The Easiest Ever “MY”Brownie – Gluten Free

I think I found my basic brownie measurements! I am writing down the recipe here before I forget.

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I am a chocolate lover – especially good quality dark chocolate. This brownie is super rich and full of chocolate, but not too sweet, just as I like it.

This brownie is also very versatile. You can mix nuts, dried fruits and/or chocolate chips in it. If you bake in a round tin and arrange some toppings on it (such as strawberries, mascarpone cream or frosting), this will be a gorgeous rich chocolate cake. This time, I have put salted caramel sauce on top (see photo). The saltiness of the sauce and the richness of the brownie are just perfect. The choice is endless.

In addition, it is super easy to make. All you have to do is just keep adding ingredients one by one. Gluten free is certainly a bonus. If you need a chocolate fix, this is the perfect brownie for you. Hope you like it.

Ingredients (20cm square cake tin): 

120g Unsalted Butter – room temperature

180g good quality 70% Dark Chocolate

2 Eggs -room temperature

70g Dark Sugar

100g Cream

50g Almond Meal – shifted

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 170 ºC. Line a cake tin with baking paper. Break dark chocolate into small pieces.
  2. Place the dark chocolate and unsalted butter in a saucepan. Place it over a low heat and allow them to melt, while stirring occasionally. Remove the saucepan from the heat once they become a smooth chocolate sauce. Put it aside.
  3. Place 2 eggs and dark sugar in a bowl. Whisk them together until it looks thick and creamy. I recommend using a hand mixer. It takes about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the chocolate sauce (Method 2) and cream into the egg mixture (Method 3). Gently combine them together.
  5. Add almond meal into the mixture. Combine them gently until they are homogenised. Do not mix, otherwise the cake will be dense.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared square tin. Bake it for 20 minutes or until it is just cooked (until a wooden skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean).
  7. Take it out of the oven and cool it down in the tin. Once it is cooled down, remove the cake from the tin carefully (the cake is very fragile when it is warm). Cut into small squares. You can keep them in the fridge.

 

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Lupin Banana Bread

Healthy Banana Bread with my new super food – Lupin Flakes.

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Well…, after enjoying the beauty of “doing nothing” on Hamilton Island, I have 1.5 kg to get rid of from my body….  Since I LOVE eating sweets and it is really hard for me to carry out any diets without a small pleasure, I have made this recipe – my healthy “go-to” sweet using Lupin Flakes. I quite like the unique texture of Lupin Flakes in this cake – kind of popping or chewy.  It is a light and yet very satisfying dessert.

I would recommend using a small loaf pan, as it does not raise as much as normal banana bread due to no sugar and only a small amount of flour added.

Ingredients (1 x small loaf pan 17.5cm x 8.5 cm x 6cm)

3 well ripened Banana – mashed

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoons of Honey

30g of Milk

60g of Olive Oil

½ Teaspoon of Vanilla Paste

50g of Self-raising flour- sifted

100g of Lupin Flakes

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180◦C. Line a loaf pan with baking paper. Sift self-raising flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat mashed bananas, eggs and honey well.
  3. Add milk, olive oil and vanilla paste to the bowl, and combine them well.
  4. Add the self-raising flour and lupin flakes into the mixture. Combine them gently until they disappear. Do not mix as gluten will come out and the cake will be dense*.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Bake them for 40 minutes or until it is just cooked (until a wooden skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean).
  6. Take it out of the oven and cool it down on a wire rack.

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Note: *how to combine dry ingredients into wet ingredients gently.

I use a whisk. Scrap and scoop the mixture with the whisk and lift up and drop it. Repeat this until dry ingredients disappear into the mixture. It helps to work quickly when you turn the mixing bowl in the opposite direction of the whisk scrapping the mixture.

The-Easiest- Ever Muffins – Chocolate and Strawberries

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Another flavour of my Easiest Ever Muffins -the classic combo, Chocolate and Strawberries.

These muffins are so easy to make. All you need to do is just place a large mixing bowl on a scale and keep adding and mixing all ingredients in order. If you are looking for something to do with your kids during this school holiday, maybe this is a good one.

