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Vegan chocolate biscotti

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, In : cookies 

1/4 c ground chia seeds
1 c hot water
1/2 c coconut sugar or raw sugar
1/4 c brown rice syrup or maple syrup
1/2 c olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 c flour (I use spelt)
3/4 c cocoa or cacao powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c desiccated coconut
100g dark chocolate for dipping

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

Put chia seeds and hot water in a blender and let soak for 5 minutes. Add sweeteners, oil, vanilla and salt and blitz until smooth.

Sift flour, cacao...


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Healthy chocolate cereal

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, November 8, 2018, In : sweets 

When the 6-year-old won't eat porridge or muesli it's time to make cereal a bit more appealing. Homemade cacao puffs are simple to make and you can swap out with any puffed grain or activated buckwheat groats.

4 cups puffed spelt (or wheat, rice, amaranth puffs)
1/4 c coconut oil
1/4 c maple syrup or brown rice syrup
1/4 c cacao powder

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Put the puffs in a large bowl.

In a small bowl heat or microwave the oil until melted. Stir in...


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Espresso sables

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 4, 2018, In : cookies 

Biscuits for grown-ups! And a sturdy bite for dunking.

Makes 20-24
1 tbsp espresso powder
1 tbsp boiling water
225g butter
3/4 c sugar (I used organic golden)
1 1/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 c cornflour
1/2 c ground almonds
1/2 tsp ground coffee beans
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp icing sugar

Mix coffee powder and water, set aside.

Beat butter and sugar. Add cooled espresso. Sift in flour, cornflour and almonds and ground coffee beans. Wrap dough in cling film and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour....


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Chocolate chip cranberry cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 2, 2018, In : cookies 

Only 4 basic ingredients in these cookies! Inspired by Wholefood Simply, you can swap out nut butters, sweeteners and flour and add spices or dried fruit if you like too.

Makes 16-20
4 tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter or cashew butter)
3 tbsp brown rice syrup (or maple syrup or honey)
1 1/4c almond meal
1/4 c dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
1/4 c cranberries (this is my favourite combo to give the cookie some tartness)

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


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Witch fingers

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, In : cookies 

Happy halloween! I was determined to make something vaguely healthy for the school's Freaky Friday bake sale and for the trick or treaters. This is free of sugar, gluten and dairy. You can also make it paleo by using almond meal instead of flour.

Makes 16
1/2 c coconut oil, softened to the consistency of butter
1/3 c maple syrup (or rice syrup)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
pinch salt
1 1/4 c flour (I use spelt)
16 blanched almonds
black food colouring (if desired)

Strawberry...


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Seed crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, October 26, 2018, In : savoury 

Crunchy salty goodness!

Makes 80-100 small crackers

1/2 c pumpkin seeds
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c sesame seeds
1/4 c black sesame seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 c flour (I used rye and spelt)
2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 c olive oil
3/4 c cold water

Grind pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a coffee grinder or food processor until crumbly. Add to a bowl and mix in all the other ingredients by hand o...


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Almond crescents

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 25, 2018, In : cookies 

Great to make if you have any leftover egg whites or you can make with a can of aquafaba too.

3/4 c chopped (or flaked) almonds
2 c ground almonds
1 c sugar (I used coconut)
zest of an orange
2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 160C. Link a baking tray with baking paper.
Whisk egg whites until stiff peaks. Whisk in sugar and fold in ground almonds and zest. Take small balls of the mixture and roll into a little log. Roll int the chopped almonds and place on your baking tray in a crescent shape.
Ba...


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Zucchini double chocolate brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, October 19, 2018, In : small cakes 

Z is for zucchini brownies. It's no. 26 of 26 alphabetical bakes! I've made a vegan version before and this is just as easy with a couple of eggs. I added my go-to vegan chocolate ganache, to make it extra special. You can make these in muffin tins or a round cake. Brownies are an excellent quick option for school or office bakes.
This is the end of my A to Z of bakes, a little Instagram project, but now I'll just bake with whatever letter I fancy. Keep calm and carry on baking!

2 cups zucchini...
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Chocolate yoyos

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, October 15, 2018, In : cookies 

Y is for yoyos! Those classic filled shortbread cookies with a chocolate twist, aka melting moments. It is easy to make them vegan, as I have done.

Makes 40
250g non-dairy spread, or butter
100g coconut sugar or cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g flour (I used a gluten-free mix)
1/2 tsp guar or xanthan gum (if you're using g-f flour)
65g cornflour
40g cocoa powder

Buttercream filling:
50g non-dairy spread or butter
85g icing sugar
few drops of lemon juice

Ganache filling:
1/2 c coconut cream
50g dark cho...
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Xmas cake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, October 1, 2018, In : big cakes 

X is for Xmas cake - with only 3 ingredients! This is an Annabel Langbein recipe, which I have made before. It's no. 24 of 26 alphabetical bakes.

1kg dried fruit (I used prunes, apricots, raisins, cranberries, banana)
2 1/2 c milk (I used rice)
2 3/4 c flour (I used spelt)

Extras - you can add a couple tbsp brandy/rum/sherry, some chopped nuts or spices (eg cinnamon, nutmeg) if you like

In a large bowl soak the fruit in the milk overnight.

Preheat the oven to 160C. Line a 23cm cake tin ...


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Walnut coffee cake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, September 17, 2018, In : big cakes 

W is for walnuts! A healthy and wholesome addition to any cake, such as carrot or courgette or chocolate brownie. But today I've paired it with one of my faves - coffee. It's no. 23 of 26 alphabetical bakes! Make it extra special with coffee icing and candied walnuts. This is adapted from a Julie Le Clerc recipe.

1 c walnuts
125g butter, softened
3/4 c unrefined sugar (I used organic golden, coconut or rapadura also ok)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
1/4 c cold strong espresso coffee
1 1/3 c ...


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Vegan vanilla ice cream

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, In : desserts 

V is for vegan vanilla ice cream with vegan chocolate sauce. No. 22 of 26 alphabetical bakes! OK, not technically a 'bake' but a recipe well worth trying.

Ice cream:
2 cans coconut cream or milk
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract or vanilla paste with seeds or seeds from 1 vanilla pod
pinch salt

Chocolate sauce:
1/2 c water 
1/2 c cacao or cocoa powder
2 tbsp cacao butter
pinch sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the ice cream, put all ingredients in a blender and whiz. Churn in an ice cream...


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Mango upside down cake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, August 31, 2018, In : big cakes 

The joy at revealing an upside down cake really is a baker's delight. You can make it with any fruit - I chose mango and coconut for a sunny vibe to offset a cold rainy day. It's no. 21 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

50g melted butter
1/2 c brown sugar
2 cans mango, drained or 2 fresh mangos, sliced
100g melted butter
1/2 c unrefined sugar (I used Ceres organic golden sugar)
3/4 c coconut milk or cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1 14 tsp baking powder
1/4 c...


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Vegan tiramisu

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, August 26, 2018, In : desserts 

My rustic vegan tiramisu was inspired by itdoesn'ttastelikechicken.com. Great name, great recipe! It's no. 20 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Sponge cake:

1 3/4 flour (I used spelt)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c unrefined sugar
1/4 c brown rice syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
100ml vegetable oil
150ml cold filtered water

Espresso syrup:

4 shots espresso coffee
2 tbsp liqueur of choice
water

Cream:

1 c cashews, soaked overnight or for at least 30 min in boiling water
1/2 c non-dairy milk
3 tbsp liquid natural...


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Vegan salted caramel chocolates

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, August 13, 2018, In : sweets 

S is for salted caramels - no. 19 of 26 alphabetical bakes! I was pretty pleased with how these turned out. You CAN make caramels without cream, and I used unrefined sugars too. 

Makes 36-40 

400ml can coconut milk or cream
1/2 c rice syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 3/4 c coconut sugar (or rapadura)
3/4 c water
450g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa, dairy free)
digital sugar thermometer

Line a 20cm x 20cm square tin with baking paper.

In a small saucepan heat the coconut cream, r...


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Vegan rainbow cupcakes

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, August 12, 2018, In : small cakes 

After making the indulgent rainbow cake with cream cheese icing for our daughter's 6th birthday I wanted to see if I could make a healthier version. It may take a bit of time colouring 6 bowls of batter and layering them in the patty tins but the result is worth it - and makes the lunchbox extra special!

Makes 12 cupcakes
1 cup milk (I used rice)
1 tbsp lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
1/3 c olive oil
1 cup natural sweetener (I used rice syrup with a little bit of date syrup)
2 c flour (I used a...


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Quinoa carrot breakfast cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, August 2, 2018, In : cookies 


Cooking 1 cup of quinoa 'seeds' yields a lot of quinoa! Enough to make 2 different batches of sweet cookies. These full-o-goodness chunky breakfast cookies are adapted from Healthful Pursuit. It's a bonus bake in my list of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Makes 18 cookies
1 1/2 c cooked quinoa
1 c flour (I used oat)
1/2 c ground flaxseed
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch salt
1/2 c liquid natural sweetener (I used rice syrup and a bit of date syrup. Maple syrup is also g...


