Hi, friends. How’s your Rosh Hashana going? I am spending the first morning of the Jewish New Year lying on my couch, listening to Matt Corby and typing this post for you. Later today, I will be performing a smudging ceremony to clean out all the ghosts of heartbreaks past from my apartment, and even later, testing out some new recipes. So you can be sure I am not resting on my laurels here. But just to show you I really care, I’ve got a great, sugar- and grain-free recipe for a stevia-sweetened almond vanilla cake with yogurt crema, roasted figs and hazelnuts.
This almond vanilla cake with figs is the perfect treat for someone who is watching their waists, or who has to avoid refined sugar and grains for health reasons. Barely sweetened with stevia, nature’s best sweetener, this cake is perfectly poised to be the hit of the fall season. It is topped with a tart yogurt crema that tastes so much better than mounds of cloying buttercream. But the crowning jewel is the heap of roasted figs and toasted hazelnuts on top; slowly roasted, the figs let their inherent sugariness shine, a perfect compliment to the nutty, earthy flavour of toasted hazelnuts.
The final result is a stevia-sweetened almond vanilla cake with yogurt crema, roasted figs and hazelnuts that you can be proud to place on any holiday table this year (and if you’re already thinking forward to Thanksgiving… let’s just say this would be a refreshing chage from all that pumpkin!).
Find the recipe for this delectable treat over on the Greeniche blog.
How are you celebrating this Rosh Hashanah? Or is this just another Monday for you guys? Let me know in the comments!
* The cake stand used in this photoshoot is actually a unique handmade bowl by Montreal-based Orlin Stoyanov. To learn more of Orlin’s work, to pick up some of his pieces or to inquire about ceramic classes in Montreal, check out his Facebook profile or WordPress blog. Orlin happens to be my ceramics teacher, and I received no monetary compensation for using his work in my post – I am proud to support local producers and brands whose products I truly love.
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