‘Tis the season to be…….

I might not be able to take really good photos, but ‘by eck, do I make rather tasty bakes!

Gluten Free Chocolate Swiss Roll

The festive season is usually one for over indulgence, adding sweetness upon sweetness. You can take the humble mince pie and drown it in brownie, the humble Swiss roll and drown it in buttercream or ganache, a humble mince pie and drown it in alcohol. The list goes on, it seems Christmas is an excuse to over indulge?  But that’s ok, it’s just for a couple of days 😀😀

And this recipe goes only half way to indulgence 😀 Still indulgent and can still be made for a simple centrepiece for a gluten free Christmas table. And if you make this, no one – no one – will be able to tell the difference between this and a ‘normal’ cake. It’s so light and fluffy. Let’s not talk about the other Swiss roll I made, that cracked and fell apart….. 🙄 but did have green Christmas trees and red baubles on!

Preheat the oven to 180c fan, 200c, Gas 4 and line a Swiss roll tin (35cm x 25cm) with baking parchment/greaseproof paper.

To make the swirls;

35g soft butter

35g icing sugar

1 egg white

30g gluten free plain flour

A simple cake mix, beat the butter and the icing sugar together until you have a soft paste, beat in the egg white; again until you have a soft paste, then mix in the gluten free flour until you have a combined mix, that will be easy to pipe.

Now I did this bit by free hand (I know, you can tell) place the cake paste into a piping bag with a writing nozzle and draw onto the greaseproof paper your pattern/s. There are plenty of templates on-line. You don’t need to cover the whole piece of paper as some of the pattern will sit underneath the Swiss roll when it has been rolled up.

Also, if you are going to write actual words, write them back to front. Otherwise when you  turn the Swiss roll over to roll once filled, the writing will be backwards.

Once you have piped your design, place in the freezer, for at least 10 minutes, whilst you make your Swiss roll.

3 large eggs

80 caster sugar

70g gluten free plain flour

20g cocoa (I use Food Thoughts Cocoa)

Using a stand mixer (I have a kitchen aid) whisk the eggs and the sugar for at least 5 minutes until you have trebled the volume of he mix and once you left out the whisk, it leaves a trail or ribbon.

Sift the cocoa with the gluten free flour together and then sift again onto the egg and sugar mix. Then using either a large metal spoon or plastic spatula gently fold in the flour mix.  Gently, so as to keep as much air in th mix as possible.

Once fully folded, take your tray out of the freezer (the pattern should have set) and carefully pour the Swiss roll mix over your pattern. Making sure the mix gets into each hole and crevice. Tap the tray gently and place into the oven on the bottom shelf, and bake for about 8 minutes.

Whilst baking – and this is going to get fiddly i’m afraid – get a sheet of greaseproof paper slightly larger than your Swiss roll, and place onto your kitchen table/surface and lightly sprinkle with caster sugar.

Now, once the Swiss roll is cooked, allow the tray to cool for about a minute to take some of the heat out of the tray, and the turn the tray upside down onto the sugared greaseproof to turn the cake out.  Gently peel off the greaseproof from the cooked cake, place another clean sheet of greaseproof back on top and turn over again! This way the pattern should be on the side of the kitchen surface? Using a sharp knife make a cut along the long length of the cake, only about half way down into the cake. This will help rolling up. Then roll up the Swiss roll with the greaseproof inside and allow to th cake to fully cool.

By cooling the Swiss roll rolled up, it will be easier to roll once filled. It will be stretched enough and shouldn’t crack!

For the filling;

200g of jam/preserve – I used Single Variety Company – Maravilla Raspberry Preserve. Because they were lovely and sent me a jar or 2 to play with 😀😀

200g Nutella (or similar chocolate and hazelnut spread) – gently warmed to make it easy to spread.

