Chocolate cornflake slice

October 15, 2019

A super easy slice to rustle up in less than 30 minutes.

1 c flour of choice (I used spelt)
1 c cornflakes
1 c desiccated coconut
2 tbsp cocoa
3/4 c sugar of choice (brown or coconut are good)
150g butter or non-dairy spread, melted

Icing:
1 c icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa 
2-3 tbsp milk of choice
sprinkles

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a brownie tin with baking paper, leaving overhang on the sides.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Press evenly into tin and bake for about 25 min until cooked through and you can see it's browned on the edges.
Remove and place on a wire rack to cool in the tin.
Mix all the icing ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth. You can ice the slice while still warm then sprinkle hundreds and thousands on top.
You could make this slice with wheetbix or activated buckwheat to provide the crunch.



 

Apple cheese caraway scones

October 13, 2019


This is an intriguing recipe by Malika Ameen from Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice (Roost Books, 2016). After reading the ingredients I really wanted taste these flavours together. It's mostly a savoury bite but with a sugary crust. I bought dried apples specially but I think chunks of fresh apple would be fine too.

1 1/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 c oat flour (I ground oats in a coffee grinder)
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 1 /2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
115g cold butter, cut into 1cm...

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Golden semolina friands

October 10, 2019

These yummy and sunny little bites are made with some unusual ingredients. I'm really enjoying exploring the flavours in Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice by Malika Ameen (Roost Boos, 2015). She mixes and matches all sorts of exotic spices in her recipes.

Makes 12 friands or 24 minis
2 tbsp cold tahini
3/4 c granulated sugar
2 tsp black sesame seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
115g butter
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 c fine semolina
1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c milk
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c golden...


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Kardemummakaka (cardamom cake)

October 9, 2019


Swedes love cardamom in their baking and this recipe is a typical fika treat. You can use whole cardamom seeds that have been crushed if you don't mind little crunchy bits in your cake, or ground cardamom if you prefer a smooth sponge.

150g butter
3 egg yolks, room temperature
1/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c flour
4 tsp crushed cardamom seeds or 2 tsp ground cardamom
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
3 egg whites
3/4 c natural cane sugar

Extras if desired:
2 tbsp jam
whipped cream


Preheat oben to 175C. Grease and f...
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Chocolate banana muffins with streusel

September 19, 2019

Elevate your muffins with a salty nutty topping! You can make the streusel ahead of time and keep in the fridge until needed. This recipe is adapted from Sweet Sugar Sultry Spice by Malika Ameen (Roost Books, 2016).

Makes 18 muffins
For streusel:
2 tbsp sesame seeds (I prefer unhulled)
3/4 flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
6 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 c roasted nuts of choice (I used cashews as they were on hand but macadamias or pecans would be excellent)

For batter:
1 3/4 c flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp ...
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Lemon coconut cookies

September 19, 2019


This recipe called these biscuits 'washboards', which I love, but you can shape the dough into circles too. You can replace the lemon with lime or orange. All citrus flavours go well with coconut.

Makes 32
2 tbsp non-dairy milk
1 tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c coconut oil, room temperature
1 c unrefined sugar
1 egg or flax egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c desiccated coconut
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 c flour (I used spelt)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat o...


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Hasselnötskaka (hazelnut coffee cake)

September 5, 2019

This is such a simple beautiful cake, made special with ground hazelnuts and a hint of coffee. It's classic Swedish fika fare.

150g butter
1/2 c hazelnuts, toasted and ground
3 egg yolks
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c flour
3 tbsp cold espresso coffee
pinch salt
3 egg whites
2/3 c cane sugar

Preheat oven to 175C. Line a 23 cm round tin with baking paper.
Melt butter in a saucepan and set aside to cool. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and brown sugar until pale and frothy. Pour in the cooled butter and mix. Sift...
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Kärleksmums (Swedish chocolate squares)

August 30, 2019


These Swedish chocolate cakes translate to "love yums" - a quick non-creaming cake that's elevated with a ganache topping with a hint of coffee.

150 g butter or non-dairy spread
2 c flour
4 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 c unrefined sugar
3/4 c milk of choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Ganache:
1/2 c cream or coconut cream
3 tbsp cold coffee
115g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa, in small pieces
2 tbsp butter or non-dairy spread
Topping:
1/2 c shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a b...

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Hastbullar (Swedish scones)

August 27, 2019

Swedish hastbullar ("quick buns") are like fancy scones. You can make them without paper cases, but the Swedish like to present their fika nicely.

Makes 12
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cardamom seeds, crushed (or used ground cardamom)
1/2 c unrefined sugar
100g cold butter, cubed
1/2 c chopped dried fruit (I used apricots, they used figs, anything works well)
1 egg
3/4 c milk

For the topping:
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts) or demerara/raw/turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 220C. L...
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Havreflarn (oat thins)

August 25, 2019

Here's a healthy twist on a classic Swedish havreflarn (thin oat biscuits). I've used banana instead of sugar and added toppings for variety. Sometimes chocolate is sandwiched in between 2 biscuits; I've just spread one side with chocolate, like a chocolate digestive.

Makes around 20
2 c rolled oats
2 bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted (optional)
toppings if desired: threaded coconut, black sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds
125g dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 175...
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