Ingredients (about 8-9 small muffins)

80g of Almond Meal

50g of Self-raising Flour

30g of good quality Pure Cocoa Powder

2 Eggs

50g of Sugar

30g of Milk

40g of Unsalted Butter- melted

20g of Olive Oil (or any of your favourite oil)

60 of Dark Chocolate Chips (or nay of your favourite chocolate)

For Strawberries

200g of Strawberries

2 Teaspoons of Lemon Juice

2 Teaspoons of Sugar

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200◦C. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups. Shift almond meal, self-raising flour and cocoa powder together.
  2. Place all of the ingredients for the strawberries in a small microwavable bowl. Cover it with gladwrap and microwave it for 1 minute. Put it aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until the sugar is dissolved completely. Add milk, melted butter and olive oil to the bowl and combine them well.
  4. Add the almond meal, the self-raising flour and the cocoa powder into the mixture. Combine them gently until they disappear. Do not mix as gluten will come out and the muffins will be dense*.
  5. 5 add chocolate chips and the strawberries including all of the juice into the mixture. Fold them into the mixture gently. Again do not mix.
  6. Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Bake them for 15-18 minutes or until they are just cooked (until a wooden skewer inserted into the centre of muffin comes out clean).
  7. Take them out from the oven and cool them down on a wire rack.

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Note: *how to combine dry ingredients into wet ingredients gently.

I use a wire whisk. Scrap and scoop the mixture with the whisk and lift up and drop it. Repeat this until dry ingredients disappear into the mixture. It helps to work quickly when you turn the mixing bowl in the opposite direction of the shills scrapping the mixture.

Light & Fluffy Yogurt Pancakes

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A perfect Sunday breakfast. Yogurt makes pancakes light and fluffy. I made this recipe when I really felt like pancakes but there was no milk in the fridge. If you do not always have milk in your fridge like us but are still crabbing pancakes, try this recipe.

Ingredients (4 small pancakes):

4 Tablespoons of Plain Yogurt (normal, light or greek – it is your choice)

5 Tablespoons of Water

1 Egg

1.5 Tablespoons of Sugar

½ Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

50g Almond Meal – shifted

50g Self-rising Flour – shifted

 

Method:

  1. In a bowl, whisk yogurt, water, egg, sugar and vanilla extract well, until the mixture becomes smooth.
  2. Add almond meal and self-rising flour to the bowl and combine them until the batter becomes smooth.
  3. Place a small amount of oil in a frying pan (not included in the ingredients’ list above). Heat the frying pan to medium/high heat. Pour ¼ of the batter into the frying pan. Cook it for 2-3 minutes or until the surface becomes bubbly and the edge becomes dry. Flip the pancake over and cook it for another 2-3 minutes. Once it is cooked, transfer the pancake to a plate and repeat the same process with the remaining batter.
  4. Plate them up and serve them warm with your choice of toppings (I chose simple ones – good butter and honey)

 

The Easiest Ever Cake – Apple Cinnamon Almond Cake with Lemon Syrup

This is another very easy cake recipe. No technique is required. All you have to do is keep adding the ingredients in a bowl. Apple and almond meal give the cake moderate natural sweetness, and brown sugar contributes to its richness. The flavour of lemon syrup adds a little bit of sourness to the cake.

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Ingredients for 15 cm round cake tin:

2 Eggs

70g Dark Brown Sugar

60ml Milk

40g Unsalted Butter – melted

20ml Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon powder

80g Almond Meal – shifted

80g Self-Rising Flour – shifted

1 Apple (any kind of apple you like) – peeled, core removed and sliced into thin wedges

Lemon Syrup

2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons of Water

4 Tablespoons of icing Sugar (or White Sugar is also fine)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180◦C. Line a cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and dark brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved completely. Add milk, melted butter, olive oil and cinnamon power to the bowl. Combine them well.
  3. Add almond meal and self-rising flour into the mixture. Combine them gently until they disappear. Do not mix as gluten will come out and the cake will be dense*.
  4. Pour the batter into the tin and smooth the top. Arrange the sliced apple on top of the batter, pressing them into the batter very gently. Bake it for about 40 minutes (depending on your oven) or until a wooden skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean.
  5. Meanwhile, make lemon syrup. Put lemon juice, water and icing sugar in a small saucepan. Heat it gently until the sugar is completely dissolved. Put aside.
  6. Once the cake is cooked, take it out from the oven. Make small holes in the surface using a wooden skewer and pour the lemon syrup over the cake. Leave it to soak in the tin until it has cooled down. It can be eaten straight away, but it is nice next day as well when all of the flavour is settle and absorbed.