Unroll the Swiss roll. It will have cooled enough for you to use by the time you have weighed out the filling ingredients. Then spread on the jam/preserve and then cover with the warmed chocolate spread. Then roll back up, the Swiss roll. Trying to get in tightly rolled to get that all important ‘swirl’, and taking care to keep the filling in!

Place onto your cake dish and serve.

It should keep well (and covered) for at least 2 days.  If it lasts that long!

 

 

 

 

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‘Tis the Season….

It is indeed the season to be joyful.

Gluten free Mince Pies

And there is no excuse required in this house, to eat and enjoy a gluten free mince pie. All the more when the pastry is a little thicker than normal and a little extra rich! For me, this newer gluten free recipe for pastry has a little extra melt-in-the-mouth experience and, and if you have some added festive spirit to hand, add this to your sweet Mincemeat for that added touch of indulgence. It’s Christmas after all, although I don’t need an excuse to eat mince pies any time of the year 😀😀😀

Yes, you can buy gluten free mince pies in the shops, yes the gluten free range is increasing, there is though, nothing like baking your own. It takes no more time to make or bake gluten free versus ‘normal’ and I’ll be honest, these taste great! So, go on, give it a go. What’s the worst that can happen??? 😀😀

Preheat your oven to gas 5, 200c fan, 215c

Have to hand you pastry topper cutter to hand (I used a Tala Christmas Tree one), an 8cm round cutter for the base and a deep 12 hole tray (used twice). This recipe makes about 18 mince pies.

70g ground almonds

310g gluten free plain flour

1 level teaspoon of xanthum gum

100g caster sugar

280g diced butter

2 eggs

540g gluten free Mincemeat

Alcoholic beverage of choice. Optional of course, but I’ve used Calvados, brandy and amaretto to make these mince pies.

Using a food processor, blend the ground almonds, gluten free plain flour, xanthum gum and sugar together for about 30 seconds until fully combined. Alternatively sieve the ingredients together over a bowl to mix them all together.

Then add the diced butter to the processor and blend on pulse until you have a mix that resembles fine breadcrumbs. No more than a minute. Alternatively rub the butter into the dry mix with your fingertips to reach the same state.

Crack the 2 eggs into a cup and lightly whisk with a fork.

Pour roughly 1.5 (save the other half as egg wash for the finished pie) of the egg mix into the flour and butter mix and blend together in the processor for about 20 seconds and then tip out on to the table top and bring together to form a dough. Or likewise, pour the egg mix into your bowl, if making by hand and again bring together to form a dough.

Let this dough rest a little in the fridge, wrapped in cling film, to firm the butter up, if nothing else. Otherwise the dough can get a little greasy.

Once the dough has rested for about 15 minutes, take it out of the fridge and unwrap it from the film. Place it on a lightly floured surface and roll out the dough to about 4mm in thickness.

You may need to gather and reform the dough and roll out again to get the right amount of bases and tops.

Cut out 18 rounds for the base and 18 toppers. Brush the inside of each pastry round with some of the remaining beaten egg.

Place the bases in the cake tray, pop in about 30g of Mincemeat into each base and splash on about a tablespoon or 2 of optional alcoholic spirits….. top with your pastry topper of choice, brush this with egg wash and place into the oven to bake for around 15 – 20 minutes or until lightly bronzed.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool, before removing from the tray and sprinkling with icing sugar and serving. If you need to bake the remaining batch of mince pies, repeat – and line, brush, fill, splash, top, brush and bake…..

Once fully cooled, these can be placed in a tub, placed into the freezer and kept for no more than a month. So if you need to bake ahead, now is the time.

Can be served warm with your favourite – brandy butter, brandy custard, or just warm and on their own.

 

Gluten free Marzipan Cake

There was a vision of writing up some recipes based on using up the cupboards of all their festive foods. But it seems there was a) little in the way of foods left over and b) what was left went into this recipe! 😀

This recipe and bake is loosely based around a Nigella Lawson recipe for Easy Almond Cake, but I have adapted it for gluten free and a couple of additions and different methodology. Mainly because I couldn’t be bothered to get the food processor out. So I made this in the Kitchen Aid food mixer.

