Sunday, 19 April 2015

Almond and apple puree cake

Rich, buttery taste without any actual butter.


2 apples
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

4 eggs
80 g flour
75 g almond flour
30 g rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
lemon rind & lemon juice
50 g sugar

How it's made:

1. Puree the apples and the lemon juice with the help of a blender and turn on the oven at 175 C.
2. Beat the eggs with the sugar, using a paddle mixer for about 5 minutes or until frothy and they have a double cream consistency.
3. Mix in the apple puree, lemon rind and lemon juice and the oats
4. Sift over the egg mix,  the flour and almond flour, then fold it with a rubber spatula so that you don't release the trapped air.
5. Pour the batter in the buttered baking form and bake it for about 40 minutes.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Healthier oat cookies with dark chocolate nibs, walnuts and cranberries

As much as something sweet but not too sweet can be healthy, anyway.
Ingredients for about 20 large cookies:

100 g walnuts or hazelnuts 
80 g dried cranberries or raisins
40 g shredded coconut
30 g dark chocolate cut into small pieces 
140 g rolled oats
220 g flour
1 heaped tablespoon of cocoa
2 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon baking soda
50 g butter + 40 ml light olive oil
1 egg
100 g brown sugar
2 tablespoons rum 

1. Preheat the oven at 160 C.
2. Toast the walnuts in the oven for 10 minutes.
3. Soak the cranberries in hot water for a couple of minutes.
4. Sift the flour and mix it with the rolled oats, chopped toasted walnuts, cranberries, coconut, cocoa and chocolate.
5. In a small pan melt the butter and add the olive oil, baking soda and the 2 tablespoons of hot water.
6. In another bowl beat the egg with the sugar, until the sugar dissolves and the pour the butter  mixture plus the rum.
7. Mix  the liquid ingredients with the solid ingredients. The batter will be quite sticky but no worries, it should be like this.
8. On a lined baking tray arrange the cookies, leaving enough space between them.
9. For my oven 14 minutes was the perfect spot but you should watch them carefully. They will be soft to touch but they will set when cool. Very important, put them to cool on a wire rack.

They keep well in an airtight jar for 3 days or you could freeze them. If you are the type of person that can have only one cookie and stop ( probably you hate dolphins anyway).