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Double chocolate chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, November 6, 2017, In : cookies 

160g butter or non-dairy spread (I used Olivani)
3/4 c coconut sugar or brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c oats, ground in a coffee grinder to make flour
2 c buckwheat flour
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 c dark chocolate chips or 150g dark chocolate cut into chunks

Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in egg. Then mix in flours and dry ingredients. Lastly mix in the chocolate chips.

Wrap dough in cling film and chill in freezer for half...


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Trio of bliss balls - chocolate, strawberry, cookie dough

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 3, 2017, In : sweets 

It all started with our daughter wanting chocolate chip cookies. I decided to make healthy chocolate chip cookie bliss balls and found this easy recipe from Wholefood Simply. Then I decided to make my own recipes using different sweeteners, flavours and flours, but all still raw, whole, organic, sugar and gluten free.

Makes about 24
2 c rolled oats
1/3 c tahini
2 tbsp honey or rice syrup
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
1/3 c dark chocolate chips
Blitz the oats in a ...
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Healthy Halloween snacks

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 29, 2017, In : sweets 

So easy to make these cute Halloween snacks for kids. Pumpkin mandarins with a bit of celery as the stalk (or use cucumber), boonanas or ghost bananas with chocolate drop eyes and pretzel broomsticks with sliced cheese brooms (held together by a string of spring onion or chive)
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Chocolate thins

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, October 27, 2017, In : cookies 

If you make anything heart-shaped with icing it's a guaranteed winner with the kids. This is a very basic but easy chocolate biscuit. The key is to chill the dough and roll out to an even 3mm thickness.

125 g chilled butter or non-dairy spread (I used Olivani this time and it worked well)
2/3 c coconut/brown/rapadura sugar (I used organic golden sugar that I put in a spice grinder first)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/4 c cornflour
1/2 c cacao or cocoa powder
1 1/2 c flour

Cream t...


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Ghost pretzels from scratch

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, October 27, 2017, In : bread 

Last year for Halloween I painstakingly chocolate-dipped about 50 tiny pretzel sticks and added chocolate chips for eyes and a mouth. They sure didn't last long at the kindergarten's Halloween party. This year I decided to make my own thick pretzel rods so they'd be much quicker to coat with chocolate. It's quite a process making your own pretzels; like bagels, you poach them before baking, but in a special solution. The result is a flavoursome crunchy stick. It's adapted from Serious Eats.

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Chocolate and strawberry chia jam cups

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, In : sweets 

It's great to make your own chocolate and jam as you can control the sweetness and get your kids to get used to less sugary foods. Grown-ups will like these too, of course!

Make the jam first by blitzing in a blender 1 c strawberries or other berries, 2 tbsp water, 2 tbsp brown rice syrup and 2 tbsp chia seeds. Transfer to a small bowl and heat over medium heat until mixture starts to bubble. Cook for 3-5 minutes, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and c...


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Coconut almond macaroons

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 15, 2017, In : cookies 

Whenever I make hummus with canned chickpeas it's an excuse to make something with the aquafaba as well. It's a perfect vegan alternative to egg whites. I've been experimenting to make macaroons with the least amount of ingredients possible.

Makes about 16
1/2 c aquafaba
1 tsp cream or tartar or 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1 1/2 c desiccated coconut
1 1/2 c ground almonds
150g dark/bittersweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Simmer the aquafaba in a...
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Healthy caramels

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 12, 2017, In : sweets 

Mmmmmm - make your own caramels for a guilt-free sweet treat.

Makes 14-16
1 cup pitted dates (medjools are superior but you can use deglet noors too)
1 tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew work well)
1 tbsp coconut oil
pinch sea salt
For coating:
150 g unsweetened dark/bittersweet chocolate
or 1/2 c cocoa butter, 1/2 c cacao powder, 1/4 c rice syrup

Line a small tray or plate that you can fit in your freezer with baking paper.
If you are going raw, soak the dates in a bowl with a little bit of wa...
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Chocolate biscotti

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, In : cookies 

Our 5-year-old had some fancy biscotti at a cafe this week and asked me to make some. Always up for a baking challenge, I duly produced these. Easy to overbake biscotti, so keep an eye on it.

Makes 12-14 sticks
1/2 c spelt flour
1/2 c buckwheat flour
1/3 c coconut sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For dipping: 50g chocolate, 50g white chocolate

Preheat oven to 190C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
In a bowl mix the flours, sugar, cocoa, bakin...
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Prune chocolate slice

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 28, 2017, In : slices 

This is adapted from Eleanor Ozich's apricot and chocolate slice. I love the combination of prunes and chocolate, and have made my own chocolate in this recipe. This is another entry into #PlantBasedChallengeNZ #LittleBirdGoodness

1 c prunes, chopped
2 c ground seeds/nuts/grains - this is YOUR choice! I used 1 c rolled oats, 1/2 c sunflower seeds, 1/2 c activated buckwheat groats (you can also use pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, cashews, walnuts)
1 c desiccated coconut
1/3 c coconu...


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Apricot and chocolate slice

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 7, 2017, In : slices 

It's always a pleasant distraction when a blog I subscribe to posts a new recipe. In the case of Eleanor Ozich's apricot and dark chocolate bumper bars my eyes and tastebuds were duly tantalised and I decided to make them the same day. Key words: apricot, chocolate, fudgy, no bake – and I had all the ingredients in the pantry.

1 c chopped dried apricots (I used organic sulphur-apricots hence they are not bright orange like non-organic ones)
2 c rolled oats
1 c desiccated or shredded c...


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Healthy afghans

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, August 31, 2017, In : cookies 

It's easy to substitute the ubiquitous refined ingredients for more wholesome options that make equally yummy and healthy afghans.

Makes 16
1 c almond meal
1 c buckwheat flour
4 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
1/3 c coconut oil
1/4 c honey, rice syrup or maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 c gluten-free cornflakes (no added sugar)

For the icing:
60g dark chocolate (I used Whittaker's 72%)
3 tbsp non-dairy milk
1 tbsp honey, rice syrup or maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
desiccated...
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Chocolate beetroot brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, In : slices 

A great way to use vegetables in baking and the kids will never know. I like brownies with raspberries or nuts sometimes, but my kid prefers plain flavours so I've kept it simple.

300g beetroot, boiled, peeled and cut into chunks
3 eggs or make flaxseed eggs
1/2 c sweetener such as rice malt syrup, maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, panela (not agave)
1/4 c melted coconut oil or butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/2 c cocoa or cacao powder
1 c flour or almond...
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Quick mini muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, In : small cakes 

These are the quickest and easiest muffins I've made. Only 6 ingredients plus your choice of flavour. With an hour to go before we went visiting, these were mixed and baked in no time. I also made a runny icing with icing sugar and lemon juice to drizzle over, topped with sprinkles for extra child-friendliness. Mini muffins only take 5-7 min to bake, so be careful not to overbake or else it might just taste like a rubber ball.

Makes about 36 mini muffins
200g almond flour/meal (or mix of 100g a...
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Chocolate aquafaba sponge

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, June 23, 2017, In : big cakes 
 
Make a quick sponge from chickpea brine! Aquafaba, as it is known, is useful if you're doing vegan baking. The brine whisks up like egg white.

1 c flour (spelt, wholemeal, gluten free, whatever you usually work with)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp cacao powder
pinch salt
1/4 c aquafaba (brine from a can of chickpeas, drained)
1/4 coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 c applesauce
1/2 c raw sugar

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 loaf tins with baking paper.
Sift and mix all dry ing...
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Strawberry rose cheesecake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, May 5, 2017, In : desserts 

Another one from Vanelja - a rawish cake with the right combination of strawberry tang, fragrant rose and rich chocolate.

