The Big Fair Bake is part of the year-long Take-a-Step campaign, which aims to get the UK to take a total of 1.5 million steps for Fairtrade in 2012, a step for every farmer and worker in the Fairtrade system. A step can be small, like switching your tea to Fairtrade or baking with Fairtrade ingredients or a larger one like holding an event. Every single one counts, because together they lead to life-changing projects in developing countries.
As part of the campaign, Tots100 invited bloggers to develop a baking creation inspired by one (or more) of the following Fairtrade certified ingredients:
Chocolate (or Cocoa powder)
I supported the Fairtrade cause by baking my creation; which is Fairtrade Cinnamon and Raisin Cake. This is a thoroughly gorgeous cake that is very moist and tasty. The cinnamon and raisins work perfectly together and it is the perfect cake to accompany a cup of Fairtrade tea.
To make the cake you will need:
1/2 teaspoon of Fairtrade ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons of Fairtrade caster sugar
4 tablespoons of Fairtrade brown sugar
55g Fairtrade raisins
125g plain flour
130ml soured cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
Step 1: Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4. Grease a 20cm round tin.
Step 2: In a bowl mix together the Fairtrade ground cinnamon, Fairtrade caster sugar and Fairtrade brown sugar; set aside.
Step 3: In a separate bowl cream together the butter and 4 tablespoons of the cinnamon sugar (that you mixed in step 2). Keep mixing until light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg, soured cream and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Then add in to the creamed mixture and mix well.
Step 4: Spread half of the batter in the greased tin and then tip on the raisins. Sprinkle half of the remaining cinnamon sugar on the raisins and then add the rest of the batter, ensuring that all the raisins are covered with the cake batter. When all of the batter is in the tin, scatter the remaining cinnamon sugar on the top of the cake.
Step 5: Bake in a preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
Step 6 : Enjoy with a cup of Fairtrade tea!
It's a nice feeling to think that we are supporting the Fairtrade cause in some small way as well.
My little boy enjoying the cake!
To find out how you can help please visit http://step.fairtrade.org.uk//get-involved/campaign/the-big-fair-bake/