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Carrot cake bran loaf recipe

Remember my new bran loaf recipe? This fruit loaf proved very popular with everyone who tried it so I’ve had a play with another version today, it’s ‘carrot cake’ bran loaf. Just as simple to make, and healthy, it has less sugar than the new bran loaf recipe, so that’s good. I added some ground flax seed and maple syrup to help bind it all together  as I figured the sugar was probably doing that job seeing there’s no egg or added fat in the loaf, and the carrots should keep it moist.

P1190248Carrot cake bran loaf

  • 1 cup all bran
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 heaped tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup sultanas
  • 2 carrots peeled and grated
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • grated rind of an orange, and juice of half
  • scant 1 cup milk
  • teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • some chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
  • some sunflower seeds.

P1190243Mix everything except flour and baking powder in a bowl with the milk,and leave 30 minutes, sieve in the flour and baking powder, mix well and place in a lined 2lb loaf tin and bake on 180C for 1 1/4 hours.




Chelsea bun revival

There was a time when I used to make Chelsea buns on a regular basis, I loved the soft bread and the sweet buttery currants inside,  I would top them off with a glace icing. I thought it was time to give them a revival and try and make them more heart healthy.

I got the basic recipe from a cookbook, but here’s Paul Hollywood’s recipe if you want to try them.

So here’s my dough before and after proving.P1160806


I’ve made a lot of heart healthy cakes where the butter is substituted with stewed apples so that’s what I did, and I omitted the sugar from the filling, but I did add cinnamon.

Once the filling is spread on the rolled out dough you roll it up like a swiss roll.


Then slice into catherine wheels and then leave to prove.


This is how mine came out of the oven, they won’t win any prizes. I glazed them with a brush of runny honey.P1160819

The perfect tea time treat.P1160822

Bran loaf revisited

In the 80’s, (that’s 1980’s not 1880’s) I used to make a fruit loaf made with All Bran, it was like a malt loaf and we ate it buttered.

I was looking through my recipes file for a fat free cake and came upon the recipe. I decided to update it and see how it turned out

Original recipe

4 oz all bran

5 oz sugar

10 oz mixed fruit

1/2pint milk

4 oz self raising flour

Put all bran sugar and fruit in a bowl with the milk, mix and leave 30 minutes, sieve in the flour, mix well and place in a lined 2lb loaf tin and bake on 180C for 1 1/4 hours.

Bran loaf- new recipe

1 cup all bran

1 cup sugar

1 cup sultanas

1 apple with skin on but peeled and chopped

1 cup self raising flour

scant 1 cup milk

teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

some chopped nuts (I used pecans)

some sunflower seeds.

Mix and bake as above.

Here it is before it was devoured, I had family staying and we all loved the cake.
P1140316It was moist and chewy and there was no need for butter. Next time I might try reducing the sugar, and the nuts and spices could be varied, a mashed banana would be good too.

Dhansak curry – my low calorie version

My latest curry is an almost fat free chicken dhansak, and it’s really easy to make.

First toast the spices

I like to use whole spices and dry roast them, then grind in an electric coffee grinder which I keep just for spices , you could use ready ground at a push, but grinding your own spices gives a fuller flavour and I think in low fat curries where I’m not frying the onions, garlic, ginger and spices it’s a great way of packing more flavour.

So in a small pan gently roast the following spices, then cool a little and grind.

3 whole green cardamom pods

3 cloves

8 black peppercorns

1 1/2 inches of cinnamon bark

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

Make the sauce- roughly chop a large onion and 3 large carrots, 5 cloves garlic and 1 inch fresh root ginger (grated). Put everything in a large pan with a tin of chopped tomatoes, the ground spices and the following spices, chilli powder to your taste, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala. Then add red lentils, I guess the quantity, maybe 1/2 cup and add water ( you need to check the liquid every so often so it doesn’t boil dry )  bring to the boil and simmer until the veg are soft then blitz with a hand blender. Then add the juice from a tin of pineapples and the chopped fruit, and 4 chicken breasts cut into chunks.

Then either simmer or put it in the oven for 40minutes.

I served mine with brown rice but the diet portion of rice isn’t enough when you have a lovely sauce so I made Jamie’s cauli rice as well. Just blitz some cauliflower in a processor until it looks like rice grains, add a tablespoon of water then cover and microwave for 3 minutes.

This is a really yummy curry and not bad for your waistline either, enjoy!
low calorie Dhansak curry