Someone described the chef Nigel Slater to me recently as a 'National Treasure'. A perfect description of the most down-to-earth chef that currently graces our TV screens. No swearing, no pukka pukka, just wonderful Nigel.
This is his recipe for an amazing Beetroot Poppy Seed Cake which I've made a number of times. It doesn't taste of beetroot but has a great earthiness to it. It's sweet but doesn't contain as much sugar as most cakes and it's made without butter so it will keep in your pantry (not that I have one!) for a long time. It's also full of so many amazing seeds that give it a nutty texture. My daughter loves it and loves helping me bake it.
|My daughter ready with the ingredients|
Self raising flour - 225g
Bicarbonate of soda - half a teaspoon
Baking powder - 1 level teaspoon
Ground cinnamon - half a teaspoon
Eggs - 3 (separated)
Light sugar muscovado - 225g
Sunflower or brazil nut oil - 180ml
Raw beetroot - 150g
Juice of half a lemon
Sultanas or raisins - 75g
Mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, linseed) - 75g
For the icing (optional):
Icing sugar - 8 tablespoons
Lemon juice or orange blossom water
Set the oven at 180 /Gas 4. Lightly butter a rectangular loaf tin (20cm x 9cm x 7cm deep) then line the bottom with baking parchment.
|Mixing the sugar and oil|
|Mixing in the seeds|
Fold the flour and raising agents into the mixture whilst the machine is still turning slow (again, I do by hand). Beat the egg whites till light and almost stiff. Fold gently but thoroughly into the mixture using a large metal spoon (a wooden one will knock the air out).
|Stirring in the raising agents|
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Part of Ella's Friday Club Carnival
Here are the other recipes in this Cakes and Cookies Carnival:
Nova at Cherished by Me gives us her Cherry, Coconut and Marshmallow Traybake.
Kelly at Domestic Goddesque posts her recipe for heart-shaped jammy-dodger-style biscuits in Baking with a heart!
Jules at I Need Curtains for the Window in my Head posts her recipe for Almond Macaroons.
Helen at Cheeky Wipes gives us her recipe for Coffee Cake.
Gemma at HelloitsGemma's Blog posts her (easiest) Banana Cake (ever).
Sian at Pumpkin and Piglet posts her Chocolate Digestive Biscuits.
Jax at Making It Up gives us her recipe for gingerbread.
Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family posts her Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Clare at Seasider in the City gives us her Mars Bar Cake.
Bod for Tea shows us how she makes Iced Animal Biscuits.
Maggy at Red Ted Art has a guest post from Maison Cupcake's Sarah showing us how to make Love Heart Cookies.
Rebecca at twobecomefour gives us her recipe for Beck's Banana Bread.
Jenny at Gingerbread House gives us her Gingerbread cupcakes.
Tiddlyompompom shares the fun she has making cakes with her daughter in Have your cake and eat it.