carrot & apple loaf

Where I come from carrots always went with apples. I remember my grandma grating an apple and a carrot and giving it to me in a glass like the best snack ever. So I just had to come up with a cake recipe that would marry these two sweet friends.

 

This cake has no added fat, no butter, no oil. The only fat comes from egg yolks and a tiny bit from flour. I calculated the nutritional information of this loaf dividing it into 12 slices. I learnt that each slice should have around 120 calories and just 1 gram of fat so that is pretty amazing. I am not advocating to remove fat from your diet but if you have to, for some reason, this is a cake you can still eat. So there. Enjoy this delicious, very low fat treat!

carrot & apple loaf

Ingredients:

3 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup applesauce

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1 cup grated carrots

1/2 tsp fresh ginger (optional or can be replaced with dried ginger)

1/4 cup raisins (optional)

carrot & apple loaf

Preheat the oven to 160C/320F.

Prepare a loaf pan.

In a bowl of an electric whisk place eggs and start beating on high speed.

Keep gradually adding sugar and beat until the mixture is perfectly smooth.

This mixture will not stiffen as there are yolks there, so the whites will stay liquidy.

Add applesauce and vanilla extract and mix with a spatula.

In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon & cardamom.

Instead of grating carrots, you can put them in a food processor like I do. I also add the piece of ginger in there to process together with carrots.

To finish off, blend the dry ingredients, the egg and sugar mixture, carrots & raisins in one bowl.

Do it gently by hand, just folding the ingredients into each other and not overmixing them.

Once there are no more streaks of flour, pour the mixture into the loaf pan.

Bake for 50 minutes or until the cocktail stick comes out clean.

carrot & apple loaf

 
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lemon loaf

This is a recipe for an honest, delicious pound cake, which freezes well, so I often double the recipe below and make three small loaves, of which two go to the freezer as soon as they cool down.

I am using the term ‘pound cake’ loosely since the original pound cake is supposed to have a pound of butter, a pound of sugar and a pound of flour and I am way off that with my measurements. I use different proportions because I never make cakes that sweet and because I never put so much fat in them, since I substitute at least half of it with applesauce. Still, a delicious cake, be it pound cake or not. The trick here is to properly aerate the mixture, you can do it with a kitchen robot or, like me, treat this as your daily workout and whisk with a hand whisk. Works both ways and you can get great muscles. :)

lemon loaf

This loaf has a well established lemon flavour, all delicious in your mouth. You can skip the lemon completely and use a teaspoon of vanilla essence if you just want a plain loaf.

 

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1/2 cup applesauce (replace it with oil, if you have no applesauce)

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1 cup sugar

zest of 2 lemons

juice from half a lemon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup milk

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

lemon loaf

Do not preheat the oven.

Mix flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl whisk the oil, applesauce and sugar until smooth and fluffy.

One by one add eggs while continuing whisking.

Add the lemon juice and zest.

lemon loaf

When everything is well blended, start adding the flour, alternating with milk and keep whisking until the dough is smooth.

Pour into prepared pan(s).

Put into a cold oven and set the temperature to 180C/350F.

Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Check with a cocktail stick and enjoy this lemon pleasure.

 

lemon loaf

 
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afeature

Ahh! Chocolate!

You know all these chocolate ads showing people on their sofas wearing a white turtleneck and warm socks or people dressed in elegant clothes having the experience of their lifetime? I totally buy into all of them. I love chocolate and eating good quality chocolate is always a delicious, almost spiritual experience for me. Chocolate picks me up from the worst moods and always comforts me when I feel vulnerable. There is just no better drug than chocolate.

decadent chocolate

If you feel similarly or your loved one does and you want to make something special for Valentine’s Day, try this recipe. It’s very chocolatey, very dark, full of well developed cocoa flavour. You can also add a drop of orange aroma if you can find it in the shop and if you like that combination but that is optional.

