Chai Spiced Apple Hazelnut Cake (DF)

This little gluten free scallywag went to market... and had SUCH a wonderful time!

It was so lovely to meet a bunch of you at Perth Upmarket a few Sundays ago. What a ride! A whole bunch of you came out to say hello and buy up big on cakes, biscuits and slices. I can't wait to share with you more about how I set up the stall and the processes that went on behind the scenes along with some photos that my friend and official market photographer took on the day. 

I'm hoping to do another market, so I'll keep you posted here and on facebook about what those dates are.

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In the meantime though, let me introduce you to this delightful Chai Spiced Apple Hazelnut Cake which featured at the market.  The chewy outer crumb opens to a dense, apple scented, nut filled interior that is abundant with the aroma and flavour of chai tea. I love a piece with a cup of freshly brewed Rooibos tea; a generous dollop of double cream wouldn't go astray either!

I've made this cake half a dozen times now, sometimes with raisins soaked in chai tea and drained, sometimes with hazelnut meal and sometimes not, sometimes with a little more ginger and sometimes not. There are many possibilities, but the best thing? This is one seriously moreish mouthful and it's dairy free to boot!


Chai Spiced Apple Hazelnut Cake (DF)

 

/ 1 x 20cm cake / about 8-12 pieces / adapted from this nutty ginger cake which was originally from Gourmet Traveller

method

Preheat your oven to 150 degrees celcius (fan forced). Lightly oil (or butter, if dairy isn't an issue) a 20cm round cake tin and line the base with baking paper.

Using a stand or hand mixer (or by hand, if you're arm muscles are up for it!) whisk the eggs, sugar and golden syrup on high until pale and creamy. You want the mixture to double in size. Set aside.

Whisk together the dry ingredients; hazelnut meal, almond meal, baking powder and spices.

Fold the dry ingredients and apple into the egg to combine. Optional: if using the soaked raisins fold them in now.

Pour into the prepared cake tin. Smooth the top and bake for approximately 45-50minutes, turning the cake half way. A skewer inserted should come out clean.

Cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Serve at room temperature with a dusting of icing sugar.

Will keep, covered for 2-4 days. Apple cakes have a habit of going bad quickly, so if you're somewhere warm and humid, keep the cake in the fridge to prevent spoiling.

 

 

ingredients

3 eggs

175g sugar (I like raw castor)

65g golden syrup (rice malt and honey also work)

100g hazelnut meal

250g almond meal

1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ginger

2 teaspoons cinnamon

210g stewed apple (about 2), roughly mashed

optional: 100g raisins soaked for 5minutesin 1/4cup brewed, black chai tea, drained

Banana Hazelnut Birthday Cake (DF)

Gluten Free Scallywag - Banana Hazelnut Cake

I'm honestly not quite sure where time has gone. Just a moment ago I was pregnant and living in Melbourne and now our little cookie is 10 months old (today infact and yes, that's where I've been ) I feel the past 10 months have disappeared down the rabbit hole, much like Alice once did. Instead of meeting a funny cat and going on an adventure through a colourful world, I'm making funny noises at my son, learning all about his little personality and what it is like to look after a little person 100% of the time. Which, in itself is a little bit of a new colourful world. Note to self, double check recipe ingredients are in cake when small child is vying for your attention or you'll end up putting the cake in the oven without the eggs in it! Thankfully I noticed after only a minute so the cake in question was saved.

It's an amazing little world that you enter when you become a parent. I'm learning each day. I have listened to all the Mum's (and Dad's) I've known and taken on little bits of their advice, becoming a Mum in my own way, as my gorgeous husband becomes a Dadand we (try to) figure it all out together.

