Little Sweet Treats

Orange and White Chocolate Gluten Free Sponge Cake

A couple of weeks ago we had a lovely family get together for my Gran’s 80th Birthday and my Grandad’s 90th Birthday.  My responsibility was the all important cake and with three coeliacs in our family it had to be gluten free.

I didn’t want to make a chocolatey gooey cake but I also did not want to just stick to the basic gluten free Victoria sponge and my lovely mum had already spoilt my reserve option of a lemon and poppy seed sponge cake!  So I found this lovely recipe for an Orange and White Chocolate Sponge cake on the BBC Good Food website white was actually easy peasy!

To make this cake you will need the following ingredients (I altered it slightly, so this is what I used):

  • 175g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • Finely grated zest 2 orange and juice of 1 and a half
  • 4 egg, separated
  • 100g gluten free white mix
  • 2 and a half tsp baking powder
  • 100g ground almonds
For the icing:
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 200ml crème fraîche
  1. Heat oven to 180C
  2. Butter two 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment.
  3. Tip the sugar into a mixing bowl and add the softened butter and orange zest. Beat for 1 min or so until pale and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolks.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder over the cake mixture and fold in lightly. Finally, fold in the almonds and orange juice.
  5. Whisk the egg whites until they just hold their shape (this was the first time I’ve ever done this so my picture above shows how proud I was by them!!).
  6. Fold one-third of the egg white into the cake mix, using the whisk. Repeat with another third, then the final third. Take care not to over-mix or you will lose the lightness of the egg whites.
  7. Divide the cake mix between the prepared tins and bake for 30-35 mins. Cool in the tin for 5 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack, peel off the lining paper and leave to cool.
  8. To make the icing, melt the chocolate over a pan of barely simmering water or in the microwave on High for 1½ mins, stirring every 30 secs, then leave to cool. Whip the crème fraîche until thick, then fold in the white chocolate. Set one cake on a serving plate or cake stand. Spoon half the icing onto the cake and top with the other cake. Spread with the rest of the icing, then allow to set in the fridge for at least 1 hr.

I do just have to say that I have never made icing like this before but I can honestly say it has been the best way to make it!! I am not very good at icing cakes but this icing was so easy to use its unreal… it actually goes where you want it!!  I finished off the cake by using some sugar sprinkles to decorate it and make it look all fancy :-)

My little cake definitely tasted amazing too, the orange and the white chocolate weren’t heavy and the sponge was not crumbly or gluten free nasty at all… Not being biased or anything but I’ll be using this recipe again, the cake was delicious!

Apparently it is ‘National Pie Week’, so of course I had to oblige and bake myself a beautiful beef and gravy pie.

I started out with some DS gluten free shortcrust pastry and kneaded it for around 4-5 minutes. I then rolled about 3/4 of the pastry out for the base and put it in a pie tin and saved the other 1/4 for the pie lid.
After frying the steak I popped it into the pastry in the pie tin and then made some nice thick beef gravy and poured it on top of the meat. I then rolled out the remaining pastry and used it for the lid of the pie, and then using a beaten egg I brushed the top to make it all nice and shiny.
After poking a couple of holes in the top of my little pie I put it in the oven and let it cook for around 15-20 minutes.

The end result was what you can see above!! The pastry was not dry in the slightest, it was lovely and crispy on the top! I’d definitely recommend this pastry for gluten free pies, my next one to try will be Genius pastry and see how that compares!!

My first attempt at banana pancakes this morning. Amazing, just 2 ingredients… 1 banana and 2 eggs made these little pancakes!!

I got this idea from a girl who I follow on Instagram called @paleoabs. 

Cooking them was a bit of a challenge, two of them ended up in the bin before these were a success. I think I was thinking they were like normal pancakes to cook, which they are not. With these pancakes, I couldn’t flip them like ‘floured’ pancakes, and they have to cook for longer. 

They were absolutely delicious!! All I did was put 1 banana and 2 eggs in my blender and then ta-dah! I had them with blueberries and more bananas and drizzled with honey

My first attempt at banana pancakes this morning. Amazing, just 2 ingredients… 1 banana and 2 eggs made these little pancakes!!

I got this idea from a girl who I follow on Instagram called @paleoabs.

Cooking them was a bit of a challenge, two of them ended up in the bin before these were a success. I think I was thinking they were like normal pancakes to cook, which they are not. With these pancakes, I couldn’t flip them like ‘floured’ pancakes, and they have to cook for longer.

They were absolutely delicious!! All I did was put 1 banana and 2 eggs in my blender and then ta-dah! I had them with blueberries and more bananas and drizzled with honey

Oh udis-glutenfree how you spoil us!! These little delights are another treat from Udi’s that I received the other week. This week has not been a very good week for me I’ve been quite poorly but this morning I remembered I had these stashed away in my cupboard.

When I opened the box I was so excited they were all individually packaged- it’s always a nightmare finding boxes to keep opened food to stop them going soggy but these reminded me of when I used to get ‘Pop Tarts’ all wrapped up separately.

