Carrot Bread -Porkkanakakku

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I found this recipe from one of my favourite vegan blogs called Chocochili. It is such a good blog so I happily advertise it here too (Finnish blog).  Most of the recipes are suitable for my daughter but tasty enough such as I don’t think the flavour suffers from the allergy friendly cooking. The original recipe is for cupcakes but I used the same dough for carrot bread. It is definitely more of a bread than a cake. The only thing I really changed in the recipe was that I replaced almond milk with oat milk. I was surprised how moist the cake turned out. It is not very sweet either so it can be eaten both at breakfast or brunch time. I love it as I prefer sweet continental style breakfast, eggs and bacon are just not my cup of tea! Hope you enjoy this bread!

100ml grated carrot

150 ml (2/3 cup) dark brown sugar

250ml oat milk

100 ml vegetable oil

350ml (1 2/3 cup) white flour

2 tbs potato starch

1,5 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1. Mix dark brown sugar, oat milk and oil in the bowl.

2. Mix all dry ingredients together.

3. Combine dry ingredients with the brown sugar-vegetable oil-oat milk mix.

4. Add grated carrot and mix.

5. Bake in 175 centigrades for 30-40min until fully cooked. Do a ”fork test” and if the dough does not get stuck to the fork it is ready.

PS. I tested the banana version too. You can make it simply by replacing the grated carrot with 1-2 mashed bananas -tasty!

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Löysin tämän ihanan kakkuohjeen lempi vegaaniblogistani Chocochili.  Voin lämpimästi suositella kyseistä blogia kaikille, jotka suosivat maidotonta ruokavaliota. On kyseinen blogi toki muutenkin mainio! Tämä kakku on todella herkullinen ja nopea.  Englantilaisessa maailmassa tämänkaltaisia kakkuja usein kutsutaan leiviksi pikemminkin kuin kakuiksi, sillä ne eivät ole niin makeita. Alkuperäinen ohje oli muffineille ja niissä oli mantelimaitoa. Korvasin mantelimaidon kauramaidolla ja tämä maittava kakku oli valmista uuniin. Suosittelen! Kakku ei ole liian makeva ja sopii jopa aamiaiaselle tai brunssille!

1 dl hienoksi raastettua porkkanaa

1dl fariinisokeria tiiviiksi painettuna

2,5 dl kauramaito

1 dl rypsiöljyä

3,5 dl vehnäjauhoja

2 rkl perunajauhoja

1,5 tl leivinjauhetta

1 tl vaniljasokeria

1 tl kanelia

1/4 tl neilikkaa

1.Laita uuni kuumenemaan 175 asteeseen. Kuori ja raasta porkkanat.

2. Mittaa kulhoon fariinisokeri, mantelimaito ja öljy. Sekoita tasaiseksi.

3. Yhdistä toisessa kulhossa kuivat aineet. Kaada neste kuivien aineiden joukkoon ja kääntele tasaiseksi. Lisää lopuksi sekaan porkkanaraaste.

4. Paista n. 30-40minuuttia kunnes kypsä.

PS. Testasin baananilla myös. Voit tehdä banaaniversion korvaamalla porkkanaraasteen 1-2 banaanilla -herkullista!

Banana cake -Banaanikakku

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Super tasty banana cake/bread. As my daughter’s dairy allergy has not eased yet our family stays dairy free which I in fact don’t mind. This banana cake is quick and easy. It is also egg and dairy free too. Suitable for both toddlers and adults. My hubby ate it for breakfast and dinner!

Banana cake/bread

1 1/2 dl (3/4 cup) caster sugar

4 dl (2 cup) white flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla sugar

1 1/2dl (3/4 cup) oat milk (regular milk)

100ml vegetable oil

2 mashed bananas

1tbs cinnamon

1. Mix the dry ingredients together.

2. Mash the bananas.

3. Add the oil and oat milk into the dry mix. Add mashed bananas. Add cinnamon.

4. Pour mix to the baking tin.

5. Bake in the oven in 200 celsius degrees for 35-40 minutes until baked through and looking golden brown.

Koska pikkutyttäremme maitoallergia ei ole helpottanut on perheemme maidoton ja pysyy sellaisena. Tässä super herkullinen ja helppo banaanikakku. Sopii niin aikuiselle kuin lapselle..mieheni popsi sitä niin iltapalaksi kuin aamiaiseksi!

