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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!

blueberry crumb cake // www.bakeaholic.ca

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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Banana, Bars & Squares

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

May 25, 2015

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chunk Bars // bakeaholic.caPeanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chunk Bars // bakeaholic.ca Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chunk Bars // bakeaholic.ca
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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Bars & Squares, Pumpkin

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Squares {Dairy-Free, Grain-Free, Flourless}

October 16, 2014

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I’d like to think I’ve been pretty good at not going overboard when it comes to halloween this year – the only decorations I’ve purchased this year are a couple bats from the dollar store. I love halloween, it’s one of my favourite holidays to prepare for. However, we only have so much storage space in our closets and garage that can hold all of our decor items. I’ve also been trying not to spend any more money on home decor items; Adam already cut me off from purchasing any more pillows this year -luckily there’s only a few months left til next year ;) With that said, I’ve been patiently waiting to take the decorations out for halloween, including going to get pumpkins. 

With Adam being away I’ve been itching to go to the pumpkin patch, and hopefully next weekend when he’s home we can venture out to our favourite little farm in Ladner on Westham Island and pick up a wagon full.

One thing I haven’t been able to keep away from, however, is pumpkin puree. It seems to have found its way into my basket and into my baked goods. I was pretty disappointed to see that on Thanksgiving long weekend Wal-Mart had no cans of pumpkin puree in the entire store. Shocking. So, luckily I ventured over to my favourite store (& my very first job) Thrifty Foods. They had an abundance of pumpkin puree selection, and it was on sale, even better! So, I stocked up my basket incase of a pumpkin shortage, and can happily bake pumpkin goodies to my hearts desire this fall. 

I couldn’t believe when I stumbled upon this recipe how easy it looked, and how delicious the outcome was. A pumpkin square that looks like a decadent wheat-laden goody, that is in fact dairy-free, flourless and even grain-free. You’d never know it because the end result is a fluffy, moist square like any other cake.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip SquaresPumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Squares
Yields 16
A fluffy, light pumpkin bar made with no flour or added sugar.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  2. 1 cup almond butter
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 tbs. ground flax
  5. 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  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.
  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. I used raw crunchy almond butter, but you can use regular almond butter. If you like the added crunch, you can add in some chopped almonds.
Adapted from food renegade
Adapted from food renegade
b a k e a h o l i c http://www.bakeaholic.ca/
 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares