Lemon & Blueberry Pancakes


These Lemon & Blueberry Pancakes are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!! 

Seriously they are SOOOO easy and SO delicious!!! I’ve been wanting to share this delicious recipe with you for quite sometime! Upon developing this recipe, I was absolutely stoked with how light and fluffy they are! I doubt you will be disappointed!

You can substitute the couple of Tbsp of raw sugar with honey or coconut sugar, it may just change the batter to be slightly off white in colour, but the taste it still just as delicious! 

Spelt flour can also be substituted for plain flour. As I’ve said in previous posts I use spelt flour in my kitchen as a straight swap for plain all purpose flour as it’s a more ancient form of wheat which has been less hybridised and is easier on the digestive system. In some cases those with wheat intolerances can tolerate spelt with it’s lower gluten content. It has a slightly nutty flavour and is a little more wholesome tasting!

You can basically use any berries like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries etc.

Topped with my delicious Cashew Macadamia Cream and a drizzle of maple syrup there’s not much not to love! 

We make these probably once a fortnight and they are a real hit in our home! I hope you enjoy them too! 

Lemon & Blueberry Pancakes
Yields 6
Delectable fluffy, moist berry popping pancakes! Perfect for your weekend breakfast!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 60g Organic Butter
  2. 200ml Almond Milk
  3. 1/2 tsp Vanilla Paste or Extract
  4. 1 Organic Egg
  5. 1/2 Lemon, zested
  6. 150g White Spelt Flour
  7. 40g Raw Sugar
  8. 2 tsp Baking Powder (Aluminimum Free)
  9. 125g Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
  10. 60g extra butter
Cashew Macadamia Cream
  1. 75g Cashews
  2. 75g Macadamias
  3. 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or Extract
  4. 50g Maple Syrup
  5. 150g Almond Milk
Instructions
  1. Place the butter into the Thermomix and melt 2 Mins/50º/Speed 1.5.
  2. Add the almond milk, vanilla, egg & lemon and mix 10 Sec/Speed 3.
  3. Add the flour, sugar & baking powder and mix 5-10 Sec/Speed 5.
  4. Melt 10g butter in a non stick frying pan over low-medium heat. Pour slightly less than 1/2 cup batter in pan, and if necessary, using the back of a spoon, spread to a 12cm round.
  5. Cook for 2 minutes or until bubbles appear on surface. Scatter over approx 10 blueberries. Using a spatula or egg flip, flip and cook for a further 30 seconds or until golden underneath. Transfer to an oven tray and keep warm in the oven. Wipe pan clean. Repeat with remaining butter, batter and blueberries.
  6. Serve the pancakes with a dollop of cashew macadamia cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. Alternatively, top with your favourite fruits and yoghurt, figs in vanilla syrup or a simple squeeze of lemon juice and maple! Yum!
Cashew Macadamia Cream
  1. Place all the ingredients into the Thermomix and blend 1 Min/Speed 9. Can be served at room temperature or chilled.
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Pumpkin, Thyme & Goat’s Cheese Mini Quiches

These little quiches are the perfect thing to put into lunch boxes! Protein, veggies, and a little carb, they are an excellent source of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
They make for the perfect adult or childs lunchbox, party or barbecue or gathering where you need to take a plate! They also make the perfect go-to in the fridge for busy mums! And even better they freeze well.

I use wholemeal and white spelt flours in these, however you can use plain wheat flours interchangeably with spelt.

I like to use spelt in my kitchen as it’s a more ancient form of wheat and is less modified and processed and is easier to digest.

A recipe testers for The 4 Blades Magazine says “They looked really nice and we all loved the flavours of the filling. They make a nice tasty summer meal to have on their own or with a salad.” Tina

You can substitute the filling around with ingredients in your fridge. If you don’t have pumpkin you could use sweet potato and any choice of herbs you like.

The egg mixture is the same as the other savoury tart recipes. It works a treat for so many things!

Enjoy!

