Little Sweet Treats

I made these a while ago, but I have been a busy little bee lately neglecting my blog, so here they are… My mini gluten free croissants!

I decided to be sneaky when I made these and used Genius’ gluten free puff pastry rather than making my own.  I’ve used Genius pastry before to make a pie and thought it was really easy to use so I thought it would be handy for my quick croissants.

So, easy peasy, I rolled the pastry out on the surface and cut it into medium sized rectangles.  Then I cut each rectangle in half creating two triangle shapes (so cutting from corner to corner).  I then grabbed myself some chocolate chips- make sure they’re gluten free- and placed a spoonful at the thicker end of the triangle.

Starting from the thicker end of the triangle, with the chocolate, roll up your croissant working towards the point of the triangle.  The point of the triangle should have rolled up so that it is sitting on the middle section of the croissant.  Pinch the ends of the croissants to make sure they’re all stuck together and then place on a baking tray.

When all of the little croissants are on the baking tray I brushed over them with egg and popped them in the oven on 180 degrees C for around 10 minutes.  They’re only small so make sure to keep checking on them.  

These are not the worlds best croissants by any means, but they’re a pretty good substitute for a gluten free attempt!  I really enjoyed making these with the Genius pastry and I thought it was really easy to use.  I found that the croissants were more like little chocolate breads, but they were perfect for breakfast or a little snack!!  I kept mine and ate them over a couple of days and they were super tasty!!

Check out these tasty gluten free onion rings!!
Onion rings are my favourite little snacky food, especially to go with home-made burgers or hot dogs.
I think it’s such a shame that you can’t buy gluten free onion rings when you’re out and about, so I made it my mission to try and make the best at home!!
I have a slight confession to make however… I don’t really weigh out my ingredients to make these because when I did, it made enough onion rings to feed the whole street!!  So here’s the list of ingredients I used, and it’s a bit of self experimentation depending on how many you want to make- if you find you haven’t made enough, just pop a few more grams in!
You will need:
- Gluten free plain flour
- Cornflour
- Mild chilli powder
- Milk
- Baking powder
So, the main ingredient is the flour followed by the cornflour (so use slightly more flour than cornflour), the baking powder will just be a couple of pinches and the milk will be around 100mls (add more if necessary).  My secret ingredient that I swear by is the chilli powder.  I always add a couple of sprinkles to the mixture- it makes your onion rings the lovely orange colour and they taste amazing!!
This is the first and only recipe for gluten free onion rings that I’ve found where the batter mix coats the onions properly without leaving them looking like funny looking skeletons and they just taste so good!!  

ENJOY!!

Check out these tasty gluten free onion rings!!

Onion rings are my favourite little snacky food, especially to go with home-made burgers or hot dogs.

I think it’s such a shame that you can’t buy gluten free onion rings when you’re out and about, so I made it my mission to try and make the best at home!!

I have a slight confession to make however… I don’t really weigh out my ingredients to make these because when I did, it made enough onion rings to feed the whole street!!  So here’s the list of ingredients I used, and it’s a bit of self experimentation depending on how many you want to make- if you find you haven’t made enough, just pop a few more grams in!

You will need:

- Gluten free plain flour

- Cornflour

- Mild chilli powder

- Milk

- Baking powder

So, the main ingredient is the flour followed by the cornflour (so use slightly more flour than cornflour), the baking powder will just be a couple of pinches and the milk will be around 100mls (add more if necessary).  My secret ingredient that I swear by is the chilli powder.  I always add a couple of sprinkles to the mixture- it makes your onion rings the lovely orange colour and they taste amazing!!

This is the first and only recipe for gluten free onion rings that I’ve found where the batter mix coats the onions properly without leaving them looking like funny looking skeletons and they just taste so good!!  

ENJOY!!

Just a quick post really about TGI Fridays new gluten free burger buns :)

Anyone that knows me knows that I love TGI Fridays, and since being diagnosed as a coeliac it’s the only place around Middlesbrough that I feel comfortable going to for eating out. The main reason for this is that there is no fuss around finding food that I can eat, it’s just easy… You ask for a menu and they give you one (I’ve never had anyone having to rummage around for a GF menu like at other places I’ve been to) and it is really self explanatory. One side of the menu is the ‘Lactose Free’ side and the other is the ‘Gluten Free’ side. Some people might say that there is not much choice on the menu but I completely disagree, apart for the desserts (which I wish there was more than just one), I feel like there is actually the most choice of a GF menu that I have seen. I also prefer not having as much choice as on the main menu as long as everything that is on their I can eat- rather than swapping chips for a jacket, or changing the sauces on a meal. Maybe it’s just me, it just makes me feel more comfortable. 

So normally, when I go to TGI’s I either have a steak or a bun-less burger. I genuinely don’t mind having my burger bun-less anyway because pre-coeliac I always left the bread as I just find it too filling. So as excited as ever for my trip to TGI Fridays for our little treat tonight, I noticed that the menu had changed slightly and now replacing the ‘bun-less burger’ title was a sentence saying ‘served with gluten free bun’… OOO!! 
I also noticed on the ‘Lactose Free’ side that their burgers also stated that they came with a ‘Dairy Free bun’!