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Quinoa cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, August 2, 2018, In : cookies 

Quinoa is actually a seed not a grain but that doesn't matter - it is a highly nutritious food with double the protein of rice and barley, plus calcium, manganese, magnesium, B vitamins and fibre. I've never used quinoa in sweet recipes before so I tried quinoa cookies 2 ways.
It's no.17 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Makes 24 small cookies
1 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 c desiccated coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
4 egg whites at room temperature (make some custard or lemon curd with t...


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Pear pound cake

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, July 7, 2018, In : big cakes 

This is an impressive way to present pears in a cake, thanks to Carine Claudepierre from her book Clean Bakery (Bateman, 2016). Carine was inspired by a cake she saw in a French bakery, hence the amount of butter and eggs that give the cake a buttery richness but it is free of gluten and sugar. It's no. 16 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Poached pears:
1 1/2 litres water
a whole nutmeg (or 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla pod
1 star anise
1/2 tsp ground ginger
3 pears

Cake:
2 cups ground al...
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Orange cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, July 1, 2018, In : big cakes 

A tangy, moist cake for no. 15 of 26 alphabetical bakes!


2 oranges or tangelos
1 1/2 c pitted dates, soaked in water while the oranges cook
6 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 15 tbsp water
1 c ground almonds
1/2 c fine polenta
1 tsp baking powder

Icing:
3/4 c cashews, soaked overnight or for 30 min in boiling water
3 tbsp brown rice syrup or maple syrup
1 tbsp orange zest
3 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp melted coconut oil

Put oranges in a small saucepan, cove...


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Nut brittle

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, In : sweets 

Buckwheat groats and puffed rice add more goodness to this healthy nut brittle. If nuts aren't your thing you can replace them with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. This is no. 14 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

1/2 c buckwheat groats
1/2 c puffed rice
1/2 c almonds, slivered or roughly chopped (you can use any nuts you like)
1/4 c cashews
pinch sea salt
4 tsp coconut oil
1/2 c maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Warm ...


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Mocha cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 21, 2018, In : big cakes 

I do like a mochaccino every now and then, likewise a coffee-flavoured cake, with coffee of course! The coffee flavour didn't come out too strongly in this recipe from Gee Charman's Guilt-Free Baking (Nourish Books, 2015) so it's suitable for kids too. For an adult version I'd add more coffee and maybe some ground coffee too. It's a bonus bake in my A to Z of bakes!

You can use a 20cm round cake tin or 30cm x 20cm brownie tin and cut the cake into squares.


100g butter
1/2 c coconut su...


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Minty bites

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, In : sweets 

These are rather like after dinner mints, but you won't feel guilty having one, two, or more... It's no. 13 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Makes 36

3 x 12 mini muffin tins
1 c desiccated coconut
1 c cashews
2 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp coconut oil, warmed

chocolate coating:
1 c cacao butter
3-4 tbsp maple syrup or brown rice syrup
1 c cacao powder
pinch salt

Blitz the coconut and cashews in a food processor until crumbly. Add the peppermint, honey and coconut oil and mix until fu...


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Graham crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, In : cookies 

Fran Costigan makes a mean oat cinnamon graham cracker, as they call them in the US - very similar to these digestives, which is what we call them in NZ, Australia and the UK. For me, the key is the thinner the better, and coconut sugar adds a lovely caramely crunchiness.

To make ginger snaps, just swap out the cinnamon for ground ginger.

Makes around 30 biscuits

1 1/2 c oat flour, toasted in a 175C oven for 10 min
1/4 c ground coconut sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp se...


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Lunchbox slice

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, June 16, 2018, In : slices 

This is another great recipe from Wholefood Simply to which I zhujed up with a chocolate marble topping to increase the appeal to a 6 year old. You can swap out seeds for nuts or tahini for another nut butter. I have not met anyone yet who did not like this slice! This is no.12 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

1 c desiccated coconut
1/3 c sunflower seeds
1/3 c pumpkin seeds
1/3 c sesame seeds
pinch of salt
1/2 c brown rice syrup or honey
1/2 c tahini
1/3 c dark chocolate drops if desired or add som...


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Key lime pie

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, June 15, 2018, In : desserts 

This super healthy cheesecake uses an oat crust and tofu-based filling. I found the oat graham cracker recipe from Fran Costigan and it makes a delicious cinnamony crunchy pie crust and the vegan pie filling is from The Gentle Chef. It's no. 11 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Base:
1 1/2 c oat flour, toasted (I ground organic jumbo oats in a coffee grinder)
6 tbsp coconut sugar, finely ground
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 c neutral oil
2 tbsp maple syrup or brown rice s...


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Jaffa cakes

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, June 11, 2018, In : small cakes 

I do love the combination of chocolate and orange. These healthy jaffa cakes from Nadia's Healthy Kitchen
don't last long but they're worth the effort. The chocolate coating can get a bit messy but that's all part of the fun.

Makes 12

Base:
1/2 c flour (I use spelt)
1/3 c ground almonds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp brown rice syrup (or maple syrup)
up to 4 tbsp milk

Orange jelly:
1/2 c orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1 tbsp rice syrup
1 tsp agar powder
20cm round cake/sp...
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Italian ricotta torta

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 10, 2018, In : big cakes 

I have never attempted a ricotta cheesecake before - what a winner to start with. It's from Julie Le Clerc's Favourite Cakes (Penguin Books, 2011). She created the recipe from memory after tasting a ricotta cake in Rome. It's indulgent and rich, no doubt about that, but the addition of citrus peel and almonds cuts through the cheese and chocolate.

Base and topping:
1 1/2 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 c ground almonds
1/3 c coconut sugar (hence the dark colour; use caster sugar if you want a...


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Vegan hazelnut meringue torte with coffee buttercream

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, In : desserts 

I was at the Dunedin Farmers Market recently and splashed out on roasted hazelnuts from Amazelnuts, grown in Mosgiel. Fortuitous timing, as I was looking for an 'H' ingredient. This is no. 8. of 26 alphabetical bakes.
Aquafaba, the liquid from a drained can of chickpeas. makes a great meringue if you want to avoid egg whites - just don't open the door while cooking! I did, and in that brief moment the cold air took the lift out of my meringue sails. My meringues may not have risen but fear not...
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Vegan ginger crunch

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 3, 2018, In : slices 

I've made plenty of ginger crunch and perfected this recipe here. But I challenged myself to make a vegan, gluten free and sugar version and this is it!

Base:
1 1/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1/3 c activated buckwheat groats (aka buckinis)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 c ground coconut sugar
1/2 c olive oil

Topping:
4 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp honey (or golden syrup if you don't mind refined sugar)
4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c chopped pistachios (optional)

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Granola bars

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, In : slices 

Twice baked oats and activated buckwheat groats make for a supercrunchy granola bar. The cranberries add a lovely tang to round out the sweetness.

4 c rolled oats
1 c activated buckwheat
100g coconut oil, melted
2/3 c honey
1/3 c apple juice
1/4 c treacle or molasses
1/2 c cranberries
1 c puffed rice

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Line a 30cm x 20cm brownie/swiss roll tin with baking paper.
Mix oats, buckwheat and oil in a bowl until evenly coated. Lay out on the baking tra...
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Forgotten cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, May 10, 2018, In : cookies 

Forgotten cookies are actually super easy meringues - you just leave in a turned-off oven overnight and they should be crisp by the morning. Mine weren't unfortunately, I think I preheated the oven too low. If this happens you can just bake at 60-70C for an hour or so until meringues are dried or put in a dehydrator. The recipe is adapted from Healthy Food Guide. You can leave plain or flavour with mint and strawberry. It's my no. 6 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Makes 20-15
2 egg whites, r...


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Bunuelos

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, May 5, 2018, In : desserts 

D is for doughnuts, no. 4 of 26 alphabetical bakes. Bunuelos/bimuelos are literally little fried dough nuts, popular in many South and Central American countries. This recipe is from the Sephardi (Spanish) Jews, and the topping is a honey and rosewater syrup.

350g flour (I used spelt)
1 tsp salt
7g dried yeast
1 egg, beaten
200ml milk. slightly warmed
1 lt sunflower oil or light vegetable cooking oil


Syrup:
250ml water
175g sugar
125ml honey

sesame seeds for garnish

In a bowl combine the flour, salt and ...
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Cherry cake

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, In : big cakes 

This is a bonus C bake in my list of alphabetical bakes. It's is one of the simplest recipes I've found for a quick cake. Cherries taste great but you can also use apricots, peaches, feijoas, pears - any fresh or canned fruit you have on hand.

125g butter or non-dairy spread
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 c almond meal
1/2 c flour (I used spelt)
At least 1 c pitted cherries (fresh, frozen or canned,and drained)

Preheat oven to 180C in line a 20cm x 20cm cake tin.

Cream...


