by Anna Jones
Anna Jones shares her delicious chocolate and blood orange freezer cake recipe and tells us why she chooses Fairtrade ingredients.
To me, food is about much more than flavour. It’s about the people and the farmers behind it. When I buy Fairtrade, I buy it knowing that everyone who has helped to get it to my plate has been taken care of.
This is a no-cook cake, raw in fact if you are into that kind of thing; I use the freezer to set the cake instead of the oven. These cakes are sometimes called ice-box cakes, which I think sounds quite magical. It’s the kind of dessert I like to eat in January.
I use a raw cashew butter here, which I buy from the supermarket, though if I have time I make it at home, as the flavour is gentler than the toasted nut butters you can buy and it has notes of white chocolate. Any more subtly flavoured nut butter would work here.
Serves 6 – 8
For the crust
- 25g Fairtrade cashew nuts (buy Fairtrade cashew nuts from Sainsbury’s, Fairtrade cashew nuts from Traidcraft)
- coconut oil, for greasing
- 120g pitted Fairtrade Medjool dates (buy Fairtrade Medjool dates from Traidcraft)
- 1 teaspoon Fairtrade vanilla extract (look out for Taylor & Colledge’s Fairtrade vanilla extract in Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose, Ocado and Amazon)
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao or Fairtrade cocoa powder (buy Divine’s Fairtrade cocoa powder from Ocado)
- a generous pinch of flaky sea salt
- 120g nut butter (I use a raw cashew butter, see note)
- 125g whole buckwheat
For the filling
- 70g Fairtrade cashew nuts
- 50g Fairtrade pitted Medjool dates
- a good pinch of salt
- 450g ripe peeled Fairtrade bananas (where to buy Fairtrade bananas)
- the seeds from 1 Fairtrade vanilla pod or 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (find out where to buy Fairtrade vanilla pods and paste)
- 70g coconut oil, melted
- the zest and juice of 1 unwaxed blood orange
- 3 passion fruits, cut in half
- 3 blood oranges
- 40g Fairtrade dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) (where to buy Fairtrade chocolate)
First, soak both the cashews for the filling and for the crust in separate bowls of cold water for 3-4 hours if you have time, if not then soak them in warm water for 30 minutes. Grease the bottom of a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin with coconut oil and put to one side.
Next make the crust. In a food processor, blitz the 25g of soaked, drained cashews and the dates until they have broken down into tiny pieces and start to come together in a ball. Add the vanilla, cacao, salt and nut butter and blitz until combined. Then add the buckwheat and blitz until the buckwheat has broken down a bit and the crust dough comes together in your fingers when pinched. Put the crust mixture into the middle of the greased tin and use your fingers to push it out to the edges and up the sides of the tin, then put it into the freezer to set for at least 3 hours.
Next make the filling. Put the soaked, drained cashews into a jug blender with the dates, salt, bananas and vanilla and blitz until completely smooth. Pour in the melted coconut oil, then add the orange zest and blitz again. Pour two-thirds into the chilled crust.
Scrape the seeds from the passion fruits into a sieve resting over a bowl. Use the back of a spoon to push the juice through, add this to the remaining banana mixture in the blender and add the juice of the blood orange, then pour this layer over the banana one. Smooth everything over with a spatula and put the crust back in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up, though it can happily sit there for much longer.
To finish, take the tart out of the freezer about an hour before you want to eat. Cut the peel off the blood oranges and slice the flesh into thin rounds. Break the chocolate into shards.
Once the cake is thawed enough that the filling is beginning to soften, arrange the blood oranges and chocolate on top prettily and pat yourself on the back. Any leftovers can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
From A Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones. Anna’s new book, ONE, is available on 4th March, published by 4th Estate.