Egg Free Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Egg Free Banana Bread

Recently a friend came over for morning tea, having a new bub I find it next to impossible to get out of the house, let alone have the time to whip up a morning tea treat! After rummaging through the cupboards I decided I had almost enough ingredients to make banana bread. I was down the eggs, but, I’d make it work. And, work it did! This is one of the fastest, easiest and tastiest banana breads I have ever made. Cafe style, moist and moreish. YUM!

Ingredients 

  • 3 ripe bananas – mashed
  • 1 banana – halved length-ways
  • 2 cups sf flour
  • 1/2 tsp bi carb soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 180℃ and grease a loaf tin with a little olive oil.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl, mix wet ingredients together in a medium bowl. Fold wet and dry ingredients together until combined just combined.
  3. Pour mixture into a greased loaf tin, place decoration banana on top, and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Dipped Bagel Crisps

Chocolate Dipped Crisps

Chocolate Dipped Bagel Crisps

 

If you often face the dilemma of whether to eat chips of chocolate, your problem is solved. Introducing… Chocolate Dipped Crisps!

The salty crisp paired with the smooth, sweet chocolate makes for a totally moreish treat that’s smooth yet crunchy, sweet yet salty, and undeniably delicious. These chocolate dipped bagel crisps will soon find there way into your belly and your heart; just in time for the ultimate party night. You can thank me later.

Chocolate Dipped Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps
  • 150g of good quality milk chocolate
  • 150g of good quality dark chocolate
  • 150g of good quality white chocolate

Method

  1. Place chocolate varieties separately in 3 heatproof, microwave safe bowls. In batches, microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring with a metal spoon every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.
  2. Dip half of each Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps into melted chocolate mixtures and place on a tray lined with baking paper for 15 minutes, or until set. Serve.

TIP: for a fun combination, try sprinkling chopped nuts, sprinkles or sherbet onto the crisp once dipped in the melted chocolate.

Enjoy!

Sugar Free Crumble

Berry Crumble

Sugar Free Berry Crumble

I love making this lush berry crumble; it takes minutes to prepare and can be served warm or cold with custard, thick natural yoghurt, a light drizzle of coconut cream, el naturale or with ice-cream if the whole sugar-free thing isn’t your cup of tea.

The use of frozen berries means it’s super quick to prepare and the crumble topping can be personalised to suit your preferences or what’s in your pantry. Hazelnuts, macadamia’s and pistachios are personal favourites of mine, although this combination with the coconut and almonds is delicious!

Ingredients – berries

  • 600g of McCain’s Season’s Choice Four Berry Mix
  • 1/3 cup of honey or rice malt syrup

Ingredients – crumble

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup of slivered almonds
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Place berries and honey in a saucepan over a medium-low heat and allow to gently simmer for 10-15 minutes or until berries are defrosted and have released their juices.
  2. Meanwhile, combine oats, coconut and almonds in a saucepan over a medium-low heat, stir well to combine and allow to toast for 5 minutes, or until golden stirring regularly. Stir through cinnamon.
  3. Divide berry mixture between teacups, top evenly with crumble mixture and serve.

Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Salted. Caramel. Cheesecake. Need I say more?

To many, plain cheesecake is decadent enough. For me, this amazingly delicious Salted Caramel Cheesecake, is gluttonous heaven. A buttery, crunchy, salted bagel crisp crust that sits beneath a smooth and creamy caramel cheesecake filling, topped with praline shards that hold notes of caramel, salt and bagel crisp crunch. Wow.

Ingredients – cheesecake

  • 2 packets of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps
  • 150g of butter – melted
  • 800g caramelised condensed milk
  • 500g block of cream cheese – at room temperature
  • ¼ cup of boiling water
  • 3 tsp of powdered gelatin
  • ½ tsp of salt – or to taste

Ingredients – praline

  • ½ packet of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps
  • ½ cup of caster sugar
  • 2 tbs of cold water

Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Praline

 

Method

  1. Place 2 packets of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps into the bowl of a food processor and process until it resembles a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and process until combined. Press the crumbs evenly over the base and sides of a lined, 20cm springform pan using the back of a metal spoon and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  2. Place cream cheese and caramelised condensed milk into a large mixing bowl and using an electric mixer, beat until smooth.
  3. Place boiling water in a heatproof bowl and sprinkle with the gelatin. Stir until gelatin dissolves. Add gelatin mix and salt to the cream cheese mixture and process until well combined.
  4. Pour the cream cheese filling mixture over the bagel crumb base and refrigerate overnight, or for a minimum of four hours.
  5. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar has dissolved.
  6. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil, and boil, without stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until the mixture turns golden. Remove from heat. Set aside for 2 minutes to allow bubbles to subside. Roughly break ½ a packet of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps into halves and quarters and arrange on prepared tray, pour over sugar and allow to cool before breaking into praline shards.
  7. Carefully remove cheesecake from spring form pan, arrange praline shards on top and serve.

