WARNING! This is not a healthy cake! Its full of sugar and white flour.
But on the other hand its my little James’ favourite cake and I had to perfect the vegan version of it. So here it is your treat that is to be enjoyed sparingly but nevertheless enjoyed.
Aquafaba is very temperamental so let me know how it works for you. Every tin of chickpeas could be different in aquafaba quality so maybe try different brands if it doesn’t work well at first. I had a few terrible outcomes but this one turned out perfect.
To make the shortcrust pastry mix together the first three ingredients and knead until well combined. Shape into a ball and refrigerate for about 30 minutes
To make the Lemon curd filling place the juice of three lemons and sugar into a saucepan and heat until the sugar is dissolved. mix the cornflour with the cold water until dissolved and stir into the hot juice sugar mix. Stir constanly until it thickens. Now add the coconut milk, stir well and let it cool.
Roll out the pastry. Grease an eight inch tart tin and press the pastry into it. Blind bake the pastry for about 15 minutes at 175 degrees C. Pour in the lemon curd. let it cool completely.
To make the meringue. Pour the aquafaba into a bowl add the cream of tartar and mix at full speed until its very firm. Gradually add the sugar and vinegar and mix until very very firm peaks appear.
Pipe or slather onto the now completely cool base and lemon curd and bake in a preheated over at 130 degrees C for about 45 -50 minutes or until the meringue is crunchy.
So I’ve been wanting to make this cake forever and never had the time or always forgot.
I’ve always loved the Chocolate Chilli bar by a well known brand when I wasn’t vegan and I always wanted to make a dessert that recreated that combination.
Now last week I finally made it! The Chocolate Chilli Cake. And I’ve been talking about it since…my colleagues will know all about the hunt for Birdseye chillies as well. All day Friday that’s all I was talking about. No I didn’t actually do any work but was looking for a place to buy them. And do you know what by the end of the day I found a place only a 10 minute drive from work. Success.
Anyway some people weren’t convinced by the idea of quote “food that hurts you” combined with chocolate and some were intrigued.
So when I brought it in the following week all of them loved it. “Maria I have to say, compliments on the cake, I would never have ordered it if I had seen it on a menu, but it works so well”. Yaaaay that was the person who doesn’t like food that hurts.
The funny thing about this cake is and it is not intended whatsoever but I think that’s the combo chocolate and chilli, that you can only taste the chilli at the very last moment when the chocolate flavour is nearly gone and you get that kick, that tingles your mouth. Its unbelievable.
Please guys try it out, I think that’s my new favourite cake so id love for you to try it.
As always tag me in your recreations on Instagram, Id love to hear from you.
Place the first five ingredients into a food processor and blend until combined and sticky. Divide the mixture between three 3 inch square cake tins and press it into the base.
Now place the rest of the ingredients except the coconut oil into the food processor or high speed blender and blend until very very creamy.
Add the melted coconut oil and blend again.
with the chillies you might have to add them gradually depending on your spice tolerance levels.
Pour the creamy mixture on top of the bases and freeze for about 3 hours. Defrost completely in the fridge before serving.
I absolutely love mango and I think even though it is not the most common combination, I think it goes very well with chocolate. But what doesnt go with chocolate right? So to give my new cheesecake a summery feel and taste I combined the juiciness and sweetness of mango with a dark rich chocolate and created the summer mango chocolate cheesecake.
This treat like any most of my other cakes is refined sugar free and uses only natural ingredients. But like any other cake it is a treat and shouldnt be eaten too often. It does contain coconut oil and cashews so its high in fat and calories. one small piece goes a long way and is rich and filling.
Please dont be put off though, it is delicious and I really hope you like it.
I am writing this on the Monday before Pancake Tuesday. I have promised my monkeys pancakes tomorrow and I am in no mood to make any. I have put them to bed, fell asleep and now its 830pm so I really dont feel like making pancakes.
But a promise is a promise, right so I better get to it.
I only tried this new recipe at the weekend and it turned out great, although a bit tricky when frying. You have to get the pan at the right temperature and be very careful turning the pancakes. Flipping is out of the question here.
This is because Oats have very little gluten so the pancakes dont stick as well and crumble easily.
Maybe you knew maybe you didnt, but overfour weeks ago I decided to do a sugar detox. Not because I eat a lot of sugar but just to really see if I can do it, go sugar free for four weeks.
I have now completed the four weeks and so I decided to share my experience with you.
If you follow me on Instagram you know I love my cakes and desserts, but most of them are made with natural sugar, are refined sugar free and if they do contain refined sugar there is very little of it.
But before I tell you all about me going cold turkey on the sugar, I will tell you how I was feeling on my natural sugar normal diet.
So What was I eating? For breakfast I would usually have some porridge or chiapudding or a peanutbutter banana sandwich. The porridge as well as the chia pudding would be topped with loads of fruit as well as cinammon and some maple syrup. Then at around eleven I woul crave something else, some little snack maybe a little piece of my healthy cake or a bliss ball. Note not full of refined sugar but yet full of natural sugar from the dates.
So then I would usually go ahead with my lunch and have some homemade burger or falafel or salad or what ever I had prepared the day before. So all good. BUT straight after lunch I needed something sweet as well as a coffee. So again I would usually have a tiny piece of cake or similar. I dont know why but I am not a big fruit eater, on my breakfast yes, in my smoothie definitely but not just on its own. Except Blueberries, I could eat them all day.
So by the time I got home from work I would be starving again and because I usually dont make dinner until after the boys are in bed we would snack on nuts and some bananas between us.
So these were my eating habits.