You’ll need a deep, lined 8” cake tin with a loose base or you can use a springform cake tin.

Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180c, 160c fan.

220g soft Marzipan – can be microwaved for about 10 seconds if required. I used a mixture of Hotel Chocolat and Niederegger Marzipan. And yes these are chocolate coated, it just adds to the taste. And yes, we had a lot of Marzipan for Christmas 😀😀 there was also a chunk of ready to use Marzipan left in a tub too.

220g  very soft butter

40g caster sugar

1 teaspoon almond essence

5 eggs

120g gluten free self raising flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

60g toasted nibbled almonds

60g icing sugar (to make into water icing when the cake has cooled and has been removed from the tin)

Extra Marzipan (and glacé cherries if you have them) to decorate

Beat the marzipan and the butter in the mixer until soft mushed. Beat in the eggs one at a time then pour in the essence.  Don’t forget to scrape the sides of he mixing bowl.

Tip in the flour and baking powder and stir in until fully combined.

Place the cake mix into the prepared cake tin, sprinkle on the toasted nibbled almonds and bake for 40 – 50 minutes. Check with an inserted skewer. If it comes out clean it’s done.

Allow to cool in the tin before removing and cooling on a rack.

Make the water icing by adding hot water to the icing sugar a tablespoon at a time until you have a smooth paste. Then using a spoon drizzle on the icing sugar and decorate with chocolate marzipan (and or glacé cherries of you have them).

 

Gluten free Chocolate Chriwhisky Tart

And that’s  Cree-Whisky!! 😀😀😀 Or Christmas in-a-bite-Tart.

Adding a slosh of decadence to your festive season with a dash of chocolate, mincemeat and a slosh of whisky. What’s not to like?

Using my lovely new, shiny 13” long tart tin again, I have created what could be something of a centre-piece for your table anytime of year, but the use of sweet mincemeat (a favourite of ours) means it’ll fit wonderfully for this coming Christmas.

Resting the pastry a topic for discussion? For this recipe I found there was no need. So don’t bother 😀. There is quite a bit of pastry here, I found that to cover the surface area and keep the pastry sturdy, the thicker the merrier. Plus you can then use the excess for the decoration.

For the pastry;

  • 300g gluten free plain flour
  • 170g butter – taken out the fridge an hour or so before hand
  • 60g Caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum (or similar binding agent)
  • milk to bring together to form a dough

Stage 1 would be to bake the pastry blind. So Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180c, 160c fan.

I used a food processor to blitz the flour, butter, sugar and gum into breadcrumbs. If you don’t have one, work quickly with your fingers to rub the mixture together to the same point. From the processor, tip the ingredients into a bowl and pour in 30ml of cold milk at first, then a tablespoon at a time, in order to bring the dough together. Adding s little at a time will ensure the dough doesn’t get too sticky, but the dough will take a bit of sticky as the gluten free flour will absorb the liquid.

Once you have that dough, roll out to roughly the 4/5mm thick and fill the tart tin. Retain any surplus pastry dough and wrap in cling film. Prick the surface, cover with a sheet of greaseproof, fill the tart with baking beans and bake blind for 15 minutes. Remove and cool the pastry. Only half stage blind baking is required as it’ll go back into the oven to finish with the filling.

The filling (oven on gas 4, 180c, 160c fan);

  • 140g Soft butter
  • 140g Caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 85g ground almonds
  • 30g cocoa – I use Food Thoughts Cocoa
  • 30g gluten free self raising flour
  • 180g mincemeat
  • generous splashes of whisky (we had some Bowmore in the cupboard…..)

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add in the eggs one at a time until fully combined. Tip in the dry ingredients, the mincemeat and the splash(es) of whisky and mix in well.