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Cranberry pistachio biscotti

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, In : cookies 

No. 3 of 26 alphabetical bakes! Very easy to mix and bake and experiment with different flours and sugars. I stuck to spelt and caster sugar this time as I wanted the berry and nut colours to come through.

1/4 c olive oil
3/4 c caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond essence
2 eggs
2 c flour (I use spelt)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 c cranberries
1/2 - 1 c pistachios

Preheat oven to 150C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

In a bowl whisk the oil and sugar until well comb...


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Bakewell tarts

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 26, 2018, In : small cakes 

No. 2 of 26 alphabetical bakes! I've never considered making bakewell tarts before as they look rather time-consuming - there's pastry, blind baking, frangipane, and more baking. But it was a good experiment in veganising a classic. I used coconut sugar, hence the deep brown colour, far more rustic-looking than the ones from Lazy Cat Kitchen from which I borrowed the recipe. The traditional bakewell has strawberry jam between the pastry and filling and is covered with white icing; I did the c...
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Anzac biscuits 2018

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, In : cookies 

Can't help making Anzac biscuits on Anzac Day. This is the third version to appear on Bake Club. I'm aiming for less and less ingredients each year. This one is all done in the food processor. Takes less than a minute to mix and less than 10 min to bake. You'll be dunking in no time.
This is no.1 of 26 alphabetical bakes! I'm setting myself a challenge to bake something for every letter of the alphabet.

1 c rolled oats
3/4 c desiccated coconut
1/2 c chopped almonds
2 1/2 tbsp honey
2 1/2 tbsp olive...
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Berry pinwheel cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, In : cookies 

These make a nice change from the usual chocolate/vanilla pinwheels. It was a special request from the 5-year-old. I used raspberry powder as that's what I had in the pantry, but any berry flavour will work well - strawberry, cherry, blueberry.

250g butter or vegan butter
1 c caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 c flour (I used spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp raspberry/strawberry Fresh As powder
few drops red food colouring or beetroot juice

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until pale a...


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Almond polenta cake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, March 26, 2018, In : big cakes 

I enjoy baking for my vegan gluten-free friends, as it makes you think outside the square and experiment with different ingredients. This recipe is adapted from Cilantro and Citronella. 

1 c almond meal
1 c polenta
3/4 c coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 c aquafaba (liquid from can of drained chickpeas), chilled in fridge
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp neutral oil
zest of 1 lemon

Lemon icing:
1 c non-dairy butter (I used Olivani)
2 c icing sugar
juice half lemon

flaked almonds ...


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Raw mini lamingtons

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 22, 2018, In : sweets 

Did you know the lamington was invented in New Zealand not Australia?! They first appeared in art in New Zealander J R Smythe's still life 'Summer Pantry' in 1888, featuring inside a cottage with a view of Wellington Harbour. They were known as Wellingtons - soft sponge covered in chocolate and coconut to resemble the snow-capped mountains of NZ.
However, Australians have claimed the cake as their own, named after Lord Lamington, governor of Queensland, who visited NZ in 1895, and was ...


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Blueberry & lemon cheesecake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 22, 2018, In : desserts 

This is the third raw cheesecake to appear on Bake Club. It's always good to experiment with these things. I made a double recipe to fit a 25cm round cake tin, one of the three cakes I made for my birthday party. I only throw a party once a decade. so I'm happy to make the effort to cater for a whole bunch of diets. I have a few vegan gluten-free friends so I decided to make all the cakes free of gluten, dairy and sugar.

This recipe is adapted from Raw Cake by Daisy Kristiansen and Le...


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Puffed rice crispie bars

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, In : slices 

Quick and easy party food/lunchbox fillers.
Makes 24 squares
1/2 c tahini
1/3 c sweetener such as rice syrup, coconut nectar, maple or honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
4 c brown puffed rice crispies (you can also used puffed millet)
1/2 c activated buckwheat, optional

Line a brownie tin or 20x20cm cake tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl mix the puffed rice and buckwheat. Melt the rest of the ingredients in a small saucepan. Pour over the puffed rice and mix quickly to coat every grain. P...
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Raw fudge

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, In : sweets 

This raw chocolate fudge is soooo silky smooth and takes 2 minutes to make!
1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c almond butter (you could also use cashew, tahini or peanut)
1/2 c cacao powder
1/4 c sweetener such as rice syrup, maple or honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

Line a small cake tin, loaf tin or plastic container with baking paper or plastic wrap. The container I used was 13 x 20cm.
Melt the coconut oil over a low heat or in a bain marie. Pour into a bowl with all the other ingredients and mix w...
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Sourdough sesame crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, In : savoury 

Keeping a sourdough starter in the fridge takes the pressure off having to bake every few days. I fed mine then kept in the fridge for a week before I scooped out a cup for this recipe, found on the King Arthur Flour website. Take the starter out 24 hours before using to let it warm to room temperature. 

1 c sourdough starter or discarded starter
1 1/2 c flour (I used spelt and buckwheat)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c vegan butter or butter
2 tbsp sesame seeds (white or black)
2 tbsp dried herbs of c...


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Black bean brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 1, 2018, In : slices 


This is the third version of black bean brownies that have appeared on Bake Club. The other two were vegan; this one uses eggs - but you can substitute with 2 tbsp of ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tbsp water if you wish. Such a quick recipe - blitz in the blender and you're done!

8 pitted dates, soaked in 1/2 c boiling water for 10 min
1 can black beans, drained
2 eggs
1/4 c coconut oil
1/3 c rice syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 c flour (I used ground almonds, you can use oat flour or any ...


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Raw afghans

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, In : cookies 


A wholesome chocolatey hit.

1 c dates, soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes
1 c sunflower seeds
1 c nuts or activated buckwheat
2 tbsp ground chia seeds
1 tbsp psyllium
1/2 c cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c cacao butter, melted

Icing:
1/4 c cacao butter, melted
1/3 c cacao powder
1/3 c rice syrup (or maple syrup)

Whole walnuts, pecans or almonds for decoration

Blitz the seeds and nuts in a food processor until crumbly. You can leave chunks in there if you w...


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Homemade vegemite

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, February 25, 2018, In : savoury 

A eureka moment - make your own vegemite from scratch!
Blitz in a nutribullet or hand-mix 1/2 c ground black sesame seeds (I use a coffee grinder), 4 tbsp tamari, 3 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar to taste. You can also cheat by using store-bought black tahini. Couldn't be easier. The salty rich taste is perfect for toast, crackers, pasta, soup. Dense with vitamin B, copper, magnesium, manganese, iron and phosphorus.
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Sourdough apricot loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, February 25, 2018, In : bread 

I do love a tangy apricot loaf. My sourdough starter 'discards' provided the tang in this recipe and the oats add a little more fibre. It's a cross between bread and a cake.
2 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 cut oats (use whole or ground, as you wish)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c rice syrup
1/2 c coconut oil
2 eggs
juice and zest of 1 orange
1 c sourdough starter or discarded starter
1 c chopped apricots
1-2 tbsp flour for coating
oats for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a lo...
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Sourdough bread

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, In : bread 

I was very kindly given a gluten free sourdough starter this week. I fed it for a few days then made this loaf using spelt flour, although it's easy to replace with a mix of brown rice, buckwheat and tapioca flour if you want to be totally gluten free. This recipe is adapted from Homegrown Kitchen.
To keep your starter going, reserve at least 1/4 c starter after taking out 1 c to use. Mix 1/4 c flour and 1/4 c water to your starter every 12 hours. Store in a glass jar with a tight lid. If you...
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Banana cake with butterscotch icing

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, February 18, 2018, In : big cakes 

A freshly baked banana cake is pretty rad, but add butterscotch buttercream and it's an indulgent treat!
175g butter, softened
1/2 c ground coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2-3 bananas, mashed
3 tbsp boiling hot milk or water
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 c flour (I used spelt)

Butterscotch icing:
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c cream (I used coconut cream)
185g butter
375g cream cheese

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 sponge tins with baking paper.
Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and smooth. Add va...
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Ginger and pistachio cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, February 15, 2018, In : cookies 

A little bit spicy and a little bit nutty! Just what you need for your afternoon dunk. This is a variation on my very easy vegan digestives. You can experiment with any nut or seed flours, add zest or other spices. Go crazy.

1/2 c sunflower seeds, ground in a coffee grinder
1 c flour (I used spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 c chopped pistachios
1/2 c coconut sugar, ground in a coffee grinder
1/4 c coconut oil
5-8 tbsp non-dairy milk

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Vegan chocolate ganache cake

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, February 10, 2018, In : big cakes 

A deep, rich cake perfect for special occasions. No one will even tell it's vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free.

1 1/2 c non-dairy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 c flour (I've used spelt and buckwheat on different occasions and both worked fine)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 c cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 c rice syrup
1/2 c sunflower or rice bran oil
grated zest of 1 orange or lemon
4 tbsp jam (I use sugar-free St Dalfour)
juice of half orange or lemon

Gan...


