Keto Snaperdoodles, with flaxseed and spices

Gosh. I am in love with these. They remind me of a Biscoff cookie flavour but with the goodness of flaxseed, oatbran and almond flour. They are crunchy and very moreish! Don’t you love the name? I was going to call them Keto Snaps and my sweetie came up with this fun name! Basically an almond snap turned into a tasty little crunchy cookie square. Healthy, full of fibre, gluten free and lchf. I will try them with a bit of coconut flour next time and I’m sure you could substitute a ¼ cup of almond flour with finely shredded coconut too for more texture and flavour!

Summary: we’ll be making a buttery sweet dough in a mixer with spices, keto caramel syrup and vanilla essence, pressing into a large cookie tray, chilling in fridge for an hour then scoring and baking for 15 to 20 minutes. Scoring again and then cooling right down before storing.

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Keto Burfi (Indian sweetmeat or dessert)

My Dad had business friends who used to give him delicious Indian sweet treats around the time of Diwali. He would bring home an exquisite platter of colourful home-made “sweet meats” and we would enjoy the delicious variety sparingly, knowing how much work, care and love went into making them. They had edible gold and silver leaf, pastel sprinkles, hues of green, pink and orange or crispy golden deep fried, sometimes also studded with a few tiny silver balls or decorated with rainbow coloured puffed rice. As a child I remember hearing the Women and Girls would gather together in large groups in sizeable home kitchens and spend a day or weekend making these delicious, beautiful, delicately spiced exotic treats together, then sharing them with family and friends. I wished I could be a part of such a close knit culture, togetherness and bonding over such an auspicious time of year.

I thought of Burfi the other day – it’s one of my favourite ones – besides Halwa, Laddu and Gulab Jamun – to name a few. Hah, those decadent days are over! But how to make Burfi … and Keto/LCHF? So yesterday evening I gave it a try and it worked out great. It’s a treat though … so watch your carbs.

This Burfi is delicately spiced with a hint of cardamom, saffron and rose water. It’s decorated with pistachio, almonds and ground freeze dried strawberries. It’s mid winter here and we’re just on the other side of a snowy blizzard and ice storm, so it was the perfect way to spend a late afternoon experimenting.

Summary: we’ll be using the stove top and a very large deep saucepan and wooden spoon. Melting butter or ghee if you have, adding dry ingredients, stirring and stirring until a dough forms.

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Keto Basque Cheesecake

I’ve never made this crustless cheesecake and only eaten it once in a restaurant. Four of us shared a slice and I remember promising a keto version to myself. I’ve adapted a few recipes into this LCHF keto recipe and it’s as delicious as it looks. Much lighter than normal cheesecake if you keep your mixing light and not overly beaten. It has a wonderful dark “burnt” caramelised edge and warm depth of flavour and is creamy and much less dense than a traditional cheesecake. I do believe it is traditional in Spain to enjoy it alongside a glass of Sherry!

A large part of important prep is having your baking pan well greased with butter, layering two sheets of parchment paper, also buttering after each is layer is put in the pan. Leave a good amount of paper higher than the top of the pan by at least 10cm (4 inches?) as this beautiful cheesecake can rise quite a bit and above the rim of the cake tin. It is now my most favourite cheesecake.

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Keto Vanilla Caramel Sauce

Do you have 30 minutes to spare to make this sauce?

5 minutes to gather and measure your four and a ¹/⁴ ingredients; amother 5 to melt the buttery sugar together and 5 more to let the butter and sugar foam and boil stirring all the while. 1 more minute to add the cream and then 14 minutes of gentle boiling and stirring and voila! Cool off by dunking your pot in a bath of ice water and then bottle when cooled.

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Fudgy Keto Brownies

This keto recipe is based on Alton Browns twice baked method and makes 48 sizeable brownies (I used a 40x20cm lined pan) and the recipe can be halved. What magic is this twice baked method that they turn out so moist? It’s a mystery! I also prefer a process of melting sugar into the butter as keto sugar can be very gritty, and this fixes that problem. Just be sure not to let the butter get too hot when dissolving the sugar in the butter.

These Brownies are fudgy goodness; so much so that you might end up cutting them into smaller squares. They are concentrated chocolate bombs, almost like a chocolate fudge dessert. You have been warned!

Summary: melt butter and sugar, mix in dry ingredients and then eggs; bake for 15 min, cool for 15, bake for 35 – 40 min

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Chocolate Date Rum Ball Treats

These are gluten free and not exactly keto as they have dates, but no sugar added and I used keto chocolate to dip them in. Delicious holiday treats. Big thanks to my Sister who found the base recipe I could work with!

Lastly, I have newfound respect for chocolatiers, as wow, I have never made chocolate sweet treats before. It was a learning experience!

Summary: soften chopped dates in butter, rum and fresh fresh orange juice, add to processed dry ingredients. Form into balls, roll in pistachio and coconut – or either; refrigerate while melting chocolate then cover with chocolate and store in fridge.

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Spiced Keto Muffins with orange zest

I’m beginning to think this is the only muffin recipe I’ll be using for a long while, just varying the flavours and types of nut flour I use. These are fresh out the oven to break an 8/16 fast since late lunch yesterday. Delicious slathered in butter. Just butter! I’m also convinced my favourite keto sugar is the brown version in the image below. Absolutely NO aftertaste, coolness and really tastes good. I’m not sure how I’ll bake keto sponge cakes in future, but honestly, it’s 100% the best flavour.

What we’ll be doing here – melting the butter/sugar mix gently on the stove; mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and in another bowl mix cream/nut milk/buttermilk with eggs and orange zest. Make sure to check you have some spices handy, I used a few or you can just stick with cinnamon. There are some optional things you can leave out, it will absolutely work without the optional add in’s. Makes 1 dozen muffins. Here we go:

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Keto Empanadas

Worth the time and these are delicious. I think a Keto version is such a win, as it’s meat wrapped in a cheese dough. I mean, how can that not be good?!

If you have leftover savoury ground beef these would be the perfect leftover plan. Also, I would suggest making the ground beef filling ahead and let it cool off completely as it’s easier to work with in the dough. Hot filling in a cheese dough is not fun to work with – I found that out as this was one of those spur of the moment “I need empanadas – after 3 years of none – in my life” now! Also let your dough chill in the fridge at least 30 minutes. It’s possible to make these in one go but you’ll see how hard it was to work with fresh warm dough and filling in my pics below.

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Keto Almond Biscotti

The last few Biscotti remain in a tin, so it’s a good time to post this recipe as they are “endorsed” by how long they have lasted, which has not been quite 10 days! I often bake two different items in one go, as I did when I baked these Biscotti. When I’m in the middle of baking I feel … oh well, all standard baking ingredients are on the counter and a mess is already made, might as well bake two goodies. I’ll post the fruit bake I made next.

I was born in South Africa and a standard in most homes is something called “rusks” dunked in a cup of tea or coffee, or just crunched as a snack, sort of similar to Biscotti. I do like Biscotti but they really don’t come close to the comfort of a hearty rusk, but we did enjoy these very much.

(My Mum bakes a large batch of rusks at least every few weeks, a handy standby for pop in friends. They are a sweet baked cake-like loaf, torn apart or sliced into pieces and then dried overnight in a slow oven. In SA they range from plain buttermilk rusks, to raisin and bran, or even lightly spiced and sometimes even aniseed, which I’m not a fan of.

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