Quinoa apple cake I love to have something ready for if friends pop in, especially things that go well with tea and coffee. Especially when you are a new mum, you get used to eating all your meals cold because it is a rarity that baby will stay asleep throughout (To this day I still think Florence had some sort of sixth sense and woke up on purpose)! So here is this healthy/unhealthy loaf that is perfect for all occasions. Great for the children to help out because all you do is mix everything together, put it in the oven and wait for it to brown. Ingredients... 1 cup quinoa 1 cup flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 apples, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes 8 tablespoons salted butter, melted 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 cup raisins 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional) 1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the quinoa with at least 2 cups of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for 10 minutes, or until quinoa is tender and the seeds' "tails" (the little white part) are beginning to uncurl. Drain well and set aside.
- Dip a pastry brush in the melted butter and use it to grease the inside of a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan.
- Put the remaining melted butter in a large bowl, and mix with brown sugar and raisins until evenly distributed.
- Add apples and cooked quinoa and stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger/nutmeg if using.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to evenly combine.
- Scrape the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the top of the cake is golden brown.
- Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting to help cake maintain its shape.
The taste is amazing and Florence told me is was DELICIOUS! If you are a quinoa fan like me then there will always be some in your cupboard so give it a go.