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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Mar 03, 2019 3:48 pm

Aw, best of luck with finding the ingredients list, SA. ;)) And those thin mints look good!

If you still have coconut flour and almond flour in the kitchen after your oven is repaired, I highly recommend King Arthur Flour's Strawberry Almond Flour Cake recipe. I made it for my birthday last year, sans strawberries, and it might be my new favorite cake recipe. (Sorry, hummingbird cake. ;))) I've been looking for an excuse to make it again ever since, but I haven't had the time to do any baking lately. It's also a little more involved than some recipes because it requires whipping and folding in egg whites as the leavening. It's well worth it, though! When I made it for my birthday, I paired it with this cream cheese frosting made with granulated sugar, which I also really liked because it's not overly sweet. Next time I'll try almond-flavored buttercream.
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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby SnowAngel » Mar 03, 2019 8:54 pm

I really want to make another batch of the cakeballs, but my mom is doing a Trim Healthy Mama fuel cycle this week and that recipe doesn't fit that part of the plan.

We have a nice size container of coconut flour and several cups of almond flour still in the pantry. That cake looks so yummy. I've been wanting to try some more healthy cake recipe, but the THM FP recipe I want to try calls for oat fiber which we don't have. Hopefully next time a Vitacost order is place the oat fiber will be in stock. I do have the ingredients for your cake recipe, Rose, perhaps if it's fits into the THM plan I will have the opportunity to try it soon.

Thanks to Scarlet's library books we have several cookbooks in the house that the siblings have been raiding for new recipe ideas. Yesterday they made a flatbread from an African cookbook, it had a funny name that escapes me at the moment. It was very tasty. But since they made it, I didn't get to make crackers.

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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby SnowAngel » Mar 11, 2019 9:53 pm

I found the list for the stuffing! Now I need find the instructions for the recipe, I think I might have typed it out on evernote.

I needed a cupcake for a celebration and so I tried a new coconut flour recipe found via pinterest: https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/choco ... luten-free Delicious paired with vanilla whipped cream. But I wish the chocolate flavor had been stronger, maybe more espresso powder next time. Although I did already increase the espresso powder to a tablespoon. Overall the recipe was tasty and the texture excellent which is hard to get with coconut flour. :)

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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby wild rose » Mar 19, 2019 9:50 am

I've gotten into baking recently, now that I have a kitchen with an oven. It's quite a challenge, to be honest, trying to find the right ingredients out here in the middle of nowhere (at the moment I live in a village in rural Zambia). Some stuff is hard to find, some stuff is impossible, still I love the challenge :) I call it "Baking in the Bush" ;))

Anyway, my birthday just passed recently, at it so happened that I found myself looking after the orphanage alone, both directors had left for buisness, and so I decided to spoil myself and the kids and bake up some cakes.

Because butter is expensive, I looked up recipies that didn't call for butter in the cake, saving some butter just for icing. I made layered cakes, chocolate and vanilla and covered it with icing. On one cake I just decided to be foolish and put as many cookies and candy and gum as I could. It came out looking lopsided but I gave it to the kids and they loved it, tore it apart piece by piece (as I expected), but thankfully there was enough candy to please everyone.

This is what it looked like

The other cake was simpler and I shared it with the nannies and staff, but it came out looking a lot nicer and neater (I think) ;)) I don't have a picture of it though.

I've also been into muffins and cupcakes lately. I made fifty cupcakes the other day to feed the entire orphanage (33 kids, plus staff). I'm not sure what I want to try next ;)) but I hope to come up with something fun
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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby SnowAngel » Apr 14, 2019 6:03 pm

What a fun cake, wild rose! :)

With the weather warming up it's the perfect time to make blueberry whip. This is a recipe my sister created last year and it's kind of like frozen yogurt or ice cream.

Berry Whip
2 cups kefir cheese
16 oz. frozen berries or fruit
1 tsp. NuStevia (may need more depending on the kefir cheese)
1/4-1/2 cup cream or milk
Salt

Place all ingredients in food processer and blend. I like it best served immediately, but whip can be refrigerated until ready to serve. Also any leftover whip can be refrigerated for several days.

It's good with all kinds of berries, family also likes it with mango.

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