Roast Pumpkin, Thyme & Goat's Cheese Mini Quiches
These delicious quiches make the perfect addition to a lunchbox for kids and adults!
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Shortcrust Pastry
  1. 100g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  2. 100g White Spelt Flour
  3. 100g Organic Butter
  4. 1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  5. 40g Water
Filling
  1. 400g Butternut or Jap Pumpkin, peeled and cubed into 1-2cm pieces
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. few sprigs thyme leaves
  4. 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  5. 4 Med Brown Onions, peeled and sliced thinly
  6. 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar or White Wine
  7. 1 Tbsp Rapadura Sugar
  8. 100g Baby Spinach
  9. 100g Goats Cheese of Feta
  10. 4 Organic Eggs
  11. 60g Sour Cream or Coconut Cream
  12. 60g Milk or Almond Milk
  13. 1/2 tsp Celtic Salt
  14. 1/2 Bunch Onion Chives, finely chopped
  15. few sprigs Italian parsley, finely chopped
Pastry
  1. To make the pastry place the flours, butter and salt into the Thermomix and process 10 Sec/Speed 6 or until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the water and knead 10-20 Sec.
  3. Transfer the dough to a sheet of clingfilm, press the dough together, cover in clingfilm, flatten into a disc and place into the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Lightly grease the muffin tin and set aside.
  5. Roll out the dough to approx 2mm thick, and using a 9cm round pastry cutter, cut 14 rounds from the pastry. Press the pastry rounds into a non stick muffin tin sprayed with oil. Place into the freezer for 15 minutes to firm.
  6. Cut 14 very small baking paper rounds to one the pastry base, before topping with baking beads and blind baking for 15 minutes.
  7. Cool for 5-10 minutes before removing the baking beads, Set aside in the tins until you are ready to proceed with the filling.
Filling
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the pumpkin, salt, thyme and olive oil onto the tray and toss together. Spread the pumpkin out evenly over the tray and roast for 15 minutes or until just tender.
  3. To make the caramelised onions, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat and add the onions.
  4. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally until very well browned. The thinner the onions are sliced the batter the caramelisation you will get. Add the vinegar and sugar right at the end and stir to combine.
  5. Push the onions over to one side of the pan and dd the baby spinach, stirring until just wilted. It should retain it's vibrant green colour! Take off the heat and set aside.
  6. Place the eggs, sour cream, milk, salt, chives and parsley into the Thermomix bowl and mix 10 Sec/Speed 4.
  7. To assemble, scatter the onions evenly over the base of the quiches, follow with the cooked pumpkin, spinach and goat's cheese.
  8. Pour the egg mix over to complete the fillings Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just set and golden brown. Cool for a few minutes in the tray before cooling completely on a wire cooling rack. Serve warm or cold.
Notes
  1. You can substitute spelt flour for regular wheat flour.
  2. You can substitute pumpkin for sweet potato or any other favourite vegetable you have!
  3. You can also substitute the herbs according to your likes as well.
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Purple Carrot & Blueberry Muffins

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Beautiful days with friends relaxing on their family farm, eating fluffy carrot cupcakes and sharing sweet memories.
These cupcakes came about like that! My friend had had all sorts of hassles with an oven not working, having to put the prepared batter in the fridge overnight and then trying to figure out how to fix them the next day so they would rise!
Well look what happened! The end result were the fluffiest, most moist and delicious cupcakes ever!

I came home and had this beautiful bunch of purple carrots starring at me in the fridge along with my beautiful local fresh market blueberries! The thought came! Do a twist on a traditional carrot cake muffin with sultanas and use blueberries instead and purple carrots for a deep purple colour!
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The colour is fabulous when baked! A very deep colour with even richer blueberry purple coloured pops throughout! Yum!

The molasses can easily be replaced with another syrup sweetener, but the molasses does have a rich type flavour and is also very mineral rich.

I use an Avocado oil from Costco which is a beautiful neutral flavour and light in colour. After some research we have found out that it’s not produced with hexanes or other harmful chemicals etc so is great for making cakes or mayonnaises.

You can easily use orange carrots in the muffins instead of the purple ones. They are often available at my farmers market and thought this was a perfect use for them!

Enjoy these gorgeous muffins! I’m sure neither you or your kids will be disappointed!

