Archive for the ‘Baking’ Category

Niki’s Spiced Apple Cake

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Fancy a seriously simple yet delicious sweet treat? Look no further than my autumnal spiced apple cake! Designed and created by Niki Beh recipe developer. This cake is so straightforward yet the flavours are so sweet and aromatic along with the soft texture of the apples, both cooked in the cake and raw and crunchy on top. I like to serve my apple cake with a generous dollop of coconut yogurt for extra decadence! (As with all Niki’s recipes it’s gluten free) All you need is:

Niki Bakes Spiced Apple Cake Recipe

Niki Bakes Spiced Apple Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 140g of coconut butter
  • 120g of coconut sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 200g of almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 100ml of almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 2 grated apples

For the topping:

2 cinnamon quills, broken up (for decoration)
Up to three tablespoons of coconut yoghurt
An extra apple, for decoration (optional)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Line a brownie baking dish with greaseproof paper and set aside,

2. Beat the coconut butter and sugar together in a bowl until light and creamy. Beat in eggs until well combined. Add your grated apples and mix again.

3. Sift together the almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the coconut butter mixture, then beat in half of the almond milk. Add the remaining almond flour mixture and the remaining milk and beat until well combined.

4. Spoon the mixture into the baking tin and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until well risen and lightly firm to the touch. Remove the cake from the tin and set aside to cool on a cooling rack.

5. Decorate your spiced apple cake with you coconut yoghurt and a couple slices of your fresh apple and broken up cinnamon quills, effortlessly beautiful!

Happy Baking!

Recipe for Sticky Ginger Cupcakes

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Let’s warm up with Niki Bakes easy ginger cupcakes! I love how autumnal and warming these little bites of heaven are. , fiery and oh so sweet, these cupcakes have been complete with @steenbergs organic ground ginger. Did we mention they are gluten free. Here’s how you can make a batch!

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Ingredients
* 140g of coconut butter
* 130g of coconut sugar*
* 2 free-range eggs
* 200g of almond flour*
* 1 tsp Organic ground ginger*
* 1 tsp baking powder*
* 100ml of almond milk
* 1/4 tsp of salt*

For the topping
* 2 tablespoons of crystallised ginger, chopped up*
* 3 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5. Line 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases and set aside.
2. Beat the coconut butter and sugar together in a bowl until light and creamy. Beat in eggs until well combined.
3. Sift together the almond flour, ginger, baking powder and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients mixture to the coconut butter mixture, then beat in half of the almod milk. Add the remaining almond flour mixture and the remaining milk and beat until well combined.
4. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until well risen and lightly firm to the touch. Remove the cakes from the tin and set aside to cool on a cooling rack.
5. Decorate your cupcakes with you smooth peanut butter topping and a couple pieces of the crystallised ginger, enjoy!
Happy Baking!

 

* all products you can pick up at Steenbergs.co.uk – organically of course.

Niki’s Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Loaf

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Recipe from lovely Niki Bakes in a autumnal homage to Steenbergs Organic Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Ombre golden-copper leaves, glossy plum chestnuts and cooler nights…it can only mean autumn! But where would we be without our beloved squashes I hear you say? Yes, you can make soup, yes, you can roast them and yes, you can make pumpkin pie but how about a pumpkin loaf slathered in dark chocolate?! You’ll love how easy and quick it is guys and what’s more, its gluten free and dairy free, happy days!

Recipe for Niki's Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie spice loaf

Recipe for Niki’s Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie spice loaf

All you need is:
Use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)
Ingredients:
Serves 4-6
For the Pumpkin Loaf:
120g of almond flour
50g of coconut flour
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of  organic pumpkin pie spice
100ml of coconut oil, melted
4 eggs, beaten lightly
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of ground of cinnamon

For the Dark Chocolate Glaze:
100g of dark chocolate, melted
1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds

Method:
Step 1:
Preheat your oven to gas mark 4/180 degrees and line your loaf tin with greaseproof paper, set aside.
Step 2:
Whisk all your wet ingredients in a bowl.
Step 3:
Slowly sift your almond flour, coconut flour, spices and baking powder and add your wet ingredients.
Step 4:
Mix well and pour into your loaf pan, bake for about 45 -55 minutes.
Step 5:
Allow to cool completely before frosting your loaf tin with your dark chocolate and scattering over your pumpkin seeds. Allow to cool before slicing your loaf and enjoy with a cup of strong earl grey tea…absolutely heavenly!

Happy Baking!

