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Coconut milk cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 13, 2013, In : big cakes 

By Ginny
This recipe is from Saved by Cake by Marian Keyes, which really has some amazingly delicious recipes in it... This was one. If you're a fan of coconut (and all its purported health benefits), this is worth a try...

170g butter
300g caster sugar (you could use coconut sugar for extra coconutty goodness)
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
250g self raising flour
pinch of salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
50g coconut flakes or desiccated coconut
200ml coconut milk (I used cream for extra deliciousness)

Syr...

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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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Feijoa coconut cake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, September 2, 2013, In : big cakes 

By Ginny
I accidentally defrosted some (pureed, with the skin on) feijoas, and had to make use of them. The 1.5 cup measure worked perfectly with this loaf... I drastically reduced the amount of sugar in the original recipe, and it was still really sweet. I'll indicate the original below. It's definitely more a cake than a bread, and very yummy - the nicest of all the feijoa coconut loaves I've made. Leaving the feijoa skins on gives it a very subtle edge, which I like (and it's so much...
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Ginny's Little & Friday carrot cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : big cakes 

A friend told me that the Little & Friday carrot cake, which I had never tried, was amazing. When I looked at the recipe, I saw it contained dates, which I don't like, so I tweaked it slightly, to accommodate the contents of my house... including using purple instead of orange carrots...

Ingredients
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
4 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups grated carrot (pu...

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Cheese, apple & spice scones by Ginny

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

These are from the latest Dish magazine... I've made them twice, they are delicious and totally addictive...

2 apples, pealed, cored and diced into 1cm bits (roughly)
2 C flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4C caster sugar (I used a bit less)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp allspice
1 C grated sharp tasty cheese
50g very cold butter
1 C milk
(they also use 1 egg, beaten, which they use to brush them before baking, but I didn't bother)

Heat oven to 180C
Spread apple on a tray on baking paper, and bake for about 20 minut...

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Ginny's tamarillo, pear and spice cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : big cakes 

I made this the day Dish posted it on Facebook. Their recipe used sour cream. I didn't have any, so substituted a thick yoghurt... it was still yummy. And great for breakfast the next day
I love using my cast iron and copper sauté pans for making cakes. They cook beautifully and I serve the cakes straight from the pan. Tangy tamarillos combine well with the sweet pears and adding a hint of orange and a dash of spice makes for a moist seasonal cake.


4 large tamarillos
Cake
1¾ cups plain f...


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Ginny's feijoa clafoutis

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, In : desserts 

I adapted the recipe from the feijoa tart recipe I found here:
http://feijoafeijoa.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/feijoa-tart/

2 large eggs
150g white sugar
100g butter
zest of 1 lime (or more to taste)
approx 1.5cm piece of fresh ginger, grated (less or more to taste)
150 ml milk
175g flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
enough sliced fruit to cover the surface of the tart - I just topped the feijoas and cut them in half. Leaving the skins on gives a tartness to the final tart (apt, in this case!)
  1. Whisk...

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Ginny's red velvet cake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : big cakes 

Red Velvet Cake - an American classic, this recipe from the book Sweet Tooth...

115g butter
280g caster sugar
2 eggs
1.5 Tbsp red food colouring (or not, if you don't want RED velvet)
325g flour
30g cocoa (I tend to use a bit more than this)
250ml buttermilk (or make your own from 250 ml milk and 1 tsp lemon juice/vinegar [remeasure before use])
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cider vinegar

Need: 2 18cm round cake tins, greased and lined.
Preheat: oven to 180C

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy and...

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Apple caramel drizzle cake by Ginny

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, April 13, 2013, In : big cakes 

Ginny got this recipe from Dish magazine but she left out the "horrid" raisins and added more apple.

This cake is more apple than batter and is great served with a big dollop of softly whipped cream or warm with a scoop of ice-cream

½ cup raisins soaked in warm water for 20 minutes
2½ cups plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
¾ cup brown sugar
finely grated zest 1 lemon
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
¼ cup melted butte...