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Purple Carrot & Blueberry Muffins
Yields 12
These gorgeous muffins are incredibly light and fluffy, they resemble a carrot cake but with the sweet pops of blueberries and in season purple carrots they are nothing but delicious!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 100g Organic White Spelt Flour
  2. 100g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  3. 2 tsp Baking Powder
  4. 1/2 tsp Bicarb Soda
  5. 120g Rapadura Sugar
  6. 1 tsp Pimento
  7. 1/2 Orange, tested
  8. 150ml Avocado or Macadamia Oil
  9. 20g Mollasses or Coconut Flower Nectar
  10. 2 Organic Eggs
  11. 200g Purple Carrots, grated
  12. 100g Blueberries
Cream Cheese Icing
  1. 250g Cream Cheese
  2. 80g Organic Butter
  3. 50-80g Honey or Maple Syrup (for really white icing use milled raw sugar)
  4. 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice or 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with baking paper or muffin cases.
  2. Place the flours, baking powder & soda, rapadura & pimento into the Theromix mixing bowl and mix 5 Sec/Speed 5.
  3. Add the orange zest, oil, molasses & eggs and bring the mix together Speed 4/5 Sec.
  4. Add the carrot & blueberries and mix together 5-10 Sec/Reverse/Speed 2.
  5. Divide the mixture among the paper cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the muffins comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes, before cooling completely on a wire rack.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Place all ingredients into the Thermomix mixing bowl and mix 20 Sec/Speed 4. Pipe frosting with desired piping nozzles onto cooled muffins.
Notes
  1. *The molasses can easily be replaced with another syrup sweetener, but the molasses does have a rich type flavour and is also very mineral rich.
  2. *I use an Avocado oil from Costco which is a beautiful neutral flavour and light in colour. After some research we have found out that it's not produced with hexanes or other harmful chemicals etc so is great for making cakes or mayonnaises.
  3. *You can easily use orange carrots in the muffins instead of the purple ones. They are often available at my farmers market and thought this was a perfect use for them!
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Olive & Thyme Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread – Something which I grew up on my whole childhood! We never bought bread – or very rarely! And even mum’s homemade ‘yeast’ bread was a treat in our household! So this divine loaf of bread is still from the same sourdough culture that my mum had as a kid! It’s actually over 120 years old! Not kidding! This is one seriously old culture! And the bread that results is proof that it really is amazing! You keep feeding the culture, perhaps once a week and it just keeps on living! Amazing stuff!

Olive & Thyme Bread 11What I will say is that this is my version of mum’s sourdough! I’ve revamped it! Mum’s sourdough often came out quite dense, and largely because she made it with mostly rye flour, however I do quite a different rise process, and I believe it makes a big difference!

Obviously I have a pre-existing culture. Some of you may be lucky to have a culture too. If you don’t, there are recipes out there to start your own, or you can sometimes find it in specialty cooking shops or health food stores.

This is the REAL deal sourdough! I mean, most of the sourdough that you buy in the supermarket has yeast added! Well I’m here to tell you that this has none, zilch, zero, zip! Just naturally occurring yeast from the culture! Often those sensitive to regular yeast breads can handle sourdough.

The bacteria in sourdough (Lactobacillus), along with the natural yeast from the fermentation, work hand in hand to predigest the grains. This helps to make the bread much more easily digestible. I love the fact that this is another way I can get good bacteria into my family!

Because the production of sourdough is lengthy, the proteins in the gluten are broken down far more than a typical loaf of bread, also aiding in digestion. We eat a diet low in wheat & gluten, however this sourdough as a treat suits us much better, as it’s much more gentle on the gut. And despite the hours involved in waiting for this bread to do it’s thing, each step is actually super easy and quick!

Sourdough has an amazing way of preserving itself. The Acetic acid prevents molds from growing, so there’s no need to worry about it spoiling in the fermenting process.

Sourdough is also an incredible powerhouse of naturally occurring vitamins. With excess of 15 vitamins, it really is so much better than what you will find on any supermarket shelf.
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You can see above how I’ve folded the dough a couple of times. This will help the dough to hold its shape.
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And above I’ve pinched the dough. This will become the underside of the loaf and the smooth finish that you cant see here, will become the top.
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Ready to prove in the banneton.
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Slashed and ready to bake!
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The gorgeous finished product!
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And I had to show you one last photo of the beautiful soft crumb. When first baked, it’s amazing just drizzled with olive oil! After a day or so it will begin to firm and the texture will become more dense but it’s then wonderful toasted with eggs. Enjoy! xx

