Baking with goji berries is quite different to baking with any other type of berries. Most berries have a strong and sweet flavour that dominates the taste, yet the flavour of goji berries is much more subtle. Goji berries are ideal for people who don’t enjoy super sweet treats and combine well with citrus due to their slightly sweet – sour flavour. Here are few simple baking ideas using goji berries to create some slightly different treats with family favourites:


As always we highly recommend you to use organic products, as well as whole foods. Use Azeez sugar instead of refined white sugar, and whole wheat flour. Due to relatively high sugar contents, you should eat these recipes in moderation.



Goji Lemon Cupcakes


Theses delicious sweet and sour cupcakes are ideal to enjoy with herbal or fruit teas. They don’t require any icing, although if you do like a topping you can pipe some lemon cream cheese on top for decoration. You will need: 150g butter softened, 125ml Azeez whole cane sugar, 250ml cake flour (or for a gluten- free option combine 150ml rice flour and 100ml tapioca flour and substitute for the 250ml cake flour), 5ml bicarbonate of soda, 3 eggs beaten, 15ml lemon curd, 30ml dried goji berries.


First pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade and line a medium size muffin tray with cupcake paper cups. In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the flour and bicarbonate of soda, then the beaten eggs and finally the lemon curd and goji berries. Spoon into the cupcake cups and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.


Goji Pecan Nut Pie


Pecan nut pie is delicious served warm and enjoyed with a rich cup of coffee. This goji twist on the traditional pie recipe makes for a delicious alternative. For the crust you will need: 120g butter, 250ml cake flour, 15ml Azeez sugar, 1 beaten egg and cold water. Crumble together the flour and butter, then add the egg and a teaspoon or two of cold water to form a soft dough. It should be soft but not wet. Wrap in greaseproof paper and place in the fridge to chill for 40 minutes.


For the filling you will need: 250ml chopped pecan nuts, 175ml whole pecan nuts (shelled), 125ml dried goji berries, 125ml sugar, 150g butter, 60ml honey, and 2 eggs, beaten. In a saucepan, melt together the butter, sugar and honey on a low to medium heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade and grease a 25cm pie dish. Take a pastry from the fridge and press into the pie dish to form a crust. Next add the eggs, chopped nuts and goji berries to the filling mixture and pour into the pie dish. Arrange the whole pecan nuts on top. Bake for +/- 20 minutes until firm.  


Goji Berry Orange Honey Ginger cake


This cake is a unique taste sensation that melts in your mouth. It takes just 20 minutes to prepare and be made in a round square or ring baking tin. You will need: 150g butter, 125ml Azeez sugar, 30ml honey, 30ml course cut orange marmalade, grated rind and juice of a medium sized orange, 3 eggs beaten, 375ml cake flour, 5ml bicarbonate of soda, 5ml ground ginger and 125ml dried goji berries.


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade and grease the cake tin. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric beater then add the honey, marmalade, orange juice, orange rind and eggs. Next, fold in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, goji berries and ginger. The batter should be smooth and runny. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for +/- 1 hour until golden brown on top. Allow to cool before serving.



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