Prost, Salut, Chias!

A serendipitous pudding resulting from a burst bag of chia. Heart-healthy and so easy.

Soft Chocolate and Plum Flapjacks

These flapjacks are way moister than than the type available in most health stores, many of which resemble cattle cake in my opinion!   The addition of fresh plum combined with really dark chocolate gives them a slightly healthier twist but also creates the stickiness as the plums ooze juice into the mixture during baking….

Gluten free loaf using kefir

I used to make sourdough bread but found the results a little unreliable at times. After reading up on the subject it seems that the wild yeasts used for the sourdough mother can be temperamental and vary with the ambient temperature and even changes in pressure.  The most successful all round loaf yet is the…

LéKué Bread Baker

This is one of those cookery innovations that actually works.  It’s great for the gluten free bread maker for the reasons explained below: It’s a mixing bowl with a difference – it is made of heavy duty silicone so is a great non-stick alternative to mixing.  If you use this suggested recipe you can use…

Little Bro’s daily bread

This one is for you Little Bro and Sister-Outlaw 🙂 . Using the bread mix I made up for you the recipe goes like this: Utensils Large mixing bowl Wooden spoon Set of measuring cups 2lb loaf tin (I strongly recommend the silicone bread baker from Lakeland though) Liquid ingredients 3 large eggs lightly beaten…

Kim’s “Best Ever Gluten Free Loaf” is now my best GF friend!

I’ve been feeling a bit depressed about my bread-making lately as the sourdough loaves I’ve been making have been heavy and crumbly.  I’ve been searching for a really good recipe that produces a nice moist but not sticky bread that can be used without toasting for sandwiches.  Today I’m over the moon to have found…

Death by chocolate brownie

The title is tongue in cheek. As any gluten free person will know the chocolate brownie has been overdone.  My heart sinks when I go into a nice cafe and find that the only cake they have on offer is an overly sweet yet doughy tasting brownie.  This is not that cake.  This is more…

Vegetable bhajias

I’d planned to take these lovely, warm, crispy and spicey fritters to a Wassail tonight but got my dates wrong so ‘sadly’ we’ll have to eat them ourselves :D. Not the healthiest snack but certainly not the worst and excellent for us GF peeps as they use Besan (chick pea) flour. Ingredients I cup of…

Cranberry pudding

Happy New Year!  Today we had a family dinner and I made a gluten-free version of a cranberry and butterscotch pudding from Nigel Slater’s Christmas Chronicles or rather that was my intention but I misread the instructions with serendipitous results (see below).  I also tinkered with the quantities of some of the ingredients.  It worked…

Dark chocolate spice cake

Yesterday was snowy and the garden is hidden beneath 4 inches of lovely whiteness with more promised for tomorrow.  Ideal weather for making a gluten free version of a dark spicy chocolatey cake that pays homage to Lebkuchen and the marzipan chocolate bars found in the German Christmas markets. The cake also has cinnamon, mace…

Wild mushroom and chicken bake

A chicken and mushroom layer bake recipe that can be used with any wild or cultivated mushrooms. Make sure that you positively identify any fungi that you pick yourself using a reputable guide. If in doubt – don’t. Photo used for illustration purposes only.

Cheese cobbler topping (with mushroom stew)

The mushroom stew recipe is adapted from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Three Good Things on a Plate book.  However his cobbler recipe uses wheat flour and I have to say would not feed 6 people in my household.  So…this cobbler recipe is gluten free and generously feeds 3 or feeds 4 people with less robust appetites!  The…

Mini GF Christmas Cakes for the one you love….

I bake industrial quantities of my favourite gluten-free Christmas cake because we are a GF family but a friend recently pointed out that my Creole cake recipe worked out expensive and asked if it would be OK if baked with smaller quantities.  Scaling down the ingredients is entirely possible and the key thing is the…