Mondays are hard. This is why I like to usher them in with a healthy dose of cake.
It’s one of my abiding life philosophies that all things can be borne if you have a belly full of cake.
But, lest you think I’m promoting guzzling white flour creations on a daily basis, it has to be the right sort of cake.
I’m up to my usual tricks here (I do love shoving root vegetables in my desserts) and adding finely grated parsnips to coconut flour, a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg and some walnut pieces for the crunch.
And, if you’re standing on the precipice of a particularly hard week, I’d advise adding a nutmeg cream cheese frosting.
Parsnip & Walnut Cake (makes one loaf)
*adapted from the Irish Countrywomen’s Association Cookbook
- 1 1/3 cups finely grated parsnip (this was about 2 parsnips for me)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Whisk together the eggs, butter, vanilla and honey. Stir in the grated parsnip.
- Sieve the coconut flour, spices and baking powder into a large mixing bowl.
- Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring gently after each addition (ie stir until it gets ‘sticky’ then add more wet stuff). You should end up with a semi-runny batter.
- Fold in the walnuts then spoon everything into a greased or lined 9×11 in loaf tin.
- Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, let cool before removing from tin.
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