I bought a punnet of grapes from the supermarket last week. Both my children like red grapes so I thought it was a safe bet. When I got them home we soon realised that they weren't the tastiest of grapes so they've been sitting on the side since then. I hate to throw food out so I decided to google cooking with grapes this morning and is stumbled on this recipe which looked really easy (it's currently baking in the oven so the true test will be in half an hour). I found the recipe on this New Zealand website. I started to get the ingredients ready and was reaching for the butter when I realised it doesn't have any in the recipe. Could this be too good to be true? Here's the recipe....
Three quarters cup caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
Rind and juice of one lemon
Beat all the ingredients together until the mixture thickens. My mixture didn't seem to get very thick. Then add one and a half cups of self raising flour. Fold in gently and add 500g seedless grapes. I just added the grapes I had left. Spoon into a greased and lined 20cm round baking tin and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade.
Just before I made the cake, I finished off the pretzels that I had started making yesterday evening. I divided the dough into 8 pieces, rolled each piece into a tube and then shaped into a pretzel shape. This is how they turned out
I then left them to rise again and then covered em in egg wash and sprinkled them with sesame seeds.
Finally, I baked them for 15 minutes. By this stage they had lost any resemblance to pretzels so I guess this will be a case of practice makes perfect.
I left the oven on to bake the grape cake and here is the finished cake, dusted with icing sugar.
And with a slice taken out so you can just about see the grapes inside.
It's a surprisingly tasty cake as it has no fat in it - definitely worth making again.