Spiced Pumpkin Cake

This is a big cake – remember I was using all that pumpkin! So I have given measures that will make 2 x 2lb loaves or the one big cake. If you want you can just halve the amounts and make the one loaf. But these freeze like a dream!

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Spiced Pumpkin Cake

• 600g / 20 oz GF SR flour
• 420g / 14 oz brown sugar
• 1 salt
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• 1 tbsp ginger
• 600g / 20 oz roasted pumpkin puréed in a food processor
• 250 ml sunflower oil
• 9 tbsp Agave Nectar

Preheat oven to 350°F/180˚C/Gas4.
Parchment line a 24 cm spring form cake tin. Or 2 x 2lb loaf tins.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt, and spices.
In a jug whisk together the oil and agave.
Add wet mixture to dry with the pureed pumpkin then mix until well combined. This is a stiff batter, don’t worry, the pumpkin will make it a really soft cake 🙂

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Pour into prepared pan and level it off.

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Bake 45-50 minutes or until top is starting to brown and it feels firm to the touch. For the loaves allow 35-40 minutes 🙂
Let it to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then open the pan or tip them out and allow to cool on a rack.

Mushroom & Wild Garlic Tart with Chestnut Crumble. (Vegan and Gluten & Wheat Free)

My lovely girl has decide to take Cookery as her GCSE exam, but at school she struggles. She cannot eat wheat and although the school have said they will accommodate this, they don’t really know how to use Gluten Free flour and so she is frustrated and feels she is no good at cooking.


When really all that is the matter is that she needs to be taught how to cook with Gluten Free flour as opposed to just following a wheaten recipe and subbing in the Gluten Free flour – mostly that doesn’t work, allowances have to be made.

Anyway, so I wanted to help her see she is very capable. SO we set about making this tart with a few fresh organic(!) ingredients I was able to pick up at the market on Saturday.

It all turned out fab, not only did it give her a little boost, we all got a lovely late breakfast – perhaps not a perfect nutritional balance – but utterly joyous!

I hope you all like it


Mushroom & Wild Garlic Tart with Chestnut Crumble.

120g/4oz wild garlic

3 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely diced

2 cloves of garlic pressed
6 portobello (field) mushrooms, diced


500g/1 lb Gluten Free plain flour
½ tsp sea salt

250g/8oz sunflower margarine at room temperature

75g/2½oz/heaped ½ cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds, finely chopped

250ml/10fl oz water with 1 tsp ground linseeds soaked in it

Tofu filling
400g/14oz tofu, patted dry

30ml/2 tbsp olive oil

40ml/3 tbsp lemon juice

1½ tsp sea salt

1½ tbsp dried thyme

1½ tbsp dried tarragon
1½ tbsp nutritional yeast (Engervita B12 is the one to find)

3 tbsp cornflour

250g/8oz Chestnut flour
125g/4oz Cashew nuts
90ml/3 floz olive oil

Set the oven to 190°C/375°F Gas5
Make the pastry. Super simple to make this. Blitz the marg, salt and flour together until it is crumby. On a slow speed pour in the water and it will form a ball.
Use this to line a 29 cm flan case. When you roll the pastry do not worry that it break, there is not gluten so you can easily patch this pastry as you would when you were little playing with playdough. It will not suffer at all for it. It does not need to rest or be chilled as there is not stretchy gluten to make it misbehave. Line it with the parchment paper, fill with baking beans and bake for 35- 40 minutes until it is set.

To make the Tofu filling, process all the ingredients together in the food processor and set aside.
To make the Filling, heat a frying pan over a high heat. Add the oil and cook the onions until they are starting to colour. Drain from the pan but leave in the oil and then fry the diced mushrooms until they brown too. Add the garlic and wilt in the chopped wild garlic. Tip in with the onion and set aside.

To make the crumble just blitz the ingredients until they make a nice crumble, set aside.

Take the case from the oven.

Mix the tofu and filling parts together and pour into the case. Top with the crumble and return to the oven for another 20 minutes until it is nice and brown.

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You can serve it hot, warm, cold or chilled. We had it on it’s own (with a side of fresh fruit jam parts made from the scraps of pastry and a loaf of Fennel & Caraway Sourdough on the side 🙂

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Peanut & Chocolate Fudge Cake

As at the moment I do not have a camera I am a little stuck for posting in this blog. So sorry that once again it is just a single photo … but you can see it’s a good ‘un 🙂


This is a lovely cake, unapologetic of its nuts and dairy and sugar. But for a celebration or general gathering it is always a delight to see.

I hope you enjoy it.

