Recipe by Syrinx
This is an extremely unusual cake recipe, which is slightly gritty in texture. It has no flour or nuts, but is based on chickpeas (garbanzo beans). I think it is best served as a dessert, with a small dollop of crème fraîche or soured cream on the side. If you use fructose instead of sugar, it makes an excellent occasional treat if you are watching your glycaemic/glycemic load! In fact, this recipe grew from a discussion on a web site devoted to that type of diet. I am posting it here for its novelty value, not because I think it's one of the world's greatest cakes! :-)
- 8 ounces canned chick-peas, drained weight (240g, or 1 can)
- 3 eggs
- 1⁄3 cup sugar or 1⁄3 cup fructose
- 2 limes, juice and zest of
- 1 tablespoon poppy seed
Directions See How It's Made
- Grease and line the base of a 9" cake tin.
- Preheat the oven to 350F (175C).
- Put the chickpeas in the food processor and blitz until smooth.
- Mix in the eggs, sugar/fructose, the poppy seeds, the lime zest and half of the lime juice (keeping the remaining half of the lime juice for later).
- Pour the mixture into the cake tin, and bake for about 45 minutes, until firm and brown. If it looks as though it's getting too dark, cover with tin foil.
- Allow the cake to cool in its tin for a quarter of an hour, then pour over the remaining lime juice.
- Allow to finish cooling, then remove from the tin.
- Serve in small slices.