Deep Chocolate Chickpea Cupcakes

These Deep Chocolate Chickpea Cupcakes are completely vegan – no dairy or eggs . They have nothing to lose though in flavor or texture. In addition they’re packed with protein provided by the chickpea flour, almond meal and almond milk. And they’re so easy to make, just combine and beat together the dry and wet ingredients. I whipped them up before breakfast and in 20 minutes they were out of the oven. And they’re healthy enough for breakfast too. Continue reading

Whiting Way Banana Bread

I got this Whiting Way Banana Bread recipe from my son Richard which turned out to be less sweet and healthier than the classic version. It uses half the amount of sugar which doesn’t take away any of the taste but rather enhances the banana flavor. The method also is slightly different and easier to make. With this hot weather and bananas ripening so quickly there couldn’t be a better way of using them. Bananas are also rich in magnesium and potassium – important minerals to include in summer. Easy, healthy, delicious – what more could you ask for in a banana bread! Continue reading

Emily’s Coconut Cake

Other than inspirational poetry which she was famous for, Emily Dickinson was also a good baker. The renown American poet loved baking bread and cakes too and decorating them with fresh flowers. Here I replicated Emily’s Coconut Cake recipe which turned out moist and delicious and also very easy to make. Her original handwritten recipe follows. Continue reading

Apple Pear Miascia

This Apple Pear “Miascia”, a traditional cake from Como could be grouped together with other “frugal” cakes in
Italy such as the “Torta Paesana” of Brianza. These cakes both use day old bread soaked in milk but the “Miascia” has a lighter and fruitier twist in the use of apples and pears instead of cocoa – and walnuts are used here instead of pine nuts. Continue reading

Monza New Year Star Cake

The Chocolate Clock at the “Duls de Sant Bioeus ” pastry shop in Via Volta, Monza is ticking away. Two minutes until the new year: 2019!! Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful New year!! Also a new cake has been created featuring the traditional ingredients of the “torta paesana” with a new twist. Continue reading

Torta Caprese

Torta Caprese is one of Italy’s favorite cakes created on the island of Capri. It has been said that a baker had forgotten to add flour to the batter but the end result turned out to be better than the original recipe. This cake is choc full of healthy almonds and dark chocolate. Also coconut sugar is substituted for the white sugar which is much healthier without altering the flavor. I also simplified the procedure by beating whole eggs together with the sugar without separating them. The texture is dense but light at the same time and you can whip up this gluten-free concoction in no time – almost as easy as making brownies! Continue reading