Base:
1 1/2 c almonds
6 dates
2 tbs cacao powder
pinch salt

Filling:
1 c cashews
1 c strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 banana
1 tbs rosewater or extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
juice of a lemon
1/4 c grated cacao butter, melted
1/4 c coconut oil, melted

Icing:
2/3 c grated cacao butter
3 tbs coconut oil
1/2 c cacao powder
2 tbs honey or rice syrup
pinch sea salt

First, soak the cashews...


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Wookie cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 27, 2017, In : cookies 

I made these chocolate thins for a Star Wars kids' party. Low in sugar and no gluten, eggs, dairy or nuts, if you're avoiding such things.
1c buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs cocoa powder
1/4 c coconut sugar/rapadura - ground into a powder using a coffee grinder
1/4 c coconut oil
5-8 tbs nondairy milk

Whisk all the dry ingredients in a food processor. Add coconut oil and mix. With the motor running add the milk one tablespoon at a time until a dough forms. Wrap in cling film a...
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Vegan chocolate mousse

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 27, 2017, In : desserts 

Super easy chocolate mousse! 

110g dates or apricots simmered in juice and zest of an orange for 15 min

400g silken tofu

4 tbs cocoa

Once fruit is stewed blitz all ingreds in a blender and then pour into ramekins. Store in the fridge until you want to serve. I served mine with toasted coconut flakes and cashew toffee praline. Any thinly sliced fruit or stewed dried fruit will complement the rich mousse.


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Apricot bites and chocolate brownie chews

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, March 11, 2017, In : sweets 

In my constant search for the perfect muesli bar/granola bar/bliss ball/fruit bites that my four-year-old will eat, I've come across these two recipes that work really well from Wholefood Simply by Bianca Slade (2013). Great lunchbox fillers whatever age you are!

For the apricot bites you only need 1 c organic dried apricots, soaked for 30 min in boiling water then drained. Then put in a blender or food processor with 2 c desiccated coconut. Blitz on high for a while until it's all combined. P...
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Milk chocolates

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, March 11, 2017, In : sweets 

These chocolates are especially good for kids as they have a more milky smooth texture, but they are not hard setting. The recipe is from Virpi Mikkonen. You need to keep these in the freezer, they are sticky and soft - and very moreish.

1/2 c cashews or macadamias or mix of, soaked a few hours then drained
1/2 c grated cacao butter
1/3 c coconut oil
1/3 c cacao powder
1/3 c rice syrup, honey or coconut syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt

Melt the cacao butter and coconut oil in a bowl set ove...
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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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Vegan chocolate chunk cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, In : cookies 

This is adapted from Eleanor Ozich's My Family Table (Murdoch Books, 2015) but I used less sugar and a bit of spelt flour to help bind. The oats add a texture and the sugar helps to make a crispy cookie. You could replace the sugar with a natural liquid sweetener to make a chewy cookie.

2 1/2 c oats (or use any gluten free flour)
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
2/3 c muscovado, rapadura or coconut sugar
1/3 c melted coconut oil
1 linseed egg (1Tbs linseed mixed with 3 Tbs water)
1 tsp vanilla extract
15...
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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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Chocolate beetroot cake v2

Posted by Frances Chan on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, In : big cakes 

I made a chocolate beetroot cake in 2015 that used raw beetroot, this one uses cooked beets and I think that helps to give the cake a real fudgy texture. Kids won't even know there's beetroot in there! This recipe is from Marian Keyes' Saved By Cake, but I used less sugar.

250g cooked beetroot
100g dark chocolate
125g butter
1c muscovado or brown sugar
3 eggs
225g flour (I use spelt)
30g cocoa powder
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 180C and line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper. Grate the beetroot or blit...
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Chocolate buckwheat crackle bars

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, December 5, 2016, In : sweets 

I came across puffed buckwheat at my local organic shop - brilliant! These easy bars are a super yummy healthy sweet treat.

3 c puffed buckwheat (or puffed rice or spelt)
1/4 c toasted sesame seeds, optional
1/3 c coconut oil
1/3 c rice syrup
2 Tbs cacao powder
150g coconut butter
pinch salt
1 tsp cacao powder

Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper. In a bowl mix the the puffs and sesame seeds.

In a saucepan over low heat melt the coconut oil, syrup, 100g coconut butter and cacao. Once melt...


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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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Halloween ghost pretzels

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 30, 2016, In : sweets 

Being a New Zealander we don't traditionally celebrate Halloween but this year I succumbed to making my first Halloween-themed snack for kindergarten's 'Freaky Friday' - ghost pretzels. Trust me to make the most finicky, fiddly thing. You can't get big thick pretzel sticks here so I only had thin little ones to work with. Dip in melted white chocolate and place chocolate chips for eyes and mouth. They barely fit on the stick and some of the faces looked a bit dodge but they tasted great and t...
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Treasure chest cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 30, 2016, In : big cakes 

This is Miss Four's second birthday cake, for the other side of the family. A sugar-free beetroot chocolate loaf cake. Make one loaf cake and another one half the height. The half becomes the lid of the chest. Ice the lid and chest with chocolate ganache and attach with toothpicks.
To decorate I used raspberry licorice straps and smarties/pebbles and filled the chest with chocolate coins and sweets to represent jewels -  gourmet jellybeans, Hershey's kisses and jubes. I used green food colouri...
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Chocolate chip cookies (vegan, gluten-free)

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, In : cookies 

A really easy recipe from 'Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family' by Jennifer Katzinger (Sasquatch Books, 2015). The recipe is also refined sugar-free (I used dark choc chips that weren't sugar-free though as I didn't have 85% dark chocolate on hand). You could do many variations on this recipe - raisins or other dried fruit instead of chocolate, add coconut, use hazelnuts, oats, add cinnamon.
Makes about 20
2 c almonds (I used 1 c almonds and 1 c oats)
1 c dates (or about 10 medjool dates)
2 ...
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Nigella's chocolate orange cake (vegan, gluten-free)

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, In : big cakes 

I was pleasantly surprised that Nigella Lawson has a GF, DF recipe for chocolate cake, seeing she is the queen indulgence and full-fat everything. I did not put dark chocolate in my batter, I thought it was sweet enough. A lovely dense cake with gooey icing. Instead of chia seeds you could also make flaxseed 'eggs' - 6 Tbs flaxseed soaked in about 15 Tbs water).

2 oranges
6 chia 'eggs' (6 Tbs chia seeds soaked in 18 Tbs water)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 c almond meal (or hazelnut me...
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Chocolate mendiants

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, October 22, 2016, In : sweets 

Chocolate mendiants are traditional French sweets during Christmas time. The chocolate discs are studded with nuts and fruit to represent the four monastic orders of the church - usually raisins, figs, hazelnuts and almonds. In our household, however, I make chocolate treats all year round. These ones are decorated with goji berries and coconut, apricots and almonds, pumpkin seeds and ginger, and mini marshmallows. Just go crazy with your toppings...

Makes 12 little discs
1/2 c cacao powder
1/2 ...
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Chocolate apricot cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, In : cookies 

This easy recipe is adapted from Healthy Food Guide. From this base you can make many variations of cookie – plain, with nuts, with coconut, oats, other dried fruit, spices. I like that it adds LSA to sneak in an extra nutrient punch.

100g butter
½ c natural sweetener (I used rapadura sugar and honey)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
1 ¼ c flour (I used spelt)
¼ c Dutch cocoa powder (Dutch process cocoa gives a fudgier, denser flavour but natural is fine too. Here's an...


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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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Salted apricot caramels

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, March 13, 2016, In : sweets 

Thank you Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley for this super easy recipe that feels like such a treat.
Makes 40-50 
250g organic unsulphured apricots, chopped
1 tsp salt
80g coconut oil
2 Tbs hot water
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the chocolate coating:
200g cocoa butter
12 Tbs cacao powder
2 Tbs maple syrup or rice syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
In a food processor blend the apricots, salt, oil, hot water and vanilla until smooth.
Roll into little balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. If mixture is...
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Bounty bars with raspberry

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, In : sweets 

Here's a variation on the first raw bounty bars I made. The raspberry powder adds a special touch. You can see the subtle colouring in the pic. I found the chocolate melts really quickly once out of the fridge.

