Favourite things

Being diabetic isn’t the end of the world when it comes to food, in fact the diet these days is a normal healthy diet that everyone should be eating. But we all like a treat sometimes right? So I thought I would share a couple of my favourite recipes for treats with you today, the first is for Sugarless cake, which is prepared differently with different ingredients to anything I have ever done before – but the results are delicious. The sweetness is taken from the pineapple and dried fruit – give it a try!

Ingredients

 1/2 (half) mug of sunflower oil
450g tin of crushed pineapple or pineapple cubes in juice put through the blender (keep juice)
2 eggs beaten
500g mixed dried fruit
1 tea-spoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tea-spoon of mixed spice (I added 2 1/2)
1 mug of self-raising flour
1 mug plain flour

Method
1) Preheat oven to 180 c
2) Place the oil and contents of pineapple tin in saucepan
3) Bring saucepan to boil and simmer for 10 minutes
4) Remove from heat and allow to cool
5) Add eggs and stir well
6) Fold in remaining ingredients
7) Spoon into a greased and lined cake tin (I used two 1lb loaf  tins)
8) Bake for about 1 hour until cooked properly (knife test)

My next is for apple and cinnamon cake, I adore apple cakes/crumbles and pies so this is a real tasty treat!

Ingredients:

  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 heaped tbsp sweetener
  • 1 level tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6g baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 level tbsp skimmed milk
  • 75g light butter, melted
  • 1kg apples
  • 1 knob of margarine, for greasing

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas Mark 6)
  2. Sift the flour into a bowl
  3. Add  Granulated sweetener, the baking powder and cinnamon into the flour and mix
  4. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the eggs and the milk
  5. Whisk and add in the melted butter
  6. Peel and core the apples and remove the seeds
  7. Cut them into large slices
  8. Add the apple slices to the mixture and fold in gently
  9. Grease a cake tin (around 23cm tin) with the knob of margarine
  10. Pour the mixture into the tin
  11. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes
  12. Turn out onto to cooling rack
  13. Leave to cool and serve
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