The Cooking Gap plus Raisin, Oatmeal and Cardamon Cookies

Gavin WrenBaking, Food Education, Recipes, The World of Food

Raisin, oatmeal and cardamon cookies are a unique twist on the traditional cookie recipe, perfect for a quick weekend bake to fill your family up!
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the whole Sorted Food team at their HQ in East London, the fab bunch of guys and gals who are famous for their YouTube channel which is filled with some awesome recipes and a lot of general larking about with food. We were all meeting up to discuss a big food-based issue which they’ve decided to try and tackle – the ‘cooking gap’. Mind the Gap. They’ve been working with the Co-op, to explore the cooking gap which has developed amongst 16-35 year olds. If you’re wondering what the cooking gap is, it’s the lack of cooking experience that has developed in a generation of the UK population. There’s an entire age group of people growing up in the UK who have little or no culinary knowledge, and worse than that, 28% of those who can’t cook don’t see the point…

Low Sugar Dark Chocolate Spelt Brownies

Gavin WrenBaking, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Low sugar dark chocolate spelt brownies made using dates to sweeten, providing a delicious rich brownie recipe with only a fraction of the sugar of most brownie recipes. These delicious brownies make a great treat if you're cutting out refined sugar or if you simply want to reduce your sugar intake without foregoing some delicious baked treats! Time to get baking!
Today’s recipe is low sugar dark chocolate spelt brownies, a rich and dark recipe sweetened with dates instead of mountains of refined sugar. Cakes with no refined sugar can present challenges to the baker, because sugar gives structure to cakes as it’s a solid once cooled. Luckily brownies are all the better for being thick, squidgy and gooey, which are boxes these spelt brownies comprehensively tick. Whether you’re simply wanting to cut down on your sugar intake, or are seeking to cut out refined sugar completely, these beauties are the ones for you. The Message. The world is obsessed with sugar. Everyone’s talking about it. There are those who love the white powder, lacing their tea with “milk and three, love” and vocally decrying any suggestions of cutting down or taxation of the sweet stuff as nanny state bollocks. At the other end of the scale we have those who…

Honey Walnut Celeriac Cake

Gavin WrenBaking, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Honey and walnut celeriac cake made with spelt and rye flours, plus no refined sugars to create a healthy, hearty and wholesome cake with delightful overtones of celeriac and topped with a vegan frosting made from walnut butter! It's the healthiest, most filling cake you'll find this year!
The fabled, long lost celeriac cake recipe. Today I’m writing about a cake inspired by the ever popular carrot cake, but with a spin to make something completely different, a cake created with the beautifully ugly vegetable, celeriac, using no refined sugar. Celeriac cake is something which crosses the boundaries between sweet and savoury, because although this is undoubtedly a sweet cake, you still get some of the lovely celeriac flavour coming through, which creates a really interesting flavour along with the soft sweetness of honey and decadent walnuts. I’ve topped it with a no added sugar vegan frosting recipe that I wanted to try out and I’m really pleased with the results, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The Cake that Never Was. Several weeks ago I took to Twitter in a state of utter despair. I was in the middle of a building site,…

Spelt Dough Balls with Garlic Coconut Butter Dip

Gavin WrenRecipes, Side dishes, Small Bites, Spelt & ancient grains, Starters, Vegetarian

Hot, crunchy, soft, doughy balls of deliciousness, cooked in the oven alongside a perfect homemade spelt pizza. Dipping duties are handed over to a simple thick and creamy garlic coconut butter dip all ready to plunge these spelt dough balls into as soon as they're out of the oven.
Today’s post is about some hot, crunchy, soft, doughy balls of deliciousness, cooked in the oven alongside a perfect homemade spelt pizza. Dipping duties are handed over to a simple thick and creamy garlic coconut butter dip all ready to plunge these spelt dough balls into as soon as they’re out of the oven. Cook With Your Heart. Cook with your heart, not your head. Sage advice. Somebody once said to me “when you cook with your heart, I can tell”. I have a habit of trying to intellectualise or overcomplicate recipes, trying to do something clever, new or different. Why? I’m not Heston-blooming-Blumenthal, nor am I aiming to procure a Michelin star or three. I’m a blogger, one of the custodians of the online world of food, part of the culinary cyber presence put here to blog, to share what my world consists of. My recipes should be about…

Maple Pecan Spelt Muffins

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Maple syrup brings a rich sweetness to theses maple pecan spelt muffins stuffed with whole rolled oats, pecan nuts and no refined sugars, just naturally sweetened with banana and maple syrup. These easy spelt flour bakes make for a wholesome alternative muffin recipe that's just as tasty yet packs more positive nutrition, perfect for afternoon tea or a sweet weekend treat.
It’s been quite savoury around here recently. Not much sweet goodness going on, and my God, was I longing for something sweet. So today’s post is about some utterly delightful little maple pecan spelt muffins topped with oats which are dairy free that I put together last weekend. These are muffins made with a mixture of wholemeal and white spelt flour, along with whole oats and sweetened using maple syrup and that ubiquitous banana, because it just goes so well in baked good like muffins. And who doesn’t like banana? (Yes, I’m sure there’s someone). Cake Rules. I’m quite fastidious about how much cake I eat, I’ve developed an incredibly strong sense of moderation around it. This is because I have a spreadsheet I’ve kept for posterity, which dates from 2008, when I tipped the bathroom scales at nearly 100kg, well over 15 stone. Approaching 100kg had been pretty scary…

No Added Sugar Meringues with Date Syrup

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, No Added Sugar, Recipes

Fresh from my test kitchen, a new, no refined sugar recipe, tackling the mighty meringue, creating no added sugar meringues that use only date syrup as a sweetening agent, resulting in light, crunchy, honeycomb like meringues that are incredibly sweet and tasty, yet low in calories and feature no refined sugar. They make addictive sweet treats perfect for desserts, served alone or could be filled with a thick sauce, cream or smothered with ice cream and fruit for a decadent dessert.
Today is an experimental recipe fresh from my test kitchen, bringing you a new, no refined sugar recipe, this time tackling the mighty meringue, creating no added sugar meringues that use only date syrup as a sweetening agent, resulting in light, crunchy, honeycomb like meringues that are incredibly sweet and tasty, yet low in calories and feature no refined sugar. They make addictive sweet treats served alone or could be filled with a thick sauce or scattered over ice cream for a decadent dessert. And Now For Something Completely Different… For many years I harboured a healthy disdain for self help books, believing them to only exist for those who are so weak of mind that they need somebody else to tell them who they are and how to act in life. It’s ironic in many ways, because in life, people often resist the things which will actually benefit them…