Friday, 6 March 2015

Suma Bloggers Network - Orange, Date & Apricot Cake






Let me just start by saying this cake is great for kids! It's vegan and free of refined sugars, but cut into 'soldiers' is perfect for little hands. It's equally great for grown ups too and I often have to stop my husband pinching bits whilst it's fresh from the oven.

I always buy Suma brand dried fruit and nuts - It's nice to know something my child loves is organic and flavorsome! My local (but absolute favorite) little vegetarian food coop stocks absolutely loads of Suma products. If you're stuck on where to find it - check out your local independent health food shop and you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.



Ingredients

100g Plain Flour
100g Spelt Flour (wholemeal works well too)
1 TSP Baking Powder
1 TSP Cinnamon
50g Ground Almonds
2 TSP Orange Essence
100g Dried Apricots
100g Dried Dates
125g Dried Flame Raisins
380ml Water

Preheat oven to 175C.

To begin you'll need to cut up your apricots and dates and add them to a small saucepan. I find the easiest way to do this is by using scissors. Add the water and bring to a boil. Simmer mixture for a few minutes and then turn out the heat. Add your orange essence and stir.

In a large mixing bowl weigh out your flour, baking powder and almonds. Add the raisins and make sure the dry mixture is well combined.

Pour in the wet mixture and make sure everything is really well mixed. The mixture will be really quite thick - that's exactly how you want it to be!

I use a low calorie oil spray to 'grease' my tin. It doesn't matter which shape you use - sometimes we have a loaf and sometimes it's more of a cake.  Pour the mixture in and smooth down the top making sure it's up to the edges.

It'll need to bake for around 45 minutes depending on your oven type. I cover the top with a sheet of baking paper (making sure it only rests on the tin and not the mixture) so that the top doesn't burn, but remove it for the last 15 minutes of baking.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this delicious looking recipe Cherry. I find my little boy likes any cake, so I'm sure this would be a hit! It's good to have something to use the orange essence in that's been lurking at the back of my cupboard

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