Doesnt sound too bad right, there are no cookies in there no bought desserst or white breads but when you look at it closely there is a lot of sugar in the fruit and the cakes.
So what was the challenge then?
This was the plan:
4 weeks in total
2 weeks totally sugarfree (under 5% naturally occuring and no added sugar), no fruit, no dried fruit, no syrups no white bread or pasta or rice.
2 weeks with 2 portions of fruit per day and the rest stays the same
Was it hard? The fruitless two weeks yes, but only for breakfast as I am the sweet breakfast kinda girl.
Any improvement in, well, anything? For once I dont feel the need for something sweet at any stage throughout the day, I actually dont even feel like eating cake (weirdo, right). After lunch I dont have that urge for dessert and I dont really have a proper afternoon slump. If thats is an improvemt then definitely there is an improvement.
Also I think I can get up out of bed easier, I think, there is not a huuuge difference because my kids make you tired no matter how much energy you have but I definitely feel less tired.
Weight loss? Yes definitely, I feel lighter around my middle, I didnt track the weight loss properly because that wasnt my goal, but I think I am down 2kg, which is fine with me haha.
Any side effects? Well I was told you will crash around day 13-14, which I didnt believe. I thought I am pretty healthy anyway and dont eat refined sugar so my crash wont be as bad. Did I crash? I actually dont kow, I wasnt moody, I wasnt tired or grumpy (not more than usually anyway) but one thing happenend that was strange.
Now you might say Come oooon are you for real, and maybe Im crazy, but I am an accountant (whats that got to do with anything right) and I was preparing figures for a board meeting. I was working on them for two days double checking and comparing and I thought I had it all done and all was good until I gave them to my boss.
Who called me in his office and said “Maria I dont know what you were on”. Basically my figures did not make sense, and while I found the mistakes in some of them I could not figure out where I got the others. Maybe I just had a bad day or maybe that was my sugar crash.
My colleague said maybe he should have asked “what are you not on? haha”.
Is there any scientific evidence that says you need sugar for the brain to function properly? I havent seen any, maybe Ill do more research…
Anyway that my experience of the sugar detox and I think Im doing pretty well, I dont think I will be going back to eating desserts every day like I did, just because I dont really feel like it anymore, but I will be eating all my fruit for breakfast.
This, my friends, could possible be one of the best desserts I ever made!
I am not joking the feedback I got was amazing. And guess what Its NOT my recipe.
The blueberry bit is, but the rest belongs to Amrita www.crazyvegankitchen.com or @crazyvegankitchen on Instagram.
Ever since I saw her original Vegan Riramisu recipe I really wanted to make it but was too lazy to make a sponge for it. Well then I saw her Match Tiramisu and I was totally in love with it. I had to make it.
Unfortunately not everyone loves matcha I had to come up with something else, heres where the blueberries come in. My freezer was full of blueberries (Im the kind of person who buys them every time I do the shopping, which is quiet often) so I thought lets try blueberries.
Guess what it turned out beautiful. I made it for a birthday party and I came home with one (they are big portions those glasses I had).
I was very tempted to devour it myself (remember I am still on my sugardetox) but had a tiny teeny bit of the cream and gave the rest to my cake loving colleague.
So here we are thats the story of the Blueberry Tiramisu and below all this talk is the recipe.
Ok so Im on a sugardetox. Did you ever try that? Its not that tough at all. Maybe because I dont eat much refined sugar anyway but I was told Ill have a crash about 10 days into it…and I havent yet. Ive been doing it for about 12 days now so we will see right?
Anyway the toughest thing about it is that you cant have fruit and you cant have dried fruit. But because most my desserts have dates in them I thought it wasnt great, so I had to come up with a biscuit that has no dates in it and here it is.
It is absolutely delicious and totally sugarfree (except the naturally occuring sugars in nuts) and just the right thing for a midday snack.
I hope you like them and if you do make them please tag me on Instagram Id love to see your creations.
Place the first seven ingrediets in a food processor and blend until combined and sticky. Refrigerate until firm.
While the cookie dough is firming up, blend the remaining ingredients in a food processor until very creamy. Also refrigerate. It has to be frm enough to pipe but not too firm.
Now roll the dough between two sheets of cling film, it will be hard to roll out and will crumble. Get a cookie cutter and cut an even amount of biscuits.
Remove the beetroot filling from the fridge and pipe onto half of the biscuits leaving a bit of an edge. Place the other half of the biscuits on top and press gently down.
Warning you will have some filling left but hey you can always spread it on toast and have pink toast right.
These will ot keep for long, maybe 4-5 days as the filling will go sour. So enjoy within that time.
I am so so late with this. christmas is over and i am only now posting a Gingerbread Cheesecake recipe. I am actually not sure you can get the ginger biscuits and German Lebkuchen anywhere this time of year, but maybe you can try and if not youll just have to wait until next year. Ah well sorry.
So what is different in this cheesecake from the one I posted a while ago.
Well first of all it is less healthy and loaded with sugar from the biscquit base and also the Lebkuchen pieces. The other difference is of course the addition of a biquit base and the Lebkuchen pieces inside. I though it just made such a lovely surprise when you take a bite and there are small lebkuchen pieces that you didnt expect.
Anyway guys if you make it as always let me know how it turned out and also if you were able to sort the christmassy ingredients.
I havent posted a raw cake recipe for ages! so upon special request I am sharing this pistachio matcha cake with you. I finished the last piece today and tought why not let you try it too. This recipe will make two tiny cakes so be sure to share it with someone special as you wont have enought o share with anyone else.
So long story short here it is.
By the way make sure to buy ceremonial grade matcha as it has a much subtler and more refined taste.