Banaanikakku:

1 1/2 dl sokeria

4 dl vehnäjauho

2 1/2 tl leivinjauhe

2 tl vanilja sokeri

1 1/2dl kauramaito (tavallinen maito)

1dl rypsiöljy

2 muussattua kypsää banaania

1rkl kanelia

1. Sekoita kuivat aineet.

2. Muussaa banaanit.

3. Lisää rypsiöljy ja kauramaito kuiviin aineisiin. Sekoita joukkoon muussattu banaani.

4. Kaada kakkuseos voideltuun vuokaan ja paista 200 asteessa 35-40 minuuttia kunnes kakku on kypsä ja kullanruskea väriltään.

Devilish chocolate caramel popcorn cake -Jumalainen toffeepopcorn suklaakakku

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I found this amazing recipe in Prima magazine and thought I should make it. Only because these days I eat so healthily that I cannot even remember when I had a slice of cake last. My colleagues laugh at my lunches at work as they are always some funny super food -but I like it! I feel so rejuvenated when I don’t eat any dairy or eggs and to be honest I do not miss them even for a bit. When people come for a visit like last weekend for a BBQ I just feel I need to cook something ordinary and not too ”alternative” so I went for this super mainstream British style sweetness extravaganza!
This cake is a winner have to say. It is like everything devilish in a same package. The cake is more like a huge soft cookie and with caramel sauce, whipped cream and chocolate popcorns it cannot go wrong. This is not for health freaks but people who enjoy super sweet things -my dear husband had two slices in one go. I recommend to try this, it is so good!
Cake for 8-10 people:
100ml water

175g plain chocolate

200g butter

200g self-raisin flour (or flour with baking powder)

300 light muscovado sugar

25g cocoa powder

1 tbsp baking powder

4 eggs ( I used Orgran egg replacer powder)

Whipped cream and caramel chocolate popcorns to decorate the cake.
1. Heat the oven to 180 celsius degrees.
2. Place hot water in a small pan with chocolate and butter and heat up until melted.
3. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Beat the eggs in and pour chocolate mixture and mix until smooth.
4. Pour in to the baking tin or if you want to have a layer cake place the mixture in two separate cake tins.
5. Bake for 30 minutes.
6. Add caramel sauce and whipped cream on top and decorate with chocolate caramel popcorns.

Gluten, dairy and egg free banana blueberry cake -Gluetiiniton, maidoton, munaton banaanimustikkakakku

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Again this silence..I think I have no more excuses now, just being terribly busy. I am back to work now and after the working day there seems to be so little time left for anything! I am loving it though. After a year at home with the baby work seems like 5 days a week holiday! I know it probably sounds horrible but for me this is a perfect balance. I cannot handle being staying-at-home-mum, it really drives me crazy. I need my own life and  I need to have challenges in my life -my brain needs stimulation and what I do for work certainly does it. It is also so glorious to have my morning coffee peacefully before starting to work.

We found a perfect nanny for our little daughter and we could not notice any change in her behaviour when I started working -pretty amazing. She sleeps as well (as badly as usually :)) and she is not any clingier or more tearful when I finish the work. In fact she is the happiest baby you can ever imagine as the nanny does all sort of wonderful activities with her all day long. So all in all, this is the most amazing arrangement we could have ever hoped for. My husband has a happy wife and  we have a happy baby.

