Niki’s Dark Chocolate, Ginger and Pistachio Fingers

2015, Christmas, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Sweet, Winter

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Festive Greetings to my lovely readers!
Warming ginger…crunchy Pistachios and luxuriously rich melted dark chocolate are the three basic components of my Christmas finger biscuits. I’m sure you will love them just as much as I do. There is nothing but pure goodness here as the sweetener I have used consists only of maple syrup and coconut sugar; I have used buckwheat flour for the base…gluten free galore! It tastes delicious and it won’t leave you feeling so heavy, all you need is:

30g of melted dark chocolate
1 small handful of chopped pistachio nuts
3 teaspoons of ground ginger
250g of buckwheat flour
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
50g of melted coconut oil
25g of coconut sugar
Pinch of Himalayan salt

Preheat your over to medium high and simply whisk your coconut oil, maple syrup and coconut sugar in your bowl. Then add in the rest of your ingredients and spread out onto a Swiss baking sheet and bake for no more than 10-15 minutes. Bring out of the oven and cut into your desired shape straight after (before they really harden up!). Melt your dark chocolate and drizzle on top, leave to cool for 30 minutes and you are ready to go.

Merry Christmas my lovely readers!

Love Niki x

Niki’s Walnut and Maple Syrup Muffins

2015, Christmas, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Super Quick, Sweet, Winter

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Happy Holidays lovely people!
Whilst we are surrounded by cheer and bright lights all around us, we can all get run down and tired from all the shopping and extra preparations at this time of year…so have a go and whipping up my quick walnut and maple syrup muffins. They’re hassle free yet super tasty and gluten-free, no compromise on flavour here guys. What’s more, you’re getting all the sweetness of the maple syrups but none of the processed sugar you may find in other muffins, the walnuts also provide that wonderful crunch and will fuel you up for many hours. All you need is:

Handful of walnuts, chopped up
3 tbps of maple syrup
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1 ½ cups of ground almonds
¼ cup of melted coconut oil and ghee
1 tbsp of ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp of baking powder
½ tsp of grated nutmeg
1 cup of almond milk

Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 or medium high and simply beat your maple syrup, oil (or ghee if chosen) and eggs until thoroughly beaten. Next, fold In your ground almonds, ground spices, salt, baking powder and alternate with your milk. Fold in until just combined and scoop out your batter into your muffin cases and bake for no longer than 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy these muffins guilt free and hassle free!
Happy Baking!

Niki

Niki’s Chicken Tikka

Christmas, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Winter

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Hello lovely readers, how are we all doing?

Wow. One week. One week until the big day is here, I genuinely believe that as I grow older, I appreciate the holidays that little bit more. It’s not what’s under the tree that matter but rather, who surrounds it. And good food. Food of all cultures grace my table over the holidays simply because I have an eclectic taste and believe that Christmas is a time to really indulge in a variety of delicious food. My chicken Tikka is truly irresistible, I generally have it on boxing day along with all my leftovers. It couldn’t be simpler to prepare and cook. Read on…

I strongly advise you to invest in some good Asian spices before attempting this dish simply because curries are taken to the next level by their aroma and spice. Please don’t use any shortcuts and instead make sure you have some poppy seeds, cumin seeds, garam masala, turmeric and seasoning. I use these as a good solid foundation for my tikka paste but I enhance the sauce by including saffron and some ghee (yes, a little amount is fine to use).

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Furthermore, I use chicken tenders as oppose to any other part of the chicken because it is soft and has more flavour in my opinion. Of course, chicken thighs are also a good alternative as the bones add some unique delicious flavour. As for the vegetables I use mushrooms, bell peppers and peas as staples but in addition to this I am also very generous with my ginger and garlic.

My dear readers, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. I sincerely hope it is spent in good company with great food, lots of laughter and most of all, love.

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Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!

Love Niki