Peanut & Chocolate Fudge Cake

360g / 12 oz sifted self-rising flour
120g / 4 oz cocoa

1/2 tsp baking powder (or baking soda)
1/2 tsp sea salt
240g / 8 oz butter, at room temperature

480g / 1 lb Muscavado Sugar

120g / 4 oz 85% chocolate
4 eggs

250 ml / 8 fl oz milk
2 tsp vanilla paste

Set oven to 350˚F/180˚C/Gas 4 .
Parchment line three 23cm round cake tins.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder/soda and salt into a large bowl.
On a stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat the sugar and butter for about 5 minutes, until nice and fluffy.
Whilst that is happening put the chocolate into the top of a double boiler (or like I do, a bowl over a small pan of hardly simmering water) and gently stir as it melts.
As soon as it is melted remove it from the top of the pan. And set to one side.
Beat together the vanilla paste and the eggs just to break them up.
Add slowly into the butter and sugar as it mixers. This can easily take another 5 minutes to do well.
Once that is done turn the beaters to slow and pour in the chocolate and allow it to barely mix together.
Add into the flour mix and along with the milk stir and fold until well blended.
Divide among the 3 prepared cake pans.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out almost clean.
Cool in the pans for about 20 minutes. Then turn onto wire racks.
Do not peel off the paper on the bottom cooled completely (they will be too fragile).
Fill and coat with the Peanut Butter Topping (recipe below) however you particularly like. I generally like to leave the sides bare as people like to see that there are ‘layers’ 🙂
Then make up the Peanut Fudge Ganache and make into balls or quennels to top the cake (these are fab, like a really good peanut truffle – try not to eat it before using what you need for the cake.

Peanut Butter Topping

210g / 7 oz cream cheese
210g / 7 oz butter (at room temperature)

480g / 1 lb icing (confectioners) sugar
120g / 4 oz smooth peanut butter

On a stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and butter until light and fluffy.
Turn the beaters to slow and slowly mix in the icing (confectioners) sugar.
Turn the speed up again and allow to beat for another minute or so until light and fluffy

Peanut Fudge Ganache

3 oz dark chocolate

1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp golden syrup
In the top of a double boiler or in a bowl set over simmering water, stir together the chocolate, peanut butter, and golden syrup as it melts together.
Remove from the heat and beat until just thickened.
You need to shape this whilst it is warm 🙂


Super Sweet Blogging Award

Super Sweet Blogging Award

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I am so happy and excited to have been given the Super Sweet Blogging award!

Thank you so much to Chef Randall at http://savorthefood.wordpress.com/

I have been inspired by his mouthwatering ideas and to have him feel strongly enough to nominate me makes me very happy.

I really did start cooking when I was little (like you do with your Mumma) and I still have the first cookery book that my Mum bought for me. (Well first book of any sort but that’s another tale!)

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I still look through the floury (sometimes sticky) pages with the quirky, funny line drawings, and remember the excitement I would feel as I read a recipe and would then go on to try and make it.

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I would love to pass that idea on … we try, sometimes it works and sometimes it’s more of a lesson 😦 but if you are just starting on your cookery journey then every recipe is a wonderful milestone.

The rules for Super Sweet Blogging Award include:

1 Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3 Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.
4 Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (= 13)** blogs the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5 Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Super Sweet Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake?


2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Shock news ‘Vanilla’!!

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Hazelnut Biscotti (home made only … ever)… oh my!

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

At the end of a lovely meal.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

There is a little boy that comes to the market where I sell my food. Every time he looks at me he throws his arms in the air and says ‘Cake!’ I’d proudly have that as my name 🙂


Here are my nominations for The baker’s dozen:


They are all really great blogs, really diverse and worth having a read.

I hope you enjoy and appreciate them as much as I have.


RAW! Lemon Tart (No Added Sugar, Vegan, Gluten & Wheat Free)

This is one of those puddings that tastes so good you cannot believe that it is so good for you too. I have never had that ‘eaten too much’ feeling with any of the RAW! recipes that I use.

This is a little bit loved already, even though it is very new as it has such a bright fresh flavour.


Have it as an end of dinner pudding or as a pick me up snack, it is that full of good things.

Let me know what you think


RAW! Lemon Tart


For the base
500g / 1lb almonds ground or whole (the whole almonds will be ground)
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
210g / 7 oz Medjool dates
90g / 3 oz Anjou Prunes


Line a 20 cm x 20 cm cake tin with cling film and set a piece of parchment paper into the base too (I haven’t in the photo but, really, it helps if it is in place).

In a food processor, blend the almonds (if possible, soak them for around 6 hours and the dehydrate them first. The soaking releases the enzyme inhibitors and makes them easier to digest.)


Sprinkle a few of the almonds onto the cling film in the cake tin, then put the rest of the almonds into a bowl on one side.


Put the salt, prunes and dates with 3 tbsp of almonds into the processor and blend until you have a soft paste.



Now add the rest of the almonds and process to a ‘dough’ or until the it forms a ball.


Spread the dough mix evenly across the base of the cake tin. Cover with some more cling film.


Now press this mixture really firmly. I use another cake tin set on top and press really hard.


Cover in cling film and leave to harden in the freezer.

Lemon Filling
2 cup raw cashews
1 cup dried mango
6 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
2 teaspoons lemon zest


Grind the cashew nuts until they are about to form a butter.


Soak the mango in water overnight. Drain away the water in the morning.


Add into a food processor and blend to a paste, add the cashew nut butter, lemon juice, coconut oil and vanilla extract and mix until very smooth and creamy.


Pour the cream over the base.


Smooth the top and then freeze for about 2 hours. You can keep it in the freezer and take it into the fridge an hour before you want to serve it.


Or it can now be refrigerated and eaten up as you fancy.


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