Gluten Free Scallywag - Banana Hazelnut Cake
Gluten Free Scallywag - Banana Hazelnut Cake

This banana cake on the other hand is a little bit easier to figure out and a lot less colourful. Cue the coloured cakes for our little cookie's birthday party. Bring on the multi-coloured layer cakes I say! However, back to my rather subdued (in comparison) birthday cake... this fella (not sure when I decided it was a boy) is laced with a touch of cinnamon, but the real kicker is the toasty warmth the hazelnut meal adds to the lightness of the crumb and the flavour that fills your mouth when you take a big whopping bite. I topped this naturally dairy free cake with a slathering of sinful cream laden ganache, but apparently you can make it with coconut cream if you can't handle the dairy.

I made this cake again on my birthday, I'd run out of bananas so subbed the remaining 80g with apple puree and it was delicious. I didn't have any hazelnut meal left either so almond meal it was. Thanks to the subtle flavour of almond meal I thought I'd kick up the cinnamon by another teaspoon and voila. Another cake. Another birthday cake. Oh. I made chocolate mousse, carrot cake and cheesecake for my birthday morning tea too and watched one of my favourite movies; Grease. Such a classic. A bit like this cake.

Gluten Free Scallywag - Banana Hazelnut Cake

P.S. I've been getting back in the kitchen and working on Volume 4 of The Gluten Free Scallywag Magazine

. It's coming together and if you follow me on instagram or facebook you'll have seen a few sneak peeks at what is to come . Infact, I'll be taking pre-orders soon. But now, banana cake...

Banana Hazelnut Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Serves 8-12

The cake is dairy free, the ganache is not. I made quite a thick ganache, which I would change to a thinner version next time. Teresa Cutter suggests you can make the ganache with coconut cream for those that are dairy/lactose free. Check out her notes on making ganache here . You can easily substitute your favourite gluten free flour mix for the total 210g of flours stated below. If nut free try using desiccated coconut rather than hazelnut meal. Coconut is drier though, so do watch the cooking time, it may be slightly less.

Update: I made this recipe and baked them as cupcakes. It made 15 cupcakes, although if you filled them a little higher you might make 12 larger ones at a pinch (you don't want them to overflow!) and I baked them for abbot 16-18minutes. Warm from the oven and dusted with icing sugar, delicious! 

150g brown rice flour

30g quinoa flour

30g corn flour

55g roasted hazelnut meal *

2teaspoons gluten free baking powder

2teaspoons cinnamon

285g (approx 1 cup or about 3) mashed banana

150g brown sugar

125ml (1/2cup) oil - vegetable or a light olive oil is fine

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

3 eggs

method

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Grease (with oil if dairy free) and line a 20cm round tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients; flours, hazelnut meal, baking powder and cinnamon.

In a medium bowl whisk together the wet ingredients; mashed banana, sugar, oil, vanilla essence and eggs until sugar has just dissolved.

Combine wet into dry and mix until just combined. Pour into baking tin and bake for approximately 42-45minutes. A skewer inserted should come out clean.

Ganache:

In saucepan bring 200ml cream to just below boiling point. Remove from heat and add in 200g finely chopped dark chocolate (I used 72% Whittakers which is dairy free). Allow to sit for a minute or two before stirring and making sure the chocolate has melted. Allow ganache to cool for an hour or three or it will run off your cake. This depends entirely on how warmth your kitchen environment is, so check it every now and then. Pour and smooth the ganache over the cake and decorate with some roughly chopped roasted hazelnuts.

*To make roasted hazelnut meal: roast whole hazelnuts for a few minutes in the warmed oven. Remove skins, cool and blitz in blender to form fine crumbs. You can also use normal hazelnut meal.

 

Berry Frozen Yoghurt & The Annual (Image) Recipe Index

Berry Frozen Yoghurt | The Gluten Free Scallywag

The beginning of the year can spark many new decisions, resolutions to improve your life and generally be a better person. I must admit I’m not the best at making these goals at this time of year as I know that if I make a pact with myself to eat healthy in January it will fail miserably due to the hot weather, which although it does make me eat

cool salads

and drink

smoothies

instead of a

fry up

, I will always grab a chilled dry apple cider with friends on a Friday evening after work and indulge in

finger licking, dripping down the gluten free cone,

ice cream

!

