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Or should it be 'paratha' therapy …

Sticky plummy chocolatey cake

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A slice of plummy chocolatey sticky low fat cake

It is the brandy syrup saturating the cake that does the trick! The cake tastes way better than it looks – very plummy and full of molten chocolate. And the addition of liqueur, in our case Calvados, makes its aroma richer and the taste more voluptuous than you would think from the small amount of fat in it.

Thank you Clotilde, it is one of the best chocolate cakes we have eaten yet. Ad Hoc can try this one out instead of the ho-hum brownies that they chose to serve us after their not-so-good ribs.

The original recipe can be found here. We used whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular all purpose flour. The batter turned out to be quite dry unlike more traditional cakes. But the final result was moist and sticky from all the syrup saturating it. We didn’t chop the prunes on top – next time will incorporate them completely in the batter or omit. We will reduce the total sugar from the recipe – I suspect that the prunes in US are sweeter than the ones in Paris. To serve guests, I would sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or cocoa and serve with a glass of milk.

Sticky plum chocolate cake

Sticky plum chocolate cake

While this cake is by no means healthy, it is low in fat and calories. Have it for breakfast with a cup of coffee. The calorie breakdown for this cake follows (~8 generous portions):

  • 220 grams plump dried prunes, pitted (605 calories, 149 gm carb/17 gm fiber/77 gm sugar / 6 gm protein)
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) brandy such as Cognac (173 calories, 43 gm carb / 43 gm sugar)
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) plain yogurt (from 1% milk) (55 calories, 7 gm carb / 6 gm sugar / 4 gm protein)
  • 1 medium egg (70 calories; 4 gm fat / 6 gm protein)
  • 125 grams of unrefined light brown cane sugar (including the 50 gm in syrup); (500 calories, 125 gm carb / 125 gm sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (150 calories, 38 gm carb / 38 gm sugar)
  • 120 grams (1 cup) whole wheat pastry flour (440 calories, 92 gm carb / 16 gm fiber/ 12 gm protein)
  • 150 grams (5 1/3 ounces) guittard semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped (700 calories, 40 gm fat/ 100 gm carb/80 gm sugar)

Total: 2693 calories, 44 gm fat/554 gm carb/33 gm fiber/370 gm sugar/28 gm protein)

Per Serving: 336 calories

Written by Som

October 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm

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  1. […] in a pink tinned box. It was buttery, fruity, and rummy. Good but not as good as my home made sticky plummy chocolatey cake that I had baked on the side.  What made the trip worthwhile was the sight of those elderly women […]

  2. So glad you enjoyed that cake! It’s a favorite from the Ottolenghi cookbook.


    June 14, 2010 at 8:35 am

    • We seem to be developing a great fondness for many of your recipes…. Btw, we are also planning our trip to Paris this summer based on your recommendations and maps.


      June 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm

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