11 Jun red wine Cherry vegan cake (SWEET RECIPES – CAKES)

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Recipe + food stylist + design by Sita & Nena

 

RED WINE CHERRY VEGAN CAKE 
Our note:  Here is tasty red wine cherry cake, one of our vegan sweet creations by cooking a traditional recipe: red wine cake and adding something new, seasonal fruits: fresh cherries.  Enjoy the flavours of summertime! 

  • INGREDIENTS *vegan recipe

Our note: following the cups method for measurement units, we discovered that the volume of the cup is always the key, you don´t have to weigh the ingredients. A cup has the same volume of ingredients (liquid or dry) as a glass or a mug.

DRY
1 and ½ cups wheat flour (plain or all-purpose) 
1 cup panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
WET
½ cup ripe cherries
Our note: strawberries instead of cherries, this cake tastes amazing too.
¾ cup red wine
6 tablespoons veggie oil (any neutral flavored)
Our note: sunflower oil is a perfect choice for cakes.
¼ cup cherry or strawberry jam

  • RECIPE STEP BY STEP
1. Preheat the oven to 180 º C. Oil and line the base and sides of a bread pan or square cake tin with baking parchment.  
Our note: well,  standard dimensions for bread and loaf pans start at 8 ½ by 4 ½ inches. It´s the perfect size for that amount of ingredients. If you multiply the amount by the number of times that you want, you will get a bigger cake. You have tons of different sizes of baking pan depends on the final amount.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl: sifted flour, brown sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon and salt until well mixed. Mix it well with a wooden spoon.
Our note: we always sift the flour for muffins and cakes. Sifting helps to combine the flour with any dry ingredients.
3. Wash the cherries. Remove the stalks and stones from the cherries, cut them into slices.
4. Put the some brown sugar in a plate. Coat the slices of cherries with the brown sugar.
5. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl: red wine, cherry jam  and veggie oil until well mixed.
6. Pour the wet mix into the dry bowl. Mix everything slowly with a wooden spoon. 
7. Pour the mix into the baking pan. Add randomly the slices of cherries with sugar on the top. 
8. Sprinkle brown sugar on the top. Bake for it around 40 minutes, until browned.
Our note: Don´t open the oven, you can always leave the cake in the oven for a few more minutes.
9. Remove the bread pan from oven. Leave it to cool for a while. Carefully, peel off the paper and cool a bit on a wire rack.
10. Serve as is or with a scoop of vegan ice cream, vanilla flavor or vegan source cream or vegan custard. 

 


YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY…

The origins of wine (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) predate written records, and modern archaeology is still uncertain about the details of the first cultivation of wild grapevines. It has been hypothesized that early humans climbed trees to pick berries, liked their sugary flavor, and then begun collecting them. After a few days with fermentation setting in, juice at the bottom of any container would begin producing low-alcohol wine. According to this theory, things changed around 10.000-8000 BC with the transition from a nomadic to a sedentism style of living, which led to agriculture and wine domestication.

Archaeological evidence has established the earliest-known production of wine  from fermenting grapes during the late Neolithic site of Hajji Firuz in the northern Zagros Mountains or early Chalcolithic in the northern edge of the Middle East.

 


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