Copywrite – Niki Beh
Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes

5 Ways with Organic Lemon Extract

Monday, September 18th, 2017

organic-lemon-extract-60mlSteenbergs Organic Lemon Extract is a sunflower oil based extract with a glorious lemon citrus aroma and flavour.  It has been created particularly for use in home baking but complements everything from desserts through to chicken.

When we asked our spice panel to review and taste test the Lemon Extract, the responses ranged from ‘fresher than lemon juice’ and ‘smells like freshly zested lemon’ to ‘beautifully tangy’ with ‘an intense aroma’. The full details can be found on our blog, where you’ll find lots of suggestions of how to use it.

Here are a few for you to try at home…

1. Gluten Free Lemon & Almond CaSteenbergs gluten-free lemon drizzleke

This is a delicious moist cake which when we made it recently didn’t even last until it was cool! Enjoy with a refreshing cup of Earl Grey

2. Blueberry Oat TraybakeBlueberry oat tray bake

A tasty, healthy treat to satisfy the need for a sweet snack. The blueberries can be replaced with raspberries or blackberries depending upon the season and the addition of the tangy lemon extract really helps to accentuate the flavour of the fruit.

3. Lemon BiscuitsSteenbergs lemon biscuits

Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews tried these out for us a while ago to rave reviews from her children. She also made some with Steenbergs Organic Orange Extract and combined the flavours to make a St Clements variety.

The addition of the lemon extract gives a lovely chewy texture to the inside of the crunchy biscuit. A real treat topped off with Steenbergs organic Fairtrade Lemon Sugar!

4. Raw Lemon Browniesraw lemon brownies

Packed full of healthy nuts, seeds and organic fruit, these delicious raw brownies are really easy to make, with the lemon extract giving them a really fresh tang.

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A take on the classic cupcake, here we have used our natural extracts to create a diverse range of delicious flavoured icings. With no added colouring, just add a little lemon zest on top to highlight the lemony taste.

Further suggestions

  • Lemon and honey are always good for colds so why not try a teaspoon of lemon extract and a heaped teaspoon of honey mixed with boiling water for a warming drink?
  • Add the lemon extract to sparkling water for a refreshing summer drink;
  • Mix in with your oil and vinegar to add zest to your salad dressings;
  • Blend with Steenbergs Herbes de Provence and spread over a whole chicken before roasting.

 

 

An Easter Treat: Dark Chocolate ganache cake with happy hippy flower salt

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
Easter Chocolate Cake

Easter Chocolate Cake

It’s the classic combination that’s a true winner every time: Dark chocolate and sea salt. Happy hippy flower salt is wonderfully versatile in both savoury and sweet dishes. The flavour is delicate and soft on the palette yet robust and course enough for it to be sprinkled liberally on top of the cake. This vegan chocolate ganache cake has a wonderfully gorgeous crunch to it thanks to the happy hippy flower salt, making it absolutely stunning for showcasing your cake.

This dark chocolate ganache cake is perfect for special occasions as it can be used as a base for many different events or when you just fancy a cake for yourself. It’s used here for Easter and is so chocolatey but enhanced further by the happy hippy flower salt. Here’s how you can create this gluten free and light yet tasty vegan dark chocolate ganache cake which everyone can enjoy:

All you need is:

(Use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)
Serves: 6-8

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

From your kitchen:

A whisk
A fork
A large mixing bowl
A couple of teaspoons and tablespoons
A round baking tin
A silicone spatula
A small glass bowl
A wooden spoon
A butter knife
A sheet of greaseproof paper

For the cake:

3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
4 tablespoons of agave syrup
3 tablespoons of coconut sugar
Up to 150ml of almond milk
50g of self-raising flour
200g of almond flour
½ teaspoon of baking powder
60g of non-dairy dark chocolate chips (80% minimum)
2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder or 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of Steenbergs organic Fairtrade vanilla extract

Happy Hippy Flower Salt

Happy Hippy Flower Salt

For the ganache frosting:

200g of non- dairy dark 80% chocolate
2 tablespoons of boiling water
2 tablespoons of agave syrup
1 level tablespoon of happy hippy flower salt

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 180° C or gas mark 4 and line your round baking tray with greaseproof paper. Set aside whilst you prepare your cake.

Step 2:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your coconut oil and olive oil. Add in your coconut sugar and agave syrup and mix well.

Step 3:

Next, using a wooden spoon, fold in your cacao/cocoa powder, almond flour, self-raising flour and baking powder and alternate with your almond milk so your cake batter isn’t too thick to handle.

