Cooking, and baking in particular, is one of my great loves, but having an appetite for sugar and sweets doesn't bode well with my love of exercise either. Thus I bake sporadically but exercise almost daily. This makes for a happy medium, but I have always longed for cakes, tarts and muffins that are calorie-free. While such an idea exists only in my head, the new book by Amber Rose makes such fancies a near reality.
Love, bake, nourish
Love Bake Nourish is the happily-received present from one of my best friends. Rose's recipes are full of natural ingredients and make use of edible flowers, honey instead of refined sugar, and wholegrain spelt flour instead of bleached white.
Not only does my new favourite baker share her ingredient replacements, but also tips and advice on edible flowers, as well as tea-making recipes and seasonal produce.
So, in my attempt to 'have my cake and eat it', I have been baking. I first tried Rose's blueberry and hazelnut cake, and surprisingly my result turned out closer to the recipe than I thought. A lot of the time with cook books the picture looks so different compared to what you've made, you question whether or not it was worth it.
Rose's recipes are easy to follow, and have been written with the reader in mind - she puts an introduction before each recipe with possible substitutions if you simply cannot source the listed ingredients and goes into detail about why she has used the said ingredients.
The book itself isn't overstuffed with recipes and ideas, which is what I like. It is simple, has enough tray bakes and offerings to satisfy a large appetite, plus it is light enough to carry in your bag.
I make a banana cake with wholemeal flour and honey - a recipe my mother passed on to me - and it is fabulous. It's great to see a whole cook book dedicated to steering away from bleached flours and refined sugars. I will put it on my wishlist for sure. Thanks :)