mummybakesdairyfree does the Great British Bake Off: Week 1 Cakes

So my intention is to make an allergy friendly version of one of the bakes each week from the Great British Bake Off. Normally I will be watching it on catch up the next day as I work Wednesday evenings. Fortunately this week I had booked the day off which meant I got to watch the first episode as it aired. To kick 2016 off it was Cake Week in the hallowed tent and the choices were; drizzle cakes for the signature bake, Jaffa Cake for the technical challenge, and a genoise cake with a mirror glaze for the showstopper. I have a strong dislike of orange so won’t be trying to replicate the Jaffa cakes and to be honest the showstopper looked pretty hard so I probably won’t be trying that anytime soon. That left drizzle cakes.

I intended to make a lemon and poppy seed courgette drizzle loaf. That was my intention anyway. Tesco had sold out of unwaxed lemons and I couldn’t find the poppy seeds so instead we have….. a lime and chia seed courgette drizzle loaf. I have loosely based my recipe on a lemon courgette cake recipe from the National Trust website. However I did make some changes. Normally I would make this egg free but as we are trying to introduce egg again I didn’t substitute it this time.
I would love to see your allergy friendly versions of each week’s bakes! Please do share and I’ll post my favourite ones at the end of the series!!
200g plain wholemeal flour

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

200g courgette, grated

Zest of 2 limes

110ml vegetable oil

1 egg (or 1 flax seed egg if vegan)

1 tbsp chia seeds

135g soft brown sugar
For the drizzle:

2 tbsp honey (or caster sugar if vegan)

2 tbsp lime juice
1. Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees and grease a loaf tin.

2. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl.

3. In a separate bowl combine the rest of the cake ingredients until thoroughly mixed.

4. Gently add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until fully combined.

5. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and pop into the oven. Bake for 45 minutes. Handy tip: check the cake halfway through. If the top is getting too brown, then cover with a piece of damp baking paper.

6. Once fully cooked, a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean, pop to one side and make the drizzle.

7. In a small pan add the honey (or sugar) and lime juice. Gently heat on low until both are combined to form a syrup.

8. Using a skewer make even holes throughout the cake and carefully pour over the warm syrup.

9. Leave to completely cool in the tin before removing and slicing.
Important bits
Dairy, soya and nut free. Can be vegan if the egg and honey are swapped for suitable alternatives.

Total make time less than 1 and a half hours

Serves 8 to 10



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  1. […] So that’s it for the Great British Bake Off 2016 and for mummybakesdairyfree does the Great British Bake Off. I’ve really enjoyed baking along each week as it’s definitely made me vary what I bake. It’s given me the opportunity to try some recipes that I’ve wanted to for a while, aquafaba meringues, for example and reimagine old favourites. As you will know, not all of the bakes have been successful over the past ten weeks, and I’m planning to go back and retry those again soon, maybe!  My intention when I started this challenge was to create a bake from the tent each week and make it allergy friendly. I also wanted to stay true to my objective of the blog: To create recipes which are not only allergy friendly, but also simple, healthy, cheap and for the whole family. On the whole I felt I hit most of these aims each week. I did use far more refined sugar than I’d like but life is about balance and we don’t eat cakes and desserts every week!  You can find the recipes here: Week 1 Cakes – Lime & Chia Seed Drizzle Loaf […]

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