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Lemon and Strawberry Mini Loaves. With Rice Bran Oil. And a giveaway!

Rice bran oil. I wondered what it meant when I spotted it at my regular supermarket two weeks ago. I bought it anyways. I'm a sucker, you see, for all things new.

It was only after I brought it home that I started reading about it. Some of it intrigued me. It had a high smoking point, which meant it may be awesome to cook in, Apparently the Japs and the Chinese beat us to that. And it has a-mazing anti-oxidant properties. And it works beautifully in baked goods.

That piqued my curiosity. I knew I had to bake with it. I decided to try a simple lemon cake recipe that I make very often where I substitute the butter with olive oil. Here, instead, I decided to substitute with rice bran oil. I had strawberries at hand and decided to use them up as well.

The cake turned out to be delicious. So light and moist. And not a trace of oil at all. I served with some lemon glaze and extra strawberries, but truth is you can substitute this for any berry.

I made mini loaves only because I was in a hurry and also because I wanted to try the mini loaf pan that my sister had gotten for me. So I halved this recipe but honestly, a round cake or a large loaf would be just perfect, just up the time a bit.

Lemon and strawberry cake with rice bran oil


2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
Zest and juice of one lemon
1/2 cup Rice Bran oil
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1/2 tsp lemon extract
2 drops yellow food colouring
1 cup + 4 strawberries sliced

For the glaze

1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tsps lemon juice

1. In a bowl, measure out the sugar and add the lemon zest. Rub them together until the oils from the zest are released.
2. In a separate bowl measure out the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Keep aside
3. In a third bowl break the eggs and whisk to break them down. Add the rice bran oil, sour cream lemon juice, lemon extract and food colouring. Whisk into the sugar mix.
4. Add the dry ingredients in one go and stir until mixed. Fold in 1 cup strawberries
5. Pour into the prepared tin and dot with sliced strawberries
6. Bake for 50 minutes at 180 degree centigrade. Remove and cool.
7. Meanwhile mix the icing sugar and lemon juice together and drizzle the glaze over it.

This is my entry for Blog Adda's Recipe Contest. This post is a part of the Healthy & Tasty Recipe Contest with Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil and Blogadda.com

Oh and this isn't where the post ends. As you know this is the month I turn one, so I am also announcing my second giveaway. This set of knives.

These knives have stainless steel blades and the set includes a Chef's knife, a bread knife, a meat knife, a paring knife and a utility knife plus a pair of scissors.What's more I'm also giving you the option to pick the colour - bright blue, orange or hot pink

The catch? Comments close on March 15. Winner will be announced two days after that.

This giveaway is for both bloggers and non-bloggers and from the world over. So do participate

Here are the rules
1. Like my FB page
2. Follow me on Twitter
3. And Leave a comment about which colour knife set you'd like

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  1. Hi Ruchira,

    Great recipe, am sure gonna try it. And an awesome giveaway too. I already am following u on FB and now on twitter too. If u were to select me do send me the pink one ;) Keep Blogging...

    Shobana Arunkumar

  2. Love the orange set! Keep up the good work :)

  3. Oh wow, Loved the pic the minute i saw it on CFG and loving the recipe as well. Is there a substitute for egg? most family members dont eat egg..

    Have been curious about rice bran oil, now i can confidently pick up a can and use :)

    Btw, I would love the blue knife set please.
    Thank you

    Keep blogging..

    1. I haven't made it eggless but maybe u can add about 1/4 cup yogurt and 1/4 tsp baking soda plus 1/4 cup flour to see the results

  4. Hi, I liked your page followed you on twitter .Wonderful blog. I love the orange set!!

  5. Hi Ruchi,

    Thanks to you I got to know about this rice bran oil contest. Will try to send mine, if time permits. :-). Love the berries in the cake. For the giveaway, I already like u on FB and following on twitter. am so tempted for the orange ones... <3..


  6. Hi ruchi... lovely cake... u have a lovely space out here... i've already liked you on FB and Twitter... would love the orange set... :)

  7. Hi Ruchira, wüd love to try this recipe .....couple of ques.... Can I use yogurt instead of sour cream, what brand of rice bran oil did u use. So far I ve used rice bran oil for frying only coz the one I bought was so dark I color that I didn't have the heart to use it in cooking. Have liked you on FB , wüd do so on twitter too... I wüd love the pink set.

  8. Hi Ruchira,

    I am a regular follower of your FB page! Great yummylicious recipe! :) Loooooove the lemon cake anyday and i love that lil twist you have given to it using rice bran oil and strawberries. Now, that I've been buying strawberries before they vanish for this season, i was wondering how can they be used in a lil different manner than the usual jams, compotes... Thank you so much for sharing the much healthier recipe using rice bran oil. My hands are itching to try it right away! :)

    Btw, I love the orange knife set! :)

    Keep posting your wonder recipes!!


  9. My first comment didnt get posted :(

    Anyways,repeating it again!

    I have used rice bran oil for cooking but never for baking,may be should try this as soon as i buy a new oven.

