48. Strawberry and vanilla loaf cake

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What compliments the British summer time better than a bowlful of succulent, sweet strawberries?

Plump and juicy, perfect with a little sugar and a splash of soya cream. Or in a delicious, creamy breakfast smoothie. Or in a beautiful vanilla and strawberry loaf cake!

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A little bit like banana bread (without the banana, bleurgh!), this cake is crusty on the outside and marvellously mmm…. mmmoi, mooiss…. nope, I can’t say it. That word is too GROSS!

Unlike this cake, which is gorgeous and has a centre which is the opposite of dry :p

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Vanilla and strawberry cake

Ingredients:

2 x cups flour 3 x tsp vanilla essence
1 x tsp baking powder 0.5 x cup vegetable oil
0.5 x tsp bicarbonate of soda 0.5 x cup soya milk
1 x tsp salt 0.5 x tsp cider vinegar
1 x tbsp. white sugar 1 x cup chopped strawberries (30 – 40 strawbs)
2 x tbsp. maple syrup Plus extra for decoration.

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 170oC.

De-stem and chop the strawberries. Place in a bowl and mix with the sugar before mashing slightly. Leave to one side.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, bicarb, baking soda and salt with a wooden spoon.

Next, stir in the strawberries and wet ingredients. Keep stirring until thoroughly mixed. You should end up with a thick and glossy batter that is smooth apart from the strawberry chunks.

Pour into a greased baking tin and wrap in foil.

Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Be sure to take the foil off the cake after 30 minutes.

When ready, leave to stand for 5 mins before turning out of the tin onto a cooling rack. Once cooled, you can add the icing.

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Icing

Ingredients:

3 x tbsp. icing sugar
1 x tsp vanilla essence
1 x tsp soya milk

 

Method:

Put the icing sugar into a bowl and add the vanilla essence. Stir in the soya milk a little at a time until a thick but spreadable paste is formed. Spread over the cake and decorate with slices of strawberry.

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And the perfect way to enjoy this cake is with a nice cuppa tea, whilst watching a couple of bouncing bunnies ♥ Here’s introducing my Bezzie’s wonderful little furry friends. These fella’s eat even more kale than I do!

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