Skip to main content

Cake Experiments

Eating meals without the addition of processed oils has been a revelation for us & we have found it really easy to do, but making yummy desserts has been more of a challenge.

I was always baking a batch of cookies or making cakes before we stopped using oil, but I really wanted to get away from sugary snacks. They were not doing me any favours - to my health or my weight. So as we are having a lot of interest in our B&B, particularly from vegans, who are all wanting desserts - I'm now experimenting with apple sauce as a replacement for oil or margarine...


Sime's doesn't cope very well with caffeine & loves carob, so I've adapted a chocolate cake recipe, added a couple of extra ingredients & it was good!

9oz wholewheat self-raising flour
4oz carob flour
2 tsps baking powder
6oz dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract or bourbon
4oz apple sauce 
10 fl oz milk (soya, oat or nut)
4 1/2oz frozen raspberries
2oz hazelnuts

You will need to preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 & line an 8 inch cake tin with greaseproof paper.


1) Grill the hazelnuts for about 5 minutes, until they taste good & finely chop them.
2) Sift flour, carob & baking powder into a bowl. Mix in the sugar, then add the vanilla extract, apple sauce & milk.
3) Beat the mixture with a whisk or hand blender, until it is like a thick batter.
4) Stir in the raspberries & hazelnuts. 
5) Pour into the cake tin & bake for around 40 minutes until the outside is cooked, but the centre is squidgy.

You can also use icing sugar to dust the top of the cake.
I'm going to try making the cake with dates instead of sugar, as really it shouldn't be necessary to have it in with the carob, though I have reduced it from 9 to 6oz.
I think it may also be nice with crystallised ginger & walnuts, instead of the raspberries & hazelnuts.

If you have never tried carob, we would highly recommend it. 
It is low in calories & high in fibre & protein, it contains vitamins A, B2, B3 & B6, as well as copper, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium & zinc.
It is naturally sweet, so needs far less sweetener in a recipe. We started out using it as an alternative to hot chocolate over 20 years ago - 2 tsps carob to 1 cup of hot soya milk. There's no caffeine, so no kick to it, but it has a comforting malty taste & we love it!

I'm also going to be making a sweet potato & pecan tart & a raspberry & tofu cheesecake this week, so will let you know how they come out...

Night, night.

Kay 
xx


9 comments

Popular posts from this blog

Purposefully Living

How long have we dreamed of buying a place in France?  Of living in the mountains? Probably ever since we got together over 30 years ago... So here we are, we are finally doing it!  We have paid our deposit, met with the notaire and will be receiving the keys to this cute little house in January!  Next year will bring about a lot of change for us and we are very excited, we have been focusing on our lives in a positive and intentional way, meditating each morning and visualising the things we desire. The incredible thing is - it works, it really does.
We have proved over and over again that it is possible for us to do this - being in a good place and having the ability to really focus always makes things happen. We consider everything we have achieved so far, things which seemed so out of reach, but we wanted them and somehow they came into our lives...  From cars, holidays, our business, the B&B to houses. It has meant taking quite a leap of faith at times, even when the likihoo…

Settling In

We are loving our new little place and are feeling very much at home...
We gave away our juicer to a lovely friend, as our new kitchen is quite small. We do have a Nutribullet too, which is easier to clean and we start each day with a smoothie. These are pineapple, banana, kale, goji berry, pumpkin seeds, turmeric and spirulina.
We add a mix of water and home made milk to the ingredients. Delicious!

We have been reunited with our milk maker (which was buried in the jam room at Meadowcroft).  It's great making all sorts of milks again...  And the pulp goes into our porridge!
This one is brown rice and almond.
Porridge!!! Oats with hemp protein powder, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, rose hips, banana, apple, blueberries and water. Topped with milk, cinnamon, ginger and real Canadian maple syrup... Courtesy of our beautiful friend, Richard - who brings it over from Canada every year!!! ♥

An organic veggie feast - we are still getting our weekly veg boxes... Peppers stuffed with Puy …

Year Of Adventure

A bit late, but Happy New Year! :-)
We had a lovely time with all our kidlets over Christmas, which has made quite a change - the first time in years that we have all managed to be under one roof during the holiday period! 
We are so pleased that we could do this, as this was to be our last one at Meadowcroft...  Yes, not only are we buying our little French house (which will need lots of TLC before we move in), but we have decided to downsize to a small house overlooking the sea while we visit France and just enjoy ourselves!

We only made the decision at the beginning of December, which meant we needed to get busy decluttering...
Taking the opportunity to move from our big place in Boswinger to a small, very lovely, fully furnished one bedroom converted garage near to Mevagissey...

This was the view from our bedroom early this morning.

We were supposed to be managing the property as a holiday let for our friends, but after having a few days break here - we fell in love with it!!!
So…