Fruit and nut chocolate rocks

January 15, 2021


Aren't these cute?! These edible rocks will be a hit in your household or next party. Super easy to make with kids too. It's from Bakeland: Nordic Treats Inspired by Nature by Marit Hovland (Greystone Books. 2016).


2 Oreo cookies

200g white chocolate

90ml sweetened condensed milk

pinch salt

1/8 tsp cocoa powder


Filling:

1/2 c any salted nuts (I used brazils, almonds and cashews)

1/4 c any dried fruit (I used cranberries and apricots)


Remove the white filling from the Oreo cookies then place them in a plastic bag and crush  with a rolling pin into crumbs.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and condensed milk until smooth. Remove from heat then stir in half the cookie crumbs.

Divide chocolate mixture into 3 bowls. Leave one as is. Mix the rest of the crumbs into the second bowl. In the third bowl stir in the cocoa powder. Cover the bowls and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Line a tray or board with baking paper. Scoop out a small piece of one of the chocolate mixtures and flatten it. Place a dried fruit or nut in the centre and shape with your fingers to make a rock. Leave on the baking paper to harden for a few hours at room temperature. Repeat until you have no chocolate left! Store in an airtight container.


 

Cinnamon cookies

December 7, 2020

Scandinavians love to make these cookies at Christmas time but they will go down well any time of year.

375g flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest
125g brown sugar
250 cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg, beaten

Topping: 
Mix 2 tsp cinnamon and 50g demerara or granulated sugar in a small bowl
1 egg, beaten

Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Mix in zest and sugar then rub in butter until dough resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Mix in egg and knead on a floured surface for a couple...
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Baked cheesecake

November 25, 2020

I’ve been googling recipes that use lemon curd, since I made a huge jar of it (sugar free). I thought a cheesecake would taste nice slathered in curd – and it did!

Base:

2 c crushed biscuits (eg digestives, malt, gingernuts, bran)

3 tbsp melted butter

pinch salt

Filling:

500g cream cheese

1 c granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch salt

2 eggs, separated

1 tbsp sugar

1-2 c lemon curd

Preheat oven to 165C. Line a 20cm springform cake tin and grease the sides. Wrap the bottom and sides of the tin i...


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Afghan biscuits aka chocolate roughs

November 12, 2020


The etymology of these classic New Zealand cookies may be considered controversial in these modern times, so much so that Griffins renamed them 'roughs' in their packaging. Either way, they're still a yummy chocolate biscuit with added crunch from cornflakes. I added cocoa rice puffs too. I made a double batch for World Kindness Day to give to our daughter's teachers and classmates. In lieu of the traditional chocolate icing and walnut topping I opted for chocolate ganache and a single silver...


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Lemon curd bundt cake

November 12, 2020

Coconut sugar gives this cake its dark caramel colour but it has a lemon zing from my homemade sugar-free lemon curd. Recipe is here.

2 3/4 c flour (I used a mix of white and wholemeal spelt. You can use gluten-free flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 c granulated sugar (I used ground coconut sugar)
85 g butter or non-dairy spread
1/3 c neutral oil (I used rice bran)
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 generous cup lemon curd
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 cup milk of choice or butt...
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Date & walnut loaf

November 3, 2020

This is a classic English teabread, a firm cake full of flavour. Perfect with a cuppa, naturally. It's from the UK National Trust's Cakes: Bakes & Biscuits (2016). It's a lovely book of traditional British recipes such as Bakewell tarts, Cornish splits, Bath buns and curd tarts. Spiced date and walnut loaf comes from Cornwall dating back to the 17th century when spices from the Orient came into Cornish ports. It is very satisfying buttering a thick slice of spiced cake bursting with dates and...
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Ginger citrus shortbread

November 2, 2020

If you need to, any recipe can be made dairy and gluten free. In this case, it's easy shortbread that can be done in the food processor, adapted from Bluebells Cakery (Random House, 2013) by Karla Goodwin.

2 1/3 c + 1 tbsp flour (I used a GF mix)
1/3 c cornflour
250g butter or non-dairy spread (I used Olivani)
1/2 c + 1 tbsp caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
2/3 g crystallised ginger, finely chopped
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 orange

Sift flours together in a large bowl or food processor. Rub in ...
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Ghost vanilla biscuits

November 2, 2020

I refuse to buy sweets for trick or treaters on Halloween night so I make something instead. This year was ghost biscuits from a very simple recipe from Marian Keyes' Saved by Cake (Penguin, 2012).

200g butter or non-dairy spread
200g caster sugar (or any fine granulated sugar)
2 tsp vanilla paste or extract or 1 vanilla pod
1 egg
400g flour of choice

Icing:
300g icing sugar
lemon juice 

giant black cachous

In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and egg...
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Brown butter banana cake with brown butter cream cheese icing

October 24, 2020
 
I've always wanted to give brown butter a go, considering all the cheffy types love the flavour and believe it adds so much to sweet or savoury food. So I used it in this cake and frosting - rather excessive I thought but it makes an impressive cake! It's from Jill O'Connor's Cake, I Love You (Chronicle Books, 2017). The beurre noisette brings an extra depth of caramelness to the banana.

330g unsalted butter
3 c flour (I used spelt)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
4 eggs at ro...
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Gingerbread loaf

October 19, 2020

Do you ever get a craving for a thick slice of gingerbread slathered with butter? Oh, it must be just me! If you want a quick recipe, just chuck all these ingredients in a food processor and let electricity do all the work.

2 c flour (I used wholemeal)
3/4 c coconut sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg or allspice
1 c buttermilk or yoghurt (mixed with a little water if it's very thick)
1/2 c molasses
115g butter or coconut oil, melted
2 eggs
2 tsp ...
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EST. 2010

Frances Chan loves to bake. She's also a freelance editor and has written a couple of children's books. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.


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