Transform your baking with Sussex spirits! (Sussex lemon-vodka cake recipe)

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Looking to take your baking up a notch?

Want your friends and family to be awed by the flavour and heavenly texture of your baking?

There’s a simple trick – reach for the Sussex spirits!

Don’t just reserve them for cocktails, or you’ll be missing out on a world of spirits enjoyment.

How do spirits enhance baking?

If rich, moist and flavoursome desserts are what you desire, then a splash of something special will add that je ne sais qoui to your baking. Your friends will be clamoring for the recipe…

Whether a strong, aromatic spirit (such as walnut liqueur) or a simple Sussex gin, you’ll get a nice, boozy quality to complement your cakes, brownies and bakes. And, even if using a ‘neutral’ spirit such as our Sussex vodka, alcohol reacts with other flavour elements to truly enhance taste.

Whats more, if you’re perfecting a pastry crust – add vodka! For a buttery, flaky crust that is positively dreamy, swapping vodka for water will inhibit gluten formation (while allowing the dough to combine) for the ultimate baking hack.

Why choose Sussex spirits?

Quality matters! A bottle of the good stuff can go a long way and result in a superior end product. Low end spirits can be bitter and artificially flavoured – don’t risk your cake!

Plus, you’re supporting local business, making your desserts that much sweeter!

How to use:

You can add a splash of your favourite liquor into batter to imbue with flavour and create a denser, moisture texture.

Seeking a stronger kick? Pour alcohol over baking, soak a sponge cake layer or add to a glaze/creamy frosting. You’ll taste the difference – that’s for sure!

And don’t forget the final way to use spirits: pour yourself a glass while your dessert cooks – you’ve earned it…

Sussex Vodka Cake 

Want to cook something sweet with a Sussex spirit? Great! We’ve got a fabulous lemony-vodka cake recipe to show you just how delicious baking with spirits can be…

You’ll need:

For the cake
170g of Sussex butter
300 of fine sugar
250g flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp powdered vanilla
A pinch of salt
6 highest welfare Sussex eggs
1 organic, unwaxed lemon, peel grated. (reserve 1 tsp for the glaze)
400g creamy bio-live Sussex yogurt 
1/3 cup of Sussex Silver Birch vodka (*SALE*)

For the glaze
1/4 cup of Sussex Silver Birch vodka
220g fine sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tsp lemon peel

Method
Preheat the oven to 180c. Combine the butter, sugar, eggs and lemon in a bowl until smooth and fluffy. Gently add in the yogurt and vodka.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Add to the wet mixture and mix to form a smooth batter.  Pour the batter into your desired baking tray and cook for approximately 30 minutes.

For the glaze, mix the sugar, vodka and lemon in a pan on a low heat for a few minutes to form a syrup. When the cake base has cooled, gently press a fork into the surface to create indentations. Pour the glaze over to imbue with sweet lemony-vodka goodness.

**Fancy baking with alcohol? Check out our January sale – while stocks last!**

Now reduced – Sussex Silver Birch Vodka

Blackdown Silver Birch Vodka 37.5% ABV 70cl

A pure, smooth and refined vodka brewed in the stunning beauty of the South Downs National Park. With a hint of spring Sussex silver birch for delicate sweetness and aroma.

 


Recipe inspired by Just A Pinch/ Lemon Vodka Cake 
Image 1: Lemon drizzle cake by sarahluv/ FLICKR (CC)

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Transform your baking with Sussex spirits! (Sussex lemon-vodka cake recipe)

What makes Sussex hemp SO special?

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Hemp: the superfood on everyone’s lips! No longer raising eyebrows, it’s the sought-after ingredient in trendy Brighton cafes and mouth-watering healthy recipes.

Whole seeds, hemp powder and hemp oil – there’s plenty of ways to enjoy this plant. From hemp mylk, #eatsussex hemp and rosemary bread and hemp houmous, we’ve shared some over our favourite recipes over the seasons.

(Although, why not try hemp in your breakfast, in a smoothie, on a soup or hemp oil drizzled over a salad? Tastes divine – and so easy!)

What, exactly, makes this plant so special?

This seed is a true superhero in every sense – from saving the environment to saving our hearts.

With our organic, locally grown hemp, you can buy the most nutritious and most environmentally friendly hemp you could possibly get!

The Sustainable Wonder Crop

Grown using organic methods that respect the local ecology, our Sussex hemp grows chemical-free in the gorgeous South Downs National Park, West Sussex.

But – it’s not just the wonderful ethics of Vitality Hemp that make this product so amazing. Deemed the ‘Sustainable Wonder Crop‘, hemp is the future for a healthy, happy planet.

A versatile crop that can produce food – as well as raw materials for sustainable, ethical cotton, plastic and fuel alternative – hemp grows easily and abundantly even in our cold and rainy climate.

Plus, this wonder-crop is naturally resistant to disease and improves, rather than depletes, the quality of the soil in grows in. Whats-more (yes, there is more!), this plant actually helps to clean up soil pollution, making our world a better place to live in (whoa!).

