Caravan

IMG_6159Jalapeño corn bread, chipotle butter, coriander, lime. Burrata, wild garlic pesto, sherry vinegar. Heritage carrots, smoked paprika yoghurt, hazelnut dukkah, mint.

I absolutely adore this restaurant! In five locations across London (Bankside, Kings Cross, The City, Fitzrovia (coming soon) and Exmouth Market) I would recommend Caravan to anyone who loves and appreciates good food with a less traditional menu.

I have been to both the Bankside and Exmouth Market branches, and both were equally as wonderful an experience. Although I have only ever been to Caravan for dinner, I have also heard great reports about their brunch menu too! It is the perfect spot for a small group, or even just one or two friends, as it has a great atmosphere but doesn’t feel too crowded. They also cater for large groups/special occasions, and can tailor the menu to suit your taste. The food is so delicious and really reasonable given the quality!

Aimee

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IMG_6161Elwy valley lamb meatballs, burnt tomato, bulgur, yoghurt, almonds

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IMG_6160Bulgur and halloumi fritters, aubergine purée, chard, preserved lemon

IMG_6162Nduja, tomato, confit garlic, cavolo nero, scamorza 

Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake

 

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Ever since I was 8 years old, I have adored baking! I love being able to create something entirely from scratch, and sharing it with friends and family. Baked goods not only bring a sense of delight to every occasion but also comfort and warmth.

Throughout my blog, I will be exploring different ‘Recipes of the Month’ which will feature tried and tested recipes from a variety of different bakers and chefs. This month’s recipe is a Flourless Chocolate Cake, which was recommended to me by my friends’ Mum Mary, and I have never looked back! It is a variation on Rachel Allen’s Recipe for Chocolate Amaretti cake. Not only is it simple to follow and easy to make, it is most importantly, incredibly delicious! Substituting flour for almonds makes for an extremely soft and moist cake, that just melts in the mouth. Whether or not you are gluten free, this cake really is the ultimate crowd pleaser!

It is best served fresh out of the oven, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a dust of icing sugar. Yum!

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Recipe:

Ingredients:
150 g dark chocolate (70%)
150 g ground almonds
175 g caster sugar
100 g butter, cubed
4 eggs, beaten
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
Line the base of a 20cm-diameter springform tin with greaseproof paper and butter the sides

 

Melt the chocolate in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of simmering water.
Beat butter and sugar, add eggs, then almonds and finally melted chocolate.
Pour into the prepared tin and pop straight in the oven.

 

 

Cook for 35-45 minutes until the cake is puffed and slightly cracked around the edges. (test with a skewer after 35 minutes, it should come out clean)
Remove and leave to sit for 15 minutes before transferring to a plate. Dust a layer of icing sugar over the top, and serve with a scoop of your favourite ice cream.