1/4 c coconut butter
2 Tbs coconut oil
1 tsp freeze-dried raspberry powder 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or powder
3 Tbs coconut nectar (I used rice malt syrup)
pinch sea salt
1 1/2 c desiccated coconut

chocolate coating:
1/3 c cacao butter
1 Tbs coconut oil
1/3 c cacao powder
1 Tbs coconut nectar

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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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Orange & apricot cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, January 15, 2016, In : desserts 

Thank you Emily Rose, who wrote Have Your Cake (Five Mile Press, 2011). Her recipes have "no butter, no white flour, no added sugar". She uses wholemeal flour, rice bran oil and honey. I prefer spelt, coconut oil and rice malt syrup so have substituted with these and results were good!
Makes 16-20 cookies
1 c spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 c dessicated coconut
1/3 c rolled oats (have also used buckinis)
1/2 c coconut oil, softened (or rice bran oil)
1/2 c rice malt syrup (or honey)
1 tsp grated ...
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Chocolate strawberry bran muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, In : small cakes 

With the abundance of strawberries at the moment I wanted to make a healthy combination of strawberries and chocolate. This is a mixture of my recent strawberry muffins and the last post, chocolate olive oil cake. Macerating the strawberries first in balsamic vinegar really adds depth to the flavour.
2 c strawberries
1/2 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
50g cocoa
125ml boiling water
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 c rice malt syrup
100ml olive oil
1 1/2 c flour (I used a mix of wholemeal and ...
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Chocolate olive oil cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, In : big cakes 

This lovely recipe is from Nigella Lawson's Nigellissima (Chatto & Windus, 2012). She made a cake but I decided to try these silicon moulds. The mixture rose quite a lot so my little bundt cakes were large, but moist and delicious just the same. Nigella uses 200g sugar but I was very happy with 150g.
150ml olive oil
50g cocoa, sifted
125ml boiling water
2 tsp vanilla extract
150g ground almonds or 125g flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch salt
150g caster sugar
3 eggs
Preheat oven to 170C. Grease an...
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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)

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Aquafaba chocolate mousse

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, December 3, 2015, In : desserts 

Following on with my adventures with aquafaba, first I made meringues and now chocolate mousse. Super easy when you can whip up the aquafaba (chickpea brine) real good with the electric mixer.
Serves 2
100g dark chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from one vanilla pod
aquafaba from one can drained chickpeas, about 1/2 cup
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
Melt chocolate over a bain marie. Using an electric whisk, beat the aquafaba with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add vanilla and mix in slowly...
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Chocolate & almond butter cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, In : cookies 

I made these after attending Kelly Gibney's wholefood cooking class from Bonnie Delicious. It was lovely to meet her and see her prepare several recipes. She made sauerkraut and almond butter look easy so I tried them myself and they worked! You can use different nuts or dried fruit in these cookies and their cute size are perfect for little hands.

3/4 c dried dates soaked for 10 min in hot water and drained
1 c desiccated coconut
1/2 c almond butter (homemade in 5 min in the Omniblend!)
1/2 c wa...
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Double chocolate chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, In : cookies 

This is adapted from I Quit Sugar. She uses buckwheat flour but I just used a gluten-free mix and added cocoa as well for double the fun!

1 1/2 c flour (I used a gluten-free mix)
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbs cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
125g softened butter
1/2 c rice malt syrup
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence or powder
100g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used 72% Whitaker's Dark Ghana)

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

In a large bowl sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa and s...


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Chocolate beetroot cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, August 30, 2015, In : big cakes 

This recipe is a lot easier than Nigel Slater's one that Ginny made, even though it's probably not as decadent. But I added jam and cream for a special birthday treat. I like that the beetroot is added in raw, you don't have to precook.
This is adapted from the NZ Woman's Weekly.

1 c brown or muscovado sugar
1 1/2 c vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 c 5flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c cocoa
1 tsp salt
2 c raw beetroot, peeled and grated
Ganache: 
melt 125g dark chocolate, 1 tb...
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Nutty choc chip cookies

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

I adapted these beauties from I Quit Sugar. I added a bit more quantity of chia seeds and an egg at the end to help bind it all together as the mixture seemed very crumbly. Result: perfectly crunchy and healthy bikkies!

1 1/2 c almond meal
1/2 c walnut meal (I used 1 c almond meal, 1 c spelt flour)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground chia seeds
1/2 c ground cinnamon
pinch salt
3 1/2 Tbs coconut oil
1 1/2 Tbs rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa, chips or chopped
1/...
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Pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, In : small cakes 

Sorry about the crap photo. Our daughter gobbled them all up and only two were left when I remembered to take the photo. I love hiding vegetables in recipes like this, toddlers are non the wiser.

This is from Sally's Baking Addiction. From this basic recipe you can add other things you may have in the pantry - nuts, dried fruit, granola topping - go crazy. A cream cheese icing would be rather nice too. Here's another pumpkin recipe and cream cheese icing recipe on Bake Club.

1 3/4 c flour (I us...
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Jaffa cupcakes and orange sauce

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, In : small cakes 


I used up the oranges my friend gave me with these orange chocolate cupcakes. Then I made a orange sauce to have with the cupcakes as a pudding.
The recipe is a variation of the one I made up for these chocolate, cranberry, honey muffins I made for honey week last year.

2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 heaped Tbs cocoa or raw cacao powder
1 c yoghurt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c rice malt syrup or honey
1/4 c oil or melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
3/4 c chocolate drops or chips (optional)

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Florentines

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

This is my first attempt at florentines. A bit fiddly but still yummy - anything coated in chocolate is! Worth the trouble for a special occasion, such as watching the final of the Superubgy where the Highlanders won against the Hurricanes 21-14! This recipe is adapted from the good ol' NZ Women's Weekly.

100g flaked almonds
1/4 cup sultanas
1/4 cup chopped mixed peel
1/4 cup chopped dried peaches (most recipes use glacé cherries but you can use any dried fruit such as cranberries, pears, prunes...


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Banana and chocolate chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, In : cookies 

An easy gluten-free cookie that especially kids will love! Not too much sweetener and full of good fibre. This is by Nadia Lim from Sunday magazine.
2 eggs
1 Tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c sweetener (coconut sugar or brown sugar ok, I used rice malt syrup)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 c ground almonds
1 c rolled oats
1 c mashed ripe bananas (about 2 bananas)
1/2 c dark choc chips

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a large bowl mix eggs, milk and vanilla. Add...
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Sugar-free chocolate muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 7, 2015, In : small cakes 

This is a really easy, quick recipe from a sugar-free website that made 36 mini muffins - ideal to take to preschool to celebrate our daughter's 3rd birthday. She requested the 'frozen' icing. I made it out of butter, rice syrup, vanilla and a couple of drops of blue food colouring, and sprinkled with coconut.

1 c rice syrup
2 eggs
1 c flour (I used spelt)
6 tbsp cocoa powder or cacao powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/3 c milk
1/3 c butter, melted

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Chocolate marble cake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, May 8, 2015, In : big cakes 

A simple marble cake looks impressive for a birthday occasion. This is adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetener
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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Chocolate pear cake

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, April 4, 2015, In : big cakes 

Since it was Easter I thought I'd make something chocolatey to take to a morning tea visit. This is a River Cottage recipe.

For the pears

  • 4 just-ripe pears
  • 35g butter
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange

For the cake

  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar (I used 100g)
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • A splash of milk

Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas 3. Butter a 20cm springform cake tin and line with baking parchment.