Nutritional powerhouse

Packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids, hemp helps reduce inflammation in the body, boosting heart health and brain health. Packed with essential phytonutrients, such as zinc, phosphorus and iron, hemp supports your body from inside and out – meaning strong bones, healthy immune system and a glowing complexion!

Plus, with all the essential amino acids, this seed is a wonderful source of plant-based protein to keep you full and complement  New Year fitness goals.

What Sussex-grown hemp products do we offer?

Hemp seeds, unhulled.

Hemp Seeds, Local (250g)

Perfect to whip up some hemp mylk with, sprinkle on cereal, throw into smoothies, make healthy desserts or garnish soups, stews and salads!

Hemp protein powder

Hemp Protein Powder, Sussex (250g)

The most sustainable (and delicious) plant-based protein, supplement your diet with this omega and amino-acid packed superfood! Add to oatmeal, smoothies, baking, desserts and any recipe you’d use conventional protein powder.

Hemp oil

Hemp Oil, Cold Pressed, Sussex (250ml)

Cold-pressed to preserve the essential fatty acids, this hemp oil will divinely transform your meals. With a delicate, nutty taste and gorgeous hue, invest in your health with this delicious oil!

 

What makes Sussex hemp SO special?

Healthy Chocolate Beetroot Brownies!

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(gluten-free, refined-sugar free)

January may be all about getting healthy. But, there’s no need to go the whole month without a little indulgence…

So, don’t throw away your resolutions just because you wanted a bite of something chocolatey… Simply whip up a batch of these healthy, delicious and seasonal brownies!

With this wholesome recipe, you can have your cake and eat it too: Using seasonal beetroots, raw Sussex honey and local, highest welfare organic eggs, a healthy dessert never tasted so sweet…

Gooey, chocolatey and everything you could dream about in a dessert, these chocolate brownies are good for the soul – as well as the body!

Mouth watering already?

Great – let’s get cooking!

Recipe

You’ll need:
500g cooked beetroot
3 organic, high welfare Sussex eggs
1/2 cup of raw Sussex honey
100g cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
100ml coconut oil or Sussex butter (melted)
1/2 cup of ground almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts
1-2 tsp vanilla powder

Method
Preheat the oven too 180c. Peel the cooked beetroot and blitz in a food processor with the egg, coconut oil and honey. Once smooth, add the almonds, cacao powder, baking powder and vanilla and combine well.

Pour into a baking tin and bake for approx. 30 minutes. Allow to cool, and enjoy curled up by the fire with a cook book and good company!

*Why not try using incredible biodynamic Sussex candy beetroot for even more sweetness and beauty in this dessert? Let us know if you try this dessert or you have any wholesome recipes to share with us this January! @finandfarm 


Recipe inspired by: https://www.popsugar.com.au/fitness/Lorna-Jane-Healthy-Beetroot-Brownies-Recipe-36855127
Image 1: Taste at the Yelp Exchange by Yelp Inc/ FLICKR (CC)

Healthy Chocolate Beetroot Brownies!

Kickstart your January with this healthy and hearty detox stew!

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Want a healthy, radiant glow, despite the grey and rainy January air and post-festivities blow-out?

No problem!

A glowing complexion and abundant energy is your for the taking – all you need is quality, fresh produce and delicious recipes that’ll have you positively anticipating your next healthy meal.

We’ve got an abundance of locally grown and biodynamic produce – as well as the recipe inspiration – to get you off to the best possible start to 2018.

So delve into our produce selection HERE for ridiculously good fruit and veg.

Need a little inspiration for what to do with all this winter goodness?

Try this healthy and hearty stew, bursting with flavour and nutrients! 

Healthy eating has never been so delicious…

Winter Detox Stew Recipe

You’ll need:

A dash of olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
4 carrots, sliced into rounds
250g waxy salad potatoes, quartered
3 sticks of celery, sliced
1 leek, halved and slices
2 generous handfuls of of kale, sliced
1 handful of fresh thyme, stalked removed
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground pepper
1 tbsp white miso paste
1 can of white beans
Lemon
Parsley

Method: 

In a large pan, saute the onions, celery, carrots and garlic until they start to soften. Add in the leek, potatoes, cumin, black pepper and a generous handful of fresh time. Combine well and cover with water. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes to allow the potatoes and veg to cook.

Once the potatoes are tender, add your kale, white beans and miso paste. Stir well and continue to simmer until the kale has softened.

Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon and sprinkling of fresh parsley for a detoxifying boost!

Enjoy this stew as the perfect, warming, healthy weekday dinner to detox and give you a nutrient boost. Watch your complexion glow and you head into 2018 on the right path!


Let us know in the comments what you thought of this recipe! Don’t forget to share on social media if you liked this recipe and want more healthy January cooking inspiration (@finandfarm).

Kickstart your January with this healthy and hearty detox stew!