Throwback Thursday – Rock Cakes

Earlier this week, Liam had one of his little friends come over for a play.  I’d had the best intentions of tidying up the night before, but it just didn’t happen.  That morning I was madly racing around trying to make the house at least semi presentable, Liam on the other hand seemed to be following me around unpacking everything I had just put away.

I’d wanted to do some baking for the kids morning tea, but when it was apparent I was quickly running out of time, I thought about making some scones, but changed my mind at the last minute and made Rock Cakes.  This recipe is from my old McAlpins baking book, so I knew it was going to be easy to put together.  When adding the dried fruit I decided to go with currants and chopped dates which were super yummy.

These tasted great straight out of the oven.  If you wanted to, you could cut them in half and add butter or jam, but we were happy to eat them on their own.  The kids enjoyed them, as did Saxon (our dog), who always does well when the kids are outside eating!

Simple & Delicious

Simple & Delicious

2 cups self raising flour

90g unsalted butter, chilled & cubed

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup mixed dried fruit (I used currants and dates)

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

* Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper

* Sift the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

* Stir through the sugar, dried fruit and ginger.

* Whisk together the egg and milk in a bowl and add to the dry ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.

* Drop rough heaps of mixture (I used a soup spoon) onto the trays and bake for 10 – 12 minutes (I found mine were ready after 10 minutes).

* Transfer onto a wire rack to cool

Spelt and honey banana bread with dates and walnuts

After returning from a few days away, we again had a few bananas which were heading towards their use by date.  I found this recipe amongst a pile of pages torn out from magazines, and am unable to tell which mag it is from.

I’ve made a few banana bread recipes in my time, they are so easy to put together and normally look and taste impressive.  I love the addition of walnuts and dates, and I was almost tempted to add shredded coconut but decided against it – will add it next time though.

This had a great consistency and Liam and I shared a piece toasted with fresh banana and honey drizzled on top – YUM!  The rest has already been wrapped up and put into the freezer, it will be perfect for when we need a treat quickly.

spelt banana bread

 

125 g whole spelt flour

125g white spelt flour

75g brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup walnuts coarsely chopped

1/2 cup dried pitted dates coarsely chopped

1 cup mashed banana (I used the 3 small bananas we had)

90ml vegetable oil

2 eggs lightly whisked

40ml honey

* Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease and line the base and sides of a loaf tin (approx 8 x 20cm)

* Combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, bicarb of soda and cinnamon in a large bowl.

* Add the walnuts and dates and stir together

* Combine the banana, oil, eggs and honey in a bowl, then add to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

* Pour into pan and smooth the surface, bake for 35 – 40minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

* Can be served either warm, at room temperature or toasted with butter.  Yum!

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Protein Balls

Contrary to popular belief, not everything I make is unhealthy.  These protein balls are super quick to make, use up whatever you have in your pantry, and are a great snack to satisfy your sweet tooth – Scott even mistakes these for rum balls!

I came across the idea, whilst Aiden was in NICU and one of his nurses bought some in for me to try.  I normally don’t measure any of the ingredients I put in, however below is what went into my latest batch. I tried a friends version this week, she adds acai berries and cocoa powder which gave them a great flavour.

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300g pitted dates

1/4 cup LSA mix

2 tablespoons hazlenut meal

1/4 cup coconut + extra for rolling

2 tablespoons  black chia seeds

100g walnuts

50g blanched almonds – toasted

50g brazil nuts

What's rattling around in my pantry this week

What’s rattling around in my pantry this week

* Soak dates in boiling water for 20minutes until soft , then drain excess water

* In a bowl, combine dates, LSA mix, hazlenut meal and coconut. Using a stick blender, blitz until dates reach desired consistency (I like the dates to still have some shape to them, it’s up to you though!)

* Add chia seeds, walnuts, almonds and brazil nuts and blitz until nuts are in smaller pieces – don’t worry, even though it doesn’t look very appealing, they do taste great!

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* Roll tablespoon sized balls in coconut and then pop into the fridge to set.