6/29/19

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake - Almond Flour Based (Solar Oven Option) - Low Carb and Sugar Free


Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with a lemon glaze and a sprinkle of dried lemon peel on top


I've been craving something 'lemon' but I didn't want to make muffins again so instead, yesterday I used the same muffin idea but made a cake with a lemon glaze.

In addition to wanting to bake something 'lemony' I wanted to use our sun oven since it was pretty hot yesterday and I didn't feel like heating up the oven.  It's not that makes the kitchen hot but moreso I'm aware of the pull on the power grid when everyone has their electricity running full power to cool their houses, use fans, tv's, etc.  It's so simple and easy for me to bake in the solar oven and there isn't any reason not to.  But I know MOST people do not have a solar oven or sun oven so obviously you are welcome to bake yours in a regular old oven, ha ha. 

These can be made into great muffins, a cake or even a loaf bread.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, Muffins or Loaf Bread

1 stick (half cup) real butter, soft
2/3 - 3/4 c So Nourished monk fruit/erythritol or other sweetener of choice using equivalent  (link at bottom of post) Try to use a mixture of at least 2 if not 3 sweeteners to get the best flavor
3 eggs
2 t dry lemon peel/zest
1 t lemon extract
1 t lemon juice
1/2 t vanilla

3 c almond flour
3-4 heaping tablespoons unflavored or vanilla IsoPure whey protein powder (or any 0 sugar/carb brand)
2 T poppy seeds
2 t baking powder
1/2 t sea salt
2/3 c water

Grease your pan(s) or line your muffin tins.  Preheat your oven to 325 or put your solar oven outside in the sun to preheat.
Beat the butter, then add the sweetener, eggs, lemon peel and flavors.  Beat until smooth.
In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix them together then add half this almond flour mixture to the wet, beat in the water then add and beat in the last of the dry.
Spread in your pan of choice.
Bake about 45 minutes until done.
Cool completely and then top with a simple glaze;

Mix powdered sweetener of choice (like So Nourished, etc.) with enough lemon juice to make a thick glaze consistency.  Pour over your cake, bread or cupcakes and let it run down the sides if you wish.  I added a tablespoon of butter to about 2/3 cup powdered sweetener and then added lemon juice until it was the consistency I wanted.

I sprinkled the top of this cake with a dried lemon peel (those aren't crumbs in the photo at the top, but dried lemon peel bits).



The dry ingredients


The batter is yummy!


Baking mine in a sun oven... obviously most normal people use the oven in their home... ha ha.


Baking away.... I'll put a link to sun ovens at the bottom of this post for those interested.  Mine is about oh, 7 or 8 years old now? 


All cool and ready for it's glaze....


Just a simple glaze: I used a bit of butter, sweetener and lemon juice



Added some dried lemon peel bits on top as I love love love lemon


So moist.  So, so moist.  And it stays moist!  Doesn't dry out quickly like wheat flour based cakes do.  Also, because I use whey protein powder instead of coconut flour to offset the almond flour, that makes a difference.  Coconut flour is very drying as well.


The BRANDS of ingredients you use makes a huge difference in carb counts.  Mine is about 4 carbs per slice but depending on the whey protein powder you use, yours could have high carbs and even sugar if you aren't reading labels.  Use FitDay, FitBit, etc. to enter your own ingredients to get your nutritional counts.


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  Isopure Zero Carb Protein Powder, 100% Whey Protein Isolate, Keto Friendly, Unflavored, 3 Pounds (Packaging May Vary)





  Exclusive All American Sun Oven Dehydrating Roasting and Preparedness Holiday Bundle

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Sun Ovens - The one I use plus two more options for portable use and camping as well!

Originally posted in June, 2015 - it's still relevant so here it is again in 2019!


If you follow me on Twitter, you will probably notice I cook and bake in my solar oven very frequently.  Although I use it year round, I use it probably three times a week from May through September.  It's used for everything from roasted chicken, roasts, pork roast, bbq pork and French Dips, to breads, muffins, pies, cakes and cookies.

I love being able to cook and bake without heating up the house or using electricity when I know the grid is getting heavy use from all the homes A/C's and other appliances running during the hot summer.

I have thought for a couple years now I should put 'my' oven on a static page to let people know which one I personally use - but it was constantly pushed down the priority.  I've done posts about 'my' solar oven before but I have never made it its own stand alone page. 

