THE BIG FAIR BAKE - Buy it, Bake it, Share it
I am getting involved in the Big Fair Bake - Fairtrade Baking Challenge, I think it great when you bake something that in a small way makes a difference to the world we live in. Baking with fairtrade ingredients is something that I do where every possible in my recipes, because supporting fairtrade means that you offer growers and workers all over the world a fair price for their produce or product and a better life long term.
Foodies100 is running a challenge to create a baking recipe using ingredients which are fairtrade which you cake bake and share with friends and collegues to raise awareness of Fairtrade.
As part of the Take a step campaign , you have a chance of winning a lovely Kitchenaid blender, all you need to do is visit the Fairtrade website and tell them who you are baking for ! Easy or what.
You can buy lots of baking ingredients that are fairtrade such as
- Chocolate / Cocoa powder
- Brazil nuts
To name just a few, so next time you are out shopping if you have the choice buy fairtrade. Because this little tiny action makes a big life changing different to producer.
This is an easy recipe and is well liked in the Lancashire Food household , perfect for serving with a mug of fairtrade tea.
- 450ml strong freshly brewed coffee (fairtrade)
- 300g granulated sugar (fairtrade)
- 110g butter (vegetable margarine if you wish to make vegan version)
- 150g raisins (fairtrade)
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon (fairtrade )
- 375g plain flour
- 2 tsp bicarb of soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pre heat the oven to 180c/ 170c fan / Gas 4
- Line a deep square cake tin approx 20 cm by 20cm
- Sieve the flour, bicarb and baking powder into a bowl
- In a large pan bring the coffee, sugar,butter, raisins and spices to the boil, allow to cool slighty
- Mix the coffee mixture into the flour, stir until well mixed
- Pour into your prepared tin
- Bake for 45 -60 minutes, until tested cooked with a skewer
- Cool in the tin
- Decorate if you wish with melted chocolate or flavoured buttercream
The cake smells wonderful whilst cooking , a little like a cinnamon latte . As the recipe does not contain eggs it can easily be made vegan by substituting vegetable margarine for the butter. Pretty sure it would work well as gluten free too.