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We love using what we unattractively call “formula recipes”. What we mean by this are recipes that go by categories of ingredients rather than being overly prescriptive, meaning that you can mix and match based on what flavours you feel like or what you have in your pantry. This works really well for cakes. Here’s the formula we have developed. If you’ve ever come to one of our talks and eaten the cake, it will have been made with this formula:
Here are some examples of the kinds of cakes we make with this formula recipe:
We adhere to the philosophy that fruit crumble should be neither difficult to make nor overthought – a very forgiving dessert that can be made with a great range of fruit (like whatever’s seasonal/easy to forage). It’s our go-to for potlucks or other occasions where we want something sweet, but without levels of effort much higher than cake in a mug.
For this reason, we’re very slapdash about fruit crumble, as you’ll see from this recipe. Please be emotionally prepared to change ingredient quantities around, especially with the crumble part – we never measure the crumble ingredients out, we just chuck them in a bowl and mix it with our hands until the mixture resembles our desired crumble texture. So, everything that follows uses a healthy dose of guesswork.
This recipe is a real crowd-pleaser and a great way to use those abundant lemons (if you’re in a part of the country where citrus thrives in abundance) AND, if go for the optional extra, this recipe is also a good way of using up some of your zucchini during that time of the year when mountains of zucchini are on every community fruit and veg stand in the country 😉
NB: the recipe is largely adapted from this one, though we’ve changed a couple of things here and there (for example, this recipe uses too much sugar and oil for our tastes and the recipe also suggests the use of baking paper, which is not necessary)
For the cookie
For the cookie icing
Cakes in mugs are for days when you want something sweet but honestly can’t be bothered to spend more than 5 minutes on it. The recipes involve a microwave, which is probably not great for nutrient-rich resulting product, but, let’s be honest, are we really trying to achieve that with a cake in a mug? No, no we are not…
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Watch Hannah recite this recipe in ridiculous low-fi fashion right here.
Apple Mixture Ingredients