RAW! Banana Dream Bar

I like to think of this a bit of a life saver when you want something that feels substantial but is not going to be requiring a nap 10 minutes after eating.

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RAW! Banana Dream Bar

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For the Banana filling:
2 medium bananas
3/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Cling film line a 1 lb loaf tin.

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Zest and juice that lime mmmmmm

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Gently melt the coconut oil.

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Now add all the topping ingredients to the processor and process until very smooth.

Pour the mixture onto the base and smooth it with the back of a spoon.
To cut them put them into the freezer for 30 minutes, take them out and whilst still in the pan cut them to size (if it has gone super hard just leave them out for 5 minutes)

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Now pop them back into the freezer for about 2 hours. These must be stored in the freezer.

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Really lovely and fresh.

Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

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Custard Cream Biscuits (Gluten & Wheat Free, Dairy Free)

I am very lucky to have been able to stay with my partner for a long time without either of us actually having to kill the other. Which is a good thing generally, as I think that is illegal.

But the truth is that when you live with one person for that long there are more than one or two near misses (I am so near perfect that he is only ever delighted to find me still living and breathing each morning 😀 )

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Anyway beyond that – having been together for so long, you do notice things about eachother. For example, he knows that I love raspberries the best in Blighty, blackberries the best in Italy, but mostly I love eating apples. And I know that he could live on nothing other than Custard Cream Biscuits. It was Fathers Day (gee thanks Hallmark Cards) in England yesterday and I thought it would be lovely to make a few really nice fresh ones for him. Traditional but using the best ingredients that I can find and not adding in any weird stuff.

I do use Custard Powder, so have a look just to check that you can find a simple one. You only need to find one with Cornflour, Sugar, Vanilla, Salt and the colour Annatto. I’m not going to stress about Annatto. If you want to know more then read this http://foodreference.about.com/od/Food-Additives/a/What-Is-Annatto.htm But it is perfectly fine 🙂

If you want to avoid Custard Powder then make up your own simple version with 2/3 Cornflour + 1/3 sugar, a pinch of salt and a splash of vanilla extract.

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I also have a lovely girlie that cannot eat gluten, so I made these gluten free, so she could enjoy them too. As you can see from the look on her beautiful face – she thoroughly enjoyed them 🙂

I have to admit …. I snaffled a few myself 😀

Custard Creams

Makes about 10 lovely big biscuits

For the biscuits:
225g / 7 oz Gluten & Wheat Free plain flour blend
60g / 2 oz of custard powder
30g / 1 oz of icing sugar
210g/ 7 oz sunflower margarine (not the spreadable stuff) at room temperature and diced
1 egg lightly beaten to break it up
1/2 tsp vanilla paste
1/2 tsp sea salt

For the filling:
120g / 4oz sunflower margarine (not the spreadable stuff) at room temperature and diced
420g / 14oz icing sugar, sifted
6 tbsp custard powder

Sift together the flour, custard powder, icing sugar and sea salt and add into the bowl of a food processor with the margarine.
Start to run the machine on the 2:4 speed (half speed – whatever that is on your machine).
Through the feed tube add the egg and the vanilla.
Now turn the machine up and blitz for about 30 seconds.
It will look like a dry crumbly mixture.
Tip out onto a large piece of cling film. And press it so it all sticks together, cover and chill for about 10 minutes.

Line your baking trays with baking parchment.
Preheat your oven to 180˚C/350˚F/ Gas 4.

Gluten free pastries need a little of a different sort of loving care to wheaten pastry. But take your time and if you have any questions then just ask 😀

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Lightly flour the work surface with more gluten free flour blend.
Start by pressing the dough with your hand and encourage the edges to not split apart. Get it as close to 1cm thick as you can.