Step 4:

Finally, add in your dark chocolate chips, your Himalayan salt and fold in gently. Pour your batter into your cake tin and bake for 15-20 minutes. Turn over onto a wire rack to cool whilst you prepare your frosting.

Step 5:

In small glass bowl break up your dark chocolate into little pieces and add your boiling water. Whisk in gently using your hand whisk or fork. Add in more hot water if needed and if it’s too watery, break in some more dark chocolate. Whisk in your agave syrup which will help to thicken up your frosting. Allow to cool thoroughly before using your frosting knife or butter knife to frost your cake. Sprinkle your happy hippy flower salt over your cooled cake and it’s ready for your Easter table. This cake can be stored in the fridge for up to three days.

Article written and researched by

Niki Behjousiar

Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes

www.facebook.com/nikibakes

www.nikibakes.co.uk

Twitter: @Niki_Beh 

nikibakes has been blogging for over 10 years and has a passion for gluten free and dairy free recipes. She’s a Persian chef who loves all things spice and particularly enjoys Asian and South American cuisine. She’s always on the lookout for fresh and delicious flavour combinations and uses our spices daily in her cooking and on her blog.

 

Rosewater the delicate and versatile kitchen staple

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Welcome to a new regular series spotlighting one of the Steenbergs products. The first of these is on the Steenbergs Organic Rose Water.

Rose water was cultivated in Iran with more than 18, 000 cultivars and have been traditionally scattered at weddings to ensure a long and happy marriage as it’s been cited as a symbol of love and purity. In fact apart from it’s pretty name, rose water has  been used to reduce blood sugar and also been used as a cough syrup and to treat acid reflux. Rose water is truly a wonderful staple that is used in Middle Eastern cooking. It is a key ingredient in many sweets such as baklava and Turkish delight and can be used to give a wonderfully sweet and florally aroma to your pastries and cakes such as Persian yazdi squares.

They’re very easy on the eyes and once you take a bite you will taste the rose water which has beautifully perfumed the cake with the ground cardamom. Cardamom helps to lower blood pressure as well as helping with bad breath and even help with cavities.

Steenbergs Organic Rose Water adds a wonderful floral flavour to baking and savoury dishes.

Steenbergs Organic Rose Water adds a wonderful floral flavour to baking and savoury dishes.

All you need is:

Ingredients:

(Makes up to 20 cake squares)
(Use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes (to include cooking time and pouring over the rosewater syrup)

For the yazdi cake:

220g of almond flour
150g of coconut sugar
200ml of almond milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking powder
100g finely ground pistachios
100ml of coconut oil, melted
1/s teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

 

For the filling and topping:

200g of pistachios, crushed
8 cardamom pods, deseeded and crushed
100g coconut sugar

 

For the rosewater syrup:

150ml of filtered water
2 teaspoons of organic rosewater
50g coconut sugar (all melted together in a small saucepan for 5 minutes)

Yazdi Squares created by NikiBakes and featuring Steenbergs Organic Rose Water.

Yazdi Squares created by NikiBakes and featuring Steenbergs Organic Rose Water.

From your kitchen:

A wooden spoon
A sharp knife
A griddle pan
A silicone spatula
A couple of teaspoons and tablespoons for measuring
A few mixing bowls, small and large
A chopping board
A food processor or pestle and mortar
A square brownie baking dish
A couple of small saucepans
A sheet of greaseproof paper

 

Method:
Step 1:

Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 or 180°c and grease your square brownie baking dish with extra coconut oil and line with greaseproof paper. Whisk your melted coconut oil and coconut sugar with your vanilla extract, set aside.

Step 2:

In a larger mixing bowl whisk together your dry ingredients which include the almond flour, baking powder, ground pistachios and Himalayan pink salt and start to fold in your ingredients with your wooden spoon. Spoon out half of your cake mixture and fill you cake with the pistachio- cardamom mixture, leave ¾ of this for the topping of your cake.

Step 3:

Once you have poured over the other half of your cake batter, sprinkle over the remaining pistachios and cardamom topping and bake in your oven for a minimum of 20 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and allow it to cool slightly.

Step 4:

Finally, prick your cake very gently with a fork and pour over the rosewater syrup, allowing it to seep through to your cake. Once completely cooled cut into squares and serve with some strong black tea, delicious!

 

Rose water is well paired with cardamom here and brings the flavours of the Middle East to your kitchen with ease. Give rose water a go today and see how versatile it truly is.

