Summer Strawberry Cake with Rhubarb, Lemon Curd & Almond Paste.

DSC_0403I swear it was only last weekend that myself and the eldest niece were looking at the teensy baby barbs out in the garden. Already at that stage astonished over how much they’d grown considering what a lack of summer weather the past weeks has involved. Now they have grown into a fullblown army of Rhubarb.
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To restore order in the vegetable plot I plucked some of them yesterday to use in a cake. Here is what went down (like, quite literally, along with a strong cuppa pitch black coffee) ↓


SPONGE CAKE AQUA FABA BASE

(Recipe courtesy Kakboken utan Ägg & Mjölk)

100 grams soft margarine
2½ dl sugar
1 dl aqua faba
1 dl corn starch
1½ dl plain yoghurt
3½ dl flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla sugar

1. Set oven to 175°C. Prepare a dish (circa 20 cm diameter) with butter and bread crumbs/semolina. 2. With an electric mixer, whisk margarine, sugar, aqua faba and corn starch together until fluffy consistency. 3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar. 4. Place dry ingredients along with plain yoghurt into the aqua faba-butter mixture, folding it into a unison batter using a spatula. Be careful not to over work the mixture. 5. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Once a dipstick comes out clean from the middle, the cake is done. Leave to cool completely in its dish on oven rack.


MARZIPAN AND CREAM “CHEESE”

almond paste
vegan cream cheese, like tofutti original

Use a couple of tablespoons each. Grate almond paste before combining with cream cheese.DSC_0397


VEGAN LEMON CURD

(Recipe courtesy of MinimalistBaker)

1 can (~414 grams) coconut cream
2 tbsp lemon zest
1 dl lemon juice
2 tbsp arrowroot powder (I opted for corn starch)
1-2 tbsp maple syrup

Place lemon zest and coconut cream in a small saucepan. Combine lemon juice and corn starch separately until no lumps remain, then add to saucepan. Add maple syrup, one tablespoon at a time. Bring mixture to a low bubble (not boil!!) whisking often. Once mixture starts to thicken, keep on medium to low heat until a visible ribbon appears when pulling a spoon along the top. Adjust sweetness/acidity ratio by adding more maple syrup respectively lemon juice until appealing the likes of your taste buds.
Let set for 15 minutes, before transferring to a clean jar. Cover with plastic wrap (making sure the plastic touches the curd) or else a film may appear. Refridgerate for at least 5-6 hours.


RHUBARB COMPOTE

400 grams rhubarb
½ dl sugar
½ dl water
1 vanilla pod
(1,5 tbsp potato starch + 2 tbsp water)

Rinse and stem rhubarb, then cut into inch long pieces. Add to small saucepan along with sugar, water and seeds from vanilla pod. Let simmer for 10 minutes until rhubarb has softened. If you want a thicker compote, add the potato starch mixture. Let cool in fridge before adding to cake.


DSC_0392After assembling all, or some, of the pieces – cover with whipped dairy free cream and fresh strawberries. Voila!

What are your favourite cake fillings?

There is likely to be left over lemon curd, may I suggest you use it for:
Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins with Lemon Curd.

5-minute Peanut Butter Cups.

dsc_0190Valentines Day. It is not like I need another reason to eat chocolate. Frankly, I happily eat chocolate whatever the occasion. Or lack of occasion. But for a calendar event that literally screams Cho-co-late like the 14th of February, who am I to contradict?

So I made these teeny peanut butter cups, using an ice cube mold. Pretty genius if you ask me! (In particular considering how one can store the entire mold at handy distance in the fridge, and pop some pralines out whenever that old familar chocolate crave kicks in!)
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VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

→ a block of dark chocolate, like 100-200 grams depending on ice cube mold size (the more the merrier though, right??)
→ a dollop of peanut butter
→ a tablespoon coconut oil
→ finely chopped nuts (opt. for decoration)

In a bain marie, melt the chocolate along with your tablespoon or so of coconut oil. Once melted, pour enough chocolate into your ice cube mold to cover the bottom. Then add a little dollop of peanut butter into its middle, before covering with more melted chocolate. Leave to set in the fridge for a couple of hours.

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I never got around to shoot the actual final product, as the sun has already set and by the time it has risen again I was held hostage at work during those few precious hours of day light. After that they were of course all in my belly!

But you know what the very best part of Valentine’s Day is? All the chocolate that will be on discount tomorrow onwards.

Frozen Nana Snickers.

dsc_0117As a break from all of the Asian+inspired dishes that has flourished the blog as of late, I figured it was time for something sweet! A something that includes peanut butter, bananas and chocolate – with those three components you can hardly go wrong, am I right?

This is another one of those recipes found floating through what seems to be my main internet hangout, a Swedish facebook group for vegans, thus I am unsure who to credit but it goes like this ↓ and it is just one of those perfect snacks that can easily be made at home whenever (because if you are anything like me bananas, chocolate and peanut butter belong to the standard staples!!)
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FROZEN BANANA SNICKERS.

→ 1-2 ripe bananas
→ peanut butter (or any nut butter of choice)
→ salted peanuts/almond flakes/something for extra crunch (opt.)
→ melted dark chocolate

Peel and split the banana into two, then continue to cut into suitable snickers base size. Spread an even layer of nut butter on, then dip onto a plate with chopped, salted peanuts/flaked almonds/crunch creator of choice. Now you can either bring them into the freezer at this stage, or after they have gotten a coating of melted dark chocoalte. Either way, allow approximately 30 minutes to set in freezer before the munch fest starts!

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(Yes, those chocolate stains on my hands may indicate an ongoing test run- quality checking is important you know!)

Ta-daa! Do you have any good hacks for snacks to share?