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A Day of Baking

What a horrible day outside today, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to make it happy on the inside! This meant some baking. I was planning on making frangipanes for the MacMillan Coffee Morning at my work anyway so why not. I ended up with these:

Peanut and Oat Bars

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3 cups oats (whizz them in a food processor so roughly chopped)

1 cup dried dates

2 Tbsp applesauce

1/3 cup apple juice

1 cup peanut butter

some mixed spice (to taste)

Mix the dates in with apple juice in a saucepan over a low heat until softened

Add in the applesauce spice and peanut butter and continue stirring over the heat

Keep on the heat until thickened slightly

Pour the mix into the oats until well combined

Pour into a greased tin, lined with baking paper, press flat and leave to completely cool.

Slice and eat!

Puff Pastry

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(Recipe to come in a later post)

Flax and Pear Balsamic loaf

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This is pretty much the same as my spelt loaf except I used white flour, pear flavoured balsamic vinegar instead of cider vinegar and half olive oil/half flaxseed oil. Very tasty.

Frangipanes with Cherry Filling

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1 cup plain flour

3/4 cup sugar

1.5tsp baking powder

1 cup ground almonds

1 tbsp applesauce

1 tbsp amaretto

1 tsp almond extract

150ml water
Cherry jam

Homemade marzipan (made from dates and ground almonds with almond flavouring)

Preheat to gas 5/200 c

Sift together the dry ingredients

Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl until well combined

Mix the wet with the dry and scoop into lil cases

Bake for around 30 mins or until the tops are slightly golden (these will be moist due to the applesauce)

Allow to cool completely, fill with cherry jam and top with a disc of marzipan and some almonds.

Pretty no?

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