This article has been written and researched by

Niki Behjousiar

Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes 

www.facebook.com/nikibakes

www.nikibakes.co.uk

Twitter: @Niki_Beh

nikibakes has been blogging for over 10 years and has a passion for gluten free and dairy free recipes. She’s a Persian chef who loves all things spice and particularly enjoys Asian and South American cuisine. She’s always on the lookout for fresh and delicious flavour combinations and uses our spices daily in her cooking and on her blog.

Steenbergs Extracts and Flower Waters now registered with Vegan Society

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

We’ve successfully registered Steenbergs’ extracts and flower waters with The Vegan Society. This is the start of a process that will see Steenbergs include vegan branding into our bakery range over the next few months.

As part of this, we’ve delisted anything that is not vegan within the range of Steenbergs-branded products. So, for example, all the baking decorations have been delisted, because some included shellac and others carmines, while milky oolong has been removed because it contained milk flavour.

We feel this tidies up what Steenbergs does, so that we can now say Steenbergs’ products are animal-free, vegetarian and vegan. Not all are registered (in fact most aren’t) but we’ll work on it over the next few years.

We’ve still got to review non-Steenbergs products and what we’re doing with them…but that’s for another month.

Update 26/1/2017: Following a review of branded products on www.steenbergs.co.uk, we are delisting the Fish4Ever range of fish and seafood, and the Pukka ghee.  This will mean that by mid-year (when these have sold through) Steenbergs will be a strictly vegan brand across all its activities.

Chemical Analysis of Steenbergs Organic Rose Water

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

We are often asked quite detailed technical questions about Steenbergs’ organic rose water.  In particular:

  • What type of water is used? Tap water
  • Is the water distilled water? Yes
  • Does the water contain pesticides or heavy metals? No
Steenbergs Organic Rose Water

Steenbergs Organic Rose Water

Firstly, the rose water is organic and distilled from organic rose petals picked and processed in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria.  It is certified as organic by Ceres, a German certification agency.  So it is grown and processed in an organic way, however that (as many customers keep telling me) does not preclude contamination from other surrounding farmland, so see below.

Secondly, on the water itself, the water used is standard potable water, i.e. it’s not borehole water or the like, but a “tap water” and this meets EU government guidelines on drinking water.

However, in the process, the water is distilled through a double water-vapour distillation process – the first is a standard distillation through a still, and the second runs the distillate a second time but this time through a cohabation column.  So in answer to the question, the water in the rose water is distilled.

This second distillation concentrates the flavour by roughly ten times, and is called “cohabation” – the rose oil tends to float on the top of the distillate so this second distillation dissolves more of this floral flavour into Steenbergs rose water.  For reference: 1.4kg of fresh rose petals yields 1kg of rose water.

Thirdly, as for the possibility for contamination of the water, our most recent tests of the organic rose water are as below and they contain no pesticides, agrochemicals and the levels of heavy metals are well within guidelines:

  Steenbergs Organic Rose Water UK Drinking Water Standards What standard used?
Pesticides Not detected 0.5 µg/l EU Directive 98/83/EC
Agrochemicals:
  Nitrates 0.4 mg/l 50 mg/l EU Directive 98/83/EC
  Nitrites <0.01 mg/l 0.50 mg/l EU Directive 98/83/EC
Plant treatments:
  Chlorates <2 µg/l <10 µg/l EU Recommendation 2015/682
  Perchlorates <0.5 µg/l <10 µg/l EU Recommendation 2015/682
Metals/heavy metals:
  Aluminium <2 µg/l <200 µg/l UK National Requirements
  Arsenic 1.40 µg/l <10 µg/l EU Directive 98/83/EC
  Cadmium 0.01 µg/l <5 µg/l EU Directive 98/83/EC
  Copper 0.09 mg/l <2 mg/l EU Directive 98/83/EC
  Iron 37.06 µg/l <200 µg/l UK National Requirements
  Lead 5.62 µg/l <10 µg/l EU Directive 98/83/EC
  Manganese 4.46 µg/l <50 µg/l UK National Requirements
  Molybdenum <0.03 µg/l No standard
  Nickel 4.05 µg/l <20 µg/l EU Directive 98/83/EC
  Selenium 0.48 µg/l <10 µg/l EU Directive 98/83/EC
  Zinc 191.14 µg/l No standard*

*there is a complex proposed standard that proposes 10.9 bioavailable plus Ambient Background Concentration (μg/l) dissolved that I really don’t understand, while Australia and Canada have limits of 3 – 5 mg/l (5000 µg/l).

