plum millet cake (vegan)

16th July 2015

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I know when we have entered into Summer, as each morning I can pick the first of the Jasmine to place on our altar  – just one perfect flower, but Wow!  Such a scent.

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Jasminum spp

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Using the last of our plums from this tree and sharing them with our friends, neighbours, visiting teachers, and our growing ducklings and swans.

plum millet cake

Makes one 9-inch square pan with 12 square slices.

Recipe slightly adapted from ‘At Home in the Wholefood Kitchen’.

I have been making this with raspberries instead of plums.  I use 150 grams frozen/fresh raspberries, following the recipe below, sprinkle the top with flaked almonds and 2 Tablespoons of coconut sugar. 

for the millet

¼ cup/50g millet, washed and soaked (if you forget to soak the millet, add 2 Tablespoons extra water).

½ cup/125ml water

for the cake

1½ cup/210g whole-spelt flour

1 Tbsp aluminium-free baking powder

zest of 1 lemon

zest of 1 orange

¾ cup/185ml plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup (maple syrup can be replaced with ½ cup sugar)

¼ cup + 2 Tbsp/90ml extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil, melted 

¼ cup/60ml almond milk

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp fine rock salt

8small plums /340g, pitted and cut into ½-inch slices – If using very juicy plums, allow to drain off the excess liquid for 5 minutes.

for the topping

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp brown sugar (optional)

to cook the millet

1.  Drain and rinse millet, place in a small pot and pour in ½ cup water.  Bring to a boil over high heat; cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat; let sit for 10 minutes before removing the lid and fluffing up with a fork.  You should have approximately 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cooked millet.

2.  Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.  Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with oil or for easy removal, line with baking paper.

to prepare the cake

3.  Place the flour and baking powder into a medium bowl; stir to combine and set aside.

4.  In another bowl, combine the maple syrup, olive oil, almond milk, vanilla and salt.

5.  Add the flour mixture, and using a rubber spatula, stir until combined, then fold in the plums, cooked millet and citrus zest, stirring until just combined – be careful not to over-mix.

6.  Pour the batter into the baking pan.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, remaining 2 tablespoons of millet and the brown sugar.

7.  Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing.

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