Monday, July 5, 2010

Moist Vanilla Cake

After MANY attempts, this is the best non-chocolate milk, egg, nut, soy free cake I have come up with! Still perfecting a frosting, but this will likely be the birthday cake of choice for awhile, unless the spice cake I am making this weekend can surpass it!

2c flour
1c sugar
2t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
1/2t salt
1 1/2c water
1/2c oil
1T lemon juice
1t vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients and wet separately and then combine and stir until blended and large lumps are broken up. Batter will remain lumpy. Bake at 350 for 15-18 min. Makes a 9x13, or 24 cupcakes or a combo of regular and mini cupcakes for shorter baking time.

Sweet Couscous

2c couscous
3c water
1 3/4c raisins
boiling water to cover
2T butter equivalent
chopped onion
1/2c chopped dried apricots
2T cinnamon
1/2t tumeric
1t ginger
salt to taste
3T honey
mandarin oranges, or 2 fresh oranges peeled, chopped, and memberanes removed

Pour water on couscous and let sit while prepping
Pour boiling water to cover raisins in bowl. Let sit 15 min, drain and retain water, adding to measure 2c water

Melt butter in pan and saute onion until golden. Add raisins, apricots, spices, honey, and soaking liquid. Cover with steamer full of the couscous. Steam 25-30 min. Transfer to platter and mix with spicy sauce and orange. Serve immediately.

If no allergies, would be good with 1/4c. almonds!

8 servings!