Olive & Thyme Sourdough Bread
This delicious bread is the perfect crusty bread to go with a warming winter soup or topped with beautifully poached eggs and hollandaise sauce....or perhaps just simply avocado, lemon, salt & cayenne pepper! Yummo!!
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Ingredients
  1. 400g Organic Unbleached Bakers Flour
  2. 150g Organic Unbleached White Spelt Flour
  3. 1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  4. 80g Sourdough Culture
  5. 350ml Water
  6. 50g Kalamata Olives, pitted & sliced in half
  7. 6 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
Instructions
  1. Place the flours, salt, culture and water into the Thermomix and mix 5-10 Sec/Speed 6. Add the thyme and knead 2 minutes (adding the olives with 20 Sec knead time remaining.)
  2. Place into a large bowl and cover with cling wrap or a beeswax food wrap and set aside for 8-10 hours to ferment.
  3. Once proved, using a pastry scraper push and fold the dough down in the bowl a few times. (The dough will be quite sticky at the beginning of this step, but after folding a few times you will start to see it hold its shape). On a very lightly floured surface, bring the dough together so it is just workable. Be careful not to incorporate too much extra flour as it will end up too tight a loaf!
  4. Fold the dough over and pinch the edges together, forming into a nice rectangular loaf shape. Flour a rectangular banneton sufficiently and place the nice top side of the loaf down in the basket, with the pinched base showing. (Don't worry, when we turn the loaf out to bake, the good side will be back on top!)
  5. Leave to prove for another 2 hours in the banneton. I sometimes cover loosely with a plastic bag so the bread doesn't dry out.
  6. Insert a pizza stone into the oven 30 minutes prior to baking, and a small tray on the bottom shelf and preheat the oven to 250°C.
  7. Boil the kettle. Once the oven is hot, quickly turn out the prepared loaf onto the pizza stone that's been lightly dusted with flour or semolina. Slash the loaf with a very sharp knife in 3 places if you please.
  8. Place the bread into the oven and quickly pour about 150mls of boiled water onto the tray below and shut the oven immediately. This will create steam in your oven to help create a nice crispy, dark crust.
  9. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. The bottom of the loaves should sound hollow when cooked. Serve warm with loads of butter and a delicious soup!
Notes
  1. You can omit the olives and thyme and replace with some dried fruit and nuts, like walnuts and figs or you can just leave out completely for a plain loaf.
  2. If you don't have a banneton you can just prove in a regular bread tin and you will get a wonderful loaf in that too!
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Cranberry, Oat & Choc Chip Cookies

Cran, oat, choc chip cookiesI came up with these scrumptious cookies a little while ago when I felt like making cookies but wanted a change from the husbands favourite of Cranberry & Macadamia! I was dreaming of something more hearty and thicker, like a really filling cookie. Well I kept dreaming and was drawn to a favourite classic combo of oats, cranberries and choc chips. Couldn’t be more simple, yet hearty and everything I wanted in a big fat bite of cookie!

Rapadura is a perfect sweetener in these cookies. A, because it’s much less refined that a white sugar or brown sugar. And B, because it will help the cookie to, once again, spread more slowly in the oven with it’s more complex sugar cyrstals which break down slower in heat. And C, because it will help the dough to be that much drier- a wetter dough will spread more quickly!
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The creaming of the butter and sugar is really important too. The more air you can incorporate into the dough for these little gems the better! This air creates little bubbles, and when they enter the oven, the steam created causes the bubbles to expand and grow into super fluffy, puffy cookies!

They’ll look like little ant mounds when they come out of the oven so it’s really important to give them that gentle tap straight away so you end up with that perfect looking and textured cookie – crunchy on the outside, soft and oozing in the middle! Yumm!

I love the cinnamon hit in them! It’s so delicious! You could even use some pimento (Allspice) in them if you like too!

