Butternut Squash Spice Cake

Happy Weekend!

We’ve been growing a lot of pumpkins and squash in our garden this year. I have actually never used butternut squash in baking before, but I was very happy with the result! This cake was so delicious! My son and I have been baking a lot together and this was a fun experiment! The recipe is like a zucchini bread, just using grated butternut squash instead of zucchini. We’ll be definitely making this cake again!

Butternut Squash Spice Cake

  • 3 cups spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups coconut sugar
  • 2 lg eggs
  • 2 cups shredded butternut squash
  • optional: chocolate chips, raisins or chopped nuts

-Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt.

– Whisk together, the oil and sugar then add the eggs. Add the spices, vanilla extract and the butternut squash. Add the flour and stir until well combined.

– Fill into prepared loaf pan of about 28 cm.

-Bake in preheated, 350 F oven for about 60 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Ursula

Lemon Bars

These lemon bars are the perfect dessert on a hot summer day! I love the refreshing lemon flavor!

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These bars are refined sugar free and I used spelt flour.

We like it so much that I’ve made these a few times already this summer, including one time using limes.

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Lemon Bars

Shortbread crust:

  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp water

– Mix all the ingredients together and press into a 31-22 cm, (9×13 inch) baking pan. Pre-Bake crust in preheated, 350 F, oven for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Lemon Filling:

  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup creamed honey
  • 3 tbsp spelt flour
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • Zest of 1 lemon

– Whisk all the ingredients together. Pour lemon filling on the still warm prebaked crust. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the filling is set. Let cool completely, then refrigerate.

-Cut into squares, then dust with icing sugar if desired! Tastes wonderful when cold.

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I hope you give it a try! This was actually first time I’ve ate and made lemon bars, and I’m loving it!

 

Ursula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry-Crumble-Cake

Happy Weekend!

I hope you are all staying safe! I apologize for not beeing very active here on my blog, I am regularly posting on Instagram, so I hope you will join me there as well!

It’s been very hot and humid here, we’ve had some much needed rain and everything in our garden is growing nicely.

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This Blueberry-Crumble-Cake is so delicious! Perfect for blueberry season or you can use frozen berries as well. I love the crumble topping!

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Blueberry-Crumble-Cake

For the crumbles:

  • 80 g ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 40 g butter, cold cut into small pieces

For the cake:

  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g creamed honey
  • pinch salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 350 g blueberries, fresh or frozen

-Prepare a 24 cm Springform, line the bottom with parchment paper.

-Preheat oven to 350 F.

-Mix all ingredients for the crumbles, works best using your hands, set aside.

-Combine butter, vanilla extract, honey and salt, whisk well. Add eggs one at the time. Stir in flour and baking powder until well combined.

-Fill into prepared baking form, add blueberries and top with the crumbles.

– Bake in preheated oven for about 50 minutes.

– Let cool a bit before removing from baking form.

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Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Tarts

Summer is just around the corner, we already had a few hot days. I’m looking forward to all the seasonal fruit and veggies growing here in Ontario, especially all the delicious berries!

For my birthday, beginning of June, I’ve made the Strawberry-Coconut-Cake:  Strawberry-Coconut-Cake

One if my favorite strawberry desserts are these yummy and pretty strawberry tarts. It’s a staple in every bakery in Switzerland, that’s usually what I would pick out!

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First you need to prebake the tart shells.  I used a mix of ground almonds and shredded coconut to give it a bit of a different taste, it was really good! The cooled tart shells can be filled with custard or just simply with sweetened whipped cream! Topped with Strawberries and glazed with warmed jelly.

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Strawberry Tarts

For the tart shells:

  • 125 g spelt flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 50 g butter, cold, cut in little pieces
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 40 g shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

-Mix flour and salt, add butter and mix like a pie dough until it resembles fine crumbs. Combine with the almonds and coconut. Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and egg, stir first and then knead only until soft dough forms.

– Let rest in refrigerator for at least one hour.

-Between plastic wrap roll out dough thinly, cut out circles to fit into muffin form.

-Press dough into greased muffin form, prick bottom with a fork.

– Bake in preheated 350 F (convection oven), for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely.

Filling and garnish:

– Fill tarts with a vanilla custard or just simply with whipped cream, I used 1 cup of cream, sweetened with 2-3 tbsp of honey and added 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

-Top with Strawberry halves. Optional step is to brush the berries with a jelly glaze. I used warmed up red currant jelly.

Enjoy!

