These tender, moist spelt scones are richly flavoured with warming winter spices, coconut sugar and molasses. They are delicious warm out of the oven and super quick to prepare and ready in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for snacking, afternoon tea and breakfast.
Gingerbread Spelt Sconesadapted from taste of home
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F. In a large bowl, whisk the flours, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt together. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- In another bowl, whisk molasses, buttermilk and egg yolk until blended. Stir into crumb mixture just until moistened.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 6-8 times. Pat into an 8-in. circle. Cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges 1 in. apart on a baking paper lined baking tray.
- In a small bowl, beat egg white until frothy and brush over scones. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
These jam-filled Linzer cookies satisfy the sweet craving and just happen to be healthy because of the use of wholegrain einkorn flour and stevia-sweetened jam. The Linzer cookie, originated in the city of Linz, is based on the Linzertorte, one of the most famous and beloved holiday classics in Austria.
Einkorn Almond Linzer Cookiesadapted from Küchen Götter
- Whisk together the ground almonds, einkorn flour, cinnamon, clove and salt in a bowl.
- Beat butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla powder and egg. Finally beat in flour mixture on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Place onto a work surface lightly dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in a plastic and chill for 2 hours.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper to 3-mm thick and cut out cookies with a 5-cm heart-shaped cutter. Place them on the prepared baking sheets. Use a smaller round cookie cutter to cut out the centers of half of the cookies on the baking sheet. Reroll any scraps and cut out the remaining cookies. You will have 70 cookies. Chill for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 150C/300F. Bake cookies, one sheet at time, until edges are golden, 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheet 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely. Spread jam on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust the top of the cut-out cookies with powdered sugar and press the flat sides together.
Wishing you and your family all the warmth this Holiday Season has to offer. Have a very merry Christmas and a New Year filled with peace, love and happiness!
These gluten-free seedy muffins make a great breakfast or snack, are actually perfect for any time of day. We even enjoyed it as dinner with a large plate of salad. You can of course bake these healthy treats without saffron, but a little saffron goes a long way. Barberries add tanginess, fruity aroma to these muffins and pair so well with saffron and clove. Dried cranberries or cherries would make a good substitute.
Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free Saffron and Barberry Muffinsadapted from SBS
- Place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well with a spoon.
- Add in melted coconut oil, maple syrup and water and stir with a spoon until well combined.
- Grease a 6-cup maxi muffin pan with a little melted coconut oil. Divide the mixture and flatten the surface with the back of a spoon. Leave it on the counter for at least 2-3 hours or overnight in the fridge, covered tightly with a plastic film.
- Preheat the oven to 160C/320F. Bake the muffins in the middle of hot oven for 30 minutes until lightly golden. Remove and turn out onto an oven rack and bake for a further 15-25 minutes until crisp on the bottom. Cool slightly and serve.
These Christmas filo snails with homemade boozy mincemeat are simple, straight-forward, vegan-friendly, and, best of all, taste amazing!
Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, booze, and spices that is popular in the UK and traditionally served around Christmas. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat ((hence the name) while modern recipes contain beef suet (fat around the kidney of the animal), which I have replaced with coconut oil. This mincemeat can be used straight away, but it improves with age and it will store well for up to 6 months in a cool place.
Coconut Mincemeat Filo SnailsInspired by this
- Place everything, except brandy, in your slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on low. Or mix all the ingredients, except brandy, together in a large oven proof dish with a lid. Cover and place in the preheated oven and cook gently for 3 hours, stirring every half hour or so.
- When done, allow it to cool, stirring briefly every half hour until cold. Finally, stir the brandy into the cold mixture before sealing in clean, dry jars. You need half of batch for this filo recipe. Save the rest for other recipes, for example, mincemeat pies.
- Lay 1 sheet of filo on the workbench, brush with a little melted coconut oil and place another sheet on top, then brush with coconut oil again. Place 200 grams of the mincemeat along the longest side. Roll pastry to enclose filling, then coil into a snail shape. Place on a baking paper-lined baking tray and brush with a little more coconut oil. Repeat with remaining filo, coconut oil and mincemeat to make 3 snails. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 20 minutes until crisp and golden.
