Category Archives: Baking / Cakes / Desserts

‘Wheat Pete’s Gluten Free Yorkshire Puddings

Some of you may have already heard about my house mate, Pete, and because he’s the spokesman for ‘The Wheat Lover’s Association’, I aptly gave him the title ‘Wheat Pete’, and it’s kind of stayed!

It all started when I’d just moved in with Pete and Mike about 6 months ago. I’d left my gluten free bread roll on the side, wrapped up in its packaging, ready for tomorrow. So when I woke up the next day and ventured into the kitchen… my bread roll had gone! I asked ‘Wheat Pete’ if he had seen it and his response “Oh, that stale bread? Yeah, I chucked it out”. Yes, that morning I was close to throttling him!

But the other day, when he offered to make me some gluten free Yorkshire puddings, you could have knocked me down with a feather! I did scoff at the thought of him making them and did hope that they’d go wrong but I had to sadly swallow my pride – because those god damn gluten free Yorkshire puddings he made me were the nicest puddings I’ve ever had!

Ingredients:

  • 120g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour [I used Doves]
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 pint of Milk

Method:

 

  1. Pre-heat the oven to it’s highest setting
  2. Using a cupcake tray/Yorkshire pudding tray, add a tablespoon of Oil and pop in the oven.
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, add the Gluten Free Self Raising Flour 
  4. Now add the Egg and mix together with a fork 
  5. Now add the Milk and mix together until you form a runny batter 
  6. Once the Oil starts to smoke in the tray, carefully pour the mixture in until it fills each hole 
  7. Close the oven door, turn the heat down to 200°C and cook for 10 minutes. Do not open the door while they’re baking!
  8. Once they have risen and turned a lovely golden colour, carefully take out of the oven and serve with whatever you want [I had mine with chips and gravy!] 

Chocolate Tray Bake [Gluten & Dairy Free]

Considering I’m such a chocoholic I’m surprised that I haven’t blogged about any chocolate recipes for a while! So I thought it was about time I did!

The other day, while shopping in Asda, I was stuck in a never-ending queue for the checkout and to pass the time I decided to read their Asda Magazine, when I came across a section all about tray bakes!

Now my mum has been telling me to make a traybake ever since I started blogging student friendly, gluten free grub and so I thought it’d be the perfect time to finally make one when I saw the Chocolate Smartie Cake recipe!

So yesterday I got my baking hat on and used the recipe for inspiration to whisk up a gluten free and dairy free chocolate tray bake. I waited inpatiently for it bake, iced it and was just about to sprinkle it with a tube full of smarties when I thought, ‘hang on I’ll just check to see if it contains wheat/gluten’…. and ladies and G’s, look what I saw!

That’s right, about half way through the list it finally decided to mention ‘wheat flour’ in the ingredients list, which in my opinion should have been mentioned straight away or at least on the packaging stating ‘contains wheat and gluten’.

So if you fancy making yourself a ‘Smartie-less’ gluten free and dairy free chocolate cake, then follow my recipe!

Ingredients:

 

  • 200g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour [I used Doves as it contains Xanthan Gum]
  • 2 level teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 50g Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Eggs
  • 225g Dairy Free Margarine [I used Vitalite Dairy Free Spread]
  • 220g Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of Soya Milk

For the icing:

 

  • 300g Icing Sugar
  • 75g Diary Free Margarine
  • 2 level tablespoons of Golden Syrup
  • 2 level tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tablespoons of Soya Milk

 

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C /Gas mark 4
  2. In a bowl, add the Gluten Free Flour and Cocoa Powder and mix together 
  3. Now add the Eggs and mix together 
  4. Add the Dairy Free Margarine, Sugar and Soya Milk and stir until evenly mixed and creamy 
  5. Grease a shallow tin/tray or line with Greaseproof paper and carefully pour the mixture in, levelling the top and pop in the oven to bake for 35/40 minutes [mine took 37] 
  6. Carefully and gently take out of the oven and pop on a wire rack to cool down. 
  7. Now for the icing; in a bowl add the Icing Sugar and Cocoa Powder 
  8. In a small pan over medium flame, add the Dairy Free Margarine, Golden Syrup and Milk and heat until melted [DON’T let it boil!] 
  9. Pour the Margerine/Golden Syrup and Milk mix into the bowl with the Icing Sugar and Cocoa Powder and stir until smooth 
  10. Once the cake has cooled, carefully pour the icing mixture on top and spread to coat evenly. 
  11. Leave to set then cut into little squares and enjoy! 

 

Gluten, Nut and Dairy Free Orange Flavoured Cupcakes

I love this time of year. Spring is just around the corner which means daffodils are in full bloom, there’s lambs about, Kiki gets spring fever and more importantly,  the clocks go forward which means we get more sunlight in the evening [woop!].

So when Caleigh from Gluten Free[k] asked if I wanted to be part of the ‘Spring Recipe Challenge‘ which is part of  ‘The Great Gluten Free Recipe Challenge‘ I knew I couldn’t resist, especially with the fun and success of the ‘Free From and Festive Challenge‘ last Christmas!

So what is this Spring Recipe Challenge I hear you say?

Well me and the other fabulous gluten free bloggers have had to come up with gluten free recipes, without using any dairy products or nuts but we must all use one main ingredient; Oranges.

Now what I’m about to tell you may shock some of you, but the problem is…. I just don’t like orange flavoured things. I know, I know, it’s weird considering I do actually quite like Orange Juice but anything else like orange flavoured chocolate or orange flavoured anything really, I just don’t like! So what does a girl make who doesn’t like orange flavoured things, oh that’s right, orange flavoured cupcakes!

Thing is, I wanted to make a recipe that would be pretty easy to make but that both Mike and ‘Wheat Pete’, my house-mates, would also like and I know they both love their cupcakes. Whenever I make a batch of gluten free cupcakes, they’ve all been devoured in a matter of minutes by them two!

I was also so worried about baking with Oranges because I’d never baked with Oranges before but I know they turned out really well because Mike and Pete had wolfed the lot down and kept telling me with a mouthful of orange flavoured cupcake that they were really good. So here is my easy peasy orange flavoured cupcake recipe!

Oh and before I start, the photo below is for my mother dearest, who has kindly insisted on reminding me every time I bake whether or not I’ve used her cupcake stand she bought me for Christmas. So because she has vowed to cripple me if I don’t use them when she next sees me … I have finally used the cupcake stand!

Ingredients:

  • 220g Gluten Free Plain Flour [I used Doves as it contains Xanthan Gum]
  • 150g Dairy Free Margarine [I used Vitalite]
  • 150g Sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of Soya Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • Juice of 3 Medium Sized Oranges

Method:

 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C
  2. In a bowl, mix together the Sugar and Dairy Free Margarine until nice and creamy 
  3. Now add the Milk, Juice of 3 Oranges and the Eggs and mix together with the Sugar and Margerine 
  4. Add the flour and give it a really big stir 
  5. Carefully pour into cupcake cases 3/4 full, pop in the pre-heated oven and bake for 10/15 minutes. Gently take the cupcakes out and cool them on a wire rack 
  6. Ice and decorate with the prettiest of icing flowers from Asda! 

Head over to Gluten Free[k] to see the other amazing gluten free/free from bloggers that have taken part!