I was quite depressed the last couple of months staying at home only. Even though I have lots of friends with babies it was still not enough for me, I needed some balance and I wanted to see myself not as a 24/7 mother but also a capable career woman with a drive to work. I know it means less baking and cooking and therefore probably less frequent blog posting but it is better. My usually so positive and cheerful personality changed drastically by the end of the last year and I felt like I was not myself anymore. I was just sad and miserable all the time and every day seemed to just repeat itself. Same fights with the baby over eating (without any success!) and acting as a constant entertainment machine day after day, month after month. I know there are women out there who are at their happiest when they can stay at home full time and I certainly admire them but I am not one of those I get not only a cabin fever but huge anxiety. Now I feel so happy every day when I started working. I meet adults, I can communicate with people who do not throw themselves to the floor when they get annoyed and I can challenge myself in a working life. Wonderful..and my new job is great too!

As my baby still does  not eat I tried the” NHS approach”, the approach the dietician here in England suggested, that was ”feed your baby with pizza, cakes, crisps, ice cream, add sugar to everything..to get calories in”. Well, of course I cannot give dairy, eggs or gluten to her so I baked this banana blueberry cake.  It was super good..although she spitted it out straight away and threw rest of it to the floor -no success with the NHS approach either. So I won’t try this unhealthy suggestion any more.

Anyway, don’t believe my baby, her taste buds do not exist, this cake is really good. Our American friend who is visiting us here absolutely loved it. It was his birthday yesterday so it was kind of his birthday cake. I hope you enjoy the recipe too. It is simple and quick and of course you can use regular flour if you do not need a gluten free version.

4 1/2dl (2 1/4 cup) white flour (white gluten free flour)

2 dl (1 cup) sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar

3 dl (1 1/2 cup) blueberries (frozen are fine)

2 bananas

2 1/2dl (1 1/4 cup) rice milk or regular milk if you can eat dairy

1  1/4 dl (1/2 cup) dairy free melted margarine or regular margarine

1. Combine the dry ingredients.

2. Mash the bananas. Mix the mash with rice milk and melted margarine.

3. Combine the blueberries with dry ingredients and then banana mix.

4. Pour to the cake tin and bake 50-55 min in 175 Celsius degrees.

ENJOY!
Tip: Add some Betty Crocker icing on top and it is even more delicious!

 

 

 

 

Lemon cake -Sitruunakakku

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Sorry for this long lasting silence. I have no other excuse than that I have been super busy. So many changes in one week (will tell you later all the exciting news 🙂 ). I was supposed to post this recipe ages ago, in fact, right after the Finnish Independence Day but oh well it has taken almost two weeks to get this blog post written. Here it is, my tasty lemon cake with white chocolate cream cheese icing. It was super tasty. The cake recipe is a slightly modified version of Humming Bird Bakery’s lemon cake recipe. I hope you enjoy it. I love lemon cakes, they are refreshing and well..I have to make a confession, I ate lemon drizzle cake right after one of the most  amazing moments of my life this year -when our baby girl was born- and therefore the lemon cake flavour has such a unique meaning to me.

300g caster sugar

3 eggs

grated zest of 3 lemons

350g plain flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

250ml whole milk (I used rice milk)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

200g unsalted butter (I used sunflower dairy free margarin)

Icing:

50g butter (or dairy free margarin)

150g white chocolate (dairy free white chocolate if needed a dairy free option)

150g cream cheese (soya fresh cheese if hoping for dairy free option)

1. Preheat the oven  to 170 celsius degrees.

2. Beat sugar, eggs and lemon zest with electronic whisker.

3. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in one bowl and milk (rice milk)  and vanilla extract in another. Add flour mix and milk mix to the sugar-egg mix alternating the two. Mix well until the dough is fluffy.

4. Add melted butter (dairy free margarin) in and mix well.

5. Pour to an oiled cake tin and bake in the oven for 1h 15 minutes.

Icing preparation:

1. Melt the butter (or dairy free margarin) and chocolate in a sauce pan.

2. Let the mix cool down and add the cream cheese.

3. Spread the icing on the cool cake base, put the cake to the fridge and let the icing set.

The cake is at its best on the following day!

