The big day may be over with for another a year but that doesn’t mean that we’re done with the feasting – as far as I’m concerned that doesn’t finish until the clock strikes January! This rich, creamy cheesecake is the perfect dessert for this […]
Something about the onset of the cold grey weather makes me want to eat cheese. ALL THE TIME! Toasty, golden, melted cheese is my favourite and these scones, warm from the oven, fit the bill perfectly. They have a lovely combination of flavours. The rich […]
What better Autumn teatime treat could there be than a slice of sweetly spiced loaf cake baked with butternut squash and sweet dried apricots?
This cake is deliciously moist (sorry, I don’t have another word for it!) and a little like a fruitier carrot cake. It’s got great texture and the rich creamy maple cream cheese frosting finishes it off beautifully. The recipe is really quick to throw together so you can have one of these baking in the oven in no time.
I’ve used oil rather than butter in this because at this end of the year it’s pretty much impossible to persuade butter to become room temperature in my kitchen, so oil makes for a nice easy shortcut!
100ml vegetable oil
40g maple syrup, something with plenty of flavour
pinch of salt
150g plain flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
150g grated butternut squash
75g dried apricots, chopped
35g pistachios, roughly chopped
120g full fat cream cheese
50g icing sugar
1 tbsp maple syrup
Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and grease and line a loaf tin. Beat together the oil, sugar, maple syrup and salt for a minute or two and then add the eggs. Beat until the mixture becomes a little foamy. Sift the flour, raising agents and spices into this mixture and then beat it again to leave you with a nice smooth batter. Briefly beat in the grated squash, chopped apricots and chopped pistachios before pouring the batter into the prepared tin. Bake the loaf for 50 minutes, covering the top with foil if it gets a little too brown.
Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes and then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the frosting by beating together the butter and cream cheese until they are well blended. Add the icing sugar and maple syrup and beat until you have a thick fluffy frosting. Spread this over the top of the cake and then pop it in the fridge to firm up a little before slicing.
I love a recipe that’s accidentally vegan. I often find that they tend to be the least ‘detectably vegan’ recipes too. These only came about because I had a batch of applesauce that I desperately wanted to get out of the freezer to make way for something else.
These muffins are soft and tender from the spelt flour and packed with rich chocolatey flavour. they’re a delicious anytime treat.
250g spelt flour
250g apple sauce
35g cocoa powder
65ml maple syrup
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp coffee powder dissolved in 100ml hot water
50g chocolate chunks
Pre-heat you oven to 180°c and line a muffin tin with wrappers.
Sift together all of the dry ingredients, except for the chocolate chunks, into a large mixing bowl.
Mix together the apple sauce, oil, maple syrup and coffee in a separate bowl or jug, ensuring they are well blended. Stir this wet mixture into the dry ingredients, so that they are just combined. Don’t be tempted to over-mix the batter, it’s fine if it’s a little lumpy. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
Spoon the batter into the prepared tin and bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes until they are risen and feel springy to the touch.