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Happy June and stay safe and healthy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No bake Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies

It’s time for another quick and easy, very yummy sweet treat! My daughter and I made these no bake Peanut butter and Oatmeal cookies. Drizzled with some maple butter and a sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt, my daughter’s idea, not necessary but totally worth it!

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No bake Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

-Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

– In a medium saucepan boil the butter, maple syrup and milk for 5 minutes. Add the peanut butter and stir.

-Remove from heat and combine with the oatmeal and vanilla and mix thoroughly.

– Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, shaping into cookies.

– Place sheets for several hours into refrigerator.

-Store in refrigerator or freezer: in an airtight container, placing a parchment or wax paper between layers.

Tip: Drizzle cookies with maple butter and sprinkle some Himalayan sea salt on top!

 

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Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Almond & Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

These almond and oatmeal muffins are not only delicious for breakfast! We have been eating these as a dessert! I always have oats in my pantry, it is so versatile, delicious and healthy! These muffins are dairy free and gluten free, if using certified gluten free oats.

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Healthy Almond & Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins 

Yields: 12 mini muffins

Ingredients: 

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup creamed honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp clove
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal
  • 1/4 cup raisins, chocolate chips, cranberries…

– Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare 12 mini muffin cups. (I used reusable silicon cups)

– Whisk eggs with the oil and honey. Add cinnamon, clove and salt.

-Add oats, almonds, baking powder, flaxmeal and raisins, stir until well combined.

– Fill into prepared muffin cups.

– Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

 

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I wish you all a happy weekend and stay healthy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies have a delicious maple flavor and most likely you have all the ingredients already in your fridge and pantry.

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Maple Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

-Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, preheat oven to 350F.

-Whisk together the butter, maple syrup and egg, add vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Stir in flour, oats, baking powder and baking soda, until well mixed.

-Drop by tablespoon on prepared baking sheets, flatten slightly.

-Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Do not overbake.

Yields: 14 large cookies.

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I hope you all stay safe and healthy!

xo

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Coconut Cake

There is just something about pairing chocolate with coconut-either you love it or not, we happen to really like it.

I have this recipe written down in my about grade 5 handwriting, my mom glued the paper into her old baking book which she handed down to me many years ago.

I made this cake for Valentine’s day and it was such a delicious treat!

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Chocolate Coconut Cake

  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 140 g coconut sugar
  • 140 g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 50 g shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp spelt flour
  • pinch of salt

-Preheat oven to 325 F.

– Melt the chocolate with the butter. Whisk the eggs with the sugar then add the chocolate and butter. Add the coconut, almonds, salt and flour, stir until well combined.

– Fill into prepared cake pan of your choice, lined with parchment paper or well buttered and floured.

– Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

-Let cool completely.

-Dust with cocoa powder and shredded coconut or with a chocolate icing.

-I simply melted some dark chocolate with some cream and a bit of honey.

–The original recipe calls for regular sugar and white flour–

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Thank you so much reading my post, I hope you’ll give this recipe a try!

Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry & Lemon Tea Cake

Happy Weekend everyone!

It’s a another snow storm today; just perfect to stay at home safe and cozy, with a hot cup of tea and a slice of cherry and lemon tea cake.

I had a glass of maraschino cherries left and thought I finally use them up in a recipe. It turned out pretty delicious.

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Cherry & Lemon Tea Cake

  • 250 g butter, soft
  • 200 g creamed honey
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 375 ml glas of maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • 300 g white spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

-Line a 30 cm loaf pan with parchment paper, preheat oven to 375 F.

– Whisk butter and honey until creamy then add the eggs one at a time. Add the lemon zest and the cherries. Sift the flour and the baking powder and stir until well combined.

-Fill into baking form and bake for about 50 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

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Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon & Lime Bundt Cake

Happy New Year!

Starting the new year with a quick and easy recipe…this bundt cake has a lovely lemon and lime flavor I really enjoy! It’s sweetened with honey and I used white spelt flour from our local Arva Flour Mills, which happens to be the oldest, still operating flour mill in Canada!

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Lemon & Lime Bundt Cake

  • 125 g butter, soft
  • 125 g creamed honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200 g white spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice

-Butter and flour a 1 liter bundt form. Preheat oven to 350 F.

-Whisk butter and honey, then add the eggs one at the time. Continue whisking until nice and creamy.

-Add the lemon and lime zest and juice. Stir in the flour and baking powder until well combined.

-Fill into prepared bundt form and bake for about 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

-Let cool a bit before removing from bundt form.

-Optional: make a simple lemon and lime glaze, using powdered sugar with lemon and lime juice.

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Enjoy!

Ursula