Chocolate mendiants

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, October 22, 2016 In : sweets 

Chocolate mendiants are traditional French sweets during Christmas time. The chocolate discs are studded with nuts and fruit to represent the four monastic orders of the church - usually raisins, figs, hazelnuts and almonds. In our household, however, I make chocolate treats all year round. These ones are decorated with goji berries and coconut, apricots and almonds, pumpkin seeds and ginger, and mini marshmallows. Just go crazy with your toppings...

Makes 12 little discs
1/2 c cacao powder
1/2 ...
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Pineapple upside down cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 In : big cakes 

Upside down cakes are so much fun to make! I made this gluten free for a morning tea and was much appreciated by my GF friends.
60g butter
1/2 c brown sugar
7 slices canned pineapple and reserve the juice
25 maraschino cherries
1 2/3 c gluten free flour (I used GF mix and buckwheat)
1 tsp xantham gum (be careful not to use more as it will make the mixture too gummy)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
60g melted butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c rice malt syrup
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla extract
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Lil digestives

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 In : cookies 

I've been dying to try out my new Kilo cookie cutters and they worked a treat on this digestive dough. Always good to add some extra fibre in a biscuit. I've done these digestives before but here's a reprise.
90g rolled oats finely ground in a coffee/herb grinder
100g cold butter, cubed
100g spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
50g rapadura sugar, finely ground
1-2 tbsp milk if needed (I use homemade almond) 

Blitz oats, butter and flour in a food processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. ...
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Chocolate apricot cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 In : cookies 

This easy recipe is adapted from Healthy Food Guide. From this base you can make many variations of cookie – plain, with nuts, with coconut, oats, other dried fruit, spices. I like that it adds LSA to sneak in an extra nutrient punch.

100g butter
½ c natural sweetener (I used rapadura sugar and honey)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
1 ¼ c flour (I used spelt)
¼ c Dutch cocoa powder (Dutch process cocoa gives a fudgier, denser flavour but natural is fine too. Here's an...

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Berry cake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, September 2, 2016 In : big cakes 

Yes, it's berry berry good... A classic buttery cake but uses honey for sweetener and has a tangy, creamy topping.

200g butter
100g ground almonds
3 eggs
100g flour (I used spelt)
2 tsp baking powder
200ml honey, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1c blackberries (or any berries of your choice, fresh or frozen)
Topping - whip together:
200ml cream
1 Tbs yoghurt
1 Tbs jam

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a cake tin with baking paper.
Cream butter, add almonds, flour, eggs and baking powder and mix. Fold in honey, vanil...
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Healthy Anzac biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 1, 2016 In : cookies 

Here's a healthy, low-sugar, vegan version of the classic Anzac biscuit. Thanks to Be Good Organics for the recipe and inspiration.
3/4 c rolled oats
2/3 c desiccated coconut
1/2 c spelt flour (or almond meal or any flour you wish)
2 Tbs non-refined sugar, such as coconut, rapadura
1 tsp baking powder
pinch sea salt
3 Tbs coconut oil
2 Tbs liquid sweetener (I use rice malt syrup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 Tbs water

Preheat oven to 175C. Line baking trays with baking paper.
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Black bean brownie

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, August 26, 2016 In : slices 

So rich! So gooey! So healthy!

6 tbsp warm water
2 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed
400g can black beans, drained
3/4 c cocoa/cacao
1/2 c natural sweetener of choice (I use rice malt syrup)
3 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a brownie tin with baking paper.
Whisk water and flaxseeds, set aside 10 min.
Blitz rest of ingredientss with flax mixture in a blender or food processor. Spread into tin and bake 20-25 min until set.

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Chocolate crunch

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 In : slices 

I made up this recipe to enter an @ceresorganics and @panaceas_pantry Instagram competition - turned out pretty good! It's a superfood version of two of my faves - ginger crunch and childhood chocolate slice. I'm in a Ceres co-op so where possible I've used Ceres products.
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1 Tbs chia seeds soaked in 3 Tbs water
1/2 c coconut oil, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 c spelt flour (you can use gluten free flour and also add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)
1/2 c buckinis (...
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Hot cross buns

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 24, 2016 In : bread 

No one makes hot cross buns as well as Mama Chan! Sweet, soft and fluffy - a perfect Easter treat.

