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Carrot & Blood Orange Cakes

Another seasonal cake using up a vegetable that’s lurking at the bottom of the fridge and put together with some seasonal blood oranges. Carrot and blood orange, deliciously moist with a fruity citrus flavour. The icing drizzled on top is made with the blood orange juice, so it gives it a natural but subtle pink colour. While they are in season, the blood oranges are a good fruit to use to go with carrot, but this would go just as well with any orange or even limes for a sharper citrus flavour. Recipe to follow!

Carrot & Blood Orange Cake

Carrot & Blood Orange Cake

Carrot, Parsnip, Sweet Potato & Walnut Cakes

A seasonal recipe to use up some winter veg and it will give you at least 3…ish…of your 5 a day!

Carrot, Parsnip & Sweet Potato cakes – makes 12 individual cakes

200g carrot, peeled & grated
100g parsnip, peeled & grated
100g sweet Potato, peeled & grated
150g butter
3 eggs
185g soft brown sugar
250g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp ground ginger
1tsp ground cinnamon
60g chopped walnuts
pinch of salt

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Fan 170C/gas mark 4 and line a 30x20cm cake tin or this will make 12 individual cakes.
Melt the butter on a low heat and set aside to cool slightly. In a large mixing bowl mix the dry ingredients – sugar, flour, baking powder, spices, walnuts & salt. Whisk the eggs into the melted butter and stir into the dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in the grated vegetables and spoon the mix into the prepared tins or cake cases. Bake the small cakes for 15 mins or 20-25 mins for larger cakes until springy to the touch. Drizzle with icing once cooled (optional).

Carrot, Parsnip, Sweet Potato & Walnut Cakes

Carrot, Parsnip, Sweet Potato & Walnut Cakes

No Bake Fruit & Nut Flapjack

Now we’re in January and a lot of us are trying to lose that Christmas and New Year excess, I wanted to try and make something that’s a little more healthy than the usual vegetable & fresh fruit cakes I had been making before Christmas. Something that is healthy, but you think you’re being a bit naughty too! Flapjacks are one of my favourites things to make as well as eat and the flavourings you can add to the basic mix is endless, they always go down well at the markets with people of all ages. They taste so good because of the flavours you add, but also becuase of the butter, sugar and golden sytrup that goes into them as well. So although the oats are good for you for that slow release of energy, it’s not always the best thing to have if you’re trying to lose a few pounds.

I needed something to go with oats at the same time staying away from adding butter, sugar and syrup. Dried fruit without the flavourings and additives, gives you the natural sweetness and also the same with runny honey. Pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds all go well for a crunch and are naturally good for you. Nuts also go well in a flapjack – again without the extra salt, additives or flavourings, just the natural nut. Cashew nuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, almonds & peanuts. Now for something extra to help bind it all together, nut butters are readily available and there is a lot of choice too. The organic ones with nothing added – peanut, almond, hazelnut.

So, I chose a few ingredients I had in the cupboards and started putting them together. I blitzed some dates and dried apricots with some runny honey and peanut butter to get a sticky pulp. I added oats to a bowl along with sesame, pumpkin & sunflower seeds and some chopped up cashew nuts, sultanas & raisins. A little extra moisture came from a grated eating apple and thats all the ingredients – nothing else added. All mixed together by hand, pressed into a baking tin and left for a couple of hours in the fridge you have got a filling, healthy & energy boosting snack. Good for the morning or afternoon munchies or for lunch boxes. As with the other flapjacks, you can add and takeaway different ingredients of your choice or what you have available. These are delicious, and they are not just for January!

No Bake Fruit & Nut Flapjack

No Bake Fruit & Nut Flapjack

Happy New Year!

Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2015!

It was a very busy time on the run up to Christmas, but now after all the festivities and a very enjoyable break, it’s back to it. January will be a quiet one for my markets, until Stanwick Lakes on Sunday 25th January, which will give me time to think about some new produce and recipes I can start testing in readiness.

Look out for more recipes, cakes, bakes and anything else I decide to create and bake!

 

 

Clementine & Cranberry Cakes

We have a fruit & veg box delivered to us every week from Riverford and the challenge is to test out some new recipes with the produce. In today’s delivery I have used some of the clementines to make these clementine & fresh cranberry cakes. I boiled the celemtines for 1 hour and then pulped them down to a smooth paste in the processor – skin as well (although I did check for pips). The fresh cranberrys are simmered in some sugar and water with a cinnamon stick, for about 10 mins and left to cool. The cake mix is less flour with ground almonds in it’s place. The cakes are lovely and light and you get the tartness of the clememtines with the sweetnes of the cranberries in a moist cake with the ground almonds adding a bit of texture.

Deliciously Christmasy!

Clementine & Cranberry Cakes

Clementine & Cranberry Cakes

 

Mawsley Food Festival

We had a very good day at the Mawsley Food Festival yesterday with a good turn out despite the weather – good job it was inside! The mincemeat frangipanes and cranberry crumble pies were a sellout as was the chocolate, chilli & lime loaf cake.The savoury flapjacks went down well and it really does help having some tasters for customers to try before they buy! Some like them some don’t – some see flapjacks as a sweet thing, full of butter, sugar and syrup! Some buy them to have with a bowl of soup for a change, or as they are gluten free, instead of a bread roll.

It’s good to get onto different markets, fairs and other events to get your name out there and promote the business. There is some really good food producers out there who are passionate about what they do using quality ingredients and wanting others to enjoy their products too.