Kefir gives a lovely, light texture to these crisp einkorn scones. If you have a nut allergy, simply use more einkorn in the dough and leave out the mix-in hazelnuts. They are especially good warm from the oven, and you can enjoy this scone on its own or smother them with some homemade jam for a great breakfast.
Kefir Einkorn Scones with Cranberries and Hazelnutsinspired by Martha Stewart
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F. In a bowl, whisk together einkorn flour, ground hazelnuts, raw sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Cut in butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gently stir in the cranberries and hazelnuts. Add in kefir and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently, 5 to 10 times. Pat into a 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges and place them on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Brush the top of the scones with a little kefir. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
Both quinoa and kaniwa are mineral-rich, protein-packed and naturally gluten-free. They are technically seeds, or so-called pseudograins, but they share many of the nutritional properties of whole grains. These two protein powerhouses are rooted in South America, and both cooked and eaten like a grain and can be subbed into recipes that call for rice and couscous. The main difference when cooking quinoa and kaniwa is that kaniwa does not need to be rinsed before cooking because kaniwa is free from saponins, the soapy-flavoured chemicals in quinoa.
- Place rinsed and drained quinoa, kaniwa and 300 ml water in a medium saucepan, bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until water has been absorbed and quinoa and kaniwa are al dente.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, shallots, maple syrup and mustard. Slowly whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl, toss the quinoa, kaniwa, pomegranate seeds and vinaigrette. Top with the chopped almonds and serve on a bed of thinly sliced white radish immediately.
There's nothing quite like warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven homemade bread and it makes your house smell so warm and inviting as it bakes. This quick bread recipe is made with freshly milled einkorn flour, boiled beetroot, buttermilk and rosemary. This is best eaten on the day it’s made but it will keep for up to 48 hours.
- Heat the oven to 200C/400F. Coarsely grate the beetroot and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
- Place ground einkorn, baking soda and sea salt in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pour in the buttermilk and start to bring the ingredients together using a wooden spoon. When it has almost come together as a dough, tip it out onto a clean surface and start to knead in the grated beetroot. Once combined, shape the dough into a ball and flatten slightly.
- Dust a baking sheet with flour. Transfer the loaf to the baking sheet, then stud the surface with rosemary sprigs. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and cooked through. Allow the loaf to cool before slicing.
This is not your typical fruitcake. It's sugar free, dairy free, grain/gluten free, using ground almonds in place of flour, and is packed with dried prunes and pistachios. You can enjoy the cake soon after it's cool completely, but it is even better left for a day or two before slicing.
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line an 10cm x 21cm loaf pan with baking paper.
- Combine almond meal, spices baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir through dried prunes and pistachios.
- Whisk eggs, melted oil, vanilla powder, brandy and orange rind in a large jug until combined. Stir egg mixture through almond mixture. Spoon into prepared pan. Level top with a spatula.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn out the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
This salad recipe, which gets an earthy boost from the addition of truffles and lean tasty protein from shrimp, is deliciously juicy and crunchy and the perfect way to get a load of veggies in with amazing flavour and to enjoy the incredible health benefits of the radish.
- Peel and slice white radish into thin rounds using a mandolin slicer. Toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the cherry radishes.
- Whisk the ginger, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the sunflower oil and sesame oil until blended.
- Toss shrimp with 1/2 tablespoon sunflower oil and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat until hot, then cook shrimp, turning once, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Stir shrimp into the dressing. Drain white radish well. Rinse and pat dry and place them and sliced cherry radishes in serving plates. Top with shrimp and grated truffles. Serve drizzled with some of remaining dressing and chopped cilantro.
If you're after something sweet, yet light, you will love these delicious autumnal spelt oat cookies. The ingredients in these cookies are natural and healthy. Besides the amazing taste, these cookies will also fill your kitchen with the autumn's warm, sweet, cozy flavours and smell.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the spelt bread flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir in rolled oats. Set aside.
