakes.

VARIATIONS
potato & parsnip – Ottolenghi uses a mixture of spuds and parsnips in his rosti.

vegan – try replacing with 1 tablespoon ground golden flax seeds (linseeds) combined with 3 tablespoons water. I haven’t tried this so let me know how you get on if you do.

gluten-free – just use your favourite GF flour. I’ve used quinoa flour in the video but GF flour will work.

other root veg – it’s hard to go past the humble spud but I’d consider trying swede (rutabaga) or sweet potato.

mini rosti – make smaller rosti to serve as canapes. Brilliant with a dollop of cold sour cream.

Video version of the recipe.

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Fudgy 5-Ingredient Chocolate Cake

This is my all-time favourite chocolate cake recipe. It’s gluten free. It’s dense and fudgy, yet at the same time it’s light and lovely.

I’m still not sure how it manages to be both at the same time. But when you’re onto a good thing, I say stick with it!

Enough for 6 or possibly 8 if everyone is feeling virtuous.
100g (3.5oz) butter
200g (7oz) 70% cocoa solids chocolate, chopped into chunks
4 eggs
100g (3.5oz) caster sugar
100g (3.5oz) almond meal

1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Melt butter and grease a 20cm springform cake tin.

2. Add chocolate chunks to the hot butter and allow to stand off the heat.

3. Meanwhile, separate eggs. Whisk whites with a pinch of salt until white and foamy and the volume doesn’t seem to be increasing any more.

4. Gently scatter in the sugar and keep whisking eggs for a minute or so. Then attend to the chocolate mixture.

5. Stir the melted chocolate and butter together. Add egg yolks. Stir. Add nuts. Stir.

6. Gently combine chocolate mixture with egg white mixture. Transfer to your prepared cake tin.

7. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top feels firm with a springy mass underneath. Cool on a wire rack.

VARIATIONS
sugar-free – use 85% cocoa solids chocolate and replace the caster sugar with erythritol or a commercial erythritol / stevia blend like Natvia.

‘easter’ cake – serve with a ‘nest’ of marscapone on top and pile on a heap of little chocolate Easter eggs – I used a mixture of white, milk and dark chocolate eggs.

different nuts – I often use hazelnuts or pecans instead of the almond meal. Most nuts will work well here.

nut-free – You could try replacing the nuts with flour, but I’d be worried it would dry the cake out. My first step would be to replace half the nuts with an extra egg and replace the other half with extra chocolate to go for a flourless chocolate cake texture. I haven’t tried this so if you do, please let me know!

milk or white chocolate – again I haven’t tried these because I love dark chocolate so much, but there’s no reason they won’t work.

dairy-free – replace butter with vegetable oil or coconut oil.

vegan – I’m afraid we’re relying on egg whites for texture here so this isn’t a cake for vegans.

Video version of the recipe.

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For more details, before the offer expires, go to:
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With love
Jules x

ps. Not sure if these two ebooks are for you?

Here’s what Patti had to say about the ‘Tired & Hungry Cook’s Companion’…
“A few days ago, I bought the tired and hungry cook’s companion. What a great book! This book is a terrific little resource to have right in my iphone for the inevitable times in the supermarket, 25km from home, running around in tiny circles going WAAHHH! WHAT AM I DOING FOR DINNER? and trying to remember what is in the fridge. Jules, thanks a million for such a beautifully-put-together book. I like everything about it. Lovely photographs and layout, nifty features (click the links, hello… not to mention the complete portability…. I have saved it to kindle and evernote so I have a copy wherever I am), and of course delicious ideas in abundance.”
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Maureen March 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I am nearly 100% positive nobody at our house would feel at all virtuous next to that chocolate cake. Happy Easter Egg Hunting!

Alex March 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Did not think to rinse the excess starch off the grated potato with cold water before squeezing the water out. No wonder my rosti have always been soggy. Rosti nests with poached egg sound very very tasty for dinner!

I agree with Maureen about the cake :-)!!! Happy Egg Hunt!

tVM March 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm

The rosti reminds me very much of potato latkes. I recently purchased a spiral shredder. Wonder if that would work on a potato?

Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) March 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

Easter with little kids is the best :)

Jana at The Summer House March 27, 2013 at 1:05 am

Looks so yummy! Do you think I must use a springform? I don’t have one at present :)
Jana

Liz March 27, 2013 at 1:45 am

I make similar rosti with carrots and coriander leaves.
I am vegan so replace the egg with 1 tablespoon of flax seed oil to help combine with the flour. It works a treat. I will try with potatoes on Easter Sunday with eggs on the side for non vegans & avocado and cooked mushrooms for vegans.

Liz March 27, 2013 at 1:47 am

P.S. your book (10mins 5 ingredients) was ‘book’ of the week in the Daily Telegraph in UK on Saturday- great write up and highly recmmended.

Brandt Hardin March 27, 2013 at 8:00 am

We must remember the true meaning of the Easter holiday and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Oschter Haws (the original name for the Easter Bunny) is a fictitious embodiment of all that is unholy with American gluttony for chocolate, candy, eggs and all things savory and sinful. See the Good Lord RISE from his grave and RECLAIM our sacred holiday with the Hammer of God at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/04/oschter-haws-easter-tale-of-calamity.html

Diandra March 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Really? Can’t all you zealots just keep your opinion to yourself? This is a food blog. Not some place to spew your hate at people who probably do not even care about it.

And by the way, there are many gods who happen to return from the dead after sacrificing themselves after three days. You might want to check who borrowed from whom. And most of these other gods have no problem with chocolate and the occasional episode of gluttony. Just saying. ^^

Margaret March 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

That chocolate cake recipe is a keeper.
I wish you and your family a fantastic Easter.

Diandra March 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Okay, so I got distracted by the Christian comment… sorry for that. BUT I thought you might like to read my personal review on your book. I loved it, and am saying so in many more words right here:

http://knusperhaus.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/review-5-ingredients-10-minutes/

Going to post similar reviews at Amazon as soon as I can make the time for it. Thanks for the great work!

Jen March 29, 2013 at 7:43 am

That chocolate cake looks delicious! So looking forward to all the chocolate eating over the holidays! Happy Easter :)

Sas March 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Yum Jul, looks like a perfect anniversary sweet treat for tonight! Thanks for the recipe xo

Mandy March 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Jules that cake was SO EASY and easily one of the best cakes I have ever made! Copied your nest on the top too – thanks for the inspiration! x

Heather April 2, 2013 at 4:12 am

I made the flourless version of the cake this weekend for easter. I used a 10 oz back of ghiradelli semisweet chips and 4 eggs. The cake was still amazing. I also ended up making up a caramel pecan topping for itso it was a flourless turtle torte….
I’m not sure how 6 people could split this- it’s super rich! Everyone who tried it liked it but really couldn’t do a piece larger than an inch wide.
Oh and I just used an 8″ cake pan, since I don’t have a springform- make sure you butter it well, and you’ll be fine.

Katie April 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

Oooooh a flourless version would be perfect! Although I don’t mind almond meal at all..I’m in.

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