Pumpkin Pecan Cake

Happy weekend everyone!

We recently celebrated my son’s 17th birthday and last Saturday we celebrated my daughter’s 20th birthday!! We spent the weekend at Niagara Falls, in Ontario. We had a lot of fun, due to the cold, we spent most of our time doing things indoors like bowling and eating! ;))

I still had some pumpkins left from our garden, made some soup and a pumpkin pecan cake. Pumpkin and pecan might be a bit an unusual combination but it turned out really yummy! This is probably going to be my last pumpkin recipe for this season, as I’m starting to think of gingerbread and other delicious holiday baked goods!

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Pumpkin Pecan Cake

  • 200 ml maple syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 200 g grated pumpkin
  • 120 g ground pecans
  • 100 g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

-Whisk together the butter and the eggs, add the maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Add the pumpkin, pecans, flour and the baking powder, stir until well combined.

-Fill into a 8 x 12 baking form that is lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated 375F oven for 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

-Let cool completely, then cut into squares.

 

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Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Happy 1st November!

Time sure has gone by fast since I posted my last recipe here. I hope you’ll forgive my lack of responding and also reading and commenting on blog posts.

We’ve been having a beautiful fall. I just love the colorful leaves and pumpkins and everything pumpkin spice!

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Yields: 12

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • Optional, add raisins, choc chips…
  • Extra topping:
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 2 tbsp spelt flour
  • 2 tbsp ground walnuts

-Preheat oven to 375F

-Mix together butter, milk, eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla and coconut sugar. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and salt. Stir until well combined.

-Fill into 12 muffin tins.

-Mix together the butter, maple syrup, pumpkin spice, flour and ground walnuts.

-Spread the mixture evenly onto the muffins. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, then lower temperature to 350F and finish bake the muffins for about 20 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of muffins comes out clean.

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Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

Zwetschgenkuchen mit Streusel/Plum cake with Streusel

Happy Labour Day Weekend!!

Summer break is almost over; another new school year starting and because this will be my son’s final year, grade 12; it will be extra special. Time sure goes by too quick sometimes, lol.

I’m loving all the wonderful local fruits we have in season now and I couldn’t resist to make a plum cake. A Streusel-topping was my sons wish:)

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Super yummy, I hope you’ll give it a try!

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Zwetschgenkuchen mit Streusel/Plum cake with Streusel

Ingredients:

  • 250 g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 80 ml maple syrup
  • 100 g butter, soft
  • about 18 plums, cut in halves

Streusel:

  • 60 ml maple syrup
  • 100 g butter, cold
  • 150 g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

-Flour and grease a 22 cm Springform.

-Whisk  the butter with the egg and maple syrup. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, then add to the butter mix, stir until well combined.

-Roll out about a 1/3 directly onto the bottom of the Springform, I used my hands, then close the form and line the sides with the rest of the dough, about half way up.

-Fill the form with the plums. Combine all the ingredients for the Streusel and spread evenly onto the plums.

-Bake in preheated oven, 350 F / 180 C, for about 55 minutes.

 

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Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Plum Cake

I’m finally back from my vacation! We spent 3 weeks visiting my family in Switzerland! Daily trips and a 3-day trip to Venice left us with many wonderful memories!

I might share some pictures in a separate blog post;))

This yellow plum cake is similar to previous recipes I’ve shared using plums or peaches, but this is the first time I used yellow plums. I was really happy with the result, so yummy!

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Yellow Plum Cake

Ingredients:

  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 4 eggs
  • 120 g honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 250 g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 400 g – 500 g yellow plums

-Cut the washed plums into halves and remove pits.

-Grease and flour a 26 cm Springform. Preheat oven to 350 F /180 C.

-Cream the butter with the honey and vanilla extract, then add the eggs one at the time, add a pinch of salt. Mix the baking powder with the flour and add to the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined.

-Fill into prepared Springform or baking dish then arrange the plums on top with cut side up, lightly pushing into dough.

-Bake for about 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

– Let cool completely before removing from baking dish.

Tip: I brushed the top of the cake with some honey.

-Dust with icing sugar if desired.

 

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I hope you’ll give it a try!

Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrot Cake Cookies

Hello everyone, I wish you all a Happy Easter and a wonderful weekend!

These carrot cake cookies are super yummy, with a touch of maple syrup, cinnamon and cloves.

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Carrot Cake Cookies 

Yields: 25 large cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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

-Whisk together the butter and maple syrup, add eggs one at a time, add spices and salt.

-Mix in the carrots, then add the flour, baking soda and ground almonds. Stir until well combined.

-Drop by spoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving some space between cookies. The cookies will spread a bit.

-Sprinkle with some coconut sugar if desired.

-Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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(These pretty Easter eggs were made by my late grandmother who was a very talented crafter!)

 

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almond Coconut Fruit Tart (gluten-free)

This year we have some special celebrations in our family, we’ll be celebrating 10, 20, 40, 50, 60, 70th birthday as well as some anniversaries. First up was my husbands 50th birthday!

Because of some digestion problems he did not ask for a cake, that is why I came up with this gluten free almond fruit tart. Pretty easy to make and tastes delicious.

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Almond Coconut Fruit Tart

Almond Crust:

  • 3 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs

-Whisk together butter and eggs, add coconut sugar, salt and cinnamon. Stir in ground almonds until well combined. This will be a sticky dough.

-Line the bottom of a 28 cm tart form with parchment paper, grease the sides. Fill in almond dough, works best using your hands, press down evenly. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 30 minutes. Let cool completely.

Coconut Custard

  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

-In a medium saucepan whisk together all ingredients, except vanilla. Let come to a boil, while whisking, then reduce heat and let cook until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and let cool a few minutes then fill in a bowl and let cool completely in the fridge.

Assembly:

-Place almond crust on a serving plate or cake stand. Fill with custard then decorate with your fruit of choice. I used about 5 kiwis, cut in slices, 1 orange and some grape halves.

-Store in refrigerator.

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Almond Muffins

Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a great weekend!

It’s been a kind of a slow week as we were dealing with very cold and stormy weather, which lead to 3 cancelled school days and exams being pushed forward several times. It was a bit of a mess.

These Maple Almond Muffins are our delicious Sunday afternoon treat, using spelt flour and sweetened with maple syrup. It’s yummy and not too sweet.

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Maple Almond Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 175 g butter, melted
  • 180 ml maple syrup
  • 4 eggs, yolk and whites separated
  • pinch of salt
  • 125 g spelt flour
  • 150 g ground almonds
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

-Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare 10 -12 muffin tins.

-Mix together the butter and maple syrup. Add the egg yolks one at the time, mixing well.

-In a separate bowl whip the egg whites, with the salt and baking powder, until stiff peaks form.

-Add the flour, almonds and egg whites, a little at the time, and carefully mix under the butter mixture. Mix until combined, do not overmix.

-Fill into prepared muffin tins and bake in preheated 375F oven for 10 minutes then set oven to 350F and finish bake another 20 minutes or until golden brown and tester inserted comes out clean.

-Let cool completely.
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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

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