Rum Zucchini Breakfast Loaf – Rommikesäkurpitsainen aamiaisleipä


I am totally in love with using zucchini in baking. I hope you don’t get bored with my zucchini recipes. This one is my own invention based on the various recipes I have tried. I wanted to combine things I love in cake baking which are dark rum, oats, dark sugar, golden syrup and zucchini. I tried to keep this loaf less sweeter than cakes or muffins but sweeter than regular bread. I promise you will enjoy this recipe, I have almost eaten the whole loaf myself that I baked the other day!

One loaf:

150ml rice milk (or regular milk)

2 tbsp cranberries

8 prunes chopped (or 4tbs raisins)

3 dl self-raising gluten free flour (or regular flour+ 1 tsp baking powder)

1 dl dark rice flour (or oat, millet or quinoa flour)

1 dl rolled oats

50g dairy free margarin (or butter)

125 pear puree

2 tbsp dark rum

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

1/2 dl dark soft sugar

1 1/2 dl grated zucchini

1-2 tbsp golden syrup

11/2 tsp cardamom or all spice

(you can add 1 tsp no-egg to get the dough stick together a bit more firmly but this is not necessary)

1.  Soak the cranberries and prunes in rice milk.

2. Combine flour, rolled oats, baking powder and bicarbonate soda and pinch the butter in such as the mix turns to breadcrumb like.

3. Stir in cardamom, sugar, pear puree, rice milk mix and rum.  Mix well. Finalise the mix by adding the golden syrup.

4. Bake in 180 celsius degrees for 40-45 minutes. Check the loaf with a stick to make sure it is fully cooked.

Banana tea loaf -Banaaninen teekakku

photo (51)I got an inspiration for this recipe in the book called The Busy Mum’s Vegetarian Cook Book. I came across with it in our local library, started to glimpse it through and the book gave an impression of being super good. The recipes are rather quick and easy. The pictures look delicious and ingredients seem to go well together. It has a big range of recipes from cooking to baking.

Regarding the British libraries by the way, I have to tell you something. They are fantastic. I praise them as they do offer a wide range of amazing cook and baking books, surroundings are nice, staff friendly and what is even better, they have this one amazing invention from which we could benefit in Finland too. In addition to the library card you get the key ring that has the same bar code as you library card so in case you forget the library card at home you can always pop into the library and borrow books if you just have your keys with you. I think it is a great invention and we should adopt it in Finland too! Libraries here offer story times for babies and toddlers  and in general I think the facilities are great. The council area we belong to seem to be exceptionally good. You can even return to books to any library within the council area and you can also get so called baby library card which gives you free delay policy regarding children books. This means that despite the week overdue you don’t have to pay for the delay. How amazing is this? As a new and young mother I do appreciate this, my brain seems to have deteriorated during the pregnancy and I am so absent minded that I hardly remember to put clothes or make up on in the morning :)! This free delay policy helps significantly otherwise I would be paying the overdue charges almost every week! Anyway from libraries back to the tea loaf I baked. Here below you find my own adaptation of the recipe.

One loaf:

150ml rice milk (or regular milk)

1/2dl (1/4 cup) cranberries

1/2 dl (1/4 cup) raisins

3dl (1 1/2 cup) gluten free self-raising white flour (regular self-raising white flour suits too of course, if you use non-self raising flour add extra teaspoons of baking powder)

1dl (1/2 cup) oat flour (you can of course use regular flour too, I just wanted to get more oaty flavour)

3/4dl (almost 1/2 cup) rolled oats

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp ground fine cardamom

50g dairy free margarin (of course regular butter works as well)

3/4 dl (almost 1/2 cup) dark soft sugar

3 tbsp dark rum

2 tbsp pear puree

1tsp no-egg+2tsp water mixed or 1 regular egg beaten

2 ripe bananas mashed

1. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius degrees. Oil the loaf tin.

