I thought about making a huge chocolate malt cake this weekend, but as it is my birthday tomorrow I am expecting my husband to buy me a cake. Two cakes in a few days is just too much cake for me so I did something that I NEVER do. Living in my pantry for at least the last 12 months was a Zumbo box kit for salted chocolate macarons. I’ve never made macarons and box kits really don’t appeal to me, which is why its been in my pantry for so long. But, I really couldn’t be bothered making anything else and I thought it would be a good thing to make with my boys. It was actually really easy and they don’t taste too bad. Now I’m keen to make them from scratch but that will have to be another weekend.
So as I made a cheats desert I thought I would share with you a couple of bread recipes from Quirky Cooking that I have made recently. If you haven’t discovered this blog yet then you really should make your way over there. Yes, she has a wonderful machine called a thermomix which she uses for most of her recipes, but don’t let this deter you, if like me you don’t have one.
- 300g white spelt flour
- 1tsp salt
- 2tsp baking soda
- 2tsp olive oil
I make these every week, they are incredibly yummy and really easy to make (if I can make them without it turning into a disaster then so can you). Just put the first four ingredients into a food processor, blitz for a few seconds and then drizzle in the water until it forms a ball. The dough will be quite sticky. then you pinch some off and roll it out as thin as you can on a floured surface. Shake off the excess flour and put into a hot, dry frying pan. Cook for a few seconds either side and its done! If you want them to stay nice and soft, put them straight onto a plate and cover with a tea towel.
- 150g white quinoa
- 2tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 180g water
Toast the quinoa in a dry pan for a few minutes and then grind to a flour along with the chia seeds. I used my Magimix for this but it didn’t do too well at grinding to a flour, the result was half flour have whole seeds, I must find a better way! Add the salt and water and mix together. The dough is incredibly sticky and not dough like at all. Line a baking try with baking paper, drizzle on a bit of oil, put some of the dough on top, add a little more oil to the top of the dough (to stop it sticking to your fingers) and pat out to about 3mm thick. make them as large or as small as you like, then bake in a 200 C oven for 30 mins for a crunchy flat bread of less if you like it softer. Mine where pretty crunchy, maybe a little too crunchy for my liking but my fussy three year old loved it and keeps asking for more. Apparently if you use less oil they will be less crunch so that is what I will try next time.