Sunday, 30 August 2015

Harvest Cake {w/ zucchini, beetroot, carrot & apple}

My arms are becoming really strong lately. And no this isn't thanks to some super secret training method which transforms you into a human version of the incredible "Hulk"overnight but rather because of all the fresh vegetables our allotment harvest brings us. Zucchini, potatoes, herbs, beetroot, carrots, spinach, beans, pumpkins - you can almost see the crops growing. Our vegetable box is overflowing from all the goodness and even with the combined "eating powers" of friends and family it seems like we can't conquer the masses of fresh produce ;-). So as every year it's veggies 24/7 - no complaints - zucchini pancakes are a great breakfast btw.

It's kind of a tradition for me to bake a cake or bread with some of the fresh produce (e.g. this Zucchini and Thyme Bread  or these baked Beetroot Chips) and this year I just combined a bit of everything: zucchini, beetroot, carrots plus apples, a hint of cinnamon and the usual suspects flour, fat, salt etc. plus crumble - you can't go wrong with crumbles.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Nut & Cocoa Nib Cookies

So I'm a serious cookie lover. As a child I couldn't get enough of soft, chewy super sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies. Serve them with a glass of milk and I was more then happy. Nowadays I am a bit more aware of nutritional values and prefer wholesome nutritious alternatives to cookies as an afternoon-snack. Yet every now and then a cookie craving hits. I always have a tea or coffee in the afternoon and finding a good cookie that combines all the points on my list (nutritional value, taste, ability to be dunked without falling apart, yet no brick texture) it's a very serious business. :-) 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Rhubarb & Hazelnut Upside Down Cake

Vegan Cake Crumbs

Current mood: bucketloads of good coffee in the morning or whole pints of English Breakfast w/ milk in the afternoon... and warm cake, biscuits, muffins or anything freshly baked and wholesome-ly sweet. Pre-autumn blues? Maybe.. rainy and grey german weather? Definitely.

Rhubarb & Hazelnut Upside-down Cake

Clouds, white clouds, grey clouds, dark clouds, small clouds and the sun - they seem to be playing catch me if you can on the canvas of the sky. The current breeze will change into a strong wind short before you notice. And as soon as I'm ready to wave goodbye to Summer and wipe the dust off my boots and sweaters the forgotten summer sun rays break through again - humidity, warmth, heat and short shorts all over again. Sounds like April heh? So to keep a bit of these end-of-summer-but-could-be-spring feels I've mixed some colorful end-of-the-season-rhubarb with a few nuts - fresh and wholesome yet perfect with a huge mug of tea instead of an iced latte. Enjoy these pre-autumn days!

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Rhubarb & Hazelnut Upside-down Cake

 Rhubarb & Hazelnut Upside-down Cake
- makes one regular sized loaf cake, double the amount for a measurements for a regular-sized springform pan
- 200g fresh or thawed rhubarb, peeled and cut into large chunks (max. 2 inch long)
- a handful of Hazelnuts, blanched
- 150g natural full-fat Yoghurt (3.5%), or non-dairy if necessary
- 60g plus 2 Tbsp coconut oil, alternatively use butter or vegan spread
- 90g plus 5 Tbsp Honey
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 220g flour (I used whole spelt, but all-purpose or whole wheat works equally fine)
- 1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
- 60 ml milk, use non-dairy if necessary

1. Mix the rhubarb with 3 Tbsp honey and heat in a small saucepan until slightly softened while interior is still firm. Alternatively heat it in a covered bowl in the microwave for 2:30 minutes on high-heat.
2. Pre-heat your oven to 175°C. Toast your hazelnuts on a baking sheet for 10 minutes until slightly browned. Meanwhile beat the yoghurt, 60g coconut oil and 90g honey on high for two minutes. In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients. Pour vinegar and milk over the batter and lift in the dry ingredients briefly until just combined.
3. Melt the remaining 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, mix it with the honey and spread that onto the bottom of your pan. Drain the rhubarb and put it into the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the hazelnuts on top and cover with the batter.
4. Bake for 30-40 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Enjoy!

Rhubarb & Hazelnut Upside-down Cake Close Up