Chocolate buckwheat crackle bars

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, December 5, 2016 In : sweets 

I came across puffed buckwheat at my local organic shop - brilliant! These easy bars are a super yummy healthy sweet treat.

3 c puffed buckwheat (or puffed rice or spelt)
1/4 c toasted sesame seeds, optional
1/3 c coconut oil
1/3 c rice syrup
2 Tbs cacao powder
150g coconut butter
pinch salt
1 tsp cacao powder

Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper. In a bowl mix the the puffs and sesame seeds.

In a saucepan over low heat melt the coconut oil, syrup, 100g coconut butter and cacao. Once melt...


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Cherry and apple pie

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 27, 2016 In : desserts 


I've always wanted to make a cherry pie and try my hand at lattice pastry. Not perfect-looking as I didn't crimp my edges but hey, tasted great. Thanks to Inspired Taste and Food.com for the inspiration. If you want a 100% cherry pie you'll need 4 1/2 cups of pitted cherries and adjust your sweetener to suit.

For the pastry:
2 1/2 c flour (I use spelt)
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1 tsp salt
230g cold butter cut into small cubes
6-8 Tbs ice water

For the pie:
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c cornflour
1 tsp cinnamon
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Vegan banana loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 In : big cakes 

I made this recipe from scratch! Just to experiment making a GF, DF, SF cake. It turned out a bit holey and dense but delicious all the same, and even better toasted. Without creamed butter and sugar, cakes tend to have a few holes. I will also use a lighter touch next time and not overmix the batter.

2 c flour (I use spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c dates
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c water
1/4 c softened coconut oil

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Wh...
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Parkin

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 In : big cakes 


I've made soft treacle parkin before but I think I prefer this recipe from the BBC. The gingerbread gets more flavoursome after a few days.

1 egg
4 Tbs milk (I use rice)
200g butter
200g golden syrup (I use a mix of golden syrup and rice malt syrup
85g treacle
85g brown sugar
100g oatmeal (or oats coarsely ground)
250g self-raising flour (I use spelt and 1 tsp baking powder)
1 Tbs ground ginger

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.
Beat the egg with the milk. In a saucepan...
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Choconut slice

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 In : slices 

This is a simple biscuit base slice adapted from Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan (BenBella Books, 2011). For a crunchier base you could add buckinis as I do in my perfect ginger crunch.

1 3/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1 Tbs natural sweetener such as coconut sugar, maple syrup
1/2 c coconut oil, melted
1/4 tsp salt
250g dark chocolate (at least 70%)
200ml coconut cream or milk
3 Tbs maple syrup or rice syrup
coconut chips or desiccated coconut and slice...


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Walnut jam drops

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 In : cookies 

These healthy jam drops combine walnuts, coconut and your favourite jam to make a cute cookie reminiscent of a Louise slice. Another one from 'Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family' by Jennifer Katzinger (Sasquatch Books, 2015).

Make about 18
2 c walnuts halves
1/2 tsp salt
1 c dates
1/4 c water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c desiccated or shredded coconut
strawberry or raspberry jam or any other favourite

Preheat oven to 175C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. In a food processor blitz the walnuts ...
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Conserve cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 In : big cakes 


I've appropriated this recipe from Heidi Swanson's membrillo cake. It's a great way to use up a hardened jam, jelly or conserve that's been in your fridge for too long. She uses membrillo, or quince paste, I used a fig and ginger jam that a friend made that I could cut up into pieces. The conserve pieces melt inside the cake to give a soft moist texture.

2 1/2 c flour (I used spelt and buckwheat)
1 Tbs baking powder
1/2 c brown sugar or natural sweetener
1/2 tsp salt
grated zest of 2 lemons
1/3 c p...
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Oatmeal raisin cookies (vegan, gluten-free)

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, November 3, 2016 In : cookies 

I'm really liking 'Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family' by Jennifer Katzinger (Sasquatch Books, 2015). Like her chocolate chip cookies, these oatmeal cookies are sugar-free and gluten-free. I've experimented with cashew nuts, buckwheat and spelt flour and they've all come out well. Everything is done in the food processor - you basically blitz the dry ingredients then add the wet. Dates are a great sweetener.
Makes 18 small cookies
1 2/3 rolled oats
1/2 c almonds
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon...

