Vegan Green Tea Brack

Happy St Patrick’s Everybody! Lá Fheile Phádraig Shona Daoibh!



For St Patrick’s Day I thought I’d add the greenest recipe I’ve ever made. It tasted good – smelled even better while baking – there’s a little coconut flour in it and it just made it smell great. I haven’t made it since though. It’s a bit on the fussy and expensive side. It uses things I don’t find in my local supermarket – but which it turns out I do really like – like the green tea – but I’d rather just drink the green tea. Also the topping that I add here is great – it’s actually better than the brack – unfortunately it doesn’t go well with the brack so you’re better off just making the brack by itself. I know I’m really selling this one to you, amn’t I? 

Oh yeah, this was one of my “experiments” and I had two goes before this one…

The avocado-green-tea-coconut-oil topping is actually great – just not with this brack. Don’t put this brack in the fridge.

Well, third time’s a charm! This Green Tea Brack still has a fudgy rather than a crumbly cake consistency but actually this works well here – and the taste is great.

The problem was really the blend of flours. I think I’ve mentioned previously that before I started abitmoreveg I tried some gluten-free banana bread recipes where I used a ready made gluten-free flour blend and I was not at all pleased with the results. It made me physically sick – in fairness something else was probably the real cause. But I decided to try it here – except this time I used some other flours with it. To be honest I did this because I thought it might make the cake more crumbly. It didn’t. But the taste is right. So now I’m using a mix of polenta (corn meal), gluten-free white flour mix, rice flour and coconut flour.

I added in the polenta because it add a nice gentle sort of creaminess to the taste. This time I just whizzed the lime juice, coconut oil, avocado, green tea, maple syrup and the polenta (corn meal) together in the blender and left this overnight in the fridge to get rid of any grittiness in the corn meal. It was a liquid mix when I put it in the fridge and the next morning it was quite doughy and solid.

liquid-mix
The mix prior to going in the fridge.

The last attempt I made I added in 80g of coconut flour – that was way too much, but I kept remembering how good it smelled baking so I decided to add 20g this time and yes this was the right amount. I felt like Goldilocks – it was just right.

The fruit I added in is a mix of raisins, sultanas and dried cranberries – a fistful of the Supervalu luxury fruit mix. Again, it was just right.

There is also more maple syrup in this one. The recipe uses a full 250ml bottle of maple syrup. It is very sweet but it is a cake so… It still pretty healthy as cakes go and it’s full of good fat. Both the cake and it’s topping are full of avocado and coconut oil.

Will I make it again? Definitely. I like this a lot. But I don’t think I’ll be making any more vegan cakes, vegan desserts yes but baking gluten-free cakes without eggs it’s a bit beyond me. But I do need some more good vegan desserts – they’re so heart healthy.

I’ve never made this since. But I still remember how good it smelled baking – really really good.

*****

OK, after tasting this again this morning, not after eating a whole load of chocolates beforehand (’tis the season in fairness… I made this in December 2015) – this did taste really really sweet – the topping especially so, so please add the maple syrup according to your own tastebuds.

Also, this is very very filling.

ingredients1
Green matcha tea, coconut oil, maple syrup, limes, avocado and polenta.
ingredients2
White bread flour blend, chia seeds, the mix from the blender, dried fruit mix, coconut flour and rice flour.
oil
Add a tablespoon of sunflower oil.
ingredients4
Ingredients for topping; maple syrup, coconut oil, lime juice and zest, mashed avocado and green tea.

Vegan Green Tea Brack

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 100 ml coconut oil, melted & 1 tablespoon for topping, melted
  • 2.5 limes, juice & zest
  • 250ml maple syrup
  • 300ml green tea (made with 1 level tablespoon green matcha tea power and 300ml water) & 3 tablespoons green tea for topping (made with a good pinch of green tea and 3 tablespoons water)
  • 60g polenta (finely ground corn meal)
  • 20g coconut flour
  • 20g rice flour
  • 100g gluten-free white flour blend
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed & 3 tablespoons water
  • fistful mix of raisins, sultanas and cranberry seeds

Instructions

  1. Peel, stone and mash one of the avocados. Put this in a blender together with the juice and zest of 2 limes, 100ml of melted coconut oil, 300ml of green tea and 200ml of maple syrup. Blend till smooth, then add the 60g of polenta and blend again till smooth. Pour the mixture into a bowl, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours or preferably overnight.
  2. Sift the white flour blend, rice flour and coconut flour into a large bowl. Pour in 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil and rub it into the flour with your fingers.
  3. Place the tablespoon of chia seeds in a small bowl or large cup and add 3 generous tablespoon of water. Leave it for a couple of minutes for the mixture to become gloopy.
  4. Take the bowl out of the fridge and stir the green tea mixture into the sifted flours. Then whisk in the chia seeds. Finally, stir in the fistful of dried fruit.
  5. Heat the oven to 160 C. Grease a baking dish and pour in the cake mixture. Bake for 45 - 60 minutes.
  6. Take the cake out when done and allow it to cool completely.
  7. To make the topping by peeling, stoning and mashing the second avocado, and add this to a blender along with 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil, the juice and zest of 1/2 lime, 3 tablespoons of green tea and 50 ml of maple syrup. Blend until smooth and then pour over the cake.
  8. Leave the cake in the fridge for the topping to set. Take it out about 30 minutes before serving.
http://twimii.com/recipes/vegan-green-tea-brack/

pre-bake
The way it looks pre bake.
mixed
After whisking in the chia seeds, stir in the fruit.
baked
Baked and smelling divine…
quick bite
Just a quick taste test – had one finger and then another – mm, this is tasting good…
Wish I had left it like this and hadn’t added the topping.
large-slice
Good with a cup of black tea.
lime-coconut-cake
Now this is very good with the topping. A lime-coconut loaf.
wicked-green-black-cup
So I got the idea to try and make cups with the topping like the way you’d make peanut butter chocolate cups. They were ok.

So get your green on – and happy Paddy’s!

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