Note* How to combine dry ingredients into wet ingredients gently.

I use a wire whisk. Scrape and scoop the mixture of ingredients with the whisk, and lift up and drop it. Repeat this until the dry ingredients disappear into the mixture. It helps you to work quicker when you turn the mixing bowl in the opposite direction of the whisk scrapping the mixture.

The Easiest Ever Muffins – Lemon & Coconut

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These muffins can be made just by adding ingredients. All you need to do is just place a large mixing bowl on a scale and keep adding and mixing all ingredients in order.

Ingredients (8 medium size muffins)

100g of Self-rising flour

40g of Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)

2 Eggs

70g of Sugar

40g of Lemon Juice

20g of Coconut Milk

40g Unsalted Butter – melted

20g of Olive Oil (or any of your favorite oil)

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200◦C. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups. Sift self-rising flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until sugar is dissolved completely. Add lemon juice, coconut milk, melted butter and olive oil and combine them well.
  3. Add self-rising flour and shredded coconut into the mixture and combine them gently until they disappear. Do not mix as gluten will come out and the muffins will be dense*.
  4. Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Bake them for 15-18 minutes or until they are just cooked (until a wooden skewer inserted into the centre of muffin comes out clean).
  5. Take them out of the oven and cool them down on a wire rack.

 

Note:

*How to combine dry ingredients into wet ingredients gently*

I use a wire whisk. Scrape and scoop the mixture of ingredients with the whisk, and lift up and drop it. Repeat this until dry ingredients disappear into the mixture. It helps you to work quicker when you turn the mixing bowl in the opposite direction of the whisk scrapping the mixture.

Chestnuts Pound Cake

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Serving: 18 cm Pound Cake Tin (Rectangular)

Ingredients:

100g of Butter (unsalted) – softened

80g of Brown Sugar

2 Eggs – room temperature

60g of Self Raising Flour

40g of Almont Meal

A Jar of Preserved Chestnuts in Syrup (80g for Chestnuts in a Jar)

A pinch of Salt

Method

  1. Firstly do all preparations. Grease the cake tin with a small amount of butter and line it with baking paper. Sift Self Raising Flour and Almond Meal together, and add a pinch of Salt in it. Beat Eggs.
  1. Put 4 Chestnuts aside from the jar. The rest is to be chopped into 1cm cubes. For the 4 Chestnuts, cut in half. Keep the Syrup as well.
  1. Beat Butter in a large bowl until it becomes creamy and light yellow colour. You can do it either by hand or by electric mixer.
  1. Add Sugar in the butter and beat together until it becomes creamy, light colour and fluffy. It should become very smooth and be creamed until you do not feel the roughness of Sugar.
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degree C.
  1. Add Eggs in 3 parts. Mix very well every time until the egg disappears in the butter. It is important to mix it very well and speedy to avoid separation. If it is separated, add 2 tablespoon of flour so that it will be fixed.
  1. Add Self Raising Flour, Almond Meal and Salt. Fold them gently until it becomes very smooth. Stir very gently with a spatula without mixing too much, but still flour needs to be well incorporated in the butter and the batter needs to become smooth and silky.
  1. Add the chopped Chestnuts and 2 Tablespoon of the kept Syrup in the batter. Fold them well and gently.
  1. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Align the halved Chestnuts in a straight line in the middle. During baking, the Chestnuts will be sunk in the bottom by leaving a nice centre line on top.
  1. Bake it for 40 minutes, or until a long wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean.
  1. As soon as taking the cake out from the oven, apply 5 Tablespoon of the kept Syrup on the surface of the cake evenly. Cool it down in the tin for 10 minutes, and then remove it from the tin and let it cool completely on a wire rack.

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