These cookies seriously take minutes to make, they are so ridiculously delicious and yummy for the whole family. So get in, whip up a batch and you won’t be disappointed! xx

Cranberry, Oat & Choc Chip Cookies
Yields 18
Scrumptious morsels of cookie deliciousness perfect for any snack, picnic, or teddy bear party!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 80g Rapadura Sugar
  2. 125g Organic Butter, softened
  3. 1 Organic Egg
  4. 1 tsp Vanilla Powder, Paste or Extract
  5. 125g Rolled Oats
  6. 2 tsp Cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp Bicarb Soda
  8. 110g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  9. 50g Unsweetened Cranberries
  10. 30g Chocolate Chips (rapadura sweetened - I use Organic Times brand)
Instructions
  1. Place sugar into the Thermomix bowl and mill 20 Sec/Speed 9. Insert Butterfly.
  2. Add the butter and cream 1 Min/Speed 3.
  3. Add the egg and the vanilla and cream 20 Sec/Speed 3. Remove butterfly.
  4. Add the oats, cinnamon and bicarb and mix 20 Sec/Speed 2/Reverse.
  5. Add the flour and mix 15 Sec/Speed 2/Reverse or until just combined.
  6. Add the cranberries and choc chips and mix 5 Sec/Speed 2.5/Reverse.
  7. Place the cookie dough into the fridge for 45-60 Mins to firm. This is an important step to ensure your cookies don't spread. Soft things will spread more quickly than firm, so it's important to give them a little chill-out time in the fridge to firm.
  8. 20 minutes prior to getting your cookie dough out of the fridge, preheat your oven to 180°C and line to large baking trays with baking paper or get your silicone baking mat out.
  9. Once chilled, roll slightly heaped Tbsp sized portions of dough into a ball and place on the baking tray. Don't be tempted to squash them flat - they will spread more slowly in their ball shape.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are just turning golden brown.
  11. Remove from the oven and using a breakfast spoon, quickly and gently tap down these fluffy puffy mounds. This will give them the right finished look and also expose the oozing yummy chocolate!
  12. Cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container for up to 5 days....if they last that long! Let me assure you that they won't! 😉 Enjoy!
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Berry & Coconut Panna Cotta Verrines w Hazelnut Crumb

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These little delights went so well on the table for my daughters Vintage Rose 1st Birthday! They looked so pretty and elegant! I think anything with layers, always looks so attractive and inviting!

Here they are on the table! Don’t they just look so pretty as part of the setup! 1 - Table stuff

I love to party plan and come up with cute ideas for decorations and of course food! If you are being careful of sugar on the table, then leave the fairy floss off and top the crumb with pretty little violets or other edible flowers.

The easiest way to get the layers even, especially the panna cotta, in all the cups is to pop a tray securely on top of your TM lid with your verrines or cups on that. Bring up your scales and using a jug that pours easily, pour the filling straight in to the cups for precise measurements.

Berry & Coconut Panna Cotta w Hazelnut Crumb
Yields 25
Dairy Free smooth and creamy Panna Cottas with Berry Compote and Hazelnut Crumb! Yummo!
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Berry Compote
  1. 250g Strawberries, fresh or frozen
  2. 250g Raspberries, fresh or frozen
  3. 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  4. 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  5. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Panna Cotta
  1. 1 Litre Organic Coconut Milk
  2. 1 Tbsp Gelatin (grass fed, unflavoured)
  3. 120g Honey or Maple Syrup
  4. 2 tsp Vanilla Essence
Hazelnut Crumb
  1. 40g Roasted Hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  2. 100g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  3. 50g Rapadura Sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp Baking Powder (Aluminium Free)
  5. 100g Organic Butter, cubed & chilled
  6. 40g Desiccated Coconut
  7. 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  8. 50g Pink Persian Fairy Floss
  9. 24 x 75ml Verrines/glasses/containers
Instructions
  1. Place all the compote ingredients into the Thermomix with the simmering basket on top of lid in place of MC and cook 20-25 Mins/100°/Speed 1/Reverse, or until becoming thickened and somewhat jammy. Pour about 2 tsp into each verrine and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.
  2. Place a small bowl on top of the TM lid and weigh 125g of the coconut milk into it. Sprinkle the gelatin on top and set aside to soften. (There is no need to stir, just leave it to bloom and absorb the liquid.)
  3. Place the remaining coconut milk, honey and vanilla into the Thermomix bowl and cook 10 Mins/80°/Speed 3.
  4. Add the softened gelatin and stir 3 Mins/80°/Speed 3 to dissolve.
  5. Pour approximately 2 Tbsp (40ml) into each verrine and place back into the fridge to set for 2-3 hours.
  6. To make the crumb, preheat the oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  7. Place the hazelnuts into the Thermomix and chop 15 Sec/Speed 4. Set aside.
  8. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter into the Thermomix and process 10 sec/speed 6 or until the mixture just resembles breadcrumbs. Add the coconut and cinnamon and the chopped nuts and process 10 sec/speed 4/Reverse or until it just comes together.
  9. Roughly crumble over the prepared baking tray and bake for 25-30 mins or until golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and cool before placing into the Thermomix and crumbling 5-10 Sec/Speed 4. ( Don't over crumble it, some nice crunchy bits will add dimension of texture.)
  11. Top the set verrines with 1 Tbsp crumbs and just before serving place fluffy handfuls of Persian fairy floss on top!
Notes
  1. I used 75ml Verrines here, however you could use cups or glasses.
  2. Be careful you don't put the fairy floss on too far out from serving as the moisture in the air will cause it to deflate and go sticky.
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Date Slice (Egg Free, Nut Free)


