Tuesday 7 May 2013

Carob flour rolls

As a Mediterranean town, there are lots of carob trees in my town and its area. Its fruit is a black pod, normally elongated and its picking is in autumn, after the almonds and before the olives, but it can take longer than January. It is told that its pods were eaten during starving Spanish civil post war, and I am afraid that long after it, too. Later, it was also used to make chocolate or low quality ice-creams.

However, recently, the carob flour has started being consumed and sold again, but not as a poor quality ingredient, but as the perfect substitute for cocoa powder and chocolate in some recipes. It tastes totally like chocolate, it has a strong chocolate flavor, but with just a 2% fat in front of the 23% fat of the pure cocoa.

This is a delicious, easy recipe, which can be served in individual portions or as a swiss roll. As you can see in the photos it’s really light and fluffy, and you can add chocolate ganaché to cover. A healthier and tasteful alternative to cocoa.  

For the sponge

- 3 eggs
- 100g white sugar.
- 35g carob flour
- 30g corn starch

Preheat the oven to 180º.Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Whisk the yolks with sugar utnil pale and fluffy, and start adding carob flour and corn starch until well incorporated. Add the egg whites softly until well combined.

Take a sheet pan, with baking parchment and pour the mixture on it, smoothing it into the corners. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Lay out a clean cloth on the work surface and turn out the sponge to the cloth, carefully. Roll it out and let it rest while whipping the cream.

For the filling:

-100ml cream
- 2 tbp honey
- 1 tbp sugar

Whip the cream with the sugar and combine it with the honey. Spread the cream over the entire surface of the cake leaving margins.

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