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gluten free simnel cake

Gluten Free Easter Simnel Cake

Over the Easter weekend, on the rare occasions when we were not scoffing ourselves so full of gluten free Easter eggs we could barely move, we were our hand at a little gluten free Easter baking. Very successfully, we should add. This is a lovely fruity cake with a hint of chocolate making it a popular choice with kids and adults alike. Soaking the fruit in the orange juice softens the fruit creating a wonderfully moist cake – even without gluten. Ingredients: For the cake 1 orange, juice and zest 50g prunes, diced 100g dried cherries 150g mixed dried fruit 100g natural glacé cherries, chopped 1 ball stem ginger in syrup, finely chopped 175g xylitol 175g dairy free spread 25g raw cacao powder or 1tbsp cocoa powder 200g UDIs gluten free flour 1 tsp. mixed spice 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 2 tsp baking powder 3 eggs, beaten   Marzipan 500g marzipan 2tbsp apricot jam A little chocolate shavings to decorate  Method: Put the orange zest and juice in a saucepan and add all the dried fruit and …

gluten free courgette fritters

Gluten Free Courgette Fritters

We’re still going strong on Meat Free Week!   Last night’s dinner was a veggie feast. We had a packet of courgettes that needed eating, so we thought it was time to try something a bit different… courgette fritters.   These fritters are unbelievably easy to make, they’re also low calorie and the perfect way to sneak in some veggies if you’ve got anyone a bit reluctant it your household! And the look pretty as a picture, don’t you think?     Also: We can confirm that carnivorous boy ate them up without so much as a grumble about his lack of dead animal products. So that’s a triumph!   Ingredients: 3 medium sized courgettes, grated 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup gluten free flour 1/5 cup grated Parmesan 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 large egg, beaten salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 extra egg per person (to serve)   Method: Place grated zucchini in a colander over the sink. Add salt and gently toss to combine; let sit …

gluten free guacamole recipe

Best Ever Guacamole

For the past few years I’ve been suffering a dastardly affliction: guacamole addiction. It’s hard to trace back exactly when the condition commenced, all I know is that around two years ago I became weirdly obsessed with eating avocados with every meal, and then, before I knew it I had to have guacamole. All the time.   It’s hard to put into words exactly how brilliant guacamole is, and it’s shockingly easy to make yourself. It’s not really cooking, more like bashing and squashing. Give this recipe a try – it’s about 800 times better than that mushy vomit-green stuff in you get from the shops in tubs. It’s also 100% gluten free and vegan-friendly too – weirdly enough some shop-sold guacamole actually contains gluten. Eurgh.   Tip: You can’t enjoy a guacamole that’s been sitting around; the trick, to make it zing, is serving it while the chemical reactions are still taking place. So squeeze your lime in and serve straight away, otherwise it could be too sour.   Ingredients: 8 large, very ripe Peruvian …

gluten free vegan sweet potato chilli

Sweet Potato Chilli with Quinoa

It’s Meat Free Week this week, so we’ve been testing some delicious gluten free recipes that are also vegetarian (some are even vegan!) Last night’s experiment was a roaring success, if I do say so myself. This recipe for vegetarian and vegan sweet potato chilli even went down a treat with the completely carnivorous boy.   If you hadn’t heard – Meat Free Week s a global campaign to get people thinking about how much meat you eat, and the impact eating too much has on your health, animals and the environment. It’s not just about red meat (beef, lamb and pork), but all meat, including poultry, processed meat (like ham, bacon, salami and packaged sandwich meats), fish and seafood. Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved here.     If you’re not convinced just try this sweet potato chilli – it’s perfect for chilly nights, full of spices and you won’t miss the meat at all. I promise!   Ingredients 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 medium sweet potatoes, …

gluten free bakewell tart

Gluten Free Bakewell Tart

Bakewell tart. Could there be a more delicious dessert than that? The richness of almonds, the deliciousness of jam and the utter scrumptiousness of CAKE combine to create a pretty life-changing experience with this gluten free Bakewell tart recipe. It’s simple to make too – just use DS gluten free pastry. It comes frozen and it works perfectly in sweet and savoury dishes. Ain’t nobody got time to make gluten free pastry from scratch. Ingredients 1 tbsp raspberry jam (we like Tiptree jam best!) 125g/4½oz butter 125g/4½oz caster sugar 125g/4½oz ground almonds 1 free-range egg, beaten ½ tsp almond extract 50g/1¾oz flaked almonds DS Gluten Free Pastry For the icing: 80g/2¾oz icing sugar 2½ tsp cold water Cherries to garnish Method Roll out the gluten free pastry on a lightly floured work surface and use to line a 20cm/8in flan tin. Leave in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 (180C fan). Line the pastry case with foil and fill with baking beans. Bake blind for about 15 minutes, …