Quarantine day 10, it already feels like it’s been a lifetime. For someone who grocery shops nearly everyday, this has been an adventure. I’m working on pulling things from the pantry, freezer, fridge and make the most of it. Many folks are having a hard time finding traditional flour but have other flours hanging around. That was the inspiration for this recipe.
Semolina and almond flour create this absolutely texture that is tender but also somewhat dense and filling. Semolina on it’s own can yield a VERY dense cake, but adding almond flour (or hazelnut flour) helps to create a tender crumb. Since these aim to use what you have I have some options for modifications to make them easy as can be!
What you’ll need
Almond flour – I have tested this recipe with both almond flour, hazelnut flour and traditional flour with exceptional results each time
Oil – any type of oil will work in this recipe from olive oil to canola oil
Semolina – semolina is a flour made from durum wheat so this is NOT a gluten free recipe, it is actually quite high in gluten. If you are not able to use semolina, trying a whole wheat flour may be a good substitution but may not yield the exact same results.
Orange zest – don’t have an orange, feel free to use lemon or grapefruit
Yogurt – sour cream or buttermilk can be subsituted for yogurt. Buttermilk can be simply made by adding a tablespoon of vinegar for every cup of traditional milk. In this case, adding 1/2 Tbsp then filling cup with milk to the 1/2 mark
Sugar – I think sugar is your best option, I have played with adding less sugar with success if you’d like to reduce the amount.
Eggs – flax eggs can be a great substitute if you don’t have eggs on hand. 1 Tbsp ground flax + 3 Tbsp water, whisk, allow to sit in fridge for 15 minutes. That is equivalent to 1 egg. Double for this recipe.
Orange Blossom Water – this is a very middle eastern flavor and plays well with the orange in the recipe but simply replacing with vanilla extract is ok
Baking soda, baking powder, salt
As you can see, these cupcakes are VERY forgiving! Ingredients can definitely be modified. If you try a different combination PLEASE leave a review below, it is super helpful to others trying these recipes.
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