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Gluten Free Leek, Carrot and Beetroot Savoury Cake Recipe

Savoury cakes are very popular in France. They are great to have for a light lunch with a green salad, or to take on a picnic. You can also cook them in mini muffin tins and put them in children (or adult) bento boxes. All time favourite savoury cakes include olives, pesto, sundried tomatoes, … This one is packed full with caramelised leeks and the grated beetroot and carrot somehow deliciously vanish in the cake … We use goats milk and yoghurt, as it is easier to digest than cow dairy. You could also use soy milk and soy yoghurt. Rapadura is made by evaporating sugar cane juice, leaving unrefined sugar. Rapadura is rich in nutrients with a lovely flavour. Kuzu root is a natural thickener used in Japanese cooking. You could use cornflour instead if you can not get kudzu, but while cornflour is low on nutritional value, the Japanese use kuzu in the same way we use Echinacea : it helps prevent colds, promotes good digestion, helps to ease aches and pains, and is even used in a hangover remedy, along with umeboshi plum, grated ginger and lemon juice. Not bad for a cake ingredient … And finally, please feel free to substitute the gluten-free flour for the flour of your choice. Spelt flour, for example, makes a more dense and nutty cake.

Posted by: michael




30 - 60 mins

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Baking Savoury
Lunch Box
Main Courses
Recipes for kids

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75g sun-dried tomatoes (the dry ones, not the ones in oil) More products
200ml goat's milk

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2 leeks

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100ml olive oil Available only in our Tollcross shop More products
1 Tbsp finely chopped chives or garlic chives

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1 Tbsp blue poppy seeds More products
1 tsp dried marjoram More products
1 tsp dried thyme More products
1 tsp dried rosemary More products
1 Tbsp rapadura sugar

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300g gluten-free flour mix

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30g kuzu root OR More products
30g cornflour More products
2 tsp gluten-free baking powder

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100g cold organic butter, diced Available only in our Edinburgh shops More products
6 olives, pitted and chopped finely More products
1 organic carrot, grated More products
1 organic beetroot, grated

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3 organic eggs Available only in our Edinburgh shops More products
1/2 cup or 125ml goats yoghurt

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  • Put the sun-dried tomatoes to soak in the goat's milk in a small bowl, for at least a few hours, but ideally overnight in the fridge.
  • When you are ready to make the cake, preheat the oven to 180C or 350F.
  • Halve the leeks lengthwise and cut them in 1 inch or about 2.5 cm chunks. Thoroughly rinse under cold water and steam for about 5 minutes.
  • Heat about a tablespoon of the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the leeks, chives, poppy seeds, herbs and the rapadura sugar and stir-fry for a few minutes, until just caramelised. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Mix the flour, kuzu or cornflour and baking powder in a bowl. Add the butter and rub it in the flour to achieve a crumbly texture.
  • Drain the sun-dried tomatoes, reserving any left-over goats milk. Roughly chop the sun-dried tomatoes and add them to the flour and butter crumble-like mixture. Add the caramelised leeks, olives, carrot and beetroot as well.
  • Break the eggs into the strained milk, add the yoghurt and olive oil and mix well using a hand whisk.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the flour, butter and vegetables bowl a little at a time, stirring in between additions to form a thick batter.
  • Spoon the batter into a well oiled loose bottom round cake tin or a silicon cake tin.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes or until a metal knife or skewer inserted in the centre of the cake come out clean. As the cake cooks, your kitchen (and beyond) will be full of herby caramelised allium flavour.
  • The cake can be served hot or allowed to cool and served cold. Will keep well for a couple of days in an airtight container at room temperature, or up to a week in the fridge.

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