Here at TRUFFLEicious, as the nights draw in & the season changes, we have been devoting our time to recipe creation. As the festive season draws nigh my thoughts turned to that great overload of rich, sugary foods, which become, in these modern times the spirit of Christmas.
“Hark the herald angels sing”. Our new recipe creations have been born.
THE ultimate #Christmas #Cakes. Rich, moist, dark, fruity & nutty and above all. #Gluten & Dairy free.
My first cake ( pictured above) is Beetroot, Apple & Hazelnut.
The sugar content has been lowered, as both the apple & dried berries add an element of sweetness to this rich moist cake. Not being a fan of sugary icings, marzipan or butter icing, I have decorated the cake with a mixture of curd cheese & natural yoghurt,which adds a creamy, refreshing contrast to the richness of the cake. Off course, if you are totally dairy free, the topping would be a NO NO.
My second cake. Carrot, Courgette, Date & Poppy Seed
Is again, gluten & dairy free. The picture on the right is decorated with the same topping as above and therefore not suitable for those totally dairy free it is sprinkled with grated lime rind & a few cranberries would also look effective. The cake on left is just dredged with icing sugar, for a seasonal effect & both would look good as a centre piece with a red pillar candle stood in the middle.
Cake No 3. Sweet Potato, Pecan, Maple Syrup & Caramel
Once again a rich, moist nutty cake, but with a slightly higher sugar content with the addition of maple syrup & homemade caramel and again the topping contains yoghurt & curd cheese. This cake also contains an amount of gluten as it is made with Spelt, which give it a nice nutty taste & a rich dark colour.
All the above cakes, could also be served as desserts. They keep well stored in an air tight tin, but if topped with the yoghurt & curd cheese, need to be stored in the fridge. Not suitable for people with NUT allergies.
In my next blog I will be dealing with gluten/Dairy free Chocolate Cakes & Mousses.
You can also hear me on BBC Radio #Wiltshire. Sue Davis Show on Sunday Mornings at 10.15 for the next 6 weeks talking about recipes from this blog.
Until next time #Foodies.