I love to watch it but it is one of those shows that slightly frustrates me as someone with arthritis. I watch the contestants kneading, rolling and chopping and wince at the thought of trying it myself. I see them brandish piping bags and feel a little like I'm missing out. So I've been doing my own baking, my own way. This is a recipe I came up with to support another Great British themed event; this time Arthritis Research UK's 'Great British Garden Party'. It's a twist on the traditional lemon drizzle cake. There is no juicing of lemons or cracking of eggs involved so it is by far the easiest cake recipe I know for those with sore hands or wrists. Better still, it's delicious. So delicious that maybe next year I'll enter myself to the Great British Bake Off and show them how it's done!
230g plain flour
200g caster sugar
25g ground almonds (optional - replace with same amount of flour or polenta)
2 ½ tsps baking powder
50ml (three large tablespoons) rapeseed or sunflower oil
200ml orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
50ml orange juice
35g caster sugar
Makes 12 large slices
Grease a large loaf tin (or use a silicone one) and pre-heat oven to 180C.
Put all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and lightly stir together. Add the juice, oil and vanilla extract and either blend together with an electric whisk or a few stirs.
Pour the cake mixture into the tin and cover lightly with foil. Bake for about 35-40mins or until the cake is well risen and a skewer inserted comes out clean.If using the drizzle, mix together the orange juice and sugar in a small bowl. Keep the cake in its tin and poke a few holes in it with the skewer, then pour the drizzle over it.
Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes before removing from tin.
Arthritis diet notes:
Compared to most cakes this cake has a better nutritional profile whilst tasting every bit as good. The rapeseed oil makes it a good source of omega 3 fatty acids - plant derived omega 3s aren't as well utilised by the body as fish derived ones but they still can help reduce inflammation in arthritis. The cake is still high in sugar so it should be treated as a treat.