Sunday, November 1, 2015

Apple and Cinnamon Layer Cake with Coconut Walnut Streusel - vegan, sugar free and wheat free!




It's a beautiful Sunday morning here in Townsville and I'm up early doing what I love best and that's blogging... well not the only thing I love best but I do enjoy it. A light shower last night has brightened up the morning and the trees and plants will be soaking it up for sure. Definitely not enough to bring the parched brown country side back to life but enough to make things a little bit more chirpy.  I don't know what it is about this area but it's extremely dry and dusty. Travel North for a few hours and it's lush thick tropical rain forest where they get some of the highest rainfalls in Australia. Seems a little unfair really. 


So, What to make when you have no eggs, no sugar and very limited pantry items for baking? Thank goodness for the few ingredients I did have as the cake came out quite good really. I've been experimenting with vegan baking lately. Not because I'm vegan or want my family to be, but because I know some people that 1. don't like eggs and 2, their allergic to them. Add to that the massive growth of veganism world wide I thought there's bound to be someone else interested in a vegan cake!! And like everything I do that involves food, I just have to recreate the ridiculously delicious and make it guilt free and eatable for everyone! This ones so good you could grab a slice for breakfast. It's high is fibre, good slow burning carbohydrates, healthy fats and a bit of protein.


I have to say the cake part is really more like a bread. It's not overly sweet and it's not super light and fluffy like white wheat flour. It's robust and firm just like a good wholesome sweet bread. Combined with the juicy apples and caramelised soft and sweet sultanas of the compote I think it's pretty good. Add a nice crumbly Streusel and the whole lot and it has come together really well. I forgot to add a little bit of oat flour or almond meal to the streusel so it was a bit crumbly but I've added it to the recipe for you so you shouldn't get the same problem. Not that it really matters as squashing the cake into the crumbs to pick them up sort of adds to the fun and enjoyment of slowly devouring such deliciousness. 

Apple and Cinnamon Layer cake with Coconut Walnut Streusel 
Egg free, sugar free and wheat free.

Ingredients:

Apple Cinnamon Compote:

4 small apples, peeled and  sliced
1/3 cup honey or rice syrup
½ cup sultanas
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbs water
Approx 1/8th tsp stevia powder 

Cake:

1 ½ cup oat flour (ground rolled oats)
¼ cup coconut flour or almond meal  
1 tsp bi-carb soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla powder
½ cup dried coconut
½ cup sultanas or dates
1/3 cup honey or rice syrup
2 tbs psyllium egg or 2 eggs of you'd prefer
Approx 1/8th tsp stevia powder

Psyllium Egg – To 1 tsp psyllium add 60ml hot water and stir vigorously to ensure there are no lumps. Allow to sit for 20 minutes so it can thicken. 

Streusel Topping:

3 tbs dried coconut shreds or similar
3 tbs walnuts
1 tbs oat flour  – I didn’t add this but it would help to bind the streusel so it’s not so crumbly and falls off the cake!!
1 ½ tbs honey or rice syrup
½ tbs coconut oil
1tsp ground cinnamon

 Preparation:

Make the psyllium eggs first then let it sit on the bench until required. 

Compote:
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium pot and simmer on low until the apples and sultanas are soft and it becomes thick and jammy. 
  2. Once cooked turn off the heat and allow to cool while you prepare the cake. 

Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius and grease or line a loaf pan with non stick baking paper. 
  2. Add the oat flour, coconut flour or almond meal with the baking powder, bi-carb, cinnamon and vanilla then stir to combine and remove lumps. 
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to a small blender and blend until thick. The dried fruit is your sweetener so you want it to be pureed. 
  4. Add the pureed mixture to the dry ingredients in the bowl them quickly fold through making sure not to over mix it. 
  5. Spoon half of the cake mixture into the bottom of the loaf pan then spread half of the compote on top. 
  6. Spread the remaining cake mix over the fruit compote then the rest of the compote on top of the cake mix. 

Streusel:
  1. Quickly add the streusel ingredients to the blender and pulse until course and sticky, you want to make sure it has nice texture so don't over do it. 
  2. Spread the streusel crumble over the top of the fruit compote then carefully pat it down lightly making sure not to overdo it and make it to hard. 
  3. Place into the preheated oven and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes. 
  4. Allow to cool before removing and slicing. 
Serving Suggestion:
  1. Warm with some tangy Coconut Yoghurt and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup
  2. Plain with a fresh cuppa! :-) 


NOTES:
  1. You could also make a flax or chia egg if you don't have psyllium, follow instructions for the psyllium egg making sure the flax and chia is ground super fine before adding water. 
  2. To make oat flour just add oats to a blender or food processor and blend until very fine. 
  3. I think that using dates would result in a sweeter cake and would contrast nicely with the sultanas in the compote but I didn't have them. A combination of the 2 would also be lovely. 
  4. To make the cake lower in fructose use the rice syrup. It's not as sweet as honey so add more stevia if needed. I recommend you do a quick taste test before spooning the mix into the loaf pan so that you can adjust if needed. 
  5. Last but not least!! Keep and eye on it. My baking time may be approximate as the oven I used didn't work properly, I had to bake it on the Fan Grill setting so I had to be inventive, bottom of the oven covered with alfoil did the trick!! ;-) 

Enjoy! 

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