Summary: This carrot cake uses sprouted wholemeal Spelt flour rather than plain wheat white flour, for enhanced nutrition. The other health boosting secret ingredients in this carrot cake are the bananas and the dried fruits, which help reduce the amount of sugar needed. Also, the bananas make the cake really moist ; it keeps fresh in an airtight tin. The cake is quite indulgent, so small slices are great – it would easily serve 20.
Leave the sugar out altogether, if you didn’t want a very sweet cake.
If you want a healthier cake with a lower fat content, skip the icing.
If you do make the icing, but you want to avoid food colouring, or you don't have a piping bag, you could simply decorate the cake by arranging grated carrot shreds in a pretty pattern on top of the white icing.
Summary: Pumpkin Pie is the perfect pudding to serve at Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. And just because you or your loved one is gluten free doesn't mean you can't have this most celebrated American dessert.
This easy recipe shows you how to make your own gluten-free sweet shortcrust pastry and pumpkin puree, to make perhaps the best pumpkin pie in the world. Personally, I can't say what I like the most : the amazingly crumbly nutty sweet pastry or the spicy and mellow pumpkin pudding. Both.
Be generous with the spices, and as always when making gluten-free pastry, be as gentle as possible while rolling and handling it, as it is very delicate.
I like to use this combination of rice, maize and chestnut flours for my gluten-free pastry, but you could use a different combination of gluten-free flours. The chestnut adds a touch of Autumn deliciousness, and goes wonderfully well with the cinnamon.
Summary: This is the winning recipe in our October 2014 Real Foods Free-From Baking Competition, baked and photographed by Sophie Ellis from Southend-on-Sea who is currently studying in Brighton :
Here is the recipe for my Vegan Banana & Peanut butter cake with caramelised frosting! It's Vegan, gluten free and made using only affordable ingredients (being a student and all!)
I hope you enjoy this recipe :)