Dear sugar detoxing, serious paleo eaters and alcohol free friends,
Please stop reading now. It will only make you sad and jealous.
Lady Homemade xx
My sister made one of these recently but with butter, coconut flour and full of caster sugar. It was completely delicious however not exactly healthy with all that refined sugar. I wanted to create my own version utilising the ridiculously cheap and delicious in season strawberries but scale right back on the sugar as well as removing the dairy to make the recipe FODMAP friendly.
By macerating the strawberries in the maple syrup mixture it really helps bring out their sweetness and gets them to release extra juices that ultimately end up back in the in the batter. Nifty solution! The macerating can be skipped and all the liquids can be added to batter but it is worth the effort for the extra flavour. You can serve this recipes with either raw cream or keep it dairy free and serve with coconut milk or cream. I should point out that even though this is a protein rich, low sugar dessert. Sweeties aren’t for every day people! This is a treat food.
2 punnets strawberries (500 grams)
1 ¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
1 ½ cups blanched almond meal
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon of Vincotto or Brandy… thinking about it now Frangelico would be delicious.
Cream to serve – dairy or coconut
1. Heat oven to 170 degrees C.
2. Wash, hull and halve your strawberries. If they are big chunko ones, quarter them as well. Place them in a bowl with your maple syrup, vanilla and booze. Allow to macerate for a couple of hours, 2-3 is best.
3. Strain your strawberries and save the strawberry and maple liquor. Place the strawberries in the bottom of a medium sized gratin dish.
4. In a bowl whisk together your eggs, almond milk, strawberry maple liquor and almond meal. Then pour this over your strawberries.
5. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the middle is set and top is golden.
Serve hot with cream.
Possible adaptations: Cherries in place of strawberries would be nice but cherries do have a higher fructose content. Be careful if you don’t tolerate fructose well.