Anteeksi blogihiljaisuus. On ollut valtava kiire ja uskomaton määrä jännittäviä uusia asioita tapahtunut viime viikon aikana (kerron lisää pian!).Tässä siis sitruunakakkuohjeeni. Leivoin kakun itsenäisyyspäiväksi, mutta kuten mainitsinkin postauksen kirjoittaminen viivästyi odottomattoman paljon. Toivottavasti nautitte kakusta. Sitruunakakku liittyy elämäni yhteen tärkeimpään hetkeen, mutustelin sitruunakakkua viimeksi tyttäremme syntymän jälkeen, itse asiassa heti synnytyksen jälkeen ja siksi sitruunakakun maulla on minulle jotenkin aivan hämmentävän suuri merkitys ja tuo maku tuo muistoja mieleen. Yritän postata seuraavan reseptin pian! Tässä tämä.

300g sokeria

3 munaa

kolmen sitruunan raastettu kuori

350g vehnäjauhoja

1 1/2 tl leivinjauhetta

1 tl suolaa

250ml maitoa (käytin riisimaitoa)

1/2 tl vaniljauutetta

200g voita (käytin maidotontra margariinia)

Kuorrutus:

50 g voita (tai maidotonta margariinia)

150g valkosuklaata (maidotonta valkosuklaata)

150g tuorejuusto (soijatuorejuusto maidottomaan versioon)

1. Lämmita uuni 170 asteeseen.

2. Vatkaa sokeri, munat ja sitruunankuori vaahdoksi.

3. Sekoita jauhot, leivinjauhe ja suola yhdessä kulhossa ja maito ja vaniljauute toisessa kulhossa. Lisää jauhoseos ja maitovaniljaseos sokeri-munavaahtoon vuorotellen. Sekoita kunnen taikina on tasaista.

4. Lisää sulatettu voi (margariini) taikinaan.

5. Kaada taikina voideltuun kakkuvuokaan ja paista 1h 15min.

Kuorrutuksen valmistus:

1. Sulata voi (margariini) ja valkosuklaa kattilassa.

2.Jäähdytä voisuklaa seos ja sekoita tuorejuusto siihen.

3. Levitä kuorrute jäähtyneen kakun päälle, laita jääkaappiin, jotta kuorrute asettuu. Tarjoile!

Parhaimmillaan kakku on seuraavana päivänä kun maut tulevat esiin.

Chewy double chocolate cookies -Suklaacookiet

ImageYesterday I asked from my dear Aussie husband what he fancies as I felt like baking. He responded straight away by saying chocolate cookies but chewy not crunchy ones. Well that was an interesting request. I am not a big fan of cookies myself and definitely not chewy ones, I like crunchy ones so I had to start hunting the recipe from the internet. I ended up trying Nigella’s recipe and it turned out to be really good. I hope you enjoy these tasty cookies too 🙂

12 cookies:

125g dark chocolate

2dl (1cup) white flour

1/2dl (1/4cup) coco powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

125g butter

1dl (1/2 cup) soft brown sugar

1/2dl (1/4 cup) white sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

50-100g dark chocolate chunks

1. Preheat the oven to 170 celsius degrees.  Mix flour, baking soda, salt and coco powder together.

2. Melt 125g chocolate.

3. Whisk butter and sugars until creamy. Add the melted chocolate.

4. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

5. Mix with the flour mix.

6. Add chocolate chunks and mix well.

7. Form approximately 12 cookies on the tray.

8. Bake for 18 minutes.

ENJOY!

Kysyin eilen ihanaiselta Aussimieheltäni mitä hänen tekisi mieli, sillä olin leipomistuulella. Hän tuumasi hetken ja totesi, suklaacookieita, mutta sellaisia sitkeitä ei rapsakoita. En itse ole mikään suuri cookieiden ystävä, joten minulla ei reseptiarkistossa ollut sopivaa ohjetta. Lähdin siis metsästämään internetistä sellaista. Päädyin Nigellan reseptiin ja sitä hieman mukaillen leivoin seuraavalla ohjeella suklaacookieita. Olivat super hyviä!

