Monday, June 20, 2011

Experimental Vegan cake

Just so you know... I don't eat meal but I'm not a Vegan... I can't give up my cheese, milk, cream nor eggs...

Not being a Vegan didn't keep me from trying a piece or two nice looking vegan cake at Taste of London. And they definitely inspired me to try something a little different from my normal cupcake.

First thing...first.. a recipe... There was not much I can do than just try it out... So, I've measured the ingredients that I believe "vegan"... Since I wasn't using any dairy products or eggs, I wanted to give my cake something else to make it taste nice.
This time I opted for "Nuts". I used hazelnut oil, almond paste powder and hazelnut syrup to make it extra nutty! To give a nice crunchy texture, I also added dried fruits.

Let's see.... how they came out from the oven... Although I put baking powder, the cakes didn't rise...;( However, they were really aromatic... nutty;)
One bite... huummm... they were very crusty... almost like a shortbread in a way nice... Good almond flavour and crunchy bits of dried fruits are definitely a nice kick... I would have like them to be more moist...

All in all... I think it was a good "experiment".. but the recipe needs some work.... I'll try again to make them more moist... See what I can come up with... will keep you updated...

If you like to know... here is what I've done...

Ingredients;

Flour 50g
Almond paste powder 20g
Sugar 20g
Baking powder 1/2 tsp
Hazelnut oil 50ml
Hazelnut syrup 1 tbsp
Dried fruits 2 tbsp

1. Preheat the oven to 180º. Combine flour, almond paste powder, sugar, and baking powder together. Mix well.
2. Pour hazelnut oil and syrup into 1 and mix.
3. Fold dried fruits into 2.
4. Bake in the preheated oven (180º) for 15 minutes.

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