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Chocolate truffles two ways

Posted by Frances Chan on Sunday, April 24, 2022, In : sweets 

A packet of goji berries had been sitting in the pantry for too long so I put them in these delicious vegan truffles. My other favourite flavour at the moment is rum and raisin so I made those too. I found Lagusta Yearwood's recipe in Sweet & Salty (Da Capo Lifelong, 2019) very easy and with lots of flavour options.


Master ganache recipe makes 2 cups:

200 g coconut milk or cream

1/4 c coconut oil

1 Tbsp water

340 g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces


Flavourings:

1/2 c goji berries, soaked unti...


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Carrot cake cheesecake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, January 3, 2022, In : big cakes 

One must have cream cheese icing with carrot cake, so why not bake the topping into the cake? This is from Jerrelle Guy's Black Girl Baking (Page Street, 2018).


1/3 c raisins

1 1/2 c flour (I used wholemeal spelt)

1 c almond meal

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp salt

3 pineapple rings

1/3 c neutral oil

1/2 c coconut sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 large carrots, grated

1/4 c chopped toasted walnuts, optional


cheesecake layer:

250g cream cheese, softened

1/4 c granu...


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Raw apple raisin cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, December 16, 2021, In : cookies 

With the oven still bung I made these wholesome raw cookies in the dehydrator. Dehydrated food sometimes doesn't look the most appetising so I tszujed these up with some white chocolate decoration. This recipe is adapted from The Complete Book of Raw Food (Hatherleigh Press, 2005).

Makes around 30 small cookies
2 c sunflower seeds, soaked for 6-8 hours and rinsed
2 apples, cored
2 bananas
1/2 c dates
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c raisins or cranberries
1 c walnuts, soaked for 6-8 hours and ...
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Apple filo pies

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 14, 2021, In : desserts 

I got this idea from Nadiya Hussain. She uses some good 'cheats' to make her recipes quicker. She used 2 cans of chunky apple sauce for her filling, but I haven't seen these in Auckland shops so I just made my own stewed apple.


700 g apples, preferably Granny Smith

Splash of water and lemon juice

1 tsp mixed spice

1/2 c raisins

1/2 chopped nuts (I used toasted hazelnuts)

cooking oil spray

12 sheets filo pastry

demerara sugar, optional
icing sugar, optional


Peel and chop the apples into small cubes and ...


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Banana buns

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, November 13, 2021, In : bread 


These cute little buns use bananas as the sweetener, no sugar added, no kneading needed.


2 ripe bananas

1 tsp active dry yeast

1 egg

2 Tbsp butter, melted

350 g flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c raisins


In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Mix in the yeast, egg and butter until fully combined. Stir in the raisins, then the flour and salt until a sticky dough forms. Cover the bowl, and let dough prove until double in size - up to 1 1/2 hours.

Line a 20 x 20 cm cake tin with baking paper. Punch down dough and knea...


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Apple Crumble Tea Cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, In : big cakes 


What's better than apple crumble? Apple crumble cake! This is a comforting recipe from Julie Le Clerc's Favourite Cakes (Penguin, 2011). It's a one-pot wonder too.


125g butter

1 c soft brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

2 apples, grated with skin on

1 c raisins

1 c milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 c rolled oats

1 1/2 c flour (I used white and wholemeal spelt)

3 tsp baking powder

icing sugar, to dust


Crumble:

100g butter, cubed

1 c flour

1/2 c sugar

1 tsp cinnamon


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


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Cornflake haystacks

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, August 6, 2020, In : cookies 

A very satisfying caramely crunch that uses up cornflakes that have been sitting around for too long. It's from a 517-page tome called Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan (Houghton MIfflin Harcourt, 2016).

Makes about 36
2 eggs
1/2 c natural liquid sweetener, eg brown rice syrup, maple syrup, honey
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 c desiccated or shredded coconut
1 c chopped nuts (I used almonds)
1 c raisins (I plumped mine up by placing them in a small bowl and soaking in boiled water for 5 min, then drain)
170g m...
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Dried fruit cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, May 18, 2020, In : cookies 

This batch makes so many cookies! You can freeze some of the dough for later use.


Makes about 50

185g butter, softened

1/2 c granulated sugar (I used organic golden but coconut sugar would work well)

1/2 c brown sugar

2 eggs

2 or 3 mashed bananas

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp all spice (or a combo of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger)

1 1/2 c oats

1 c mixed dried fruit, chopped

3/4 c desiccated or shredded coconut

3/4 c chopped nuts (I used walnuts and almonds)


Prehe...


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Eccles cake

Posted by Eccles cake on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, In : small cakes 

Eccles cake from Eccles, England, first appeared in the 1790s. My first attempt at flaky pastry turned out well. I love the combo of buttery pastry, sweet currants and tart peel - don't we all?! This is no. 5 of 26 alphabetical bakes. 

