Bake It Better

A bit of an odd title for a post, but hey..it kinda makes sense…

You see, I put my back out again, last Sunday as I was getting ready for work. Even though I was seeing a Chiropractor for about 8 months (which was great, but not very affordable in the long run) and I was more than ok for a while, it came to bite me in the back (pun intended 😉 ). So, I still went to work, in agony – poor me whatever, blah blah.. – bought a T.E.N.S machine (I basically swapped my Garmin for the T.E.N.S 😦 )on Monday, applied copious amounts of DeepHeat coupled with hot water bottles at night and on my day off yesterday, I just couldn’t hold back any longer – I just had to BAKE!!! Some of the motivation came in the form of some overly ripe Raspberries, the rest from feeling hungry as the fridge is sparsely stocked at the moment.

Here’s the recipe, which can be altered and adapted to your own liking.. hooray! 😀

Raspberry Madeira Cake/Muffins/?

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Yield : 6 large Muffins + 1x20cm round cake

Ingredients:

  • 300ml Water
  • 150g Apple Puree (unsweetened Apple Sauce)
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil (I used mild Olive Oil)
  • 500g dry Cake Mix
  • 100g Wholemeal Flour
  • 1.5 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Xantham Gum
  • 35g Oats
  • 10g Splenda (granulated)
  • 15g milled Flax/Linseed
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Extract
  • 15g mixed, chopped Nuts
  • 70g White Chocolate Chips
  • 170g Raspberries

(I really went to town with the added extras..you could leave out/swap the nuts, chocolate chips, even the flax and oats, but they turned out perfect!)

Anyway..

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C/ 356° F
  2. Measure water, apple puree and oil into a large mixing bowl. Add the next 7 dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Add the lemon extract, chopped nuts and white chocolate chips and fold in the raspberries afterwards.
  4. Grease (e.g.) a 6 cup muffin tin, dust with plain flour and repeat with the round (20cm) cake tin.
  5. Fill pans with batter and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Enjoy warm, served with custard, fro yo, ice cream,… 😛

Have a great Saturday and Weekend!

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Twas the day of baking gifts

Today is my last day off before Christmas Day! Not bad, considering I work in retail and it’s utter mayhem in every shop, no matter how big or small, right now. A day off work doesn’t equate to a day of rest for though – oh no, for today is the day I’m baking dozen of cookies which shall be passed on as gifts to co-workers and ‘grown-up’ family members.

On the menu : Sugar Cookie Recipe-made-into-Hazelnut-Thumbprint-covered-in-Chocolate Cookies 😀 and Austrian Vanilla Crescents

Before I can get to that, I have an appointment with my Chiropractor, which hasn’t only been part of a series of appointments ever since I put my back out for the 2nd time in a matter of 5 months earlier this year, but is also coming quite handy-dandy today as I felt that familiar jolt of pain in my lower back two days ago… meh. :/

So, I haven’t been to the gym since Monday, though I’m yearning for the treadmill, as strange as that may sound to some. Anyway, I’m hoping to be able to hop back on the ‘moving pavement’ (<– huh!?) by wednesday next week, which would also coincide with my gym reopening after the festivities. Happy days!

Wish me luck..