For the first post of 2014 I am posting the last cake I made in 2013. Parsnip, honey and clementine cake.
I spotted this recipe in the lovely Dom’s blog, Bellau Kitchen. As soon as I read it I knew I wanted to bake the cake as soon as possible!
Dom made it as a loaf cake but as we were in France at the time of baking and my one and only loaf tin was otherwise engaged, I baked it in a 23cm round tin. I had to bake it for a bit longer than stated in the recipe but it worked out perfectly.
I also had to make a couple of substitutions according to what I had in my French kitchen cupboards. I used golden raisins instead of sultanas and dark soft brown sugar instead of light muscovado. It looked nice and moist when it came out of the oven so I decided not to add the orange and honey drizzle.
And of course, as it contains no butter but plenty of vegetables it kicks off the New Year to a fantastic healthy start !!
So I would like to say a huge “thank you” to Dom for this recipe ~ and all the others I have either baked already or saved for future enjoyment ~ so many recipes, so little time !!
And a Happy New Year to everyone. Here’s to many more delicious cakes and bakes in 2014.
200g golden raisins
the juice and zest of 4 clementines
2 tblsp honey
3 large eggs
175ml sunflower oil
200g dark soft brown sugar
200g self-raising flour
50g ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
1tsp ground ginger
½tsp ground cinnamon
225g parsnips, peeled and grated
Put the sultanas, honey and clementine juice in a small pan and heat gently for five minutes. Set aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to 170°C / 150° fan. Grease and line the base of a 23cm round springform cake tin.
Beat the eggs, sugar and flour together in a large bowl until creamy. Add the raisins from the pan and all the other ingredients and mix well.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, level the top and bake for about an hour until risen and golden. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
Cuts into 10-12 slices.