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Super Moist Ginger Cake
Adapted from Mum’s original recipe, the molasses, honey and olive oil combine to create a deliciously moist cake that gets better with keeping!
Great for lunch boxes, after school or mid-morning with a SoulFood Teas Spicy Chai.
3/4 cup olive or almond oil
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup honey
1 cup milk
2 cups wholemeal flour
11/2 cups unbleached plain flour
3-4 heaped teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
Cake tin or roasting pan approximately 24 x 30cm
Oven temp 160c
Cooking time 35-40 minutes
Line the cake tin / roasting pan with non-stick paper
Place the olive oil, molasses, honey, eggs and milk in a large mixing bowl.
Beat together slowly with a hand whisk or wooden spoon.
Sieve in the flour, ginger and baking powder.
Beat well to make a smooth runny batter.
Pour into the lined baking pan and cook for about 35 – 40 minutes – press gently with your finger and should ‘bounce back’ when cooked.
Eat a piece while warm with a hot steaming mug of Spicy Chai tea and leave the rest to cool.
Cool in the tin and store in an airtight container – keeps well.
Shopping List – organic where possible
non-stick baking paper
olive or almond oil
honey – runny
milk – your choice
unbleached white flour
ground ginger – good quality for flavour – organic shop or health store
baking powder – aluminium free available at health stores
Molasses is all the good stuff extracted from sugar cane during production into sugar. Super rich in minerals, you can almost taste the iron as your pour it from the jar. I love this stuff, rich dark and bittersweet high in nutritional value – especially iron, calcium and magnesium. Laxative in nature it’s a great earthy strengthening tonic great to include in the diet.
Honey aint honey . . . most honey that isn’t raw is processed, pasturised and ‘dead’ – devoid of any nutritional value. Honey has a history of rich nutritional and therapeutic value. Raw organic honey is a food, giving the body nutrients and nourishment – vitamins, minerals and enzymes contained in the bee pollen found in raw honey. This is destroyed during high temperature processing and filtering – all the good stuff is gone. Do yourself a favour and buy real quality honey – honey as nature intended.