Coconom baking

So ages ago I won some coconut sugar on a competition on Tamzin’s blog.

I love coconut sugar- if I make pancakes and cook an apple to go alongside them I always cook it with a little coconut sugar- it is so delicious.

We were going to see my parents on Friday so I decided to use it in a fruit cake as they (especially my Dad) love fruit cake.

I used a “light fruit cake” recipe (with added spices) as I didn’t want it to be too similar to Christmas cake, and swapped all the sugar for the coconut sugar.

I didn’t ice it, so instead I glazed it with apricot jam (just heat up a small amount and then brush over) and topped with flaked almonds and orange peel. It was really good even if I say so myself! And I still have some left 🙂

Over the weekend I also received a couple of lovely parcels:

Some popchips– yummy! I have already had the salt and vinegar ones as they are my favourite. They also emailed the other week to say that they are going to release the sweet potato flavour in the UK- not sure I should be so excited by this, but anything sweet potato is a winner. Although when I was in Sainsbury’s the other day I saw two weird things. One- cinnamon flavoured pringles. Which might be OK I suppose. But then next to them were chocolate mint flavour pringles. I mean, am I the only person who thinks crisps need to be savoury? It wasn’t even April Fools…

I also received some gorgeous tea from Teaple. They are basically full leaf tea but without the need to use infusers or strainers, as they are in lovely pyramid bags.

I could not resist trying the Earl Grey- called Lord Grey’s Tweed Trousers (love the quirky names)- and will be working my way through the rest of them pretty soon.

On the running front, I had Monday as a rest day, although we did have a short walk in the drizzle after dinner yesterday evening. Today I went out in my new trainers again- they seem fine now I am lacing them up a bit better. I have kept a plaster on my toe as the skin is sore, but it does not seem to be getting any worse, so hopefully I can keep them.

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12 thoughts on “Coconom baking”

  1. Yum! I bet the cake was delicious I can imagine coconut sugar in a fruit cake goes really well, thank you for the feature I will be linking you on face book!

  2. Do you know what those Pringles actually sound quite nice to me… I’m a big fan of the sweet snack a jacks. I’ll have to look out for them and give them a go!
    Fruit cake is one is one of my favourite cakes (though I have a few!) I imagine the coconut sugar really added to the flavours. Yum. Can’t wait for Christmas cake again as well! One of my favourite things at Christmas 😀

    1. When Ben gets around to making it eh 😉
      Hmm, I see what you mean about the snack a jack things- I was never keen on them as the rice cakes used to stick to my tongue. I look forward to seeing what you think!

  3. Chocolate mint flavoured pringles?! I’m tempted to go out and buy a tub just to see what they taste like, but can’t imagine they’ll end up making too many sales!

    1. It does not taste like coconut, as it is from nectar from the plant, but it does have a caramel taste similar to brown sugar so it goes really well in a lot of baking.

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