It has been an interesting weekend of politics, craft and eating out. I made this chocolate sourdough cake last week. It was lovely but the cake was huge. Life has been so busy over the last few days that the cake has been relegated to the freezer while we have been enjoying markets and election sausage sizzles and balmy spring evenings by the beach.
The King Arthur Flour chocolate sourdough cake recipe has been in my bookmarks for a while. It seemed a good way to use my sourdough starter
when the freezer is full of home made sourdough bread and a few bagels from the farmers market.
The recipe is slightly different from the sourdough tea cake
I tried a few months back. That recipe had me stir the starter into the cake batter like a regular cake. The chocolate cake required that I leave the starter, milk and flour to it for a few hours before putting together the rest of the cake. I didn't see much change in that mixture and wasn't sure how much it contributed to the cake. I also found this mixture to be really stiff to stir into the cake batter. You can see above that the batter actually sat in the tin like a blob rather than spreading out of its own accord.
Other than needing to use my starter, this cake was a great way to use up the chocolate frosting and choc chips leftover from the owl cake
. I reduced the sugar in the cake by a third, after a batch of particularly sweet brownies recently. It also made sense given that my frosting lacked the bitter edge of the espresso frosting in the original recipe.
You can see that the starter mixture wasn't completely mixed into the rest of the ingredients. There was an occasional chewy patch but nothing unpleasant. However I did see someone making a sourdough cake and mixing it in the food processor. Maybe I will try this next time. Or maybe I just need to focus on the cake rather than racing around trying to make it while cooking pasta for dinner.
Meanwhile here are some of the other foods we have been eating. Above is the poutine burger from Lord of the Fries
that I had in the city on Friday. It is a special offer at the moment. I could not resist when I saw it. It just seemed a crazy burger - veg burger patty, vegan bacon (more like pink processed meat), cheese, gravy, garlic aioli and chips.
Now I have never had poutine and possibly never will so I was curious. I think a mini burger with chips would have been enough for me. I love Lord of the Fries
and recently discovered I love their patty but the vegan bacon was not my sort of thing and my burger didn't have enough chips. But I was glad I had it once.
We also went to Coburg Night Market which started on Friday. It was a great night out and I am hoping to return there and write more about it here. You can also read about last year's visit to the Coburg Night Market
. I shared some curries (pictured) and dosa at the Indian stall that had a sign saying vegetarian and vegan. I also shared a potato twister with Sylvia and had my own peanut butter and nutella ice cream.
Then we rushed home and I made grubs
for a school cake stall while watching John Carter
(a sci fit movie that was interesting though I am not sure E appreciated my blow by blow feminist analysis). I have raved about grubs before - full of my favourite things - condensed milk, cocoa and coconut. I did sample one or two while I was rolling them into little balls. Apparently it is not just me who love them. I made two batches and they were gone by lunchtime.
The cake stall was held as one of the stalls that Sylvia's school held as part of the State Election activities yesterday. It seems there are heaps of sausage sizzles and cake stalls because lots of schools are used for voting. (Quite a few friends with kids at different schools also had stalls of their own.) I helped with badge making and craft activities. It was warm enough that we were very grateful for the shade of this huge tree in the school yard. I was also grateful for a really well cooked vegie burger too.
We were at the election stalls all morning and then in the afternoon we headed over to Albert Park to the Plum Garland Memorial Playground
. It has changed quite a bit since previous visits
. We met up with our friends Chris and Yav and their little girl. Sylvia had a lovely time in the park but most unexpected was how much the girls loved this penny farthing bike hoop.
It was just heaven to be at the beach on a warm evening. The obvious dinner option was fish and chips. We went to Mussels
. I had chips, potato cake, corn jack and a huge pumpkin fritter. It was nice, though I don't think the food was quite as good as our last visit. However it was good enough to make for a very pleasant dinner sitting outside overlooking palm trees and enjoying catching up with friends.
Then we hopped in the car and drove home listening to the election broadcast on the radio while Sylvia sang Jingle Bells in the backseat. Today we have a new state government in Victoria, while at home, the advent calendar is out and we had haggis
wraps for dinner to remember St Andrews Day. We ended the day with E climbing over the back fence to help a neighbour get into his house after locking himself out. Interesting days indeed!
I am also sending this cake to Susan of Wild Yeast for YeastSpotting
, the regular round up of all things yeasty online.I am sending yeast spotting. I am also sending it to Manjirichitnis at Sliceoffme
for No Waste Food Challenge
that is overseen by Elizabeth's Kitchen.Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Baked potato with haggis for St Andrews Day
Two years ago: Dublin sightseeing and other places
Three years ago: GF Donna Hay Brownies
Four years ago: Leonard Cohen, rice salad and the great outdoors
Five years ago: Mexican Lasagne and our Jetset Baby
Six years ago: NCR Pumpkin and Tofu Laksa
Seven years ago: Swinging PancakesSourdough chocolate cake
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
1 cup "fed" 100% hydration sourdough starter
1 cup milk (I used soy)
1 cup plain white flour
1 cup plain wholemeal flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rice bran oil, or other neutral oil
3/4 cup cocoa (not Dutch)
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda (baking soda)
1 tsp ground wattleseed, optional
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cups of dark choc chips
Mix sourdough starter, milk and flours. Cover with teatowel and leave for 2 to 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Grease and line a swiss roll tin (9 x 13 inch).
In a separate bowl mix sugar, oil, cocoa, bicarb, wattleseed, vanilla and salt. Stir in the eggs. Pour chocolate mixture into the sourdough mixture and stir in well. (My mixture was quite stiff and hard to stir.)
Tip mixture into prepared tin and spread out evenly. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin and then turn out and cover with frosting.On the Stereo:Franz Ferdinand
(self titled album)