Browsing Archive: January, 2022

Sun-dried tomato and seed crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, January 30, 2022, In : savoury 

The tomatoes add a tasty tang and sweetness to these crunchy bites. The key is to spread out as thin as possible. It's from Jerrelle Guy's Black Girl Baking (Page Street, 2018).

1/2 c ground flaxseeds

1 c hot water

1 1/2 c pumpkin seeds

1 c sunflower seeds

fresh or 1 tsp dried oregano

2 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 c sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.

Mix the flaxseeds and water in a small bowl and let thicken for 10 ...

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Cashew coconut cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, In : cookies 

So nutty and crunchy! My niece suggested to sandwich them with ice cream and that was a winner after dinner. This is adapted from Better Baking by Genevieve Ko (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). She uses peanuts, which would be tasty too. Feel free to experiment with whatever nuts you have on hand.

1 c roasted, salted cashews
1/2 c desiccated coconut
1/2 toasted sesame seeds
3/4 c icing sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Add all the ingredients except oil a...

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Mocha chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, January 23, 2022, In : cookies 

One of the best flavour combos - chocolate and coffee - in one biscuit! It's from Better Baking by Genevieve Ko (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). I have a few favourites from this book that utilises wholesome ingredients. It's important to chill the dough for several hours so make it in the morning or the night before.

Makes around 36
2 c flour (I used wholemeal spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c coconut sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/3 c neutral oil
2/3 c cold espresso coff...
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Honey tea buns

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, January 20, 2022, In : small cakes 

These are like jazzed-up scones straight from Edmonds cookbook. Nice to have a little spice in your scone for a change.

Makes 9
3 c flour
4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
75 g butter
1 egg
2 Tbsp honey
1 c milk
1/2 tsp orange essence
1/2 tsp ground ginger

preserved ginger pieces
granulated sugar (I used demerara)

Preheat oven to 200C. Dust a baking tray with flour.
In a large bowl mix in the flour, baking powder and salt. Rub in butter. Make a well in the centre and add in beaten egg and honey dissol...
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Garlic and herb bubble loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, January 8, 2022, In : bread 

This is a fun loaf to make. The balls seem really small but they expand nicely to form buttery buns in the loaf tin.

1/2 c warm water

2 1/4 tsp active dried yeast

1 Tbsp honey or sugar

2 Tbsp softened butter

1/2 c sour cream or yoghurt

3 c flour

1 1/2 ts salt

Garlic herb butter:

1/2 c butter, softened or melted

4 garlic cloves, minced

3/4 tsp dried herbs such as oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley (use a mix if you like)

Stir the water, yeast and sweetener in a bowl and leave for 5 minutes until frothy. Mi...

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Cinnamon swirl loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, January 7, 2022, In : big cakes 

A plain teabread subtly flavoured with cinnamon is a simple baking joy.

2 c flour

1 c sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 c buttermilk or yoghurt

1 egg

1/4 c neutral oil

Cinnamon sugar:

3 tsp cinnamon

1/2 c granulated sugar


1/4 c icing sugar

1Tbsp milk or lemon juice

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

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg and oil.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just...

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Banana bread

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, In : big cakes 

This is similar to another banana bread recipe on Bake Club. The additional chocolate drops in this one adds nice melty surprises.

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 c milk (I used rice)

1/2 c softened coconut oil or neutral oil

1 c coconut sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

2 c flour (I used wholemeal spelt)

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 c chocolate drops. optional

Preheat oven to 190C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl whisk together the bananas, milk, oil, sugar and vanilla. ...

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Carrot cake cheesecake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, January 3, 2022, In : big cakes 

One must have cream cheese icing with carrot cake, so why not bake the topping into the cake? This is from Jerrelle Guy's Black Girl Baking (Page Street, 2018).

1/3 c raisins

1 1/2 c flour (I used wholemeal spelt)

1 c almond meal

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp salt

3 pineapple rings

1/3 c neutral oil

1/2 c coconut sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 large carrots, grated

1/4 c chopped toasted walnuts, optional

cheesecake layer:

250g cream cheese, softened

1/4 c granu...

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Nut bars

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, January 2, 2022, In : slices 

I have made many granola and muesli bars on Bake Club. You gotta try them all to see what (literally) sticks. This one is just nuts, seeds and fruit, and the ground flaxseeds act as a binder. It's from Black Girl Baking by Jerrelle Guy (Page Street, 2018).

1 1/2 c almonds

1/2 c cashews

1 c sunflower or pumpkin seeds (or mix of both)

1/2 c ground flax or chia seeds

1/2 dried fruit (I used cranberries)

1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional

1/2 c honey or brown rice syrup or maple syrup (I used a mix)

2 Tbsp olive...

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EST. 2010

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


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