- Cream the softened coconut oil and coconut sugar. Add in egg, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla powder. Beat until well combined.
- Gradually stir in flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in diced apples. Drop tablespoons of mixture onto baking tray lined with parchment paper, allowing room for spreading. Top each with a few of chocolate chips. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Stand for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool.
A delicious Moroccan spiced roasted winter vegetables with maple syrup, chives and pomegranate seeds. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and makes a perfect side dish to compliment any meal. You can jazz up this basic recipe by adding some Feta and candied nuts.
|Moroccan Spice Mix|
- To make the spice blend, just place everything in a bowl and mix.
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Combine Brussels sprouts and cauliflower with olive oil, maple syrup and Moroccan spice mix in a mixing bowl. Toss until well combined. Spread the vegetables on a large baking tray.
- Bake for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl and add in pomegranate seeds, green peas, chopped chives, lemon zest and tomato pesto. Toss until well combined. Taste and season with more salt and pepper.
These puffy flaky bites would make a perfect pre-dinner nibble or any party appetizer. It's super easy and quick to make and a great way to use up leftover chilli con carne.
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Line 2 large trays with baking paper. Whisk the egg and olive oil in a small bowl with a fork until smooth.
- Place 1 sheet filo on a work surface. Place 1 tablespoon of the chilli con carne mixture on the end of each strip, fold a little pastry over the filling, then fold in the edges. Now roll to form a cigar. Place on the baking sheets, a little apart, then finish making the rest.
- Brush the egg mixture over the rolls and sprinkle with dukkah. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp. Serve with avocado yoghurt sauce or your favourite sauce.
A gluten-free, vegetarian salad loaded with autumn flavours -- raw butternut squash, parsley root, plum, cranberries and a spinach avocado dressing. It's so simple, delicious and perfect for the family gatherings.
- Place the avocado, spinach leaves, yoghurt, garlic, and White balsamic vinegar and maple syrup in a blender. Season with salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
- Peel butternut squash and and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out any seeds and using a sharp knife or mandoline, slice the squash into thin strips. Peel and cut the parsley root into thin strips.
- Place squash and parsley root strips in a large bowl. Add in dressing and toss together. Set aside, covered, to allow the flavours to develop.
- Stone and cut plums into wedges. Fold the plum wedges and spinach leaves into the salad. Place the salad in bowls or plates and sprinkle the black sesame and dried cranberries over and serve.
This sugar-free, oil/butter free lightened-up wholesome quick pumpkin bread uses the nutritious ancient grain-Einkorn, to add a nutty flavour and kefir for a moist, fluffy texture. If you can't find einkorn, wholegrain spelt flour would be a nice alternative. Einkorn flour is an ancient wheat grain that’s healthier than traditional whole wheat. That’s partly due to its much lower gluten content, and while it’s not gluten-free, it’s much more easily digested and often fine for most people with gluten intolerance symptoms to eat. However, it’s not safe for anyone who has diagnosed celiac disease.
- Preheat the oven to 190C/350F. Lightly grease and line a 21cmx11cm loaf pan.
- Place pumpkin puree, eggs, kefir and stevia syrup in a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined and smooth.
- Add in einkorn flour, baking soda, vanilla powder, and ground cinnamon. Stir until just incorporated. Now gently fold in 2/3 of the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Top with the rest of chocolate chips and bake for 45 minutes.
- Remove and cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool completely. Slice and enjoy!
Kaniwa is, like quinoa, an ancient grain that grows in Peru and Bolivia. It is about half the size of quinoa but otherwise quite similar. It’s an excellent source of protein and amino acids, and exceptionally high in fiber, iron, and calcium and is also gluten-free like quinoa. Enjoy it in salads, soups or as the stuffing. However, one major difference between the two is that kaniwa doesn’t have saponins that gives quinoa a soapy, slightly bitter flavour if not rinsed properly.
- Combine the kaniwa with water in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer gently for about 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
- Transfer to a bowl and allow them to cool to room temperature. Add the remaining ingredients and toss together. Place them over cabbage leaves or greens and serve immediately.