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Ginny's lavender bars

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 4, 2013, In : slices 

From the Saltie cookbook - this is an amazing lunch place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that does delightful salads and sandwiches, and, as it turns out, also amazing sweets.

1.25 tsp dried lavender flowers (or 2.5 tsp fresh)
225 g butter 
3/4 C granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
large granulated sugar, to sprinkle

Grind up the lavender flowers (mortar/pestle; spice grinder)
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, add egg yolk and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Whisk fl...

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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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Ginny's rhubarb ginger muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, February 25, 2013, In : small cakes 

Welcome back Ginny from 6 months in NYC! She made these muffins, recipe found at http://www.food.com/recipe/light-rhubarb-ginger-muffins-95490?oc=linkback and tweaked it (used milk instead of coconut milk, and put about double the suggested amount of crystallised ginger)

100 g melted butter
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk, warmed
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups finely chopped rhubarb
about 4 tablespoons crystalised ginger, cut up
2...
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Ginny's wholemeal scones

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, In : small cakes 

Ginny, Bake Club star, made a gazillion things for her and Dave's farewell drinks (see ginger chew, Belgian biscuits, rhubarb snacking cake and raspberry buttermilk cake). They're in NYC for 6 months now!
Ginny sent in this recipe while she was at the airport - what a trooper.

Wholemeal Buttermilk Lemon Scones
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut int...
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Ginny's ginger chew (not crunch)

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : slices 

I am a huge fan of an old-fashioned crunchy, thinly-iced ginger crunch.
This recipe isn't like that. It's a bit like a mix between a ginger crunch and an Anzac biscuit (which isn't a bad thing) so I have called it a ginger chew! It's from a cafe in Golden Bay.

Oaty Ginger Chew
150g butter
2 Tbsp golden syrup
3/4C brown sugar
3/4C coconut (I used dessicated)
1 1/2C rolled oats
3/4C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

icing
4 Tbsp butter
8 Tbsp icing sugar
4 Tbsp golden syrup
2 tsp gr...
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Ginny's Belgian biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, July 6, 2012, In : cookies 

I made these with some left-over gingerbread men dough... this is a basic recipe from taste.com.
I iced them with an icing made with plum powder (natural colour, and nice flavour!)
  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 tbs ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Plain flour, to dust
  • 1 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
  • Plum p...

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Ginny's rhubarb snacking cake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : big cakes 

Another delight from Smitten Kitchen (http://smittenkitchen.com/2012/05/rhubarb-snacking-cake/) - how can you resist a name like that. It is a bit like a shortcake, and I found it a bit dryer than I would usually like in a cake (good with yoghurt, cream or ice-cream!) but I also made it in a slightly smaller tin than they recommend, so it cooked longer.
I would probably add a bit more sour cream (or yoghurt) to the mix, but here's her original... (sorry about the US temps etc)

Cake
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Ginny's raspberry buttermilk cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 28, 2012, In : big cakes 

This recipe I got from the Smitten Kitchen blog which I love... (http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/05/raspberry-buttermilk-cake/; She adapted it from Gourmet.)

I basically followed her recipe, but used frozen raspberries - first time, I let them defrost. Mistake! Use them frozen, they still cook perfectly.

I find this very yummy and it is possibly the most ridiculously-easy cake ever! 

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
56 grams un...


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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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Ginny makes Al Brown's mother's ginger crunch (with a twist)

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, April 9, 2012, In : slices 

This recipe is from Stoked, and makes the real deal, an old-skool proper buttery, crunchy, gingery slice. moreish in the extreme, finger-lickin' good! I tweak it with the addition of a bit of semolina which gives a slightly more textured base.

Base:
115g butter
1/2 C sugar (I use caster)
3/4 C flour
2 Tbs semolina
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger

pre-heat overn to 180C, butter & baking-paper-line a 30x20cm slice tin.
cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Sift flour, baking powde...
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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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Ginny's guava tart

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 1, 2012, In : big cakes 

This is a very simple tart (especially if you use a bought pastry). The recipe is a bit loose as I made it up as I went along... So interpret as you will. The tang of the little purple guavas cuts through the richness of the ricotta; I don't think it needs a lot of sugar.

