Bars & Squares, Berries

Blueberry Crumb Cake

July 20, 2015

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blueberry crumb cake // www.bakeaholic.ca
blueberry crumb cake // www.bakeaholic.ca
Hello! 

Sorry for such a blogging absence, I haven’t been baking as much partly due to the heat (turning on the oven is absolutely, positively the last thing I want to do right now) since its pretty much almost 30 degrees every day, and partly because I’ve been pre-occupied with wedding things, and haven’t been blogging/baking (gotta fit in that wedding dress! Ha – but seriously, this crumb cake was too good to stay away from). Instead of baking, I’ve been BBQing, and juicing. You can always keep up with me on Instagram (@aliciabakeaholic) 

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This past weekend I helped Adam’s sister move to the coast/island (though technically it’s still attached to the mainland, you have to take a ferry to get there) and I brought along some baked goods to keep us ‘moving’ while unpacking boxes and setting everything up. I was happy to go, but I’m also happy its the last of the weekends away for a while. I was away three weekends in a row, first my bachelorette party, then a friends, and then moving. I know I’m home every day because of summer vacation, but having to go away and pack /unpack, and eating foods i usually never eat (and drinking far more than I do) throws me off and i hate it. this weekend is my cousins wedding and I’m looking forward to actually being home on the weekend with Adam instead of packing to go away. We only have two weekends before the wedding that we aren’t busy or out of town. Crazy.

I cannot believe we are SEVEN weeks out from the wedding! The list of to-do’s is getting shorter, but we have a lot to accomplish still. 

The list so far includes:

  • groom tie + vest + socks (he’s very picky :P )
  • finish up wedding signage – paint signs etc. 
  • put together centrepieces (i have horrible allergies to flowers, so i’ve been stocking up on flowers from Michael’s since january for the wedding, hello multiple coupon discounts)
  • design + send escort cards, programs and menus to the printers 
  • finish favours 
  • finalize seating chart (probably the trickiest item yet, deciding who sits where, and tracking down rsvp’s for final numbers)
  • print off day-of timeline, prep binders for ceremony + reception
  • final dress fitting (SO excited)
  • buy our marriage license (sh*ts about to get real)
  • book limo (get on that ASAP!)

plus I’m sure a whole lot of other little things!

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for now, i think i’ll sit back and have some iced-tea with a slice of this delicious, perfect crumb cake studded throughout with delicious BC Blueberries. Adam and I can’t stop eating them by the handfuls – we probably go through a box a day at this rate. If you can’t get your hands on blueberries, this would be delicious with raspberries, strawberries, or even diced peaches. 

Blueberry Crumb Cake
A tender, crumb cake studded with fresh blueberries.
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Topping
  1. 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  3. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold is fine
Cake
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour (can be gluten free, or whole wheat if you like)
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  4. 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  5. Zest of 1 lemon
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, clean and dry
  9. 1/2 cup almond milk
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line a square 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Prepare the topping by mixing the flour, sugar, cinnamon, then cutting the butter in with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder until combined.
  4. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and zest together until light and fluffy.
  5. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  6. Beat in 1/3 of the dry ingredient mixture until just combined, followed by 1/2 the milk; repeat with remaining dry ingredients and milk, finishing with the dry mixture.
  7. The batter will be very stiff, but don’t fret. Fold blueberries into cake batter until evenly distributed.
  8. Scoop cake batter into prepared pan and smooth so that it is flat. Sprinkle with crumb topping. Bake in heated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out batter-free. You can let the cake cool complete in the pan on a rack, or just cool it in the pan for 20 minutes before lifting it out of the baking dish by the parchment paper. cut into squares.
Notes
  1. Can be kept in tupperware on counter for a few days.
Adapted from smitten kitchen
Adapted from smitten kitchen
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Birthdays, Cakes

Tiramisu Cake

June 26, 2015

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School is officially out for summer!!!

And man – is it ever summer. It’s the hottest June we have had in forever. And somehow this month flew by, like literally jumped from the first day to the last week of june in one day. My birthday was June 5, and it already feels like forever ago. In another week and a half it will be TWO MONTHS until we get married. TWO MONTHS!!!!!!!! where did the time go????? Holy moly let’s get going. 

We will be engaged for over a year and a half, and it seems like even that wasn’t long enough. There is SO much I want to get done this summer for the wedding, and being a teacher I am so lucky to have the next two months off to complete my big to-do list ( i know, the perks). Let the wedding planning countdown begin in full force.

At the beginning of the month, we celebrated my birthday by going out of town for the night. It was on a friday this year, so we headed to the mountains for a getaway. We went up to Squamish for the night, and then climbed The Chief on the saturday afternoon. I felt like a horrible vancouverite for never having climbed it, and only completing ‘the grind’ (grouse mountain grind hike) for the first time the week before. It was fun to get out and do something outdoors for my birthday, seeing as how it has been absolutely gorgeous weather all month long. Of course, I had to make myself a birthday cake to bring up with us, that we no doubt had to burn-off the calories the next day on the hike.

