Friday, 14 March 2014

Cake Club with all Natural Ingredients and No Processed Food

When the theme of the March Pinnies & Petticoats Cake Club was announced I must admit that my heart sank. All Natural Ingredients - No Processed Food. Doesn't really sit well with cakes and bakes in my book. I so haven't got into the whole clean eating paleo diet malarkey. I was stumbling around in the dark about what to make and then I had a lightbulb moment. Savvy Spreads had sent me some of their product to try. Made using 100% natural ingredients it could be the perfect base for my bake.

I checked the labels and all seemed good. All natural, sweet, luxury spread. Suitable for vegetarians and no gluten containing ingredients. I really wasn't sure how it would work incorporated into a bake but reckoned that a savvy brownie could be a good option. 
SAVVY BROWNIES
3 eggs
100g flour
400g Chocolate Spread (I used 300g Savvy Chocolate and 100g Savvy Chocolate Agave)

Beat with an electric wisk, pour into a well greased tray bake tin and bake for 12 - 15 minutes at 160 degrees.
A new venue for Cake Club this month. Our previous home at Tiger Tiger shut its doors for the final time on 1st March. Amicus Apple made us very welcome in our new location in a swanky private room upstairs with our own bar and barman. A great turnout of bakers and lovely to welcome some new faces. I wasn't the only one who struggled with this theme but everyone had made a valiant effort. Plenty of nuts, oats, carob, coconut oil, agave syrup, seeds, honey, fruit and vegetables putting in an appearance.
Sea Salt Water Biscuits
Fig & Camambert Flatbread
Broccoli, Red Pepper and Gruyere Puffs
Cheese & Seed Hearts
Chocolate, Spelt and Coconut Cake
Flapjacks
Oat and Carob Cookies
Mini Wholemeal Beetroot Loaves with Homemade Maple & Cream Cheese Frosting
Raspberry Muffins with Hazelnuts and Ground Almonds
Honey & Almond Cake
Parsnip, Honey and Lemon Fruit Loaf
Honey Shortbread Hearts
Walnut & Cardamom Granola Bites
Red Pepper and Lentil Wholemeal Tartlets
Healthy Flapjacks with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, apricot, raisins, apple and bananas
Coconut Brownies
Paleo Fruitcake
Coffee Cake Banana Bread
Healthy No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Berry and Orange Muffins with Almond Flour and Honey

This was definitely the most challenging theme we have tackled at cake club. Gluten free was a walk in the park in comparison. Confession time. My three favourite bakes of the night were by far those who had strayed from the path and used refined white flour. For me a cake, bake or biscuit is supposed to a treat and unfortunately all natural just didn't hit the spot for me.

Next Pinnies & Petticoats meet is Wednesday 16th April, 7pm at Amicus Apple. The theme is Cocktails & Canapes. Much more up my street. I'll definitely be taking the bus to this one having seen the extensive Cocktail list at Amicus Apple. The penguins might even put in a guest appearance.

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