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Crisp Sumac Spiced Nuts

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Crisp walnuts and Brazil nuts glazed in spicy cayenne and citrusy, tangy sumac with coconut sugar make great party nibbles or as a topping for the salad, oatmeal or pancakes. Any mix of nuts (cashews, pecans, almonds) will work for this recipe—just be sure to allow them cool completely to ensure a crisp texture before serving or storing. Besides sumac, za'atar, a blend of herbs, salt, sesame seeds, cumin and sumac, would be another wonderful Middle Eastern condiment to spice up the nuts.

  • 1 1/2 tsp Sumac
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Black salt
  • 1 Large egg white
  • 200 g Walnuts
  • 100 g Brazil nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 150C/300F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside. Combine sumac, coconut sugar and black salt in a bowl.
  2. Beat egg white until very foamy. Stir in nuts, combining well. Add in sumac mixture until evenly coated. Spread coated nuts in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake nuts in middle of preheated oven, stirring at half time, until crisp and golden, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. Remove baking sheet from oven, and let cool completely. Break up nut clusters. Store nuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. | © 2020 | | © 2020 |

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Blueberry Flaxseed Muffins

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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These lightly sweetened blueberry muffins are moist, fluffy and bursting with freshness and flavour. Made with spelt flour, crushed flaxseed and Quark (German fresh cheese), they make a great addition to any breakfast, brunch or coffee-break menu.

  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Lightly grease a 6-hole giant or a standard 12-hole muffin pan.
  2. Combine spelt flour, crushed flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 80 grams of raw sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  3. Whisk butter, Quark, eggs, egg white, and vanilla in a jug. Pour into well. Add blueberries and gently fold until just combined.
  4. Divide the batter into the muffin holes and sprinkle each with some raw sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes if using giant muffin pan and 15-18 minutes if using standard one until nicely golden brown. | © 2020 | | © 2020 |

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Tomato Caramel Candy

Friday, February 14, 2020

A delicious soft caramel candy recipe made with just 3 ingredients that you can easily made at home. The fun ingredient here is salted tomato juice, but it can be replaced with water or other juices for different flavour.
Caramelization is the removal of water from a sugar, proceeding to isomerization and polymerization of the sugars into various high-weight compounds. Compounds such as difructose-anhydride may be created from the monosaccharides after water loss. Fragmentation reactions result in low-molecular-weight compounds which may be volatile and may contribute to flavor. Polymerization reactions lead to larger molecular weight compounds, which contribute to the dark brown color. Wikipedia

  • 200 g Tomato juice, salted
  • 400 g Caster sugar
  • 60 g Kerrygold butter, diced
  1. Line a loaf pan with tin foil and generously grease the bottom and sides with corn oil. Set aside.
  2. Place sugar and tomato juice in a saucepan. Cook the mixture over the medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture just begins to simmer. Stop stirring. Continue to cook the mixture over medium heat until it reaches 120C/240F.
  3. Turn the heat off, then stir in the butter until well incorporated. Turn the heat back on, continue to cook over medium heat until the thermometer reads 125C/250F, the firm ball stage. Remove from heat immediately and set the pot aside to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and cool until set. Cut into rectangles and wrap with baking paper. Store the caramels in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Rosemary, Black Olive and Cheddar Scones

Monday, February 10, 2020

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These savoury scones, fresh out of the oven, are perfect for afternoon tea, or breakfast and are bursting with a rich, sharp Cheddar and fresh rosemary and black olives that add a pop of colour, texture and flavour. The leftover make a wonderful accompaniment to soups or casseroles for a cozy and comforting dinner.

  • 300 g Refined spelt flour
  • 70 g Hazelnuts, ground
  • 10 g Baking powder
  • 5 g Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Black salt
  • 100 g Ghee
  • 1-2 tbsp Fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 150 g Black olives, chopped
  • 50 g Cheddar, grated
  • 160 ml Cream plus extra for the topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Whisk together the spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda and black salt in a bowl. Rub in ghee until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add in chopped rosemary, olives and Cheddar. Gently mix together.
  3. Pour in cream and mix with a fork until it can be gathered into a soft ball. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead a few times.
  4. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, gently roll dough out until 2cm-thick. Using a 6cm heart-shaped cutter, cut out scones. Press leftover dough together. Repeat to make 12 scones.
  5. Place them on prepared tray. Brush with cream and bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden. Serve scones with homemade jam or butter. | © 2020 | | © 2020 | | © 2020 |

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GF, DF Poppy Seed Meringue Cookies

Monday, February 03, 2020

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The addition of ground poppy seeds to the meringue adds not only an irresistible nutty flavour, but also gives these cookies a chewy consistency. You can replace poppy seeds with hazelnuts or walnuts. They are easy to make, naturally gluten free and just need 4 ingredients.

  • 90 g Egg whites
  • 1 tsp Vanilla paste
  • 150 g Raw sugar
  • 200 g Ground poppy seeds
  • Almond sticks for coating, optional
  1. Beat the egg whites and vanilla paste to soft peaks. Slowly beat in the raw sugar in 3-4 additions until the meringue looks light, shiny and fluffy.
  2. Gently fold in the ground poppy seeds until the mixture is well combined and forms a relatively firm paste.
  3. Shape the mixture into balls, about 28-30 balls, and roll in the almond sticks. Place them onto baking trays lined with baking paper. Gently flatten them a little.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly browned. Let rest on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. | © 2020 | | © 2020 |

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