This blood orange cake was created after a strong wave of nostalgia spurred me on to buy a handful of blood oranges from Lidl the other day. My granddad loved blood oranges and he wasn’t stingy about sharing them with me when I was a kid either. Looking back, I think he got a thrill from showing me the unexpected, particularly when it came to food because he would often bring home a handful of blood oranges from Jackie White’s fruit and vegetable market in the town centre and sit and peel the orange before explaining to me the reasons as to why it was uniquely red.
Coconut rings are lovely little tasty bites of cake that are formed of creamy desiccated coconut which create a raised moat around a jam-filled centre. They’re a really easy bake to make and require very few ingredients too. In its dried, desiccated form coconut can be used to lend creaminess and body to curries and tagines as well as sweet and exotic fruity flavours to sweet dishes.
Chia jam has been all the rage for a while now, but on the whole I’ve failed to see the attraction. However, when eating a low FODMAP diet, one of the things you need to watch out for is high FODMAP jams. A low FODMAP jam is a jam which is made with a suitably low FODMAP fruit, such as raspberries or strawberries, and is made with sucrose or glucose syrup. High FODMAP jams have got added fructose, high fructose corn syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, honey, agave syrup, sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, maltitol, erythritol and isomalt.
This might sound a bit odd, but this rocky road traybake came about as an accident in a way because I’d originally set out to make a batch of chocolate tiffin with some ingredients which needed used up, but when I presented the finished bake to my family they exclaimed “Ooh! Rocky Road!”. It was only then that I realised that because I’d put marshmallows and crushed biscuits in it I’d inadvertently created a rocky road traybake. Oh well…