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Cocoa almond granola bars

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, March 24, 2017, In : slices 

These are a chewy choco bite. Don't overcook or they'll be rock hard (as mine were, on the edges). From Sweet & Easy Vegan by Robin Asbell (Chronicle, 2012).

1 1/2 c rolled oats
3/4 c spelt flour
1/4 c cocoa or cacao powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 c rice syrup
1/2 c rapadura/coconut or palm sugar
1/4 c almond butter
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp nondairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 170C and line a 20x20cm cake tin.
Mix all the dry ingredients (except almo...
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Vegan black bean brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, In : slices 

I've made black bean brownies before in a slab tin and they were DF, GF, SF too. This recipe is adjusted slightly, tastes better and the nuts are a good addition.

Makes 18 small brownies about 2 tbsp each

400g can of black beans, drained

2 tbsp ground flaxseed stirred into 4 tbsp warm water and set aside for 5 min

1/4 c coconut oil

1/4 c cacao or cocoa powder

1/2 c rice malt syrup

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract
chopped nuts for topping if desired

Preheat oven to 1...


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Marshmallow fridge slice

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, December 19, 2016, In : slices 

An easy, indulgent, no-bake slice good for parties and get-togethers. You can basically chuck in anything you like with the chocolate, any nuts or dried fruit will give a crunchy, chewy texture. I prefer a tart fruit such as cranberries or cherries to offset the chocolate.

100g butter, cubed
200g milk or dark chocolate, as you prefer
2 Tbs golden syrup
200g digestive biscuits
1/2 c mini marshmallows
1/2 c dried cranberries
1/2 c salted peanuts, roughly chopped
desiccated coconut to sprinkle i...


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Choconut slice

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, In : slices 

This is a simple biscuit base slice adapted from Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan (BenBella Books, 2011). For a crunchier base you could add buckinis as I do in my perfect ginger crunch.

1 3/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1 Tbs natural sweetener such as coconut sugar, maple syrup
1/2 c coconut oil, melted
1/4 tsp salt
250g dark chocolate (at least 70%)
200ml coconut cream or milk
3 Tbs maple syrup or rice syrup
coconut chips or desiccated coconut and slice...


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Black bean brownie

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, August 26, 2016, In : slices 

So rich! So gooey! So healthy!

6 tbsp warm water
2 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed
400g can black beans, drained
3/4 c cocoa/cacao
1/2 c natural sweetener of choice (I use rice malt syrup)
3 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a brownie tin with baking paper.
Whisk water and flaxseeds, set aside 10 min.
Blitz rest of ingredientss with flax mixture in a blender or food processor. Spread into tin and bake 20-25 min until set.

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Chocolate crunch

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, In : slices 

I made up this recipe to enter an @ceresorganics and @panaceas_pantry Instagram competition - turned out pretty good! It's a superfood version of two of my faves - ginger crunch and childhood chocolate slice. I'm in a Ceres co-op so where possible I've used Ceres products.
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1 Tbs chia seeds soaked in 3 Tbs water
1/2 c coconut oil, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 c spelt flour (you can use gluten free flour and also add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)
1/2 c buckinis (...
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Puffed millet bars

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, February 29, 2016, In : slices 

This is based on a cereal bar recipe in The New Enlightened Eating by Caroline Marie Dupont (Books Alive, 2012).

1/2 c almond, cashews or peanut butter
1/4 c tahini
1/2 c rice malt syrup
1 Tbs coconut oil
3 c puffed millet (you can also use puffed rice, cornflakes, rice flakes)
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c flaked or chopped almonds

Line a 20cm square or brownie tin with baking paper,

Mix the dry ingreds in a bowl. Melt all the wet ingreds over medium heat in a saucepan When all combined and melted p...


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Crunchy chocolate buckwheat bars

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : slices 

I love using buckinis in baking for a healthy, wholesome crunch. This recipe by Lee Holmes from Supercharged Food worked out well.