4 tsp dried yeast (14g)
1/4 c caster sugar
1 c warm milk
4 c flour (Mama Chan uses plain, I use spelt)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
60g butter, softened
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 c warm water
3/4 c dried currants
1/4 c mixed peel
beaten egg for glazing

flour paste for crosses:
1/2 c flour
1 Tbs caster sugar
1/4 c water

glaze after baking:
1/4 c lemon juice
2 Tbs sugar
boil for few min
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Pita bread

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, March 20, 2016 In : bread 

Who knew pita bread was so easy to make!
Makes 8
3 c flour (I used spelt)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp dried yeast
1 Tbs oil
1 1/4 c lukewarm water
Combine all ingreds in a bowl, except water. Stir in water and mix to a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 8 mins until smooth and elastic. Place in a clean greased bowl, drizzle with oil and cover with cling film, and leave to rise until doubled in size.
When doubled, place a baking sheet in the oven at its highest temperature. Pun...
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Mitey scrolls

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 17, 2016 In : bread 

These are very similar to yoghurt scrolls but they have a standard yeasted dough recipe. This one is by Destitute Gourmet Sophie Gray from Fill the Tins. Her recipe included a sweet version which I didn't try this time.

Makes 24 scrolls

6 c flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp yeast
2 Tbs olive oil
2 1/2 c warm water

Mitey cheese filling
1 Tbs Vegemite (I prefer it to Marmite because it has no sugar)
1 Tbs butter or non-dairy spread
1 1/2 c grated cheese

Spicy custard and sultana filling
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Salted apricot caramels

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, March 13, 2016 In : sweets 

Thank you Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley for this super easy recipe that feels like such a treat.
Makes 40-50 
250g organic unsulphured apricots, chopped
1 tsp salt
80g coconut oil
2 Tbs hot water
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the chocolate coating:
200g cocoa butter
12 Tbs cacao powder
2 Tbs maple syrup or rice syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
In a food processor blend the apricots, salt, oil, hot water and vanilla until smooth.
Roll into little balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. If mixture is...
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Breakfast cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, March 5, 2016 In : cookies 

One of my new favourite blogs is My New Roots by Sarah Britton. In her book of the same name (Clarkson Potter, 2015) is a recipe called Fully Loaded Breakfast Bars. I'm always on the hunt for a healthy cookie I can give my 3-year-old in the morning when she's not fussed by porridge or toast, or if I'm pressed for time.
Makes 12-14
1 Tbs chia seeds
3 1/4 c rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 c cooked white beans such as cannellini, butter, navy ...

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Orange and cardamom shortbread

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, March 4, 2016 In : cookies 

I used Lorraine Pascal's recipe for inspiration but added a touch of orange and used xanthan gum instead of egg white.
100g butter, softened
80g soft brown sugar
200g spelt flour
1 tsp ground cardamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbs orange zest
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
pinch salt
2 Tbs milk

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.

Cream butter and sugar by hand or with an electric beater. Add rest of ingreds with 1 Tbs cold water if needed and mix well till it forms a ball. Refriger...

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Coconut macaroons with aquafaba

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 In : cookies 

So easy to make these vegan treats. Instead of egg whites you use the brine from a chickpea can.

1 c aquafaba from 400g can drained chickpeas
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 c golden sugar
1/2 c rice malt syrup
2 c desiccated coconut
2 c almond meal

Preheat oven to 150C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Whip up the aquafaba and salt in a food processor until thick and frothy. Add vanilla and xanthan to combine. Add sweeteners slowly. Transfer mixture to a bowl a...

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Frances Chan is a freelance editor/proofreader who has written a couple of children's books and writes for Weekend Notes. She also loves to bake. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.

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