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Ginger apple muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, In : small cakes 

The apple really helps to keep these little cakes moist. Adapted from The Minimalist Baker.

2 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 5 Tbsp water
1 1/4 cup grated apple, skin on
1/2 cup organic ground coconut sugar
3 Tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil (I used coconut)
1 1/2 c non-dairy milk
1 1/2 cups flour (I used spelt)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with patty pans.
In a large bowl mix th...


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Double chocolate zucchini muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, December 31, 2017, In : small cakes 

Our 5-year-old runs at the sight of zucchini but she scoffed these muffins - ha gotcha! No one could tell these cakes had vegetables in them, and vegan and gluten free to boot. Adapted from The Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio (Avery, 2016).

1 tbsp ground flaxseed
3 tbsp water
1 c non-dairy milk at room temperature (I used rice)
2 tsp lemon juice
2 c spelt flour
1/2 c cacao powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c coconut oil, melted
2/3 c brown rice sy...

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Banoffee pie

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, In : desserts 

I scoured the net and came up with a mix-and-match raw vegan banoffee pie recipe. This is different from my other banoffee pie, which uses cashew cream.

For the base:
1/2 c almonds
1/2 c walnuts
1/3 c desiccated coconut
6 deglet noor dates (use medjool if you have them, I was just saving $)
1 tbsp rice malt syrup
1/2 tsp ground ginger

For the caramel:
10 medjool dates, pitted
1 c coconut cream or milk or other nondairy milk
2 heaped tbsp almond/cashew/peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt

2 banan...


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White chocolate Christmas bars

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, December 16, 2017, In : sweets 

Apparently white chocolate isn't technically traditional chocolate because it doesn't contain chocolate solids, ie cocoa/cacao powder, but homemade white chocolate is next-level goodness! You can use any dried fruit or nuts in this recipe, and pour into any shaped moulds. Pistachios and gojis are perfect for Christmastime.


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Cinnamon buns

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, December 14, 2017, In : bread 

These buns don't require rising time. An easy vegan recipe if you're that way inclined. Adapted from The Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S Nixon (BenBella Books, 2011).

3/4 c non-dairy milk (I used rice)
2 1/2 tsp dried yeast
3 c flour (I used organic spelt)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 c coconut sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c vegetable oil
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp raisin if desired
For drizzling mix together:
3/4 c icing sugar
2 tbsp non-dairy milk

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 20cm round spring-for...
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Chocolate sponge

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, In : big cakes 

Made with love for our wedding anniversary, 12.12. The keys to a light sponge are: no butter, separate the eggs and 50% cornflour.

3 eggs 
110g sugar (I used powdered coconut sugar)
60g flour (I used organic spelt)
60g cornflour
2 tbsp dutch cocoa
1 tsp baking powder

For the filling:
1 can coconut cream that's been refrigerated for at least 24 hours
1 tsp rice malt syrup
cut strawberries
strawberry jam if desired (I use a sugar-free brand, or make your own chia jam)

Line 2 sponge tins with baking paper a...
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Plaited loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 17, 2017, In : bread 

The crust came out a little dark, oops, but the inside is nice and fluffly. The last sweet buns I made needed kneading but not this recipe, so I wanted to compare the results.

250ml milk (I used rice)
50g butter or non-dairy spread
2 heaped tsp honey
500g spelt flour
2 tsp sea salt
12g dried yeast
1 egg, beaten

Scald the milk by heating it in a small saucepan with the butter and honey. Allow to cool so it is just warm.
Sift the flour and salt in a large bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Make a well in t...
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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.

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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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Raspberry rose macarons

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 22, 2017, In : small cakes 

This is adapted from Crazy Vegan Kitchen, I've cut down on the sugar a bit. My first time making macarons with aquafaba. I know they're not perfect, they don't have macaron 'feet' and they're not completely smooth on top (I ground up almonds with the skins on), but they're good enough for me and they taste delicious. Our 5-year-old proclaimed it the best thing I've ever made!
Macarons take an age to make, you need to start the night before. It's a real process, and it makes you understand why ...
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Healthy Shrewsbury biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 19, 2017, In : cookies 

Shrewsburys, also known as Jammie Dodgers in England, are two shortbread-style biscuits with jam in the middle. I found this healthy version from Niomi Smart's Eat Smart (HarperCollins, 2016). The biscuits are not too sweet, however, they don't have a super crunch, as they use a liquid sweetener, not sugar. I would make these again a little thinner and maybe add some coconut sugar for crunch.
Makes 25
1 1/2 c ground almonds
2 c buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinna...
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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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Gingerbread with coconut icing

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

This is adapted from Emma Galloway's recipe from My Darling Lemon Thyme and her book A Year in My Real Food Kitchen. My coconut icing didn't work out as nice and white and smooth as hers, even after aaaaages whizzing the coconut in the blender. Well, I tried, and it's edible although probably not Instagram-worthy!
Emma likes to add crystallised ginger but I prefer a smooth gingery cake. My cakes tend to crack so I've baked it at a lower temperature and placed it in the lower third of the oven....
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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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Lentil shepherd's pie

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

Red lentils are great to use in curry or dahl because they cook quickly. This was my first attempt at a caulicashew mash and it turned out great - no one knew it wasn't potato. This is my entry into the #PlantBasedChallengeNZ #LittleBirdGoodness


3 tbsp oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp curry powder
1 medium eggplant, cut into 2cm cubes
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 c red lentils, washed
1 can tomatoes
3 cups water or vege...


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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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Raw banoffee pie

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, In : desserts 

This is a recipe from Eleanor Ozich. It's delicious, but I will make it slightly different next time. I usually make a raw base with the usual suspects: dates, almonds, coconut oil, but I find it's not crunchy enough for my liking. So I add buckinis (activated buckwheat groats). Or do the easy classic non-raw cheesecake base - bashed up gingernuts or malt biscuits mixed with some melted butter. I wanted more caramel and less cream filling so next time I will halve the cashew cream.

Base:
1 c me...
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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

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Vegan carrot cake

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

If you're avoiding dairy and eggs, this carrot cake will hit the spot for you! This recipe is adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie.

1 c grated/shredded carrots
1/2 c applesauce (basically stewed and mashed apples)
1/3 c oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c flour (I use spelt)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 c cane/rapadura/coconut (ground or powdered)
optional - 1/2 c chopped walnuts, raisins, desiccated coconut

Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl and set a...
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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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Toffees

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, March 26, 2017, In : sweets 

Sugar-free toffees that have healthy ingredients! Thank you Virpi Mikkonen from It's a Pleasure (Weldon Owen, 2016). I used my homemade almond butter too so I'm well chuffed about that.
1/3 c nuts (I used cashews)
1/2 c honey
1 c almond or another nut butter
2 tbs coconut flakes
flakey sea salt (Maldon is my choice)

Have moulds ready or a baking tin lined with baking paper.
Crush or chop the nuts with a knife, in a grinder or mortar and pestle.
Pour honey into a frying pan over medium heat. Stir cont...
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Cocoa almond granola bars

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, March 24, 2017, In : slices 

These are a chewy choco bite. Don't overcook or they'll be rock hard (as mine were, on the edges). From Sweet & Easy Vegan by Robin Asbell (Chronicle, 2012).

1 1/2 c rolled oats
3/4 c spelt flour
1/4 c cocoa or cacao powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 c rice syrup
1/2 c rapadura/coconut or palm sugar
1/4 c almond butter
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp nondairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 170C and line a 20x20cm cake tin.
Mix all the dry ingredients (except almo...
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Hazelnut carrot cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, In : cookies 

Hazelnuts! Yummy but expensive little things, aren't they? That's why I don't often bake with them, but I had half a cup in the cupboard for some such occasion. I added some diced dried fruit to the mix to sweeten the package for the 4-year-old. She turned her nose up at them, however. Oh well, more for me. These fall into the brutti ma buoni style of biscuit - ugly but good.

Makes about 20

1 c spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c rice syrup
1/4 c almond butter (...
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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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Lace biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 9, 2017, In : cookies 

These remind me of brandy snaps. Easy to make and bake in a few minutes. Virpi Mikkonen from Vanelja.com has a super book called It's a Pleasure (Weldon Owen, 2015). Everything is free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar, although this recipe has some butter. I accidentally baked these at a higher temperature, hence they're a bit too brown but still awfully moreish.

1/4 c butter (by all means use vegan butter if you can find it)
1/4 c honey
1/4 g ground oats
1/4 c ground almonds
3 tbsp rapadura or ...
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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 lemon almond cake

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, February 20, 2017, In : big cakes 

A healthy and tasty lemony cake! You could jazz it up with a honey-lemon drizzle or whipped coconut cream icing but really, it's great the way it is - moist, tangy and nutritious.

