Seed crackers

October 26, 2018

Crunchy salty goodness!

Makes 80-100 small crackers

1/2 c pumpkin seeds
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c sesame seeds
1/4 c black sesame seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 c flour (I used rye and spelt)
2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 c olive oil
3/4 c cold water

Grind pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a coffee grinder or food processor until crumbly. Add to a bowl and mix in all the other ingredients by hand or just put all the other ingredients in the food processor and blitz until a dough forms.

Divide into 2 balls and flatten into thick discs. Wrap in a plastic bag and refrigerate for an hour.

Preheat oven to 160C. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.

Roll out half the dough in between 2 sheets of baking paper until 1 or 2mm thick. Cut into rounds and place closely onto the baking sheet. I chose a 5cm diameter cutter.

Bake for 8-10 min until golden round the edges, rotating the tray halfway through cooking.

Leave to cool on the tray for 10 min then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Great with homemade hummus or just on their own!


 

Almond crescents

October 25, 2018

Great to make if you have any leftover egg whites or you can make with a can of aquafaba too.

3/4 c chopped (or flaked) almonds
2 c ground almonds
1 c sugar (I used coconut)
zest of an orange
2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 160C. Link a baking tray with baking paper.
Whisk egg whites until stiff peaks. Whisk in sugar and fold in ground almonds and zest. Take small balls of the mixture and roll into a little log. Roll int the chopped almonds and place on your baking tray in a crescent shape.
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Zucchini double chocolate brownies

October 19, 2018

Z is for zucchini brownies. It's no. 26 of 26 alphabetical bakes! I've made a vegan version before and this is just as easy with a couple of eggs. I added my go-to vegan chocolate ganache, to make it extra special. You can make these in muffin tins or a round cake. Brownies are an excellent quick option for school or office bakes.
This is the end of my A to Z of bakes, a little Instagram project, but now I'll just bake with whatever letter I fancy. Keep calm and carry on baking!

2 cups zucchini...
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Chocolate yoyos

October 15, 2018

Y is for yoyos! Those classic filled shortbread cookies with a chocolate twist, aka melting moments. It is easy to make them vegan, as I have done.

Makes 40
250g non-dairy spread, or butter
100g coconut sugar or cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g flour (I used a gluten-free mix)
1/2 tsp guar or xanthan gum (if you're using g-f flour)
65g cornflour
40g cocoa powder

Buttercream filling:
50g non-dairy spread or butter
85g icing sugar
few drops of lemon juice

Ganache filling:
1/2 c coconut cream
50g dark cho...
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Xmas cake

October 1, 2018

X is for Xmas cake - with only 3 ingredients! This is an Annabel Langbein recipe, which I have made before. It's no. 24 of 26 alphabetical bakes.

1kg dried fruit (I used prunes, apricots, raisins, cranberries, banana)
2 1/2 c milk (I used rice)
2 3/4 c flour (I used spelt)

Extras - you can add a couple tbsp brandy/rum/sherry, some chopped nuts or spices (eg cinnamon, nutmeg) if you like

In a large bowl soak the fruit in the milk overnight.

Preheat the oven to 160C. Line a 23cm cake tin ...


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Walnut coffee cake

September 17, 2018

W is for walnuts! A healthy and wholesome addition to any cake, such as carrot or courgette or chocolate brownie. But today I've paired it with one of my faves - coffee. It's no. 23 of 26 alphabetical bakes! Make it extra special with coffee icing and candied walnuts. This is adapted from a Julie Le Clerc recipe.

1 c walnuts
125g butter, softened
3/4 c unrefined sugar (I used organic golden, coconut or rapadura also ok)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
1/4 c cold strong espresso coffee
1 1/3 c ...


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Vegan vanilla ice cream

September 11, 2018

V is for vegan vanilla ice cream with vegan chocolate sauce. No. 22 of 26 alphabetical bakes! OK, not technically a 'bake' but a recipe well worth trying.

Ice cream:
2 cans coconut cream or milk
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract or vanilla paste with seeds or seeds from 1 vanilla pod
pinch salt

Chocolate sauce:
1/2 c water 
1/2 c cacao or cocoa powder
2 tbsp cacao butter
pinch sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the ice cream, put all ingredients in a blender and whiz. Churn in an ice cream...


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Mango upside down cake

August 31, 2018

The joy at revealing an upside down cake really is a baker's delight. You can make it with any fruit - I chose mango and coconut for a sunny vibe to offset a cold rainy day. It's no. 21 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

50g melted butter
1/2 c brown sugar
2 cans mango, drained or 2 fresh mangos, sliced
100g melted butter
1/2 c unrefined sugar (I used Ceres organic golden sugar)
3/4 c coconut milk or cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1 14 tsp baking powder
1/4 c...


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Vegan tiramisu

August 26, 2018

My rustic vegan tiramisu was inspired by itdoesn'ttastelikechicken.com. Great name, great recipe! It's no. 20 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Sponge cake:

1 3/4 flour (I used spelt)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c unrefined sugar
1/4 c brown rice syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
100ml vegetable oil
150ml cold filtered water

Espresso syrup:

4 shots espresso coffee
2 tbsp liqueur of choice
water

Cream:

1 c cashews, soaked overnight or for at least 30 min in boiling water
1/2 c non-dairy milk
3 tbsp liquid natural...


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Vegan salted caramel chocolates

August 13, 2018

S is for salted caramels - no. 19 of 26 alphabetical bakes! I was pretty pleased with how these turned out. You CAN make caramels without cream, and I used unrefined sugars too. 

Makes 36-40 

400ml can coconut milk or cream
1/2 c rice syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 3/4 c coconut sugar (or rapadura)
3/4 c water
450g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa, dairy free)
digital sugar thermometer

Line a 20cm x 20cm square tin with baking paper.

In a small saucepan heat the coconut cream, r...


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