Sweet potato chocolate cake -Bataattisuklaakakku

WP_20130921_010Something unbelievable happened on Sunday night. Our amazing cooker -oven, grill, dinner plate warmer and gas hobs in one combination-  just stopped working. I was cooking tasty home made chips in the grill with full heat when suddenly the cooker caused a short and the wall switch started melting! Oh no! Many people would first react by thinking of all the safety risks but not me. My first thought was literally ”oh no how am I supposed to bake next week”. Our cooker is still broken, the electrician arrives today to fix the wall switch and then we will see what is cooker’s destiny whether it still works or if we need a new one. My dear Aussie husband comforted me by saying ”darling just think that you either get a perfectly functioning new cooker or the old one is even better than before ”. I wish I could think such an optimistic way. Being so, you may need to wait for some new recipes. I thought in the meanwhile I would post the cake I managed to bake just before the cooker broke down. This cake is my own recipe. I wanted to use sweet potato in a chocolate cake so I thought I would give it a try and in fact it worked pretty well.  It gives the moisture and the sweet flavour compliments the chocolate cake. This is again a fully vegan recipe, so totally egg and dairy free and gluten free too. Of course you can use butter and milk where ever I have used the replacement products.

2 dl (1 cup) sweet potato puree

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

1 1/2 dl (3/4 cup) dark brown sugar

1/2 dl (1/4 cup) vegetable oil

1/2tsp vanilla powder

a few drops of vanilla extract

1/2 tsp vanilla sugar

3/4 dl (almost 1/2 cup) coco powder

1/2dl (1/4 cup) sugar

3 tbs golden syrup

2dl (1 cup) gluten free self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

50g grated dark dairy free chocolate

1. Preheat the oven to 190 celsius degrees.

2. Cook sweet potato cubes and puree them.

3. Mix together sweet potato puree, oil, rice milk, sugars, vanilla powder, coco powder, golden syrup and flour. In the end add the grated chocolate.

4. Bake for 40min. Test with a fork to make sure the cake is fully cooked.

Filling:

1/2 dl (1/4 cup) oat cream

1/2dl (1/4 cup) raspberries

1 tsp vanilla sugar

1-2 tbs caster sugar

1. Mash the raspberries with the fork. Mix the oat cream and raspberries together and add sugars.

Icing:

30-50g  dairy free margarin (butter goes perfectly too, in fact probably better due to the salty nature!)

1/2 dl (1/4 cup) oat cream

1dl (1/2 cup) icing cugar

3-4 tbsp coco powder

1. Whisk together the dairy free margarin and oat cream.

2. Whisk in the icing sugar and finish with adding the coco powder.

Build the cake. After cooking it, let it cool down first, cut it into halves, fill with the raspberry oat cream mix and coat with the delicious chocolaty icing.

ENJOY!

Raspberry oatmeal breakfast – Vadelmakaura-aamiainen

Gooday everyone. This raspberry oatmeal brekkie is going to rock your morning!!! It is healthy, nutritional and just perfect. It suits for old and young, men and women, adults and kids. I think it has that something I am always looking for in breakfasts: sweetness, fullness in addition to the round and balanced flavour. This oatmeal tart is also very simple and gets baked quickly in the oven whilst you are making your coffee or feeding your baby (as I did!!).

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For two people you need:

2dl (1 cup) rolled oats (jumbo oats, they are crunchier)

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

3 fresh dates chopped

1-2 tbs raisins

8 raspberries

2 tbs honey (if you are looking for a low GI -glycemic index- go for agave syrup)

8 sun dried banana slices or fresh banana slices

1. Preheat the oven to 180-190 celsius degrees.

2. Mix the oats, raisins, dates and rice milk. Pour milk over the oats such as it just covers the oats and is likely to get absorbed into oats. Let the mix soak for 5-10 minutes in the fridge.

3. When the oat mix looks like it has been absorbed into the rice milk, mix it with raspberries and honey. Pour the mix into two small tartlet baking tins (10cm diameter). Decorate oatmeal tarts with sun dried bananas.

4. Bake them for 20minutes.

Serve with fresh berries! Heavenly start for your morning!

Have a great weekend!!!

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Rum Zucchini Breakfast Loaf – Rommikesäkurpitsainen aamiaisleipä

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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.

Cauliflower soup – Kukkakaalikeitto

photo (54)Autumn is arriving in the UK. Evenings are getting darker, houses colder and days rainier. It is time to dig out candles and soft woollen jumpers, have some afternoon tea and eat soup for lunch and dinner. Last weekend on Saturday I felt so relaxed after my pampering massage that I could not even think about doing any chores. I don’t consider cooking as a chore but rather a pleasure, I still was not able to invest much time in cooking up a storm for lunch.  Here you are a busy mother’s quick and easy cauliflower soup.  It was so tasty that my dear Aussie husband had to take his words back when claiming he did not like cauliflower!

Bye the way I have lately been reflecting if I should write my posts also in Finnish. If you have any feedback regarding this you can email me your thoughts (finnaussity@gmail.com) or comment on this post.

2 people:

6-7dl chicken stock

1 cauliflower

1/2-1dl Oatly oat cream (regular cream is great too!)

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

pinch of salt

fresh parsley

1. Heat up the water and prepare the chicken stock.

2. Cook the cauliflower in the chicken stock.

3. Puree the cauliflower in the stock. Add the oat cream and spices. Taste the flavour!

Serve with a nice loaf of bread. Enjoy!

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.

Rice Patties -Paprikaiset riisipihvit

wild riceI was going through all kind of vegan recipe blogs and the mushroom rice patty recipe caught my eye. As usual I didn’t follow the recipe but I used the idea and technique mentioned in the blog post. The rice patties were so nice and tasty that my carnivore dear Aussie husband ate them with the smile on his face and told me that he would happily eat those again even instead of beef patty in a hamburger. Wow! That is a win! Personally I was  surprised how delicious they were. I served them on the side of our salad dinner but they would go perfectly on the plate replacing the meat. If you don’t fry them on the pan but cook them in the oven they would be healthier and ideal toddler food too.

Oh and one thing…a small clarification for Finns..patty means a mince meat type of ”steak”. It is very confusing in Finland when everyone talks about mince meat steaks. Steak is a steak and patty is a patty. This has confused my dear Aussie husband multiple times in Finnish restaurants when on the menu it reads ”mince meat steak” . For native English speakers a steak means full meat, juicy deliciousness and patty is something more processed usually a mince meat or veggie patty.

10 patties:

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

3-4 dl (300-400ml) water

1 onion

1 garlic clove

1 small red capsicum

2 tbsp maizena (corn flour)

1/2 tsp onion granules

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1tbsp chopped fresh thyme

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

1. Cook the rice in water until soft.

2. Fry the chopped onions, garlic clove and capsicum in the pan.

3. In a bowl mix the fried onion-capsicum mix with the rice.

4. Add the spices.

5. Puree the mix with the stick or in a blender.

6. Mould the patties and fry them in nice quality olive oil ( a lot of oil!!!) in a frying pan.

YUM!

Zucchini dip -Kesäkurpitsadippi

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I made a new tasty dip. This is a lovely spread on bread, rice cake or any cracker. Roast the vegetable cubes in the oven and after that puree them with the stick or in a blender.

1 zucchini

1 red pepper

1/2 orange pepper

1/2 sweet potato

1onion

1 garlic clove

salt

2-3 tbsp olive oil

ENJOY!