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Honey Whole Wheat Pound Cake

I was suddenly made aware that I have a truckload of flour still in my possession after the last supermarket shopping spree. I can never stop myself from buying baking items that are on discount. Trouble is, I tend to go on these shopping sprees towards the end of my baking mood period (when the supplies are running low), and by the time I have purchased the goods, I’m out of the baking mood! I’ve probably chucked out more expired flour in all these years, than the savings I’ve made buying them on discount!

Anyway, thankfully, I’m back in my baking mood again, and just in time too. I’ve got like 5kgs worth of whole wheat flour to use up! The fastest way is to bake a cake, as that uses the most amount of flour at one go (not to mention butter and sugar…)

I chanced upon this lovely recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Pound Cake from Joy the Baker and decided to do just that, with some modification. I’m pretty glad to say that despite my initial fears, for whole wheat products can turn out to be so different from white flour, the cake is pretty darn good! I can’t even tell that the cake has been made with whole wheat flour! It just has a more “loafy” and nutty texture, which I’m sure you must have come across even with white flour. This is delicious cake that is HEALTHY, can you believe that????

Honey Wholewheat Cake (2) I had to slice off the burnt bits, hence the uneven top…

Ingredients:-

  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour (I used 2 cups wholewheat, and 1/4 cup white cake flour)
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 170gm butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs (separated)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used 3/4 cup milk)

Instructions (all done by hand as I hate having to wash the electric mixer):-

1. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl and set aside.

2. In another bowl, whip butter, sugar and honey until light in colour and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract and egg yolks. Give it a few more good beats.

3. Add the dry ingredients from step 1 and the buttermilk into the butter sugar mixture, in parts. Mix lightly each time.

4. In a 3rd bowl, whip your egg whites until you see soft peaks. (Skip this step if you want a denser cake) Fold them into the mixture from step 3. Do not beat.

5. Transfer your batter to an oiled loaf tin and pop it into a preheated oven of 180 degrees celcius. I used a 11x22cm loaf tin and the batter was filled nearly to the brim. If you have a slightly bigger tin, use that.

6. Bake for approximately 1 hour. Be careful not to burn the top especially if you’ve used a smaller loaf tin.

Honey Wholewheat Cake And voila, the fruits of my labour!

The cake has a loafy texture akin to banana bread. It isn’t a rich and moist type of cake so don’t be expecting that. If you want to turn it into a decadent type of cake, I suppose putting chocolate ganache or frosting would help loads. But for me, if I want a decadent and rich cake, I’ll make a decadent and rich cake. This cake suits me fine for days when you just want some cake, without feeling like you’ve sinned a lot. Goes really well with a glass of cold milk too!

Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe – Revisited!

Today marks my 4th visit to Dann’s Daily. Although I have a policy of not visiting the same place too often (so that I have more stuff to blog about), we really like going to Dann’s for their excellent coffee. If you’re living in the East, this is probably the only place nearby to get a good cuppa without having to go all the way into town. And of course, my parents in particular love it at Dann’s for the healthy fare.

They are always having daily specials, and one of today’s specials was the Durian Steamed Cupcake going at $7!

Dann's Daily - Durian Steamed Cupcake

This is the 1st time I was trying their steamed cupcake. To be frank, I was rather apprehensive about the “steamed” part as I am so used to baked cakes. The texture of the muffin turned out to be pretty okay and a little heavier than the usual cup cakes. The lady boss told us that the muffin is choc full of durian puree! But in my opinion, the thing that took the cake was the durian cream piled on top of the cup cake. It was SO GOOOOD. It had just the right amount of sweetness, it was light and fluffy and tasted like fresh durian. I mean it’s basically fresh durian puree with zero sugar added. Even the cupcake part has very little raw sugar used. So simple yet so good when the real stuff is used! If I go to Dann’s again I’m going to ask for more of the Durian cream!!

Dann's Daily - Vegetarian Curry with Wild Rice (2)

Dann's Daily - Vegetarian Curry with Wild Rice

Curry of the Day with Organic Brown & Wild Rice $10 – This is a vegetarian curry, comprising of tau pok, tau fu, tau kee etc. You know how the usual types of curry makes you feel like you’ve sinned after having a big bowl? This curry doesn’t give you that feeling. It’s light and refreshing and still packs a punch despite it having almost no “bad” ingredients. A well balanced curry that had just the right combination of ingredients. I dipped my sandwiches in them and it was good! All the ingredients are in the right proportion.

Dann's Daily - Wild Rice (2)

Dann's Daily - Wild Rice (3)

Closer look of the Wild Rice, which you can also order on its own for $6. I like brown rice so I’ve no problems eating this, but I guess it would take some getting used to for those who are accustomed to white rice.

BTW, I recall a time when I was younger and I loathed brown rice. We got that rice from NTUC and it’s almost reddish in colour. I suspect a lot of Singaporeans developed a dislike for brown rice after eating that brand of rice. Try switching to different types of brown rice and you may actually find yourself developing a taste for it!

Dann's Daily - Wholewheat seafood pasta in creamy sauce

Prawns Creamy Whole wheat Pasta $12.50 – Ok while I like brown rice, I realise I don’t much fancy whole wheat pasta. Find the pasta to be stiff and rough and a little unwieldy on the fork. They just refused to twirl! Maybe Penne instead of Spaghetti would be better. The prawns were quite good, had a nice crunch to them. Cream sauce was okay, would have preferred it to be slightly heavier to cover the roughness of the whole wheat pasta. On the whole, a very healthy pasta dish.

Dann's Daily - Wild Rice with Fish and Veggies

Dann’s Daily Special Fish with Wild Rice – I love the fish that Dann’s daily serves, be it with their rice or in their toasties. The fish is always so flaky and flavoursome. You know how fussy I am with fish. 

Dann's Daily - Fish Soup

Fish soup $8 – Fish tasted fresh and was accompanied by a rich yet light broth. Comfort food for a dark and dreary day.

Dann's Daily - Prawn and Avocado Toastie

White Fish, mushroom and cheese toastie $5 – Very nice, fish was once again very tasty. Mushrooms used were shitake I believe. I could have done with more cheese, as I just love overloading my sandwiches with cheese. I thought I would still be hungry after having this for lunch, but surprisingly I was rather full after this.

Dann's Daily - Kaya Toastie (2) Dann's Daily - Chocolate Toastie

Kaya Toastie $4 and Chocolate Toastie $4 – Kaya was quite ordinary. As for the chocolate toastie, I was already expecting something along the lines of Nutella. And everyone knows how sweet Nutella is, so I was fairly disappointed. Being the sweet tooth that I am, I wouldn’t order this again but I guess this would appeal to people who like chocolate for the chocolate taste and not the sugary sweetness oops… Also, considering that the toasties with savoury fillings cost only $1 more, I’d rather order those instead.

Dann's Daily - Alkaline Water

KYK Alkaline Water – This alkaline water is used in the dishes as well as for you to drink when you’re there. I don’t know much about alkaline water but these days the health experts all seem to be talking about it.

Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe
20 Eastwood Road
#01-06 Eastwood Centre
(It is facing the bus-stop and the main road, and is opposite Bedok Food Centre)
Singapore 486442
Tel: 6449 1355

Opening Hours:
Tue to Sun
9am – 9pm
(Closed on Mondays)

Dann’s Daily Website

Click here to see my previous review on Dann’s Daily as well as pictures of their cafe latte.

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