Recipes

Buttercrunch Toffee

buttercrunch 180 jpeg gf.jpgEveryone I know is currently on The Dukan Diet   As part of my plan to sabbotage this love affair with Pierre Dukan,  I made a batch of buttercrunch toffee, placed it in a nice box and took it  to a ladies lunch yesterday to test their will power. They all crumbled.  Even the ones I had down as Dukan Diet  die hards.  The box and the contents were demolished within minutes and every last little crispy fragment was scooped out. Lesson learned, the nice box was totally redundant.  Just a paper bag would have done the trick.  Anyway, diet or not, I urge you to make this little gem.  Your waistline may not thank you but it is a very good way to cheer yourself up when the weather is lousy and lousy it is my friends. For a summer that has drought written all over it, you could have fooled me.  It's pouring here. A piece or two or three of toffee, a cup of coffee, hey, who cares what the weather is like. The recipe comes from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz with a few minor adaptations made by yours truly. 

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Squishy Strawberry Cake

strawberry cake gf jpeg.jpgHere's a little gem which popped into my inbox this morning.  It hails from Smitten Kitchen a favourite website of mine.  But according to the author, the original recipe comes from Martha Stewart.  Well I've done very little in the way of adapting this into a gluten free version, substituting the flour with gluten free flour, adding some ground almonds and a spoonful of creme fraiche.  I've got to tell you folks, this is a fabulous cake, moist and flavoursome and jam packed with little morsels of strawberries.  The perfect cake to make when strawberry season hits us which in our neck of the woods is in about a weeks time. 

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Tunis Cake

tunis cake jpeg gf vers 2.jpgAll of last week, I have been asking people of all shapes and sizes about 'Tunis Cake'. Even the post man John has been subjected to interrogation.  The thing is, I've never heard of it, but it seems a lot of people in England have a fondness for this cake, particularly around Christmas.  The first attempt started out as a surprise cake for Sebastian, but unfortunately he never got to taste it.  Within minutes of coming out of the oven, it was gone, which I took as a good sign.  So a few days later I've put the finishing touches on my version of 'Tunis' cake- unlike the original, I have iced the whole cake and not just the top and I have sneaked in a very thin layer of homemade plum jam, which is just below the chocolate frosting.  The original version has a rather thick layer of pure chocolate on top.  I don't know if Trevor (he's the guy who requested it)  will like these additions, my sense is that he is a traditionalist, but no doubt I shall soon find out exactly what he thinks.  The thing is, the base cake is absolutely delicious, the rest , ie the chocolate topping and marzipan can easily be adjusted or even deleted according to personal preferance.  I'll let you know in the morning what the girls think of it.  They will be having it for breakfast!

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Lemon Meringue Ice Cream

Another Gluten-free cooking for kids recipe

My friend Julia served this at a dinner party a little while ago and I have begged her for the recipe. After a fair amount of pleading and heavy hints I have managed to prise off her the rudimentary makings of this delicious dessert.  Once again there are no precise measurements but you will see how easy and quick this is to put together.  You can use store bought ingredients for this (or make your own if time allows) but please check that they are gluten free.  Thank you Julia, love of my life and best friend in the whole world.

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Strawberry Sorbet

Another Gluten-free cooking for kids recipe

Here's a very simple recipe for sorbet, which is perfect for this time of year when fresh strawberries are at their peak and abundant.  We live just down the road from a Pick Your Own farm and there is always great excitement when the sign goes up.  We go out picking, eat far too many  and bring back far more than we need.  This sorbet is a good way to use up some of the glut, but be warned, it's not a great keeper.  A few days in the freezer is about it's limit.  So the recipe I am offering makes a smallish amount, certainly enough for 4. This sorbet is beautifully fruity and light and is just the thing to follow after a summer barbecue.  If you have an ice cream maker, you can do it all in one go.  If not the food processor method works just as well.Ruthie with strawberry sorbet jpg gf.jpg

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Luscious Lemon and Raspberry Bars

Citrus, lemon, squidgy, moreish, great with an Espresso or a strong cuppa

Here is a recipe from my baby sister, Dalia. These lemon bars always get rave reviews. They are light, lemony and really delicious. 

 

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Yorkshire Puddings

 yorkshires in the pan 2 gf.jpgThe most requested gluten free recipe is without a doubt Yorkshire Puddings.  Here's a simple recipe which yields great results time after time.  

