Orange Bundt Cake

This bundt cake has such a lovely orange flavor, I’m definitely loving it! It’s another quick and easy recipe!!!

Happy Weekend everyone!

Orange Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

  • 125 g butter, soft
  • 125 g creamed honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200 g white spelt flour
  • 1,5 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large oranges, zest, and juice of only 1 orange

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

– Whisk butter and honey until creamy then add the eggs one at a time.

-Add the orange zest and juice. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt 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 completely before removing from baking form.

Optional: Dust with icing sugar or make a simple orange glaze, by mixing powdered sugar, orange juice and a bit of Cointreau.

I hope you will give it a try!

Enjoy!

Ursula

No-Bake Peanut Butter Quinoa Balls

After the holidays it’s nice to have some healthier snack options available! These no bake peanut butter and quinoa balls are really yummy and you will only need 5 ingredients you might already have in your pantry. I used quinoa puffs instead of rice crispies since I already had that on hand.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Quinoa Balls

Yields 14 balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup quinoa puffs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut

-Mix all ingredients, except coconut, together and refrigerate for half an hour.

-Form into bite size balls and roll in the coconut. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

-Feel free to use regular peanut butter or any other nut butter of your choice.

Enjoy!

I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!!!

Ursula

xo

Maple Sweet Potato Bread

We love everything pumpkin spice and while I have already made pumpkin spice and butternut squash bread, I have never baked a cake with sweet potatoes before!

My son was helping me bake; we doubled the recipe to make two loafs. It turned out to be super delicious, with all the lovely fall flavors, and tastes best a few days later.

Maple Sweet Potato Bread

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup sweet potatoes, cooked and pureed
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

-Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, or grease and flour. Preheat oven to 350 F (convection setting).

-Whisk together the butter, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla, add the eggs and the milk. Then add the sweet potato puree, mix well.

– Mix together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, pumpkin spice and cinnamon. Stir into the wet ingredients until well combined.

-Fill into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

-Let cool completely.

Happy baking!

Ursula

Zwetschgenkuchen Plumcake

Happy Sunday everyone!

I love baking with Italian plums, we call these Zwetschgen in German or Zwätschge in Swiss German. I was able to find some local plums and just had to grab it!

Zwetschgenkuchen/Plumcake

  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 150 ml maple syrup
  • 1 organic lemon, zest, and juice of half
  • pinch salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • about 19 Italian plums, cut in half

-Line the bottom of a 24 cm Springform pan with parchment paper, grease and flour the sides. Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C.

– Whisk together the butter, maple syrup, lemon juice, zest and salt. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well.

-Add the flour and baking powder, stir until well combined. Pour into prepared baking pan. Top with the plums and sprinkle with some almond slices if desired. I also dusted the plums with a bit of cinnamon.

– Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

-Let cool completely, dust with icing sugar if desired.

It’s so yummy, I hope you give it a try!

Enjoy!

Ursula

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