Menu

Thoughts from July 2014

Summer in a cake

It’s not all fruit eating here in Fruit Towers. On occasion, we like to mix fruit with cake. So when our friend, Donal Skehan, sent us his recipe for Strawberry and Elderflower Cake, we knew we had to share it. You can now find elderflower in our new juice. It’s delicious.

Over to Donal for the recipe:

Although elderflower has a short season, elderflower cordial is a perfect pantry ingredient that bottles summer and allows you to savour the flavour long after the last flower has fallen. Strawberries are a quintessential summer ingredient and this strawberry and elderflower cake is a wonderful dessert to savour the last of the summer.

Serves 8

  • 225g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • 3tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • About 3 tablespoons of milk to loosen batter
  • 6tbsp elderflower cordial
  • 1 jar of good quality strawberry jam
  • 250ml double cream

To Finish:

  • Dusting of icing sugar
  • A good handful of fresh strawberries

Preheat the oven to 180°c the grease and line 2 21cm spring form tins. In a standalone mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs one by one before adding the vanilla extract. Using a spatula, fold in the flour until you have a smooth mixture. Use a little bit of the milk if you need to loosen the mixture. You want the mixture to be a bit loose. Divide the mixture into the two spring form tins, flatten the top with a spatula if needed. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until it's nice and golden. When the bases are cooked, take them out and let cool for a few minutes before you take it out of the tin to cool completely. Pierce the top of each sponge with a stick and pour over half the elderflower cordial on each sponge and let it sit and soak. While the bases are cooling prepare the filling by whipping the double cream and elderflower cordial together. To assemble the cake, spread some strawberry jam on one of the bases before topping with cream, then add the second base and sprinkle with icing sugar and top with some strawberries.

Donal Skehan Cake

There are no comments about this post

breaking news: fruit is good for you

Sugar is on everyone’s lips (not literally). There’s been a lot written in the press lately about how we can all be healthier, about things like the link between obesity and sugar consumption. We’d like to reassure you that our drinks never, ever contain any more sugar than the fruit that goes into them. And fruit is – exactly as it always has been – natural, delicious and healthy. 

innocent was started with the aim of making it easier for people to do themselves some good. Our purpose as a company is to make natural, delicious food and drink that helps people live well and die old. Health is a priority for everyone, and it’s extremely important to us. So, we welcome the debate. The more conversations about how we can look after our bodies and get a healthy, balanced diet, the better.

Getting more fruit and veg into people of all ages is a key public health priority, and we’re proud that our products are a handy and tasty way to help people towards their 5-a-day.

And to reiterate, all of our pure fruit juices and pure fruit smoothies are made from fruit. Just fruit. innocent smoothies and juices naturally contain the same amount of sugar that fruit does; no more, no less. What’s more, our juices and smoothies have a low GI level, meaning that the sugar from the fruit is absorbed slowly.

Our smoothies also contain fibre and vitamins just like whole fruit does. When you eat whole fruit, it gets chewed up before it reaches your gut. We’re just doing that squashing for you. (Not chewing. That would be weird.) Test results prove that the fibre in the fruit remains intact after it’s been crushed and blended into a smoothie, so it does the same job as it would in the whole fruit. A 250ml innocent smoothie gives you 13% of your daily requirement of fibre, and 28% of your daily requirement of vitamin C, and just one 150ml glass of an innocent juice gives you 36% of your daily requirement of vitamin C.

We are exceptionally proud of the positive contribution that our products make to a healthy, balanced diet.  

We agree that lots of people (including some of us here in Fruit Towers) would benefit from consuming less sugar. We believe it makes sense that you would cut down your biscuit, cake and pastry intake, start reading ingredients labels more carefully, and keep trying to get your 5 portions of fruit and veg each day. Government guidelines confirm that a glass of juice or one of our smoothies each day can count towards your 5-a-day. That all sounds sensible to us, both professionally and also personally.

Smoothies and juices are good for us. Water’s very important too, and so is whole fruit. We’re big fans of all of these things. Our drinks are made from good, healthy stuff, and we promise they always will be.

smoothies and juices and other lovely tasty things

There are no comments about this post