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Double chocolate peanut butter honey cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, In : cookies 

This is my entry into the NZ Airborne National Honey Week competition. I wanted to create a recipe that only uses a few ingredients so the honey could shine through. A no-flour, one-bowl wonder - VERY easy to make and scrummy!

Makes 16-20 cookies

1/3 c New Zealand honey (I used clover)
1 c peanut butter (Pic's is my preferred brand but any organic, salt-free, all natural one is good)
2 tbs cocoa powder
3/4 c chocolate drops

Preheat the oven to 180C. Soften or slightly melt the honey in a saucepan o...
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Courgette brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, In : small cakes 

A very easy recipe from Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar For Life (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2014). Only the bought chocolate has sugar in it.

1 large or 1 1/2 small courgettes
1 c almond (or any nut) butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or essence
1/4 c rice syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g dark (85%) chocolate, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a 20cm square brownie tin.
Grate the courgette into a large bowl and then add the rest of the ingredients an...
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Fig, chocolate, chai, almond biscotti

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, In : cookies 

By Sophie
  • 100 g chopped almonds
    200 g gluten-free plain flour, plus extra for dusting (I used Doves Farm)
    1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
    ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
    200 g brown sugar
    30 g dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa solids), optional

    1 large free-range egg
    1/2 cup chopped dried figs
    1 teaspoon chai spices or 1 chai tea bag (cut open the bag and use loose spices)
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    Almond milk or any other type of milk- optional

Spread out the almonds on a baking tray, then place in the hot oven ...

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Homemade bounty bars

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 15, 2014, In : sweets 

By Frances
These raw chocolate covered coconut bars are really easy to make - and delicious and healthy too! I adapted a recipe from Health Yeah.

2 cups desiccated coconut
1 cup of coconut cream or milk
3 Tbs coconut oil or coconut butter
4 Tbs natural sweetener (maple syrup, coconut syrup, rice syrup or date paste)
pinch sea salt

For the chocolate coating:
5 Tbsp of  organic coconut oil
3 Tbsp of raw cacao powder
2 tsp of coconut syrup or maple syrup

Mix all the ingreds except dessicated coconut in...
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Chocolate cherry macaroon cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 8, 2014, In : big cakes 

By Frances
Yet another great recipe from Julie Le Clerc's Favourite Cakes. Didn't rise a heck of a lot but still yummy with a macaroony taste with the coconut. Cross between a brownie and a cake.

100g butter, cubed
100g quality dark chocolate, chopped
1/3 c brown or dark sugar
1/2 c self-raising flour (I used rice and added 1 tsp baking powder)
1/4 c dessicated coconut
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c chocolate chips (didn't use)
1 c pitted cherries (fresh or well-drained preserved che...
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Raw chocolate strawberry truffle pie

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, May 26, 2014, In : desserts 

By Frances
Found this recipe on Chocolatecoveredkatie.com. Very nice and went down well at a vegan party.
  • 2.5 cups strawberries, or other berries (250g) (I used frozen and Fresh As strawberry slices)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder or cacao
  • 1.5 cups cashews (150g)
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 3 NuNaturals stevia packets, or 1/4 cup agave or pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Chocolate pie crust:

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (or almonds, w...

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Giant chocolate lamington cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, May 25, 2014, In : big cakes 

By Frances
This was one of Tui's 2nd birthday cakes from Julie Le Clerc's Favourite Cakes (Penguin, 2011).
4 eggs
pinch salt
1 c caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c plain flour
2 Tbs cocoa powder
1 c cream lightly whipped
1/2 berry jam, to fill
Chocolate coconut coating:
150g dark chocolate
100g vegetable shortening or coconut oil
1 1/2 c coconut thread

Preheat oven to 190C. Line 2 x 20cm sponge tins. Lightly butter the sides and dust with flour.
Whisk eggs, salt, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with ele...
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Vegan double chocolate banana muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, May 5, 2014, In : small cakes 

By Frances
Found a great website called egglesscooking.com as I wanted to do some egg-free baking for our coffee group, as one of the toddlers has an allergy. Easy to make these vegan recipes sugar-free too. I adapted this vegan double chocolate banana muffin recipe.

Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar (I used agave syrup and honey)
  • 1 cup mini vegan chocolate chips (did not use)
Wet Ingre...

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Raw chocolates

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, May 1, 2014, In : sweets 

By Frances
I've perfected the recipe for raw chocolate by adapting the recipe from Elements for Life.

  • 60-70g Raw Cacao Butter
  • 50g Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1-2 tbsp Sweet Freedom

Method

  1. All utensils must also be dry or the chocolate will separate. Wash your silicone mould before it's first use and then dry it thoroughly
  2. Place a clean bowl over a saucepan of hot water (bain marie). Ensure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water & no water goes inside the bowl
  3. Grate the cacao butte...

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Chocolate bliss bites

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, April 7, 2014, In : sweets 

By Frances

This super easy raw recipe is from Amaze Kitchen. A great sugar-, gluten and dairy-free treat. I made them into mini bites for my toddler, but didn’t roll them in cocoa as I thought it might be too messy for her.

250 grams dates or 12 medjool dates pitted

4 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons coconut oil
extra cocoa for rolling

1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor.
2. Wet or oil your hands, and ro...


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Flourless chocolate cake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, March 24, 2014, In : big cakes 

By Sophie
Oooh, this is oh so rich and velvety.

Ingredients:

  • 300g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 180 g icing sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 180C

Line a 7 inch round cake tin with baking paper and grease with butter. 

  1. Melt butter and chocolate heavy saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until chocolate and butter are melted and smooth.
  2. Cream icing sugar and egg yolks for 1-2 minutes until pale and creamy
  3. Mix chocolate and butter mi...

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Meringue gelato cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, In : desserts 

By Frances
This is by far the easiest and most decadent of Nigella's desserts I've come across. No cooking skills required! It's not even gelato, more like a meringue ice creamy thing. Any berries or cherries would work, flaked almonds too, and experiment with different liquers if you're using them.

for the meringue gelato cake

  • 300 ml ...

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Florentine cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, March 16, 2014, In : big cakes 

By Frances

A rich nutty cake by Annabel Langbein from the February issue of Life & Leisure magazine.

Base:

¾ c flour

¾ c wholemeal flour

¾ c oats

¾ c brown sugar

180g cold butter, diced

 

Process all ingredients in a food processor until it resembles a fine crumb. Press into a 20cm round cake tin.

 

Cake:

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla essence

¼ c brown sugar

½ c walnuts

½ c flaked almonds

¾ c almonds

¾ c dates

¾ c apricots

¾ c choc melts

¾ c coconut

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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

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Banana & chocolate chip loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, February 24, 2014, In : big cakes 

By Frances
Long time no bake! Today I decided to peruse my collection of cookbooks to find a banana cake I hadn't tried before. Ravinder Bhogal's Cook in Boots had this decadent banana loaf - with lashings of chocolate chips and walnuts. I used chocolate drops, which could have been chopped, and I could have used less, as the batter overflowed in the tin. It was the perfect treat to take to visit a friend.
I'm entering this in February's Sweet New Zealand, hosted by Alessandra Zecchini. Enter t...
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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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Everyday chocolate cake

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

By Frances
This is from The Complete Vegan Kitchen by Jannequin Bennett (Thomas Nelson, 2001). The foreword is an enlightening piece by Olympian Carl Lewis who attributes his athletic success to his vegan diet.
The cake turned out well, you'd never know it was dairy free.

