Apple fritters

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, April 27, 2015 In : desserts 

Rainy day at home - perfect time to do some deep frying! Really felt like some apple fritters, so here they are.
1 cup all-purpose flour (I used wholemeal spelt)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups buttermilk (I used yoghurt)
4 large apples
Vegetable oil, for frying

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar and salt. In a separate large bowl, whisk togeth...


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Sugar-free Anzac biscuits

Posted by Frances Chan on Thursday, April 23, 2015 In : cookies 

It's the Anzac Centenary tomorrow so I made these sugar-free Anzac biscuits. A combination of recipes from Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar and Dean Brettschneider from A Treasury of New Zealand Baking.
130g butter
1/2 c rice syrup or honey
pinch salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbs boiling water
1 c rolled oat
3/4 c desiccated or threaded coconut
3/4 c sunflower seeds, slightly toasted
1 c flour

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
In a small saucepan melt the butter and rice syrup. ...
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Scones

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 23, 2015 In : small cakes 

I've never used such a decadent scone recipe with cream before. This is from the new Love & Food at Gran's Table, compiled by Natalie Oldfield (PQ Blackwell, 2015). It features recipes from 60 grandmothers from NZ and around the world, including my mum!

2 c self-raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
50g cold butter, chopped
1/4 c cream
1/2 c milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
jam and cream

Preheat oven to 200C. Line oven tray with baking paper.
Place flour, salt and butter in a bowl and mix with fingertips until mixtur...
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No-bake seed muesli bars

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 In : slices 

This recipe is adapted from Kidspot. I used chia seeds this time but you know what, I prefer without. The tiny seeds get stuck in your teeth! My preferred way of eating chia seeds is hydrated in a smoothie. So add 1/2 cup chia if you wish but there are many other seeds you can use. You can also add puffed brown rice (or normal rice bubbles). I think I've finally perfected a good recipe for our toddler to take to impending preschool. I hear most kindergartens and daycares don't allow you to br...
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Ginger roulade with tamarind glazed mango and mascarpone

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, April 13, 2015 In : desserts 

This is from Dish magazine's special Baking Dish book (Tangible, 2012). I wanted to make something different for an Easter dinner.

Roulade:
3 eggs
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c flour
pinch salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbs ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch ground cloves
1 Tbs melted butter

Glazed mango:
2 Tbs tamarind concentrate
1/2 c brown sugar
2 Tbs lime juice
2 mangoes, peeled
200g mascarpone
100g thick plain yoghurt
2 Tbs thinly slice crystallised ginger (I'm not a fan so I omitted)

Preheat oven to 200C
B...
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Parmesam, paprika & rosemary crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, April 13, 2015 In : savoury 

From the April-May 2015 issue of Dish magazine. Very tasty. Be sure to chill for at least 20 min so it will be crispy when baked. I forgot to sprinkle Parmesan on top before baking (hence they don't look as good as in the magazine!)
1 c flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp finely chopped rosemary
2/3 c grated Parmesan
60g chilled butter, diced
4 tbs cream

Preheat oven to 160C.
Place all ingreds except cream in a food processor and process until well combined. Add the cream and pulse to ...
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Chocolate pear cake

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, April 4, 2015 In : big cakes 

Since it was Easter I thought I'd make something chocolatey to take to a morning tea visit. This is a River Cottage recipe.

For the pears

  • 4 just-ripe pears
  • 35g butter
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange

For the cake

  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar (I used 100g)
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • A splash of milk

Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas 3. Butter a 20cm springform cake tin and line with baking parchment.

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Turmeric butter

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, April 4, 2015 In : savoury 

Thanks to Buffy from Be Good Organics for supplying an easy recipe for a healthy alternative to butter! I made doubled her amount and it filled this small jar perfectly (prob around 350ml). I've halved the salt content in my recipe as I thought it was a bit too salty.
Our 2.9-year-old loves butter (even after I hide it she will pull up a stool, find it on the bench and get her fingers in!) so this will be a great alternative for her.

I'm using organic, cold-pressed ingredients:

2/3 c coconut oil...
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Double chocolate peanut butter honey cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 In : cookies 

This is my entry into the NZ Airborne National Honey Week competition. I wanted to create a recipe that only uses a few ingredients so the honey could shine through. A no-flour, one-bowl wonder - VERY easy to make and scrummy!

Makes 16-20 cookies

1/3 c New Zealand honey (I used clover)
1 c peanut butter (Pic's is my preferred brand but any organic, salt-free, all natural one is good)
2 tbs cocoa powder
3/4 c chocolate drops

Preheat the oven to 180C. Soften or slightly melt the honey in a saucepan o...
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Muesli bars

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 In : slices 

Part of my search for the ultimate healthy muesli bar for a toddler's consumption. It's from an Australian/New Zealand 'Food Expert'. This has a teeny bit of brown sugar and some honey, but that combination gives it a lovely caramely/golden syrup taste.
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of dried fruit (I used sultanas)
  • 1/4 cup  of flax seeds
  • 100 grams of butter (just under 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup of h...

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Honey oat loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 In : big cakes 

I wanted to make a recipe for honey month. Airbone Honey are holding a competition for an original recipe containing honey. I'm not going to enter this one, but it's a start.

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, or quick-cooking (not instant) oats, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups whole-wheat flour, or white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup clover honey, or oth...

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Super quick pizza

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 In : savoury 

This dough only rises in 15 minutes!

1 tsp active dried yeast
1 c warm water
1 tbs oil
pinch salt
2 1/2 c flour

Mix yeast in warm water in a large bowl until dissolved. Stir in oil, flour and salt and mix until dough is formed. Place a tea towel over the bowl and let rise for 15 min.
Preheat oven to 190C. Spread dough onto pizza pan, sponge roll pan, pizza stone or baking sheet. Top with your favourite toppings and bake until cooked (around 15 min). I did tomato paste bass, salmon and capers and cou...
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Spiced biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 In : cookies 

A really nice crunchy biscuit from Good Housekeeping Wheat Free (Anova, 2008). You can add as much or as little spice as you like. This time omitted the cloves but added extra ginger.
2 tbs honey
25g butter
50g muscovado sugar
grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
225g flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
pinch salt
1 tbs finely chopped candied peel (didn't have)
50g ground almonds
1 egg, beaten
2-3 tbs milk or water

Put honey, butter, sugar and citru...
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Pear, almond and tahini cake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, February 23, 2015 In : big cakes 

This is a dairy-free, sugar-free recipe in Marian Keyes' Saved By Cake (Penguin, 2012). Serve with yoghurt for some tang.
240g tahini
260g date syrup (I used rice syrup)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
220g flour (I used white spelt)
1 tsp cinnamon
100g almonds, roughly chopped
150g pears, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes (you can also used canned pears, I used apples)
250ml apple juice (I used coconut water and upped the rice syrup)

Grease a cake tin and line the base with baking paper. Preheat oven to 170C...
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Banana and peanut butter bundt cake with honey glaze

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, February 23, 2015 In : big cakes 

An easy sugar-free, flourless cake from Petite Kitchen. Went down well for a morning tea for 9, including teens and a toddler. I love recipes where you just mix everything in one bowl - less cleaning up!

1 c peanut butter (or any nut butter)
2 mashed banans
3 tbs honey, plus 3 tbs for glaze
3 eggs
1/2 c raisins (or any dried fruit)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 160C and grease and line a cake tin.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using a potato masher to break up the ban...
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