Sunday, July 10, 2011

Eggless Stone fruit Tea Cake


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.
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Eggless Stone fruit Tea Cake

Ingredients:
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:
I used
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.

Method:
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.

Note:
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.

Events:
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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48 comments:

DD said...

wow this looks awesome!!!!

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Amritha Kalyani said...

hahahaha. i laugh at the incident now but i am sure it must have been the scariest incident in ur life. ur little one is really cute.. :-) love this cake. looks so tasty.. perfect for tea time snacking..

harini-jaya said...

oh my! This looks gorgeous!

julie said...

Thanx for visiting my blog ,dear..you too have a yummy space..cake looks delicious..will visit frequently, hoping to see you in my blog too!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

I loved reading about your cute kid and to tell you the truth I am very clear about my coming future scary days with my son...;)..Cake looks delicious..

kankana said...

your writing is beautiful with so much depth. My brother has once locked himself in the bathroom the same way because he got mad at my mom .. he was 4 yrs old !
This cake looks lovely and stone fruit are all over these days.

hemalata said...

Wow wonderful cake looks so tompting and inviting too.

Vimitha Anand said...

Thats on cake packed with awesome flavors... Perfectly done...

sr said...

You baby boy is a sure charmer!
This fruit cake reminds me of Christmas in Kolkata.Sayantani you are making me home sick!!
Fruit cake +Flurys +dec in Kolkata=too much to handle for me.pls parcel this cake to me now!!:)

Reva said...

Tea cake looks awesome.. I can relate to the scary incidents so well.. reminds me of fun time I had with my girl... Good that both of U are safe.. Wonderful writeup Dear, very nice read..
Reva

kitchen queen said...

lovely tempting and attractive cake allow me to just grab it will U?

sangeeta said...

Hey Sayantani..this is a gorgeous cake. Fruity cakes are all time favorites and i would have tempted to add some rum to this one :)

We love all stone fruits and here in delhi we get all of them plenty...but i seldom bake a cake with them all together. With peaches i made a bread and that was great.

You kido is sweet , i remember my sis had locked herself once...must have been a hilarious thing to talk about for you all.

Shilpi Bose said...

I can understand why you would like to bake this cake again and again, I feel like grabbing a bite myself.
Well your boy is indeed a crowd puller but the day you got locked in must have been scary, may we have more stories about the mishti little fellow.

Priti said...

Looks so gud....with those cheery is just wonderful

Prathibha said...

Cake looks superb n loaded with yummy fruits...looks perfect n nice clicks..

Ramya said...

Looks soo beautiful:-) I wud love to hav a slice:-)

Suja said...

Moist and delicious cake,looks so tasty..perfect with a cup of tea
thanks dear,for your feedback,so glad that you like it..

Ambreen said...

Your cake looks extraordinarily gorgeous. Lovely clicks, very tempting. Love reading about your naughty little one's :)

Sanchita said...

Lovely looking cake. I am sure it will taste great too..very tempting :)Love your photos too.

Yummy Team said...

Enjoyed reading about your son :) This cake looks amazing. Loved the clicks too..

Cooking Foodie said...

Yum cake - even more yummier photos :)

Sobha Shyam said...

the cake looks awesome, absolutely delicious n yummy..sure a feast to the eye :)..u have a wonderful blog, thanx for the visit to my space..glad to follow u :)

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aipi said...

The cake looks fantastic ~ I would love to have some with a hot cup of coffee :)
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Preeti said...

Hi Sayantani,
This cake looks real tempt!! I have never dared using flaxseeds..but now that you have tried, I shall do it. Did you have any flaxseeds bits in your cake? Just wondering if it would work with regular sponges.
Locked in bathroom for an hour..Gosh!!!
Give a nice big hug to your dushtu shona...that is what I call my son too:)

Manju said...

Ohh my Sayantani, this looks really awesome! Cherries are in season here and I am always looking for more recipes with it! :)

Sushma Mallya said...

This looks so delicious and beautifully baked....v healthy and lovely recipe:)

Sayantani said...

