I have used cauliflower in many dishes. I have made cauliflower au gratin, I have made quite a few stir fries with cauliflower tossed into it. I have also made MANY a salad with cauliflower and even soups. I have NEVER made a coffee cake (or anything sweet for that matter) with cauliflower. That is until just this month. This month I made a lovely puree of steamed cauliflower, mixed in some eggs, melted coconut oil along with some maple syrup and honey and stirred it all into a dry mix of flour and other regular components of a coffee cake batter.
Magically the pureed cauliflower made a beautiful and delicious coffee cake! Imagine that. Once again, my world as been enlightened by my participation in the Secret Recipe Club. I was assigned, 84th&3rd this month. I owe my new insight and experience of baking with cauliflower to the lovely and EXTREMELY talented, JJ of 84th&3rd. JJ's world on her blog of 84th&3rd is full of exquisitely gorgeous food. Although JJ was born and raised in the United States she now lives, works and plays in Australia. Her writing is witty and well spoken. Her recipes are full of vibrant flavor, beautiful presentation and amazing creativity. Even though JJ eats eggs, dairy and fish (no meat though) many, if not most, are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. I have honestly never seen so many beautiful and decadent CHOCOLATE recipes that are actually good for you as I have on JJ's blog. So yes, I am completely smitten with amazement over all JJ's talents in the kitchen. She truly creates a beautiful world around eating well and eating healthy (delicious and beautiful) food.
I did alter JJ's recipe for this fantastic one-of-a-kind coffee cake in a few areas as I didn't have all the special gluten-free or vegan ingredients available in my pantry. For the cake batter instead of using spelt flour and arrowroot or tapioca flour I used all-purpose and whole wheat pastry flour. For a sweetener I replaced rice syrup with maple syrup. And then in the filling ingredients instead of using coconut sugar I used brown sugar. All of these substitutions worked out fine as the taste and appearance of the cake both came out wonderfully and I was given rave reviews from those that shared the cake with me.
Cinnamon Cauliflower Coffee Cake
(recipe adapted moderately from 84th&3rd )
1 cup raisins
1 Tbsp rum or fruit juice
1 Tbsp warm water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp brown sugar (JJ used 1 Tbsp coconut sugar)
2 Tbsp flour (my addition to the recipe as it helps keep the raisins and chopped nuts from falling down into the batter)
1 1/2 -2 cups fresh cauliflower
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup maple syrup (JJ used 1/4 cup rice syrup)
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract (my addition)
1 cup all purpose flour (JJ used 2 cups spelt flour)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (JJ used 1/4 cup arrowroot or tapioca flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour bundt pan and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl combine raisins, water and rum (or fruit juice). Toss all together and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. Then add in chopped nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar and flour. Mix well and set aside.
3. Steam fresh cauliflower until very soft and then place into a food processor along with lemon juice. Mix in food processor until cauliflower is smooth and silky. Add in 1/2 of melted coconut oil and pulse to combine. Add in remaining coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup and honey - mix well all together.
5. Sift all dry ingredients together into a large bowl and whisk to combine well.
6. Add cauliflower mixture into dry ingredients. Mix well all together.
7. Pour 1/2 of batter into prepared bundt pan. Spoon filling mixture evenly over batter and then pour on remaining batter over the filling layer.
8. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and cake is golden brown. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before inverting onto serving plate. * Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
Happy Cinnamon Cauliflower Coffee Cake Baking!
*JJ made a delicious caramel sauce to be poured over this cake. I choose not to make the sauce but instead to sprinkle confectioner's sugar over the cake.