Go Fresh with Meera Sodha’s new cookbook

Monday, July 25th, 2016

cover.jpg.rendition.460.707What strikes you first about Meera Sodha’s new cookbook FRESH INDIA, is the vibrant colour: orange and green for the cover and a bright pink inlay, intertwined with bold Indian prints and photos of mouth-watering cuisine.

Following her successful debut book MADE IN INDIA, Meera’s second book, published by Fig Tree London (£20), is a collection of 130 ‘quick, easy and delicious vegetarian recipes for every day’. It includes sections on everything from Starters & Snacks; Rice; Pulses; Squashes and Pickles & Chutneys to a great chapter dedicated to the humble Aubergine.  Interspersed within the food groupings are handy chapters on Menu Ideas and Presentation Skills – invaluable for making your homemade curry look appetising for Instagram!

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Rainbow Chard Saag Aloo

Meera talks candidly about her life growing up as a Gujarati in Lincolnshire, of family recipes and traditions and above all a life filled with delicious fresh vegetables.  Her recipes use herbs and spices to enhance the flavours in a huge variety of vegetables. Using different blends of traditional Indian spices such as black mustard seeds, chilli, cumin, coriander and turmeric in her Rainbow Chard Saag Aloo and Baked Onion Bhajis, and adding in the ‘subtle jabs’ of star anise, lemon and curry leaves in her nostalgic Gujarati Dal.

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Gujarati Dal

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Baked Onion Bhajis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the recipes looked really inviting but the baking ones are always the most appealing, especially now the children are off for the school holidays.  We decided to try the Banana & Cardamom Buns for a weekend brunch and they did not disappoint.

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Not overly sweet, but with a lovely subtle hint of cardamom, these were loved by adults and children alike. They were delicious eaten fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee, but also in a more English way halved and buttered like a scone or with, dare I say it…Nutella!

IMG_1027We were a little free with the quantities, having added 2 whole bananas, but some extra flour and a little extra yeast made for a sticky but manageable dough which rose well during the proving stage. You could have ground your own cardamom pods but we used the handy Steenbergs organic ground cardamom.

Our buns definitely didn’t look as round and pretty as the picture in the book but the egg wash gave them a lovely crust and the soft bready texture was delicious.

Definitely one to add to the repertoire!

 

Delicious Family Favourites from Nadiya Hussain

Friday, May 27th, 2016

9780718184513_Nadiya'sKitchen_COV.inddHave you ever looked for alternative recipes for black sesame seeds, star anise or mustard powder? Have you wanted to add a little twist to your family meals? Then look no further than the new cookbook from 2015 Great British Bake Off Winner Nadiya Hussain.

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Parsnip & Orange Spiced Cake

Nadiya’s Kitchen (Penguin, HB, £20) is a collection of over 100 of her favourite family recipes and includes delicious twists on classics such as Mustard Kale Mac & Cheese and Parsnip & Orange Spiced Cake – a twist on the traditional carrot cake but with added sweetness and flavour from the parsnips.

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Peanut, Black Sesame & Ginger Brittle

Another ingenious idea is Peanut, Black Sesame & Ginger Brittle, with the black seeds giving extra theatre and the ginger adding a lovely warm kick. We’re really keen to try out the the Chocolate Fondants with Star Anise too. The star anise is ground in a pestle & mortar and then passed through a fine sieve, creating a delicious fondant that is: “crusty on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside with the distinctive, lingering aroma of anise.”

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Cod & Clementine

Here at Steenbergs we are always trying to find new ways to add a bit of extra spice to our dishes and Nadiya definitely uses them with style and experience. Her unusual but delicious dish of Cod & Clementine, one of her Mum’s regular recipes, includes a great combination of spices to liven up the fish, and the clementine peel adds a fresh, zesty finish.

The book is filled with chapters ranging from ‘Lazy Sunday Mornings’ to ‘Midnight Feasts’ and ‘Snacks and Sharing’ to ‘Dessert for Dinner’. Sweet treats vie for attention with aromatic savoury snacks and we mustn’t forget the famous birthday cake that Nadiya created for Her Majesty The Queen; a delight of orange, fondant and roses.

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Her Majesty’s Cake

For more information on Nadiya, please visit her website: www.nadiyahussain.com.

To buy any of the herbs and spices mentioned in the recipes, just visit www.steenbergs.co.uk or click on the images below. Happy cooking!

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