The recipe that I would like to share today might cause mixed reactions : for vegan readers it might just be quite a normal cake recipe with lots of protein and fibre in it. For the rest this might sound like weird-greenie-geek-food because instead of white flour, eggs or butter this cake contains beans. Yes, you read right, white beans you probably associate with a not-so-popular-over-here english breakfast.
I have to admit that I read about a bean-cake recipe weeks ago on the lovely vegan blog Choclate Covered Katie. A lot of comments assured that you don’t taste the beans in it. But still. Beans in a cake? This sounded like an experiment I had to try when no guests are expected ;)
I modified the ingrediants that they fit to the inventory of my cupboard and was amazed about the taste of the raw batter. Since there are no eggs in it I was brave and tested it. Ok, you got me, I always taste the raw batter, this is the reason I bake in the first place!
The baked cake looks like a giant cookie and is very moisty inside. I after testing it, I was amazed that the cake really did taste like a sinfull, rich dessert. Of course there is sugar in it, but the rest of the ingrediants count as healthy food!
For a small spring form(18cm/7inch)
250g canned white beans
100g brown sugar
7g vanille sugar
1 very ripe banana
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons canola oil
25g nugat (to veganize it, use dark choclate chips or if you like coconut grapes)
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Rinse the beans under Running water. Chop the nugat. Use 1 teaspoon oil to grease the form.
2. Blend all of the ingrediants but the nugat and in a food prossesor. Stir the nugat in and fill the batter in the greased form. Put it into the oven for about 40min, until it has a nice colour.
I used my nutella light from the last post as a frosting! But you can drop that or use any frosting you like!
Knock-knock. Anybody still here?
Sorry that I made myself rare the last few months. I finished university and started a new job, which changed my life a lot! I always thought that being a student is a full time job-but guess what: people are right when they tell you that you never have as much time as being a student.
Having less free time had an enormous influence on my cooking and baking habits: I just didn’t cook very much in the last few months! Last week I realized that this is something that I really miss and therefore I have to make time for it in future!
I feel really bad that I didn’t write anything, therefore I blog about a real I-feel-sorry-and-want-to-make-it-up-recipe which is an all-time favourite of mine:
for the dough:
600g wheat flour
300ml lukewarm water
40g fresh yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
50ml oil (olive, canola or sunflower)
for the filling:
2 garlic cloves
1/2 bunch of parsley
120g butter (or margarine to veganize it)
1 teaspoon salt
1. Liquidate the yeast in the lukewarm water. Stir dry ingredients, add the liquid yeast and olive oil. Knead the dough until you can form a ball. Put the bowl in a warm (about 37°C/100°F) place for about 30min, until the dough has doubled its size. I like to put it into the oven and switch the light on, this is just the right temperature.
2. Chop the parsley, garlic and onion fInely. Mix it with the butter (margarine) and salt.
3. Roll the dough to the size of a baking tray and spread the garlic butter evenly over it. Cut the dough to 5cm (2 inches) stripe and put them like an accordion in a greased spring form. Let the dough rest for 15 min, before you bake it at 200°C (392°F) for about 25-30min. I recommend to put some aluminium foil under it, because some of the butter may leak from the spring form.
It is best straight from the oven!
After 3 savoury recipes I felt like I have to post something sweet again. And to be honest-I really needed something sweet at the moment to cheer me up! I am struggling with a cold since 5 days. People from Munich call it the ‘Wiesn-Grippe’ (Oktoberfest-cold), because everybody is snuffing and coughing here! I guess Indian summer made me frivolous with my clothing-I just forgot that the sun is less powerful than in July and it gets cold at night…
Anyway, I thought that instead of moaning (ok, I did that a lot this week:sorry to my brother at this point :)) I should do something that improves my mood. I don’t know about you, but the first food that comes to my mind when I need to improve my mood is chocolate. I guess you know that dark chocolate is a moodlifter because of the high percentage of cacao. But dark chocolate doesn’t work for me, I just don’t like it. A real mood-booster for me is white chocolate, not because of the scientific-proofed ingredients, just for the taste!
As I looked through my favourite blogs, I found a muffin recipe at ‘the vegetarian diaries‘ that sounded just perfect. Even my conscience is salved because of the vitamins in the raspberries (I can salve it pretty easy :) ). I made only half of the recipe and cut the oil out:
Raspberry-white chocolate muffins with almond slivers
for 8 muffins
140g wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
5g vanilla sugar
40g white chocolate
20g almond slivers
90g raspberries (frozen)
8 muffin cups, muffin pan
1.Preheat the oven to 175°C/250°F. Put the muffin cups in the muffin pan. Chop the white chocolate.
2. Stir the egg, sugar and vanilla sugar with a hand mixer until it is fluffy. Mix the yoghurt with the egg and sugar.
3. Sieve the flour, baking powder and baking soda over the bowl with the batter. Stir until the flour is wet, but not too long. Fold in the almond slivers, 2/3 of the raspberries and 2/3 of the white chocolate.
4. Fill the batter into the muffin cups. Put the remaining raspberries and chocolate on top of the batter. Bake the muffins for 35-40min.