Highly Anticipated Healthy Baking Recipe Book ‘Clean Cakes’ Just released today
Clean Cakes is the ultimate cookbook for anyone who enjoys baking as well as experimenting with new and alternative ingredients. It provides a wealth of ideas for cooking everything from spectacular cakes, energy-boosting muffins and wholesome loaves to stunning raw desserts and scrumptious tarts and pies, with distinctive flavour combinations and original twists on established classics. It will prove invaluable for anyone who for health or lifestyle reasons wants to eliminate gluten, dairy or refined sugar from their diet but who still wants to satisfy their sweet tooth and create their own nutritious guilt-free masterpieces. Henrietta Inman embraces nutritious whole food ingredients that are unprocessed, unrefined, natural, seasonal and local wherever possible. The first section shows how to stock your Clean Cakes larder, as well as including foundation recipes such as cashew cream, nut butters and homemade jams. Next come over 75 beautifully photographed recipes, from rich chocolate brownies, a show-stopping courgette, basil, lime and pistachio layer cake and raw desserts to five grain omega mix granola bars, spectacular fruit pies and enticing savoury tarts. These recipes are for everyone and show that cooking healthily doesn’t have to mean compromising on flavour.
A beautiful new recipe book was officially released today, one I have been waiting for with anticipation because its ethos is right up my street.
I’ve always loved cakes, breads and anything sugar and carb heavy. But it began to trigger illness in me, seemed to make my chronic fatigue worse and cause episodes of brain fog. This would literally kick in almost immediately after eating something naughty. So for a long time I thought I would just have to avoid all this stuff.
But in the last 5 years or so, healthy baking has become really quite the ‘new’ thing in food. And thank god! This means that people like me, who are sensitive to the typical baked treats, can tuck in now and then to have healthier versions, which I can now even make myself at home.
All of the recipes in the stunning ‘Clean Cake’s’ book are refined sugar free, dairy free, & gluten free. I’m so glad to see that this type of baking is so popular these days, and with good reason too, because the public are really understanding that there are lots of health problems associated with too much sugar, pasteurised dairy and gluten.
Gluten has literally hundreds of negative effects on the entire body and most wheat flour is also sprayed with glycophosphate which was recently named as a ‘probable carcinogen’ by the WHO. So gluten is a big no no for more reasons than just one.
Avoiding it as much as possible is one of the best things you can do for your health. Without wanting to rant on too much about how bad it is, I did hear the other day from a nutritionst, Rachel Kelly, that Gluten can affect the body for up to SIX MONTHS even if you have just eaten something containing it once. It can cause havoc on the gut, trigger of inflammation and as mentioned before, is one of the main causes of brain fog.
Oh my gosh indeed. With this in mind, I think its very important for us at least to not let our kids have gluten. It can be hard to do, but with a book like Clean Cakes, you will be sent on a new direction with your baking and sweet treat eating.
This beautiful full colour book (with photography by the well known Lisa Linder whose work is so stunning and really brings the recipes to life) is so inspirational, informative and enticing.
Hen writes about the replacement ingredients she uses to avoid using the normal ingredients. Instead of wheat flour she uses flours such as: buckwheat, brown rice, chestnut, coconut, ground nuts, millet flour, oat flour, polenta, sorghum flour, teff, amaranth and quinoa. Who knew that there were so many other types of flours you can use instead of wheat. Amazing! Each have their own nutritional qualities (wheat really has nothing good in it these days) so Clean Cakes are much better for you.
Sugar is not used but honey, dates, coconut sugar, coconut nectar, maple syrup and date syrup are.
Some recipes have eggs but for vegans who dont’ want to use them there are egg replacements such as chia seeds and flax seeds. Nut butters are often used to give the cake moisture and flavour. Some of the recipes use spices, super foods, teas and cacao.
Basically, every single ingredient used in Hen’s cakes is healthy.
The recipes are varied in difficulty and length of ingredients. Some are fairly simple and other’s are more complex. There are a few recipes I will definitely regularly do, but I know there are some things in here I probably won’t do. But thats like most recipe books isn’t it.
However, I have my eye on a few of her really special cakes for upcoming special events. Check out her amazing Chocolate and Banana pie below!
Cleaning out your pantry to start stocking the Clean Cakes way, might cost a bit of money at first, but in saying that, you don’t have to go all out at once, as that would be pricey. Instead, just do some basic swaps, brown rice flour or buckwheat flour for example is fairly inexpensive. So, stop buying wheat flour and start buying these sorts of ones instead. There are shopping lists in the book, if you have a budget every month for your food just start slowly adding things each month.
Thats what I do and it really doesnt end up costing you so much to rehaul your cupboard.
There are even savoury recipes in Clean Cakes such as: Roasted root vegetable tarts, cauliflower chickpea curry cakes with lime and mint raita, millet, mushroom and sage risotto cake.
One of the things I am dying to make is the Adzuki bean Brazil nut fudge, this looks absolutely insanely delicious and one of the fairly simple recipes to do. Black bean brownies are all the rage with healthy chefs but I have not yet made one with Adzuki beans.
For raw foodies there is a chapter for you in here too! I’ve already made the Tiramisu Mousse which was very simple to make and turned out amazing!
Even though the book is called ‘Clean Cakes’ there are recipes for things other than cakes: muffins, breads, petit fours, biscuits and chocolate. There are recipes for icing’s that use avocados and healthy sugars instead of the typical icing sugars. These taste even better as they are sweet but not hurt-your- teeth-sweet like normal sugar can do.
Clean Cakes really is an absolutely stunning book. I love Hen’s philosophy and the beauty she puts into her creations. She’s so passionate about what she does.
Her book is an absolute joy to look through and inspirational to change the way we eat when we want to indulge.
Hen has generously allowed me to share with you one of her recipes from the book please check below for the link to take you to it. Purchase details for this beauty of a book are below also.
Recipe for Cherry Upside Down Mini Cakes please click here: CC_Cherry Upside Down
About The Author: Henrietta Inman
I grew up in rural Suffolk, UK, with my brother, sister and my parents who love to cook. Having our own vegetable garden, fruit trees and chickens and procuring the rest of our ingredients from nearby friends and shops, led me to value the importance of cooking with local, seasonal and fresh produce from a young age.
After graduating from Edinburgh University where I studied French and Italian, I enrolled on the Professional Pâtisserie Scholarship at Westminster Kingsway College, London and graduated with distinction two years later. I loved it all, learning about new ingredients, the precise methods of cooking and fine craftsmanship involved. I went on to work as a pastry chef in a range of award-winning kitchens, including the Lanesborough Hotel, London.
In September 2013, I moved home to Suffolk. After nearly five years of working in professional kitchens, I realised that I wanted to be my own boss and create my own food. I started my business, Henrietta Inman Pâtissière, the following December. I now do pop-up pâtisseries, farmers’ markets, food festivals, celebration cakes, bespoke orders and take private commissions from a single tart to dessert for 200.
Recipe and images extracted from Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman, photography by Lisa Linder. Published by Jacqui Small (£20).’