3/4 c boiling water
1/2 c cocoa powder
1 Tbs instant coffee powder
1 c soy mayonnaise (but I made the substitute version combining a block of tofu, 2 tsp lime juice, 1 tsp lecithin, 1 Tbs vege oil, 1/2 tsp salt)
2 tsp vanilla extra...
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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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Chocolate, cranberry and honey muffins for National Honey Week

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, November 23, 2013, In : small cakes 

By Frances

This is for the ‘Cook Something Yummy With Honey’ competition for the inaugural National Honey Week 25 Nov – 2 December. I read about it on Alessandra Zecchini’s blog. This year’s hero honey is manuka – yummmmm.  I just made up this recipe with what I had in the pantry. I like to contrast the richness of chocolate flavour with the tartness of a fruit such as cranberry. Any fresh or dried berry would be equally delicious – raspberry is a favourite. I...


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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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Chocolate orange cake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, October 11, 2013, In : big cakes 

By Rachael
This cake is reminiscent of a Terry's Chocolate Orange! Rachael made this cake to celebrate becoming a NZ citizen so she added jaffas for a very apt decoration!

Ingredients: 
Unpeeled oranges to weight of 375g
6 eggs
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
200g ground almonds
150g caster sugar
50g cocoa

Ganache - 200g dark chocolate & 200ml double cream

1.  Put whole oranges in cold water & boil with lid on for 2hrs or until soft. Drain & when cool, quarter & remove pips.
2.  Add o...

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Chocolate lamington cupcakes

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, In : small cakes 

By Ginny
 I wanted to make some chocolate cupcakes, and got inspired to try and Little & Friday cake recipe... The recipe is for two 23cm cakes, so I used a 2/5 version to make 12 small/regular size cupcakes (I would have halved it, but 2.5 eggs was tricky), but I've put the full recipe below. Given that it's dense and moist, I think the size is fine... (the cake recipe itself involves a sugar syrup but I didn't do this for the cupcakes)

Preheat oven to 150C. I cooked the cupcakes for a...
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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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Frances makes Dr Libby's beetroot chocolate mud cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, August 8, 2013, In : big cakes 

I went to the Auckland Food Show this year and saw Dr Libby and Chef Cynthia's demo. They made this raw beetroot chocolate mud cake - turned out well. They also showed how quickly it is to make proper raw chocolate with cacao butter, cacao, nibs and peppermint oil so I'm gonna try that soon too.
I'm entering this into August's Sweet New Zealand, hosted by Sweets and Brains.


For the cake:
  • 2 cups Brazil nuts
  • 4 fresh medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 medi...

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Frances's chocolate chip, cranberry & almond cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, July 21, 2013, In : cookies 

The cranberries add a welcome tartness to these cookies. Quite a stiff mixture so flatten the cookies how you like, they won’t change shape much.

 

125g butter
¾ c sugar (I used a mix of demuera and golden)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 ¾ c flour (I used mix of spelt and plain)
½ tsp salt
1 c dark chocolate chips
½ c cranberries
½ c flaked almonds

Preheat oven to 190C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

In a  medium bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and va...
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Rachael's milk chocolate cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 16, 2013, In : big cakes 

This recipe is courtesy of Be-Ro, the UK's equivalent to Edmonds. Rachael brought her classic Be-Ro recipe book over from England and she always bakes us treats for coffee group.

200g S.R flour
225g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
25g cocoa powder sieved
100g marg
2 eggs, size 3
5 tbsp evaporated milk
5 tbsp water
a few drops of vanilla essence

1. Heat oven to 180/350/gas mark 4 & grease 2x20.5cm tins (not loose bottomed as mixture will run out)
2. Mix flour, sugar, salt & cocoa
3. Rub in marg.  Beat eggs with...

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Frances’s rosewater chocolate cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : big cakes 

I made this cake for Tui’s first birthday. It’s adapted from Julie Le Clerc’s Favourite Cakes (Penguin, 2011). She decorated hers with crystallised rose petals – fancy – but I just did ganache for another chocolate hit.

125g butter, really really softened

1 c caster sugar

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 c sour cream

1 Tbs rosewater

1 c self-raising flour

¼ tsp baking powder

½ c cocoa

filling:

200g marscapone

¼ c pouring cream

¼ c icing sugar

½ tsp v...


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Triple chocolate cookies by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, May 19, 2013, In : cookies 

This is Nigella's evily good recipe for her Totally chocolate chocolate chip cookies. I have never made anything with three types of chocolate before. Seems so indulgent but just what the mental health doctor ordered on a rainy day with a hot cuppa and a lie down.
I always use less sugar than Nigella in all her recipes.

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Frances's chocolate-coffee cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, In : big cakes 

This is called Superb Chocolate Cake by Robyn Martin in A Treasury of New Zealand Baking (Random House, 2009). I like it because it a one-pot cake.

125g butter
3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
1 c milk
2 c flour
1/2 c cocoa
4 tsp baking powder

coffee syrup
1/2 c strong black coffee
1/2 c sugar
25g butter

Preheat oven to 180C. Line base of 20cm round cake tin.
Melt butter in a large saucepan. Mix in sugar then remove from heat. Beat eggs and milk together. Sift flour, cocoa and BP and add to butter mixture with egg-milk...
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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 macaroon madness!

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 21, 2013, In : small cakes 

Raspberry macaroons
This is an easy addition to the basic macaroon recipe (http://bakeclub.yolasite.com/index/coconut-macaroons-by-ginny), and offers a useful way to use up egg whites - e.g., if making lavender bars or rosemary salty-sweet shortbread.

2 cups coconut
2 egg whites
1/3 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup freeze-dried raspberries

heat oven to 180C
mix ingredients together
put into 2-3 tsp-sized mounds on a sheet of paper
bake for 10-12 minutes (til they're a bit golden)
remove from oven.
cool - don't ...

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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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Chocolate and pistachio biscotti by Amy

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : cookies 


Adapted from an Annabel Langbein recipe. Goes down a treat with espresso.

2 + ¼ cup flour

2 + ½ tsp baking powder

¼ cup cocoa

1 + 1/3 cup caster sugar

3 eggs

½ cup chopped pistachios

½ cup chopped chocolate

Preheat oven to 180 deg C (fanbake) and line baking tray with paper.

Mix all ingredients together trying not to overmix (seems very dry at first but becomes very soft once sugar mixes into eggs).  As soon as it comes together pat into a log shape about 23cm x 7cm on the tray then flatten t...


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Frances's raw chocolate mousse and cashew whipped cream

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, In : desserts 

I'm really enjoying making raw concoctions in the Omniblend blender I bought from Best Blenders. Comes with a recipe book for soups, sauces, savouries, spreads, dressings and desserts. Omniblend has 6 blades like the Vitamix that pros use but it's about a third of the price!

Chocolate mousse
2 med or 3 small avocados
1/2 - 2/3 c raw honey or agave nectar (I also use stevia)
1/4 c water
3 Tbsp cacao powder
2 Tbs carob powder (I don't like carob so just use more cacao)
12 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinc...
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Raw chocolate mousse tart by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, December 8, 2012, In : desserts 


I am making more raw goodies lately - maybe I should change this website to Unbake Club?! Thank you Nicola W for alerting me to this delicious raw, GF, DF, sugar-free choc mousse recipe. Justin and I gobbled it all up in 2 days. I had a little bit of crust left over so I made them into patties, dehydrated them and ate them as snacks.

2 c LSA (1 c flax seeds, 1/2 c sunflower seeds, 1/2 c almonds)
1 c macadamia nuts (I used cashews)
1/2 tsp sea salt
6 large Medjool dates (I used some soaked raisins...
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Chocolate pavlova by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, October 5, 2012, In : desserts 

After making Nigella's semifreddo with 4 egg yolks, I had to make something with the whites - thank God for pavlova! And this chocolate version rocks! I made it in the evening but waited till the next morning when I had the toppings to photograph it, and ended up having pav for breakfast. Yes!

