Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…..with Warm Citrus Cake/Gâteau aux agrumes


OK so I’ll be the first to admit I’m not generally one of those people who sits at home, crossing their fingers, hoping for a White Christmas.  Partly because…. well I’m never in the U.K and partly because when snow arrives, her partner ‘mind-numbing cold’ is never too far behind (snow just sounds feminine ;) ) The thing is, me and cold have never really got along, which is why it’s taken me this long (about 5years) to re-experience snow at winter.

And I have to say it’s pretty cool. There’s something about stepping out of your house and seeing this soft fluffy ice, floating through the air that makes you smile and forget the cold.

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Baked Sweet Potato and Banana Fritters

I dreamt this up after my first ever trip to Leon which prompted me to bake their famous falafel recipe and that’s when the light bulb came. What if I made them for dessert? I mean they are sweet potatoes, plus I didn’t completely make them up.  I know sweet potato doughnuts exist in Madagascar as well as some eastern and South African countries. So a little research and a very ripe banana later, out of the oven they came and straight in for the UM test.

*UM screws ups her nose….*

UM: You put banana in sweet potato?

Me: er….yeah ? (Am I the only one who thought that sounded like an obvious combination?)

UM: It tastes…er….sweet

Me: Too sweet? I suggest

UM: Yeah, it must be the banana….and you should have added flour

Me: I did

UM: Oh, you can’t tell

And that was the end of that.

Well as I promised to document my ‘failures’ as well as my successes, here goes:

Baked Sweet Potato and Banana Fritters

I didn’t think it was too sweet, but I agree the sweet potato/banana balance wasn’t quite right, but they did have a nice banana fritter feel to them but as UM suggested I’d add more flour next time and maybe tougher flour like brown rice.  I’ll do this combo again at some point and report back…for the adventurous among you here’s the recipe:

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Orange and Date Sorghum Cake

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Gâteau de sorgho is a tunisian cake made with sorghum flour or droo as it’s known in Tunisia… This cake started out as a gâteau de sorgho but by the time I’d finished messing around with it, it was kind of transformed into an orange and date cake. Sorghum flour is the prime ingredient and it still contains some essential middle eastern ingredients.

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