Jemma over at Celery and Cupcakes has organised an amazing baking competition. You have to create a recipe that uses margarine, but make it a healthier recipe. I got my thinking hat on and decided that one of my favourite recipes is my cherry, almond and marzipan cake.
To make it a little healthier I made a few changes: I used coconut sugar instead of regular sugar. I increased the ground almonds and decreased the flour, and added in another egg (this helps the ground almonds to bind). I also reduced the amount of marzipan used, and used natural dried cherries instead of glacé cherries. I am really pleased with how it turned out and actually prefer it to the original!
Most of my ingredients:
175g margarine (I used Pure spread)
175g coconut sugar
4 free range eggs
200g ground almonds
50g plain flour
2 heaped tsp baking powder
1 tsp almond extract
90g dried cherries
Optional: 20g marzipan
Flaked almonds, to sprinkle
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a brownie pan with baking paper. Cream together the margarine and coconut sugar. Add the eggs and almond extract and beat well. Add in the ground almonds, flour and baking powder, and mix gently to combine. Finally add in the dried cherries.
Pour the mixture into the pan. At this point if you are using marzipan, tear it into little pieces and dot over the top. Feel free to omit this. Then sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean (be sure not to test by a piece of marzipan as this will be liquid at oven temperature).
Leave to cool in the pan on a cooling rack before dusting with icing sugar.
The coconut sugar means that the cake does go a little darker than when using normal caster sugar.
Leave to cool before slicing. The ground almonds means that it may stick a bit more to the baking paper, so be gentle!
This cake has a gorgeous light texture, and a delicious almond flavour. Of course the “normal” dried cherries don’t stand out as much as the fake red glacé ones, but they still add a lovely burst of sweetness.
What cake would you like to be healthier?