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Chocolate Gingerbread

Another Gluten-free cooking for kids recipe

A great gingerbread cookie for your gluten free repertoire. It holds up well to decorating and unusually for gluten free cookies, it's a good keeper. If you have time, rest the dough for a day or two to mature the flavour.

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Buttercream Icing

This is the holy grail of icing.  It's really simple and uses all of 4 ingredients.  The key is using good quality unsalted butter.  You don't need anything fancy, but don't go for the bottom end of the market.  I use Lurpak unsalted when possible, but most of the supermarket butters are fine too.  The one to definately avoid is Anchor butter  It just doesn't cut the mustard.  For those of you avoiding dairy you can try using one of the dairy substitutes like Pure Sunflower, but to be honest you won't get that lovely buttery taste.

 

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Lovely Little Cupcakes

jubilee mini cupcakes 200 gfJPG.jpgHere is a work horse recipe from my book The Gluten Free Cookbook for Kids.  It's my all time go to recipe whenever a cupcake is required.  I've made a few changes since the book was published which I am happy to share with you.

For children's parties I like to make the tiny little bite size cupcakes as I find kids are more interested in the icing then the cake.  If these are for adults, then make the standard size.

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Cheesey Snakes

These are a little like cheese scones, only much lighter and tastier.  They are one of the top recipes in my book The Gluten Free Cookbook for Kids. 

This recipe is really easy and one which children enjoy getting involved in. The cheesy snakes make great breakfast food and are also perfect as an after school snack. They are at their best straight out of the oven, but you can also freeze them.  I usually wrap a few of these in foil and keep them stashed away in the freezer. You can pop them straight into a hot oven, conveniently wrapped in their little foil overcoats and they will be ready to eat in about 15 minutes.
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Mrs J's Molasses Cookies

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Here is a recipe from my first book The Little Red Barn Baking Book.  This recipe was one which has very happy memories, eating cookies at my best friend's house after school, whilst doing our homework. Mrs. J, was my friend's mum.  I've been wanting to make a gluten free version for a while, and I am pleased to tell you, they are as yummy as i remember them.  Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the outside, with just the right amount of spice. 

The picture was styled by Ruthie, and features Ratty, Panda, Rabbity and if you look very closely a small cat, whose name escapes me.  They are settling down for some cookies and milk.  And yes, these cookies are pure bliss dunked in milk.  Those cuddlies sure do know how to live. Enjoy!

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Lumpia

Another Gluten-free cooking for kids recipe

The best lumpia ever.jpg gf.jpgLumpia is a type of spring roll, served as a snack in Indonesia.  Unlike spring rolls, this version of  lumpia is not fried.  The ones made by Muthiah are a bit like eating a very soft, velvety, crepe surrounding an intense savoury filling.  Lucia, who has never been to Indonesia, pronounced them the best lumpia ever.  I've not been to Indonesia either, but I can say, I love lumpia!  I love lumpia.jpg gf.jpg 

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Mei Goreng

mei goreng.jpg gf.jpgThis recipe comes from our good friend Muthiah who very kindly has adpated the recipe to be gluten free.  This is an Indonesian dish, which is a meal in itself, containing  noodles, meat (either beef or chicken), prawns, vegetables and egg.  As most good cooks, Muthiah's approach to cooking is to adjust the recipe as she is making it, knowing when to add a little bit more or a little bit less.  I've tried to write down as clearly as I can amounts required, but I think it will be as Indonesian tradition dictates, for the individual to add their own little touches.  This makes a great supper dish, or as part of a buffet.  In our household we have it for breakfast and although it takes a little bit of time to prepare, it is well worth waiting for.

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Gluten Free pancakes

Another Gluten-free cooking for kids recipe

Our favourite breakfast pancake - serve with sweet or savoury toppings. Make them big or small, or make them in funny shapes for the hard to please.

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Rose Scented Pavlova

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There is Pavlova and then there is Rose Scented Pavlova! For some Coeliacs the thought of meringue and cream describes a dreary pudding lacking both inspiration and imagination.  Be prepared to be amazed.   Not only is this a spectacularly beautiful dessert, worthy of being a birthday, christening or celebration centre piece, it is also gorgeous to eat.  The crystalised rose petals and the scented rose cream make this truly special.

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