When I was not vegan, I used to bake a lot. I was actually a very good baker of cakes and bread, particularly Apple Cake. It all went pear shaped since going vegan. My cakes have been, hit and miss.
Yesterday when somebody put up a recipe of a “no egg” cake, I had hope. I thought, I could easily replace the dairy and turn this recipe vegan but when I looked at the ingredients I lost all faith. It had no rising agent or binding agent in the list. And I did not fancy a stodgy plate of cake.
Anyhow, the recipe inspired me enough to make one of my own. I was having a nurturing and slow day with my toddler at home. And what better way to nurture a child than to bake. We had been apple picking at the weekend, so there was no problem in the apple supply department. So we began experimenting with a new recipe. And guess what it couldn’t be perfected any more. I am assertive!
And when good things happen to me, I like to share them. So here is the recipe. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Trust me!!
2 Apples (one sliced length wise, one chopped into bite sized pieces)
1 tbsp chia seeds, soaked in 5 to 6 tbsp of warm water.
1 1/5 cup of plain white flour
1 cup of demarara or brown sugar (I put a little less because we don’t like it too sweet)
1/2 cup of coconut or any oil of choice
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of bicarb
1/8 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of almond milk or any other of your choice
a few drops or a tsp of vanilla extract/paste/bean; anything or nothing is fine too
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 to 4 tbsp of soy yogurt or any yogurt of choice
Preheat the oven at 160 degrees (Celsius). Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl nicely with a wooden spoon.
Then add all the wet ingredients along with the chopped apples, and combine together.
Spray the baking tin with some oil, pour in the cake batter, level it well. Now start placing the sliced apples lengthwise along the edges slowly filling in the middle to resemble some sort of circle or a spiral if you may.
Now, I added a tbsp of sugar on top of the apples to caramelise them but it is seriously optional.
Bake it in the oven for about 35 mins and check by piercing a skewer. Cook until the skewer comes out clean. Take it out, cool down the cake and serve. (Don’t forget to take a picture).
Going apple picking for this recipe is not compulsory but if it is autumn where you are, try and go apple picking with your fam-jam. It is great fun. Hope you enjoy it and let me know in the comments if you like it.