1 c ground almonds (I use use a coffee grinder and grind as needed)
1/2 c buckwheat flour (you can use any kind of flour or polenta)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
juice and zest of 2 lemons
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 5 tbsp hot water and left to stand for 5 minutes)
1/2 c rice ma...
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Vegan gingernuts

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, February 17, 2017, In : cookies 

After the success of my vegan digestives I decided to use the same method to make these crispy healthy gingernuts. Just a couple of adjustments.

1 1/2 c buckwheat flour
1/2 c rolled oats, ground first in a coffee grinder
1/4 c + 1 tbsp rapadura sugar, ground first in a coffee grinder
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp treacle (I used Kokonati's organic wild kithul treacle)
1/4 c + 2 tbsp coconut oil
5-8 tbsp non-dairy milk

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 baking tray...
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Vegan digestives

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, In : cookies 

Healthy digestive biscuits for my two valentines - my husband and our daughter. You can also make them pure gluten-free by using buckwheat flour or a general gluten-free flour. Variation on a theme of lil digestives and digestives (with butter).

1/2 c rolled oats, ground in a coffee grinder
1 1/2 c spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon if desired
1/4 c + 1 tbsp rapadura sugar, or coconut sugar (you can grind these granules too if you wish)
1/4 c + 2 tbsp coconut oil
5-8 tbsp n...
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Buckwheat nut crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, February 11, 2017, In : savoury 

Love making my own crackers! Buckwheat flour works really well in combination with nuts of your choice for more nutrients. You can also grind sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

1 c buckwheat flour
1 c ground nuts (I used walnuts and cashews)
1 tsp salt
3 tsp sesame seeds
1/4 c oil
up to 1/2 c water
seasonings of choice - e.g. pepper, cumin, paprika

Preheat oven to 175C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir in oil then slowly add water to form into a ball.
Roll ou...
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Cheese crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, January 12, 2017, In : savoury 

These lil' cheesey morsels are great eaten the same day as baking. Because they are gluten free they will soften overnight so put in the oven again for a few minutes to crisp up.

2 c almond meal or flour
2 tsp coconut flour
1/2 tsp xantham gum
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cayenne 
1/4 tsp onion powder if desired
1 egg
3 Tbs butter
2 1/2 c grated cheese

Place all the ingredients in a food process and blitz until a dough forms.Roll into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill in fridge for at l...
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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
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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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Vegan banana loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, In : big cakes 

I made this recipe from scratch! Just to experiment making a GF, DF, SF cake. It turned out a bit holey and dense but delicious all the same, and even better toasted. Without creamed butter and sugar, cakes tend to have a few holes. I will also use a lighter touch next time and not overmix the batter.

2 c flour (I use spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c dates
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c water
1/4 c softened coconut oil

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Wh...
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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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Walnut jam drops

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, In : cookies 

These healthy jam drops combine walnuts, coconut and your favourite jam to make a cute cookie reminiscent of a Louise slice. Another one from 'Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family' by Jennifer Katzinger (Sasquatch Books, 2015).

Make about 18
2 c walnuts halves
1/2 tsp salt
1 c dates
1/4 c water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c desiccated or shredded coconut
strawberry or raspberry jam or any other favourite

Preheat oven to 175C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. In a food processor blitz the walnuts ...
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Oatmeal raisin cookies (vegan, gluten-free)

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, November 3, 2016, In : cookies 

I'm really liking 'Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family' by Jennifer Katzinger (Sasquatch Books, 2015). Like her chocolate chip cookies, these oatmeal cookies are sugar-free and gluten-free. I've experimented with cashew nuts, buckwheat and spelt flour and they've all come out well. Everything is done in the food processor - you basically blitz the dry ingredients then add the wet. Dates are a great sweetener.
Makes 18 small cookies
1 2/3 rolled oats
1/2 c almonds
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon...

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Life-changing bread

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, October 31, 2016, In : bread 

This appeared in 2013 on My New Roots and I've finally jumped onto the bandwagon! A dense, filling bread made of just nuts and seeds - genius. All mixed in the tin and you can experiment with different nuts and seeds too.
1 c sunflower seeds
1 1/2 c oats
1 c almonds (or hazelnuts)
1/2 c flaxseed
2 Tbs chia seeds
3 Tbs psyllium husk powder (or 4 Tbs psyllium husk)
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs natural sweetener (maple syrup, rice malt syrup)
3 Tbs melted coconut oil
1 1/2 c water

Line a loaf tin with parchment/baking...
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Buckwheat waffles

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, October 29, 2016, In : desserts 

For some reason I had always shied away from using 100% buckwheat flour in a recipe but I gave this a go to expand my repertoire for my gf friends. These turned out so soft with a crisp outside - perfect waffles.
Makes 7 to feed about 3 people
1 c buckwheat flour
1 Tbs rapadura sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 c buttermilk (you can make your own by mixing 1 Tbs + 3/4 tsp white vinegar with 1 1/4 c milk of your choice and letting it sit for 5 min)
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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)
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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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Pineapple upside down cake

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, In : big cakes 

Upside down cakes are so much fun to make! I made this gluten free for a morning tea and was much appreciated by my GF friends.
60g butter
1/2 c brown sugar
7 slices canned pineapple and reserve the juice
25 maraschino cherries
1 2/3 c gluten free flour (I used GF mix and buckwheat)
1 tsp xantham gum (be careful not to use more as it will make the mixture too gummy)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
60g melted butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c rice malt syrup
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla extract
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Black bean brownie

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, August 26, 2016, In : slices 

So rich! So gooey! So healthy!

6 tbsp warm water
2 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed
400g can black beans, drained
3/4 c cocoa/cacao
1/2 c natural sweetener of choice (I use rice malt syrup)
3 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a brownie tin with baking paper.
Whisk water and flaxseeds, set aside 10 min.
Blitz rest of ingredientss with flax mixture in a blender or food processor. Spread into tin and bake 20-25 min until set.

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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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Breakfast cookies

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

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

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Coconut macaroons with aquafaba

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, In : cookies 

So easy to make these vegan treats. Instead of egg whites you use the brine from a chickpea can.

1 c aquafaba from 400g can drained chickpeas
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 c golden sugar
1/2 c rice malt syrup
2 c desiccated coconut
2 c almond meal

Preheat oven to 150C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Whip up the aquafaba and salt in a food processor until thick and frothy. Add vanilla and xanthan to combine. Add sweeteners slowly. Transfer mixture to a bowl a...


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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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Fruit jellies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, In : sweets 

A refined sugar free treat the littlies will love.
1/3 c fruit juice or pulp (I used some plums that I had stewed before)
1 1/2 Tbs agar agar powder (find it in Chinese grocers)
1-2 Tbs rice malt syrup
In a small bowl over medium heat, heat up the juice, stir in the agar well, bring to boil, then lower heat and cook the agar for about a minute until the mixture thickens. Work quickly to pour into chocolate moulds or ice cube trays. Put in fridge to set.
You can experiment with any kind of fruit or...
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Raw apple cinnamon crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, In : cookies 

Great little heatlhy naturally sweetened crackers for a seriously moreish snack.
1/2 c flaxseeds (golden or brown)
1/2 c flaxmeal (just blitz in a coffee or spice grinder)
3 apples - 2 chopped into small pieces, 1 grated (leave skin on)
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp orange zest
juice of an orange
1/4 c water

In a blender put in the flaxmeal, chopped apple, spices, juice and enough water to blend into a paste. Transfer into a bowl and stir in the flax seeds and grated apple. Let sit ...
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Lemon sugar cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : cookies 

These are quite interesting, from Erin McKenna's Bread & Butter (Clarkson Potter, 2015). She of BabyCakes fame. She's done a whole lotta experimenting with her gluten-free, vegan recipes and is quite firm on using her certain favourite brands of flour and other ingreds, which of course we can't get here in New Zealand. But I get the gist of her style. Note: xanthan gum needs to be used sparingly, too much and it all becomes too gummy!
1 1/2 c gluten-free flour (Erin prefers Bob's Red Mill)
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Sesame breadsticks

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : bread 

Who doesn't love a good crunchy breadstick? These ones are gluten-free too. I was going to just use spelt but the recipe called for almond flour so I wanted to see how they would turn out if I followed a recipe exactly for a change! It's from The Joy of Gluten-free, Sugar-free Baking by Peter Reinhart & Denene Wallace (Ten Speed Press, 2012).
2 c almond flour (ground in a coffee grinder)
1 c sesame seed flour (ditto)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp xanthan gum (don't use any more othe...
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Vegan vanilla cupcakes

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, In : small cakes 

This is BabyCakes NYC's recipe. I tried to be as true to her recipe as I could but I didn't have all the ingreds and they turned out a bit heavy cos I didn't put enough hot water in. I had some besan flour I wanted to use up so that was good.
2 c besan (garbanzo bean) flour
1 c potato starch (I used rice flour)
1/2 c arrowroot (I used cornflour)
1 Tbs plus 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp salt
2/3 c coconut oil
1 1/2 c agave (I used 1 c rice malt syrup)
3/4 c applesau...
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Gingersnaps