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Life-changing bread

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, October 31, 2016 In : bread 

This appeared in 2013 on My New Roots and I've finally jumped onto the bandwagon! A dense, filling bread made of just nuts and seeds - genius. All mixed in the tin and you can experiment with different nuts and seeds too.
1 c sunflower seeds
1 1/2 c oats
1 c almonds (or hazelnuts)
1/2 c flaxseed
2 Tbs chia seeds
3 Tbs psyllium husk powder (or 4 Tbs psyllium husk)
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs natural sweetener (maple syrup, rice malt syrup)
3 Tbs melted coconut oil
1 1/2 c water

Line a loaf tin with parchment/baking...
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Halloween ghost pretzels

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 30, 2016 In : sweets 

Being a New Zealander we don't traditionally celebrate Halloween but this year I succumbed to making my first Halloween-themed snack for kindergarten's 'Freaky Friday' - ghost pretzels. Trust me to make the most finicky, fiddly thing. You can't get big thick pretzel sticks here so I only had thin little ones to work with. Dip in melted white chocolate and place chocolate chips for eyes and mouth. They barely fit on the stick and some of the faces looked a bit dodge but they tasted great and t...
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Treasure chest cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 30, 2016 In : big cakes 

This is Miss Four's second birthday cake, for the other side of the family. A sugar-free beetroot chocolate loaf cake. Make one loaf cake and another one half the height. The half becomes the lid of the chest. Ice the lid and chest with chocolate ganache and attach with toothpicks.
To decorate I used raspberry licorice straps and smarties/pebbles and filled the chest with chocolate coins and sweets to represent jewels -  gourmet jellybeans, Hershey's kisses and jubes. I used green food colouri...
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Butterfly cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 30, 2016 In : big cakes 

This is the first novelty cake I made for Miss Four's birthday, her request. It was a spelt madeira-type cake with a jam filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. Googled how to cut the 22-cm round cake into a butterfly shape and decorated it with licorice straps, black jubes and edible glitter. Thank goodness for edible glitter, really made the job easier. I think this is the start of a decade of novelty cake making...
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Buckwheat waffles

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, October 29, 2016 In : desserts 

For some reason I had always shied away from using 100% buckwheat flour in a recipe but I gave this a go to expand my repertoire for my gf friends. These turned out so soft with a crisp outside - perfect waffles.
Makes 7 to feed about 3 people
1 c buckwheat flour
1 Tbs rapadura sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 c buttermilk (you can make your own by mixing 1 Tbs + 3/4 tsp white vinegar with 1 1/4 c milk of your choice and letting it sit for 5 min)
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Chocolate chip cookies (vegan, gluten-free)

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 In : cookies 

A really easy recipe from 'Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family' by Jennifer Katzinger (Sasquatch Books, 2015). The recipe is also refined sugar-free (I used dark choc chips that weren't sugar-free though as I didn't have 85% dark chocolate on hand). You could do many variations on this recipe - raisins or other dried fruit instead of chocolate, add coconut, use hazelnuts, oats, add cinnamon.
Makes about 20
2 c almonds (I used 1 c almonds and 1 c oats)
1 c dates (or about 10 medjool dates)
2 ...
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Nigella's chocolate orange cake (vegan, gluten-free)

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 In : big cakes 

I was pleasantly surprised that Nigella Lawson has a GF, DF recipe for chocolate cake, seeing she is the queen indulgence and full-fat everything. I did not put dark chocolate in my batter, I thought it was sweet enough. A lovely dense cake with gooey icing. Instead of chia seeds you could also make flaxseed 'eggs' - 6 Tbs flaxseed soaked in about 15 Tbs water).

2 oranges
6 chia 'eggs' (6 Tbs chia seeds soaked in 18 Tbs water)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 c almond meal (or hazelnut me...
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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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