Out Spending Again, IKEA part II and a Chocolate Cherry Buckwheat Bake

 

A few weeks ago, I put up this cabinet that I got at IKEA and wasn’t too sure whether I should keep the sofa table that I had bought to go with it, or if I should return it and get another cabinet similar to the first one, but without doors.

Well, I decided to keep the sofa table after all. I think I made the right decision.

You see, I had an hour to kill last week and ended up going to that fabric store... just to pass time, you know! But while killing time in said store, I might have stumbled upon a bargain or two, which sort of resulted in me taking home this pile of beauties!

Of course, I needed some place where to store that, now, didn’t I? It didn’t take long before the box that had been sitting there in the corner, patiently awaiting its fate, got opened.

Hmmm… Let’s do this the right way and start at the beginning, shall we? The instructions clearly say show that this should not be assembled by one person alone.

It would seem that, to get the job done, you need one person holding a hammer in their left hand and one person with a pencil behind their left ear. Also, both people should have their hands on their hips and a huge grin on their face.

Hey, I didn’t make this up… it’s all right there, I swear!

See for yourself!

Now, that might be a problem, seeing that no one seemed to be available to help me.

Think any of these two can give me a hand, maybe?

Or a paw, rather!

I thought not… Looks like Maisha can’t even be bothered to look at that instructions booklet. Too complicated, I guess…

Bah, it doesn’t matter, really. After taking a closer look at the instructions, I noticed that the list of required tools didn’t show a hammer, so I guess that meant I could also do without the guy that’s holding the hammer.

Good. :D

Now, just let me put a pencil behind my left ear and get started.

Pffft… Piece of cake… I’m already half way there!

Besides, there’s so little hardware. The cabinet was up in no time

Not bad, is it? I like!

I think it looks perfect. Now I only need to add a couple of nice looking frames on the wall.

Guess where I’ll be headed again?

The sofa table took so little time to put together, it left me with ample time to bake some beautiful Buckwheat Chocolate Cherry Bakes.

This is pretty much the oven baked version of the Instant Buckwheat Chocolate Cherry Bake that I made earlier. Of course, I also got the recipe for this one off of Ashley’s site!

The texture of this version is a lot heavier, it’s like a very dense bread. Since you all know how much I love dense, I guess I don’t need to tell you that I really appreciated that buckwheat bake.

Another great thing about them is that they are truly LOADED with cherries.

Check this out!

That’s how much cherries went into the batter! YUM! Of course, there SHOULD have been one or two, or maybe ten more, you know… but they somehow got trapped between my molars and never managed to escape!

Oh well…


And how about that batter… I think I could’ve just sat down with the bowl and wolf it down with a spoon.


You want to bake these in individual oven safe soup dishes. I lined mine with parchment paper. I am a great fan of this technique because I find this is the only way to make sure that unmolding will be a success. I get so frustrated when my baked goods refuse to let go of their molds, liked they’re joined in holy matrimony or something! ;)  Of course, you could always use the good old greasing technique… do whatever works for you.

If you are going to have these bakes for breakfast, I think this is a great, filling and satisfying serving size. However, seeing that I tend to have mine as a snack, I found them to be a tad too big and ended up slicing them up as I would bread. I even ended up toasting a couple of slices, once.

Need I tell you these toasts were heavenly? Even my daughter really liked them, even though she doesn’t care for the earthy taste of buckwheat flour.

I think next time, I will try and make this one into a bread instead, to have it as an afternoon snack, and enjoy my breakfast bakes in their instant version!

 

INGREDIENTS
(for 6 individual bakes)
Adapted from The Edible Perspective

Dry

  • 1½ cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup raw buckwheat groats
  • 1/3 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 3 scoops vanilla flavored whey protein powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet

  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 1  1/2 cup (12) egg whites
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Goody Add-Ons

  • 2 cups pitted cherries, halved
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carob chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Line individual oven safe soup bowls with parchment paper (or coat with cooking spray or olive oil)
  3. Mash banana, until very wet.
  4. Whisk in egg whites, milk, and vanilla.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together until well combined.
  6. Add wet ingredients and stir with a spatula until mixture is homogenous.
  7. Mix in cherries, almonds and carob chips
  8. Ladle mixture into prepared bowls and bake for 5 minutes at initial temperature. Lower heat to 350F and bake for an extra 25-30 minutes.
  9. Unmold the cakes as soon as they come out of the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack.

See, that’s what happens when I don’t line with parchment paper… :(

 That’s much better!