Spread the mix into the pastry case evenly. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out some little shapes to decorate the surface. Brush with a little milk before baking for 35 – 40 minutes. Check with an inserted skewer, but some moisture is required to the finished bake.  The retaining heat will finish the bake-off nicely.

Remove from the oven and cool before serving or cool completely before serving cold. (Best served warm, sprinkled with icing sugar and either cream or custard)

Merry Christmas one and all 🎅🏻😀🎄⛄️

 

 

Gluten Free Mulled Wine Chocolate Brownies

Mulled Wine Chocolate Brownies…yes Mulled Wine! Not for the feint hearted…..time to get into the festive spirit..literally 😀

The smell of Christmas is abound whilst making and baking this one!  But if you can leave it overnight – the flavour from the mulled wine really starts to infuse….. and there’ll be plenty of Mulled Wine left over to try whilst baking

gluten-free-mulled-wine-choc-brownie

Pre-heat the oven to Gas 3/150c and line a baking tray roughly 27x14x43cm with greaseproof, ensuring there is a couple of centimetres above the height of the tin.

200g Butter – diced

200g Dark chocolate – chopped into small pieces

3 Eggs

230g Soft brown sugar

100g Gluten free plain flour

50g Cocoa (I used Food Thoughts Cocoa)

1/2 Teaspoon Mixed Spice

140ml Mulled Wine (I used this one from Waitrose)

gluten-free-mulled-wine-chocoalte-brownie

Begin by melting the dark chocolate and butter. I melted mine in a bowl set over a pan of water on the stove. Not letting the bowl touch the water and let the water come to a gentle simmer. Leave the butter and chocolate to melt gently and stir often to get an even melt. Remove the bowl from the heat once melted and leave to cool.

Sift the flour and the cocoa together and set aside.

Using a hand held electric whisk, whisk the eggs and sugar until twice the volume. This should take about 4/5 minutes.

Gently pour in the sifted gluten free flour and cocoa and add the 1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice and fold in using a large metal spoon until the flour is all mixed in with no lumps of flour.

Pour in the mulled wine and mix in gently with the spoon. Pour the batter into the lined tin and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Leave to cool completely before removing from the tin and the dust with icing sugar before cutting and serving.

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Gluten Free Chocolate and Blackberry Bundt

Its been a while since I baked a good Bundt and I’m also getting into the spirit of things

And I’m thinking ahead now for the coming weeks. There is a rather long holiday time coming up what with Thanksgiving and Christmas all in the next few weeks.  Now I’m getting the hang of this blog thing, I can try a little harder to plan for fourth coming events.  But there’ll be always the opportunity for some very ad hoc baking.  Oh and did someone mention National Bundt Day?

This Bundt (and remember to be a Bundt with a ‘t’ it has to be baked in a NordicWare Bundt pan) would make a great centre-piece for any table – festive or otherwise.

Those that bake with a Bundt, all have a favourite. But I hadn’t baked in this pan for a while – the Fleur De Lis.

gluten-free-chocolate-and-blackberry-bundt

Now my key for a successful Bundt is all in the preparation. As I have mentioned before a little extra time before making the mix, will help at the end of baking when you need to turn the finished bake out. So begin by brushing the entire inside of the pan with semi melted butter (get into EVERY nook and cranny) and the finish with a light dusting of gluten free flour. tap the pan to remove any large clumps of flour and let the excess fall out by turning the pan upside down.

Preheat the oven to Gas 3 / 140c

200g soft butter

180g soft brown sugar

60g dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon dark treacle

4 eggs

300g gluten free plain flour

60g cocoa

300ml sour cream

200g blackberry’s (save at least 4 for decoration)

180g double cream

180g dark chocolate – broken up into small pieces to aid easy melting

30g Gourmet Jelly Bean – English Blackberry flavour

Mix the flour, bicarb and cocoa and set to one side.

Start by beating the soft butter, sugars and treacle until light and fluffy. This should take about 5 minutes in order to fully break down the sugars and remove any lumps.

