are any of you just curious? i am all the time.
i am not planning on having my own family any time soon, however i am always curious how other people and cultures choose to raise their children. my curiosity was sparked over at leslie grahams blog while reading one of her "what I'm reading posts"- Bringing Up Bebe. it sounded interesting and it is, it is written from an ex patriots point of view and narrows in on the differences of how the french raise their children from the start than many american parents do. well anyway, in this book they go on to say how the french begin baking with their children from a very young age. it is meant to teach them patience, independence and a life skill. the very first recipe many french children learn to make is the yoghurt'cake. so here it is, my vegan version of the yoghurt cake.
the recipe in the book goes on to tell you that the base of the cake is very standard, it is up to you if you wold like to add in any berries or other goodies to the final cake.
i opted for a combination of wild blueberries, nectarines & pistachios.
i am head over heels in love with the colors of this cake, it is just so pretty!
the cake is baked in a 9" cake pan, I opted to bake mine in a spring form pan - it was so much easier to remove the cake for display using the spring form pan.
in the book, i found it interesting that french children quickly adapt to schedules - and almost all children are on the same "unspoken" schedule - a very similar schedule to their parents.
this cake is normally baked on the weekends and served at 4pm, which is the typical snack time in france.
serve with freshly whipped vegan cream or vegan ice cream.
in the book they recommend creme fraiche - so by all means if you have it on hand try some with this cake.
one of the simplest cakes and tastiest cakes i have made to date. i plan on making this with my nephews when they come up for a visit in october - i hope they will have as much fun as i did making it.
tell me, do you bake with your little ones often?
have any of you read the book bringing up bebe?
Blueberry Nectarine Pistachio "yoghurt's" Cake
you will need:
2 - 6oz containers soy yoghurt's
2 flax eggs
(2 tbsp ground flax + 6 tbsp warm water blended)
1 - 2 containers sugar - i used (1)
1 tsp vanilla
just under 1 container vegetable oil : substitute mashed banana
1 container almond milk
4 containers flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 containers blueberries
1 nectarine, pitted & sliced
1/2 container shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
pre heat oven to 375*
in a large bowl blend wet ingredients
in a medium bowl combine dry ingredients
add dry ingredients to wet and stir until just moistened
pour batter into a 9" cake pan or spring form pan greased with vegetable oil
sprinkle berries, nectarines & pistachios over the top
bake 35 minutes - test the cake for doneness, if not done continue to back for an additional 5 minutes
once done, remove from oven and allow to cook prior to serving
serve with freshly whipped vegan cream, vegan ice cream or creme fraiche