Berry almond tart

January 1, 2018


I followed the Little Flower Bakery recipe for this brisee dough but it just didn't hold, maybe there was too much butter? Maybe Auckland is just too humid at the moment? Anyway, instead of several small tarts I pressed half the dough into a large tin. I still have half the dough in the fridge, maybe I'll make a savoury quiche with it.

Pastry:
4 1/2 c flour (I used spelt)
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 (342g) butter, cut into 2cm cubes and chilled
1/3 c ice water

Almond cream:
1/2 c (114g) butter, softened
1/2 c ground coconut sugar 
1 c flaked ground almonds
1 egg
pinch salt

Tart filling:
4 c berries
1 egg mixed with 1 tbsp water
1/2 c coconut sugar for sprinkling
1/4 C sliced almonds, toasted

In a food processor mix the flour and salt. Gradually add the butter on slow speed until small lumps form. Gradually add the ice water until the dough comes together. You may not need all the water.
Transfer the dough to floured surface and flatten any butter chunks in the dough. Divide dough into half and flatten. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Make the almond cream: Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add almonds and mix for 2 min. Add egg and mix until combined. Add salt and beat until the cream is well aerated, about 5 min. Store in fridge until ready to use.
Dust your work surface with flour and roll out dough to 5mm thick. Cut out 15cm circles. Place on lined baking trays.
Spread a tbsp of almond cream in the centre of each dough circle, leaving a 2cm border. Arrange berries on top of cream. Fold edges up and over filling. Chill in fridge for 30 mins. If, like me, your pastry is too soft, use half the dough to press into a pie tin. Spread with almond cream and top with berries.
Preheat oven to 175C. Use a pastry brush to apply the egg wash to the tart edge/s. Sprinkle the top with sugar. Bake for around 25-30 min, rotating the tray halfway. Cool on a wire rack and garnish with toasted almonds.
It's a pretty yummy and rich tart, whatever size you make it.
 

Double chocolate zucchini muffins

December 31, 2017

Our 5-year-old runs at the sight of zucchini but she scoffed these muffins - ha gotcha! No one could tell these cakes had vegetables in them, and vegan and gluten free to boot. Adapted from The Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio (Avery, 2016).

1 tbsp ground flaxseed
3 tbsp water
1 c non-dairy milk at room temperature (I used rice)
2 tsp lemon juice
2 c spelt flour
1/2 c cacao powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c coconut oil, melted
2/3 c brown rice sy...

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Banoffee pie

December 26, 2017

I scoured the net and came up with a mix-and-match raw vegan banoffee pie recipe. This is different from my other banoffee pie, which uses cashew cream.

For the base:
1/2 c almonds
1/2 c walnuts
1/3 c desiccated coconut
6 deglet noor dates (use medjool if you have them, I was just saving $)
1 tbsp rice malt syrup
1/2 tsp ground ginger

For the caramel:
10 medjool dates, pitted
1 c coconut cream or milk or other nondairy milk
2 heaped tbsp almond/cashew/peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt

2 banan...


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Coconut milk caramels

December 22, 2017

First attempt at making toffees. Quite a process, but the combo of coconut milk, spices and coconut sugar is rather delicious. This is adapted from Sweet Things by Annie Rigg (Kyle Books, 2013).

400ml coconut milk or cream
10cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
6 cardamom pods, bruised
2 star anise
1 stick cinnamon
150g soft brown sugar
75g golden syrup
50g non-dairy spread or butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
220g coconut sugar
2 tbsp desiccated coconut, toasted
50g dark chocolate, melte...
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Vegan mayo

December 19, 2017

I found this fantastic recipe for mayo using aquafaba on Minimalist Baker. You only need 1/4 c brine from a can of chickpeas but it whips up nicely like the consistency of eggy mayo.

1/4 c aquafaba
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp brown rice syrup or maple syrup
3/4 c vegetable oil (neutral flavour such as rice bran, not olive oil)

Put all ingredients in a bowl except for the oil. Whisk with an electric hand beater unti...
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White chocolate Christmas bars

December 16, 2017

Apparently white chocolate isn't technically traditional chocolate because it doesn't contain chocolate solids, ie cocoa/cacao powder, but homemade white chocolate is next-level goodness! You can use any dried fruit or nuts in this recipe, and pour into any shaped moulds. Pistachios and gojis are perfect for Christmastime.


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Easy chocolate mendiants

December 15, 2017

Last year I made my own chocolate for mendiants. This Christmas I'm doing the cheat's version - just melted Whittaker's chocolate with colourful toppings. I've used pistachios, macadamias, toasted flaked almonds, toasted coconut, gojis, cranberries, blueberries, mango and pretzels. Any dried fruit or nut will do. You can spoon circles of chocolate onto trays lined with baking paper or just spoon into mini muffin tins, and top with your extras.
Super easy gifts to make.
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Cinnamon buns

December 14, 2017

These buns don't require rising time. An easy vegan recipe if you're that way inclined. Adapted from The Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S Nixon (BenBella Books, 2011).

3/4 c non-dairy milk (I used rice)
2 1/2 tsp dried yeast
3 c flour (I used organic spelt)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 c coconut sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c vegetable oil
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp raisin if desired
For drizzling mix together:
3/4 c icing sugar
2 tbsp non-dairy milk

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 20cm round spring-for...
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Chocolate sponge

December 12, 2017

Made with love for our wedding anniversary, 12.12. The keys to a light sponge are: no butter, separate the eggs and 50% cornflour.

3 eggs 
110g sugar (I used powdered coconut sugar)
60g flour (I used organic spelt)
60g cornflour
2 tbsp dutch cocoa
1 tsp baking powder

For the filling:
1 can coconut cream that's been refrigerated for at least 24 hours
1 tsp rice malt syrup
cut strawberries
strawberry jam if desired (I use a sugar-free brand, or make your own chia jam)

Line 2 sponge tins with baking paper a...
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Cinnamon swirl ice cream

December 11, 2017

I usually make coconut cream-based ice cream but this one is made from cashews. Can be made with or without an ice cream maker. It's from Elizabeth Stein's Eating Purely (Skyhorse Publishing, 2015).

1 c raw cashews (soaked for 24 hours, drained and rinsed)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 c non-dairy milk (I used homemade almond)
1/2 c coconut oil
1/4 c rice malt syrup
1/4 c maple syrup
1 c water
pinch sea salt

Cinnamon swirl:
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon

Blend all the ingredients except cinnamon swirl in...
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