1 c shredded or desiccated coconut
1 c buckwheat buckinis
1 Tbs cacao powder
1 c flour (I use spelt)
1/2 c pumpkin seeds
1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c rice malt syrup
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

50g 80% dark chocolate for drizzling

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 20 x 20cm or 20 x 30cm baking tin with baking paper.

Mix coconut, buckinis, cacao, flour and seeds in a bowl. Ad...


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Sweet potato brownies with chickpea cookie dough

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, In : slices 

This is from a great book called Kenko Kitchen by Kate Bradley (Hardie Grant Books, 2015). It’s sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan. She’s based in Melbourne. This brownie recipe caught my eye because it adds in vegetables where our daughter won't notice them.

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 5cm pieces (I used golden kumara)
14 medjool dates, pitted (I like to soak dates in filtered water for an hour before using, then drain)
2/3 c ground almonds
½ c  buckwheat fl...


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Nut meringue slice

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, December 17, 2015, In : slices 

I love meringues in slices – marshmallow without the gelatine. This is from High Tea (Viking, 2014), it contains 200 recipes! They used macadamia nuts but I had some roasted peanuts I wanted to use up. I found the slice a bit dry and needed some cream to go with. I think next time I would blind bake the base first and then add a caramel sauce with the nuts before topping with meringue. Or if you don't feel like nuts you can just add jam and coconut in the meringue and it woul...


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Six-layer slice

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, December 13, 2015, In : slices 

What a decadent flop! It didn't look like the one in the book (High Tea, Viking 2014) but it still tasted good - evil good. I rarely use condensed milk (so much sugar!) but I made an exception for this easy slice – just pour in each ingredient on top of the last one.

125 g butter, melted
1 c sweet biscuit crumbs (I used gluten-free arrowroot biscuits)
1 c desiccated coconut
325g chocolate chips
395g tin condensed milk
1 c nuts, roughly chopped (I used cashews and almonds)

P...


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Raw ginger slice

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, November 30, 2015, In : slices 

This is another Little Bird beauty that I adjusted with my ingredients on hand. It has a great gingery taste and not too sweet. I do find their bases can be a bit thick and dry and one note so I like to add buckinis (activated buckwheat) for a bit of crunch and a bit less of the nut flours so make a thinner base.
Makes 24 pieces
Base:
1 c cashews
1 c almonds
1/2 c coconut flour
1/2 c buckinis
1 c pitted dates
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 pinches salt
1 tsp lemon rind
Ginger topping:
1 c melted coconut oil
2 c ...
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Apple and prune slice

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 20, 2015, In : slices 

On a visit to the library I spied a whole table of enticing cookbooks, including French by the Australian Women's Weekly. I went straight to the After-Dinner Treats section and found something fruity I could make with what I had on hand. This is the first time I've made my own shortcrust pastry, using a food processor. Turned out lovely and crisp and I shall be doing it again!

4 apples (about 600g)
3/4 c prunes, chopped
2 1/2 c water
1 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg
2 Tbs ground hazelnuts (...


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Apricot almond muesli bars

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 15, 2015, In : slices 

This is another one from Little Bird. Apricots, almonds and sesame are a winning combination and the addition of lemon zest makes it sing. After the mixture set in the fridge I cut them into bars and dehydrated for 24 hours as they advised. But they hardly dried out and were still crumbly so I just put them in an oven at 150C for 15-20 min until golden. If you're a raw purist just keep them in the fridge.

Makes 20 bars

1 c almonds, activated if possible
1/4 c flaxseeds, ground in a cof...


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Vegan muesli bars

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 8, 2015, In : slices 

I’ve made a no-bake seed version and a buttery caramelly one but these muesli bars are dairy- and sugar-free – bonus! Oh She Glows calls this a feel-good hearty granola bar – I second that! I added some extra seeds in mine. 

1 ½ c mashed banana (about 3 ripe bananas)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c rolled oats
½ c dried fruit, chopped if necessary (I used sultanas)
½ c walnuts, chopped (I used cashews)
½ c pumpkin seeds
½ c sunflower seeds
½ c sliced almonds
¼ c ground flax see...


