Kale and fig greenola

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 In : sweets 

By Bec
Dehydrate 2 lbs of chopped up fresh kale. 
In a pot combine 3/4 cup sliced almonds, 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 8 chopped dried figs, 2 tbs of agave (or another natural sweetener). Simmer until tacky mix forms and turn off heat. 
Add kale to pot, stir and mix together as it cools.
Spread mix in one layer on to wax paper and cook in oven for 5ish mins on low heat - leave to cool and BOOM!
And it's paleo, gluten free, sugar free, grain free, dairy free
Can be eaten as a sn...

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Spiced pumpkin granola bars

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 In : slices 

My main problem with making muesli bars is that the mixture doesn't bind and the slices just fall apart. So then I just chuck the crumbly bits back into the granola jar and have 'twice baked' crunchy granola. This recipe was a bit crumbly so I'd suggest using less nut mix or adding a bit more oil or sweetener. It comes from Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar.

2 c mixed nuts and seeds, roughly chopped
2 c rolled oats
2 c coconut flakes (I used thread)
6 Tbs coconut oil or butter
3/4 c rice syrup
1c pumpkin...
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Pepper crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, January 11, 2015 In : savoury 

These turned out so well! Crunchy peppery goodness. From Spice by Christine Manfield (Periplus, 2005)
2 c flour
1 tsp freshy ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp fine sugar
3 1/2 tbs lemon juice
1/3 c water
3 1/2 tbs olive oil

Mix dry ingredients then process in food processor with the liquids to make a crumbly dough. Work the dough on a bench surface until it comes together in one mass. Roll in plastic wrap and rest at room temp for 1 hr.
Preheat oven to 160C. 
Cut dough into 6 pieces. The recipe u...
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Courgette brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 In : small cakes 

A very easy recipe from Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar For Life (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2014). Only the bought chocolate has sugar in it.

1 large or 1 1/2 small courgettes
1 c almond (or any nut) butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or essence
1/4 c rice syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g dark (85%) chocolate, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a 20cm square brownie tin.
Grate the courgette into a large bowl and then add the rest of the ingredients an...
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Easy peasy sugar-free cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, January 3, 2015 In : cookies 

Probably the easiest cookies I've ever made! Found on sugarfreekids.com.

1/2 c dates
1/2 c dessicated coconut
1/2 c oats
1/2 c almonds (I used almond pulp from making almond milk)
3 Tbs butter or coconut oil
orange juice to bind

Process the dates, oats, coconut and almonds in a food processor until a crumb like texture.
Add cold butter and juice of a small orange and process further to combine. The dough will hold its shape when formed together.
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Caramelised onion and courgette crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, January 3, 2015 In : savoury 

I appropriated this recipe from Megan May's The Unbakery cookbook (Beatnik, 2014), she of  Little Bird unbakeries - one of my favourite Christmas presents! I'm not a raw purist so I used caramelised onions I'd made before in the fry pan and put the crackers in the oven for 15 min first before dehydrating till crispy.

3 onions that have been caramelised
1 courgette, grated
1/3 c flax seed
3/4 c sunflower seeds (soaked 4-5 hours)
4 Tbs tamari
5 Tbs cold pressed olive oil
1/3 c date paste
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Sunflower crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 In : savoury 

Really like these savoury biscuits that use seeds. Another Ceres recipe.
1 c flour (I used wholemeal spelt)
3 Tbs sunflower butter (I just used ground pumpkin seeds)
2 tsp sunflower oil
4 Tbs water
pinch sea salt
sesame seeds for topping

Preheat oven to 160C.
In a bowl combine flour, butter and oil. Gradually add water to make ball of dough. Knead until there are no lumps and dough is silky. Form into ball and leave to rest for 5 min (I wrapped mine in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 10 min).
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Fig, chocolate, chai, almond biscotti

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 In : cookies 

By Sophie
  • 100 g chopped almonds
    200 g gluten-free plain flour, plus extra for dusting (I used Doves Farm)
    1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
    ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
    200 g brown sugar
    30 g dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa solids), optional

    1 large free-range egg
    1/2 cup chopped dried figs
    1 teaspoon chai spices or 1 chai tea bag (cut open the bag and use loose spices)
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    Almond milk or any other type of milk- optional

Spread out the almonds on a baking tray, then place in the hot oven ...

