Browsing Archive: October, 2021

Cherry clafoutis

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 21, 2021, In : desserts 

Clafoutis is a cross between a custard and a flan and makes a quick dessert because everything is just whizzed in the blender. You can easily make yours gluten-free, dairy-free or sugar-free too. Use whatever fresh, frozen or tinned fruit you have on hand. It can be served warm or cold, for breakfast even!

½ c any milk of choice

½ c ricotta (or use milk)

3 eggs

½ c natural sweetener such as brown rice syrup (or maple or honey)

½ c flour of choice 

1 tsp vanilla extract

Lemon zest, optional


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Stuffed bread with antipasto

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, In : bread 

As an antidote to all these sweet cakes I've been baking, I wanted to make a substantial bread stuffed with choice antipasto flavours. Jamie Oliver's basic bread recipe is easy, and you can fill with whatever vegetables or meat you fancy. He uses 1 kg of flour and it makes a huge loaf! So you can halve the recipe if you don't need to feed a crowd.

1 kg flour

625 ml tepid water

3 x 7 g sachets dried yeast / 30 g fresh yeast

2 Tbsp salt

2 Tbsp sugar


8 boiled eggs

300 g cheese, grated (I used P...

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Vegan date pudding with caramel sauce

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, In : desserts 

This recipe can be made as individual puddings, muffins, a loaf or cake. Just adjust the baking time to suit. It's a healthified version of your standard date pud as it's free of gluten, dairy, eggs and refined sugar. Even the sauce is vegan. Thanks to Eight Forest Lane.

Makes 8 individual puddings

1 c dates

2 Tbsp maple or brown rice syrup, optional

1 tsp baking soda

boiling water

1/2 c coconut sugar

1/2 c vegetable or coconut oil, softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 c flour (I used wholemeal gluten-fre...

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Lemon tart

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 10, 2021, In : desserts 

Inspired by those many iterations of Bake Off, I decided to set myself a challenge to make a lemon tart in 2 1/2 hours. It was 9.30am on a Sunday morning, and I wanted to enjoy a piece while listening to my jazz colleagues on the 95bFM Jazz Show from 12-2pm (of which I am a rotating host). I did it! Thanks to guidance from Recipe Tin Eats

Tart pastry:

1 1/2 c flour

1/3 c icing sugar

2 1/2 Tbsp almond meal

1/4 tsp salt

100 g butter, softened, cut into cubes

1 egg

In a bowl whisk together flour, suga...

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Belgian biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 7, 2021, In : cookies 

I've never bought Belgian biscuits myself but making my own sounded like fun so here they are. I made mini versions, sandwiched with St Dalfour 100% fruit jam (to contrast the !00% icing sugar topping). A satisfying bite combining the flavours of a spiced biscuit and raspberry jam.

Makes 46 mini biscuits (23 sandwiched biscuits)

125 g butter
1/4 c brown sugar (or coconut sugar)

1 egg

1 3/4 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cocoa

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice (or a mix of nutmeg, ...

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Bliss slice

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, In : sweets 

Bliss balls are the easiest cheat sweet. Just bung everything in a food processor and press the button. Start with a base of nuts or seeds, add your dried fruit of choice and bind with sticky sweeteners such as maple syrup, dates, brown rice syrup, or nut butters. It's a good way to use up things that have bene neglected in your pantry.
If you're time constrained or just too lazy to roll into balls, just make into a slice.

200g dried fruit (I used apricots, use whatever mix you like. Get tropic...
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Butter pecan cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, October 2, 2021, In : cookies 

The key word in these cookies is the butter! It's a 3-part process and it's best to start the night before, but the result is a butty, rich biscuit for non-dieters. I've used less sugar than Baker by Nature.

Makes around 20
1 1/2 c chopped pecans (about 150g with 20 halves reserved for topping)
3 Tbsp butter

225 g butter
2 1/2 c flour
1 Tbsp cornflour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 c brown sugar
1/3 c granulated sugar (I used coconut)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk

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Frances C loves to bake. She's also a freelance editor and DJ. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram and Facebook.

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