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Breadfruit Cake and Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival

August 16, 2012

Hi all

I am back from a long hiatus.
I have not been cooking much since I took off from the last post due to the lack of inspiration. I finally got back into the kitchen last week and started to work on my new book that is a departure from my first book Caribbean Vegan.
The new book is not vegan, it is not vegetarian and it is not omnivorous.

What is its is a celebration of fruits and vegetables of the region with modern takes and a bit of molecular cooking.

Imagine scotch bonnet caviar, breadfruit pasta, sugar apple wine…..yes see where I am going?

In the new book you wont find

1. seitan, tempeh tofu or any fake veggie meats.

2. fried flour

You will find

1. loads of new things to do with Caribbean fruits and veg

2. Recipes for homemade wines and spirits

3. Recipes for bottled sauces and marinades

and more

 

Here is a breadfruit cake recipe I have been working on….I may change it slightly for the book but so far breadfruit is showing some surprising properties that have not been explored in the region. This cake was the spongiest vegan cake I ever tasted. The flavour was new but still familiar and the pieces of breadfruit took on a nutty flavour when baked in the batter.

 

Breadfruit Cake Copyright Taymer Mason

Breadfruit Cake

½ cup of vegetable Shortening

½ cup light brown sugar

1 cup of cooked lumpy mashed breadfruit (mash with a little non dairy milk)

1 cup vegan butter milk made with 1 cup non dairy milk and a tablespoon of vinegar

2 cups of flour (1 cup cake flour and 1 cup all purpose flour)

2 tsp aluminum free baking powder

1 scant tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black strap molasses

1 ½ tsp vanilla essence

½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg

½ tsp freshly ground cinnamon

1/8 cup agave nectar, optional

Method

Preheat oven to 350 F/ 180 C

Cream fat and sugar together until most of the crystals have dissolved. It is OK if you do not get all dissolved. Add cooled lumpy breadfruit to the mixture and mix well. Stir in vegan butter milk and set aside.

Mix flours, baking powder, salt, molasses and spices.

Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well and fast. You should start to see some air bubbles in the mixture. Stir in agave nectar and bake for 25 minutes or until cooked.

Here are some fritters that I made when I was working with cooked mashed breadfruit. These were the fluffiest fritters I ever ate but alas I want to limit the fried foods in the book…who knows I may change my mind.

 

breadfruit fritters

 

Speaking Events
1.Well as inactive as I was. I was happy to be invited to Toronto this year to take part in the 28th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival.

I am really honoured as this is the 2nd time I had been invited to an international event.

I spent summers in Canada as a child and teenager so going back there will be very good.

My demo will be on Saturday the 7th of September at 2 pm

Click here for more information.
My demo will focus on Caribbean Root Vegetables and the fundamentals of Caribbean cuisine.

 

2. I will also be a speaker and vendor at the 1st

Wake up community fest St.Maarten (soualiga)

from August 31st to September 2nd 2012.

I never sold food before but I have an exciting menu planned…I will update you on that late.

Click here to go on their Facebook page.
I must say I am happy to see this type of movement in St. Martin and I hope to make a difference and bring awareness to meat free eating.

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruth permalink
    August 16, 2012 6:15 pm

    Welcome back! :D

  2. August 16, 2012 7:52 pm

    I’m SO excited for your next book, and even more excited for your focus on fruits and veggies!

    Cheers from a big fan in California,
    Chloé

  3. August 16, 2012 9:11 pm

    yay! welcome back! that cake looks marvelous!

  4. August 18, 2012 1:12 pm

    So happy to see these creative ways of cooking breadfruit. Trees That Feed Foundation is planting breadfruit trees to help produce food and to help the environment. Your new recipies can help so much. A new Breadfruit bakery just opened in Hati last week and I can share some information with you if you need. Mary McLaughlin treesthatfeed@aol.com

  5. August 23, 2012 4:49 pm

    Very happy to have you back! Love your championing of Caribbean ingredients

  6. Anonymous permalink
    August 28, 2012 11:33 pm

    Glad you’re getting your groove back Taymer. ‘Nuff respect!

  7. Judy permalink
    August 29, 2012 7:14 pm

    Love breadfruit, always have

    My husband just return from Antigua empty handed, i made he feel so bad

    he went to the grocery here in canada to find St lucian breadfruit…

    Great recipe can’t wait to see you.

  8. Brownie permalink
    September 11, 2012 11:03 am

    Welcome back. I love your first cook book. Can’t wait for the next one ……

  9. September 17, 2012 9:28 am

    that looks lovely!

  10. December 5, 2012 7:52 am

    Where can Iget breadfruit in London ? Querino

  11. March 16, 2013 10:50 am

    If you send me your mailing address I can send you fome Breadfruit flour.
    Send it to treesthatfeed@aol.com

    • Taymer permalink*
      March 16, 2013 10:50 am

      I used real breadfruit not the flour.

  12. April 9, 2013 8:05 am

    Great recipes Thanks!
    Gotta send this one to my daughter!
    http://thenakedbird.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/vanilla-cashew-milk-waste-not-want-not/

  13. February 13, 2014 12:43 pm

    Was the breadfruit ripe? I’m cooking ripe breadfruit for the first time ever so browsing vegan baked goodies, this looks so good :)

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