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Perfect ginger crunch

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, In : slices 

I think I've nailed it with this version of ginger crunch. It's a winning combination of Mama Chan's recipe and Al Brown's mother's recipe. My secret ingredient is buckinis! I made my own by sprouting buckwheat groats then dehydrating overnight until they were dry. They definitely add a special 'crunch' to ginger crunch.

115g butter
1/3 c sugar
1 1/4 c flour (I use spelt)
2 Tbs semolina
1/2 c buckinis
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground ginger

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 30x20cm slice tin.
Cream butter ...
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Orange spice bars

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, July 25, 2015, In : slices 

For some reason I'm not a big fan of oranges and I hardly ever buy them. But when I was given some from a friend's tree I decided to take up an orange challenge. First up, these spicy slice bars from The Cookie Book (Fog City Press, 2001). The flaked almonds didn't really stay on top of the slice. Next time I'd ice the slice after it's cooled down and then put the flakes on. They are warmly spiced orangey biscuit.

1 1/2 c self-rising flour (or use flour and some 1 tsp baking powder)
1/3 c brown...
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Flourless chocolate brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, In : slices 

When you taste these brownies you'll never guess the secret ingredient - chickpeas! What a great way to get fibre and protein into a sweet treat. It's another sugar-free recipe from I Quit Sugar.

1 1/2 c cooked chickpeas or 1 can drained
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c coconut oil, softened
2 eggs
1/4 c nut or seed butter 
1/3 c cacao powder
2 Tbs rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c walnuts (or any nuts) for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tin or loaf tin with baking paper.
Put all t...
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No-bake seed muesli bars

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, In : slices 

This recipe is adapted from Kidspot. I used chia seeds this time but you know what, I prefer without. The tiny seeds get stuck in your teeth! My preferred way of eating chia seeds is hydrated in a smoothie. So add 1/2 cup chia if you wish but there are many other seeds you can use. You can also add puffed brown rice (or normal rice bubbles). I think I've finally perfected a good recipe for our toddler to take to impending preschool. I hear most kindergartens and daycares don't allow you to br...
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Muesli bars

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, In : slices 

Part of my search for the ultimate healthy muesli bar for a toddler's consumption. It's from an Australian/New Zealand 'Food Expert'. This has a teeny bit of brown sugar and some honey, but that combination gives it a lovely caramely/golden syrup taste.
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of dried fruit (I used sultanas)
  • 1/4 cup  of flax seeds
  • 100 grams of butter (just under 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup of h...

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Oaty bars

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, February 20, 2015, In : slices 

I finally created my own recipe for some chewy wholesome bars that are great for our 2.7 year old to eat. Next time I'll try roll them into cigar shapes or more long and thin bars so they might look a bit more 'attractive' to her.
1 c oats
1 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 c dates, soaked for a while until soft (you can also use raisins, prunes or a mix)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 20x20cm baking tin.
Grind the oats and sunflower seeds in a food processo...
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Spiced pumpkin granola bars

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : slices 

My main problem with making muesli bars is that the mixture doesn't bind and the slices just fall apart. So then I just chuck the crumbly bits back into the granola jar and have 'twice baked' crunchy granola. This recipe was a bit crumbly so I'd suggest using less nut mix or adding a bit more oil or sweetener. It comes from Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar.

2 c mixed nuts and seeds, roughly chopped
2 c rolled oats
2 c coconut flakes (I used thread)
6 Tbs coconut oil or butter
3/4 c rice syrup
1c pumpkin...
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Chocolate goji slice

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, In : slices 

By Frances

Don’t you just love it when you come across an inspired recipe in a most unlikely source? I was randomly looking through Look real estate freebie and Buffy-Ellen Gill of Be Good Organics had contributed this recipe for a raw goji chocolate slice.