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I am going to start off with the oven I own.  I bought this one a few years ago when they were still calling themselves "Global Sun Oven" - later changed to All American.   My version was literally just as they were coming out with the new style; but I got a good deal on mine as it was the 'older' style.  What does that mean?  It means they improved a couple tiny, teeny things like the stand is now a "T" shape instead of just a post and they are now bright blue as compared to black.  They also made the inside a bit larger so you can use a 9X13" pan and a couple other small improvements (read about them below in the product description).


Here is the one I own - complete with the accessory package.  It's about 24 pounds so you can't 'carry' it with you hiking or backpacking - but if you are tent camping and arriving in a vehicle, you can indeed take it with you. 







All American Sun Oven Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package
  • Lightweight, portable solar oven reaches 360-400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Includes: Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set, 2 Easy Stack Pots w/ lids, & 2 Loaf Pans
  • Oven is American made
  • Comes with eCookbook with 600 recipes
Product Description

For the past 28 years, SUN OVENS® have been widely used around the world in more than 126 countries and have become the world's most well-respected solar cooking appliance. The TOTALLY NEW All American SUN OVEN® combines the experience gained by cooking millions of meals with the distinctive American cooking needs and lifestyle to create a uniquely American SUN OVEN® which:
-Is 20% larger than prior model SUN OVENS® to cook a greater volume of food and accommodate many standard size baking pans.
-Takes the guesswork out of aligning with the sun.
-Has improved wind resistance.
-Boosts temperatures by 15% over prior models to cook more food in less time.
-Includes CD with hundreds of recipes and Emergency Preparedness Organizer CD and videos.

You can cook almost anything - breads, cakes, muffins, pizza, vegetables, poultry, fish, meats, casseroles, grains, pasta, and desserts, just to name a few. ...Provides High Cooking Temperatures Reach temperatures of 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which are more than sufficient to bake, boil, or steam your favorite foods. ...You Choose The Cooking Time: Fast or Slow Cooks within 20 minutes of conventional oven or stove top time, or lets you slow cook all day. ...Is Ruggedly Built It is a serious appliance that is made for years of trouble-free use.



Here is the same oven - without all the accessories, so it's a bit cheaper.

  All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance
  •   Rust-proof, highly polished, mirror-like anodized aluminum reflectors
  • Sets up in minutes.
  • Lightweight with carry handle.
  • American made with uniquely American features!
  • Will reach temps of 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.




A Portable, Fold-able Version with cookware and thermometer Sunflair Portable Solar Oven with Complete Cookware and Thermometer
  • #1 Portable Solar Oven from Alaska to Afghanistan! Cook from sun-up to sundown.
  • The most versatile solar oven on the market. Bake cookies or pizza. Dry fruits and herbs. Can accommodate a wide variety of cookware.
  • No assembly required. Easy to use. Sets up and stores in seconds.
  • Everything included to start cooking: 1 solar oven thermometer, 1 heat-conducting/baking tray, 1 baking/dehydrating rack, 2 silicone pots, and a handy carrying bag
  • Oven weighs only 1 lb, 2 oz! Durable and portable for Camping, Boating, RV-ing, Tailgating, Emergency Preparedness, Crafts: candle-making, modeling clay


A Portable, Fold-able Version with all the accessories including racks and cookware Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe with Complete Cookware, Dehydrating Racks and Thermometer
  • #1 Portable Solar Oven from Alaska to Afghanistan! Cook from sun-up to sundown.
  • The most versatile solar oven on the market. Bake cookies or pizza. Dry fruits and herbs. Can accommodate a wide variety of cookware.
  • No assembly required. Easy to use. Sets up and stores in seconds.
  • Everything included to start cooking: 1 solar oven thermometer, 2 heat-conducting/baking trays, 2 baking/dehydrating racks, 1 enamelware pot, 2 silicone pots, and a handy carrying bag
  • Oven weighs less only 1 lb, 2 oz! Durable and portable for Camping, Boating, RV-ing, Tailgating, Emergency Preparedness, Crafts: candle-making, modeling clay




Related Products: 

Cooking with Sunshine: The Complete Guide to Solar Cuisine with 150 EasySun-Cooked Recipes

Solar Cooking for Home and Camp Solar Cooking


      




Originally I also also posted about my sun oven in 2015 and 2016:

https://www.housewifebarbie.com/2016/04/as-i-walked-through-our-living-room-to.html
https://www.housewifebarbie.com/2015/06/solar-ovens-all-american-previously.html


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