This recipe is shamelessly cut and pasted from Nigella:

6 medium egg whites (I used 4)

300 grams caster sugar (I used 200g for 4 whites)

3 tablespoon(s) cocoa powder sieved

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Tash's chocolate chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, August 31, 2012, In : cookies 

Welcome to Bake Club, Tash! She brought these along to coffee group and they were delicious - crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. She also make a GIANT cookie with her stepdaughter - big and bad enough for Cookie Monster!


 



 



 


2 cups plain flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

185g butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

¼ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 egg

1 to 1 ½ cups chocolate chips (I used a whole bar Whittaker’s 70% dark chocolate instead)

 

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Marble cake by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, In : big cakes 

Sorry, crap photo, but you can't see a marble cake without cutting it! This was the first time I'd tried marbling so next time I know to mix up the vanilla, red and chocolate batters more in the tin. I just used red food colouring as in the recipe but next time I'd also add a strawberry flavour to it or maybe even beetroot pulp?


This marble cake turned out better - chocolate and orange. I love jaffa flavours! I mixed yellow and red colouring to make orange and also added orange essence flavour...
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Chocolate swirl cheesecake by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, July 8, 2012, In : desserts 

This recipe is from the Food Channel programme The Sugar Club with Dean Brettschneider and Julia Crownshaw. They added 25g brown sugar to the base, which I did not. Anyway, mine turned out really well. Super with yoghurt.

 

200g gingernuts
65g butter
1 tsp ginger
450 cream cheese
150g caster sugar
30g cornflour
2 eggs, 1 extra yolk
200g sour cream
1 Tbs lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla paste
100g chocolate

 

Method

Turn oven to 200°C. Line an 18cm-20cm springform tin with bak...


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Frances’s gluten-free chocolate roulade

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, June 29, 2012, In : big cakes 

A GF friend was coming to visit so I made this roulade sponge roll. First time for everything.

 

4 Tbs cocoa powder
100ml milk, plus 3 Tbs extra
5 eggs, separated
125g caster sugar
2 Tbs berry jam (I used cranberry)
whipped cream flavoured with vanilla extract
icing sugar to dust

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 30 x 20cm Swiss roll tin with baking paper. In a bowl mix the cocoa ant 3 Tbs milk. Heat 100ml milk in a pan until almost boiling, then add to bowl, stirring. Leave...


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Macaroons by Mama Chan

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : small cakes 

This recipe is adapted from Dean Brettschneider's book Global Baker. Great stuff!

140g ground almonds
200g icing sugar
3 egg whites
1/4 c caster sugar
pinch of cream of tartar

filling:
chocolate ganache - melted dark chocolate with cream, whipped til the consistency to spread on macaroons

Sift ground almonds and icing sugar into a bowl. Use an electric mixer to whisk the eggs whites, sugar and cream of tartar. Dean adds a few drops of natural raspberry essence; Mama Chan used green colouring. Whisk u...
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Frances makes apricot and chocolate chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 14, 2012, In : cookies 

 

This is my first batch of baking since our daughter Tui was born 3 weeks ago. Feels great to get back in the kitchen; baking relaxes me.

I have also recently formed a co-op with some friends to order Ceres organic products wholesale. A 3kg bag of sulphur-free apricots was in my first order so it was a good chance to use some! Apricots and chocolate are always a tasty combination.

 

Makes about 20

100g butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla ess...


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Frances makes chocolate chip and spice orange cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : cookies 


Another recipe from Healthy Food Guide, May issue.

 

1 cup oats

½ cup flour

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ c brown sugar

115g reduced-fat spread or butter

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp mixed spice

1 orange, zested

½ c dark choc chips

 

Preheat oven to 190C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Mix oats, flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

In another bowl beat sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, spice and zest together.

Stir egg mixture into flour...


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Kara's luscious chocolate tart

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : desserts 



Welcome to Bake Club, Kara! Kara has her own blog, http://kazascakes.blogspot.co.nz/
and she'd like to share the recipe she made on Mother's Day.

This tart is really luscious - it's at its best when it's been well chilled. Recipe from Helen Jackson's book.

Sweet Chocolate Pastry

1 3/4 flour
1/4 cocoa
1/4 sugar
125g butter well chilled and roughly chopped
1 egg
1-2 tbls cold water

Place flour and sugar in food processor. With motor running, drop butter in piece by piece until mixture resembles coarse...

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Never fail fudgey chocolate cake by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, May 14, 2012, In : big cakes 

This is from the May Skywatch magazine - didn't know they had recipes! I have never made a cake with so many eggs - it turned out deliciously rich and intense and I used less sugar.

 

400g dark choc (I used Whittaker's Dark Ghana)

360g unsalted butter

360g caster sugar (I used under 350g)

6 heaped Tbs plain flour (could easily be gluten free)

pinch cinnamon or cardamom, optional (I used about 1 tsp of each)

6 eggs

icing sugar

 

Preheat oven to 200C. Melt chocolate, butter and sugar ...


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Frances's dark chocolate self-saucing pudding

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, In : desserts 

I'm sorry this doesn't look that pretty after being dealt to before the pic was taken, but sure tasted gooood. This saucy little number is from the June HZ House & Garden magazine. And this is my entry into the April Sweet New Zealand, hosted by myself this month!


1 cup self-raising flour
2 tablespoons good-quality dark cocoa
½ cup caster sugar
½ cup milk
1 large egg
60g butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g dark chocolate melts, buttons or pieces
1 cup boiling water
Icing sugar for dusting
T...
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Ginny's chocolate sour cream raspberry cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 22, 2012, In : big cakes 

This is from Marian Keyes' Saved By Cake. Delicious and very easy (if not the cheapest cake to make!)

100g dark (70%+) chocolate
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt (seems a lot!)
250g caster sugar
125ml sunflower (or other non-flavoured; I used grape-seed) oil
250ml sourcream
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g (approx) frozen rasberries, defrosted

The recipe says to make 2 23cm cakes, and stick together with rasberry jam; I made one, in a bundt tin, it just needed longer to...
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Oat biscuits with chocolate by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 8, 2012, In : cookies 

These are a lot like Anzac biscuits but the butter and sugar are creamed.
Makes about 20 sandwiched biscuits

65g rolled oats
160g softened butter
160g raw caster sugar
55g golden syrup
150g (1 c) plain flour
75g dessicated coconut
400g chocolate, chopped (I always use dark)

Preheat oven to 160C. Process oats in a food processor or coffee grinder until finely ground.
Beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add golden syrup, stir, then add flour, coconut and oats. Form heaped teaspoons into balls an...
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Frances makes Easter cherry and chocolate hot cross buns

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 8, 2012, In : bread 

Confession: my very first batch of hot cross buns was a disaster - I used nearly 100% gluten flour by mistake! They looked great, iced and glazed, but they were balls of elastic - totally inedible. I didn't bother reading the back of the gluten flour packet, which said to use only 2 Tbsp of the flour in a recipe. But I managed to salvage the cherries and choc bits to use on the next batch, which was a raging success.

Recipe from April's Mindfood

750g plain flour
1/3 c caster sugar (I just used s...
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Chocolate orange ricotta tart by Ginny

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 8, 2012, In : big cakes 

Just look at this thing of beauty.
Adapted it slightly from the Rose Bakery recipe:

Sweet pasty (make your own or buy one)
3 egg yolks
2 eggs, 1 blended for basting the pastry (to then be used in the tart)
100g caster sugar
1 tsp natural vanilla extract,
grated zest of 3 oranges, 500g ricotta cheese
roughly 180g grated dark chocolate (70% or more)
1 tablespoon plain flour

Method
Preheat oven to 180 deg C

Pastry
Put pastry in 28cm (roughly) tart tin, chill for 30 mins, then blind bake for 10 minute...
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Chocolate fudge sandwiches by Frances aka homemade Tim Tams

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 15, 2012, In : cookies 


This is from Recipes From the Baker (Murdoch Books, 2009). Thanks to Michelle who gave this sweet little book to me. She reviewed the baking and said: “Buttery, shorty and a hit of dark cocoa - they're better than TimTams, which I find too sweet!” Aw, thanks. I’ll be trying the two-seed crackers next!

