Wolfberry fruits or Goji berry have been used since ancient times in China as general tonic, to protect the liver, to improve vision, to strengthen weak legs and to promote longevity. Wolberry contains phytochemicals with antioxidant activity and could slow the ageing process. This is so good that chinese used them in soup and drinks. But today, we used them in cakes :)
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Wolfberry is a wild bush found in the north west of China. Wolfberry has been used in China for thousand of years. During the Tang Dynasty (1000-1400 A. D) wolfberry was considered as Yin and used its health benefits, including strengthening the eyes, liver and kidney and nourishing the blood. Chinese people have been using wolfberry to make tea, soup, stew and wine or chewed them like raisins. In China, wolfberry fruits are used in different forms. Wolfberry fruits are used as fresh fruits, as tea or as ingredient in bread, wine, stews and soups.
Saw this recipe on Piggy's blog - Piggy's Cooking Journal and I knew I would love to have this steamed cake with wolberry for my breakfast . Not much work involved and you can make this in the morning and have it for breakfast. As usual , I will have the ingredients measured out the night before and the moment I woke up in the morning, I just have to mix them together and steamed the cake for 20 mins. I took some to the office for Claire....the lucky one ! " Piggy , thank you for sharing this wonderful healthy steamed cake with us " Do drop by her blog. She has a great cooking journal with lots of goodies that I love ! :)
I did not have enough wolberries for topping so I used pumpkin seeds which is also good for health :) I do not mind having this more often for it is indeed a healthy cake for it uses only egg whites, olive oil and milk. No butter and no egg yolks involved so we can eat this often :)
Steamed Cake With Wolberry ( taken from Piggy's Cooking Journal )
( Printable Recipe )
115g egg white (about 3 eggs)
85g caster sugar
140g self-raising flour
10ml olive oil
80g dry wolfberry
1）Lightly grease a 9X5-inch baking pan with olive oil, then line the pan with baking paper. Soak wolfberry in a bowl of water for 3-5 minutes, dish out and then pat dry with paper towel.
2) In a medium bowl, whisk egg white with an electric mixer until foamy. Continue to whisk and at the same time, add sugar in 3 batches. Whip the egg white until stiff peak forms
3) Sift flour and salt over egg white mixture. Using a wide spatula, fold the mixture until just combined.
4) Mix milk, oil and 60g of wolfberry in a bowl, pour over egg white mixture. Fold the mixture until well combined.
5) Sprinkle remaining 20g of wolfberry on the cake. Pour the batter into the baking pan, steam in medium heat for 20 mins.
Enjoy and have a nice day !