Double chocolate chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 In : cookies 

This is adapted from I Quit Sugar. She uses buckwheat flour but I just used a gluten-free mix and added cocoa as well for double the fun!

1 1/2 c flour (I used a gluten-free mix)
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbs cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
125g softened butter
1/2 c rice malt syrup
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence or powder
100g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used 72% Whitaker's Dark Ghana)

Preheat oven to 160C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

In a large bowl sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa and s...

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Rye soda bread

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, September 11, 2015 In : bread 

This is from Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Every Day. I didn't have buttermilk so I used yoghurt. This is a very quick loaf because there's no yeast.
2 1/3 c rye flour
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 c buttermilk, plus more for brushing

Preheat oven to 205C and put oven rack in middle of the oven. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl, make a well in the middle and pour in buttermilk. Mix until it just comes together in a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead ...
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Rosewater almond cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 10, 2015 In : big cakes 

This recipe is a combination of Petite Kitchen's almond cake and Bonnie Delicious's cream cheese icing, free of gluten and sugar, which I made for Father's Day. I'm very excited to be attending a wholefood cooking class by Kelly Gibney from Bonnie Delicious on Sep 17 in Auckland.

2 c almond meal
3 eggs
4 Tbs sweetener (I used rice malt syrup)
1/3 c coconut oil
2 Tbs lemon zest
2 Tbs rosewater
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

250 g cream cheese
seeds 1 vanilla pod
juice 1 lemon
50g butter
1 T...

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Apricot clafoutis

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 In : desserts 

We've made nectarine and feijoa clafoutis on Bake Club but this one is gluten and sugar free, however, you can add whatever flour or sweetener you like.

Fresh or canned apricots, drained
1/2 c milk (I used almond)
1 egg
3 Tbs rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 Tbs flour (I used spelt)
flaked almonds

Cashew cream:
1 1/2 c cashews soaked in filtered water for at least an hour
3/4 c filtered water
juice of a lemon
1 Tbs rice malt syrup
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 180C. Butter a shallow baki...

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Spelt and rye spiced biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, August 30, 2015 In : cookies 

This is a European Christmassy recipe from Pease Pudding. The thinner you can roll the dough the better I think. Makes an excellent dunking biscuit. The rye and cardamom add a nice crunchy nutty bite. If you like spicy cookies, check out John's speculaas and Ginny's ninjabread men.
Makes 24-30
150g butter
100g brown sugar
200g spelt flour
100g rye
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
2 Tbs water
nuts to garnish such as pine nuts or slivered almonds
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Chocolate beetroot cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, August 30, 2015 In : big cakes 

This recipe is a lot easier than Nigel Slater's one that Ginny made, even though it's probably not as decadent. But I added jam and cream for a special birthday treat. I like that the beetroot is added in raw, you don't have to precook.
This is adapted from the NZ Woman's Weekly.

1 c brown or muscovado sugar
1 1/2 c vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 c 5flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c cocoa
1 tsp salt
2 c raw beetroot, peeled and grated
melt 125g dark chocolate, 1 tb...
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Apple & rhubarb crumble

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 In : desserts 

This recipe combines Heidi Swanson's tutti-frutti crumble topping with an apple/rhubarb base, but you can use any kind of fruit or berries you have on hand. Freezing the topping helps to make chunky crunchy bits in the crumble, which go so well with the soft fruit.

3/4 c flour
1/2 c rolled oats
2 Tbs poppy seeds
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c / 70g melted butter

4 green apples, peeled, cored and chopped
3 sticks rhubarb, chopped
2 Tbs rice malt syrup
juice and ze...

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Perfect ginger crunch

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 In : slices 

I think I've nailed it with this version of ginger crunch. It's a winning combination of Mama Chan's recipe and Al Brown's mother's recipe. My secret ingredient is buckinis! I made my own by sprouting buckwheat groats then dehydrating overnight until they were dry. They definitely add a special 'crunch' to ginger crunch.

115g butter
1/3 c sugar
1 1/4 c flour (I use spelt)
2 Tbs semolina
1/2 c buckinis
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground ginger

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 30x20cm slice tin.
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Nutty choc chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 In : cookies 

I adapted these beauties from I Quit Sugar. I added a bit more quantity of chia seeds and an egg at the end to help bind it all together as the mixture seemed very crumbly. Result: perfectly crunchy and healthy bikkies!

1 1/2 c almond meal
1/2 c walnut meal (I used 1 c almond meal, 1 c spelt flour)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground chia seeds
1/2 c ground cinnamon
pinch salt
3 1/2 Tbs coconut oil
1 1/2 Tbs rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa, chips or chopped
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Pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 In : small cakes 

Sorry about the crap photo. Our daughter gobbled them all up and only two were left when I remembered to take the photo. I love hiding vegetables in recipes like this, toddlers are non the wiser.

This is from Sally's Baking Addiction. From this basic recipe you can add other things you may have in the pantry - nuts, dried fruit, granola topping - go crazy. A cream cheese icing would be rather nice too. Here's another pumpkin recipe and cream cheese icing recipe on Bake Club.

1 3/4 c flour (I us...
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Jaffa cupcakes and orange sauce

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 In : small cakes 

I used up the oranges my friend gave me with these orange chocolate cupcakes. Then I made a orange sauce to have with the cupcakes as a pudding.
The recipe is a variation of the one I made up for these chocolate, cranberry, honey muffins I made for honey week last year.

2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 heaped Tbs cocoa or raw cacao powder
1 c yoghurt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c rice malt syrup or honey
1/4 c oil or melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
3/4 c chocolate drops or chips (optional)


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Orange and lemon shortbread

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, July 27, 2015 In : cookies 

My orange journey continues with some citrus shortbread also from The Cookie Book (Fog City Press, 2001).

1 c flour (I used white spelt)
1/3 c white sugar (yes, white death, to retain the 'whiteness', I used a bit less)
pinch salt
2 tsp orange and/or lemon rind
125g cold butter
1/2 tsp orange or lemon extract

Preheat oven to 165C. In a bowl mix flour, sugar, salt and zest. Cut in the butter and rub in until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Sprinkle with extract. Form into a ball and knead gently and b...
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Orange spice bars

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, July 25, 2015 In : slices 

For some reason I'm not a big fan of oranges and I hardly ever buy them. But when I was given some from a friend's tree I decided to take up an orange challenge. First up, these spicy slice bars from The Cookie Book (Fog City Press, 2001). The flaked almonds didn't really stay on top of the slice. Next time I'd ice the slice after it's cooled down and then put the flakes on. They are warmly spiced orangey biscuit.

1 1/2 c self-rising flour (or use flour and some 1 tsp baking powder)
1/3 c brown...
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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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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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