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 Christmas Spiced Bundt

Its been a busy couple of weeks.

First there was a trip to The Allergy & Free From Show North in Liverpool. A great opportunity to see what else there is available for Noah and for Noah to see that he is not alone. There was certainly lots to see and we came back with loads of goodie bags. Plus Noah wanted to make a bee-line to see his new ‘friends’ at the Coeliac UK stand. they were very friendly. An all round good show. More detail about this and future events available on-line – http://www.allergyshow.co.uk

Then there has been The Cake & Bake Show @ Event City Manchester. An eagerly awaited show for the best part of this year. Especially since the date was moved back a month! And I’d have to say it was  a bit of an anti climax. My experience of food shows, is a bit of a bun fight. Everyone leaps to try the freebies, and thus make it difficult to actually see what, if anything, is new. And it wasn’t as big as id thought either. I’d think twice about going again. But if my good baking friend Jackie is there, there’ll be no second thoughts.  You can of course make your own mind up and further details can be found here –

http://www.thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk

AND then it’s also been National Bundt Day – November 15th! And here is my effort for the weekend. A Christmas themed and spiced Bundt, baked in the fabulous Nordic Ware Square Bundt Pan. I have used the following on-line stores to buy my Nordic Ware Bundt pans

http://www.Divertimenti.co.uk

http://www.kitchencookshop.co.uk

or follow the links on

http://www.nordicware.com

Gluten Free Christmas Bundt

First pre-heat the oven to Gas 3, 160c

Then prepare your Bundt pan – the most important part. And as I have said before, both time-consuming and therapeutic. Using a soft pastry brush, brush the inside of the pan with soft, but not melted, butter. Get into all the corners and then dust with gluten free flour. This will ensure that your Bundt does not stick once cooked.  Others use a cake release spray but I haven’t dared use that just yet…..I’ll keep you posted.

Then, cream 180g of soft butter with 330g Granulated sugar until light and fluffy. The beat in, a little at a time, 3 beaten eggs. Then mix in 300ml sour cream and 290g Dove Farm Gluten Free Plain Flour, 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and mixed spice. Do this alternatively though – sour cream, flour mix, sour cream, flour mix, sour cream and finish with flour mix. Until all combined. I then stirred in 200g of Robertson’s Mincemeat. The suet is covered in rice flour which is gluten free. Pour into the prepared Bundt pan and place in the middle of the oven and bake for 50 – 60 mins or when a skewer is inserted it comes out clean.

And then the next important bit – leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Only. No more. And then turn out to finish cooling on a wire rack.

Gluten free Christmas Bundt

Then decorate as you see fit. I used various colours of prepared fondant icing and marzipan and made them into Christmas decorations. Not wanting to completely cover the Bundt and spoil the design, I just did what I did.

Gluten Free Christmas Bundt