12 keksiä:

125g tummaa suklaata

2dl jauhoja

1/2dl kaakajauhetta

1 tl ruokasoodaa

1/2 tl suolaa

125g butter

1dl ruskeaa sokeria ( intiaanisokeria)

1/2dl valkoista sokeria

1 tl vaniljatiivistettä

1 muna

50-100g suklaapaloja

1. Lämmitä uuni 170 asteeseen. Sekoita keskenään jauhot, sooda, suola ja kaakaojauhe.

2. Sulata 125g suklaata.

3. Vatkaa sokerit ja voi vaahdoksi. Lisää sulatettu suklaa.

4.Vatkaa sekaan muna ja vaniljatiiviste.

5. Sekoita jauhoseos sekaan.

6. Lisää suklaapalat seokseen.

7. Muotoile n. 12 cookieta uunilevylle.

8. Paista 18 minuuttia.

Gluten, dairy and egg free berry tart – Gluteiiniton, munaton ja maidoton marjatorttu

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Even though I quit breastfeeding and my crazy diet one month ago I have so much gluten free flour -different kind-  in my cupboards so I decided to keep on baking with those flours. I have to admit after being without dairy for so long I don’t really fancy milk, cream or hard cheese. Soft fresh cheese is the only one I feel like eating. Weird isn’t it. I feel so much better without dairy. So our household is still dairy free, I use soy though. I also realised when starting to eat normal flour or pasta again that I feel very bloated hours and hours after. I don’t know if it is gluten, probably. As I don’t notice any difference I have been using corn pasta. Yesterday I made this lovely berry tart. It is made of buckwheat flour. I know buckwheat has a very distinctive flavour and not all the people like it, I do. This tart as being egg, gluten and dairy free my baby girl can eat it too. I know it has loads of sugar for a baby but I don’t care, my poor baby girl could not have enjoyed her food at all due to her allergies so if she likes this I will give her some! My doctor friend in Finland made this tart for me last summer when I was on the crazy breastfeeding diet, she got the recipe somewhere on the internet. I changed it slightly but the main measurements are the same.

Berry tart:

1 1/2 dl (3/4 cup) caster sugar

4 dl (2 cup) buckwheat flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla sugar

1 1/2dl (3/4 cup) rice milk

1dl melted dairy free margarin

1/2dl (1/4 cup) redcurrants

1/2dl (1/4 cup) raspberries

1. Mix the dry ingredients together.

2. Melt the margarin.

3. Add the margarin and rice milk into the dry mix.

4. Pour mix to the baking tin and sprinkle redcurrants and raspberries on top.

5. Bake in the oven in 200 celsius degrees for 35-40 minutes until baked through and looking golden brown.

Vaikka hullu imetysdiettini loppui samalla kun lopetin imetyksen, minulla on yhä valtava kasa erilaisia gluteiinittomia jauhoja kaapissa, joten päätin jatkaa niillä leipomista. Tässä yksi ohje. Lääkäriystäväni tarjosi tätä torttua minulle viime kesänä kun minulla oli uskomaton määrä ruokarajoituksia. Ohje on jostain internetistä. Muutin sitä hieman, mutta ainesosien määrä ja mittasuhteet ovat suht samat. Tattarissa on pistävä maku, kaikki eivät siitä tykkää, minä kylläkin. Toivottavasti nautitte ohjeesta. Se on nopea kuin mikä ja torttuseos 10 minuutissa valmis.

Marjatorttu:

1 1/2 dl sokeria

4 dl tattarijauhoja

2 1/2 tl leivinjauhe

2 tl vanilja sokeri

1 1/2dl riisimaito

1dl sulatettu maidoton margariini

1/2dl punaviinimarjoja

1/2dl vadelmia

1. Sekoita kuivat aineet.

2. Sulata margariini.

3. Lisää margariini ja riisimaito kuiviin aineisiin.

4. Kaada torttuseos voideltuun vuokaan, ripottele marjat päälle ja paista 200 asteessa 35-40 minuuttia kunnes torttu on kypsä ja kullanruskea väriltään.