Pre-heat over to 180C

Pastry
I amount of sweet pastry

Put pastry in 23cm (roughly) tart tin, chill for 30 mins, then blind bake for 10 minutes.
Remove the weights from the pasty case, and baste it thoroughly with some egg. B...
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Ginny’s plum cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : big cakes 

I adapted a recipe for 'Fresh Plum Cake with Yoghurt' by Amanda Laird that appeared in Viva recently (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10781284)

Serves 8-12 (1 x 24 cm cake)

500g plums (ish)
1 cup caster sugar
250g butter
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk + 1/4 cup yoghurt
Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1+1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup semolina
4 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 24cm springform tin (if no springform...


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Ginny's banana nut loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : big cakes 

Here's a banana nut loaf  baked good...

It is not the most beauteous thing to look at, but it is very very simple and healthy and delicious (and a good use for overripe bananas!). I used about 1/3 C sugar instead of 3/4 and it was not super sweet but still nice. It has no butter, so is an excellent dairy-free recipe. But then it is nice eaten with butter!

The recipe is from "A Second Helping: More from Ladies, a Plate" by Alexa Johnston.

Oven to 180C
grease a med-sized loaf tin, line the ...
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Ginny's craisin and pistachio nougat

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : sweets 

This recipe is from the Mindfood website... I tried it, I would make it differently if I did it again. Notably, it has a strong honey flavour, so I would use less honey or perhaps a really mild one (I used white rata) and perhaps increase the amount of rosewater.... I also made it without that rice paper, but used icing sugar/cornflour to combat the slight tackiness of the crust... it's incredibly sticky. Would be hard without a stand cake-mixer!
http://www.mindfood.com/at-recipe-craisi...
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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 ninjabread men!

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, December 18, 2011, In : cookies 

I made my ninjabread men (and yes, men, not women, I am informed... ) using a recipe from Simplyrecipes (with adaptations indicated). I found the dough to be quite sticky (even with a bit of extra flour) and that it worked best if frozen. in future, I would freeze the rolled cookie dough, and then cut the cookies out... ginn
  • 3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour (I used a bit more)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 170g butter (room temperature, softened)
  • 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed (I used a m...

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Ginny's Persian rice cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, December 9, 2011, In : cookies 

Ginny made these to accompany her Iranian slide show, mixing two of her favourite flavours - rose water and cardamom. They have a strange dryish texture but surprisingly moreish, and good with tea. Also easily breakable because of the rice flour.

1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup ...

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Pecan pie by Ginny

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

I was visiting my lovely friend Kura (who has linked to bakeclub a few times from her lovely 'little library girl' blog http://sweetlittlelibrarygirl.blogspot.com/) in Hawkes Bay and she had a hankering for good ole fashioned Pecan Pie... being time short, we cheated a bit and used pastry, and then followed Nigella Lawson's 'pecan plus pie' recipe for the filling - except we went back to pure principles and just used pecans... we were a bit low on nuts, and it took quite a bit longer to ...
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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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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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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
Pour egg mixture over...


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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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Feijoa and lime muffins by Ginny

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, May 2, 2011, In : small cakes 

From Lauraine Jacobs in the Listener - makes 10 muffins.

3 juicy limes
60g butter, melted
2 large eggs
200g plain flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
100g sugar
1 cup peeled and diced feijoas

Preheat oven to 180C; line a 12 muffin tray with paper cup liners (don't decide not to, they go sticky!)
Use a zester to strip the zest of 1 lime, then juice it and the other two. reserve the zest aside for the top of the muffins.
Add the lime juice to a bowl with the butter and eggs, and whisk u...
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Plum and cardamom shortcake by Ginny

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 10, 2011, In : slices 

A recipe from A Treasury of NZ Baking, this one by Ray McVinnie. If you love sweetness, cardamom, and plums, you can't go wrong...

Ingredients:
125 g butter
125 g caster sugar
1 tsp ground cardamom seeds
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
300 g flour
8 large plums, stoned, sliced
extra caster sugar
icing sugar to serve

First cream the butter and sugar with electric hand – held mixer or food processor to get pale mixture. Add egg and beat it well. Add the baking powder and flour and process it to ...


