I guess I am, to a certain extent, a believer in fate. I do not necessarily believe that everything happens for a reason, but I do believe that sometimes people come into our lives because we need them. Because they help us to be a better version of ourselves.
Many years ago my Husband and I packed up everything we had and headed out to the middle of nowhere. Miles and miles from our families, our friends and every familiar face. Miles and miles from everything we had ever known.
We arrived. It was just the two of us. It was hot. It was isolated. It was, as we knew it would be, unknown.
We had only been there a few months when I met the most beautiful, intelligent lady. A woman who quickly became one of my closest friends. Her husband, a laid back, likeable man soon became one of my husband’s closest friends.
So there we were. The four of us, our babies and a frightfully hot town with little to do.
We made our own fun.
Most weekends they would come to our place. It was always a BBQ, a salad, a dessert.
These evenings were indulgent on every level. There was food and drinks in abundance, there was love and laughter and so many stories that needed to be told. There was advice and reflection and everything that makes for wonderful times that you wish would never end.
More often than not we would finish the night with this cake.
Although there is now a vast distance between us, I know our friends still whip this up and still make the salads I used to serve. Like us, they still play remember when.
I am certain that the reason we packed up our bags and headed there when we did was so we crossed paths with these amazing people. These friends who have been the first to call each time tragedy has struck our little family. The first to celebrate each time triumph has entered our life and the first to give advice and to listen whole heartedly when the world has thrown us into indecision.
It is a friendship like no other and I cannot wait until the time comes when we are again sitting around my back table, indulging.
Four Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Cake
- 400 grams dark chocolate, roughly broken into pieces*
- 1 cup of full fat coconut milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 4 eggs, bring to room temperature
- Preheat your oven to 150°C or 300°F
- Grease and line a loaf tin. Mine measures 19.5cm x 9.5cm.
- Bring a jug full of water to the boil.
- Place the chocolate, coconut milk and maple syrup into a medium sized saucepan and continually stir over low heat until the chocolate has melted and the ingredients are well combined. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Whisk the eggs until the yolk and white are well combined. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into you prepared loaf tin. Place the loaf tin in a deep roasting dish. Pour the hot water into the roasting dish until the water level is half way up the sides of the loaf tin.
- Bake for one hour.
- Leave to cool to room temperature then place in the fridge overnight. Room from the tin. Slice. Serve. Enjoy!
*I use 70% dark chocolate for this cake.
note – this recipe originally had 1 tablespoon of coconut flour but I no longer worry about adding that. This is why you will see flour mentioned in the comments but not in the recipe.