Browsing Archive: April, 2019

Lime and poppy seed drizzle cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, In : big cakes 

I was lucky to receive a bag of limes so I put them to good use in this tangy cake. Of course you can use lemons or oranges instead. You can make the cake with or without the syrup and with or without the icing, or just by itself - all options work just fine!

Wet ingredients:
200ml non-dairy milk (I used rice)
1/4 c coconut oil, melted
1/2 c natural sweetener (I used maple and rice syrup)
4 tbsp lime juice, about 1/4 c
2 tbsp lime zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt

Dry ingredients:
1 1/4 c...

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Hazelnut thins

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 28, 2019, In : cookies 

This is a sophisticated biscuit for grown-ups. The thins are lovely as they are but you can take it to the next level by sandwiching them with a hazelnut chocolate ganache! This is from Biscuit by Miranda Gore Browne (Ebury Press, 2012).

Makes 32 singles or 16 sandwich cookies
110g butter or non-dairy spread, softened
55g soft brown sugar
170g flour (I used wholemeal and white spelt)
120g hazelnuts, toasted and ground

Chocolate hazelnut ganache
150ml coconut cream
150g dark chocolate, broken into pie...
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Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 25, 2019, In : bread 

I never knew crumpets were so easy! Allow an hour or so for proving and they do take a few minutes to cook, so set a timer and go and do something else while the bubbles rise.

Makes 8-10
2 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 c non-dairy milk
1/2 c water
1 3/4 c flour (I used a mix of white and wholemeal spelt)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 c lukewarm water

9 or 10cm egg/crumpet rings

Heat milk and water in a cup until lukewarm. Add yeast and sugar and mix. Leave for 10 minutes until frothy....

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Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, In : bread 

My first attempt at a 6-braided challah loaf turned out so well! It was soft and sweet and had an excellent crumb. Thanks to TheKitchn for the inspiration.

1 c lukewarm water or non-dairy milk
2 tsp dried yeast
pinch sugar
4 c flour (I used organic wheat and spelt)
1/4 c unrefined golden sugar
2 tsp salt
2 eggs, whisked
1 egg yolk, reserve egg white for wash
1/4 c neutral oil

In a small bowl mix the water, yeast and sugar and leave to froth.

Put flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Make a we...

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Chocolate banana cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, In : big cakes 

When you want a chocolate and banana hit - have both in your cake!

2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp cocoa
3/4 c rice syrup
2 tbsp molasses
2 eggs OR 2 flaxseed eggs (4 tbsp flaxseed mixed with 8 tbsp water)
1/4 c non-dairy milk
1/4 c vegetable oil
2 ripe bananas, mashed

For the icing:
125g dark chocolate
1 c coconut cream

50g white chocolate
1/4 c coconut cream

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin or 20 round cake tin with baking paper.
Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa in a large bowl.
In another bowl...
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Vegan hot cross buns

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 14, 2019, In : bread 

My first attempt at hot cross buns turned out pretty well!

2 1/2 tsp dried yeast
1/2 c warm water
1 tsp sugar
3/4 c non-dairy milk, lukewarm
1/3 c vegetable oil
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 c unrefined sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp orange zest
3 1/2 - 4 c flour
1/2 c raisins
1/4 c currants 

1 tbsp sugar mix with
1 tbsp boiling water
2 tbsp jam, heated, then sieved to remove any lumps

1/2 c icing sugar
2 1/2 tsp non-dairy milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

In a larg...

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Sesame seed bread

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 14, 2019, In : bread 

Yum yum - wholemeal buns with a hint of sesame. This is a good-looking loaf!

2 tsp dried yeast
1 1/2 c lukewarm water
1 1/2 c white flour
1 1/2 c wholemeal flour
2 tsp salt
1/2 c toasted sesame seeds
non-dairy milk for glazing
2 tbsp sesame seeds for sprinkling

Combine yeast and half the water in a small bowl and leave to become frothy. In a large bowl combine the flours and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast mixture and remaining water. Stir with a wooden spoon and once incorporate...
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Vegan vanilla cupcakes with chocolate ganache

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, In : small cakes 

Mini cupcakes are ideal to make for a small gathering of people - you can have one or two and not feel like a glutton! I'm taking these to Boomerang Bags Dominion Rd tonight for our regular sewing bee - making free resuable cloth bags for shoppers.

Makes 40 mini cupcakes or 12 large cupcakes

3/4 c non-dairy milk
2 tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1 3/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c melted coconut oil
1/3 c non-dairy yoghurt (or milk)
3/4 c unrefined sugar...

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Vegan beet brownies with salted caramel frosting

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 7, 2019, In : slices 

These chocolate brownies taste so decadent but they are in fact free from refined sugar, gluten and dairy PLUS fully loaded with folic acid, manganese and potassium from the beetroot.

2 tbsp ground flaxseed
6 tbsp water
2 beetroot, cooked or grated raw
1 1/4 c coconut milk or cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 c flour (I used a spelt mix but you can use ground almonds, oat flour or other GF flours)
3/4 c unrefined sugar 
3/4 c cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp s...

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EST. 2010

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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