Chocolate mud brownies

October 27, 2019

You can make this batter into brownies, cakes, muffins - whatever suits your occasion. I usually go for a square or rectangle tin so it's easier to cut for lunch boxes or to serve many people. The best thing is that the food processor does all the work. Thanks Rachel Khoo for a winning free-from recipe from The Little Swedish Kitchen (Michael Joseph, 2018).

250g pitted dates
90ml hot espresso coffee
80g ground flaxseed
180ml vegetable oil
1 x 400g can black beans, drained (reserve 1/2 c of the liquid)
80g cocoa powder
2 tbsp vanilla bean paste or extract
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt

1 ripe avocado
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2-4 tbsp maple or rice syrup

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a cake or brownie tin with baking paper.
Roughly chop dates and soak in a small bowl with the hot coffee for a few minutes.
Pour into a food processor and whiz until forms a sticky paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and blitz until smooth.
Spoon into your cake tin and smooth out with a spatula or palette knife.
Bake for 30 min until cooked through but still slightly wet in the centre. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the icing scoop out the avocado flesh and mash with a fork or put in a food processor with the cacao and maple syrup. Add sweetener to taste. I mixed by hand then put the icing through a fine sieve to take out any lumps of avocado.
Place your cake on a serving dish and spread icing over evenly. Decorate as you wish - sprinkles, fresh berries, coconut flakes, grated chocolate...
If you're using muffin cases then you only need to bake for around 10 min.


Lemon drizzle cake

October 25, 2019

This is a light, gluten-free, sugar-free cake with a gooey sauce.

3 eggs, separated
1/2 c milk of choice
1/3 c vegetable oil
juice and zest of 2 lemons (reserve 1 tbsp juice for drizzle)
1/3 c rice syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c ground almonds
1/4 c coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 c coconut milk
1/4 c rice syrup
1 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a cake tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl whisk egg yolks, milk, oil, juice and zest, rice syrup and vanilla unti...
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Chocolate cornflake slice

October 15, 2019

A super easy slice to rustle up in less than 30 minutes.

1 c flour of choice (I used spelt)
1 c cornflakes
1 c desiccated coconut
2 tbsp cocoa
3/4 c sugar of choice (brown or coconut are good)
150g butter or non-dairy spread, melted

1 c icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa 
2-3 tbsp milk of choice

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a brownie tin with baking paper, leaving overhang on the sides.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Press evenly into tin and bake for about 25 min until cooked through and you...
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Apple cheese caraway scones

October 13, 2019

This is an intriguing recipe by Malika Ameen from Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice (Roost Books, 2016). After reading the ingredients I really wanted taste these flavours together. It's mostly a savoury bite but with a sugary crust. I bought dried apples specially but I think chunks of fresh apple would be fine too.

1 1/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 c oat flour (I ground oats in a coffee grinder)
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 1 /2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
115g cold butter, cut into 1cm...

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Golden semolina friands

October 10, 2019

These yummy and sunny little bites are made with some unusual ingredients. I'm really enjoying exploring the flavours in Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice by Malika Ameen (Roost Boos, 2015). She mixes and matches all sorts of exotic spices in her recipes.

Makes 12 friands or 24 minis
2 tbsp cold tahini
3/4 c granulated sugar
2 tsp black sesame seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
115g butter
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 c fine semolina
1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c milk
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c golden...

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Kardemummakaka (cardamom cake)

October 9, 2019

Swedes love cardamom in their baking and this recipe is a typical fika treat. You can use whole cardamom seeds that have been crushed if you don't mind little crunchy bits in your cake, or ground cardamom if you prefer a smooth sponge.

150g butter
3 egg yolks, room temperature
1/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c flour
4 tsp crushed cardamom seeds or 2 tsp ground cardamom
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
3 egg whites
3/4 c natural cane sugar

Extras if desired:
2 tbsp jam
whipped cream

Preheat oben to 175C. Grease and f...
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Chocolate banana muffins with streusel

September 19, 2019

Elevate your muffins with a salty nutty topping! You can make the streusel ahead of time and keep in the fridge until needed. This recipe is adapted from Sweet Sugar Sultry Spice by Malika Ameen (Roost Books, 2016).

Makes 18 muffins
For streusel:
2 tbsp sesame seeds (I prefer unhulled)
3/4 flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
6 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 c roasted nuts of choice (I used cashews as they were on hand but macadamias or pecans would be excellent)

For batter:
1 3/4 c flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp ...
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Lemon coconut cookies

September 19, 2019

This recipe called these biscuits 'washboards', which I love, but you can shape the dough into circles too. You can replace the lemon with lime or orange. All citrus flavours go well with coconut.

Makes 32
2 tbsp non-dairy milk
1 tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c coconut oil, room temperature
1 c unrefined sugar
1 egg or flax egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c desiccated coconut
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 c flour (I used spelt)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat o...

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Hasselnötskaka (hazelnut coffee cake)

September 5, 2019

This is such a simple beautiful cake, made special with ground hazelnuts and a hint of coffee. It's classic Swedish fika fare.

150g butter
1/2 c hazelnuts, toasted and ground
3 egg yolks
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c flour
3 tbsp cold espresso coffee
pinch salt
3 egg whites
2/3 c cane sugar

Preheat oven to 175C. Line a 23 cm round tin with baking paper.
Melt butter in a saucepan and set aside to cool. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and brown sugar until pale and frothy. Pour in the cooled butter and mix. Sift...
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Kärleksmums (Swedish chocolate squares)

August 30, 2019

These Swedish chocolate cakes translate to "love yums" - a quick non-creaming cake that's elevated with a ganache topping with a hint of coffee.

150 g butter or non-dairy spread
2 c flour
4 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 c unrefined sugar
3/4 c milk of choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c cream or coconut cream
3 tbsp cold coffee
115g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa, in small pieces
2 tbsp butter or non-dairy spread
1/2 c shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a b...

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EST. 2010

Frances Chan loves to bake. She's also a freelance editor and has written a couple of children's books. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.

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