So the instructions say just to pop them in the toaster on the lowest setting and then they’re done- I couldn’t wait! I was a bit dubious about the pastry being crumbly or dry but I was so wrong! It came out perfectly golden and warm and smelt like apple pie, mmm!

I broke it in half to test the pastry and no crumbs shooting all over the place at all! Oh they were perfect, so tasty and I love them being warm it really felt like comfort food without eating something unhealthy and chocolatey.

These little toaster pastries are definitely a thumbs up from me. It says they also come in a Strawberry flavour which I cannot wait to try. The only problem is that there are only 4 in a box and I’m about to go and scoff my second one which means I only have half a box left!

Argh Udi’s make bigger boxes for your scrumptious food!!

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Now I’m not a fan of Warburtons gluten free bread and rolls but I found some of their wraps in the sale the other week and thought I’d give them a go.

On the packet it says you can wrap them and fold them, but the one that really interested me was the ‘bake them’ part. Now, I really don’t get one with their bread so I never wanted to try them as wraps, I think they’re far too thick, but the idea of using them as a super fast pizza base really appealed to me!

So I tested it out… I put the ‘wrap’ on a baking tray and covered it in chopped tomatoes, cheese, chorizo and cherry tomatoes and popped it in the oven. The packet says it only takes around 8-10 minutes to bake and they were not wrong! I kept my eyes on it- it did seem to cook fast, and then when I took it out of the oven it looked delicious!

The toppings were lush, but I’d picked those so I knew what I liked, but I was definitely surprised by the base! It was just like a thin crust pizza base, it wasn’t crumbly or dry but actually like a regular normal pizza base without the faff of having to make one before, just because I fancied one. All in all it took me about 15 minutes to prepare and cook a really tasty pizza for myself!

The price is a bit much, around £3 for three of the wraps in one pack, but I keep spotting them, along with other treats in the reduced sections of the supermarkets and freezing them. I think I now have 2 packets in my freezer at home ready just for when I fancy something a bit homely for my lunch.

Now I’m not a fan of Warburtons gluten free bread and rolls but I found some of their wraps in the sale the other week and thought I’d give them a go.

On the packet it says you can wrap them and fold them, but the one that really interested me was the ‘bake them’ part. Now, I really don’t get one with their bread so I never wanted to try them as wraps, I think they’re far too thick, but the idea of using them as a super fast pizza base really appealed to me!

So I tested it out… I put the ‘wrap’ on a baking tray and covered it in chopped tomatoes, cheese, chorizo and cherry tomatoes and popped it in the oven. The packet says it only takes around 8-10 minutes to bake and they were not wrong! I kept my eyes on it- it did seem to cook fast, and then when I took it out of the oven it looked delicious!

The toppings were lush, but I’d picked those so I knew what I liked, but I was definitely surprised by the base! It was just like a thin crust pizza base, it wasn’t crumbly or dry but actually like a regular normal pizza base without the faff of having to make one before, just because I fancied one. All in all it took me about 15 minutes to prepare and cook a really tasty pizza for myself!

The price is a bit much, around £3 for three of the wraps in one pack, but I keep spotting them, along with other treats in the reduced sections of the supermarkets and freezing them. I think I now have 2 packets in my freezer at home ready just for when I fancy something a bit homely for my lunch.

Next to try out of my exciting Udi’s box was these Jalepeno Cheddar flavoured crisps. I love anything with flavour and I’m definitely a fan of anything Mexican, which I was hoping these crisps were like!

When I first opened the packet I was a bit concerned about the ‘crisps’. They’re not really very crisp like- or what I’m used to crisps looking like, but everything’s a bit new and funny when you’re a coeliac so just give everything a go. So, to me the crisps seem a bit thick, more like cracker texture really but I was still eager to try them. 

The first crisp was a bit strange, they tasted very much like whole-grainy type things, not very crisp like, I sort of felt a bit deceived. I had a couple more crisps though and once you get used to the flavour (not in a bad way!) they’re actually quite nice! The flavour really comes out after a couple of crisps and they definitely have a ‘bite’ to them. I think I’d have them more as those snacky cracker things that you can get- like pick n’ mix for mini biscuits rather than crisps. 

I don’t think I’ve done these crisps justice by how I’ve talked about them- they are really nice and with lots of flavour, but just not what I was expecting as a ‘crisp’. These would be gorgeous as crackers with cheese on them with the flavour, absolutely lush!!

Next to try out of my exciting Udi’s box was these Jalepeno Cheddar flavoured crisps. I love anything with flavour and I’m definitely a fan of anything Mexican, which I was hoping these crisps were like!

When I first opened the packet I was a bit concerned about the ‘crisps’. They’re not really very crisp like- or what I’m used to crisps looking like, but everything’s a bit new and funny when you’re a coeliac so just give everything a go. So, to me the crisps seem a bit thick, more like cracker texture really but I was still eager to try them.

The first crisp was a bit strange, they tasted very much like whole-grainy type things, not very crisp like, I sort of felt a bit deceived. I had a couple more crisps though and once you get used to the flavour (not in a bad way!) they’re actually quite nice! The flavour really comes out after a couple of crisps and they definitely have a ‘bite’ to them. I think I’d have them more as those snacky cracker things that you can get- like pick n’ mix for mini biscuits rather than crisps.

