Orange Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

There is nothing better than having a slice of coffee cake to go with your cup of coffee. I especially love the unique orange flavor in this cake by using fresh slices of oranges and then topped with cinnamon almond Streusel!

Orange Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 3 eggs
  • 120 g organic cane sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 ml cashew milk or milk of joice
  • 250 g white spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

For the Streusel:

  • 80 g white spelt flour
  • 60 g ground almonds
  • 60 g organic cane sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 50 g butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 3 – 4 oranges, cut into segments

-Line a 9×13 inch baking form with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.

-For the cake batter, whisk butter and sugar, add the eggs one at the time. Whisk in the salt, vanilla extract and milk. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until well combined. Fill into prepared baking dish.

-Place orange segments evenly on top of batter.

-For the Streusel, mix together the almonds, flour and cinnamon. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients. With your fingers mix until crumbly.

-Put Streusel evenly on top of oranges.

-Bake in preheated oven for about 50 minutes or until golden brown and tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

-Let cool a bit before cutting into squares.

Happy weekend!

Ursula

Banana Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crumble Cake

This crumble cake was amazing! Banana combined with chocolate and peanut butter is just so delicious, plus anything with crumbles is a win here, you’ll definitely have to give it a try!!!

Banana Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crumble Cake

For the Cake:

  • 1 cup white spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk, or milk of choice, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, soft
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chopped into small pieces or chocolate chips

For the Crumbles:

  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 butter, soft

-Grease a 8×8 inch baking dish, or line it with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.

For the Cake, mix together the flour, baking powder and the salt, set aside. In a separate bowl whisk together the butter with the sugar, add the egg. Mix in the vanilla and the milk. Add the flour and stir until well combined. Fill into prepared baking dish.

For the Filling, cut the banana into thin rounds. Pour the lemon juice on top and stir. Place the bananas evenly over top of cake batter.

-Sprinkle the chocolate on top. With a spoon drizzle the peanut butter on top.

For the Crumbles, combine all ingredients and with a fork mix together until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the banana, chocolate and peanut butter filling.

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

– Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ursula

xo

Vegan Cinnamon Pecan Babka

There is something so comforting about the smell of baked nuts and cinnamon, fresh out of the oven!

We made this babka with ingredients we already had at home, it turned out so delicious! Perfect for a wintry afternoon treat, especially during lockdown.

Vegan Cinnamon Pecan Babka

Ingredients:

  • 300 g white spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 60 ml olive oil or coconut oil
  • 120 ml plant based milk, I used unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp honey

Filling:

  • 150 g ground pecans
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 – 6 tbsp plant based milk, I used unsweetened cashew milk
  • 3 tbsp apricot or apple jelly

-Line a 35 cm loaf pan with parchment paper.

-Combine spelt flour, salt and instant quick yeast. In a small saucepan or in the microwave, combine the milk, oil and honey, heat it up over low heat, do not let it come to a boil, it only has to be lukewarm.

-Add the milk, honey and oil mix to the dry ingredients, mix well and knead dough on a lightly floured surface until you have a smooth ball of dough.

-Lightly grease a large bowl with a bit of olive oil, place the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel. Let rise until doubled in size, for about an hour.

-In the meantime, mix all ingredients, except jelly, for the filling, adding enough milk to make a moist mixture.

-On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangle, spread the jelly on top, then spread the filling evenly on top.

-Tightly roll up the dough to form a long log, cut in half lengthwise, then lay them side by side. Weave the pieces back and forth over each other, like braiding but with only two strands.

-Tuck into the prepared baking form, cover and let rise for another hour.

-Bake in preheated 350F oven for 45 minutes or until deep golden brown.

-Optional: glaze the still hot babka with a simple icing, using icing sugar and lemon juice.

Happy Weekend!

Enjoy!

Ursula

xo

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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