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My Nonna had made her delicious tiramisu for my wedding shower at the end of may, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it – i love tiramisu. It’s a great no-bake (or in this cake, baked) summer dessert that is both chilled and caffeinated – the ultimate summer combination. The traditional cake is made with lady fingers, thus no baking required. However I wanted a ‘birthday cake’ feel so i turned the lady fingers into a dry italian sponge cake, then soaked it in espresso and liquor. Since I have a dairy intolerance I decided to try out a vegan cream cheese to replace the mascarpone, and added coconut cream to stiffen it up. It turned out perfect – and it was absolutely delicious. I definitely suggest making it for a summer event this year. If you’re like me, and don’t drink coffee but love coffee flavoured foods, you’ll love tiramisu.

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happy summer!

Tiramisu Cake
A delicious sponge cake, soaked in espresso & kahlua, with silky frosting dusted with cocoa powder
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For the Cake
  1. 6 eggs, separated
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup cake flour
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the coffee syrup
  1. 1 - 2 cups strong espresso
  2. 1/2 - 1 cup kahlua
For the Frosting
  1. 1 package vegan cream cheese
  2. 1 can coconut cream (cold, refrigerate overnight or in freezer for a couple hours)
  3. 1/2 cup - 1 cup confectioners sugar
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the Cake
  1. Prepare two 6" round cake pans, line with parchment paper and spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°
  3. Separate eggs, putting whites into a large mixing bowl, and yolks in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Add ½ cup sugar to whites and beat until very stiff, with handheld blender.
  5. Add ½ cup sugar to yolks and beat until very thick and light yellow in color.
  6. Fold egg yolk mixture into egg whites.
  7. Next, fold flour in using a spatula, ⅓ cup at at time, incorporating well after each addition.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes then remove from pan and set aside.
  10. Allow to cool completely, and then cut cake in half. I baked the cake the night before, and let it dry out on the counter overnight before cutting them in half. This allows the liquid to be soaked up nicely, like lady fingers in a regular tiramisu dessert.
For the Frosting
  1. In a blender with whisk attachment, or using handheld blender, whip the vegan cream cheese and coconut cream until light and fluffy. Add confectioners sugar and vanilla and whip again. Set aside in the fridge.
To assemble
  1. Add the coffee and kahlua together. Lightly soak the sliced cake layers with coffee syrup. Place first layer on cake stand, and add more liquid. Add 1 cup of frosting to the layer and smooth out with offset spatula. Using a small sifter, add cocoa powder. Place second cake layer on top, and repeat process: coffee syrup, frosting, cocoa powder. Continue with all layers, finishing top with cocoa powder or even grated chocolate.
Notes
  1. You may need to increase coffee syrup depending on how much each layer soaks up. I always make lots and then pour any extra right onto the cake once sliced. Allow to sit in the fridge for at least a few hours, or overnight is better. This allows the coffee to soak into the layers, making them moist, and all the flavours will blend together. Serve cold.
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Banana, Bars & Squares

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA CHOCOLATE CHUNK SQUARES {DAIRY-FREE, GRAIN-FREE, FLOURLESS}

May 25, 2015

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I can’t believe that next week will be June already!! (and my birthday) We’re getting into the final 3-month countdown for the wedding, and it’s about to get real!

My family is having a wedding shower for me this Sunday, my first one!! I’m excited and nervous – I can’t wait to see everyone. I think it will be the first real ‘I’m the bride’ moment! After saying ‘yes to the dress’ – of course, which I said yes last year. And now, i’m waiting impatiently to wear my dress.

We’ve checked off lots of our wedding to-do’s, with only a few more important ones to go (transportation, wedding party accessories, marriage license!)

Adam and I have been engaged for over a year now, and i was thinking how happy i am that we decided to wait until the following september, instead of last year. I’ve really enjoyed being engaged, getting to prolong the engagement activities, and really enjoy all of the events – with much longer to plan and create them. I’m sure the next few months will go by quickly, but I’m so happy we get to spend this time together before we get married.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chunk Bars // bakeaholic.ca

Now, for the bars. I made these as a banana-version of my pumpkin chocolate chunk bars, and they are SO good. Like a light snack cake version of banana bread, studded with dark chocolate. Plus, there’s not gluten/wheat in it, or any wheat-alternative, and no butter or added sugar. I like them straight out of the fridge, for a cooler snack on a warm day, when the chocolate pieces have hardened up for a little chocolate crunch.

i chopped up chocolate, and they heavier pieces sunk to the bottom as it baked – it created a black-bottomed banana bread, which was Delicious!! You can also throw in some walnuts if you have em, or almonds chopped up.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chunk Bars
A fluffy, light banana bread bar made with no flour or added sugar. Perfect for snacking, or dessert.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup mashed bananas
  2. 1 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1 tbs. ground flax
  5. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, or spray with coconut oil.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and blend with handheld beater or standup mixer until well blended.
  3. Add in the chocolate chips and fold using spatula. You can sprinkle chocolate chips on top if you like as well.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish, and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, until edges are brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool completely in the pan, then remove, cut and serve.
  6. Best kept on countertop, can be refrigerated.
Notes
  1. Can be refrigerated, or left on counter covered for 3-4 days.
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