I searched many recipes for this iconic little pastry and settled on this history lesson from The Guardian.

Makes 25
Pastry:
250g flour
250g cold butter, diced
1 tsp salt
120ml cold water

Filling:
120g currants (I used raisins cos that's what I had on hand, yo...


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Goji granola

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, May 4, 2017, In : desserts 

This granola has just the right mix of nuts, fruit, spices and sweetness for me - and a fantastic crunch.

3 c oats
2 c chopped nuts
1 c sunflower seeds, or do a pumpkin seed mix
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
4 tbs coconut oil
3/4 c rice syrup
2 tbs water
2 tbs vanilla extract
1/2 c chopped apricots
1/2 c goji berries
1/4 c raisins or chopped prunes

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Melt the coconut oil and rice syrup in a saucepan or double boiler over low heat. Mix the oats, ...


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Breakfast cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, March 5, 2016, In : cookies 

One of my new favourite blogs is My New Roots by Sarah Britton. In her book of the same name (Clarkson Potter, 2015) is a recipe called Fully Loaded Breakfast Bars. I'm always on the hunt for a healthy cookie I can give my 3-year-old in the morning when she's not fussed by porridge or toast, or if I'm pressed for time.
Makes 12-14
1 Tbs chia seeds
3 1/4 c rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 c cooked white beans such as cannellini, butter, navy ...

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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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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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Banana and peanut butter bundt cake with honey glaze

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, February 23, 2015, In : big cakes 

An easy sugar-free, flourless cake from Petite Kitchen. Went down well for a morning tea for 9, including teens and a toddler. I love recipes where you just mix everything in one bowl - less cleaning up!

1 c peanut butter (or any nut butter)
2 mashed banans
3 tbs honey, plus 3 tbs for glaze
3 eggs
1/2 c raisins (or any dried fruit)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 160C and grease and line a cake tin.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using a potato masher to break up the ban...
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Coconut oatmeal cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, March 2, 2014, In : cookies 

By Frances

This is from The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife (Avery, 2005). It explains all the amazing benefits of coconut oil and includes recipes. I do a lot of raw baking with it and usually put a bit on my porridge. I made these cookies for our 21-month-old mainly, so she can have a sugar-free treat.

 

½ c melted coconut oil

¾ c sweetener (I used honey and agave syrup)

2 eggs

½ tsp vanilla extract

1½ c flour

1 c oats

½ c dried coconut (shredded, grated, d...


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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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Ginny's soda bread 'biscuits'

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, March 13, 2011, In : small cakes 

I felt inspired to make these soda bread biscuits with caraway,
lemon zest and raisins for a friend who recently had a baby.
I never understand how Americans use the term 'biscuit' but this
is more akin to a scone in process - ie you rub in the butter...

3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of sugar (depending on how sweet you want them)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons caraway seeds*
1/2 to 1 cup of raisins*
1 1/4 cu...

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Frances doubles the fun - cinnamon rolls and parmesan buns

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, December 13, 2010, In : bread 

Aaaah…freelancing. In my world, it means more time to bake! I hadn’t made bread with gluten for a while so I thought I’d use up some spelt that I have at the back of the pantry. And if you’re going to make one batch you might as well double it and do two – one sweet and one savoury.

2 c warm water
4 tsp active dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp butter or vegetable spread
2 tsp salt
6 c flour (I used 2 plain white and 4 wholemeal spelt)

savoury filling:
2 Tbs butter,...


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Baked apples deluxe by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, November 24, 2010, In : desserts 


Don’t get me wrong – I’ve got nothing against Annabel Langbein’s recipes as featured on her TV programme The Free Range Cook. I just wish this obviously bright and successful woman could add a few more adjectives to her vocabulary! Her superfluous gushing of ‘so good’, ‘so delicious’, ‘so easy’ and ‘so yum’ send me into a groaning fit. On the other side of the culinary coin, Nigella finds ways to promote food porn unlike any other TV chef: everythin...


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Marzipan magic by Penny from Windsor

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 31, 2010, In : big cakes 

On a trip to Windsor, England, in August we were treated to homemade treats by Penny. We'd never seen marzipan inside a fruit cake before so I had to take a pic. Was very tasty.

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Mama Chan's dense fruit cake

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

This recipe is for two square tin cakes, with lined sides and bottom.

Soak in 1 1/2 c of brandy overnight:
2 kg fruit mince
red and green cherries
zest of 4 lemons

3 T golden syrup
3 T marmalade
3 tsp vanilla
500g butter
1 1/2 c brown sugar
4 1/2 c flour
9 eggs
3 tsp baking powder
3 tsp mixed spice

Pre-heat oven to 150 C. Mix fruit with rest of ingredients. Pour into tins.
Tie double layer of brown paper on the outside of the tines. Place 8 layers of newspaper on shelf underneath the tins.
Bake for half hour...
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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 and Facebook.


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