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Friday, February 10, 2012

Fruit and Nut Slice

Here's a fat free Fruit and Nut Slice and it can also be gluten free when you replace the plain flour with rice flour ! A must to enjoy, it's so yummy, doesn't taste fat free at all !

1/3 cup plain flour, sifted
½ teas baking soda, sifted
½ teas baking powder, sifted
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups mixed nuts, eg walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts or almonds, chopped
½ cup dried cherries or cranberries or mixture of both
1 ½ cups dates, figs, and/or prunes, chopped
1 cup dried apricots, cut into bit size pieces
2 eggs
½ teas vanilla essence

1. Preheat oven to 180oC and line small lamington tin with baking paper.
2. In a large bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar, nuts and dried fruit.
3. In another bowl beat eggs, using electric beater, until fluffy and volumeous.
4. Press into lined pan and baking at 180oC for 30 mins.
5. Remove from oven and allow to sit on bench for 10 minutes. Invert to cooling rack, remove baking paper and allow to call completely before cutting to required size.

GLUTEN FREE VERSION:
Replace plain flour with rice flour

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

A friend of mind gave me this recipe. It is so quick and easy and makes lovely, fluffy cupcakes also, just pour the mixture into a jug and fill your cupcakes. The mystery about this particular recipe is the boiling water that is added at the end. It looks like thick hot chocolate and that it just won't bake because of the high liquid content BUT the end result if absolutely amazing. You should give it a go !

2 cups plain flour
2 cups caster sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tspn vanilla essence
1 cup boling water

Combine dry ingredients.
Mix together eggs, milk, oil + vanilla.
Add to dry mix and mix well.
Add boiling water to mixture and mix well.
Bake 40min at 180 (mod).

You can double quantity and therefore bake it in a deep roasting tray lined with baking paper for 60 min.
You can also make this cake with a mixmaster but also just mix it with a spoon and both come out fine. If you are using the mixmaster, normal sugar works fine.