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Comments

  1. says

    Hah, I love the Ikea instructions! I really like the cabinet too! I think it looks perfect beside the other one. I really need something like that too. We have a large shelving unit in our living room where our tv and bookshelf and all that is and I end up putting all my stuff on top! It’s quite the mess.
    Those bakes look delicious. I love buckwheat in those and I just bought more to make some actually :D Plus, chocolate and cherry = <3!

    • says

      If you are going to make buckwheat bakes, Heidi, this is definitely the version that you should go with, especially since you must now have TONS of cherries available to use! ;) And you know what I just realised about that new sofa table? I’ll be able to use it to shoot some of my dishes! YAY! BONUS! All the more reason to get one for yourself! ;) They should call it the ultimate food blogger table, really! :D

  2. says

    I love the combination of chocolate and cherries. Just baked a cake with these two inbgredients. But I have never baked with buckwheat flour. These little cakes look so yummy. Will finally give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    I have a real *problem* with IKEA – the problem being I like pretty much everything they make. Good thing the closest one’s an hour & half away! Keeps me from routine visits. (Phew)

    Great job on the cabinet – I love the look, esp. against the pale blue walls. And the dreamy little cakes. Looks like you had a very productive weekend. Well done!

    • says

      Thank goodness my local IKEA is also quite far from where I live (but not so much from where I work…) What really saves me is parking. It’s so hard to find parking there, it often discourages me from paying them a (ahem) quick visit.

      Thanks for the positive feedback on the cabinets. I so wasn’t convinced that it was gonna work out. I’m glad you like! :)

  4. Andrea says

    That table looks so good next to that cabinet! Makes me want to see the rest of your house! (Not in a creepy way though haha) Do you fold those pieces of parchment paper a certain way? I’ve tried to use parchment paper as muffin liners before and always have trouble making them stay where I want them.

    • says

      Hehe, thanks Andrea! I’ve posted a few pictures of my kitchen in the past, so I guess there is a very good chance that, in time, more rooms are going to get exposed! (not in a creepy way…) ;)

      What I do for parchment paper is I try and find a glass, or any round object, that is slightly smaller than the mold I am using. I then put a large, square piece of paper on top of the mold and push it down with the round object, then bring the paper back up around the object that I am using.

      Gah, this doesn’t sound clear at all.. I guess I should do a pictorial someday, it would probably be more helpful to actually see how it’s done. *taking mental note*

  5. says

    I am jealous you actually made it to Ikea, last week I went to pick up a couple of similar pieces, drove around the carpark for an hour then left… Lucky you. :-)

    And these cakes? Amazing! I will surely be making some – love chocolate, love cherries! Thanks for sharing.

    PS ILots of love for you and your Dad.

  6. Teresa says

    The cake look really yummy. I’d like to try it but I’m a little confused about the scoops of protein powder. Do you mean rounded spoonfulls or the scoop that comes in the container?

    • says

      Thanks Teresa! You’re right, the notion of scoop is a little vague… I will have to correct that in the future. I am referring to the scoop that is found in the container, which, in my case, is equal to 40g. Also, the protein powder can be left out without affecting the cake whatsoever.

  7. says

    I think we all need to thank the IKEA instruction makers. Those little hammer and pencil guys are so cute and fun, making furniture putting together more enjoyable. Thanks IKEA instruction makers!

    And oh my gosh. I love your dogs. They seem cool. And your house is so pretty! You better not be here because I would be so ashamed. We’re still living like students and it looks like it!

    And this bake thing looks interesting but I’m really, really curious about what the inside looks like. :)

    • says

      I LOVE IKEA and IKEA furniture. Just don’t ever let me loose in a IKEA store, I go totally nuts and want to buy everything! ;)

      Thank you for the kind words on my house and don’t worry about your setup there’s nothing to be ashamed of! I don’t mind the student life at all! Besides, you and I aren’t the same age, you know… Heck, you were a student not that long ago, weren’t you? As for me, school is WAYYYYYY far behind! Wow has it been a while! Great, now I feel old! ;)

      As for the bake, you can sort of see the interior on the picture where it’s all broken up… It has been a while, but I remember this one being very dense and heavy in texture. Maybe I should revisit this one, I remember liking it a lot!

  8. Katelyn says

    I love your blog, I have used lots of your recipes. Your dogs are adorable, are they lab/shepherd mix?

    • says

      Thanks Katelyn! Hope those recipes worked out for you! Which ones did you try, if I may ask?

      As for my dogs, they are not a mix anything! They are pure bred, genuinely engineered Rhodesian Ridgebacks. But don’t worry, I won’t tell them you called them mix! ;)

      Oh, but I will let them know you said they were adorable, though. They just LOVE compliments! :)

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