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The base of this hearty cake may remind you of gingerbread at first bite, but it's the exotic topping, a somewhat crunchy, somewhat gooey layer of maple syrup melded with dried fruit, seeds and nuts, that really distinguishes it as a breakfast indulgence. That said, it's simple to make (i.e., easy to have on hand for quick morning meals) and yummy enough to savor piece by piece.
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup spelt, triticale or King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup raisins, dark or golden
1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) diced glacéed or coarsely chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup (3 ounces) dried pineapple tidbits
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup (1 1/4 ounces) finely chopped almonds
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat the honey, oil, eggs and vanilla together in a large bowl. Whisk together the flours, baking soda and salt, and mix them gradually into the egg mixture until all ingredients are well-blended. Spread the batter evenly into the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 9-inch pan. Bake the cake for 15 minutes, then remove it from the oven and cool it slightly on a wire rack.
Combine all of the topping ingredients in a small bowl and mix well; use a gentle touch to spread them over the cake. (No matter how careful you are, by the time the cake is topped, its center will have sunken a bit. When the cake finishes its baking time, however, the center will have risen up again and you won't be able to tell that there was any disturbance.) Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the topping is just lightly browned. Let the cake cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving. Yield: 25 pieces.
Nutrition information per serving (1 piece, 41g): 146 cal, 5.6g fat, 2g protein, 12g complex carbohydrates, 9g sugar, 1g dietary fiber, 22mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 134mg potassium, 74RE vitamin A, 1mg iron, 36mg calcium, 43mg phosphorus.