On this date last year, I was making breakfast for your dad when i experienced a bout of intense stomach contractions that made me grip the kitchen counter.
“Is this it?”, I thought to myself panicking. I glanced at my unpacked “maternity” luggage a few feet away from the kitchen door. I’m not due until two weeks later.
“Let’s not panic”, I thought to myself. First time mothers usually take up to 15 hours to birth their child, i soothed myself , remembering my doctor’s words.
I finished scrambling my eggs of a breakfast, and fetched my list of “to brings” that the hospital gave me.
I scanned the list. Another wave of panic attack came over me. “Breast pump”, i whispered aloud. I cursed myself repeatedly for stalling in buying one. A vision of my sister who successfully breastfed her kids till they were two years old each came into my mind. ” You need breast pump. It is very, very,VERY important”.
I pushed that out of my mind, I wondered if I could actually purchase breastpump while IN labor. I went into the shower, and spent a good 15 minutes not doing anything. Just standing under the warm running water (Green activists can hate me for wasting water, but please bear with the panic stricken mother-to-be).
The warm water felt comforting. The contractions didn’t reappear. I composed myself. Maybe it’s just a false alarm. I got dressed and got ready for work, vowing to buy breastpumps later that evening.
On the way to work, another wave of strong contractions made me close my eyes and wince in surrender. I dialled the hospital’s number and made an appointment to see the doctor. It was the smartest thing I’ve ever done, because 14 hours later, a slimy screaming baby was pulled out of me.
“Happy Birthday Baby Caitlyn”. May you be blessed with a wealth of health and love.Mommy can’t even begin to describe how much she loves you.
PS: this is a two tiered cake. The first tier is a sugar free cake for Caitlyn, the second layer is just an average sponge cake for adults.
Sugar Free Sponge Cake with Pear Jam:
For a 10 cm cake
1 egg yolk
2 egg whites
35 ml pear concentrate (made by simmering 105 ml of pear juice till it reduced to third)
15 grams olive oil
25 grams AP flour
5 grams cornflour
Boil olive oil with pear concentrate till the mixture steams. Set aside to warm
Add in egg yolk to the olive oil mixture. Slowly stir in the AP and cornflour.
Beat egg whites till soft peaks. Fold into the flour mixture.
Bake at 170 degree till cooked (+-15 minutes )
Slice the cake halfway, spread the sugar free pear jam and sandwich it with the top layer.
Sugar Free Pear Jam
50ml of homemade pear concentrate (made by simmering 150 ml of pear juice till it reduced to a third)
1/2 tsp arrowroot starch, dissolved in a bit of water.
Stir the arrowroot starch into the pear concentrate.
Simmer till thick and bubbly
Set aside to cool
I am entering this post into the Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, organized by Amy simplysugarandglutenfree. Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays is a very delightful weekly linky which aims at sharing gluten and sugar free recipes. While this recipe is not gluten free, it is still a very healthful sugar free recipe 😉
Lots of cakes out there claim to be sugar free.
But they are laden with synthetic sugar.
I’ve seen cakes that claim to be refined sugar free.
But they are laden with a whole party of unrefined sugar.
This cake however is wholly Sugar Free.
It relies wholly on bananas and raisins to its sweetness.
Perfect for my 10 month old baby Crusta.
Yup, she is still not allowed sugar. Refined, or not refined.
My poor baby.
So till you hit your 12 month mark,
and are finally allowed a moderate amount of sugar
here is something to tide you over.
Sugar Free Banana Bread with Raisins
Makes 2 large muffins
20 grams organic raisins, chopped
40 grams boiling water
40 grams whole wheat flour
12 grams All purpose flour
1/4 tsp organic/natural baking powder
28 grams olive oil
125 grams (about 1) banana
1 egg yolk
Pour the boiling water onto the chopped raisins, set aside for half hour
preheat oven to 180 degree celcius, Grease and line the muffin tins.
Sift whole wheat, all purpose flour with the baking powder.
Drain the raisins, reserving the liquid.
Put the olive oil, banana and 12 grams of the steeped raisin water in a food processor. Process till smooth.
Pour the processed banana mixture onto the flour mixture and mix till well combined.
