Baked Blackberry Oatmeal

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Greetings! I hope you are having a merry holiday. This time is one of my favorites, the in-between time right before New Years Eve. There may be some work involved but it is a time filled with laughter, parties, loved ones and food. This hearty breakfast bake fits in perfectly and brings a smile to your face on these chilly mornings. Resembling a fruit crumble more than oatmeal it is quite a treat! The blackberries are warm and syrupy, bursting with flavor. With a cake like oatmeal mixture in the middle and topped off with sweet crunchy sunflower and pumpkin seeds. YUM, I will start my mornings like this, please.

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Blackberry Oatmeal Bake ~ adapted from Vegetarian Everyday

14 oz fresh or frozen blackberries (thaw if frozen)

2 cups rolled oats

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground ginger

a pinch of sea salt

2 large eggs

2 1/4 cups milk of choice

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup pure unsweetened honey, agave, or maple syrup

1 tbsp coconut oil + extra for greasing the pan

3/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds (original recipe uses toasted hazelnuts)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8 x 10 baking dish and spread the berries in an even layer on the bottom of the dish and set aside. In a mixing bowl combine the oats, baking powder, ginger and salt. In another bowl add the eggs, milk, and vanilla and whisk until combined. In a smaller bowl mix the honey/maple/agave syrup, 1 tbsp coconut oil and the nuts/seeds (use your fingers to make sure all of the seeds/nuts are well coated). Pour the dry oat mixture evenly over the berries then pour the egg mixture over evenly. Sprinkle the seed mixture on top and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the oatmeal is set (no liquid) and the seeds are lightly browned and crunchy. Cool slightly before serving.

Molten Raspberry Dark Chocolate Mug Cake

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Raspberries & dark chocolate = A match made in heaven by the almighty food gods. Is it possible to make this combo any better…? How about hot and bubbly and in the center of your own personal single-serving breakfast mug cake?

I think my AM just got a whole lot sweeter:

Molten. Raspberry. Dark. Chocolate. Mug. Cake.  

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Yes, yes… Cake for breakfast. I feel the morning is the best time of day to partake in a meal with a sweet twist. It gives you something to look forward to at night and jump out of bed for in the morning. The greatest thing about this breakfast cake is that you can throw all the ingredients in own large mug {or bowl}, microwave, and shazam! CAKE. You can get creative with the mix-ins and toppings, the possibilities are endless!

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~ Molten Raspberry Dark Chocolate Mug Cake ~

*1/4 cup flour (I use 1 tbsp ground flax seed, 2 tbsp almond meal, 1 tbsp brown rice flour)

1 egg

1 tsp melted coconut oil

1 tsp baking powder

1 heaping tsp cocoa powder

1 tsp maple syrup/honey

spoonful of greek yogurt (plain, vanilla, any flavor)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

pinch of fine sea salt

1/2 heaping tsp ground cinnamon

large spoonful raspberry preserves

piece of good quality dark chocolate (chips will also work)

* I always alternate my flour on this recipe, many times I use a full 1/4 ground flax, sometimes just almond meal and brown rice flour. I tend to like the combination of all three the best.

In a large coffee mug or bowl mix together all the ingredients, except for the raspberry preserves and the chocolate, until well combined. I like to mix in a little of the raspberry preserves into the batter as well. Place the spoonful of raspberry preserves in the center of the cake batter. You can either stick the chocolate piece (or chips) in the center too, pushing them in a bit, or sprinkle around the top. Place in the microwave and cook for about one minute and thirty-seconds. If you don’t feel it is fully cooked put in for another thirty-seconds. The preserves should have sunken in and be bubbly. Top with multiple drizzles of maple syrup or honey and dig in!!!

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Apple Yogurt Upside-Down Cake

A Morning Worthy of Cake. Apple Cake.

apple_cake_1I am back! Shall I do a little dance? I think YES. It has been a busy busy past couple of months, the highlight being a romp through the Scottish highlands and Dublin in December. But it is a new year and I can’t wait to start putting more time in here.

This tasty treat is meant for fall, when the leaves are just starting to turn and the first cool breezes make themselves known…but when you have all the ingredients on hand and the exact number of crisp pink lady apples staring at you from the side of the counter…I say go for it. This is the coldest week I’ve experienced yet in New York (I actually NEED one of those face-sweaters..) and this cake is as delicious in the middle of Winter as it is in Fall. Full of warmth and comfort it is meant to be eaten at any time of day, while sitting on the couch, with thirty quilts, a thick pair of woolen socks and a cup of hot tea.

