Walnut coffee cake

September 17, 2018

W is for walnuts! A healthy and wholesome addition to any cake, such as carrot or courgette or chocolate brownie. But today I've paired it with one of my faves - coffee. It's no. 23 of 26 alphabetical bakes! Make it extra special with coffee icing and candied walnuts. This is adapted from a Julie Le Clerc recipe.

1 c walnuts
125g butter, softened
3/4 c unrefined sugar (I used organic golden, coconut or rapadura also ok)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
1/4 c cold strong espresso coffee
1 1/3 c flour (I used spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp oil (walnut oil preferred but I used rice bran)

Coffee icing:
75g butter, softened
1 1/2 c icing sugar
2 tbsp strong espresso coffee

Candied walnuts:
1 cup walnut halves
3 tbsp brown rice syrup (or maple syrup)
1 tbsp coconut or rapadura sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180C. Spread walnuts on a baking tray and roast for 8-10 min until nicely golden. Remove to cool. Once cooled, finely chop.

Reduce oven to 160C. Grease a 20cm cake tin and lightly dust with flour.

In a large bowl cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in coffee.

Sift in flour and baking powder and stir until combined. Lastly stir in walnuts and oil.

Transfer to your tin and bake for 45 min or until cooked through (use the skewer test). Stand in the cake tin for 30 min to firm before turning out on a wire rack. 

When completely cooled, ice with coffee icing and decorate with candied walnuts.

For the icing, beat all ingredients until smooth.

For the candied walnuts, preheat oven to 180C. Mix all the ingredients together and then spread in a single layer onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 20 min until dry and golden brown.

Remove and leave to cool before storing in an airtight container.


 

Vegan vanilla ice cream

September 11, 2018

V is for vegan vanilla ice cream with vegan chocolate sauce. No. 22 of 26 alphabetical bakes! OK, not technically a 'bake' but a recipe well worth trying.

Ice cream:
2 cans coconut cream or milk
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract or vanilla paste with seeds or seeds from 1 vanilla pod
pinch salt

Chocolate sauce:
1/2 c water 
1/2 c cacao or cocoa powder
2 tbsp cacao butter
pinch sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the ice cream, put all ingredients in a blender and whiz. Churn in an ice cream...


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Mango upside down cake

August 31, 2018

The joy at revealing an upside down cake really is a baker's delight. You can make it with any fruit - I chose mango and coconut for a sunny vibe to offset a cold rainy day. It's no. 21 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

50g melted butter
1/2 c brown sugar
2 cans mango, drained or 2 fresh mangos, sliced
100g melted butter
1/2 c unrefined sugar (I used Ceres organic golden sugar)
3/4 c coconut milk or cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1 14 tsp baking powder
1/4 c...


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Vegan tiramisu

August 26, 2018

My rustic vegan tiramisu was inspired by itdoesn'ttastelikechicken.com. Great name, great recipe! It's no. 20 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Sponge cake:

1 3/4 flour (I used spelt)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c unrefined sugar
1/4 c brown rice syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
100ml vegetable oil
150ml cold filtered water

Espresso syrup:

4 shots espresso coffee
2 tbsp liqueur of choice
water

Cream:

1 c cashews, soaked overnight or for at least 30 min in boiling water
1/2 c non-dairy milk
3 tbsp liquid natural...


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Vegan salted caramel chocolates

August 13, 2018

S is for salted caramels - no. 19 of 26 alphabetical bakes! I was pretty pleased with how these turned out. You CAN make caramels without cream, and I used unrefined sugars too. 

Makes 36-40 

400ml can coconut milk or cream
1/2 c rice syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 3/4 c coconut sugar (or rapadura)
3/4 c water
450g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa, dairy free)
digital sugar thermometer

Line a 20cm x 20cm square tin with baking paper.

In a small saucepan heat the coconut cream, r...


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Vegan rainbow cupcakes

August 12, 2018

After making the indulgent rainbow cake with cream cheese icing for our daughter's 6th birthday I wanted to see if I could make a healthier version. It may take a bit of time colouring 6 bowls of batter and layering them in the patty tins but the result is worth it - and makes the lunchbox extra special!

Makes 12 cupcakes
1 cup milk (I used rice)
1 tbsp lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
1/3 c olive oil
1 cup natural sweetener (I used rice syrup with a little bit of date syrup)
2 c flour (I used a...


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Rainbow cake

August 11, 2018

R is for rainbow cake! A successful attempt at a birthday cake for a 6-year-old thanks to Kerry Cooks.

Gel colours definitely make your life easier. They are a little more expensive than liquid food colouring but they will last a long time. Just squeeze the amount you need onto a teaspoon and mix into your batter - no colour anywhere else.

This is no. 18 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

For the cake:
350 soft butter
350g sugar (I used caster)
6 eggs
350g flour (I used spelt, Kerry specifies self...


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Quinoa carrot breakfast cookies

August 2, 2018


Cooking 1 cup of quinoa 'seeds' yields a lot of quinoa! Enough to make 2 different batches of sweet cookies. These full-o-goodness chunky breakfast cookies are adapted from Healthful Pursuit. It's a bonus bake in my list of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Makes 18 cookies
1 1/2 c cooked quinoa
1 c flour (I used oat)
1/2 c ground flaxseed
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch salt
1/2 c liquid natural sweetener (I used rice syrup and a bit of date syrup. Maple syrup is also g...


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Quinoa cookies

August 2, 2018

Quinoa is actually a seed not a grain but that doesn't matter - it is a highly nutritious food with double the protein of rice and barley, plus calcium, manganese, magnesium, B vitamins and fibre. I've never used quinoa in sweet recipes before so I tried quinoa cookies 2 ways.
It's no.17 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Makes 24 small cookies
1 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 c desiccated coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
4 egg whites at room temperature (make some custard or lemon curd with t...


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Palmiers

July 24, 2018

Palmiers are super easy with store-bought puff pastry sheets. Get the better quality butter pastry - you'll taste the difference. I made a savoury version with parmesan and sweet with brown and caster sugars. This is a bonus 'P' recipe in my list of alphabetical bakes!

2 sheets puff pastry (made with butter)
1 c grated parmesan
1/2 c brown or coconut sugar
caster sugar to sprinkle

Defrost the puff pastry but keep it on the plastic sheet it comes on. Sprinkle liberally with grated parmesan cheese. ...
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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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