Gluten and Dairy Free Blackcurrant and Lemon Pudding

Served warm and freshΒ out of the oven with some dairy free made custard, perfect for cold evenings.

Still partial toΒ a bit of blackcurrant, I thought I’d spice this pudding up for those who are dairy free – in this instance really easy.

Pre heat the oven to Gas 4, 180c, 160c fan and fully line a 7″ deep square tin with a loose bottom (or a deep round 7″ cake tin).

  • 100g sunflower oil
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 110g gluten free self raising flour
  • juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 jar of blackcurrant jam
  • DF Dairy Free custard (optional)

Easy one this one – put the oil, sugar, eggs, flour, zest and juice into a large bowl and whisk together until fully blended together and you have smooth batter.

Pour the jam into the bottom of the lined tin and then pour in the cake batter and ensure the batter covers the jam.

Bake in the oven for about 30 – 40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Leave to cool slightly before safely up-turning on to a plate to serve, with custard or creamΒ or leaving to cool completely and enjoying cold.

 

 

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Gluten Free Celebration Cake Kit

Firstly a big thank you to the team at Delicious Alchemy for being able to preview this product before it hit the shelvesΒ πŸ˜€Β and apologies for my poor letter writing πŸ˜‚

 

It is rather special when you get asked to preview a product. So I did my best to follow the instructions……almost…..πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

There is always time to adapt something and food is just food, butter is butter and it comes in many guises πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Once the package arrived I opened up and there inside were 4 packets 1) the chocolate cake mix – 2) the chocolate icing and 3) the icing and finally 4) the coloured sprinkles. Now this cake can be made dairy free and by using egg replacer products, but I don’t have any to hand…so this is most definitely just gluten free.

First up with the instructions is to Preheat the oven to 160c fan assisted oven, Gas 4, 180c and line 2 x 8″ cake tins. Β Take your cake mix sachet and pour into a bowl (I used my stand mixer, but you can use a hand-held electric whisk) with your measured amount of soft butter, water and eggs. Beat for a few seconds, scrape down and beat again for a few more short seconds. Scrape into your 2 cake tins. !! Now. Important notice!! This is a very thick mix and it’s important to smooth your tops down …. Once cooking takes place they do not even out much. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. Remove and cool before taking out the tins.

Whilst cooking prepare the filling. And here I made a little change to the advertised programme…… I took my measured amount of butter – peanut butter – and poured in the chocolate icing mix, I needed to mix in a little milk to soften the mix up, but it worked perfectly.

 

Once cooled, use a couple of tablespoons of the icing to sandwich the cakes together, then finish off the icing to cover the top and sides. Smooth down or leave rough and ready. Now at this point I sprinkled my sprinkles πŸ˜€

Taking the letter writing icing, mix as required and pour back into the bag to letter ice your cake…..waaaay better than me.

Slice and enjoy.

If I was to make this again I would try and bake the cake in 2 x 7″ cake tins, it would make the cake a little deeper. Yes this would reduce the amount it serves, but it would be a larger slice, I do like a large slice πŸ˜€ I’d also look at adding a different filling or adding in another filling as well, like jam.

As for the icing I wouldn’t use the bag the icing sugar came in. I would use one of my disposable icing bags with a writing tip in for accuracy. Cutting a bag can be a little hit and miss…unless the makers can put a little line on the corner of the bag as to where to cut it, or in orderΒ to get the right size for piping.

In conclusion, the cake was very easy to make. If you are in a hurry this cake can be whizzed together in a couple of hours if you are pushed. And with any luck you’ll ice the cake better than me….it’s not my strong point πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€Β and if you need to buy one… click here to order from Tesco πŸ˜€

 

Gluten Free Chocolate And Peanut Butter Biscuits

Gluten free biscuits are a bit of a nemesis when it comes to gluten free baking.

There is a little outside-the-boxing thinking required.

‘Normal’ biscuits are held together with gluten, simple. But just look at the makes up of gluten free flour and you’ll notice that there really isn’t anything there to do this. Now in some instances – mostly I have found with sponge cakes – you can just about get away with swopping out gluten free flour for normal flour. But with biscuits, that is not the case, in my humble opinion. Simply swopping out with gluten free flour gives you a puddle (once baked) on a tray, of cooked dough. Your cut cookies merge into one large piece of something…..

Some would say that adding xanthum gum is the way forward, but there are several arguments about the long-term effects on the body that this can cause. You can read that for yourself as I am not knowledgeable in those scientific matters. For me adding too much, can actually alter the taste, so I just add it to pastry, sparingly.

