A helicopter vroomed across the sky….my kids ran out screaming in excitement to spot it. We saw it flying towards the hills becoming smaller and smaller as it eventually vanished in the horizon. The sky is cloudless and azure. We are in the autumn ….almost. Delicate flowers of Morning Glory dot the landscape.
They wither as the Sun gains strength.
My son discovered some mushrooms under the Gulmohur tree. He is amused by them and knocks down a few with a stick.
By evening, the mushrooms open up completely and look like tiny umbrellas.
My daughter has been requesting me to bake a cake.
And I readily go ahead. I have decided to bake a cake sans eggs and butter. A whole wheat vegan chocolate cake with a cupful of homemade beet wine is ready to go into the oven. A lovely aroma wafts through as the cake reaches the final stages of baking.
Vegan Beet Wine Chocolate Cake
Recipe adapted from www.lovefoodeat.com
Original recipe uses red wine. I used homemade beet wine in the cake. Our wine had cinnamon and cloves and this lent a lovely flavour to the cake. The recipe asks for strawberry jam. I used homemade Cape GooseberryJam. The cake was moist, chocolaty and flavourful.
This is how I made Vegan Beet Wine Chocolate Cake
1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup mineral sugar or unrefined sugar (powdered)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup beet wine
5 teaspoons olive oil
¼ cup jam (preferably strawberry, but any jam will do)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees C. Line and grease one 6 ½ inch round cake pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients except sugar. (Sift cocoa powder to remove lumps)
In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients and sugar.
Now add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir gently till well combined. Do not over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 -55 minutes or till the cake shrinks from the sides and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from the pan after 5 minutes. Cool in the rack. Slice next day.
My notes: I had homemade beet wine and I used it in the cake. You may use red wine. I used Cape gooseberry jam I had. I guess any fruit jam will do. Marmalade would add a great flavour to the cake.