FLUFFY BLUEBERRY CAKE
This recipe is featured in best-selling Belgian culinary author Pascale Naessens’ new book ‘Pure & Simple: A Natural Food Way Of Life’. Listen to her Big Blend Radio interview and enjoy her delicious cake recipe!
MAKES: 1 (9 1⁄2 by 6 1⁄2-inch/24 by 16-cm) cake
PREPARATION: 10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 20 to 30 minutes
1⁄4 cup good- quality butter
1⁄3 cup coconut sugar (see tip)
1 scant cup almond flour (see tip)
6 tablespoons whole-milk yogurt (or full-fat coconut milk) (see tip)
7 ounces fresh blueberries
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 1⁄2 by 6 1⁄2-inch baking dish (see tip).
Melt the butter and set aside to cool.
In a bowl, mix the eggs, coconut sugar, almond flour, and yogurt; stir in the cooled melted butter. Gently fold in the blueberries. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, or until the surface is dry but the inside is still a bit moist. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.
TIP: Coconut sugar – I like to use coconut sugar, primarily because of its flavor: It adds a delicious caramel taste to all your desserts. It is an unrefined sugar, and some studies show that it might not increase your blood sugar as much as regular sugar, although this is controversial. If you can’t find coconut sugar, you can use grated palm sugar, honey, agave, or maple syrup. So, can we consider any of these healthy sugars? No, I don’t think that exists. Therefore, I use a little sugar just every once in a while.
TIP: Almond flour – Almond flour can be found in most grocery stores and natural foods stores; however, it is also easy to make it at home. Buy 3 ounces raw almonds and process them in a blender or food processor until you have flour. That’s it.
TIP: Yogurt – It is important to use natural full-fat yogurt. If you use skimmed yogurt, your cake will fall apart. It is the fat that binds.
TIP: Baking dish – I make my own ceramics and oven dishes and I like to use one of these as a baking mold. If using a ceramic dish, I use parchment paper to prevent sticking. Using a beautiful oven dish means that you can just serve the cake straight from the pan.