Browsing Archive: November, 2017

Hazelnut chocolate fudge bars

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, November 30, 2017, In : sweets 

Why are hazelnuts so expensive? I love these lil' nuts but I only buy them for special occasion bakes. Or nonbakes as the case may be. These fudgy bars start melting as soon as they're out of the freezer but I'm gonna attempt to take some on a flight to Wellington tomorrow for our vegan friends - wish me luck!
This recipe is adapted from Vladia Cobrdova's A Whole New Way to Eat (Murdoch Books, 2017). She adds fresh ginger to hers, caramelised with honey. I did a cheat's version and just used o...
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Chocolate marmalade cake

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, In : big cakes 

Another one from Scandilicious Baking (Saltyard Books, 2012) by Signe Johansen. The chocolatey jaffa flavour is rather yummy!

200g spelt flour
50g ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
250ml brown rice syrup
2 tbsp yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
50g cocoa powder
2 tbsp espresso coffee
200g orange marmalade
juice and zest of 1 large orange
100g butter, melted
75 g dark chocolate, chopped (orange-flavoured if desired)

Preheat the oven to 180C. L...


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Caramel almond-topped sponge

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, In : big cakes 



In Signe Johansen's Scandilicious Baking (Saltyard Books, 2012) she calls this toscakaka, It's one of Scandinavia's most beloved cakes, possibly named after Puccini's Tosca or the almond cakes found in Tuscany. It's a flattish sponge but given an extra special caramelised almond topping - tu meke!

Sponge
3 eggs
150g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
150g flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
75g butter, melted
75ml buttermilk or yoghurt (or milk soured with 1/2 tsp lemon juice or acv)

Praline
125g but...


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Plaited loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 17, 2017, In : bread 

The crust came out a little dark, oops, but the inside is nice and fluffly. The last sweet buns I made needed kneading but not this recipe, so I wanted to compare the results.

250ml milk (I used rice)
50g butter or non-dairy spread
2 heaped tsp honey
500g spelt flour
2 tsp sea salt
12g dried yeast
1 egg, beaten

Scald the milk by heating it in a small saucepan with the butter and honey. Allow to cool so it is just warm.
Sift the flour and salt in a large bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Make a well in t...
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Marmalade cake

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, November 11, 2017, In : big cakes 

We received some lovely grapefruit marmalade so I decided to use some in a cake. A quick recipe that doesn't involve creaming and it turned out moist and tangy.
225g flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
115g butter (I used Olivani this time)
85 g sugar (I used brown)
1 tsp orange rind
2 eggs, beaten
3 heaped tbsp marmalade
2 tbsp milk (I used rice)

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Rub in butter till it resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in sug...
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Sweet buns

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, In : bread 

This is from Gino D'Acampo - pizzicotti rolls from his hometown Torre del greco. It's like a brioche bun, fluffy and buttery. This baked in 20 min but I should have checked it before, as it's gone a little brown. I was too engrossed decluttering upstairs...

450g flour
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp caster sugar
10g dried yeast
150g melted butter, plus more for brushing
120ml milk, warm
3 medium eggs, slightly beaten

1. Mix flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Pour in butter and milk and mix together. Cover ...


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Double chocolate chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, November 6, 2017, In : cookies 

160g butter or non-dairy spread (I used Olivani)
3/4 c coconut sugar or brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c oats, ground in a coffee grinder to make flour
2 c buckwheat flour
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 c dark chocolate chips or 150g dark chocolate cut into chunks

Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in egg. Then mix in flours and dry ingredients. Lastly mix in the chocolate chips.

Wrap dough in cling film and chill in freezer for half...


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Trio of bliss balls - chocolate, strawberry, cookie dough

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 3, 2017, In : sweets 

It all started with our daughter wanting chocolate chip cookies. I decided to make healthy chocolate chip cookie bliss balls and found this easy recipe from Wholefood Simply. Then I decided to make my own recipes using different sweeteners, flavours and flours, but all still raw, whole, organic, sugar and gluten free.

Makes about 24
2 c rolled oats
1/3 c tahini
2 tbsp honey or rice syrup
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
1/3 c dark chocolate chips
Blitz the oats in a ...
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