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This delicious slice is so moreish you will be reaching for a second piece!

Another one from my childhood, I remember making this one many times! I’ve had a little play with mum’s original, but essentially its still pretty similar! It is really really simple and easy to make! Date Slice Mums

The date filling is so yummy with the little hint of lemon and vanilla. It adds such a nice dimension to this slice. I think it really makes it! I cook it in the Thermomix but if you don’t have one just cook the dates on the stove until all the water is absorbed.

The slice is egg free and nut free so a good one for school lunchboxes! Feel free to add nuts if its for home, however I don’t think it needs any! Its just delicious as is!

Date Slice
Yields 20
This deliciously moreish slice will have you reaching for a second piece!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 300g Pitted Dates
  2. 250ml Water
  3. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  4. 1/2 Lemon, zested
  5. 100g Coconut Sugar
  6. 185g Organic Butter
  7. 230g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  8. 1/2 tsp Bicarb Soda
  9. 150g Rolled Oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan-forced). Line a small rectangular slice tray with oil spray and baking paper. Set aside.
  2. Place the dates, water, vanilla and lemon zest into the Thermomix bowl and cook for 5 Mins/90°/Speed 1/Reverse. Set aside. Rinse & dry mixing bowl.
  3. Place the sugar, butter, flour and bicarb into the Thermomix bowl and bring together 20 Sec/Speed 6.
  4. Add the rolled oats and mix 5-10 Sec/Speed 5.
  5. Spread half the mixture onto the base of the prepared tin, then smooth over the reserved date mixture.
  6. Crumble the remaining slice mixture over the top, making it as even as possible. Once completely covered give it a little press down all over with your fingers.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cut into slices or squares.
  9. Serve warm or cold with greek yoghurt! Yum!
Notes
  1. This slice keeps really well for up to a week in an airtight container.
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Chicken Thyme & Vege Sausage Rolls

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I used to make these from time to time before I had the children and take them to work with a big salad! A number of work colleagues really wanted the recipe!!…..I could never get around to giving the recipe to them, so the joke became ‘before christmas’…do you think I even got to it for Christmas!!!…No!!!….So here it is about 4 years later!

Nevermind, a good recipe is certainly worth waiting for!…And I can assure you that these are good….yummy, delicious in fact!

The filling is really pretty straightforward! Just a whole lot of veggies, herbs and chicken mixed together that packs a punch!

If you don’t have the time to make your own rough puff pastry, just please make sure you buy an All Butter Puff. You definitely don’t want any nasty margarine pastry!

Here’s a couple of images to show you what I mean with placing the filling on the pastry sheets.
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These are quite a treat in our house as I try to keep gluten fairly low in our diet. Spelt is a better option, as its higher in protein and lower in gluten, however still quite carby, so a once in a while thing for us!

Fabulous in a lunchbox or for parties or large gatherings! Yummo!

