Apricot Almond Chocolate Cake

    Apricot Almond Chocolate Cake

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    1hour30min


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    Crystallised ginger, chunks of chocolate and dried apricots mixed into the batter make this cake very special.

    syd

    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/3 cups (170g) plain flour
    • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
    • 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
    • 140g almond paste
    • 3/4 cup (150g) white sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 2/3 cup (170ml) milk
    • 100g cooking chocolate, chopped
    • 2/3 cup finely chopped crystallised ginger
    • 190g unsalted butter, melted

    Directions
    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a loaf tin. Sift together flour, cocoa and baking powder.
    2. Soak chopped apricots in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, mix almond paste and sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture looks sandy. Beat in eggs one at a time; beat for 2 minutes after each addition. Continue beating for about 10 minutes; mixture should look thick and creamy.
    4. Mix in milk and then flour mixture. Mix only to combine the dry with the wet ingredients. Do not overbeat. Fold in apricots, chocolate, crystallised ginger and melted butter. Transfer batter to prepared loaf tin.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour until done. Cool for 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

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