Plum Crumble Cake

My plum tree is overflowing with ripe fruit, and I’m trying to use as much as I can. I saw the talented @lesoulfoodist post a beautiful plum cake and got the recipe. I was not disappointed, let med tell you. A perfect cake, well balanced in sweetness that brought out the best in the plums. If you don’t have any plums of your own, you’re more than welcome to stop by and pick some from my tree!

Ingredients
4 dl plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 dl caster sugar
1/3 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
100 vegan butter
0,5 dl aquafaba
1,25 dl plant milk
15-20 small plums (300 g)

Crumble
1,5 dl plain flour
1 dl caster sugar
65 g vegan butter

Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a round spring form (20-23 cm) with parchment paper.
Mix all dry ingredients for the batter. Combine with vegan butter, plant milk and aquafaba to a thick, smooth batter. I used the food processor (my best friend). Pour the batter into the spring form and even out.
Cut the plums in half and take the stone out. Cover the batter with plums.
In the food processor, combine the ingredients for the crumble. Distribute on top of the plums. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon on top.
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until the top is golden.

Zucchini Bread

Two things I love most about Instagram: 1. The endless source of inspiration. I’d never heard of zucchini bread before. Now I have tried it. I’m now a happier person.
2. The incredibly friendly people. I’ve connected with so many kind, generous, genuine people in this vegan corner of IG, and I’m so grateful for that. Take a look at my stories, where I share a few favourites from my #instafamily, and check out their lovely accounts!
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Now about that zucchini bread. You’ll want to make this.
Ingredients:
6 tbsp aquafaba
2 dl caster sugar
1,5 dl neutral oil
5 dl plain flour
1,5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla sugar
2 tsp cacao
1 tsp salt
1,5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger powder
5 dl coarsely grated zucchini
100 g chopped chocolate
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Pre-heat the oven to 200 C.
With an electrical beater, whisk aquafaba and caster sugar to a smooth, fluffy batter.
In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Carefully fold into the batter.
Add oil and grated zucchini. There’s no need to drain the zucchini beforehand, you want all that moisture in the cake. At last, stir in the chocolate pieces.
Pour the batter into a round baking pan or a loaf tray, approx. 35 x 10 cm (larger than your average bread loaf), lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 200 degrees for about 45 minutes. Check the cake with a toothpick, it should come out dry.
Leave to cool for a couple of hours before icing it. (Combine 2 dl powdered sugar, a squeeze of lemon juice and about 1 tbsp of water just enough to melt the sugar.)

Carrot Cake

Last week, my youngest turned two, and we celebrated with our large extended family. Wonderful! I know that carrot cake is a real crowd pleaser, so that was a must. I’ve simply veganised the recipe by @leilalindholm. By popular demand – here it is! (The recipe for the cashew frosting can be found on my website of if you scroll back in my feed.)
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1,5 dl aquafaba (water from canned chickpeas)
3 dl caster sugar
3 dl plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch of vanilla powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp coarsely ground cardamom
1 tsp powdered ginger
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 dl oil (original says sunflower seed, but I use canola)
5 dl finely grated carrots
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With an electrical beater, whisk aquafaba and caster sugar to a smooth, fluffy batter.
In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Carefully fold into the batter.
Add oil and grated carrots.
Pour the batter into a round baking pan or a loaf tray, approx. 35 x 10 cm (larger than your average bread loaf), lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 160 degrees for about 50-60 minutes. Check that the cake isn’t sticky in the middle before taking it out.
Leave to cool for a couple of hours before covering with frosting.

Carrot Cake with Cashew Frosting

A moist, flavourful, sweet and dreamy carrot cake. There’s hardly anything better, is there? I used a recipe by Swedish queen of baking @leilalindholm and switched eggs for 1,5 dl aquafaba. (Just google it! Let me know if you want it translated to English.) The frosting takes a bit of work, but you’ll thank me when you’re finished. Recipe inspired by @lazycatkitchen

FROSTING
150 g natural cashews
0,5 dl coconut cream
50 g vegan butter
zest from 1 lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 dl icing sugar

Soak cashews in cold water for at least 4 hours, or in hot water for 1 hour. Drain well.
Put half of the cashews, all of the coconut cream and the butter in a blender. Blend until smooth, and then add rest of cashews and lemon zest and juice. Blend again to a smooth cream.
With a spatula, combine cream with icing sugar. Put in the fridge for about an hour before spreading on top of the cooled carrot cake.