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Once you are there roll the dough to 1/2 cm thickness (or perhaps a little thick is good too).
Stamp out rounds with an 8cm round cutter – or a glass or a cup.
Or make really teeny ones and use an egg cup to make them – but keep them thick so you get a real Cartoonish looking final product.
I pressed another cutter (a heart shaped one) about 1/4 of the way through the top to make a nice finish, but there is no need, you can just prick over with a fork instead, or use the tip of a sharp knife to make smiley face perhaps 😀

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Place onto the baking trays.
As these contain no gluten there is absolutely no point in chilling them before baking – unless of course you are living in a very hot country and the fat has obviously started to melt in which case you can chill then for 10 minutes.
Otherwise – bang then into the oven and bake them for 10 minutes – until just beginning to colour around the edges, and when you touch the edge of the biscuit you can sense ‘firm’.
Leave these on the trays cool for 15 -20 minutes. Then transfer to a rack that can go into the fridge and firm up some more -these are super tender biscuits 🙂

For the filling, just tip all of the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer.
Beat for a good 10 minutes until smooth and fluffy, adding a bit of water if you think it needs it.
Get a good dessertspoonful and spread onto one of the cooled biscuits right up to the edge – do not try pressing the biscuits to spread the mixture – they will break 🙂

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And then top with another biscuits.

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Pop directly into expectant ‘Father’ and Daughter No2’s expectant mouths 🙂
If you need to store them then pop in a lidded container in the fridge.

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Italian Pear & Chocolate Cake

Monday was my birthday and I spent the day in an oddly snowy London (for March!) with my two daughters.

When I was little my Mumma would make us this birthday cake every year. In rural England in the 1960’s and ’70’s Vanilla was not obtainable so she flavoured the cream with lemon. In the method I have made a few nods to the way my mum made it, which is what I do when I make it.

It is a super cake. I really hope you like it as much as I do.

Have a great weekend.

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🙂

Italian Pear & Chocolate Cake
360g / 12 oz butter, at room temperature
360g / 12 oz sugar
5 eggs
360g / 12 oz sifted self-rising flour
250 ml Strong coffee
1 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 350˚F/180˚C/Gas 4.
Grease and line a 29 cm cake tin.

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Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift the flour and salt and add together with the coffee and fold until mixed.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

Vanilla and Chocolate Pastry Cream
6 egg yolks
120g/4oz sugar
2 tbsp plain (AP) flour
2 tbsp cornflour
600ml/40fl oz milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
30g/1oz butter
240g/8 oz plain chocolate

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In a large saucepan, beat together the eggs, flours, vanilla and sugar until nicely combined.

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Set aside.
Heat the milk in a separate saucepan, bring just to a simmer.

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Pour the hot milk onto the egg mixture, whisking all the time, then turn the heat on under the pan and whisk to the boil.

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Remove from the heat and stir in the butter.

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Add the chocolate to a small bowl.

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Pass the cream through a sieve to remove any eggy pieces or lumps of flour.

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Pass half of it directly onto the chocolate. This will encourage it to melt just right.

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Give it a good stir to make sure it is all melted.

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Give the surface a spray with some bland oil, then cover with a piece of cling film (touching onto the surface) to prevent a skin forming.
Place it somewhere to cool as quickly as possible.

Filling
10 pears (poached until tender) or 2 tins of pears.
Amaretto or Limoncello

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Slice the Pears into 3 -4 mm slices.

Assembly

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Slice the cake in two.

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Sprinkle the base with some of your chosen alcohol (don’t worry if you don’t want to use any, you can add a few spoons of the pear juice)

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Spread the base with the vanilla pastry cream.

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Cover this layer with the sliced pears.

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Add the top layer of sponge.

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Spread the top with the chocolate pastry cream.

I like to sieve a spoon of icing sugar and cocoa powder right on top.

Enjoy

🙂

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Blueberry Superfood Layer Cake – Gluten free, No Added Sugar, Vegan

If you have looked at my Facebook page you will have seen the recipe that inspired this recipe.

I liked the recipe because it looked like it may be something that I would eat in the morning. Mostly I don’t want to eat in the morning, I am very satisfied to have a juice or a tea. But when I do feel I need to eat then it will be an urge I cannot ignore. I can eat cereals and breads (those typical things) but I find that they very rarely fulfil their promise of keeping me full until lunchtime. Even porridge (- with a banana on it!) which seems to do it for everybody else, will have me scouting around for something 30 minutes later.

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So I thought the original recipe looked like it had potential, but I didn’t want the sugar, I wanted it Vegan and I wanted to add more ingredients that would rack up the nutritional content as well as really extending the ‘full up filling’.

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And, as you will have noticed, I am loving the RAW! foods, so I decided to fill this with a seriously delicious RAW! cream.