Chicken, Thyme & Vegetable Sausage Rolls
Yields 24
Ideal for lunches, picnics, parties or large gatherings! Also great for freezing!
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Prep Time
50 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
50 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Spelt Rough Puff Pastry
  1. 400g Organic Butter, 1-2cm dice & frozen
  2. 400g White Spelt Flour
  3. 1 tsp Celtic Salt
  4. 180g Water, chilled
Filling
  1. 1 Medium Brown Onion, peeled & halved
  2. 1 Clove Garlic, peeled
  3. 4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  4. 4 Sprigs Fresh Parsley
  5. 1/4 Bunch Fresh Coriander
  6. 1 Large Carrot, cut into 3-4 cm lengths
  7. 1 Large Zucchini, cut into 3-4cm lengths
  8. 500g Organic Chicken Breast, cut into 3-4cm pieces
  9. 1 Tbsp Italian Herbs
  10. 2 tsp Celtic Salt
  11. 1/2 tsp Cumin
  12. 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  13. 50g Almond Meal or Breadcrumbs
  14. 1 Organic Egg
  15. Extra egg for brushing
  16. Sesame Seed for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. For the pastry, place all the ingredients into the Thermomix and mix 20 Sec/Speed 6.
  2. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and work into a ball. Halve the dough so you have 2 even portions, then flatten and wrap each portion of pastry in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. Unwrap 1 portion of pastry and place onto the Thermomat. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough into a long rectangle 3 times as long as it is wide. (approx. 60cm x 20cm) Fold dough into thirds and give folded dough a quarter turn to the left. Repeat rolling and folding process twice, then return to the fridge for 20 minutes. Repeat with the other portion of pastry.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Set aside.
  5. For the filling, place the onion, garlic and herbs into the Thermomix and chop 3 Sec/Speed 7, then place into a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add the carrot and zucchini and chop 10 Sec/Speed 4. Add to the mixing bowl.
  7. Add the chicken breast to the Thermomix bowl and chop 5 Sec/Speed 5. Add to the mixing bowl.
  8. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine.
  9. Roll the 2 portions of pastry into 2 large rectangles. Cut the rectangles in half to get 4 sheets approx. 20cmx30cm. (You might want to give them a little trim to neaten the edges.)
  10. Divide the filling evenly between the 4 pastry sheets, placing onto one long edge of the pastry. Roll pastry tightly, enclosing the filling. Cut each roll evenly into 6 sausage rolls. Brush with extra lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  11. Place onto the ready prepared baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and nicely puffed.
  12. Serve warm with homemade tomato sauce or freeze for later.
Notes
  1. These are great frozen and tossed straight into a lunchbox!
  2. If you don't have time to make the pastry yourself, make sure you buy an All Butter Puff Pastry. you don't want any nasty margarine in your pastry!
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Apple & Mixed Berry Crumble

Apple & Berry Crumble 2

This is an absolute old family favourite! With similarities to the way mum used to make it growing up, I think this crumble is everything you want a crumble to be! Fruit that is perfectly cooked, not completely mushy, and a crumble topping that is biscuity and crunchy, with no sogginess!! Yum!

The Blueberry crumble tarts which were one of the first recipes I put up on the blog are pretty much an extension from this recipe! So if you enjoy/have enjoyed those tarts then I’m sure you will love this crumble.

I use a little coconut sugar in the filling (about 2 Tbsp) just to take the edge of the tartness of the apples. You could replace with a little honey if desired.

The hazelnuts are so delicious in the crumble topping. If you don’t have them, you can use almonds, which are just as delicious. Quite often I’ll do this crumble with pear and apple and the hazelnuts are such a good combination with the pear.

This crumble is best served with Frangelico Crème Anglaise! Naughty I know, but oh so yummy!! I’ll share the recipe for that at some stage. I don’t make it very often these days, as I’ve significantly reduced my dairy intake for a number of different reasons.

You can serve hot or cold with dairy or coconut yoghurt and fresh fruit for breakfast or as a sumptuous dessert with your choice of icecream….healthy homemade I mean!!! Enjoy!!!