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, In : cookies 

I've discovered BabyCakes NYC! Happy new year to me. Erin McKenna opened her BabyCakes bakery in New York in 2005, now renamed Erin McKenna's Bakery. It's vegan and mostly gluten- and sugar-free. I am not vegan or gluten-free but I love to experiment with these recipes especially if baking for friends with these preferences. These gingersnaps turned out really well. I did not have evaporated cane juice so just used some rice malt syrup and decided to sprinkle a bit of muscovado sugar on top. ...
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3-ingredient Christmas cake

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, In : big cakes 

Thanks Annabel Langbein for this genius recipe. Yes, only 3 ingredients! But you can add more to jazz up if you like.
1kg mixed dried fruit (I used currants, prunes, apricots, cranberries and sultanas)
2 1/2 c milk (I used rice)
2 3/4 c flour (I used gluten-free mix)
Soak the fruit in the milk in a bowl overnight in the fridge.
Next day, preheat oven to 160C. Line a 23cm cake tin with baking paper.
Mix in sifted flour with the fruit and transfer into tin. Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until cook...
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Chickpea s'mores cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, In : cookies 

I had some leftover chickpea cookie dough from my kumara brownies so I decided to make s'mores cookies, finally succumbing to our 3-year-old requests for marshmallows. We don't indulge her marshmallows but I consider this a wee Christmas treat. 
400g canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 egg
1/2 c rice malt syrup
1/2 c almond butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 c flour, more or less (I used gluten-free and brown rice mix)
1/2 c dark chocolate chips
mini marshmallows
Preheat oven to 180C. Line ...
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Sweet potato brownies with chickpea cookie dough

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, In : slices 

This is from a great book called Kenko Kitchen by Kate Bradley (Hardie Grant Books, 2015). It’s sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan. She’s based in Melbourne. This brownie recipe caught my eye because it adds in vegetables where our daughter won't notice them.

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 5cm pieces (I used golden kumara)
14 medjool dates, pitted (I like to soak dates in filtered water for an hour before using, then drain)
2/3 c ground almonds
½ c  buckwheat fl...


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Mars Bars/Snickers Bars

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, In : sweets 

Here's a variation on a theme of homemade raw Snickers bars. Firstly, these ones are not entirely raw - I used toasted peanuts. Toasting just adds an extra nutty flavour. This is adapted from the Not Mars Bars on the Ceres website. I didn't have cacao paste so just used powder. Some great recipes there if you haven't checked it out already. 
For the nougat:
1 c cashews, soaked 2-4 hours
1/4 c coconut milk
1/4 c cacao paste (I just used cacao powder)
1/4 c melted coconut oil
2 Tbs rice malt syrup or...
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Vegan muesli bars

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 8, 2015, In : slices 

I’ve made a no-bake seed version and a buttery caramelly one but these muesli bars are dairy- and sugar-free – bonus! Oh She Glows calls this a feel-good hearty granola bar – I second that! I added some extra seeds in mine. 

1 ½ c mashed banana (about 3 ripe bananas)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c rolled oats
½ c dried fruit, chopped if necessary (I used sultanas)
½ c walnuts, chopped (I used cashews)
½ c pumpkin seeds
½ c sunflower seeds
½ c sliced almonds
¼ c ground flax see...


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Raw carrot cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 8, 2015, In : big cakes 

I’ve been out of commission for a whole month thanks to a perforated ear drum  (yes – ow!) but this weekend I was well enough to do some cooking and baking. It gave me so much pleasure and I’m starting to feel human again! I started with making hummus with canned chickpeas, then made a meringue from the chickpea brine (aquafaba meringue). Then I decided on a ‘major’ project – raw carrot cake from Little Bird’s Unbakery cookbook. I usually go for the cheesecakes at...


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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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Rosewater almond cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 10, 2015, In : big cakes 

This recipe is a combination of Petite Kitchen's almond cake and Bonnie Delicious's cream cheese icing, free of gluten and sugar, which I made for Father's Day. I'm very excited to be attending a wholefood cooking class by Kelly Gibney from Bonnie Delicious on Sep 17 in Auckland.

2 c almond meal
3 eggs
4 Tbs sweetener (I used rice malt syrup)
1/3 c coconut oil
2 Tbs lemon zest
2 Tbs rosewater
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

icing:
250 g cream cheese
seeds 1 vanilla pod
juice 1 lemon
50g butter
1 T...


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Apricot clafoutis

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, In : desserts 


We've made nectarine and feijoa clafoutis on Bake Club but this one is gluten and sugar free, however, you can add whatever flour or sweetener you like.

Fresh or canned apricots, drained
1/2 c milk (I used almond)
1 egg
3 Tbs rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 Tbs flour (I used spelt)
flaked almonds

Cashew cream:
1 1/2 c cashews soaked in filtered water for at least an hour
3/4 c filtered water
juice of a lemon
1 Tbs rice malt syrup
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 180C. Butter a shallow baki...


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Flourless chocolate brownies

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

When you taste these brownies you'll never guess the secret ingredient - chickpeas! What a great way to get fibre and protein into a sweet treat. It's another sugar-free recipe from I Quit Sugar.

1 1/2 c cooked chickpeas or 1 can drained
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c coconut oil, softened
2 eggs
1/4 c nut or seed butter 
1/3 c cacao powder
2 Tbs rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c walnuts (or any nuts) for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tin or loaf tin with baking paper.
Put all t...
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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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Shrewsbury biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, In : cookies 

Sophie made these for a special farewell morning tea - gluten-free too and SO much better than bought ones!
Makes 15 pairs

125g butter, softened 
1/2 cup caster sugar 
1 tsp vanilla essence 
1 egg
1 3/4 cups gluten free flour + 1/4 cup for rolling 
Pinch of salt 
1 tsp gluten free baking powder 
1/2 cup raspberry jam

1. Heat oven to 180 Celcius. Line two baking trays with nonstick baking paper. Place butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat until thick and pale, then beat in egg.

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Banana and peanut butter bundt cake with honey glaze

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

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

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

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

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, February 20, 2015, In : slices 

I finally created my own recipe for some chewy wholesome bars that are great for our 2.7 year old to eat. Next time I'll try roll them into cigar shapes or more long and thin bars so they might look a bit more 'attractive' to her.
1 c oats
1 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 c dates, soaked for a while until soft (you can also use raisins, prunes or a mix)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 20x20cm baking tin.
Grind the oats and sunflower seeds in a food processo...
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Nut crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, In : savoury 

Continuing my experiments with crackers, here's a recipe from Ceres.
1/2 c almond meal
1/2 c cashews
2 Tbs flaxseed
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 c sesame seeds
1 sprig rosemary, chopped
1 Tbs coconut nectar syrup (I used rice syrup)
1 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs water

Place all ingredients except sesame seeds and rosemary in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground. Add remaining ingreds and pulse for a few more seconds until mixture forms a ball. Wrap dough in plastic film and refrigerate at least an hour.
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Nut butter cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : cookies 

Another simple recipe from Petite Kitchen. Next time I will add more nut butter so the mixture isn't so crumbly.

1 c almond meal
1/2 c nut butter (I used peanut but almond is good)
1/2 c seeds
1 c dates
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 160C and prepare a baking tray.
Put everything in the food processor and process until it forms a dough. Knead for a little bit, add more nut butter to bind if necessary. Roll into a log and divide into 16 or 20 even sections. Roll each int...
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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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Lemon tarts with chocolate crust

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, August 31, 2014, In : small cakes 

By Frances
I cobbled this recipe together as I wanted to use up some lemons and make something sugar-free.

For the lemon curd:
3 eggs
1 tbs lemon zest
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used 4 lemons)
½ cup rice malt syrup
4 tbs of coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs cacao butter (optional)
  1. In a saucepan on low heat – whisk together the eggs, lemon zest and rice syrup.
  2. Add the lemon juice, coconut oil, vanilla and cacao butter and continue to whisk on medium heat until everything is melted a...

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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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Mandarin cake with cream cheese icing

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 5, 2014, In : big cakes 

By Sophie
Another goodie from Julie Le Clerc's Favourite Cakes. It's great the way it uses whole mandarins. I added cream cheese icing and decorated it with almond praline.

6 mandarins (600g) or oranges
6 eggs
1 c sugar (I used rice malt syrup)
1 c dessicated coconut
2 c ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 160C. Grease a 22cm cake tin and lightly dust with flour. Coarsely chop mandarins, including the skin but removing any pips, and place in a saucepan with enough water to cover.
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Pistachio cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 5, 2014, In : big cakes 

By Frances
I'm on a roll with Julie Le Clerc's Favourite Cakes. I love cakes with nuts in them!
90g butter, softened
1/3 c sugar (I used organic golden)
2 eggs
1/3 c plain yoghurt
1 c gluten-free flour (I used rice)
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 c ground pistachio nuts
2 Tbs extra ground nuts
honey to drizzle

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 20cm cake tin.
Cream butter and sugar until pale. Add eggs and beat well. Stir in yoghurt then sifted flour, baking powder and nuts.
Spread mixture into tin. Bake for 60 min or...
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Almond & lemon cake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, March 7, 2014, In : big cakes 

By Frances

The neighbours were having a tapas gathering so I dipped into Fresh Spanish (Hachette Livre, 2008) and found this classic gluten-free Spanish almond cake beautifully scented with lemons.

