Month: November 2018

Homemade hummus

It is pretty obvious that I have a massive sweet tooth but I also do enjoy savoury snacks. One of my favourite go-to snack is hummus with rice crackers. I love to make my own hummus because I tweak the taste according to my liking. I’m a huge fan of chili and garlic, hence I like my hummus to be spicy and garlicky. Yum! Ingredients  2x 400g canned chick pea drained and rinsed 1/2 cup tahini 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup water 4 garlic cloves peeled 1 fresh red chili (optional) 1 tbsp mixed herbs 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp parika 1 tsp black peppercorn 1 tsp chili flakes 1/2 tsp salt Directions Add all the ingredients into a food processor and blend it until a smooth consistency Place it in the fridge to chill for at least 3 hours before serving

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

I’ve been doing a lot more gluten-free baking lately because my boyfriend suffers from Crohn’s disease so he is sensitive to wheat. Gluten-free baking has been easy for me to adapt – I just have to play around with the proportion of gluten-free flour to cornflour to almond meal to get the texture that I want. However, he is also sensitive to dairy products which is going to be a major challenge because I can’t use butter anymore. I’ve yet to experiment with vegetable shortening but I’m sure that it won’t be as good as using butter. Anyway, these cookies are unfortunately/fortunately not dairy free but they are gluten-free and definitely tastes as good as my non gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy! Ingredients 120g unsalted butter (room temperature) 80g raw sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla essence 1/2 tsp baking powder 50g cornflour 150g gluten-free flour Directions Preparation time: 15 min Baking time: 10-15 min Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy Add in the egg and vanilla essence and continue to cream Sieve in …

Gluten free chocolate brownies

Back to gluten-free baking. I adapted this recipe from my favourite brownie recipe. However, I was having a scatter-brain episode and I forgot to add in chunks of white and dark chocolate chunks into the batter. I was so happy that these gluten-free brownies tasted as almost good as the non gluten-free ones! It is slightly drier in texture so just be careful not to over bake it. Ingredients 150g of unsalted butter 185g of good quality dark chocolate (I usually use Lindt 90% dark) 85g of gluten-free flour 40g of cocoa powder 100g of white and dark chocolate chunks (optional) 3 eggs 260g of golden caster sugar Directions Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (convectional oven) Grease a 23cm square cake tin Place the butter and dark chocolate in the microwave oven in 30sec bursts until it melts While you wait for the chocolate mixture to cool, sieve 85g gluten-free flour and 40g cocoa powder to get rid of any lumps. Break three eggs into a large bowl and tip in 260g golden caster sugar With …

Apple carrot muffins

Gluten-free flour and almond meal are so expensive that I’ve decided to take a break from gluten-free baking. I was shopping at Coles when I saw that Granny Smiths Apples were on special this week. Since I’ve always had carrots in the fridge, I’ve decided to make apple carrot muffins topped with homemade granola. It’s really easy to make your own granola that I’m considering doing that in the future. To make these muffins, it is best to use muffin wraps instead of muffin casings so that the granola does not fall all over the oven – makes cleaning an extra chore (trust me, I’ve made that mistake). I loved the taste of the muffins. It’s light and fluffy – the perfect type of afternoon tea. Ingredients for the muffin (makes 16 muffins) 330g self-raising flour 120g caster sugar 120ml olive oil 180ml buttermilk 1 tsp cinnamon powder 1 tsp vanilla essence 2 eggs 2 Granny Smith apples peeled and grated 1 large carrot grated Ingredients for the granola 2 cups oats 1/2 cup desiccated …