This article highlighted the dangers of HRT and encouraged the ladies to use diet and nutrition to help cope with menopausal symptoms. The article also came with a recipe to bake the Menopausal Cake which was rich in HRT foods. These are foods rich in phyto-oestrogens that help to relieve menopausal symptoms.
So out of curiosity I tried baking it too. I adapted the recipe and discovered the loaf to be quite a dense loaf and it's best eaten when it's cold. With all the nuts and fruits in this loaf and the wonderful aroma of cinnamon, I really liked eating a slice of this everyday with a cup of hot coffee for lunch.
Maybe you would like to bake a loaf for your mother ?
If not, what about for yourself too :-)
100 gm soya flour
100 gm plain flour
100 gm quick cooking oats
2 tsp baking powder
50 gm sunflower seeds
50 gm pumpkin seeds
50 gm sesame seeds
50 gm almond slices
30 gm diced orange peel
100 gm dried raisins
100 gm dried cranberries
50 gm brown sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp ginger juice
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 no. egg, beaten
700 mls soya bean milk
Prepare two loaf tins, greased and powdered with flour.
Add the soya bean milk into all the dry ingredients and soak for about 30 minutes.
Pour batter into the loaf tins and bake in a pre-heated oven at 190 degree C for about 40 minutes or till skewer comes out clean.
Turn out the loaf and leave on the wire rack to cool.
Refrigerate the loaf in an air-tight container.
Loaf slices are best eaten when cold.