Berry Frozen Yoghurt | The Gluten Free Scallywag
Berry Frozen Yoghurt | The Gluten Free Scallywag
Berry Frozen Yoghurt | The Gluten Free Scallywag
Berry Frozen Yoghurt | The Gluten Free Scallywag
Berry Frozen Yoghurt | The Gluten Free Scallywag

I don’t see the point in failing in the first few weeks or months of my year, which is precisely why I, generally, make goals around

my birthday

which falls in September. It’s a lot easier to be resolute in not buying chocolate, or only baking one batch of

gluten free fruit mince pies

than telling myself I can’t eat them at all. My ability to stop myself from eating something is great if there’s gluten in it, but give me a homemade fruit mince pie and I’m a goner.

Which leads me to this luscious berry frozen yoghurt. Filled with fresh blueberries and strawberries, although you could easily use raspberries or other berries in their place, it’s a

scoopful of deliciousness on a hot summer’s day.

Berry Frozen Yoghurt | The Gluten Free Scallywag
Berry Frozen Yoghurt | The Gluten Free Scallywag

So, this year, if you said to yourself eat healthy, then make this frozen yoghurt rather than the cream filled ice cream and just have one scoop rather than two. It makes it

so much more of a treat

if it is just that, a treat enjoyed only every so now and then. Plus, I think it tastes better that way, don't you?

Berry Frozen Yoghurt

Makes approximately 1Litre

Recipe adapted from

this recipe

via

David Lebovitz, The Perfect Scoop. 

250g strawberries, hulled and quartered *

250g blueberries *

300g gluten free Greek Yoghurt, I used unsweetened

120g (1/2cup) sugar

2 tsp vodka or strawberry liqueur

Begin this recipe a day ahead.

In a bowl combine the strawberries, sugar and liqueur. Stir and leave aside to sit for approximately 30minutes, until the sugar has dissolved.

Remove a couple of spoons of the strawberries and 1/4 cup blueberries and set aside. Place the remaining strawberries, the sugar mixture and blueberries into the blender and blend until smooth. Pour the blended strawberries through a fine sieve to remove the strawberry seeds. Return the berry sauce to the blender with the yoghurt and blitz until smooth.

Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to instructions. Pour into a suitable freezer container and swirl through the whole berries that were previously set aside. Freeze for 6 to 12 hours until firm.

*You could also use a mixture of raspberries or other berries to the same weight. If using frozen berries simply thaw on a paper towel before blitzing in the blender.

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With last minute craziness in my world I missed the Christmas Menu Ideas that I had planned to post, so instead I'll re-introduce you to the recipes of 2013. It was a fun filled year filled year that

saw us get hitched

in April and two weeks later I

donated 30cm of auburn-gold-red locks

to cancer patients and

honeymoon to France

&

London

in July. Then it was straight into recipe development, design and photography for

The Gluten Free Scallywag Magazines 1st Print Edition

.

Christmas came around so fast

. I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store!

2013 Annual Image Recipe Index

Lamington Roll for Australia Day / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Healthier Lemon Slice / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Hot Cross Buns / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Honey Almond Cake with Boozy Apples / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Raspberry Melting Moments / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Simple Chicken Curry / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Pea & Ham Soup / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Vanilla Birthday Cake / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Ice Cream Sandwiches / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Strawberry & Cream Tarts / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Roasted Capsicum Pasta Sauce / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Raspberry No Bake Cheesecake Pots / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Banana Zucchini Morning Muffins / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Decadent Cheesecake Brownie / The Gluten Free Scallywag
Fruit Mince Slice / The Gluten Free Scallywag

Coconutty Apple Crumble (DF + EF)

apples
Cinnamon Honey from the Honey Lady
Gluten Free Coconutty Apple Crumbe

It's been a crazy few weeks for me personally, there's been

multiple

trips back to my hometown of Perth for various family celebrations (yay! I love a good party x 3!) and a special trip with my Dad whilst I was there. You see it was my Dad who got me hooked on photography years ago, being the professional photographer that he is and the red haired model that I was when I was younger it was only natural that I follow him around. Or sometimes him of me.... anyone need a shot of long red plaited hair? I've got a fair few - ha!

