Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sourdough Carob Cake

This was a fun cake to make!  I've never made anything with my natural sourdough yeast besides bread and waffles.  I was worried this wouldn't turn out with my modifications.  Although the cake is a little more dense than your average cake and the flavor isn't overwhelming sweet, I was quite happy with it!

 This cake is a recipe modified from the book "The Art of Baking With Natural Yeast" by Caleb Warnock & Melissa Richardson 

Sourdough Carob Cake
Sponge ingredients:
(allow at least 8 hours for sponge process)
1 cup starter
1 cup water
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
6 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Pour water and starter into mixing bowl and stir until starter is dissolved.  In a separate small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients, and mix until everything is evenly moist.  The batter will be quite thick.

Final Batter Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
1/2 cup Almond Milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350. 
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT baking soda in a blender.  Stir in baking soda and batter into a pregreased 9-inch round pan.  Bake cake for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

*Fresh berries or a spoonful of jam is also yummy with this!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BBQ Summer Squash With Rice

This yummy dish is an awesome way to use up some of your garden zucchini & yellow squash.  This sauce is also yummy using any meat substitute as well as with any veggies of your choice: carrots, onions, celery, potatoes, etc...The sky is the limit!

BBQ Summer Squash Over Rice
3 small zucchini diced
1 small yellow squash diced
1 onion finely chopped
1 cup Catsup (organic, low sugar)
3/4 cup water
2 tomatoes pureed
1/3 cup maple syrup
juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos
4 tablespoons mustard
1 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons garlic & onion powder
Dash of Cayenne

Combine sauce ingredients and pour over your veggies and saute until veggies are tender and sauce has thickened.  Serve over brown Basmati rice.