This post is for all those friends of mine who liked to read about my sonny boy and commented that he is soo sweet. Yeah! I know he is a crowd puller in every true sense and I realised it the time he was born. That bald little bundle dint cry for a second, rather looked amusedly at the doctors. Trust me am not making a single word when I say he actually winked at me the time he was brought to me for the first time. He always has been a very quite boy but knows how to grab attention when he wants to. Just like any other kid of his age he He loves to watch nursery rhymes on TV, listening to Rabindra sangeet and talking to his soft toys and between doing all these he does his things in silence. When you happily fold clothes thinking that the baby is watching cartoon network he actually would be found in the bathroom, standing on a stool playing with the water. He also has this peculiar habit of doing just the opposite what he is asked for. If we want him to sit with his books we actually have to tell him ' No no you dont have to study now, please put your books on the shelf’. And there he is with his bookd, talking to himself, pointing to the pictures ‘this is a bus, that is a taxi…’
Like any other kid of his age he does his share of mischief. The biggest problem with him is his inquisitiveness. I know that’s good but what if someone needs to know how it feels to lock Mummy in the bathroom. Yes that nightmarish thing happened to me during the time when we just shifted base and was staying with my parents. I am very scared of such mishaps around children and always prefer to make the house child safe. But that was only for a very small period of time and we always have full time house help. Still such a bad incident took place on a lonely afternoon when the househelp took a half day break and parents were on work. the brat suddenly woke up from his afternoon nap and decided to excite himself by just locking the bathroom door from outside. That was the most scariest one hour of my life when I pleaded the little one to try and open the door just the way he locked it and he kept on trying and saying ‘Hochhe na, hochhe na (Its not working)’. Finally the watchman had to break a lock and a door to save us.
Anyways let me get back to today’s recipe for now. I got this idea of stonefruit cake from the blogosphere. When I saw this light and pretty tea time cake with all those fruits peeking from it, I knew I have to make it. Stonefruits are not very easily available here and this is the first time I tasted plum. Somehow this fruit never appealed to me when I was in Bangalore and I hardly thought about putting them in my weekly grocery bag. This time too I only bought one piece to bake with but that was so juicy and sweet, next day I went back to the shop and bought a huge batch. Also this is the first time I have baked a cake with flaxseeds. Every other day you see articles about the goodness of these seeds and trust me it truly stands to its name of vegan egg. You just have to soak some flaxseed powder in water for half an hour and at the end of this time you have sticky vegan egg ready for your baking spree. If you have been reading my blog you must have noticed that am not much eggless bake person but now am a believer and I really dint miss the egg in this cake. The only thing am skeptical about is the little soggy bits around the fruits. As I already said I made it for the first time and have never ate it elsewhere so am not sure if that’s normal with fresh fruit cakes. I would definitely appreciate your comments on this. If it’s a fiasco please tell me how to overcome this as I want to bake this again and again.
Eggless Stone fruit Tea Cake
All purpose flour: 1 cup
Almonds: ½ cup
Baking powder: 1 tsp
Baking soda: 1/2 tsp
Flaxseeds powder: 2 tbsp
White oil: ½ cup
Buttermilk: 1/3 cup
Sugar: ½ cup
Vanilla essence: 1 tsp
Fruits and nuts:
Peach: 1 large
Plum: 1 big
Cherries: ½ cup
Dried apricot: 5-6 pieces
Few almonds to sprinkle on top. If you get flaked almond use that.
Soak the flaxseed powder in little water and keep covered for 30 minutes.
Dry roast the almonds till they are a couple of shades darker. Cool and grind to a coarse powder.
Peel the skin, stone and chop the peach in small cubes. Chop the plum, apricot and cherries in similar manner (don’t peel the skin). Chop the almonds in small pieces.
Oil one pie tin or a round cake pan (I used one 8” pie tin). Preheat the oven at 180C.
Mix in the flour, almond powder, baking powder, baking soda. Keep aside.
In another big bowl cream the sugar with the oil and then pour in the flaxseeds mix and vanilla essence. Mix everything well.
Add ½ of the dry ingredients to this and fold to incorporate well. Pour in the buttermilk and mix. Finally fold the rest of the dry ingredients.
Take little bit more than half of the batter and spread it on the prepared pie tin. Scatter the fruits on top and then roughly cover the top with the remaining batter. I used few cherries on the top to make it look pretty. Also sprinkle the flaked almonds on top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool completely before slicing. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve. I could not follow this as it looked so pretty that I wanted dig in just the moment it came out of the oven. Trust me the pictures are not doing justice to it as its very cloudy here and we hardly get good light to click.
It says good for a day in the fridge. But tastes best when eaten fresh.
I don’t know why but most of the recipes I checked on net used much more fruits than me. But I found it difficult to incorporate more fruit than this with the same amount of batter. If you could figure out how please go ahead and add more fruit.
Sending this to
Let's Cook; break time snacks at Tickling palates.
Pari's 'Only' baked hosted at Tamalapaku this month.
Meeta's Monthly Mingle: Stonefruit, hosted this month at Sips and spoonfuls.
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