Mincemeat Frangipane Pies

Mincemeat Frangipane Pies

Chocolate Chilli & Lime Loaf Cake

Chocolate Chilli & Lime Loaf Cake

Cranberry Pie with a lemon Crumble Topping

Cranberry Pie with a lemon Crumble Topping

Delicious Cakes and Bakes for a Christmas Gift

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a friend, a relative, a neighbour or to say thank-you to a teacher, these little flapjack bites drizzled with chocolate make a lovely gift! They come in a variety of flavours; plain, peanut butter, cranberry & orange, ginger, mincemeat, sweet chilli or fruit & nut.

In a presentation bag with a label they are priced at £3 for a bag of 6. Get in touch if you would like to order some for Christmas!

Chocolate covered flapjack bites

Chocolate covered flapjack bites

Flapjack Bites

Flapjack Bites

 

DonnaLulu Cooks order form

DonnaLulu Cooks order form

Find us at these events

Farmers Markets & Events we are due to attend in 2015

January;

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market Sunday 25th January 10am to 2pm

February;

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 7th Feb 9am to 1pm

March;

Deene Village Craft Fair at the Village Hall Sunday 1st March 10am to 4pm

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 7th March 9am to 1pm

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market Sunday 29th March 10am to 2pm

April

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 4th April 9am to 1pm

Kettering Tesco Farmers Market (TBC)

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market Sunday 26th April 10am to 2pm

May

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 2nd May 9am to 1pm

Kettering Tesco Farmers Market (TBC)

Moulton Village Festival Saturday 16th May

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market Sunday 31st May 10am to 2pm

June

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 6th June 9am to 1pm

Kettering Tesco Farmers Market (TBC)

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market Sunday 28th June 10am to 2pm

July

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 4th July 9am to 1pm

Kettering Tesco Farmers Market (TBC)

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market Sunday 26th july 10am to 2pm

August

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 1st August 9am to 1pm

Kettering Tesco Farmers Market (TBC)

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market Sunday 30th August 10am to 2pm

September

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 5th September 9am to 1pm

Kettering Tesco Farmers Market (TBC)

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market Sunday 27th September 10am to 2pm

October

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 3rd October 9am to 1pm

Kettering Tesco Farmers Market (TBC)

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market Sunday 25th October 10am to 2pm

November

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 7th November 9am to 1pm

Kettering Tesco Farmers Market (TBC)

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market Sunday 29th November 10am to 2pm

December

Thrapston Farmers Market Saturday 5th December 9am to 1pm

Kettering Tesco Farmers Market (TBC)

Stanwick Lakes Local Producers Farmers Market (TBC)

Would you like to order some delicious cakes & bakes?

Having a party this Christmas but don’t have time to bake mince pies or cakes for your guests? Then get in touch – we can provide some delicious freshly made mince pies, mincemeat frangipane pies and also something a little bit different too like a variety of individual cakes like chocolate & beetroot, trio of veg – sweet potato, carrot, parsnip and pecan cakes and one of our best sellers cider toffee apple cakes. How about some flapjack bites drizzled with melted chocolate – ideal for a gift in a presentation bag with gift label.

As well as some savoury treats too – cheese, onion & toasted pumpkin seed flapjack or some delicious cheese, roasted red pepper and smoky goats cheese flapjacks.

We are now taking orders for our cakes and bakes! Below is an example of what you can order. There will be more lovely bakes available too!
Flapjack Slice – Organic Peanut butter & jam 90p/£5 for 6
Flapjack Slice – Organic Crystallised Ginger 90p/£5 for 6
Flapjack Slice – Organic Cranberry, orange and cinnamon 90p/£5 for 6
Flapjack Slice – Chocolate & Chilli 90p/£5 for 6
Individual Cakes – Pumpkin, orange & poppy seed £1.00/£5 for 6
Individual Cakes – Chocolate & beetroot £1.00/£5 for 6
Individual Cakes – Cider toffee apple £1.00/£5 for 6
Individual Cakes – Carrot, sweet potato, parsnip & pecan £1.00/£5 for 6
1lb loaf cake – Pumpkin, orange & poppy seed £3.50
1lb loaf Cake – Chocolate & beetroot £3.50
1lb loaf Cake – Cider toffee apple £3.50
1lb loaf Cake – Carrot, sweet potato, parsnip & pecan £3.50

Carrot, Sweet Potato, Parsnip & Pecan Cakes

Carrot, Sweet Potato, Parsnip & Pecan Cakes

Pumpkin Orange & Poppy Seed Cake

Pumpkin Orange & Poppy Seed Cake

Cider toffee apple cakes

Cider toffee apple cakes

Chocolate & Beetroot Cakes

Chocolate & Beetroot Cakes

 

Flapjack Bites

Flapjack Bites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas specials
Mince Pies – Homemade pastry & mincemeat 90p/£5 for 6
Flapjack slice – Homemade Mincemeat £1.00/£5 for 6
Individual Frangipane tart – Homemade mincemeat £1.00/£5 for 6
6.5” Frangipane Tart – Homemade mincemeat £3.00
8” Frangipane Tart – Homemade mincemeat £3.50

DonnaLulu Cooks order form

DonnaLulu Cooks order form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We prefer to use organic, fair trade, locally sourced, seasonal, home grown or foraged produce in all our recipes where & when we can. We offer free delivery on purchases of £10 or more within 20 miles of Thrapston. If further away, we will try and deliver personally, but if not possible we will use Royal Mail. Postage is for UK mainland only.

For an order form or for more information and other delicious items you can order follow me on Facebook DonnaLulu Cooks or call me on 07581 244810 or email me donnalulucooks@btinternet.com

If you are looking for a special occasion cake made and decorated, please get in touch with your requirements as we may be able to bake one for you!

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