Makes 16 slices

Crunchy base:

1 c caramelised buckinis

1 c goji berries

½ c raw cacao powder

¾ c melted coconut oil

1 Tbs coconut nectar (I used maple syrup)

 

Chewy topping:

½ c raw cashews

1/3 c raw c...


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Raw vegan chocolate brownie

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, January 5, 2014, In : slices 

By Frances
This is from a Harvest Wholefood newsletter. The recipe is from Gabriel Power from nomnomnosh.com. Really rich! I'm entering this into this month's Sweet New Zealand, hosted by Alessandra Zecchini.


For the brownie:
1 c almonds (preferably activated)
1/2 c raw cacao powder
2 Tbs coconut sugar (or any sweetener - I used maple syrup)
2 Tbs cacao butter
1/2 c coconut oil
1 Tbs espresso coffee (I used decaf)
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one orange (I only had a lemon on hand)
pinch sea salt
sprink...
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Raw chocolate raspberry slice

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, December 14, 2013, In : slices 

By Frances
Got this one from the Amazing Paleo website. The banana gives it a softer texture than other raw slices I've made. Eat it straight from the freezer.

  • 2 ripe bananas
  •        ¼ cup fresh raspberries
  •        12 medjol dates
  •        ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa (divided)
  •        ½ cup almonds
  •        ½ cup walnuts
  •        5 tablespoons almond butter
  •        5 tablespoons RAW honey

Steps:

  1. Place dates, almonds, walnuts and ½ cup cocoa powder in food processor. Process for about 3-4 minutes, until all i...

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Raw caramel slice no. 3

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, November 18, 2013, In : slices 

By Frances
On my quest to find the perfect raw caramel slice, here is version no. 3 from Keilanaskye. The caramel part is particularly good - just tahini and maple syrup really. For the base I used sunflower seeds and activated buckwheat (buckinis) instead of cashews (just over 1/2 c each). I find the buckwheat gives a nice crunch that I really like.
I'm going to enter this in November's Sweet NZ monthly blog event, hosted by Toast.

For the base:
1 1/2 cups raw, organic cashews (pre-soaked for...

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Chocolate, pumpkin & walnut brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 3, 2013, In : slices 

By Sophie
Some healthy Halloween sugar-free, gluten-free brownies! From the Move Nourish Believe website.

500g pumpkin
500g almond meal
1 cup dates
½ tsp. bicarb soda
2 eggs
100g 85% dark chocolate
½ cup chopped walnuts

How To Make It:

  • Prepare the pumpkin puree at least an hour in advance.
  • Chop the pumpkin into small pieces, then steam or boil until soft.
  • Mash the pumpkin and then suspend it in a sieve lined with cheesecloth (or a clean, dry chux cloth) to drain out the liquid from the pumpki...

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Raw ginger cashew slice

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 3, 2013, In : slices 

By Frances
An easy raw slice by Petite Kitchen.
for the base:
2 cups cashews (I used roasted, but raw is fine)
1 cup medjool, or soft pitted dates
2 tbsp water
1 tsp ground ginger

for the icing:
3 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp ground ginger

*this slice needs to be keep in the fridge. if you would prefer a slice that can be kept at room temperature, you can bake the base in the oven at  160°C until golden, then leave to cool before icing.

In a food processer, blend the cashews until...

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Miso walnut brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, September 30, 2013, In : slices 

By Frances
I got this recipe from Sachie's Kitchen and thought miso in a sweet cake would be interesting. I adjusted the recipe though. After I put all the ingreds in the mixture looked so dry, so I added more yoghurt and one egg. I also added some cocoa powder. It definitely helped.

1 & 1/4 cup self-raising flour, sifted
125g butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP Miso
1 TBSP Yoghurt (unsweetened)
1 cup walnuts, coarsely crushed
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Raw peppermint slice

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, September 14, 2013, In : slices 

By Frances
I found this recipe on Ascension Kitchen - a beautiful website. I tried making her coconut butter but it didn't work out so I just used more coconut oil. Really enjoying the raw treats at the moment.
I'm entering this into September's Sweet NZ, hosted by Easy Food Hacks.


