Flourless chocolate brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 In : slices 

When you taste these brownies you'll never guess the secret ingredient - chickpeas! What a great way to get fibre and protein into a sweet treat. It's another sugar-free recipe from I Quit Sugar.

1 1/2 c cooked chickpeas or 1 can drained
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c coconut oil, softened
2 eggs
1/4 c nut or seed butter 
1/3 c cacao powder
2 Tbs rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c walnuts (or any nuts) for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tin or loaf tin with baking paper.
Put all t...
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Florentines

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 In : sweets 

This is my first attempt at florentines. A bit fiddly but still yummy - anything coated in chocolate is! Worth the trouble for a special occasion, such as watching the final of the Superubgy where the Highlanders won against the Hurricanes 21-14! This recipe is adapted from the good ol' NZ Women's Weekly.

100g flaked almonds
1/4 cup sultanas
1/4 cup chopped mixed peel
1/4 cup chopped dried peaches (most recipes use glacé cherries but you can use any dried fruit such as cranberries, pears, prunes...


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Pear, ginger and date loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 In : big cakes 

Mmm, a nice spicy loaf that's sugar and dairy free. It's from the April/May 2015 issue of Little Treasures magazine. Kelly Gibney founded the Bonnie Delicious blog, full of wholesome recipes.

1 1/2 c dates, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes then drained well
1/4 c melted coconut oil or butter
1 1/2 c ground almonds (can be with or without skins)
1/2 c flour (I used wholemeal spelt)
3 tsp ground ginger
tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 heaped tsp baking powder
tsp ...

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Banana and chocolate chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 In : cookies 

An easy gluten-free cookie that especially kids will love! Not too much sweetener and full of good fibre. This is by Nadia Lim from Sunday magazine.
2 eggs
1 Tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c sweetener (coconut sugar or brown sugar ok, I used rice malt syrup)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 c ground almonds
1 c rolled oats
1 c mashed ripe bananas (about 2 bananas)
1/2 c dark choc chips

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a large bowl mix eggs, milk and vanilla. Add...
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Shrewsbury biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 In : cookies 

Sophie made these for a special farewell morning tea - gluten-free too and SO much better than bought ones!
Makes 15 pairs

125g butter, softened 
1/2 cup caster sugar 
1 tsp vanilla essence 
1 egg
1 3/4 cups gluten free flour + 1/4 cup for rolling 
Pinch of salt 
1 tsp gluten free baking powder 
1/2 cup raspberry jam

1. Heat oven to 180 Celcius. Line two baking trays with nonstick baking paper. Place butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat until thick and pale, then beat in egg.

2. Sift gluten ...


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Sugar-free chocolate muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 7, 2015 In : small cakes 

This is a really easy, quick recipe from a sugar-free website that made 36 mini muffins - ideal to take to preschool to celebrate our daughter's 3rd birthday. She requested the 'frozen' icing. I made it out of butter, rice syrup, vanilla and a couple of drops of blue food colouring, and sprinkled with coconut.

1 c rice syrup
2 eggs
1 c flour (I used spelt)
6 tbsp cocoa powder or cacao powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/3 c milk
1/3 c butter, melted

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Chocolate marble cake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, May 8, 2015 In : big cakes 

A simple marble cake looks impressive for a birthday occasion. This is adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetener
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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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.

Peel, quarter...


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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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