@Amritha, thats was real scary.

@Jaya,julie thanks

@Reshmi, yes better you be prepared dear. they grow up in no time.

@Kankana, thanks. you made my day

@Vimitha, Sr, Reva, :-)

Sayantani said...

@KQ, :-)

Sangeeta, peach bread, plz share the recipe.

@Shilipidi, truly that was an wonderful cake.

@PRiti, Prathibha, thanks girls

Ramya, suja, ambreen, sanchita, yummy, glad that you like it

@cooking foodie, shobha, aipi, thanks for your generous comments girls

@PRiti, I actually coarsely ground the seeds myself so it was not very fine. i have seen very fine flax seeds powders in the market, if you use that you wont feel any bits. but in my case I liked the nutty flavour especially when mingled with the almond meal.
but am really not sure about using flax seeds in sponges. the texture definitely should change. lets check the net to see if anyone has done that before.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks absolutely yummy! loved ur presentation and clicks!

Usha said...

IT is funny reading the incident and it must have been very scary! The though itself is petrifying..

The cake looks delicious and lovely clicks!

thekitchenaffaire said...

Woww..thats one yummy looking cake.. :D Perfect with a cup of tea.. I love your pictures too :)

A Spoonful of YUMM ! said...

yumm ! looks delicious :)

Babli said...

Tea cake looks soft, spongy, yummy and tempting. Very beautiful decoration and presentation.

nishaslifestyle.blogspot.com said...

stunning to see the pics and the writeup...nice treat...

Sweet Artichoke said...

First, your little one is really sooo cute (love the pic with the laptop) even if being locked must have been so scary!
Your cake looks awesome and I, too, have just discovered flaxseeds or chia seeds as eggs replacer! A great find, loaded with omega 3!!
I think cakes gets soggy around the fruity bits because of the juice of the fruits bringing lots of moisture, so I think it is a normal thing!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

That cake looks absolutely amazing and wow what great stories about your sonny boy, locking in the bathroom doesn't sound too good, I can only imagine what you were going through. Once my nephew had locked himself in the bathroom and we didn't have a key from outside and he started crying and it was a hell for next couple of minutes.

arthi said...

the cake looks delicious..

suma said...

Kids certainly give you some of the best and scariest moments of your life, trust me girls are not better than boys here:-)

The cake looks awesome, am not much of an eggless bakes person too. I got to bake something with stone fruit before the season ends. And beautiful pics!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Cake looks very scrumptious, Sayantini. The last click is tempting.

Spice said...

sayantani how r u doing....I went thru 5 minutes of that scary situation last year when my 20 month old locked herself...felt like it was couple of hrs.....cake looks absolutely delicious & beautiful too....my hands r itching to bake something like that, can't wait to get back to my kitchen......reg. book giveaway at my space I'm gonna need North America address for shipping...

Uma said...

Your blog is welcoming me with cake. :-). Nice writeup too. Cake looks very yummy. BTW I like your profile pic!

Cheers,
Uma
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Sayantani,
You know something like this happened with me also two years back. While watering my plants my son locked the door from inside, after much pleading he tried to open the door but with little success. Then help came after 20 minutes later.
I'm yet to try peaches in baking goods. But this looks gorgeous !!
Khoob shundor hoyeche.
Pabda mach amader barir khoob kavche 'HAL' market e pawa jaye. Khoob hi fresh.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Plateful said...

First of all I simply loved your styling and the colors, brilliant! The fruit cake too looks delicious, especially with the cherry garnish.

rama said...

Wow!, I couldn't help notice that your teapot, matches the table cloth which you put in picture for the Jack fruit seed chops.
I love the table cloth and the beautiful teapot.

harini-jaya said...

thanks for sending it to the event.

Sukaina said...

I love reading about other people's children. This start looks gorgeous- love your blue plate! Thanks so much for entering monthly mingle this month!

ANU said...

Awesome recipe dear....yummy

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Ramya said...

That looks great:-) Wonder full combination of fruits n nuts..I love adding flax meal to cakes as well