Egg-Free Spiced Pear Cake

Egg Free Spiced Pear Cake

Another egg free baking post! I must be getting my baking mojo back! Huzzah!

It was my wonderful best friend’s birthday this past weekend, and being the amazing friend that I am… I totally forgot. So to make it up to her I baked her a birthday cake. Possum suggested we make a pear cake. I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to make one up, surely. I’ve baked loads of cakes! It had just been so long I couldn’t actually remember what cake batter looked like. But being who I am I just started and hoped for the best.

The cake tasted delicious, certainly one I would happily make again. But I would bake it longer than I did as most of it was still raw. But the edges were great! So here is my modified (with increased cooking time) recipe for Egg-Free Spiced Pear Cake. Enjoy a slice with your best friend (and your other best friend, a dollop of cream!)  🙂 xx

Egg-Free Spiced Pear Cake

2 Tbsp chia seeds soaked in 1/2 cup water for 15 minutes

1/2 cup sugar

75g butter plus another 25g to dot on top of the cake batter

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp No Egg* mixed into 2 Tbsp water

1 cup self raising flour

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup ground almonds

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 cup plain yoghurt (full fat)

1 tsp bicarb soda

2-3 pears peeled, cored and chopped

1 Tbsp brown sugar to sprinkle on top of cake batter

* No Egg is a potato based egg replacer product. This cake would still work without it.

Preheat your oven to 180°C or 160°C fan-forced. Grease and line a cake tin (i used a circular springform tin, not sure how big sorry!).

Grease and line your cake tin

Put your chia seeds in water to soak for 15 minutes until they look like frog spawn (mmmmmmm). Using an electric beater, beat together sugar butter, vanilla and No Egg mix. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, coconut, ground almond, cardamom, cinnamon and bicarb. Gently combine. Stir through the yoghurt. Then stir through the butter/sugar mix. Finally stir through the chia seeds.

Cake batter before stirring in the chia seeds

Cake batter before stirring in the chia seeds

Pour mixture into your prepared cake tin. Sprinkle over your chopped pear. Then sprinkle over brown sugar and finally dot with the remaining 25g butter. Place in the oven to bake for 1 hour. Check with a skewer to make sure it is cooked all the way through. It is a very moist batter so may need extra time.

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!

***Please do let me know how this turns out if you make it! I would love to hear feedback on any recipes I have posted. ***

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Moist Egg Free Banana and Date Muffins

Moist Egg Free Banana and Date Muffins

Cooking is my therapy. And when Possum (now 21 months old) decides sleep is for losers, mummy needs therapy. This recipe was conceived and baked in 30 minutes. In time for Possum and I to curl up on the couch together, eating muffins, watching Ratatouille and being friends again.

Since Possum was diagnosed with an egg allergy, I had gone right off baking. Not trusting egg replacements and I think being a bit OTT with mourning the lack of eggy goodness in our kitchen (as I’m still breastfeeding I’m not eating egg either). Now I am 18 weeks pregnant and recognizing I needed a healthy snack when I’ve got the munchies (goodbye nausea, hello appetite again!!).

I’m very proud to share with you my recipe for…

Egg Free Banana and Date Muffins

Makes 12 mini muffins (next time I would double the recipe)

3/4 cup SR flour

1/4 cup oats

1/4 cup almond meal

1/4 cup desicated coconut

1/4 cup coconut sugar

2 Tbsp chia seeds soaked in 1/2 cup water for 15 minutes (looks a bit like frog spawn……..)

1 very ripe banana mashed

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp No Egg mixed with 2 Tbsp water

8 dates chopped

1-2 Tbsp melted butter

Mix all your dry ingredients together. 

 

Add your No Egg mixture, chia seed mix, milk, banana and butter. 

 

Mix until just come together. Spoon into pregreased mini muffin pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 fan forced (200 standard).  Cool on wire rack. Enjoy!

  

These are low in sugar and have a good mix of yummy healthy things in them. Possum declared after one bite “I love muffin!”. Therapy was a success in more ways than one!