Enjoy!

Caramel Cheesecake

Passionfruit Meringue Cupcake

Passionfruit, Banana and Pineapple Meringue Cupcakes

 

Passionfruit Meringue Cupcake

Recently I was the very lucky recipient of some delicious Australian Passionfruits from the team at Impact and Passionfruit Australia. They are encouraging Australians to put the passionfruit back into the kitchen this winter and asked me to help out.

While I was pondering what to whip up, no pun intended, I was looking at the passionfruit in my fruit bowl and spied a lonely banana who was too ripe for his own good. I then got to thinking about the recipe for a hummingbird cake (banana and pineapple) and wondered how the tropical combo would work with the inclusion of my lovely passionfruits. I decided it would be delicious and set upon creating these scrumptious treats.

They say good things come in small packages and these my friend are the proof. These melt-in-the-mouth meringue cupcakes are perfect for a sweet morning tea treat, dessert or simply to snack on when you walk past them. They might look fancy, but they are VERY simple to make.

Also, meringue makes a wonderful icing and I don’t understand why it isn’t used more often. It is simple, moist, gooey and all sorts of tasty.

Ingredients – Cupcake

  • 175g butter – softened
  • 3/4 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups of self-raising flour – sifted
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pulp and seeds of 3 passionfruit
  • 200g tin of pineapple chunks – drained
  • 1 medium overripe banana – mashed

Ingredients – Meringue

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced and line a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pan with paper cases.

  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs and vanilla for 3 minutes or until smooth and combined.

  3. Add passionfruit, banana and pineapple. Mix until just combined. Spoon mixture into paper cases. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of 1 cake comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Meanwhile, make meringue: Increase oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites and sugar to form stiff peaks. You will know when your egg whites are done as all sugar will be completely absorbed and you can hold the bowl over your head with none falling out. pfft gravity.

  5. NOTE: you will need to wait for your cupcakes to cool completely before you pipe on your meringue mixture. If you don’t the bottom of the meringue will commence cooking on contact with the cupcake resulting in a hard non-marshmallow meringue.

  6. Place cupcakes on a baking tray. Spoon meringue mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain nozzle.Pipe meringue on top of cupcakes. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool and serve.

  7. TIP: if you don’t have a piping bag, because let’s be honest we’re not all professional chefs, you can easily make one using a plastic zip-lock bag. Simply spoon the mix into a plastic sandwich bag, push all to one bottom corner, hold tightly and snip the end. A far more detailed video on how to do this can be found here:  http://bit.ly/1oKLB7s and don’t worry if you don’t have the nozzle, I don’t!

Enjoy!

Apricot Energy Balls

Apricot, Almond and Coconut Balls

Apricot Energy Balls

These Apricot, Almond and Coconut balls are packed with all the goodness of dried apricots and almonds. They are a delicious snack that make a fabulous mid-morning or afternoon treat. They are also perfect for kids lunchbox treats. They have no added sugar, no artificial nasties and you know exactly what has gone into them!

There are so many variations of this recipe out there, with some recipes calling for condensed milk, chocolate, biscuits etc. I tried to keep this  recipe healthy and full of non-naughty ingredients. That way you can have your treat and eat it too!

To make these chewy sweet apricot balls, you can either chop the apricots into small pieces and combine, or use a food processor to chop and mix as I did. The way I see it, there’s no point in making extra work for yourself! Once you have your mixture, all you need to do is roll it into small balls, then roll them in the coconut. I recommend that you wet your hands to avoid the mixture sticking to them as much – but unfortunately if it unavoidable. There will be a mess at the end.

This recipe is simple, yummy and easy to get kids involved with! Kids love to help out, so get them to roll the balls and to roll them in coconut!

Ingredients

  • 200g dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 1/2 cup of desicated coconut
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of water/milk/almond milk

Method

  1. Combine all apricots, almond meal and cinnamon in a food processor and blitz until they resemble a fine crumb.
  2. Add liquid add pulse until all ingredients come together.
  3. Place coconut in a small place and use a teaspoon to portion the mixture into balls.
  4. Roll the mixture into tight balls using the palms of your hands, roll in coconut and place in a container to refrigerate.

Enjoy!

 

Banana Bread

Banana and Raspberry Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries
  • 1 ¼ cups of mashed banana – about 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 2 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 eggs – lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup of light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts – toasted and roughly chopped
  • Icing sugar and extra McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries – to serve

Method

  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 160C and grease a standard loaf pan with butter, lining the base and sides with baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang by 4cm.
  2. Combine the banana, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk, eggs, and oil. Add flour, macadamias and cinnamon and stir to combine. Gently fold through frozen, McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries.
  3. Spoon into prepared loaf tin, smoothing the top. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes and turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Serve dusted with icing sugar and topped with additional, thawed, McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries.

Enjoy!