Monday, November 8, 2010
Baked on Monday - Oat Spice Cake
I hope you all had a nice weekend. If you turned your clock back an hour, did it throw you off? I have to say I'm a fan of "falling back". Zzzz.
After a weekend of work, it's nice to start off the week with a little baking. I've made a delicious cake from the Rebar Modern Food cook book. Rebar is a great little restaurant in Victoria, BC. I've had this book for about a decade, and it's probably our most used cook book (hence the greasy marks all over it).
Oat Spice Cake - makes one 9" cake
(fyi, this isn't a typical cake, in texture. It's more oatmeal like. Make sense?)
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup unbleached, all purpose, flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 whipping cream (you don't need to actually "whip" it ;) )
2 cups toasted coconut
1 1/2 cups roasted cashews
Preheat oven to 350F/180c. Lightly grease a 9" spring form pan. Combine the oats, butter, sugar, and boiling water and blend thoroughly and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and spices. Add dry mix to the wet mix and fold together gently. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a skewer, inserted in centre of cake, comes out clean.
To make the topping, toast the coconut in a pan until lightly golden and fragrant (so it smells like you're on a tropical beach). Keep your eyes on it, as it can burn, instead of "toast", rather quickly! Combine all of the topping ingredients in a saucepan and heat the mixture until the butter melts and all is well blended. Pour the mixture over top of the baked cake while it's still in the pan. Carefully place the cake under the broiler for about 2 minutes, until the topping turns golden brown. Keep a close watch on it, as it will (and does!) caramelize very quickly. Cool, serve and enjoy!
I'll be back soon. I've got a little give away coming up too. Keep you posted!
Have a good Monday (or Tuesday)!