Browsing Archive: September, 2022

Pumpkin seed oat shortbread

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, September 30, 2022, In : cookies 

Peter Gordon suggests to serve these nutty biscuits with hard cheese, with stewed fruit and mascarpone or with his sticky melon jelly. I think any kind of jelly or jam would go well too. I just ate these with my cuppa; a delish crisp little bite.

Makes around 32

250 g butter, room temperature

180 g caster sugar

150 g cornflour

50 g fine oatmeal

70 g pumpkin seeds, toasted

In a food processor mix the butter and sugar for 20 seconds. Scrape down the bowl and blitz in the rest of the ingredients for 10...

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Poppyseed orange palmiers

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, In : cookies 

These palmiers were devoured in a flash - best eaten the same day. Peter Gordon's flavours are top notch.

250 g puff pastry (get the 100% butter)

1 tbsp poppy seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

5 tbsp icing sugar

zest of 1 orange

1 tbsp milk

2 tsp caster sugar

Let the pastry defrost on their plastic undersheets. This recipe is enough for 2 large square sheets.

Grind the poppy seeds in a coffee grinder for 10 seconds then mix well in a bowl with the cinnamon, icing sugar and zest.

Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the...

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Fennel sesame biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, In : cookies 

Another spicy bite from A World in My Kitchen by Peter Gordon (Hodder Moa, 2003). If you don't have fennel you could use caraway seeds,

200 g butter, room temperature

80 g icing sugar

1 tsp fine lemon zest

140 g flour (I used spelt)

80 g cornflour

40 g polenta

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground fennel seeds

3 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

50 g brown sugar

In a bowl cream the butter with the sugar and zest. Sift in flours, polenta, paprika and baking powder and add in fennel and sesame seeds. ...

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Chocolate ginger macadamia chilli cookies

Posted by Frances Chan on Sunday, September 25, 2022, In : cookies 

I'm having a biscuit week in my house, inspired by A World in My Kitchen by Peter Gordon (Hodder Moa, 2003). He often has interesting flavour combinations with modern takes on classics. Elevate your average biscuit in style. This one's all done in a food processor so not much effort needed. The chocolate, ginger and chilli really complement each other, and the nut is ideal to offset the ginger sweetness and add texture.

Makes 24-30

125 g butter, room temperature

120 b demerara sugar

1 egg

1/2 fres...

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Chocolate marshmallow cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, September 10, 2022, In : cookies 

Who doesn't like a dark fudgy cookie bursting with oozy marshmallow? Not many, if any. No creaming involved, just melt and mix.

Makes around 16

1 1/4 c flour

1/2 c cocoa

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

115 g butter, melted

2/3 c brown sugar

1/4 c granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

About 16 marshmallows or a cup of mini marshmallows

In a large bowl sift in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan or bowl in the microwave. Stir in the suga...

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Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, In : desserts 

Tiramisu is my preferred dessert when dining at an Italian restaurant because I've always thought it would be too much work to make at home. How wrong I was! The eggy cream takes a few minutes to whisk but the assembly is easy and fun too. I made this for no other reason except to satisfy my gluttony. This batch will happily feed a crowd or just one for several nights if you're home alone. No special occasion needed for tiramisu - just because.

4 egg yolks, at room temperature
100 g caster suga...

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Cornflake kisses

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, September 5, 2022, In : cookies 

This is a genius way to get more crunch in your cookies - coat them in cornflakes! It's a lovely old-fashioned biscuit with dates and walnuts - the kind grandmas used to make. This is Dulcie May Booker's recipe from Love & Food at Gran's Table (PQ Blackwell, 2009) by Natalie Oldfield (Dulcie's granddaughter).

Makes 24

1 1/2 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

1/2 c walnuts, chopped

1 c dates, diced

115 g butter

1 c sugar

1 egg

2 c cornflakes, crushed

Preheat oven to 160C. Line 2 baking trays with bak...

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Chocolate nut biscotti

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, September 3, 2022, In : cookies 

Use any nut you have on hand - pistachios, macadamias, almonds... they will all add flavour and protein to a very snackable biscuit. 

Makes 12-16 

120 g flour (I used wholemeal)

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 tsp cocoa powder

75 g sugar (I used coconut, finely ground)

25 g butter, chilled and cut into cubes

1 egg

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

40 g nuts

50 g dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa into a bowl, then stir in the sugar.

Rub in th...

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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.


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