Thursday, October 24, 2013

THB : Cranberry-Oatmeal-Walnut Cake

The Home Bakers (THB) bake #26, Cranberry-Oatmeal-Walnut Cake is chosen by the lovely Kit of I-Lost In Austen

This cake is originally baked in a 9x13-inch baking pan, but I have made it into muffins instead, a variation mentioned in the book. Made half a recipe and got 8 muffins.

These muffins are the healthier choice for those who are looking for something healthier than the regular muffins. It has rolled oats, wholemeal flour, plain flour, canola oil, dark molasses, ground cinnamon, fresh cranberries, nuts, yoghurt, and with just a small amount of sugar. Usually I would reduce the sugar in all of my bakes, but for this, I followed the original amount as stated in the recipe.

I used frozen cranberries and instead of adding them to the batter, I placed two berries on each muffins, as they are rather sour. 

While these are baking, I can smell the fragrance of the oats and the cinnamon, very nice.

Ate one white still warm, and it was just OK for me, the first thing that came to mind was, it needed a little more sugar, and that almost never cross my mind with other bakes!

These muffins flavours seems to improve overnight! They tasted much yummier and actually was quite nice on the next day, and a little sweeter than on the first day, but it still could do with a little more sugar. Guess this is one of the bakes that actually benefit in terms of flavours when left overnight for the flavours to mingle together. Texture is moist and soft, great with a cup of warm tea. But I would probably not bake this cake again as the family do not seem to favour it.

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  1. Very moist and attractive cake, just irresistible.

  2. Hi Joyce,

    You are absolutely right!!! These cakes are good but need a lot more sugar!!! Sad that we didn't eat most of them as they are too bland for us :p


  3. Yum , yum , yummu good, thanks for sharing :)

  4. Zoe baked this too! I love moist cake. Looks like it's worth trying out.

  5. Sound a healthy muffins with oats and fruits.

  6. Looks delicious though, rather pretty too! :D

  7. Simply awesome looking cakes. Muffins are making me drool.

  8. I think this one definitely needs dried cranberries as fresh/frozen ones are really sour... and agree its not really sweet at all!

  9. So lovely muffins with several of nuts and fruits!

  10. That was a good idea to add the cranberries on top Joyce. Muffins with my morning coffee would be wonderful about now. They sure look good and healthy is always good too:) I'm wondering if there is any way of sweetening up the cranberries before adding them. Maybe a quick roasting or sprinkling of sugar?

    Thanks for sharing, Joyce...

  11. Love the reddish color of this muffins & I agree that it's not that sweet even though I used dried cranberries. Thanks for baking along with me! ;)

  12. Joyce, these muffins look rather attractive but I read that Zoe threw most of hers away! Perhaps a bit of tweaking can help improve the flavour.

  13. Joyce, I am sure your family would have enjoyed this more with dried cranberries - but it was enjoyed by hubby and me!

  14. Wow, fruity and crunshy! YUMMY!



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