Browsing Archive: June, 2019

Cinnamon scrolls

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 30, 2019, In : cookies 

I am amazed that the little bit of sour cream in this dough produces a flaky pastry that melts in your mouth. You can freeze this dough to slice and bake when you feel like it.

Makes 36
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c flour
145g cold butter, cut into pieces
1/3 c sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
Use an electric mixer to mix the flour and butter in a bowl until the butter is in small pieces. Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat until the dough ...
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Slice and bake cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, June 28, 2019, In : cookies 

This is a great basic recipe from which to make any kind of slice and bake cookie - add your favourite flavours and coatings then freeze the dough until you need it. This is adapted from Bake Me Home by Alice Arndell (HarperCollins, 2015).

Makes 60
250g butter, softened
1 1/4 c sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
4 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Flavouring examples
1/2 c each cranberries and pistachios
1/2 c each dark and white chocolate chunks
2/3 c chopped almonds and 1/3 c crystallised gin...
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Pretzel crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, In : savoury 

Take your crackers to the next level just by brushing with an alkaline solution that creates that lovely golden pretzel colour. For making any pretzels you need baked baking soda. Plan ahead by baking a cup of baking soda in a low oven for 1 hour then store in an airtight jar until needed. I made the soft pretzels from Andrea Sloencker's Pretzel Making at Home too.

2 c flour
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
4 tbsp/55g cold butter, cubed
1/4 c cold water

Alkaline solution:
1 c water

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Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 23, 2019, In : cookies 

The beauty of these cookies is that you can bake them so they're crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle or if you prefer gingernuts just bake them for a few minutes more. Thanks to Elinor Klivans and her book Slice & Bake Cookies.

Makes 24
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/4 c molasses
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
2 c flour (I used wholmeal and white spelt)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 crystallised ginger, finely c...

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Neapolitan cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, June 21, 2019, In : cookies 

This is my second attempt at these cookies. My first lot were too big and the strawberry dough was too soft, as I added too much jam to the mix. Now I've fine-tuned my technique I can share it with you! It's another recipe from Elinor Klivans' Slice & Bake Cookies.

Makes 40
225g butter, softened
1 c sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
55g dark chocolate, melted
1 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp strawberry jam or 1tsp strawberry essence and few drops red food c...

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Hazelnut & blue cheese thumbprints

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 20, 2019, In : savoury 

I have become rather enamoured with a book called Slice & Bake Cookies by Elinor Klivans (Chronicle Books, 2013) who I discovered is a 76-year-old legend in baking and dessert making. Her signature technique is to freeze the cookie dough before baking, and you can store dough in the freezer to whip out and bake whenever you fancy. Having both hazelnuts and blue cheese on hand, I made a savoury version first.

Makes 28
1 c flour (I used wholemeal and white spelt)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
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Soft pretzels

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 20, 2019, In : bread 

My first attempt at pretzels and it won't be the last. The family loved them. The only drawback is that they are best eaten the same day so they'll all eaten pretty quickly. The recipe is from Pretzel Making at Home by Andrea Slonecker (Chronicle Books, 2013). There are hard and soft pretzels - these are soft ones but I'll give the hard ones a go another time. This recipe only makes 8 so double up if you have a horde to feed.

Makes 8
1/4 c baked baking soda
2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
1/2 c luke...

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Chocolate chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, June 10, 2019, In : cookies 

What to do when the child is home sick - bake, of course! Here's another version of a healthy choc chip cookie. This one uses a flaxseed egg.

Makes 16-20 cookies
1 tbsp flaxseed
3 tbsp water
2 c ground almonds
1/2 c brown rice flour (or another gluten free flour or almond flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 c maple syrup (or rice syrup or honey)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c melted coconut oil
3/4 c dark chocolate chips or chunks

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Mix flaxseed a...
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Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 9, 2019, In : desserts 

I've usually had to whisk egg whites separately to get fluffly waffles. No more! Thanks to GraceGoodEats I whipped these up super quick. My only regret was that I didn't do a double batch to freeze some for later.

2 c flour (I used spelt)
4 tbsp natural unrefined sweetener (eg coconut sugar, rapadura, maple syrup)
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 c milk (I used rice)
85g melted butter (or non-dairy spread or vegetable oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your waffle iron. Mix all ...

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Almond roulade with lime curd

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, June 7, 2019, In : desserts 

Isn't wonderful how one act of kindness can lead to multiple levels of joy! A friend of my mother's gave her some makrut (knobbly) and key (smooth) limes. She gave them to me and I instantly started craving lime curd! After I made it I decided I needed a suitably spongey base to soak up the zesty curd. With whipped cream to soften the blow, a roulade was the ideal choice. Now my whole family and whatever friends come to visit can enjoy the spoils. I learnt how to roll a sponge properly too.

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Fully loaded gingerbread

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 6, 2019, In : cookies 

Miranda Gore Browne calls this rainy day gingerbread in her book Biscuit. It is certainly good for that, and any kind of weather really. it is a hearty biscuit that will warm you up with a good cuppa.

1 c wholemeal spelt
1 c ground oats
3/4 c demerara sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
150g butter at room temperature
1/3 c crystallised ginger, chopped
1/3 c mixed peel, chopped
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp treacle or molasses

1 tbsp wholemeal spelt
3 tbsp ground oats
1 tsp groun...
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Chocolate lamington cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, In : big cakes 

What's better than a lamington? A giant lamington cake! I made this to celebrate Boomerang Bags Dominion Rd reaching 2019 recycled reusable cloth bags since its inception in Oct 2017. I started volunteering late 2018 and always enjoy the sewing bee sessions at the Gribblehirst Hub. Lovely bunch of people! This is Julie Le Clerc's recipe. Instead of putting coconut on the top I have a ganache top with royal icing.

4 eggs
1 c caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
1 c flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder...
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Chocolate shortbread

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 2, 2019, In : cookies 

Here's an easy way to make cute wedges of shortbread - in a cake tin! From one of my favourite baking books at the moment, Bake Me Home by Alice Arndell (HarperCollins, 2015)

150g butter
1/2 c brown sugar or ground coconut/rapadura sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c flour (I used spelt)
1/3 c cocoa
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 150C. Line a 23cm round cake tin with baking paper.

Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until sugar has dissolved. Beat in vanilla. Sift in flour, cocoa and salt. Mix to combine....

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Vegan banana cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 2, 2019, In : big cakes 

Cake, loaf, bread - whatever you wanna call it - cooking up ripe bananas brings such a warm, homely aroma to the house.
This one-bowl wonder can be whisked up in no time and you'll be munching within the hour.

3 ripe bananas
75g vegetable oil
100g unrefined sugar, such as coconut or rapadura
225g flour (I used wholemeal and white spelt)
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice, optional
50g chopped dried fruit or nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Mash the ...
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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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