2. Put raisins and cranberries to soak in rice milk.

3. Mix the flours, baking powder and cardamom.

4. Add margarin and rub it such as it starts reminding bread crumbs.

5. Add the rolled oats.

6. Stir in the sugar, rum and pear puree.

7. Add the rice milk mixture with raisins and cranberries.

8. Stir in the no-egg mix or beaten egg.

9. Add the mashed bananas.

10. Bake in 180 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Tip of the week: Avocado Nature’s Butter -Avokado Luonnon Voi

ImageFor many Australians particularly for Queenslanders it is self evident to use avocado on the bread as a spreading. My Aussie husband’s favourite combination is Vegemite and mashed avocado on the top of the rice cake. I know, sounds weird! I have to admit that it is incredibly tasty. During my current diet I cannot put butter on bread (which I love to do!!) and I am not very fond of those vegetable oil spreadings as they don’t have the same flavour as butter, only the consistency imitates it. Being so, lately I have mashed avocado and used it as a spreading on the top of rice cakes and bread. It is tasty, healthy and nutritious! I warmly recommend to anyone. An extremely tasty combination is this avocado mash, a hint of black pepper and for example smoked salmon on any bread.


Healthy biscuits for little ones -Superkeksit taaperoille

ImageI am not a big fan of super sweet biscuits. I like to taste the flavour of the ingredients not sugar or chocolate. During my student years I used to do all sort of biscuits savoury and sweet ones. I loved to munch them whilst writing essays or studying for exams. The more butter the better the least I thought so. In fact I thought I could not make biscuits without decent amount of oil or butter in them but I guess I was wrong. The following recipe is my own modification from one cookbook recipe I came across. If you cannot use oat you can always replace rolled oats with millet for example. These are perfect busy snacks for both toddlers and mums!

125g pear puree (baby pear puree pot is perfect for this)

2-3 tbs browns sugar

2-3  tbs white sugar

1 1/2 dl ( 1 1/4 cup) white flour or gluten wheat white flour

1 dl (1/2 cup) rolled oats or millet

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1dl (1/2 cup) raisins or you can use small pieces of dates  too 🙂

1. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius degrees.

2. Mix together pear puree and sugars. Add the flour and other dry ingredients.

3. Form the biscuits and bake them for about 8min until golden brown.

These are healthy snack, not too sweet, no butter but lots of energy. Of course they are not like oaty butter biscuits but they’ll do 🙂

Bill Granger’s breakfast loaf -gluten, dairy and egg free

photo (23)I bought an amazing cook book yesterday. It has all the recipes of my favourite chef Bill Granger. The book was only four pounds in our local second hand book store and I didn’t even have to glimpse it through as I knew I would want it. I have been watching Bill Granger’s TV show where he is touring around UK and I absolutely love his recipes. He is so health conscious but recipes whilst being healthy are always mouthwatering. So if you need a good cookbook I warmly recommend Bill Granger’s Every Day. I am planning to cook it through and will drop some of the recipes to this blog.

I baked the breakfast loaf yesterday following Bill Granger..Well..I almost followed the recipe but not quite so here is my version of it.

50g rolled oats (1/2 cup = 1dl)

300 ml oat milk (Granger uses regular milk)

240g (2 cups =4 dl) plain white gluten free flour (Granger used regular self raising flour or wholemeal)

2 tsp baking powder

150ml (approximately 175g) dried fruits and nuts (crushed walnuts and hazelnuts, small pieces or dried apricot, raisins and dried cranberries, Granger used 125 dried cherries and 50g dried apple, 3 tbs crushed almonds)

75g (1/3 cup+3/4dl) soft brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

3 tbs honey (I used Acasia)

1 tsp Orgran No Egg + 2 tsp water (Granger used 1 egg  lightly beaten)

on the top some rolled oats

1. Soak the rolled oats with the oat milk for 30minutes.

2. Preheat the oven in 180 celsius degrees. Grease and line the bread tin.

3. Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl.