Beat in the eggs – 1 at a time – using a little flour to stop the mix curdling. Then add a third of the flour mix, mix in, then add in a third of the sour cream and repeat until all is thoroughly combined.

Start to fill the Bundt pan with about half of the mixture and then scatter over the blackberry’s, and finish with the remaining batter. Tap the pan on the work top gently so that you get the mixture into all the nooks and folds of the pan.

Place into the oven and bake in the middle of the oven for about 50 – 60 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Once cooked leave to cool in the pan for NO MORE THAN 10 MINUTES. Place a wire rack over the pan and turn upside down as soon as the 10 minutes is up. This for me works wonders, never failed yet. Leave it in too long and you’ll run the risk of it sweating and the cake won’t come out in one piece.

GF Chocolate BudtNext I made a ganache to cover the entire Bundt.

Heat the cream in a saucepan, to just before boiling. Keep your eye on the cream and stir it, so that it does not stick to the saucepan.  Then pour over the broken dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl and leave for a couple of minutes before whisking the ganache to fully melt the chocolate and create a lovely creamy truffle like mixture. Continue to beat until all the chocolate has fully melted. This should be good to go, but if it’s too runny leave to cool a little. The ganache needs to be runny enough to pour but thick enough to coat the cake and not completely run off.

Keeping the Bundt on the wire rack, place the rack onto a tray (to catch the falling ganache) and the pour the ganache all over the Bundt, letting it fall naturally and cover the cake.

Leave to set a little before decorating otherwise everything will just fall off. I decorated with the remaining blackberry’s, some Jelly Bean Company flavoured jelly beans – which are gluten free, some Cake Décor gold dust (it is a centre piece after all) and some gold pearl sugar decorations.

Gently lift off the rack when it’s all set and place on to the cake stand – cut and indulge.

 

 

 

Gluten Free Lemon Curd Eton Mess Shortbread

I’m staring at a blank screen.  Words and lots of them, but what order to put them! This little bake should come as a refreshing break in between the Halloween chocolate overload and the rich indulgence that will be Christmas. Which, by the way, I am planning a few lovely bakes over the coming weeks, so if you have anything you would like to see, let me know.

The light shortbread biscuit base, the sharp lemon curd and the smooth mix of meringue and white chocolate…once bitten – it won’t last long. A lovely afternoon treat.

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Preheat the oven to Gas 2/150c and line a brownie tray (20x10x3cm) with greaseproof.

60g Soft butter

120g Caster sugar

100g Rice flour

60g Cornflour

30g Ground almonds

1/4 teaspoon of xanthum gum

200g Lemon Curd (I used Mrs Darlington’s)

50g Ready made meringue (I used some from Waitrose) – lightly crushed

200g Melted white chocolate

Mix the rice flour, Cornflour, ground almonds and xanthum gum and set to one side.

Then beat the soft butter and the sugar together until soft and fluffy for a couple of minutes then add the dry mix in. Using a spoon or your hands, mix well until fully combined and it forms a lovely smooth dough.

Now at first it may seem to be not enough, but just break off small amounts of the dough and spread the dough across the base of the lined tray. You could of course roll it out, but this just never occurred to me – until now! Smooth out the dough into the corners until it’s all level.

Bake in the middle of the oven for about 20 – 25 minutes. Until it has a light brown surface.

Leave to cool in the tray and then carefully lift out. Use the greaseproof to help you. Spread the lemon curd over the surface and scatter the crushed meringue.

Then using a spoon ‘splash’ or flick or even pour over the melted white chocolate so it covers the curd and meringue.

Leave to cool at room temperature before cutting into squares – as large or as small as you like – but you can about 12 pieces out of the bake. Don’t pop in the fridge or the chocolate will melt too hard and the shortbread will break up when you come to cut it.

This would also make a good base for many other bakes – caramel shortbread being one of them – a popular favourite with Noah 🙂