 

4 eggs

175g golden caster sugar

finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon

400g ground almonds

icing sugar for dusting

 

Grease a 20cm sq cake tin and line the base with baking paper. Preheat oven to 190C.

Beat the eggs with an electric whisk in a large bowl until pale an...


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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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Jumble muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, September 1, 2013, In : small cakes 

By Frances
I've called these jumble muffins cos they're just a jumble of whatever I had to hand in an effort to make my daughter some quick mini muffins that are free of gluten and sugar. We're not GF but it's good to have some food without.
1/2 c oat flour (I use the coffee grinder to grind)
1/2 c sunflower seed flour
1/2 c dessicated coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 c carrot pulp leftover from the juicer
1/2 c melted honey
1 egg

Mix all together and plop into 24 greased mini muffins t...
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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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Frances's granola muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : small cakes 

Another one from Nigella Feasts. I always use less sugar than her recipes though.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used Healtheries gluten free baking mix)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1/2 cup Golden Baker's natural cane sugar or other light brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups granola (I used my raw granola with strawberries and apple)

Heat oven to 200 C. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt. ...

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Frances makes panforte

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, December 21, 2012, In : sweets 

My first attempt at panforte turned out pretty good. I used this recipe from the Healtheries website. Have wrapped up wedges for wee Xmas gifts.


250g oven-roasted mixed nuts (I used hazels, blanched almonds and pistachios)

1/3 cup each: glacé mixed peel, figs, apricots; roughly chopped

75g 70% dark chocolate, roughly chopped

1/3 cup Healtheries Gluten-free Rice Flour

1 tablespoon cocoa

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon mixed spice

½ cup each: honey, caster sugar...


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Frances's carrot pulp crackers

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, In : savoury 

OK, these aren't baked, they're dried raw in the dehydrator. It's my new favourite thing. This excellent recipe is adapted from the Foods for Long Life blog. All this time I've been chucking the pulp from my juicer, now I'm freezing it to use later in crackers or baking.
There are 2 batches of crackers pictured here. I used carrot pulp in one and carrot/beetroot/apple in the other.


makes 60 crackers

1/2 cup flaxseeds
1 cup room temperature water

1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soake...


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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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Frances's gluten-free shortbread

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, In : cookies 

I can't remember which US website I got this recipe. Has some handy tips at the end for GF baking.


1 1/3 cups white rice flour

1/2 cup sweet rice flour (I just used the same rice flour)

1/2 cup cornflour

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (this prevents the cookies from spreading)

7 ounces (14 tablespoons) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 150°C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In sma...


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Frances's lemon polenta cookies

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

These cookies feature on the cover of May's Healthy Food Guide.

100g reduced-fat spread (I used regular butter)
75g caster sugar
1 lemon, zest finely grated
2 egg yolks
1 cup flouro (I used gluten free)
1/2 cup polenta
4 Tbs icing sugar

Beat butter, sugar and zest until light and creamy. Add yolks one at a time. Beat well. Sift flour and pinch of salt into a bowl. Stir in polenta. Add dry ingreds to egg mixture and combine well. Knead lightly for 1-2 min, shape into a ball, cover with plastic wrap an...
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Frances’s Italian carrot cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : big cakes 

Another one of Nigella’s. Very moist and perfect with yoghurt. Gluten free!

 

150g caster sugar

125ml olive oil

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

150g ground almonds

1 tsp nutmeg

2 grated carrots

½ c golden sultanas soaked in rum (I just used normal sultanas soaked in brandy)

grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

pine nuts

 

Preheat oven to 180C. Whisk sugar and oil until thick. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix in rest of ingreds.

Pour into 23cm round lined tin. Sprin...


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Frances gets into the Xmas spirit – meringue wreaths

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, In : sweets 


At one of my jobs they like to decorate their offices with Christmas decorations. This is mainly because there’s a decorating competition at ACP Media and prizes to be won. Anyway, my contribution was these meringue wreaths from Alessandra Zecchini and Arantxa Zecchini Dowling’s book Party Food for Girls.

She says the recipe contains lots of sugar as the meringues are designed to be long-lasting Xmas decorations. They will keep for weeks. I haven’t done much icing in ...


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Frances makes Heidi's brown sugar rosemary nuts

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, September 24, 2011, In : sweets 


Mmm. Nice sweet-savoury snack to take down to Party Central tonight to see the All Blacks beat Les Bleus! (Postscript: NZ 37: France 17 woo ha!) See the full post on Heidi Swanson's site, www.101cookbooks.com. She just uses walnuts but I used walnuts, almonds, hazels and brazils.

1 cup / 5 oz / 140 g brown sugar or natural cane sugar
2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary leaves
1/4 cup / 1 oz / 30g sesame seeds
2 large egg whites
1 lb / ~4 cups shelled walnut halves
1/...


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Frances makes Alessandra’s corn loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, July 9, 2011, In : savoury 


Alessandra
does a corn loaf with sultanas in her book Savour. I did a savoury version with cheese and gluten-free flour. Turned out to be a good firm loaf that cut easily. The slices toasted well too.

 

250ml warm water
2 tsp active yeast granules
¼ tsp sugar
200g flour (I used gluten-free mix)
100g fine ground cornmeal
pinch salt
1 c grated cheese

Place warm water in large bowl, add yeast and sugar and set aside. When yeast starts to bubble, add cornmeal, flour and salt...


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Kumara sesame balls – fabulous friedness de Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, In : sweets 

Mama Chan taught me how to make these and I am pleased to have been able
to show a few friends the technique, and now I can share it with the world wide web!

Makes about 20.
1 c boiled kumara, peeled and mashed (purple flesh but you can use the orangey ones if you like)
1 ½ c glutinous rice flour (available at Asian grocers. This does not have gluten in it;
it’s called glutinous because of the sticky nature of the flour when it’s cooked)
½ c sugar (could be icing, ...


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Roasted tomato and paprika soup by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, In : savoury 

I'm on a roll with soup. I know this one looks a bit like the gazpacho I made (tomato is tomato is tomato)
but this one is roasted, and uses tomatoes from Nabby, a very special suburb in Auckland
(Nic and Ben’s Back Yard). The recipe is adapted from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking.

5 tomatoes, cored and quartered
1 large red capsicum, seeded and quartered
3 onions, quartered (Heidi uses brown onions)
salt and pepper
5 cloves garlic, unpeeled
3 c vegetable s...


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Peter's magical melting moments

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, February 27, 2011, In : cookies 

Peter is our first official male baker on Bake Club! Not only is he a baker, he is also a musician,
and these melting moments are not only delicious, but they also contribute to a special
sound art piece. On Mon Feb 28 Peter is conducting the Melting Moments (7 other likeminded
improv likers) at the first Vitamin-S event of 2011, at the Wine Cellar, St Kevin's Arcade,
K' Rd, from 8.30pm, $5.
The Melting Moments (of which I am one) will be performing Peter's Ritual Recipe, a
meditative improvi...
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Frances’s favourite summer soup – gazpacho!

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, February 27, 2011, In : savoury 


Gazpacho! You need to say it several times in a Spanish accent. GazPAcho! Not baked, but that’s why it’s so easy and quick to make.

 

Chuck in a blender or food processor:
about 1/2 kilo peeled and chopped tomatoes, a variety if you like
1 cucumber peeled, seeded and chopped
1 red pepper seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
1/2 onion chopped if you like, brown or red
1/3 c olive oil or thereabouts
2 tbs vinegar, any kind

1-2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs wate...


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Espresso banana muffins by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, February 5, 2011, In : small cakes 

This is the first recipe I have tried from my latest Amazon purchase, Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson. Mine were a little misshapen as I didn't have a muffin tray at the time. That subtle coffee flavour is very nice. Lovely with a cuppa.

2 c flour ( I used rice and buckwheat)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/4 c chopped nuts (I used hazels and pistachios, Heidi used walnuts)
1 Tbs fine espresso powder
6 Tbs unsalted butter at room temp
3/4 c natural cane sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla...
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For the love of RAW - Frances's rice rolls

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, In : savoury 

OK, I'm branching out here on Bake Club by including something not baked at all! I am embracing raw food much more these days - we try for 50% raw in most main meals. I've been to some great raw/superfood talks and learnt a bit about the importance of enzymes in raw food and fermented foods. So here are some supereasy Vietnamese-style rice rolls. I had them once at my friend Lizzie's dinner party - she laid out all the fillings and we just made them up ourselves. I brought along some ajo blan...
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Katrina's polenta cake for Nicky

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, In : big cakes 

Katrina made a real tangy polenta cake for Nicky's birthday. Was delicious with yoghurt.