Biscuit base:
½ cup roughly processed buckwheat flour* (I used buckinis [sprouted and dehydrated buckwheat], I like have the crunchy bits in the base)
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 cup pecans (I used almonds)...
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Another raw caramel slice

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, In : slices 

By Frances
I'm on a roll with raw caramel. This time I wanted more gooey caramel. This slice is quite soft all round, the choc icing didn't set hard like the first caramel slice recipe I tried. This recipe is from All in the Raw in Australia.

Base
1 cup dates
½ cup almonds
1 tsp coconut oil

Caramel
1 cup dates
½ cup coconut oil
1 ½ tbls unhulled tahini
½ cup pure organic maple syrup
1 cup raw cashews (covered and soaked in water for an hour and then rinsed)
1/3 cup water

Top Chocolate layer
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Raw caramel slice

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, In : slices 

By Frances
I had my first taste of raw caramel at Little Bird in Ponsonby - their caramel pecan bar is outta this world! This is not their caramel slice but it's still pretty good, found on the Triumph of the Lentil blog.

For the base:
1 1/2 cups almonds, walnuts or pecans
a pinch of salt
4 medjool dates, pitted
1/3 cup coconut oil, liquid

For the caramel filling:
18 medjool dates, pitted
2-3 pinches of salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
1/4 cup nut butter (hazelnut, almond, cashew or brazil nut)...


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Apricot shortcake by Mama Chan

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, In : slices 

1 c flour
100g butter
1/4 c sugar
1 egg
3 c stewed dried apricots or fresh apricots

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a sponge roll cake tin with baking paper.
Sift flour, cut in butter and mix in until it resembles breadcrumbs.Stir in sugar and egg. Form a stiff dough.
Press half of the dough into the tin. Cover with apricot filling. Crumble the rest of dough over the top.
Bake for about 30 min or until the bottom layer is cooked through. You might need to cover the top with foil for an extra few min of ba...
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Frances's chocolate cherry louise cake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, April 26, 2013, In : slices 

I adapted this recipe from Fiona Smith's chocolate, raspberry & coconut slice in A Treasury of New Zealand Baking (Random House 2009).

125g butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
1 1/2 c flour
2 Tbs cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c jam (I used cherry)
50g chocolate, grated
1/2 c dessicated coconut (or long threaded)

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 18cm x 28 cm cake tin with baking paper.
Cream butter and half the sugar till light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, Sift in flour, cocoa and...
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Ginny's lavender bars

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 4, 2013, In : slices 

From the Saltie cookbook - this is an amazing lunch place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that does delightful salads and sandwiches, and, as it turns out, also amazing sweets.

1.25 tsp dried lavender flowers (or 2.5 tsp fresh)
225 g butter 
3/4 C granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
large granulated sugar, to sprinkle

Grind up the lavender flowers (mortar/pestle; spice grinder)
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, add egg yolk and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Whisk fl...

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Rachael's cranberry and chocolate fudge slice

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : slices 

Rachael made two yummy things for our mums' coffee group. The fudge slice appeared in this week's Herald Bite magazine. It's wickedly moreish.

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1 packet Plain biscuits, crushed to fine crumbs (superwine, roundwine, malt, Girl Guide)
1½ cups Desiccated coconut

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Ginny's pink peppercorn and black salt brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : slices 

I was inspired to adapt (slightly) a pink peppercorn recipe I saw recently on the Frankie mag website http://www.raspberricupcakes.com/2013/01/pink-peppercorn-brownies.html) - and the feedback was very good...

Pink Peppercorn and Black Salt Brownies
85g (3oz / 6 tbsp) butter, cut into pieces (I used salted, add a pinch of salt if using unsalted)
225g (8oz) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped - I used ghana dark for more of a chocolate punch!
3/4 cup (150g) sugar (I used slightl...