Apple & Mixed Berry Crumble
Serves 6
A very old family favourite that makes the perfect breakfast treat or dinner dessert!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Filling
  1. 6-8 Large Granny Smith Apples, peeled & sliced thinly
  2. 300g Organic Frozen Mixed Berries
  3. 40g Coconut Sugar
  4. 1 Lime, juiced
  5. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  6. 100ml Water
  7. 2 Tbsp Cornflour (diluted in 2 Tbsp extra water)
Crumble Topping
  1. 40g Roasted Hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  2. 100g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  3. 50g Rapadura Sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp Baking Powder (Aluminium Free)
  5. 100g Butter
  6. 60g Oats
  7. 40g Desiccated Coconut
  8. 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place all the filling ingredients, except the cornflour into a large pot. Place onto a medium heat, cover with a paper *cartouche and simmer for 10 minutes or until the fruit is tender, stirring a couple of times during cooking. (**You can do this step in the Thermomix too, however you may wish to dice the fruit if so as the slices won't remain completely in tact in the Thermomix.)
  3. Pour over the cornflour mixture and stir through quickly and gently with a silicon spatula. Pour into a large pie dish or baking dish.
  4. To make the crumble, place the hazelnuts into the Thermomix and chop 5-10 Sec/Speed 4. Set aside.
  5. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter into the Thermomix and process 10 sec/speed 6 or until the mixture just resembles breadcrumbs. Add the remaining ingredients and the chopped nuts and process 10 sec/speed 4/Reverse or until it just comes together.
  6. Crumble over the apple & berry mixture evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Notes
  1. *A paper cartouche is just a little round piece of baking paper, used instead of a lid. It keeps the contents submerged and reduces evaporation. You can either use a pen to trace the size you need or fold a square of baking paper in half and half again, then into a triangle and cut at the desired length to get the right sized circle.
  2. ** To make the filling in the Thermomix, place quartered apples into the Thermomix bowl. Chop for 3-4 sec/speed 4. Add all remaining ingredients and cook for 5 min/80C/speed 1/Reverse. Add the cornflour and cook for a further 2 min/80C/speed 1/Reverse.
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Healthy Chewy Anzac Biscuits

Anzac BiscuitsThis is my beautiful traditional yet healthy take on the famous Anzac biscuit! It also has special meaning to me as I’m sure it did to my grandad (pictured) who served in the First World War.

My Great Grandad Raymond Wenban served on the Western Front in France. At the age of 22 he joined the army to serve as a Medic in one of the largest battles of World War 1. The Battle of the Somme on the Western Front in France against the Germans was one of the bloodiest battles in history where over 1,000,000 soliders were either wounded or killed.

My great grandfather was an amazing man during this battle where he nursed many many men to their death and some back to health. He even nursed many Germans also.

Being right in the line of fire as a medic it was a miracle that he came home alive! For his service he received 4 medals that are dear to my family….the family like me, that wouldn’t be here without him today!

He was a wonderful man with an amazing sense of humour and a light hearted spirit! He lived to the ripe old age of 97!

I could go on and on, but the story behind the Anzac biscuit is a special one. These biscuits first appeared in 1914 when a homemaker journal published a recipe that used the newly developed golden syrup as a preservative. This enabled the biscuits to be transported to the European battlefronts and arrive fresh, even after 6 weeks at sea! How amazing!

I wonder if my great grandfather was lucky enough to get some of these cookies sent all the way from home! I wish I had been able to ask him! Nevertheless they would have been very precious I am sure to those soldiers who did receive them from home!

I’ve used coconut nectar as a replacement for the golden syrup but you can use honey or maple syrup if vegan or even rice malt syrup.

You can make them gluten free by using gluten free oats and gluten free flour too.

They are crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle! Yum!

So enjoy these gorgeous cookies as we celebrate and remember all the amazing men and women who sacrificed their lives for the amazing country in which we live today!

LEST WE FORGET!

Healthy Traditional Anzac Biscuits (Spelt & Naturally Sweetened)
Yields 18
These are my version of a chewy traditional Anzac biscuit. Naturally sweetened, wholemeal spelt, egg free, nut free.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 75g Organic Butter, cubed
  2. 1 Tbsp Water
  3. 2 Tbsp Coconut Flour Nectar or Honey
  4. 1 tsp Bicarb Soda
  5. 75g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  6. 1 tsp Baking Powder (Aluminium Free)
  7. 90g Rolled Oats
  8. 100g Rapadura Sugar
  9. 50g Desiccated Coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°.
  2. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Place the butter, water and coconut nectar into the mixing bowl and cook 3 Mins/90°/Speed 2.
  4. Add the bicarb and mix 5 Sec/Speed 3.
  5. Add all the remaining ingredients and process 10 Sec/Reverse/Speed 4.
  6. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and place on prepared trays allowing for spreading.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes on the trays before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
  1. You can substitute the coconut flour nectar for honey, maple syrup or rice malt syrup.
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