Lemon polenta shortbread

April 16, 2022

Polenta adds colour and crunch to this crispy olive oil shortbread. It's from The Flexible Baker by Jo Pratt (White Lion, 2022).


2 1/4 c / 225 g ground almonds or flour of choice

1 1/2 c / 225 g fine polenta

1 1/4 c / 175 g icing sugar

zest of 2 lemons

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 c olive oil

1 Tbsp caster sugar


Preheat oven to 170C. Have a 20 cm square tin or similar ready.

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together with the zest. Stir in the olive oil and bring together as a crumbly dough.

Press evenly into your tin. Score lines for cutting through once baked. Use a fork or skewer to prick the dough all over.

Bake for around 35-40 minutes or until the edges have started to become lightly golden.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle over the caster sugar. Cut into your slices while warm, then leave to cool completely in the tin.

 

Oaty mushroom scones

April 16, 2022

Love a flexible recipe. And this is what Jo Pratt is all about. Her recipes can be adapted to be gluten, dairy or nut free and vegan. I've been enjoying her latest, The Flexible Baker (White Lion, 2022). I usually make cheese scones but mushrooms are a nice change for a savoury bite.


Makes 8

15 g dried porcini mushrooms

4 Tbsp boiled water

1 1/4 c  / 175 g Tbsp oats

3/4 c / 75 g ground almonds

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp sea salt

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Chocolate orangey cookies

April 12, 2022

A delightfuly easy one-bowl recipe. No creaming, just mix!


Makes 24

2 1/4 c flour

1/3 c granulated sugar (I used coconut)

1/2 c soft brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

zest and juice of 2 oranges - juice simmered until reduced by half

170 g butter or dairy-free spread, at room temperature

2 eggs

200 g dark chocolate bar, broken into small squares


In a large bowl or food processor whisk together the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda and zest. Add the juice, butter and eggs and be...


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Vegan hot cross buns

April 8, 2022

Easy buns! For us non-religious types, why don't we make hot cross buns all throughout the year and just call them not cross buns?


Makes 12

500 g flour

2 1/2 tsp dried yeast

1/4 c caster sugar

1 1/4 c mixed dried fruit (I used mixed peel and prunes)

1 Tbsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 Tbsp apple sauce

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 c dairy-free milk

1/2 c warm water


Cross

2 Tbsp flour

3 Tbsp water

2 Tbsp apricot jam


In a large bowl mix together the flour, yeast, sugar, fruit and spices. 

Mix in the apple...


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Chocolate macadamia brownies

April 6, 2022

The healthiest, fudgiest brownie you'll ever make.


3 Tbsp ground flaxseed

6 Tbsp milk of choice

2 cups dates, pitted and soaked in boiling for 15 minutes

2 Tbsp almond butter

2 Tbsp milk of choice

1 c flour of choice (I used ground almonds)

1/4 c cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 c milk of choice

200g dark chocolate, melted

1/2 c chopped macadamias plus 1/4 c

1/4 c dark chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 20 cm square tin with baking paper.

Mix the flaxseed and milk together in a small bowl a...


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Amaretti

April 3, 2022

A lovely chewy bite, ideal with coffee. Fika your heart out.

Makes 24

2 egg whites

1 c caster sugar

1 1/2 tsp honey

1 tsp vanilla paste

zest of a lemon, orange or grapefruit

3 c ground almonds

1/2 tsp sea salt flakes

1/2 c icing sugar


Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Beat egg whites in a large bowl until frothy. Add sugar and beat until thick and glossy. Mix in honey, vanilla and zest.

Stir in the almonds and salt with a spoon or spatula until just combined. It will be a soft ...


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Chocolate coconut marble cake

March 31, 2022

I like the surprise element of a marble cake - never know what pattern you'll get!

2 c flour (I used gluten free and added 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

110 g milk chocolate

140 g butter or dairy-free spread

1 c sugar

1/2 tsp sea salt

 3 eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c coconut milk or cream

1/3 c desiccated or shredded coconut


Preheat oven to 160C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

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Ginger biscuits

March 28, 2022

Another easy ginger biscuit with crystallised ginger for extra chewiness and sweetness. Mary Berry's recipe doesn't disappoint.


50 g butter or non-dairy spread

1 Tbsp golden syrup (or rice syrup, maple, agave)

175 g self-raising flour or normal flour with 1 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp ground ginger

75 g crystallised ginger, chopped

1 tsp baking soda

50 g demerara sugar

50 g light brown sugar or coconut sugar

1 egg, beaten


Preheat the oven to 160C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Heat the butter and ...


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Lime slice

March 24, 2022

I dedicate this to my friend who gave me limes from her tree. It's a lemon bar recipe but you can substitute with any type of citrus.


Makes 16 squares

Base:

160 g flour

50 g sugar

120 g cold butter or dairy-free spread, cubed


Filling:

160 ml / 2/3 c lime juice (about 8 small limes)

zest from limes, optional

250 g coconut cream

250 g caster sugar

6 Tbsp cornflour

few drops green food colouring (if you're using lemons you can add 1/4 tsp turmeric or yellow food colouring)


icing sugar to dust


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Chocolate ganache cake

March 23, 2022



This decadent recipe is by Dorie Greenspan (Baking with Dorie, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021). She calls it her Lisbon Chocolate Cake, after tasting something similar at Lisbon's Landeau Chocolate cafe. She says the three layers are essential to make the whole - a fudgy brownie-like cake, a whipped moussey ganache and a cocoa dusting.


1/3 c / 28 g cocoa

1 1/2 Tbsp cornflour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

113 g butter or dairy-free spread

142 g dark chocolate, chopped

1/2 c sugar

3 cold eggs...


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