This is my entry into March's Sweet New Zealand monthly blogging event, hosted by www.mydarlinglemonthyme.com -  check out Emma's lovely blog with loads of gluten and dair...


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Frances’s Fijian Black Forest gateau

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, February 25, 2012, In : big cakes 

This cake is an adaption of two recipes: Fijian chocolate cake by Alexa Johnston from foodie.co.nz (http://foodie.co.nz/Recipes/Fijian-Chocolate-Cake-by-Alexa-Johnston.aspx) with a Black Forest-type filling. Alexa calls in Fijian because it uses coconut cream. It makes a really dark, moist chocolate cake. I made 1 ½ times this recipe to make a big cake to feed 10 adults.

210 g flour
55 g cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
200 g sugar
2 eggs
125 g melted...


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Frances makes one-pot chocolate deadline cupcakes

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, January 21, 2012, In : small cakes 

On the last day of deadline week I made these for the work team, hence their new name – ‘deadline cupcakes’. This easy recipe is from Annabel Langbein’s Free Range in the City.

120g butter, in small cubes
½ c neutral oil
1 c water
100g dark chocolate, chopped
½ c cocoa, sifted
1 ½ c caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 c yoghurt or buttermilk
2 c flour
¾ c raspberries (or any fresh or frozen berries)


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Ginny's chocolate crinkles

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, January 7, 2012, In : cookies 

Oh my these are died-and-gone-to-heaven delicious for the chocolate lover... easy peasy to make (just don't plan on cooking after mixing; read recipe to end before setting out on this adventure...). I really don't know how I lived without these in my life!
They don't spread that much so they can be placed relatively close together on the tray.
Again, another recipe from simplyrecipes.com
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla ex...

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Ginny's red wine chocolate cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : big cakes 

InTENSE! DeeVINE! AND served with masarcapone cream! This creation dates back to Ginny's indoor birthday picnic where she made about 3 different cakes!

Cake
6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup (179 grams) firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup (50 grams) white granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
3/4 cup (177 ml) red wine, any kind you like*
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
1 cup + 1 tablespoon (133 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2...


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Ginny makes chocolate truffle cake for Dave's birthday

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, November 24, 2011, In : big cakes 

Ginny made this wicked chocolate cake. It was the crowning glory of a Persian feast, which included several courses beforehand. She also presented this amazing selection of Middle Eastern sweets personally brought over from Iran. Look how colourful they are. From left, there's REAL nougat (with 48% pistachios), baklava, various pistachio and lemon almond sweets and delicious spun sugar, like fancy candy floss, which we called horse's hair.

The cake was incredibly rich and melt in the mouth. It...
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Chocolate-dipped ginger biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, November 14, 2011, In : cookies 

Almost like shortbread, these biscuits are crisp and buttery.

Makes about 24

175 g butter (or spread)
50 g icing sugar
225 g flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp ground ginger

Preheat oven to 190C. Beat butter and sugar until creamy and pale. Add flour, bp and ginger and mix to a dough. Turn out onto a clean surface and knead until mixed.
Roll out to 3-5 mm thick and cut into shapes. I roll inbetween 2 sheets of baking paper.
Bake for 10-12 min until pale golden. Remove from tr...


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Coconut shortbread by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 4, 2011, In : cookies 

Makes 18
1 c all-purpose flour
¼ c rice flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 c granulated sugar
¼ c desiccated coconut
½ c/125 g chilled unsalted butter cut into pieces (I used olive oil spread)
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract (didn’t have any)

Preheat oven to 180C and lightly butter a baking sheet or line sheet with baking paper.
Sift together flours, salt and sugar into a bowl, then sift together into another bowl. Add coconut and butter and mix in until crumbly. Add the extr...


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Anna’s chocolate and coffee cream puffs

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, October 17, 2011, In : small cakes 


Choux pastry

½ c flour
pinch salt
55 g butter
½ c boiling water
2 eggs

Glossy chocolate icing
115 g icing sugar

55 g dark chocolate
1 tbs boiling water


Preheat oven to 220 C, line baking tray with baking paper and dust with flour. Sift flour and salt onto piece of waxed paper.
Put butter in a saucepan over low heat and pour on the boiling water. As soon as its melted, remove from heat and tip in all the sifted flour and salt.

Beat with wooden spoon until smooth, then ret...


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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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Ginny's chocolate apple cake

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, October 1, 2011, In : big cakes 

Rich and spicy cake for any occasion!

2 21/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
4 tsb cocoa powder (more if you want it richer chocolatey)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c butter
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c water
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups soft brown sugar
2 cups apple (peeled and grated)
1 cup chocolate chips, chunks (dark!)


heat oven to 160C
cream butter and sugar in a mixer (or beating), then add eggs, then oil and water and vanilla (it''l be really liquid
sieve together: flour, cocoa, baking ...
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Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies by Alex

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, July 28, 2011, In : cookies 

Pumpkin and chocolate chip - who woulda thunk it!
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1.   Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking s...


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Anna’s chocolate vegan berry tofu cakes

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, In : small cakes 


What a fantastic debut on Bake Club, Anna! The tofu was a real surprise ingredient - delicious.

Cake Ingredients:
1 ¾ cup flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1 ½ t. baking powder
1 ½ t. baking soda
¼ t. salt
1 12.3-ounce box firm silken tofu (I get the ‘fresh’ tofu from the Tofu Shop on the North Shore)
1/4 cup maple syrup or golden syrup
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoon oil
1tsp vanilla essence
1 cup almond milk or soya milk
1/3 cup boiling water
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Frances makes mocha shortbread

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, July 3, 2011, In : cookies 

Great to try a different kind of shortbread. The coffee/chocolate flavour came through really well. Took them to a function and they went like hot cakes.


1 c butter, softened
2/3 c icing sugar
2 c flour
1 tbs cocoa
1 tsp instant coffee granules
½ c chocolate bits

 

Preheat oven to 160 C. Line or lightly grease a baking sheet.
Using electric beaters, cream butter and sugar until light and creamy. Sift together flour, cocoa and coffee. Use a metal spoon to fold four mixtu...


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Pirzad's chocolate walnut balls

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, July 2, 2011, In : small cakes 

Welcome to Bake Club, Pirzad! Great to have another male baker on our books. We also know you are a fine cake decorator, so we look forward to seeing some of your creations!

Thanks for sharing your chocolate balls with us. Here's the recipe:

First make a chocolate cake

1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup  sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder  
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
4 tablespoons sour cream

Ingredients for frosting
200 g...


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Ginny's chocolate bread & butter pudding

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 23, 2011, In : desserts 


Ginny says: I exchanged evaporated milk for the cream/milk in an attempt to make it slightly less 'give you a heart attacky'...

3 eggs
375 ml thin cream (1.5C)
375 ml milk (1.5C)
110g caster sugar (1/2C)
2 tsp vanilla extract
6 croissants
200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Heat oven to 160ºC
Whisk eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla
Cut croissants into small pieces and arrange half in an ovenproof dish
Sprinkle with chocolate and cover with the rest of the croissants
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Dark chocolate and feijoa cake by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, May 23, 2011, In : big cakes 

This is my attempt at Alessandra Zecchini's chocolate and fig cake. She used fresh figs, which looked beautiful and pinky, but I didn't have any on hand. The feijoas aren't so aesthetically pleasing but it still tasted good; the tart feijoa contrasts well with the chocolate.

250 g bar of Whittaker's Dark Ghana Chocolate
100 g butter
3 eggs, whites beaten into stiff peaks
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
3 tbs self raising flour
10 feijoas peeled and cut in half

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Ginny makes Nigel Slater's chocolate hazelnut cake

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : big cakes 

Below is what Nigel says about this cake ... I can't find fault with him, in any way. It was delightful.

