Browsing Archive: October, 2017

Vegan marshmallows

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, October 30, 2017, In : sweets 

Another experiment with aquafaba. Turned out well, although they became quite sticky after a day, need to dry them out at room temperature for longer. Quite satisfying making your own marshmallows without gelatin. You'll need a kitchen thermometer. This is adapted from Seitan Is My Motor.

For dusting:
1/2 c cornflour
1/2 c icing sugar

1/2 c toasted desiccated coconut

For the marshmallows:
1/2 c  water plus 1/4 c water
2 tsp agar powder
3/4 c sugar
1/3 c glucose syrup
1/2 c aquafaba (brine from can of c...
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Healthy Halloween snacks

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 29, 2017, In : sweets 

So easy to make these cute Halloween snacks for kids. Pumpkin mandarins with a bit of celery as the stalk (or use cucumber), boonanas or ghost bananas with chocolate drop eyes and pretzel broomsticks with sliced cheese brooms (held together by a string of spring onion or chive)
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Chocolate thins

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, October 27, 2017, In : cookies 

If you make anything heart-shaped with icing it's a guaranteed winner with the kids. This is a very basic but easy chocolate biscuit. The key is to chill the dough and roll out to an even 3mm thickness.

125 g chilled butter or non-dairy spread (I used Olivani this time and it worked well)
2/3 c coconut/brown/rapadura sugar (I used organic golden sugar that I put in a spice grinder first)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/4 c cornflour
1/2 c cacao or cocoa powder
1 1/2 c flour

Cream t...


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Ghost pretzels from scratch

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, October 27, 2017, In : bread 

Last year for Halloween I painstakingly chocolate-dipped about 50 tiny pretzel sticks and added chocolate chips for eyes and a mouth. They sure didn't last long at the kindergarten's Halloween party. This year I decided to make my own thick pretzel rods so they'd be much quicker to coat with chocolate. It's quite a process making your own pretzels; like bagels, you poach them before baking, but in a special solution. The result is a flavoursome crunchy stick. It's adapted from Serious Eats.

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Chocolate and strawberry chia jam cups

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, In : sweets 

It's great to make your own chocolate and jam as you can control the sweetness and get your kids to get used to less sugary foods. Grown-ups will like these too, of course!

Make the jam first by blitzing in a blender 1 c strawberries or other berries, 2 tbsp water, 2 tbsp brown rice syrup and 2 tbsp chia seeds. Transfer to a small bowl and heat over medium heat until mixture starts to bubble. Cook for 3-5 minutes, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and c...


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Raspberry rose macarons

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 22, 2017, In : small cakes 

This is adapted from Crazy Vegan Kitchen, I've cut down on the sugar a bit. My first time making macarons with aquafaba. I know they're not perfect, they don't have macaron 'feet' and they're not completely smooth on top (I ground up almonds with the skins on), but they're good enough for me and they taste delicious. Our 5-year-old proclaimed it the best thing I've ever made!
Macarons take an age to make, you need to start the night before. It's a real process, and it makes you understand why ...
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Healthy Shrewsbury biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 19, 2017, In : cookies 

Shrewsburys, also known as Jammie Dodgers in England, are two shortbread-style biscuits with jam in the middle. I found this healthy version from Niomi Smart's Eat Smart (HarperCollins, 2016). The biscuits are not too sweet, however, they don't have a super crunch, as they use a liquid sweetener, not sugar. I would make these again a little thinner and maybe add some coconut sugar for crunch.
Makes 25
1 1/2 c ground almonds
2 c buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinna...
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Coconut almond macaroons

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 15, 2017, In : cookies 

Whenever I make hummus with canned chickpeas it's an excuse to make something with the aquafaba as well. It's a perfect vegan alternative to egg whites. I've been experimenting to make macaroons with the least amount of ingredients possible.

Makes about 16
1/2 c aquafaba
1 tsp cream or tartar or 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1 1/2 c desiccated coconut
1 1/2 c ground almonds
150g dark/bittersweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Simmer the aquafaba in a...
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Gingerbread with coconut icing

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 15, 2017, In : big cakes 

This is adapted from Emma Galloway's recipe from My Darling Lemon Thyme and her book A Year in My Real Food Kitchen. My coconut icing didn't work out as nice and white and smooth as hers, even after aaaaages whizzing the coconut in the blender. Well, I tried, and it's edible although probably not Instagram-worthy!
Emma likes to add crystallised ginger but I prefer a smooth gingery cake. My cakes tend to crack so I've baked it at a lower temperature and placed it in the lower third of the oven....
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Healthy caramels

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 12, 2017, In : sweets 

Mmmmmm - make your own caramels for a guilt-free sweet treat.

Makes 14-16
1 cup pitted dates (medjools are superior but you can use deglet noors too)
1 tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew work well)
1 tbsp coconut oil
pinch sea salt
For coating:
150 g unsweetened dark/bittersweet chocolate
or 1/2 c cocoa butter, 1/2 c cacao powder, 1/4 c rice syrup

Line a small tray or plate that you can fit in your freezer with baking paper.
If you are going raw, soak the dates in a bowl with a little bit of wa...
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Chocolate biscotti

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, In : cookies 

Our 5-year-old had some fancy biscotti at a cafe this week and asked me to make some. Always up for a baking challenge, I duly produced these. Easy to overbake biscotti, so keep an eye on it.

Makes 12-14 sticks
1/2 c spelt flour
1/2 c buckwheat flour
1/3 c coconut sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For dipping: 50g chocolate, 50g white chocolate

Preheat oven to 190C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
In a bowl mix the flours, sugar, cocoa, bakin...
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Frances Chan is a freelance editor/proofreader who has written a couple of children's books and writes for Weekend Notes. She also loves to bake. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.


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