250g butter, softened
Finely grated rind of 2 lemons
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs, separated
1/4 cup lemon juice
150g (1 1/2 cups) ground almonds
1 cup fine polenta

Syrup
1/4 cup each lemon juice and sugar

Preheat oven to 160C. Lightly grease and line a 20cm round cake pan.
Beat the butter, rind and sugar, until light and fluffy. Slowly add the egg yolks, beating well. Stir in the
juice, ground almonds and polenta.
Whip ...
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Frances makes ugly but good - brutti ma buoni

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, December 24, 2010, In : cookies 

I made these GF cookies for our Bake Club meet. The recipe is from my friend Sarah, via Ray McVinnie in the NZ Herald, thank you, and I used a technique from another recipe re heating up the egg whites. I bought bulk ground almonds from Davis Trading in Mt Wellington - very reasonable price for 1kg. I forgot to dust icing sugar on top. I think that's why they became sticky by the end of the day. But still tasted great.

1 c ground almonds (or hazelnuts. You can also finely chop instead of using...
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Alessandra's cute calissons and fab frittata

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, December 23, 2010, In : small cakes 


We were very lucky to have pro chef and food writer Alessandra and her family join us at our second Bake Club meet. She made gorgeous calissons (marzipan-like ground almond bites), petit fours (sponge dipped in chocolate, topped with raspberries) and a super soft spongey frittata with homegrown zucchini and zucchini flowers. Step-by-step pics and more info on her blog here. Yep, she definitely deserved her Bake Club badge!
Bake Club is going through a gluten free phase at the moment so we real...
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Nicola vs Nigella - the rhubarb polenta cake bake-off

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, In : big cakes 

What a huge and beautiful cake Nicola made for our second Bake Club meet. Extra points for the black and white plate and bourgainvillea decoration. Nic noted that last time she made it she used homegrown rhubarb which infused the cake with a stunning pinky colour. Rhubarb is out of season at the mo so the bought rhubarb didn't produce the rich colour, but the cake was still v soft and delicious.

Rhubarb & Cornmeal Cake from Nigella Lawson's 'How to be a Domestic Goddess'

500g rhubarb
300g caste...

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Frances's self-crusting quiche cake

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

At the 2nd Bake Club meet I made a quiche in a fancy cake tin.

4 Free Range Eggs
1C Milk
1C Rice Flour
1t Baking Powder
1C Grated Cheese
Salt & Pepper
Any vegetables you like cut into small pieces. I used mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes and purple basil

Mix together eggs, milk, salt and pepper, then add flour and baking powder until just combined. Add in vegies and cheese. Pour into 20/23cm greased tin and bake at 220 C for 20-25 mins. Leave 5-10 mins before turning out.

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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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A plate of pakoras by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, In : savoury 


Now that I’ve set a precedent by adding the deep fried frittelle di pere to Bake Club, here’s another fried snack featuring a new favourite flour at the moment, chickpea flour (aka garbanzo, gram, besan) or pea flour. This recipe is from Annabel Langbein.


Prep time:  5 mins + standing
Cook time:  3-5 mins per batchjk
Serves: Makes approx 30

 

2 cups chickpea or pea flour
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp coriander seeds or mustard seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds, roughly ground o...


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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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Frances’s gluten-free focaccia

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


I was inspired by Birg (see previous post) and Alessandra (from her own blog) to make a gluten-free olive focaccia. This was the first time I had used GF flour to make bread – my favourite recipe is usually spelt bread. I decided to use Healtheries GF bread mix and the result looks good but is quite firm throughout. After I baked it I realised the yeast I used was best before 2008! We’ve been enjoying it as toasted slices with pesto.

450 ml warm water
3 tsp yeast
3...


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Frances's frittelle di pere

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


OK, these aren’t officially baked goods, they are fried, but definitely worth the effort. I made them for a little dinner party. They looked posh and went down a treat.

2 ½ cups flour (I used gluten free)
¼ c caster sugar
pinch salt
2 eggs, separated
1 Tbs olive oil
about ¾ c ice water
4 firm yet ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into ½ inch thick wedges
½ c vin santo (I used port)
canola oil for frying
icing sugar for dusting

In large bowl whisk together 1 ¾ c of the f...


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Frances makes Ginny's pumpkin pie and adds kumara

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

Hard not to be impressed by the deep, malty colours of Ginny's pumpkin pie (see below). So when I just happened to have some leftover roast pumpkin and orange kumara I decided to make a gluten-free version.
I followed Ginny's recipe and used cream instead of evaporated milk. I also made g-f pastry for the first time with butter and a g-f flour mix. I blind baked the pastry shell for about 15 mins. It turned out a bit too buttery and crumbles easily but still nice. I think the kumara and pumpki...
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Frances satisfies craving for gingernuts

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


Contentment is: blogging on Bake Club while dunking homemade gingernuts into a big mug of peppermint tea. Don’t they look cute in my kilt-shaped biscuit tin?! I feel like a decidedly flat-chested Asian version of Nigella Dawson tapping away at my laptop, extolling the virtues of homebaking with a smug look on my face.

But there is a genuine reason for my domestic bliss – our oven has finally been fixed, six months after moving into our house! I have been surviving with ...


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Mama Chan's carrot cake

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

Carrot cake ain't carrot cake without cream cheese icing!

2 eggs
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 oil
1 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 c chopped walnuts (optional)
1 1/2 c grated carrots

For icing, mix together:
100g cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 c icing sugar
enough lemon juice to taste

Beat eggs and sugar until creamy. Add oil, then fold in dry ingredients. Pour into greased ring tin or loaf tin. Bake at 150C for 3/4 hour.
Wait till cool to sp...
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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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Gluten and dairy free orange and almond cake by Jordan Rondel

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, In : big cakes 

Our humble Bake Club has been visited by professional cake maker Jordan Rondel! Jordan has kindly sent us her recipe for this superb disc of deliciousness. You can order special cakes by Jordan via her website, www.thecaker.co.nz. She is raising funds to learn further baking techniques in France.

Jordan says:
"This cake is perfect for a sophisticated dinner party or dignified morning tea. In fact, it's perfect for any time of day because it's light and not too sweet. It contains whole orang...
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Raspberry jam sponge puddings by Mama Chan

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 3, 2010, In : desserts 

Bless Mama Chan! She made a little mini-me gluten free pudding for Frances as well as a big one for da family (double the recipe).
 
1/3 c raspberry jam,melted
75g butter, softened
1/3 c caster sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla essence
1 c plain flour or gluten-free flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder, sifted
1 Tbs golden syrup
1/2 milk
 
Preheat oven to 160C. If you'd like to do single serve puddings, divide jam between 4 lightly greased ovenproof dishes/tins, or just put all of the jam on the bottom ...
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Frances makes Ginny's cardamom and cashew shortbread gluten free

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, September 27, 2010, In : cookies 

This is what Bake Club is all about: getting inspired by what your friends have baked, and customising the recipe to suit what you have available. I only have a bench-top oven at the moment so the only baking tin that can fit is 28 x 22 cm.

I adapted GInny's original recipe a little:

250g butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup cornflour
1/2 cup rice flour flour
1 cup gluten free flour mix
1/2 cup cashews, roasted and finely chopped
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground pepper (I only had black...
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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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Frank's feta, cashew & sundried tomato mini bites

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

My muffins tend to come out dry because: I bake them too long, I probably don't use enough eggs and I need to adjust temps and times for my wee benchtop oven. Still edible though.

375g (2 1/2 cups) gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking powder
150g feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped toasted cashews
finely chopped parsley
330ml (1 1/3 cups) milk
90g butter, melted
1 egg
Finely grated parmesan, extra

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 2 mini muffins trays (12 muffins in each).
Sif...
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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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Birg's hummingly good hummingbird cake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, September 17, 2010, In : big cakes 

This cake was so popular at work, by the time I got to photograph it most of it was gone! Birg also makes a gluten-free version with riceflour and almond meal. Most excellent.

3 eggs
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup rice bran or grape seed oil
440g can crushed pineapple, drained of juice (Birg used pineapple chunks, very nice)
2 mashed bananas
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 1/3 cups self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Cream cheese icing
250g cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cu...


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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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Mama Chan made this Lemon Sour cake for Father's Day and her own birthday!

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, In : big cakes 

zest and juice of 2 lemons
250 g butter
1 1/2 c castor sugar
6 eggs
1/4 self raising flour
2 c plain flour
3/4 c sour cream

Cream butter, sugar and zest. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in sifted dry ingreds alternatively with sour cream and lemon juice.
Pour into greased 23cm round cake tin. Bake at 150C for 1 1/4 hours (a little less if it's a ring tin).
To serve dust with icing sugar. Serve with cream and/or yoghurt.
Recipe from cousin Suzanne many years ago.
Mama Chan also made a gluten free versio...
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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 loves to bake. She's also a freelance editor and has written a couple of children's books. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.


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