Tuesday, 7 October 2008

coconut spelt and wholewheat loaf cake

ok, this was a serious venture into the unknown. an experiment into true healthiness. i have had next to no experience with spelt flour and pretty limited experience with wholewheat flour so this really was a journey into virgin territory. my friend who's kitchen i have been commandeering requested a healthy alternative to my loaf cake and who am i to refuse, i mean after all i am using their oven, mixer, sieve and spatula!

so i stuck to the usual loaf cake recipe with some alterations - instead of self-raising and plain flour, i worked with spelt and wholewheat. added some baking powder. then replaced sugar with agave syrup and added freshly grated coconut and vanilla powder (i never even knew there was such a thing!) and the end result...a lovely looking loaf cake! taste-wise this was very interesting. the texture was slightly crumbly and i think next time i would add more agave syrup because it could also have been a little sweeter. it was still moist and had a slight chewy consistency with the presence of the coconut. the spelt flour adds a very particular taste but it all comes together and when you know that it is a healthier alternative, you enjoy it even more. it certainly encourages me to experiment more with healthier flours and sugar alternatives and make some of those ever-so-fattening cupcakes a tad more gentle on the waistline!

the recipe...

250 g soft unsalted butter
5 Tbsp agave syrup
3 large eggs
200 g wholewheat flour
100g spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla powder
150g fresh grated coconut
4 tablespoons milk
loaf tin

cream the butter, adding the syrup when it’s really soft, and creaming both together till pale and smooth and light.
sift together the flours and baking powder.
beat in the eggs one at a time, folding in a spoonful of the flour after each addition, then add the vanilla.
fold in the rest of the flour and finally add the coconut.
thin the batter with the milk - you’re after a soft, dropping consistency - and pour into the waiting greased tin.
pop it in the oven, and cook for 45 mins, or until a cake-tester comes out clean.
leave to cool on a wire rack in its tin, unmould and devour shamelessly - this time you can because it is more healthy!

i'm entering this for the culinarty original recipe round-up so check out the event if you have a favourite original recipe!


Lore said...

Now that took dedication! Love the idea of a healthier alternative and it looks like it turned out great for you. I haven't used spelt in my baking yet and I'll have to keep my eyes open for that vanilla powder.
Thanks for sharing it with Original Recipes!

Unknown said...

hi lore...thanks! it was just so good to be back in the kitchen again and even more so to create something so healthy!

Rosie said...

This looks absolutely delicious and healthy too! I have only used spelt once in my baking but must try using it more often.

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

O man im glad you are back ..! u had me worring :D

Unknown said...

hi rosie, it was surprisingly good and i would definitely say give spelt flour a try!

fariah, worry not...you know the moment i am near an oven i will be baking!