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Bearing all that in mind, it is a great little cake. It is delicious (do not expect chocolate fudge sweetness) and after eating it I did not have a serotonin crash, didn’t have a weird bloating and belly ache and that horrid sense of ‘just ate something that will do me no favours and it didn’t even taste nice’.

I love a ‘Win, Win’ situation!

😀

Blueberry Superfood Layer Cake
Gluten free, No Added Sugar, Vegan

150 ml fresh carrot (or orange) juice
5 tsp ground golden linseeds
30 g / 1 oz Chia seeds
1 tsp Vanilla extract
240 g/ 8 oz coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
60 g / 2 oz goji berries (or raisins – this is the sweetness) ground in a food processor
30 g / 1 oz Sunflower seeds ground in a food processor
30 g / 1 oz Pumpkin seeds ground in a food processor
1 tbsp Maca Root Powder
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder
100 ml Almond milk
60 ml / 2 fl oz Coconut oil
180 g/ 6 oz raspberries (or Blueberries, what you like)
4 oz Pine nuts

Grease and parchment line 2 x 23 cm cake tins.

Pre heat the oven to Gas 4/ 350˚F/180˚C.

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Soak the chia seeds

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and ground linseeds

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in the carrot juice for 30 minutes. It will start to thicken.

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Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt,

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goji berries, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, maca root and Lucuma.

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Give it a whisk to mix.

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Melt the coconut oil.

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Add the oil, almond milk and vanilla into the juice chia seed mix and give it a whisk.

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Now whisk the wet into the dry.

Fold in the fresh fruit (my choice today was raspberries).

Divide evenly between the two tins and smooth over evenly.

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Bake for 45 minutes. Swap their positions in the oven half way through the cooking time.

Cook on wire racks in the tin for 20 minutes. Then turn out and remove the parchment paper.

Cool completely.

RAW! Delicious Filling

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1 medium avocado
30 ml / 1 fl oz coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp lemon/ lime juice
240 g / 8 oz almonds
Pinch of salt
60 g /2 oz agave nectar
1 tbsp Lucuma powder

Grind the almonds in a coffee grinder until almost a butter.

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Then blend the avocado, vanilla, lime juice, salt, Lucuma and agave nectar in the food processor until smooth and creamy.

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Add in the almonds and blend again, add the coconut oil and blend just for another 2 seconds.

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Spread onto the cooled cake.

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Yum yum!

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Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.

Mexican Chocolate Coffee Cake

I had never heard of this cake until I read a ‘WordPress’ post ( Please see comments boxes for http).

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And it wasn’t like any recipe I had tried before, so I thought I needed to give it a go.

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If you look at the original recipe you’ll see I’ve made a few changes and I hope these are for the better. I have taken out the butter and this makes for an ethereal, soft cake which works really well with the Cream Cheese.

The praline is easy to do. Please go here for the recipe.

This is now one of my favourites – really great for a ‘Grown Up’s’ Birthday.

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Mexican Chocolate Coffee Cake

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375 ml cup strong coffee
120g / 4 oz cocoa

Heat the coffee and stir in the marshmallows to melt them.
Set aside to cool.

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500g / 1 lb Self Raising flour
740g / 1lb 4 oz sugar
1 tsp. nutmeg
3 beaten eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
250ml vegetable oil
185ml live yogurt

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Line a 3 x 21cm cake tins with parchment paper.
Preheat the oven to 350˚F/180˚C/Gas 4.
Combine flour, sugar, nutmeg.
Whisk together the eggs, vanilla, oil and yogurt. Whisk in coffee mix.

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Pour the wet into the dry and fold together quickly.
Divide between the 3 parchment lined tins.
Bake for approximately 30 – 35 minutes.
Allow to cool in the tins.
This is a delicate cake.


360g / 12 oz. Cream cheese, room temperature
6 oz. powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
90g / 3 oz melt chocolate
Empty the cheese into a bowl add the sugar and vanilla and mix well to form a nice soft icing. No need for over vigorous beating.
Spread over the cooled cake. On each layer add a drizzle of the melted chocolate.

I added the almond praline as a dramatic finish.

https://scarletrosita.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/almond-praline/

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Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.

email me scarletrositafood@btinternet.com
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