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Frances makes gluten-free chocolate brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, February 25, 2013, In : slices 

I had a GF friend staying and made these brownies for her (and me!). Recipe found here

100g butter
150g dark chocolate
100g gluten free plain flour
100g chopped hazelnuts or walnuts
200g sugar (I used 2 tsp stevia powder)
3 eggs
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 180C. Gently melt butter and chocolate. In another bowl mix dry ingreds. Beat in the eggs followed by melted chocolate. Sitr in nuts. Pour into lined/greased 150x200mm dish. Bake for around 30 mins, making sure the brownie doesn't dry out.
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Ginny's ginger chew (not crunch)

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : slices 

I am a huge fan of an old-fashioned crunchy, thinly-iced ginger crunch.
This recipe isn't like that. It's a bit like a mix between a ginger crunch and an Anzac biscuit (which isn't a bad thing) so I have called it a ginger chew! It's from a cafe in Golden Bay.

Oaty Ginger Chew
150g butter
2 Tbsp golden syrup
3/4C brown sugar
3/4C coconut (I used dessicated)
1 1/2C rolled oats
3/4C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

icing
4 Tbsp butter
8 Tbsp icing sugar
4 Tbsp golden syrup
2 tsp gr...
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Ginny makes Al Brown's mother's ginger crunch (with a twist)

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, April 9, 2012, In : slices 

This recipe is from Stoked, and makes the real deal, an old-skool proper buttery, crunchy, gingery slice. moreish in the extreme, finger-lickin' good! I tweak it with the addition of a bit of semolina which gives a slightly more textured base.

Base:
115g butter
1/2 C sugar (I use caster)
3/4 C flour
2 Tbs semolina
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger

pre-heat overn to 180C, butter & baking-paper-line a 30x20cm slice tin.
cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Sift flour, baking powde...
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Frances’s espresso pecan cupcakes

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 29, 2012, In : slices 


I appropriated this from
Marian Keyes' espresso and walnut cake recipe in her latest book Saved by Cake. It's a great beginner's baking book with tips and witty repartee from Marian. She says baking didn't cure her depression but helped her along her way to happiness and peace. In her recipe she uses 2 sandwich tins and puts the icing in between the layers and on top.

50g butter
80ml milk
1 c espresso
2 eggs
225g caster sugar
100ml oil
100g chopped pecans
250g self-r...


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Sarah's caramel slice

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, March 10, 2012, In : slices 

Welcome to Bake Club, Sarah! Sarah bought this round for our cuppa catch up. It was very moreish. The brown sugar really adds that caramel taste. Sarah says this recipe is from an Australian friend of her mother's, Barbara Fisher. Thanks Barbara!

125g butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 cup chopped dried fruit (I used raisins, but sultanas, dates also fine)
chopped walnuts (no amount given in orig recipe, I used about 1/2 cup)
1 cup SR flour (don't have, so used std, with tsp bp)

Melt butter in...

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Ruth B makes apricot shortbread

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, February 13, 2012, In : slices 

Ruth bought this along to a little afternoon tea we had - it was still warm! Love her duck-shaped measuring cups as well.

8oz flour
1 tsp baking powder
4oz butter
1 egg
1 dessert spoon sugar
milk - a few spoonfuls
cooked (or tinned) apricots - maybe 10 small ones
 
Rub butter into flour and baking powder. Mix in egg and sugar. Add a spoon or two of milk to make a light pastry. Cut the dough into two parts and roll out each. Place one on a tray and spread the cooked apricots on top. Lay the second bit...
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Frances's childhood chocolate slice

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, In : slices 

This slice reminds me of my childhood, making it with my cousin Suzanne. A hit with the kids - and adults.

base:
2 c self-raising flour
3/4 c sugar
2 c dessicated coconut
2 tbs cocoa
250 g melted butter

icing:
1 c icing sugar
2 tbs cocoa
75 g butter or margarine
2 tbs hot water
I also added some lemon juice, you could also add few drops of peppermint.