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Apple Yogurt Upside-Down Cake ~ adapted from Small Plates & Sweet Treats

3 pink lady apple

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp + more honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup brown rice flour + 1 tbsp

1/3 cup almond flour

1/4 cup millet flour + 1 tbsp

1/4 cup tapioca starch

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 heaping tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 heaping tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp fine sea salt

3 eggs

1/2 cup packed dark muscovado sugar

1/2 cup whole-milk plain yogurt

1/2 cup olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 8 by 8-inch square cake pan (or an 8 by 3-inch round cake pan) and line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper. Core the apples, quarter them, then cut each piece in half once more. Heat the coconut oil, 2 tbsp of honey and vanilla extract in a large saute pan (any soup or sauce pot will work, you may just need to cook the apples for a bit longer) over medium heat. Add the sliced apples and cook for about 10 minutes or until apples are soft but not mushy. Let cool for a few minutes before handling. Arrange the apples on the bottom of the cake pan as tightly as possible and pour any remaining liquid in the pot over the apples.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. In a separate smaller bowl mix the eggs, dark muscovado sugar, honey (I did about 2 tbsp add more for a sweeter cake), olive oil, and yogurt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined. Pour the batter into the cake pan making sure that it is evenly distributed over the apples. Bake for about 50min-1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes before carefully flipping. Allow to cool before serving. Keep in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days or freeze.

Serve warm by itself or with a speckled vanilla bean ice cream.

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~ Stay Warm! ~

Rustic Cardamom Cake with Pear and Honey

~ A cake with all the flavors of Fall ~

Simple and rustic, with a moist crumb. Pair it with black speckled vanilla bean ice cream and/or warm stewed pears.

The original recipe for this cake uses apples, so feel free to use any winter fruit you have on hand.

Rustic Cardamom Cake with Pear and Honey 

                                                                                                      inspired by Tartelette
at least 3 regular sized pears
1 cup plain yogurt (full fat)
1/2 cup sugar (I used maple sugar, muscavado would also work nicely)
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
zest and juice of one organic lemon
2 cups gluten free flour mix (I used a combination of brown rice, buckwheat, almond meal and arrow root)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a nine inch cake pan or line with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl mix the yogurt, sugar and eggs until combined and smooth, add the lemon juice and zest and the coconut oil and mix until well combined again. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until smooth once more. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and top with thinly sliced pears and an extra dash of cinnamon or brown sugar if desired. Bake for 30-40 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm and drizzled with honey.

A Rhubarb Fool

I have been away for a bit longer then favorable. Summer can do that to a person. IF you can call the weather in NYC summer, I think we had a few days of it….somewhere….lost amongst the rain, lightening storms, fog, and chilly winds most likely. Not letting this get in the way, however, I am still very much in a sunny mood. Promise. So lets get down and dirty and shall I say ‘foolish‘ with this lovely summer treat.

This recipe is from Laura at thefirstmess. I love every single one of her recipes and her photography is all sorts of crazy awesome. I might even go as far as to say I have a bit of food-blog-crush going on. Yes food-obbsessed people should know what I am talking about…when good recipes and pictures combine I hear angels sing….

…..But Back to the Fool. This is basicly a very tart rhubarb compote. Can you believe this was my first time ever trying rhubarb? It will not be the last. I layered mine with yogurt and paired it with banana coconut bread in the morning. It would be great on ice cream and probably a million other tasty combinations.

Click here for the original link.

Combine the chopped rhubarb (only the pink pieces), orange juice, cardamon, and ginger in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat for around fifteen minutes until the rhubarb has broken down and the fool will resembles a compote. Use more/less honey or other liquid sweetener depending on your own level for sweetness. The link above goes into detail on why this dish is called a fool.

Go let yourself loose in these summer days. Be Foolish.

A Day for Strawberry Cake

Summer has Come

It is not officially summer yet but don’t tell the farmers markets, almost every table is overflowing with fresh strawberries. The air is filled with their sweet scent before you have even reached the stand. And what better way to enjoy an overload of summer berries then in a cake.

Sweet Strawberry Cake adapted from La Tartine Gourmande

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup millet flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of sea salt

4 tbsp ghee

1/4 cup honey

1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scrapped out

2 large eggs

1/2 cup canned coconut milk

6 ounces strawberries, sliced

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine the flours, baking powder, soda and salt in a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl combine ghee, honey and vanilla seeds until whipped and mixed through. Then stir in eggs followed by the coconut milk. Add the wet to dry, stir till a batter forms, then fold in the strawberries. Pour into a greased 9-inch dish and  bake for 30 mins and/or until golden brown on top.

I highly recommend looking at how La Tartine makes the cake 😉 I made substitutions with what I had on hand and added in a bit more strawberries then I should have. Resulting in a cake that was absolutely delicious though leaning a bit to heavily on the moist side.

Enjoy ~

Carob Chip Cookies with Poppy Seeds & Pink Sea Salt

A little bite of heaven….