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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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Ginny's orange poppy seed muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, In : small cakes 

I was inspired by the most delicious ones in Dizengoff, Ponsonby Rd (which they spoil by incuding sultanas!)...
I used this recipe at Taste but adapted it thus, for no particular reason other than that I wanted to use up some different ingredients:
  • oil, to grease
  • 1 tbs poppy seeds
  • 185ml (3/4 cup) milk (I used 1/2 c buttermilk and 1/4 milk)
  • 375g (2 1/2 cups) self-raising flour
  • 155g (3/4 cup) caster sugar (I used a mashed banana so put in less sugar)
  • 1/2 c oil (or 125g melted b...

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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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Our first banana cake on Bake Club - c/o Ginny

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, December 20, 2010, In : big cakes 

I have adapted this from a recipe given to me by a student in my department, it was her grandmother's, originally (the student was considerably older than me), and makes a damn fine banana cake, I think perhaps the best I have tasted. I don't like bananas, but in cake like this, that's a different story. easy, fool-proof one could say. works well in a round or a ring tin, but then bake for slightly less time. I would just say if using chocolate it probably pays to line the base of the ...
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Ginny does Nigella's lemon polenta cake

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, In : big cakes 

Ginny says: I would recommend NOT doubling the cornmeal, which I did not paying attention to quantities. Made it crunchier than I would have liked.

This cake is a sort of Anglo-Italian amalgam. It is a good marriage: the flavoursome grittiness of the polenta and tender rubble of ground almonds provide so much better a foil for the wholly desirable dampness of the drizzle than does the usual flour. If you were to try to ima...


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Ginny's exotic basil lime macarons

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, December 6, 2010, In : small cakes 
I had the extreme pleasure of tasting Ginny's macarons and they were the BEST I've ever had in NZ.! Bravo! I even thought they were better than the ones I had in Zurich in 2008 (the real deal pictured on my lap below).

They are gluten free too so I'll be making some soon.

Ginny adds some notes to the recipe.

about 20 macarons

110 grams powdered sugar
60 grams ground almonds
2 egg whites ( 60 grams)
40 grams sugar
5 basil leaves, finely chopped
lime zest from 1 lime

Basil Lim...

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Ginny's NY-inspired olive oil cake

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, In : big cakes 

This olive oil cake from Frankies Spuntino in Brooklyn was one of the nicest things I ate in NYC...oily with a hint of orange.
I didn't have a bundt tin, so it was a bit oily in the middle, but still delicious (took longer to cook and so the edges were crusty). A lot of olive oil, but it's worth getting one that tastes nice... :

5 large eggs, at room temperature
finely grated zest of 1 1/2 oranges
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups extra-virgin olive oil (you could get away with less)
2 cups cake flo...
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Coconut macaroons by Ginny

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, In : small cakes 


The ever resourceful Ginny made these with the leftover egg whites from her pumpkin pie (see below).
She says: '
Easiest thing ever, and oh so delicious. Sometimes I put melted chocolate (dark), this time I couldn't be bothered. Either is good.'

2 cups coconut
2 egg whites
1/3 cup caster sugar

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.
eat.

recipe from Donna Hay Modern Classics 2

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Ginny's pumpin' pumpkin pie

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, In : desserts 

This looks like a beauty, Ginny - dark, smooth and most certainly tasty.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups of pumpkin pulp purée from a sugar pumpkin* or from canned pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zes...

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Banana bran muffins with blueberries by Ginny

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 19, 2010, In : small cakes 

I had some bananas that needed to be cooked with. These sounded healthy and they were surprisingly moreish and delicious. I could have eaten about 6 in one go.

