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16 Sep

Groaning Cake

There is an old tradition of women baking a cake whilst in early labour, helping to distract a little,whilst creating something wonderful and nutritious for them to eat in the first few days following birth.

Recipe courtesy of Ami McKay, author of The Birth House

Here’s what you need:

2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
½ cup oil
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup molasses
1 ½ cups apple (grated, no skin)
1 tsp. almond extract

Here’s what you do:

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Whisk together the dry ingredients, and then add in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.

Pour out the batter into a greased loaf pan or into a muffin tin lined with paper liners. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin/the loaf comes out clean (muffins probably won’t take the full baking time).

ENJOY!!!

18 Jun

Fruity Banana Bran Cake

Ages ago, at a fund-raising "Do", I was sold a recipe for "NHS Fruit Cake". I made it today as a pudding for the In-Laws, who are very health-conscious (as all pregnant women are, n'est ce pas?) We had it with custard and it went down a treat! Here's the recipe:

Mix 1 mug All Bran
with 1 mug dried fruit
and 1 mug semi skimmed milk
and leave to soak for 1 hour.

Add 1 mug self raising flour and mix well.

Using a 2lb loaf tin or similar, bake in a preheated oven at 180deg. for about 45 minutes or until a sharp knife stabbed into the middle comes out clean. Eat warm or cold . . . but soon, as it doesn't keep very well.

Some little adjustments can make it better:
  • Sprinkle the top with a little sugar before baking.
  • Add nuts and/or spices - just chuck 'em in as you fancy. You may need a little more milk.
  • A teaspoon of baking powder mixed with the flour gives a lighter texture.

A superior version, which is rather less healthy, can be found here - http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Documents/PDF/C4L_Fruity_banana_bran_cake.pdf

Post by Rebecca Last: One to One Midwife

22 Dec

Christmas Fruit Punch (Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine)

Each Christmas I try to make something new to add to my list of Christmas recipes, this year I have a few things in mind and this is the first.

I love a good mulled wine so I mustered up the courage to give this recipe a go and decided to go for a non-alcoholic version seeing as it would be being served to people of various ages.. This recipe is adapted from a recipe I was given by a friend, you have to love recipes shared by friends! One problem I had, which isn't even a problem is that the punch looked rather brown when all done, so I added in a few drops of red food colouring to correct.There is also two ways to prepare this punch - on the hob or in the slow cooker (aka crock pot).

Christmas Fruit Punch (Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine) Makes around 25 servings 

Ingredients

2 litres orange juice
1.5 litres apple juice
1 litre cranberry juice
1.5 litres water
500g caster sugar
4 sachets of mulled wine spice
1 large orange studded with around 30-40 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks(Few drops of red food colouring - optional)
1 orange cubed
1 apple cubed

Recipe

ON THE HOB
1.Mix all ingredients (except food colouring, cubed orange and cubed apple) in a large stock pot, bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
2. Leave overnight for flavours to infuse.
3. Remove spice sachets, orange and cinnamon sticks (may need to pass through a sieve to filter out cloves and cinnamon stick shards). Can be stored in the fridge for up to one week. Add the food colouring if desired.
4. Add apple and orange cubes and reheat gently, then serve.

IN THE SLOW COOKER/CROCK POT
1. Mix all ingredients (except food colouring, cubed orange and cubed apple) in the slow cooker, set on high and leave for 3 hours.
2. Turn off and leave overnight for flavours to infuse.
3. Remove spice sachets, orange and cinnamon sticks (may need to pass through a sieve to filter out cloves and cinnamon stick shards). Can be stored in the fridge for up to one week. Add the food colouring if desired.
4. Add apple and orange cubes and reheat on low for 2 hours or high for 1 hour, then serve.


Blog post by Sue Collinson; One to One Midwife

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