However: I bought pre-toasted hazelnuts and accidentally put a mix of nutmeg and cinnamon into the cake (because I didn't read the spice jar label... it wasn't a disaster!)
I left the cinnamon out of the icing, and I dressed it with pomegranate. Yum!!

CHOCOLATE CHIP HAZELNUT CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE CINNAMON BUTTER CREAM by Nigel Slater

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Super Size Me 5 – Taking bites of the Big Apple

Posted by Frances Chan on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, In : food blog 


Spring has sprung in NYC - tulips at the Rockefeller Center; view from the Top of the Rock

My final instalment of this trip is about our five holiday days in New York. Accommodation hassles and pounding the pavement tired us out somewhat, so we sought solace in good food, and weren’t disappointed. We arrived at Greenwich Village on a spectacular sunny Sunday and Bleecker St was buzzing. I had a hankering for comforting Italian and we fortuitously came across the original Ra...


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Christoph's orange coconut chocolate muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, April 8, 2011, In : small cakes 

Welcome to Bake Club, Christoph, our second male baker! Christoph is from Germany and has been an intern at The Aucklander. He wrote a story about Bake Club in an upcoming issue. The pic shows the two remaining muffins (Christoph and his flatmate and ate 4 of them straightaway out of the hot tin ^^).

Christoph used the recipe from www.food.com, but modified it a bit.
Ingredients (for 12 serves):
1 orange, seeds removed, with peel
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 egg
1/2 cup butter
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Hot chocolate soufflé by Mama Chan

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 31, 2011, In : desserts 

It was my birthday and I requested this from dear Mama Chan, and she obliged!

2 Tbs caster sugar
125 g plain dark chocolate
2 Tbs brandy or coffee
4 eggs, separated, plus 2 extra egg whites
icing sugar to serve

Preheat oven to 200 C. Butter a 1 litre soufflé dish and dust out with 1 Tbs caster sugar. Break chocolate into pieces and put into a double boiler or a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water with the brandy or coffee.Set over medium heat and stir ...


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Carly’s banana & chocolate chip muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, February 26, 2011, In : small cakes 


Carly initiates her new silicon muffin tray with one of those made in heaven combinations - banana and chocolate.

Makes 12.

125g softened butter

¾ cups sugar

2 eggs

1teaspoon vanilla essence

1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (4 medium bananas)

¾ cup dark chocolate buttons roughly chopped

1 teapsoon baking soda

2 tablespoons hot milk

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 180ºC. Grease muffin tray or line with patty pans.

Cream butter and ...


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Mama Chan's apricot and chocolate bread

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : bread 


Stewed apricots are a winner in freshly baked bread!
Apricot filling:
Stew 1 cup dried apricots wiht 1/2 c water and 1/4 sugar until mushy and soft. Cool.
Chocolate filling:
Melt 300 g chocolate with some icing sugar, 1/2 c ground almonds, vanilla essence, dessicated coconut if you like. The mixture should have a peanut butter consistency so it's easily spreadable.
For 2 loaves:
1 c milk
3/4 - 1 c water
125g butter
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp salt
3-4 level tsp yeast
2 eggs
6 1/2 c flour
Make the dough and knead u...
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Carly's chocolate chip cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, February 20, 2011, In : cookies 


Welcome to Bake Club, Carly! Here is her cookie recipe.

Makes 24.

200g softened butter plus extra for greasing

200g caster sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla essence

1 large egg

225grams flour

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

200grams dark chocolate buttons roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 180ºC. Grease two baking trays with butter.

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla essence together until light and fluffy.

Add the egg and beat well. Sift the flour, salt and bakin...


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Frances's new chocolate moulds

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, February 10, 2011, In : sweets 

I bought two fantastic chocolate moulds in Venice - rose shapes and leaf shapes. No baking involved, but I thought I'd include my first batch to show you how easy it is.
Just melt dark and white chocolate. Filled the moulds halfway then added a toasted hazelnut or pistachio, and topped with more chocolate. For the leaves I mixed in chopped pistachios and dried cranberries.
Lately I've also made some batches of Annabel Langbein's espresso hazelnut chocolate ripple  - pouring dark and white choc...
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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

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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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Ginny makes most complicated chocolate cake ever

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, December 3, 2010, In : big cakes 

When Ginny said she used about 8 bowls to make this cake, we were so impressed. Ginny lets the story unfold...
I wanted to make a rich and moist chocolate cake for David's birthday. I leafed through a heap of recipes, but Nigel Slater's chocolate beetroot cake in Tender (Vol 1) jumped out at me and sounded pretty good. It was. Delicious. Rich. Moist. Sticky. Everything I wanted in the cake, and more.
It was also a lot of work! The most involved cake I have made...Three and a half hours i...
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Frances takes the easy road and makes gluten-free cookies from a packet

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, In : cookies 

These cookies using Sway's GF cookie mix are quick to make - just add some oil and an egg to the premixed organic ingredients and Robert is your father's brother. The packet made 17 little chocolate chip cookies. I tried it out because it was on special for $6.50. Not a cheap afternoon tea, considering you can get a packet of GF gingernuts for under 5 bucks, but you get a kick out of shaping the mixture and baking it yourself.



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Lamington love by Frances

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

I started out with a Genoese sponge by Alessandra Zecchini from her book Sweet As. Then used the Edmonds recipe for the chocolate icing.

I halved this recipe for the lamington sponge.

5 eggs, separated
140g sugar
grated lemon zest
120g flour (I used a bought gluten-free flour mix)
50g butter, melted

Preheat oven to 180C. Line base of 23 cm baking tin with baking paper, then grease and flour sides of tin.
Partly fill a small saucepan with hot water and set over medium heat. Set bowl over the simmering...
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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.

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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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Frances 'baked' a 3-minute cake in the microwave

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

I got this recipe from a Trade Me newsletter and had to give it a go.

It's called: The most dangerous cake recipe 5-minute chocolate mug cake

4 Tb flour, 2-4 Tb sugar, 2 Tb cocoa, 1 egg, 3 Tb milk, 3 Tb oil 3 tablespoons, chocolate chips (optional), a small splash of vanilla extract, 1 large coffee mug
Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. Put your mug...
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Ben's exploding volcano for Flynn's 3rd birthday

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, August 12, 2010, In : big cakes 

Ben excelled himself for Flynn's 3rd birthday in Nov 09 with this exploding volcano. The volcano is a meringue with pink, orange and red coloured cream 'bubbling' out of the crater. This rather complicated and involved project included customising a baking tray using steel cutting tools to make a hole in it so a bowl could be inserted! This created a mould to shape the meringue over. Once the candles were blown out, the kids all took turns cracking open the volcano's shell to get their volcan...

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Ginny made these chocolate cookies with cacao nibs and lime on the same night the All Blacks beat the Wallabies 20-10 to retain the Bledisloe Cup

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, In : cookies 

1 cup of butter
3/4 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of white granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 1/2 teaspoons of heavy cream or yoghurt
1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
3/4 cup of cocoa nibs
Zest of one large lime

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat the butter and sugars together for about two minutes at me...


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Frances' first attempt at a gluten-free, sugar-free cake (ok it's got chocolate bits in it)

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, In : big cakes 

I just freestyled this recipe so feel free to make up as you go along too!

1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup carrot pulp (from my Oscar juicer)
1/2 cup beetroot pulp
tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger (whatever spices you like)
1 tsp gluten-free baking powder (or make your own with 2 parts cream of tartar, 1 part baking soda, 1 part cornflour)
1/2 cup dark choc bits
another version I added chopped toasted hazelnuts and coconut
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil or 1/2 cup melted Olivani
about 4 tbsp Fre...
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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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