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Almond butter cookies for Santa

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 In : cookies 

I made these with our 2 year old to put under the tree for Santa tonight. Super easy recipe from Ceres:
1 c almond butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 sea salt
chopped or slivered almonds for topping

Preheat oven to 180C. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. Scoop out tablespoon portions onto the baking sheet, allowing room for spreading. Flatten slightly with moistened fingers. Sprinkle almonds on top.
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Lemon and poppy seed loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 In : big cakes 

By Frances
This comes from Healthy Food Guide and is a low FODMAP recipe, good for people suffering from IBS apparently.
Turned out really nice and lemony and not too sweet. I used rice syrup for the lemon glaze instead of sugar.

100g non-dairy spread (I used Olivani)
100g (1/2 c) sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
1 1/3 c spelt flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbs poppy seeds

Lemon glaze:
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 c sugar or rice syrup
few grates of lemon zest plus extra for topping

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Rye and spelt bread

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, November 29, 2014 In : bread 

By Frances
I've been enjoying watching Paul Hollywood's Bread on TV and following the recipes from the book from the series (Bloomsbury, 2013). He has a good pragmatic way of explaining his recipes and complementing the bread with delicious-looking dishes. He makes the kneading and shaping look easy, but I know I have to work on my technique. This loaf turned out super - soft crumb and chewy crust, with lovely wholesome rye/sourdoughish flavour. Perfect with butter and honey.

For the 'sponge'
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Yorkshire curd tart

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 16, 2014 In : big cakes 

By Frances
I feel bad for neglecting Bake Club for a while, but I have been busy selling my first self-published book for children, and sales are going well! However, I have been thinking about baking a lot while reading Caroline Taggart's Slice of Britain (AA Publishing, 2014). It's a collection of great yarns from her travels around Britain tasting local baking specialities and finding out about the history in the area. What a great idea for a book to combine her love of writing, travelling ...
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Easy raw bliss balls

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, September 26, 2014 In : sweets 

By Frances
I wanted to make something to use up the almond pulp I have leftover from making almond milk - these are really quick! Actually very similar to these chocolate bliss bites.
1 c almond pulp (or whatever pulp you get from making milk from 1 c almonds or you can use almond meal)
1 c cashew nuts, ground coarsely in food processor
1/4 c cacao or cocoa powder
1/2 c dessicated coconut
pinch salt
3 Tbs coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
about 1 c soaked raisins (or dates or prunes if you w...
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Sticky prune cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 25, 2014 In : big cakes 

By Frances
This is from the Ceres Organics cookbook. Nicely moist and spicy and sweet!
500g prunes, seeds removed and halved
200ml yoghurt
1/2 c rice syrup (or another sweetener of your choice, or about 80g sugar)
100g honey
200ml extra virgin olive oil
4 eggs
300g spelt flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp mixed spice or all spice
1 tsp ground nutmeg

Heat oven to 180C. Line a large cake tin with baking paper.
In a small bowl mix 300g of the prunes and yoghurt. Set aside.
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Raw blueberry cheesecake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, September 14, 2014 In : desserts 

By Frances
My best cheesecake yet, thanks to the actual recipe from Little Bird, found on Matakana Superfoods website. They do a strawberry one, but my fave berry is blue. And to quote one of Tui's favourite books, "My Blue is Happy"!

Biscuit Base
3/4 cup dried coconut (or organic desiccated coconut)
1 1/4 cups brazil nuts or cashews (I used buckinis - sprouted buckwheat groats)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1/3 cup soft, pitted dates (medjool dates work well)
pinch of sea salt or hima...

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