Mix together all base ingredients until well combined. Press into slice tin. Bake for 20 min at 180 C. Remove from oven and let cool a little. Make chocolat...
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Plum and cardamom shortcake by Ginny

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 10, 2011, In : slices 

A recipe from A Treasury of NZ Baking, this one by Ray McVinnie. If you love sweetness, cardamom, and plums, you can't go wrong...

Ingredients:
125 g butter
125 g caster sugar
1 tsp ground cardamom seeds
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
300 g flour
8 large plums, stoned, sliced
extra caster sugar
icing sugar to serve

First cream the butter and sugar with electric hand – held mixer or food processor to get pale mixture. Add egg and beat it well. Add the baking powder and flour and process it to ...


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Ginny's Brooklyn brownie - alright already!

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, December 27, 2010, In : slices 


From Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

(sorry about the imperial measures, but you can figure them out!)

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 oz dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
8 oz unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. ...
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Frances gets brownie points for GF vegan brownie

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, December 5, 2010, In : slices 

I adapted this recipe from Miyuki McGuffie, the vegan baker on the Good blog. I made mine extra indulgent by using espresso coffee.

1 cup strong espresso
1 ¼ cup rice flour
1/4 cup muscovado sugar
½ cup brown sugar

¾ cup cocoa powder (I used fair trade cocoa but Valrhona from Sabato is excellent)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (you can get them at New World and Pak 'N Save but I used...


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Barbara's ginger slice

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, September 25, 2010, In : slices 

Barbara put a healthy wholefood twist on Edmond's ginger crunch recipe - she replaced half the flour with rolled oats and added chunks of crystallised ginger on top. Voila! The classic crunch is reinvented as a chewy ginger slice.

125g softened butter
1/4 c sugar
3/4 c plain flour
3/4 c rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger

ginger icing:
75g butter
3/4 c icing sugar
2 T golden syrup
3 tsp ground ginger
crystallised ginger, chopped

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Si...
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Ginny's sticky lemon slice

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 23, 2010, In : slices 
Ginny insists this wasn't her best batch and her tin was too small, but it looks pretty good to us.

8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 ounces icing sugar
9 ounces plain flour
14 ounces granulated sugar
4 medium eggs, beaten together
4 tablespoons plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Grated zest 2 lemons
6 tablespoons lemon juice, strained
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

1 Put the softened butte...
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Gluten- and dairy-free brownies by Nicola

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, September 20, 2010, In : slices 

Rich, dense morsels of chocolately goodness!

1 C unsweetened apple puree/sauce
1/3 C cocoa
¾ C flour/gluten free baking mix
½ tsp baking soda
½ C sugar
½ tsp salt
½ C dark chocolate chips ( or ¾ C of raspberries instead of choc chips & walnuts)
¾  C chopped walnuts

1.       Heat oven to 175C

2.       Place puree in medium bowl. Sift in cocoa, flour/baking mix & baking soda. Add sugar and salt. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate & nuts or fruit.

3.       Transfer...


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Ginny magicked up these magic bars

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 16, 2010, In : slices 


I want to rename these the yummy-gooey bars cos they were so, well, yummy and gooey. In this batch Ginny substituted the cashews for walnuts.

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups (150 grams) graham cracker crumbs (plain biscuits in kiwi speak)
1 1/3 cups (90 grams) sweetened flaked or shredded coconut
1 cup (170 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup (100 grams) chopped walnuts or peca...


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Mama Chan classic: ginger crunch

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, August 8, 2010, In : slices 

125g softened butter
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 c plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger

ginger icing:
75g butter
3/4 c icing sugar
2 T golden syrup
3 tsp ground ginger

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift dry ingreds and mix into creamed mixture. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead well. Press into lined/greased 20 x 30 cm sponge tin.
Bake at 190C for 20-25 mins or until light brown.
Put all icing ingreds into a saucepan and heat until butter has melted, stir...
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Frances Chan is a freelance editor/proofreader who has written a couple of children's books and writes for Weekend Notes. She also loves to bake. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.


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