Banana Pancakes

We had a little tower of banana pancakes this morning to get ready for the Midsummer festivities. And no Midsummer without strawberries, of course!

1 dl rye flakes
2 oat milk
3 ripe bananas
1 dl plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp oil, canola or coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
0,5 tsp salt
0,5 tsp vinegar

For serving
strawberries
mango
blueberries
walnuts
1 tsp sugar

Pour the oat milk over the rye flakes in a bowl and leave to soak in the fridge overnight, or in room temperature for at least 15 minutes.
Add all the ingredients including soaked rye to a mixer. Mix well to a smooth batter.
Toast the walnuts in a dry pan with a pinch of cinnamon and 1 tsp sugar.
Fry small pancakes in oil on medium heat until golden. Serve with fruit, berries and toasted walnuts.

Banana Bread

This is one of my favourite sweet treats. The word “bread” is obviously a trick to make it sound healthy. It’s not. Especially when you add chocolate. But oh, it’s makes it sooo much better! So maybe it’s not ideal for breakfast, but really any other time of the day. Recipe from foodfolder.se.

Banana Bread
4 ripe bananas
1,5 dl plant milk
1 tsp white vinegar
0,5 dl canola oil
4 dl plain flour
0,5 tsp cinnamon
0,5 tsp cardamom
0,5 tsp ginger
1,5 dl brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
75 g dark chocolate

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a loaf pan with baking tray paper.
  • Mash the bananas in a big bowl and mix with plant milk, vinegar and canola oil.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, spices, sugar and baking soda.
  • Sift the flour mixture into the banana mix and mix until combined.
  • Coarsely chop the chocolate and mix with the batter. Save some to sprinkle on top.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle with some chocolate.
  • Bake in the oven for about an hour. Let the bread rest and cool off for at least 30 minutes before cutting it in slices.

Vietnamese Pho

Pho is a new acquaintance for me. Vietnamese noodle soup with lots of spices and fresh vegetables sounds like something I’d really like. So I tried a recipe from Green Kitchen Travels, and I must admit that it wasn’t really what I expected. With spices like cinnamon and cardamom it smelled more like a drink for Christmas than Asian street food. But lime, thai basil and coriander balanced it up, and when I tasted it I was pleasantly surprised. The best bit is pouring the steaming broth over the fresh veggies!

Let’s do it step by step.

  • 400 g firm tofu, pressed to get the water out
  • 0,5 dl soy sauce
  • 0,5 dl sesame oil (not the roasted type!)
  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce

Cut the tofu block in cubes, and marinate in soy, sesame oil and sweet chili sauce.

Then start with the broth:

  • 2 large onions cut in quarters
  • 10 cm of fresh ginger, finely sliced
  • 3 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4 star anis
  • 4 cloves (Not garlic! In Swedish – kryddnejlika)
  • 2 tbsp cardamom
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 liters of vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp soy
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 fennel

Quickly fry all the spices in a dry pot. Make sure they don’t burn. Add vegetable stock and soy together with onions, ginger, carrot and fennel. Bring to boil and let simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare the veg and noodles:

  • 4 servings of rice noodle, cook according to instructions and rinse with cold water.
  • 1 pak choy, sliced
  • 1 carrot, finely sliced like matches
  • 100 g bean sprouts
  • 2 limes, cut in quarters
  • 4 sprigs of Thai basil

Take the marinated tofu, roll it sesame seeds and fry it in oil.

Now pour the broth through a fine sieve to get rid of the vegetables and spices, then heat the broth again.

Prepare bowls with noodles, pak choy, carrot, bean sprouts, tofu, Thai basil and lime quarters. At the table, pour the steaming broth into the bowl, squeeze over lime juice and tuck in!