4. Stir in rolled oats with oat milk, dried fruit, sugar, cinnamon, honey, No Egg mix and mix together well.

5. Pour it to the bread tin and bake for 35-45 minutes.

I can guarantee this is tasty!!! Bear in mind that when not using regular wheat flour the dough does not raise a lot but the flavour is amazing!

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Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins -Healthy Choice

ImageI wanted to share with you this amazing recipe. I actually got it from the kitchen show I recently watched here in England. The show is called Kitchen Hero and it is about the young and funny Irish man who cooks from leftovers. He is very into organic food and recycling and I guess that makes his show interesting. What is even better the recipes are usually simple and what I particularly like in them is that they are mostly using ingredients that you would have sitting in your cupboard anyway.

This week he made these banana oatmeal muffins and they caught my eye as they looked healthy and delicious. Making them does not follow the usual muffin recipe at all as the fluffiness comes from the whisked egg white, not beat egg/sugar mixture.

Yesterday I tested out the recipe myself and the muffins were fantastic. There is hardly any fat in them, only vegetable oil and the sugar is light brown sugar in Finland known as ”intiaanisokeri” which is unprocessed sugar. I amended a recipe a bit as usual but it seemed to work perfectly when done my way. My dear Aussie husband ate them as the first thing when he came home from work yesterday and he started his morning with the breakfast muffin!

These muffins are also good if you have young children and you don’t want to load them full of white sugar and flour ( I wouldn’t!) as these muffins have lots of wholemeal flour and oats and like mentioned earlier brown sugar.

Try these. The recipe will make approximately six big muffins.

1dl plain flour

3/4dl wholemeal flour

2 1/2dl rolled oats

1/2 dl light brown sugar ( or a bit more :))

1tbs baking powder

1tsp cinnamon powder

1 1/4dl milk

1 egg

1 egg white

1-2tbs vegetable oil

1tbs coffee

2 bananas

1. Preheat the oven to 200 celsius degrees.

2. Combine flours, oats, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon.

3. Mix milk, one egg, coffee and one mashed banana together in a separate bowl.

4. Whisk the egg white in a separate bowl.

5. Combine dry ingredients with the milk mix.

6. In the end combine whisked egg white with the rest.

7. Pour into the muffin tins. Cook for 25 minutes.


Banana Pecan Nut Muffins

We moved to London four months ago. It is a long time, but I have been too busy with all kinds of things and I have neglected my cooking blog which I feel so sorry about. Now the life has settled down a bit and I finally have time to start adding the recipes I have tested here. Nice.

I posted vanilla rasberry muffin recipe a long time ago. Here in England people seem to love all kinds of muffins, sweet and savoury. They also love so called ”breakfast loaf”  for breakfast. It is a small loaf shaped muffin and tastes heavenly. My favourite one over here is Costa Coffee’s Banana Pecan Breakfast Loaf. It is almost like a muffin, but not that buttery and sweet. I wanted to cook that kind of breakfast loaf, but I couldn’t find a recipe that looked good or worked. I tried one recipe, but I wasn’t happy with it at all. As I find the basic ingredients for my rasberry muffins so good I varied that recipe and created my own banana breakfast muffins. Below you can find the ingredients. They were super tasty!

6 large muffins

110 g butter

130 g white sugar (it is 1 1/2 dl= 2/3 cup)

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

210 g flour (it is 3 1/2 dl= 1 /2 cup)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 jar (150-200g) Danone vanilla yoghurt

3 extremely ripe bananas

100g pecan nuts (crushed)

Preheat the oven 180 C degrees. Butter the muffin molds. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in the large bowl. In the other bowl, whisk butter and sugar until white and cream. Add the eggs one in time. Whisk well all the time. Add dry ingredients  into creamy butter-sugar-egg mixture. Mix well, do not whisk. Finish by adding vanilla extract and Danone yoghurt.  Mash the bananas with the fork and add this mash to the dough as well as the pecan nuts. Decorate the muffins with few pecan nuts. Bake them as long as they become beautiful and browny.