I don’t think I’ve done these crisps justice by how I’ve talked about them- they are really nice and with lots of flavour, but just not what I was expecting as a ‘crisp’. These would be gorgeous as crackers with cheese on them with the flavour, absolutely lush!!

Hey, I saw your Udi's goodie box. Can I ask you how you got it? Thanks x

Hi! A lady at Udi’s had seen my blog and asked me if they could send me some samples and if I could review them on here. Hope this helps! x

GLUTEN FREE FISH & CHIP TAKEAWAY NIGHT!!!

Posting this from a couple of weeks ago… Every Tuesday night after 4pm ‘Golden Fry’ in Ormesby, Middlesbrough do gluten free fish, chips and onion rings!!

I am not even joking either, these are the best!! It’s the most exciting thing ever for a coeliac like me, to find a little treasure like this, a little something that you never thought you’d be able to eat again (from a takeaway) but you can!!

I know that Tuesday night after 4pm is a bit restrictive, but when I went in and had a chat with the ladies they were hoping that if it got popular enough that they’d be able to have it on more regularly. The ladies were explaining to me that the owners daughter was a coeliac which was when they discovered there was not really a lot out there with regards to takeaways and they wanted to see if it would work in their fish and chip shop. Hearing the story about the owners daughter made me feel more confident that although they were saying the food was gluten free, that he understood the importance that any cross contamination could result in illness, it made me even more excited to try his food!!

I did try the onion rings as well- I went a bit overboard- and they were alright, a bit skinny and soggy but alright… But the fish and chips were amazing!! I ordered a large fish which was a mistake as I’ve never eaten a large fish in my life, but it genuinely was so tasty! The batter was just as good as I remember normal batter to be, and the chips were just like normal chip shop chips!!

I know that near(ish) me in Whitby there is a fish and chip shop that also does gluten free, and it is quite well known for it- I’ve never been- but I really believe that this little fish and chip shop in Middlesbrough deserves some recognition and for people to know about it. No one has asked me to write about it, I just wanted to put it out there that this amazing food is in the North East.

GLUTEN FREE FISH & CHIP TAKEAWAY NIGHT!!!

Posting this from a couple of weeks ago… Every Tuesday night after 4pm ‘Golden Fry’ in Ormesby, Middlesbrough do gluten free fish, chips and onion rings!!

I am not even joking either, these are the best!! It’s the most exciting thing ever for a coeliac like me, to find a little treasure like this, a little something that you never thought you’d be able to eat again (from a takeaway) but you can!!

I know that Tuesday night after 4pm is a bit restrictive, but when I went in and had a chat with the ladies they were hoping that if it got popular enough that they’d be able to have it on more regularly. The ladies were explaining to me that the owners daughter was a coeliac which was when they discovered there was not really a lot out there with regards to takeaways and they wanted to see if it would work in their fish and chip shop. Hearing the story about the owners daughter made me feel more confident that although they were saying the food was gluten free, that he understood the importance that any cross contamination could result in illness, it made me even more excited to try his food!!

I did try the onion rings as well- I went a bit overboard- and they were alright, a bit skinny and soggy but alright… But the fish and chips were amazing!! I ordered a large fish which was a mistake as I’ve never eaten a large fish in my life, but it genuinely was so tasty! The batter was just as good as I remember normal batter to be, and the chips were just like normal chip shop chips!!

I know that near(ish) me in Whitby there is a fish and chip shop that also does gluten free, and it is quite well known for it- I’ve never been- but I really believe that this little fish and chip shop in Middlesbrough deserves some recognition and for people to know about it. No one has asked me to write about it, I just wanted to put it out there that this amazing food is in the North East.

This week I received an exciting goody box from Udi’s to try. I am still getting to grips with finding all new GF foods that I like and it’s so hard to fit them all in my weekly shop! I’ve seen Udi’s around in Tesco mainly and have eyed a few of their products up but I get quite nervous buying new bread products as I’ve tried a few that really shouldn’t even be classed as food!!

So since I’ve been at work all week I haven’t really had chance to try any of my new treats, however I actually just couldn’t resist the cinnamon and raisin bagels.

When I cut these little rays of sunshine up I was pleasantly surprised… No crumbly mess at all- they cut perfectly!! Eating gluten free bread is definitely a nightmare when you don’t know what brands to avoid as they can just falls to bits, but these were actually just like ‘normal’ bagels, if not better! They smelt lush when the were toasting and when I put some butter on them and ate them warm they were delicious! I really struggle with dry foods and there’s nothing worse that something not having flavour… These Udi’s bagels definitely did not go in that category!

These beautiful little things will definitely finding their way into my trolley every week, and I can’t wait to try the plain ones with some bacon and Philadelphia!

I’m going to have a try of the rest of my snacks in the next few days and see if they match up to how nice these bagels are… I hope so!!

Our little homemade Gluten Free Bhajis. They actually look like Onion Bhajis!! 😄

Our little homemade Gluten Free Bhajis. They actually look like Onion Bhajis!! 😄