10 Jan red wine Cherry vegan cake (SWEET RECIPES – CAKES)

PHOTOS by Sita & Nena

 


RED WINE CHERRY VEGAN CAKE 
*Our notes: Our yummy sweet creation by cooking a traditional family recipe ¨chocolate & red wine cake¨ and adding fresh cherries, seasonal ingredients. Enjoy the flavours of summertime! 

 

  • INGREDIENTS

DRY
1 and ½ cups whole wheat flour
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
¾ cup red wine
¼ cup cherry jam
6 tablespoons veggie oil (any neutral flavored)

 

*Our notes: following the cups method, we discovered that the volume of the cup is always the key, you don´t have to weigh the ingredients. 

Well, one cup has the same volume as a glass or a mug, anyway you just need to take always the same unit to make the right measures. 

 

  • 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 notes: 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: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon and salt until well mixed. Mix it well with a wooden spoon.
*Our notes: we always sift the flour for cakes. Sifting helps to remove any lumps and / or unwanted debris from the flour and also helps to combine the flour with any dry ingredients. If you don’t have a strainer handy, you can also mix flour with a wire whisk or a fork. 
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 notes: 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. Serve as is or with a scoop of vegan ice cream, vanilla flavor or vegan source cream or vegan custard. Cheers & Bon appetite!

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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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