    And ,yes i like the orange set of knives :)

    keep rocking with your recipes!


  10. hi have liked your fb page an following u on twitter too... like the pink set


  11. Hi Ruchira,

    I have dropped in this wonderful blog many a time. Thanks for this giveaway. Am following u in both FB and twitter. Would love to get the pink one!


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  13. Never tried Rice barn oil before, must give it a try.
    I love the loaves, want to dig the strawberries (like I do in my tutti fruit cake)
    Seriously yummmm!

  14. Loaf looks great! I use Rice Bran oil all the time. It's quite versatile. Also I love anything pink!

  15. I m on FB. Don't hv Twitter . Will go for orange one.

  16. Yummy loaves. Already i am following you on FB, Twitter.

  17. Hey, I would like the pink set of knives :)

    following u on twitter and fb :)

    Raksha's Kitchen

  18. Its very tempting. what will be the best egg substitute?
    I follow you on fb. Would love to have the orange one.

    1. Best egg substitute will be yogurt and some baking soda

  19. Came here thru fb's HBG page. The recipe looks yum enuf to try for a post lunch dessert which I intend to do very soon. If u do end up picking me for the give away I'd love to have the pink set please. TIA

  20. I keep bumping into you through HBG, CFG! Just liked you on FB, and followed on twitter! Pretty please, send me the orange ones :D

  21. Ruchira, have been following your posts on FB and HBG, now on twitter too!! Congrats on achieving this milestone and looking forward to many more!! Love the tangy vibrant orange :)
    Henu Abichandani

  22. already following your fb page and twitter..................

    lovely giveaway.............. i like the orange color...........

  23. Everytime I read your blog I'm like, I really should continue my blogging! You seem to have so much fun doing it :) I'm following you on both the networking
    websites of course and I'm <3 -ing the orange set of knives!

  24. Hi there...loved your recipe. Yup following u on twitter n FB...And all the set looks adorable, all colors nice. I would love any of it and pref- Orange!

  25. Hi Ruchira, strawberry and lemon looks yummo! i have to write in, cant resist a good set of knives can I?
    BLUE Blue...if my comment shows up at all!

  26. Loaves look so soft and yum. I would love the blue set. Following u on FB

  27. yours was one of the first blogs i started following.Your recipes are to the point and works brilliantly!keep writing! and id be mmooooooooooooooooooore than happy to win the set of orange knives:))

  28. I forgot to mention I don't mind any of the above colours, though orange is my fav :)) Keeping fingers crossed for the second one :)

  29. Yum yum ... Have u tried oleev? Thaz half olive oil n half rice bran oil. I stopped using refined oil the day I discovered it.
    Pink is the colour 4 me.

  30. Love your blog, love the pizza muffin recipe esp!
    Pink set looks great!

  31. Love the strawberries on the mini loaf of cake. and interesting use of rice bran oil. I would love to win the fuschia pink knife set. Crossing my fingers with this giveaway!!

  32. Hi Ruchira....reposting and trying my luck! :-) The Lemon and Strawberry Mini Loaves looks delectable and is tempting me to try to make it. I have already liked your FB page and am following on Twitter. I would like to try for the blue knife set, please. Thanks! Looking forward to meeting you next month in Bangalore! Bhanu Chandran

  33. hi been following your blog and love your recipes..would love to have the orange ones..thank you

  34. I have been using rice bran oil for quite some time now and used it in cookies too.And this one is really tempting me to bake one :)
    And That is an awesome giveaway. I am following you on FB and Twitter. I would love to win that knife set in blue :)

  35. Hey Roochie.. lovely recipe..

    I saw some queries for an eggless version, since I bake eggless often just wanted to tell you that as there is lemon in the recipe I don't know how effective curd will be because of the acid reactions. I'm guessing Flaxseed powder with warm water is the best bet! Otherwise, Applesauce or mashed banana, if you want to risk playing around with the flavours.

    Oh and, the blue set please?

  36. If I win {IF...that's the big question he he} would love the orange set. Nice nice giveaway chica. So glad you turned one! Hugs!!
    Following you on Fb, twitter...everything!

  37. done both!! and I wanna win (i have a very good luck with NOT winning giveaways!!) I would ove love the orange set :)

  38. Yummy recipe and would love to try it. Yes I have liked your FB page and following you in twitter...would love to win the pnk knife set...

  39. Lurvee the bright orange set...already liked FB...following on twitter...and love your blog!

  40. I want those pink pink knives! So pwetty!

  41. Already joined you on FB and twitter. My choice is the blue set.

  42. Hello,

    The salads and this recipe is on my to do for this weekend!!

    Just to let you know I do follow you wherever you go :P!! strong food connection it is...

    Partial for the pink set but orange is so the color for me as of now!! so orange set it is!!

    Many many Congratulations on completing one year with the blog, you have a long long long way to go... and yes, you are so ready for it!!!

  43. Love Love Love the PINK SET.... I want an Olive oil gift hamper:)