Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Labour Cake

This week I have turned 40 weeks pregnant;
In the beginning it seemed like forever away but now I can't understand where the time has gone!
Although I'm suddenly very aware of how our time as a three is coming to an end and it makes me a little sad, we're so desperate to meet this little one.
This whole pregnancy has been a huge blessing to us but I'm so ready for this journey to end and a new one to start.
With our first little one I went overdue by 12 days and he was a big baby!
This time we were expecting another baby on the bigger side but we have been for a growth scan and he's measuring normal size. 
Saying that we'd rather not risk going to over my due date just in case he has a sudden growth spurt; but you never know! 
I really didn't want to go down the road of being induced;
despite having a lot of intervention last time I still really want to keep things as normal and natural as possible;
Of course baby comes first though, so if help is needed I'm happy to go with the doctors advice.
One thing I've learned is that you can't plan birth!
Last week my consultant told me I was in a good position to deliver and to eat lots of pineapple-
which according to Google contains an enzyme which can induce labour.
I discovered there are a lot of old wives tales and different ideas about how to get baby to arrive and its been funny trying them out in the last week.
(However eating a lot of pineapple leaves you with a very sore tongue!)
I've been drinking a lot of raspberry leaf tea which is apparently good for shortening labour and preparing for birth as well as bringing on contractions;
walking is said to be one of the best methods, and has become a lot easier as my SPD has suddenly got a lot better now the baby is engaged;
Although I'm not a huge fan of spicy foods it is on the natural inducing list so I have given it a go!
My favourite tip found on-line so far though has been to bake a "Labour Cake"
There's a little bit of "science" behind why chocolate may be good for inducing labour but lets be honest, who needs much of an excuse to eat a delicious chocolate cake at nine months pregnant (or generally)?!
Normally it is a straightforward cake made with a pack of Devils food cake mix with extra chocolate and sour cream added, but as I'm not a huge fan of cake mix I headed to my favourite Nigella cook book and found the chocolatey-est cake in there which coincidentally had sour cream and quadruple chocolate in it.
Not only is it straightforward to make it is  chocolate heaven.
It is super moist and chocolatey with a gorgeous chocolate syrup poured through it whilst warm.
It might not send you into labour but there's no harm in giving it a go! 
 Quadruple Chocolate Loaf
( or "Labour Cake")
200g Plain Flour
1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate of soda
50g Cocoa Powder
275g Caster Sugar
175g Unsalted Butter
2 eggs
1 Tbs Vanilla Extract
80 mls Sour Cream
125 mls Boiling Water
175g Dark Chocolate Chips
125mls Water
100g Caster Sugar
1 Tbsp Cocoa powder
Simply put everything except the water and chocolate chips into a food processor and blend until smooth.
Scrape down and add the boiling water while processing again-
N.B If you use a mixer like I did you should do this by hand or you will end up with chocolatey water everywhere!
Stir in the chocolate chips and pour into a lined loaf tin
Bake at 170 for about an hour but cover with foil if it starts to catch
As it is a dense cake a skewer wont come out perfectly clean when cooked but don't worry it is!
Start making the syrup after the cake has had around 45 minutes
Add the sugar water and cocoa to a small pan and boil for five minutes- being careful not to burn.
Take the cake out of the oven and leaving in the tin, pierce holes in the top randomly before pouring the syrup over it
Leave to cool then scatter with dark chocolate shavings.
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Hopefully Ms Lawson won't mind me adding her gorgeous cake to the list of labour inducers;
it's definitely worth a try!
Have you got any tips for serving the little ones eviction notice?!



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