Add the chopped raisins and pour the batter onto awaiting muffin tins.
Before you click this window shut due to its unappetizing title, let me just say that this was purely experimental.
I wanted to know whether i could beat egg whites to its “soft peak” stage (as required in chiffon making), without the use of sugar.
And if the egg white was successfully beaten till soft peaks, would it stay that way during the baking time in the oven? Would it aerate my chiffon the way it should when it is accompanied by its sugar sidekick.
So, to put it shortly,
Is sugar indispensable in chiffon making?
The answer is,
And i’ve got proof,
Here’s a banana chiffon cake, made completely without sugar. It rose VERY well,in fact i must say, it rose better than some of the sugared chiffons i made.
So, to everyone out there who are opting the sugar-free ( to whom i offer the utmost respect and admiration ), and gluten free life
and to baby Crustabakes,
This gluten free, sugar free, chiffon cake is dedicated to you!
PS: this cake does not taste as horrible as i would have thought! In fact it’s so light, i managed to scarf down both cakes in one serving.
Sugar Free, Gluten Free Banana Chiffon Cake:
Makes 2 Cupcake size (Sorry about that, told you it was experimental)
15 gram rice flour
5 gram corn starch
5 gram oil
30 gram overripe bananas (mashed)
1 egg white
1 egg yolk
Sift the flour and the starch together.
In another bowl, mix oil and mashed bananas
Dump flour and starch onto the banana bowl, add egg yolk and mix till well combined
Beat the egg white till soft peaks (without sugar it wont be glossy, but it’s ok, it will still work)
Slowly fold in egg white to the egg yolk batter
Pour onto two cupcake cases,
Bake at 170 degree celcius for 30 mins or till fully cooked.
“The standard of breakfast has dropped, it seems” joked Mr Crustabakes yesterday.
I looked up from where i was sitting, onto the plate of storebought blueberry puff pastry which Mr. Crustabakes was having for breakfast.
I turned my gaze over to Baby Crustabakes. She was squishing a piece of dragonfruit. And on her highchair tray, there was a homemade, sugar free, and gluten free fruit tart. Topped with pureed avocado and freshly diced cantaloupe and dragonfruit
The standard of breakfast for Mr.Crustabakes has sure dropped, but it didn’t land anywhere far. It merely shifted to Baby Crustabakes breakfast.
I admit, i have been spending ridiculous amounts searching the web on what to feed and what not to feed baby Crustabakes at her age.
Lots of adjustments were needed to convert a standard adult recipe to her babified version. At her age, baby Crustabakes still has lots of restrictions in her diet. Starting from gluten, sugar, salt, dairy, eggs, etc etc.
And it’s really straining, if not impossible for me to prepare two full fledged, very different breakfast for the two most important people in my life.
But i was determined, to do it, and so i came up with this.
Breakfast for the two champions.
What a time saver, this killing two birds with one stone recipe.
It saves me so much time that i was even able to decorate and snap pics. Hola!
Cream of Mushroom Soup
taken from allrecipes.com
- 115 g sliced fresh mushrooms
- 120 ml chicken broth
- 25 g chopped onion
- 0.1 g dried thyme
- 15 g butter
- 8 g all-purpose flour / 1/2 tsp Tapioca flour for babe
- 0.5 g salt (no salt for babe)
- 0.2 g ground black pepper (exclude for babe)
- 80 ml half-and-half/ 100 ml coconut milk for babe
- 5 ml sherry (exclude for both)
- In a large heavy saucepan, cook mushrooms in the broth with onion and thyme until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- In blender or food processor, puree the mixture , leaving some chunks of vegetable in it. Set aside.
- In the saucepan, melt the butter, whisk in the flour until smooth. Add the salt, pepper, half and half and vegetable puree. Stirring constantly, bring soup to a boil and cook until thickened. Adjust seasonings to taste, and add sherry.
- For the baby version, pour coconut milk in saucepan, add pureed mushrooms, thicken with tapioca starch mixed with a bit of water
I can’t resist whipping out my camera to capture the beautiful colours of these tropical fruits.
It’s Baby Crustabakes breakfast fruit cup.
And it’s also her first time eating cut fruits.
Bye bye Puree!
Cut fruits are: