Sunday, 23 March 2014

Banana and chocolate buckwheat cake, naturally gluten free.

I have a new love in my life ! Mr LF doesn't need to worry as its a flour. Yes a flour, buckwheat flour, naturally gluten free and with a beautiful light nutty wholesome flavour. It makes amazing cakes which are light and tasty. Unfortunately Mr LF isn't as keen as I am on the flavour of the wholesome little seed.

Closely related to sorrel and rhubarb this fast growing plant with white flowers is grown in China, Russia and across the world, but not much in the UK. Its seed is ground to produce flour which is used pancakes, cakes and breads and also in soba noodles and  buckwheat pasta. The achene is also make kasha, in the production of gluten free beer and whisky  and is eaten sprouted in some countries too.

Naturally gluten free is a great addition to the bakers store cupboard, its a finely ground flour which is light brown in appearance.

To make this cake is a pretty simple all in one method and the resultant cake is moist and flavourful, personally I like the buckwheat flavour, some may not. Its slightly earthy and nutty but definitely not unpleasant, reported to be rich in minerals and good for your cardiovascular system.

What you need
  • 180g of buckwheat flour (if you are ceoliac then ensure its been processed in GF environment)
  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs - free range please
  • 160ml sunflower oil (or other oil with no flavour)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 3 small very ripe bananas - mashed (I freeze mine when going over ripe and they are perfect when defrosted)
  • Handful of chocolate chips (I used buttons, ideally chopped up)
What you do

  • Pre heat the oven to 180c
  • Oil spray a 8" round loose bottom cake tin and base line
  • Mix together the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt, until well mixed.
  • Add the eggs, oil and vanilla to the bowl and mix until jut coming together, stir in the mashed bananas and chocolate chips. Like muffins don't overwork the mixture.
  • Tip into your prepared cake tin and smooth level
  • Bake for approximately 40 minutes until risen and tested cooked with a skewer, try not to over bake
  • Cool in the tin on a wire rack, then remove from tin and enjoy !
The cake stores well wrapped in foil in a cool dry place for a few days, you could probably freeze it but I haven't tried this yet.

As for Mr LF's aversion to this flour, I am not beaten yet and am planning more bakes which might persuade him otherwise yet.


Choclette said...

This looks fabulous Linzi. I love buckwheat flour too and use it a lot in my baking. Strangely, I don't like the flavour of the seed.

Barbara said...

That cake looks really yummy! I love buckwheat too, just made a batch of buckwheat cinnamon and raisin pancakes, tonight. Thanks for sharing.:-)

Unknown said...

Delicious......this dish made me remember my mom!!!!do visit

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