So thinking outside the box, what do you add? I simple terms, I know that my shortbread biscuits are pretty crispy, they have a ‘snap’. So by keeping to this relatively easy recipe a few tweaks and you have the basis for a gluten free biscuit.

So whilst the Country surges ahead with biscuits, as seen on the new series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, some of us would rather buy a packet of gluten free biscuits from the supermarket! I on the other hand struggle and strive to create something nice and edible, which I think I have found here πŸ˜€

And this was my second try at this……Dear author of a well-known bakery (2 books)Β in London take note….you cannot simply swop ingredients to create something for everyone. Instinctively I knew it wasn’t going to work, but I had to give it a shot. Wont be doing that again!

Preheat the oven to Gas 4/180c/165c fan and line 2 – 3 trays (dependant on size of tray) with greaseproof paper.

This receive will make about 20 single biscuits, or in the case 10 biscuits sandwiches.

  • 50g soft butter
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 90g Rice Flour
  • 70g cornflour
  • 40g extra caster sugar

Filling;

  • 90g melted chocolate
  • 50g peanut butter – smooth or crunchy
  • 20g more of soft butter
  • 100g icing sugar

To make the biscuits, beat the sugar and butter with an electric hand-held whisk until it comes together and is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk. Sieve in the 2 flours and beat until combined. Now you may find this ends up as ‘breadcrumbs’, which is fine, just stop with the whisk and get your hands dirty and bring the mix together to form a dough. It will feel a little dry, but it’ll work.

With the dough break of small pieces, roughly 15-20g each, roll into a ball and place on your trays roughly 5cm apart. Once you have used up all the dough, dip the base of a small glass into the extra caster sugar and then press down on the balls of dough to slightly flatten them into biscuits. If they do stick, release them from the glass using a butter knife.

Bake in the oven for about 9-12 minutes, there should be little or no browning. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely, before removing from the tray and placing onto your cooling rack.

To make the filling, which is rather fudge like – you are not going to be able to pipe this.

Beat the butters together, then beat in the icing sugar and pour in the melted chocolate. You should have som thing resembling fine breadcrumbs, but you need to then bring this together with your hands to form a ball.Β  From this, roll small balls of fillings, roughly 20g each, and use to sandwich between 2 biscuits. Repeat until you have filled all the biscuits.

Cover or serve.Β  They should last 2 – 3 days, if they haven’t all been eatenΒ first.

Gluten Free Strawberry Sunset Cake

As the summer school holidays draw to a close for another year, autumn draws near, the sunset of the year draws in.

The Cake….

It’s a 7″ sponge cake with a cheesecake filling wrapped in buttercream.

Start with the cheesecake filling the day before, to allow for it to cool properly.

Line a 7″ cake tin with enough greaseproof paper to come up the sides. You’ll find that if you scrunch up the paper before lining, it will line better. Preheat the oven to Gas 6/180c fan.

  • 280g cream cheese
  • 90ml double cream
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 25g cornflour
  • 80g chopped strawberries
  • 1 egg

Whisk together all of the ingredients until well combined and pour into the lined tin. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to Gas 1/2 or 120c fan for a further 25 minutes. Then switch the oven off, and leave it to cool in the oven for about an hour. Remove from the oven, ensure it’s cool and at room temperature before removing from the tin, covering and putting in the fridge to firm up and set.

For the sponge cake then,

Preheat the oven to Gas 4′ 175c, 160c fan and line 2 x 7″ cake tins.

To make this simple, make it as an all-in-one and beat well for several minutes to get as much air in as you can –

  • 210g soft butter
  • 190g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 190g gluten free self raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 90g chopped strawberries
  • a pinch of red food colour (optional)
  • 40ml milk

Pour into your prepared cake tins and bake for about 25 – 30 minutes. Or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool before removing from the cake tins and cooling completely before filling and icing.

To finish with buttercream;

 

Beat the butter until light and fluffy, mix in the icing sugar a bit at a time, to avoid a dust cloud. Then beat (using a hand-held whisk or table top mixer) until light and fluffy. Once you have sandwiched the cake together with the cheesecake in the middle, lightly cover the cake in the ‘cake crumb’ buttercream – to aid the final spread – and leave to set in the fridge for about an hour. With the remaining buttercream, colour roughly a third with red colour and mix well.

Once the cake crumb surface has set, layer on the red buttercream on the bottom half of the cake, then layer on the plain colour buttercream on the top half and surface of the cake, smooth out and decorate with more strawberries.