When it comes to food I’ve always believed that the word “diet” just does not belong in the same category. It sticks out like a sore thumb! I dislike seeing the word “diet”, “light” or “meal replacement” labeled on anything at the supermarket and take a big detour around these products. I love my butter, my bacon, my pasta and bring on the chocolate!
It’s the taste, nutrition, source and contents of my food that interests me more and I often look very closely at the ingredient list of the products that come into my shopping cart. What is meal replacement anyway and why would anyone want to do such a thing?
Diets are not for me. I realized that a long time ago when, as a teenager, one tries out one fad after another. At an early age I knew that dieting was not going to be anything I was going to stick to for long. I simply enjoyed food too much to sacrifice it to random diet plans.
Unfortunately I am not one of those lucky people whose metabolism works so well that it allows me to live on cake and chocolate and still keep my weight. With age came the wisdom and I understood that eating sensibly and balanced meals were the only things I needed to know to control my weight. I also understood that skinny or size 0 was just not me because I love my curves too much. I am a woman for crying out loud not a stick or a wooden board! Like every woman, however, I do have parts of me that could do with a metamorphosis, but it is not going to put me on a meal replacement diet!
Deprive me of a certain food, I will crave it more. I think in this situation I am not any different to many of you. Instead I allow everything, the only catch is, decadent, rich and sinful foods will be taken in small portions or in moderation. Chocolates, cakes, pasta in creamy sauces, rich hollandaise with the asparagus - it’s all allowed and I indulge in them when I feel like it. I just know that it does not do my body good to eat like this everyday. I simply balance these days out with days of lighter meals, prepared with fresh and seasonal produce, which we enjoy with equal gusto.
But on the days when you are craving for a sin what do you do?
I tend to bake something rich and devilish! If you are on a diet … this is not for those poor souls. It’s for those of you who enjoy tiny bites of sweet, rich and gooey gratification without repentance. A treat: because you need it, because you deserve it or because you’ve earned it - whatever the need be - this is most certainly the answer.
It’s sweet, let me set that straight right now. But this chocolate treacle sheet cake is not to be devoured in masses. The small squared delights are meant for a moment of indulgence to be enjoyed in moderation. A light coconut cake base is layered with an opulent creamy mixture of dark treacle and condensed milk and topped with a dark chocolate ganache.
The flavors of the dark treacle is very reminiscent to the strong, slightly bitter flavor of molasses, giving the sheet cake an incredible full-bodied taste. If you cannot find dark treacle, by all means substitute it with molasses or for a more caramel-y flavor use dulce de leche.
I allowed myself the treat because I just completed my big project for this year!
It’s been submitted and the design team are working on the layout. For those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter already have shared the good news with me. Thanks to you all for all the wonderful wishes. I’ll give you more details next week - promise.
I would rather get back to this divine and naughty treat. Close your eyes and sink your teeth into a square of the soft and moist cake. You’ll immediately encounter a burst of flavors on your tongue - the intense and refined flavor of the dark chocolate will hit you first, which will then bring you to the sticky gooey filling that adds a slightly more complex taste to the palate and finally the chewy coconut cake layer brings it all together.
Indulge - go on you are allowed - it makes life a little sweeter, a little easier and a lot happier. Make sure you share these with friends too it’ll not only save you from eating the whole sheet, but you’ll also be sharing the goodness and satisfaction that comes in these little bites. I took the rest to Soeren’s school garden party and was happy to see parents and the children enjoy the cake as much as we did.
Have a fantastic weekend - hard to believe the last one in June! Enjoy the sweeter side of life :o)
You might like these sweet treats from WFLH:
|Brownies - Chocolate Mocha||Chocolate Éclairs||Croquembouche with Pistachio Rosewater Pastry Cream|
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