Friday, 30 April 2010

baking for mencap

there are 1.5million people with a learning disability in the UK. a learning disability is caused by the way the brain develops before, during or shortly after birth. it is always lifelong.

mencap is the voice of learning disability. everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

i was contacted by mencap recently to ask if i might give them some delicious healthy baking recipes, and i was more than happy to support the work they do. since then, the booklet has been published and i was asked to do more recipes, but this time i decided to make a recipe just for them.

since i know that everyone loves chocolate, i have created some very delicious chocolate hazelnut cookies, which are absolutely delicious, no sugar, almost flourless biscuits that are so tasty and also good for you!

chocolate hazelnut cookies

 - melt 100g dark chocolate
 - in a separate bowl whisk together 100g butter and 55g agave nectar (or other sweetener)
 - whisk in 1 tsp vanilla and 1 egg
 - add the melted chocolate, 100g ground almonds, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1tbsp spelt flour (or other flour) and 50g chopped hazelnuts
 - whisk until smooth, do a quick taste test to check that it's sweet enough, then put spoonfuls onto a non-sticking baking tray.
 - bake for about 5 minutes at 180c, remove and squish down with a fork, if the mixture comes apart, then put them back in the oven for a minute or so until they firm up.
 - put them back in the oven for another 2 minutes or so, until the top is sealed over but they are still slightly moist. leave to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. enjoy with a delicious cup of tea!

these will keep for a couple of days, but i'm not sure that they'll last that long! these were tested out by a few willing volunteers, who thought that they were incredibly good, and couldn't believe they were so healthy...

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