Lemon meringue pie with olive oil crust

June 15, 2022

This one is dairy free and refined sugar free. Doesn't stop you serving it with whipped cream if you want though!


Pastry

2 c flour

pinch salt

1/3 c + 1 Tbsp / 100 ml olive oil

1/3 c + 1 Tbsp / 100 ml warm water


Curd:

5 egg yolks

2 whole eggs

1 c lemon juice

1/2 c honey

4 tsp cornflour or arrowroot powder mixed with a little water to make a paste


Meringue:

5 egg whites

2 Tbsp honey or granulated sugar

lemon zest to garnish, optional


Preheat oven to 190C. Line a 20 cm pie tin with baking paper and grease the sides.

Mix all the pastry ingredients together in a large bowl until a dough forms. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.

Tip out onto a floured surface and roll into a circle big enough to line the bottom and sides of your tin.

Transfer into your tin, ensuring even thickness all round. Prick the base all over with a fork. Cover with baking paper and hold down with dried beans or baking beads.

Blind bake the tart shell for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in the tin. Reduce temperature to 150C.

Meanwhile mix the egg yolks and 2 whole eggs in a small bowl.

In a pot melt the honey over a low heat and stir in lemon juice. Take off the heat and beat in eggs and cornflour paste.

Return to the heat and keep stirring until thick and glossy.

Pour into cooled tart shell and leave to cool.

In a large bowl whisk the egg whites until soft peaks. Whisk in sweetener and continue beating until thick and glossy. Spread all over your pie or transfer to a piping bag and pipe rosettes on top.

Bake for about 10 min until meringue is lightly golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before slicing.

 

Lemon olive oil poppy seed cake

June 10, 2022


A light and fluffy cake with added nutrition from a melange of seeds. I used poppy, black sesame and black chia but you can use whatever you have to hand. Thanks to Whole and Heavenly for the inspiration.


3 eggs

1 Tbsp lemon zest

1/4 c lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 c granulated sugar

1 c extra virgin olive oil

1/2 milk

2 c flour (I used spelt)

1 Tbsp cornflour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 Tbsp black seeds (poppy, sesame, chia)


Drizzle:

1/2 c icing sugar

lemon juice

lemon zest...


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Mini meringue pretzels

June 1, 2022

These are cute little tings made with the leftover egg white in this Genoise sponge.


30-40 mini pretzels (I used gluten free)

1 egg white

1/8 tsp cream of tartar

pinch salt

1/4 c fine granulated sugar

2 food gel colours


Preheat oven to 90C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and place pretzels on top.

Fit a piping bag with a flower nozzle or plain nozzle. Use food gel colours to make alternate stripes on the inside of the bag.

In a medium bowl whisk the egg white, cream of tartar and salt until fir...


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Genoise sponge with strawberry buttercream

May 29, 2022

This was our 10-year-old's cake for her birthday party. Not content with just buttercream, she asked for a fondant wrap as well. Only for special occasions.

This is my second time making a Genoise. The single layer souffle cheesecake is here. So many eggs in this double layer! To use up the extra egg white I made mini meringue pretzels too.


6 eggs

1 egg yolk

3/4 c fine granulated sugar

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 c flour

1 Tbsp cornflour

4 Tbsp / 57 g melted butter

2 tsp vanilla extract (or a mix of vanilla and ...


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Red velvet cake with cream cheese icing

May 25, 2022


Our daughter requested this for her 10th birthday family dinner. Red velvet cake is subtly flavoured with cocoa powder. I'm not too enamoured with the flavour myself, but I do love a bit of cream cheese icing.


3 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp salt

115 g softened butter

2 c sugar

1 c vegetable oil

4 eggs, separated

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 tsp white vinegar

1-2 tsp red food colouring gel

1 c buttermilk (or milk mixed with yoghurt)


Icing:

450 g cream cheese, softened

170 g butter, sof...


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Viennese hearts

May 20, 2022

I don't have great piping skills so I tend to avoid doing it. But I made an effort with these biscuits and they turned out alright. Icing and sprinkles will cover all manner of sins. I made mine gluten free and vegan.


Makes 10-15

125 g butter or dairy-free spread, softened

125 g / 1 c flour (if using gluten-free , add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)

40 g / 1/4 c icing sugar

25 g ground almonds

25 g cornflour

1 tsp vanilla extract, or lemon zest if doing lemon version

1-2 tsp milk


Icing:

1/2 c icing sugar

few Tbsp ...


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Souffle cheesecake with Genoise sponge

May 17, 2022


Now this is a fancy recipe with multiple stages by Rie in The Happy Home Baker (Marshall Cavendish, 2019). First you have to make a Genoise sponge, which was a first for me, then you bake the cheesecake on top in a bain marie. It uses 8 eggs so it really is a special occasion cake/dessert. Whoever you share it with will be mightily impressed.


Genoise sponge:

4 eggs

140 g granulated sugar

130 g flour

4 tsp milk

8 tsp oil

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 20 cm tin with baking paper....


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Vegemite/Marmite brownies

May 13, 2022

Are you a Vegemite or Marmite person (or Promite, Our Mate or Bovril)? Or do you detest yeast extract in any shape or form? I go for Vegemite as it has only 2.2 g of sugar per 100g and Marmite has 11.2 g. It is a nutritious spread and adds flavour to brownies. You don't actually taste it, but the depth of flavour is there, and makes for a fudgy, gooey delight.


200 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

150 g unsalted butter or dairy-free spread

1 Tbsp Vegemite or Marmite or yeast extract

3 eggs

1 c gra...


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Borek

May 7, 2022


Borek is a Turkish bread stuffed with savoury yumminess. I used spinach and cheese but you can experiment with any flavours you like - curried potato or pumpkin, spicy chickpeas... They also make borek using filo or puff pastry.

Dough:

300 g flour

2 tsp dried yeast

1 tsp sugar

30 ml olive oil

125 ml warm milk

125 ml warm water


Filling:

100 g spinach leaves (or kale, silverbeet)

boiling water

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

200 g grated cheese of choice (choose one or a mix of tasty, ...


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Chocolate cake

May 4, 2022

I do love an easy chocolate cake that you don't need eggs for. Benjamina Ebuehi's recipe from A Good Day to Bake (Hardie Grant, 2022) is vegan and you can make it gluten-free and refined sugar-free too. I added swirls of jam or you could go to town with peanut butter, nuts or dried fruit.


1/2 tsp espresso powder

1 c hot water

1 1/2 c flour of choice

1 c granulated sugar of choice

1/3 c cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c neutral vegetable oil

1 Tbsp vinegar


Preheat ...


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