On a whim these cookies came into existence last week. Light and airy they were exactly what I was hoping for. Due to my lack of baking sheets these were made in a muffin tin…If you dolloped them onto cookie sheet however they would stay soft in the center ~

Carob Chip Cookies with Poppy Seeds & Pink Sea Salt

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/4 cup millet flour

1/4 cup buckwheat flour

1/4 cup + 4 tsp almond meal

1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp  tsp sea salt

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup olive oil

1 egg

2 tbsp dark muscavado sugar

1/4 cup honey

2 tbsp apple sauce

1 tbsp poppy seeds

3/4 cup unsweetened carob chips

Pink sea salt for topping

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the wet and dry separately, then stir both together. Once you have a smooth batter fold in the poppy seeds and carob chips. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown, top with a sprinkle of pink sea salt after removing from the oven to cool. Cooking times will vary.

Blood Orange Upside-down Cakes with Sage

It is the end of April. And with that comes.. May, a month full of excitement and anticipation of a good summer season. The weather here in NY has warmed up and though it is predicted to drop again on Monday with May around the corner my spirits remain high.

To me blood oranges scream summer. They come out and shout it with their tart, juicy, deep red goodness. Paired with a moist almond cake with just the right crumb and fragrant sage we have a treat fit for any pre-summer celebration. I ate these for breakfast with a large cup of mint tea. They would go great accompanying a picnic or eaten after dinner…preferably on a porch, in a rocking chair and listening to crickets.

Blood Orange Upside-down Cakes with Sage

1 orange

3 tiny blood oranges or 1 large blood orange

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1 tbsp dark muscavado sugar (this requires a bit of work to keep from clumping together, I love the stronger molasses taste but light or brown sugar would also work)

1 tbsp honey + more for drizzle

2 tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp fresh orange zest

1 egg

1 tbsp ground flax

1/4 cup millet flour

1/4 cup brown rice flour

2 tbsp + 2 tsp almond meal

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp of juice (I used the juice made from segmenting the oranges)

pinch of sea salt

fresh sage leaves

1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Segment the oranges and set aside. In a large bowl mix the flours, almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon – set aside. In a separate bowl combine the flax, honey, olive oil, vanilla extract, sugar, zest, and juice. Then stir in the egg and yogurt. Add the wet to the dry and stir to combine. In a muffin pan (grease if necessary) criss-cross leaves of sage in the bottom of nine compartments. Spoon a little of the orange segments on top, then a drizzle honey. Add a spoonful of batter next, I had just enough batter for this so start with a small spoonful in each until it is all used up. Bake for around 30 minutes or until cooked though and golden brown on the edges. Remove from oven and carefully use a dull knife to flip them out of the pan. Cool and enjoy. Keep leftovers in the fridge.

Apple Tarts

Apple Tarts

I picked up the cookbook, La Tartine Gourmande, a couple weeks ago and am obsessed. I am constantly finding myself flipping through its beautiful pages wondering what I will make next. I have mentioned this before but this book speaks to me, I am in love with everything from the recipes to the images. The one recipe I couldn’t wait to try is Bea’s take on the apple tart. With a strong taste of lemon, spicy ginger, walnuts, and sweet pink lady apple on a thin crumbly crust there is no way one can go wrong.

As spring approaches I am finding myself cooking more with apples and roots, funny the foods you can crave sometimes. I Experimented with a celeriac apple soup earlier this week with hints of sweet potato (also inspired from La Tartine Gourmande)

But lets get back to these delicious tarts. They are supposed to be made into a larger size, so the apple can be fully fanned out. Is anyone else an admirer of fanned food? You can slice almost any ingredient paper thin, fan it out on a plate, and you are instantly a food style master. Try it sometime. Due to a lack of baking supplies I ended up baking my tarts in various sized muffin tins. I thoroughly enjoyed ending up with a large plate full of mini-apple-tartlets.

Apple Tarts ~ {From La Tartine Gourmande, Recipes for an Inspired Life}

I ended up using more almond flour and less sugar. I highly recommend picking up this book…Even if just to make a plate full of apple-tartlets.

Blueberry Lemon Ginger Compote

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. Savory to sweet the options are endless.

This weekend it was a blueberrylemon and ginger compote over plain yogurt.

1 cup blueberries

2 tsp honey

1/8 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

rind of half a lemon

half the juice of a half a lemon.

In a small saucepan over low-medium heat add 1 cup blueberries (I used frozen, not sure on the result with fresh yet), honey, ginger, lemon rind, and lemon juice. If you like things sweet add another tsp or two of honey, this would also be wonderful with fresh grated ginger. Once sauce starts to bubble turn off the heat and let cool a minute. Spoon over tart plain yogurt and top with toasted nuts for a delicious breakfast any day.

Keep extra sauce in the fridge, I ended up using it on bread the next day.

Cheers to another week ~