Apple Crumble Tea Cake

March 16, 2021


What's better than apple crumble? Apple crumble cake! This is a comforting recipe from Julie Le Clerc's Favourite Cakes (Penguin, 2011). It's a one-pot wonder too.


125g butter

1 c soft brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

2 apples, grated with skin on

1 c raisins

1 c milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 c rolled oats

1 1/2 c flour (I used white and wholemeal spelt)

3 tsp baking powder

icing sugar, to dust


Crumble:

100g butter, cubed

1 c flour

1/2 c sugar

1 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 180C. Line a brownie tin with baking paper, 17 x 27cm approx., leaving an overhang of paper on all sides.

In a large saucepan slowly bring to the boil the butter, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, apples, raisins and milk, stirring frequently until butter and sugar dissolve. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Make crumble topping by rubbing butter into flour in a bowl. Stir in sugar and cinammon.

Beat in eggs and vanilla into your apple mixture. Add oats and sift in flour and baking powder and stir till combined. Transfer to your tin.

Bake for about 40 minutes until cooked through. Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Cherry choc cookies

March 11, 2021

I made up this recipe to use some glacē cherries that had been at the back of the fridge for too long. Almonds match well with cherries, as does chocolate.


Makes 12 big cookies

1tbsp ground flaxseed

2 1/2 tbsp water

150g butter, at room temperature

3/4 c coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 c flour (I used spelt)

1 tsp baking powder.

1/2 c glace cherries

1/2 c chopped almonds

1/2 c dark chocolate chunks/melts/buttons


Mix flaxseed and water together in a cup.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar un...


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Chocolate cinnamon tree cookies

March 9, 2021

These lovely bites are upmarket versions of cinnamon swirls. Making the dough as thin as possible before rolling will give youThis recipe is from Bakeland: Nordic Treats Inspired by Nature by Marit Hovland (Greystone Books, 2018). She makes stunning cookies and cakes that look like flowers, snowflakes, etc, and these chocolate rocks, which truly rock.


Makes about 44

Filling:

75g butter, at room temperature

1/3 c sugar

3 tbsp cinnamon


Dough:

3 c (375g) flour

3 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp salt

225g butte...


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Summer fruit yoghurt cake

March 6, 2021

This is a simple but lovely vanilla yoghurty batter that can be made as a slab cake or round cake. Use whatever fruit you have available - even drained tinned fruit will work.


2 c flour (I used spelt)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 c plain yoghurt

1/2 c milk of choice

110g butter, at room temperature

1 c sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 eggs, at room temperature

about 500g fruit chopped into small pieces (I used 2 nectarines and 2 peaches, you can use apricots, plums, halved strawb...


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Healthy caramel slice

March 3, 2021

Here's a lockdown baking experiment - i wanted to make a healthy caramel slice. This recipe fits a loaf tin but you could double it to fit a 20 x 20 cm square tin.


Makes about 10 slices

Base:

1 c almond meal or flour

2 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar

2-3 tbsp coconut oil, melted or softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch sea salt


Caramel:

1 c dates, soaked overnight then drained

1 tbsp cashew butter (or any smooth nut butter)

pinch sea salt


Topping:

1/2 c cacao butter

2-3 tbsp maple syrup (or honey or rice syrup)

1/2 c...


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Passionfruit coconut slice

February 18, 2021

Is it a cake or is it a slice? It reminds me of a Louise cake/slice with a meringue-esque topping, but with a passionfruit tang.


Base:

120 g desiccated coconut 

100 g ground almonds

80 g flour of choice

4 Tbsp caster sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

½ cup passionfruit pulp (about 5 or 6 fruit), plus extra to drizzle 

1/3 c milk of choice

1 tsp vanilla extract


Topping:

2 egg whites

1/4 cup caster sugar

80 g desiccated coconut

50 g ground almonds

juice of 2 or 3 passionfruit (...


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Passionfruit & white chocolate lamingtons

February 12, 2021


What a joy when passionfruit are back in season. Even better when a family friend gives you a huge bag to scoff. Nothing beats it scooped straight out of the shell but I decided to flavour a sponge with these little beauties.

1 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 c desiccated coconut

1/2 c sour cream or yoghurt

1/2 c passionfruit pulp
125g butter, softened

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract


Ganache coating:
500g icing sugar

3/4 c milk of choice (I used coconut)

200g white chocolate, chopped

juice f...


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Cheese scones

February 8, 2021


The key to scones is to have the butter cold and not to overmix the dough, so have all your ingredients ready and your oven hot. 

Makes 10-12

1 3/4 c flour 
1 tbsp b soda
1/2 tsp salt 
100g cold butter, cut into small cubes or grated
1/2 c grated cheese
1/2 c yoghurt
2 tsp honey

Topping
1/4 c chopped parsley
2 cloves chopped garlic 
2 tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 220C. Grease and flour a baking tray. 
Make the topping first by mixing all the ingredients together in a small bowl. 
In a large bowl sift ...

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Red wine chocolate ganache cake

February 5, 2021

When we were gifted a bottle of red wine, I managed to sip a thimbleful and my husband had half a glass. What to do next? Use it in cooking, of course. In the last week I've poured a few swigs into lentil casseroles, bean stews, tomato sauce, macerated peaches (my favourite) and this rich chocolate ganache cake.

1 1/4 c flour (I used wholemeal spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 c cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
115g melted butter or non-dairy spread or coconut oil
1 c granulated sugar (I used coconut)
1 egg
1 ...
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Milk chocolate truffles

January 31, 2021


These take a bit of faffing about but they're worth it for a posh little treat.

Makes 30-40
300g milk chocolate, broken into pieces
1/2 c cream (I used coconut cream)
2 tsp honey
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
170g flaked almonds (or use half almonds, half desiccated coconut)
300g milk chocolate, broken into pieces

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place chocolate into a bowl. In a small saucepan heat the cream, honey and vanilla bean seeds until just boiling. Pour over the ch...

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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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