1.5 cups bran
0.75 cup boiling water
0.25 cup brown sugar
0.75 cup plain yogurt
1 egg, beaten
0.25 cup oil
2 bananas, mashed
1.25 cups flour
1.5 tsp baking soda
(approx 1 c frozen blueberries)

makes 12 'standard' muffins... grease a muffin tin
oven to 190C
mix bran with boiling water and leave to cool.
add yogurt, egg, oil and banana to br...
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Ginny makes perfect Portuguese tarts

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 19, 2010, In : small cakes 

Ginny admits: "I just used a bought puff pastry which is cheating, but hey, who as the time... it was still nice. and I only made half the filling. left over as custard it was really good! nice and lemony..."

filling:
2 1/4 cups milk
1 1/2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp cornflour
4 egg yolks
1/2c caster sugar
2 strips of lemon rind (thick)

whisk 1/4 c milk, flours and egg yolks until smooth
combine sugar, lemon rind and 1/4 c of water in a pan and sir over low heat til sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil....
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Ginny's olive bread

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

Ginny writes: "This is from 'My Bread' - by Jim Lahey, founder of Sullivan St Bakery in Manhattan, which makes the most incredible olive bread. Bakery is a bit of a mission, but worth a trip if you're in NYC. Go hungry.
He claims a revolutionary method. There's no kneading, and it rises for about 18 hours. It's very simple, but there are lots of steps.
Here's one I made. This loaf was nice and moist, not quite as delightful as his."

3 cups (4...


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Ginny's sticky lemon slice

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 23, 2010, In : slices 
Ginny insists this wasn't her best batch and her tin was too small, but it looks pretty good to us.

8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 ounces icing sugar
9 ounces plain flour
14 ounces granulated sugar
4 medium eggs, beaten together
4 tablespoons plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Grated zest 2 lemons
6 tablespoons lemon juice, strained
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

1 Put the softened butte...
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Inaugural Bake Club meeting!

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, September 20, 2010, In : food blog 

Our first official Bake Club tea was held on Sunday 19 Sep 2010 at Frances's house. What a great spread! All the recipes are below. As well as baked goodness Nic also brought her homemade homegrown broad bean dip and Frances made hummus. Can't wait for the next one. Perhaps the guys might like to take up the baking challenge?...

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Kuchen Borracho (Drunken Cake) by Ginny served with clotted cream

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


A cake from Chile with German origins which involves drenching apples in cream. Yeah!
Ginny also provided clotted cream for this drunken affair.

Filling
1lb 7oz tart apples, prepared weight (about 5)
2¾ oz/generous ⅓ cup granulated sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
3½ fl oz/½ cup heavy cream
(I added half a nutmeg, grated)

Cake
10½ oz/2 cups all-purpose flour
2½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt (heaping, for me)
5½ oz/scant 1½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
3 eggs, lightly beaten
5 tbsp ...
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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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Cardamom, cashew and white pepper shortbread made by Ginny

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


Ginny made these for a work do. But she let us taste one from her neat stack.

1 tsp cardamom seeds
8 white peppercorns
250g butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup cornflour
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cashews, roasted and finely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 150C. Put the cardamom and peppercorns into a mortar and pestle or an electric spice grinder and grind until fine.

2. Cream the butter and icing sugar until pale. Sift the cornflour and flour together and add to the creamed mixture with...


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Ginny made a million scones for Sunday Devonshire Tea

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

What a lovely afternoon of endless scones with whipped cream AND clotted cream and different kinds of berry jam.

500g/1lb 2oz self-raising flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
100g/3½oz butter, softened, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing
large pinch salt
40g/1½oz caster sugar
300ml/10½fl oz full-fat milk, plus extra for glazing

  • To serve
  • butter, fresh clotted cream, good quality strawberry jam

  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, rub the flour and butter together, using your fingerti...

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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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    Ginny made this nectarine clafoutis when she was living in Noo Yawk

    Posted by Ginny on Sunday, August 8, 2010, In : desserts 

    necatrines (or other fruit, tamarillos are really good; pears are good too; cherries [and plums] are traditional)
    2 eggs
    1/3 C caster sugar
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    1/2 C flour
    3/4 C milk

    oven to 180C

    cut up fruit into large pieces

    beat eggs and caster sugar, add vanilla, beat, whisk in flour and then the milk to form an aerated batter.

    butter dish, arrange fruit, pour over batter, and bake 45-55 minutes...

    sprinkle over icing sugar if that's your thing... serve hot (but good co...
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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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