This cake also contains coffee, so if you are planning a nice dinner with your partner and then this cake for dessert, it is sure to energize you for whatever else you planned for that romantic evening. 😉

 

decadent chocolateIngredients:

 

60g/2oz good quality dark chocolate

1 cup cocoa powder

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 Tbsp dry ground coffee

3 eggs

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup applesauce

orange aroma (optional)

 

 

 

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

 

First of all, you’ll need to turn your dark chocolate into powder. You can grate it if you have the patience but I always put it in my mini food processor. The little particles resulting from this (in the picture) are good enough for this recipe.

decadent chocolate

Once done, place the chocolate powder in a bowl and add cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and ground coffee. Stir to combine all these dry ingredients into a more or less uniform powder.

decadent chocolate

Add eggs, applesauce and milk. This is also the time to add orange aroma if using.

 

Blend with a spatula until combined and there are no more pockets of dry powder. No need to use electric whisk or any other tiresome techniques. :) A short stir will do the job.

decadent chocolate

Pour this mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper. I used a 30cm/12inch loaf pan which is longer than the other two I have. You’ll figure it out, I’m sure.

Bake for 65 minutes. I know it’s a weird time, try 60 and see if it passes the cocktail stick test after that. My oven bakes it to perfection in 65.

decadent chocolate

Enjoy!

 

decadent chocolate

Look out for another chocolate cake recipe next week. This will be just one day before Valentine’s Day and it will be a very simple recipe for those who just want to whip up something very easy and very quick.

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potato crust quiche

I know it’s Christmas time in a minute but that’s not an excuse to eat huge, festive cuts of meat for the whole December. Not for me anyway, since I’m not the biggest meat eater. So this is my idea for a rather cheap, easy to make dish, while our poor stomachs are getting ready for the holiday abuse.

I first learnt about quiche when I moved to Ireland many years ago but quiche actually comes from France. It’s a very light milk, cheese and egg concoction, usually in a form of an open faced pie. The crust is not supposed to be made out of potato but I never have time or patience for making crust, so sometimes I make my quiche completely crustless and now also with potato. Quiche can be made with many ingredients and this recipe is only one, simple way to make it. Google it and you’ll find a whole world of quiche if you don’t already know it. This is my take on it, anyway, with only a little meat and a lot of spinach – just how I like it.

potato crust quiche

Ingredients:

1 large baking potato or two medium ones
3 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups or 2 handfuls of chopped spinach
1 compressed cup of grated cheese
a couple of broccoli florets
3 slices of ham, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
a pinch of nutmeg

potato crust quiche

Preheat the oven to 220C/425F.

Slice the potato thinly and use the slices to create a ‘crust’ inside the baking dish.

Spray with cooking oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20 minutes while preparing the rest of the dish.

potato crust quiche

In a bowl, with a hand whisk blend milk and flour. Add eggs and use an electric whisk or a hand whisk if you’re the patient kind to foam and aerate the mixture. I had a very good result after 2 minutes with an electric mixer.

With a spatula, gently fold in the cheese, spinach, ham,  herbs and spices.

potato crust quiche

Take the potatoes out of the oven and turn the oven down to 180C/350F.

Pour the mixture into the crust and top with broccoli florets. Push them into the quiche so that they cook rather than burn in the oven.

potato crust quiche

Bake for an hour or until springy to the touch.

 

potato crust quiche

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applesauce loaf

It’s December and winter has creeped up on us here in Norway. Winter is the time of apples and cinnamon and this recipe is proof of that. Don’t blame me if your whole house smells of delicious winter treats after baking this.

applesauce loaf

applesauce loafIngredients:

1 cup applesauce

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1/2 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

a couple of raisins for decoration

 

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

applesauce loaf

With a whisk blend sugar, oil and half of the applesauce. Once blended add eggs and blend again.

Add flour, baking powder and cinnamon and mix.

Pour the mixture into a loaf tin and spoon the remaining half a cup of applesauce onto the middle and top with raisins.

Bake for 40 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean.

applesauce loaf

applesauce loaf

applesauce loaf

 

 

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