New Norcia & Surrounds
New Norcia & Surrounds
New Norcia & Surrounds
New Norcia & Surrounds

My old Nikon film camera was dragged with me to Sydney when I was 17 and I documented by travels to the Blue Mountains and surrounds. I have a photo on my pin up board that I took in Sydney back then. Crystal blue water and bright blue sky sandwiching in the Sydney Opera House. It's my favourite. 

Yes, I've always loved photography and after having lived (back) here in Melbourne for 15months - gaaawd where has the time gone!? -  it was great to head out with Dad to

New Norcia

, a historic town an hour or so drive north of Perth, and borrow his camera - whoop whoop helloooo shiny camera! - to catch up for some quality time and lunch on him, oh and dinner too. Thanks Dad! Gosh I loved that

Jus Burger

  that we had for dinner, its one of my fave places to grab a

quick gluten free bite in Perth

. (PS on my return to Melbourne I went round the corner and saw that Jus Burgers has opened up on Chapel St - ooo yes, I feel a gluten free burger and movie night coming on!)

Note: I had wanted to post the other photos and details from our trip but I've had some

very annoying

technical glitches this evening, including a deletion of half of this post and some screwed formatting so you'll need to

head over here

to check out some of my other snaps from our day trip - thanks folks! 

New Norcia & Surrounds

Yes, it was a fabulous few weekends back in my hometown, however,

being home in Melbourne is wonderful

. Home with my

gorgeous man

who appreciated a big helping of this crsip gluten free apple crumble for dessert last night after dinner (reheated slow clooked lamb and brown lentil stew with veg over some gnocchi, because we couldn't be bothered cooking. I think there is something so

deliciously comforting about apples and cinnamon

in winter. Add on some crunchy topping and a scoop of ice cream and its a pure winter indulgence. The kind that I love because it's simple and yet, sometimes I find myself just stewing apples with a little cinnamon and a dash of muscat and serving them hot with ice cream. Not even bothered with the crunchy nutty topping that I've made here. Yet, let's face it, it is all about the crumble! The topping is a crisp coconut crumble using almonds, coconut and a

lucious

cinnamon honey from the

Honey Lady

  which, when retrieved from the back of my cold cupboard, had the consistency of a creamed honey. I couldn't help but nick a teaspoonful for myself whilst measuring out my tablespoons! 

Gluten Free Coconutty Apple Crumbe

I hope you enjoy this crisp coconutty crumble as much as we did!

Gluten Free Scallywag Coconutty Apple Crumble

4 ample serves 

5 apples (I used a mix of granny's and pink ladys)

1tbslpn muscat or water

1tblspn brown sugar or honey

45g (1/2cup) desiccated coconut

60g (1/2cup) gluten free flour

1/3tsp ginger

 65g (1/2cup) slivered almonds 

2tbslpn cinnamon honey (or use 2tbslpn honey + 1/2tsp cinnamon)

60g (about 1/3cup) coconut oil

Heat oven to 180degrees celcius. Peel and core apples and cut in half, then quarters to create nice chunky pieces. Toss in muscat and sugar and place intoa medium sized baking dish. Mine was about 14cm x 22cm. Set aside.

In a bowl combine the coconut, gluten free flour, ginger and coconut oil. Cut the coconut oil in like you would butter until small crumbs are formed. Ensure the honey is of a runny consistency and add to the flour mixture with the almonds. Spoon ontop of apples and bake for approximately 25-30minutes until topping is browned.

Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or perhaps even some custard.