I ordered my burger, and as I already said I don’t really eat that much bread so I was excited about the option to have a bun with a burger but not ecstatic. However… As is tradition when you come across a new food, you have to poke it to test it’s softness and sniff it to check it smells good and I was so surprised!! It looked and smelt like a regular bread roll, something I didn’t think I’d miss but I actually really do. So rather than being distracted by the rest of my food like normal, I genuinely hoovered down my burger with the most ridiculous haste. 

Embarrassingly, towards the end of my burger I took the meat out and just ate the bread?!? Now that is mad for me so the bread must have been something special!!

Just a quick post really about TGI Fridays new gluten free burger buns :)

Anyone that knows me knows that I love TGI Fridays, and since being diagnosed as a coeliac it’s the only place around Middlesbrough that I feel comfortable going to for eating out. The main reason for this is that there is no fuss around finding food that I can eat, it’s just easy… You ask for a menu and they give you one (I’ve never had anyone having to rummage around for a GF menu like at other places I’ve been to) and it is really self explanatory. One side of the menu is the ‘Lactose Free’ side and the other is the ‘Gluten Free’ side. Some people might say that there is not much choice on the menu but I completely disagree, apart for the desserts (which I wish there was more than just one), I feel like there is actually the most choice of a GF menu that I have seen. I also prefer not having as much choice as on the main menu as long as everything that is on their I can eat- rather than swapping chips for a jacket, or changing the sauces on a meal. Maybe it’s just me, it just makes me feel more comfortable.

So normally, when I go to TGI’s I either have a steak or a bun-less burger. I genuinely don’t mind having my burger bun-less anyway because pre-coeliac I always left the bread as I just find it too filling. So as excited as ever for my trip to TGI Fridays for our little treat tonight, I noticed that the menu had changed slightly and now replacing the ‘bun-less burger’ title was a sentence saying ‘served with gluten free bun’… OOO!!
I also noticed on the ‘Lactose Free’ side that their burgers also stated that they came with a ‘Dairy Free bun’!

I ordered my burger, and as I already said I don’t really eat that much bread so I was excited about the option to have a bun with a burger but not ecstatic. However… As is tradition when you come across a new food, you have to poke it to test it’s softness and sniff it to check it smells good and I was so surprised!! It looked and smelt like a regular bread roll, something I didn’t think I’d miss but I actually really do. So rather than being distracted by the rest of my food like normal, I genuinely hoovered down my burger with the most ridiculous haste.

Embarrassingly, towards the end of my burger I took the meat out and just ate the bread?!? Now that is mad for me so the bread must have been something special!!

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I’m a bit behind on my food blogging as I’ve been back from Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest for 2 weeks now but bare with me whilst I catch up with myself.

This is my first experience of going away since being a Coeliac so I was more than nervous about planning what I could eat and trying to make sure I was totally organised ‘food wise’ before we went. I made sure I had my cereal and bread ordered from Boots well in advance- it still only arrived two days before we left though- and had our food bag out ready to be pack for about a week before we left… I think I am slightly mad to be honest!

I rang up the information place at Center Parcs a couple of weeks before we went to see if there was anything I could eat- we’d booked tables for two nights we were staying there at ‘Hucks’ the American restaurant so I wanted to make sure there was definitely a choice there. I’d had a quick look at the menu and was feeling quite down really, that was until I spoke to a lovely gentleman on the phone who seemed to know plenty about food allergies and he told me what foods were safe for me to eat. He told me that the chips were gluten free and the majority of the meats were as well- if I wanted any meats just tell the chef and they won’t add any seasoning that contains gluten on to it- he also told me that if I wanted to order any burgers then to let them know and they’d order some GF burger buns in for my meal!! This gentleman was super duper helpful, and to my pure delight he also let me know that the Pancake House did GF versions of their pancakes!! Pancakes are my absolute favourite and there’s nothing I love more than filling myself full of amazing pancakes!! The ice cream in the Pancake House WAS gluten free, however the ice cream in the restaurant WAS NOT gluten free.

So anyway, feeling more positive I was definitely looking forward to my little holibob :)

When we got to Center Parcs I mentioned to the waiter at the restaurant that I was a Coeliac and he said it was fine, to have a look through the menu and the chef would come over to speak to me at my table. Very impressed I sat down and scoured the menu… All I really fancied that night was a burger really, and knowing the chips were gluten free rather than having to swap them for a jacket potato was a huge bonus!! Thinking about it I should have arranged for some GF bread buns to be ordered, but to be honest I never eat the bread with a burger- just personal preference, it fills me up too much- so the waiter said as I wasn’t having the bread I could order a side for my meal to make up for my lack of burger bun which was very sweet! My first meal was the first picture you can see; a double stacked burger. It came with two beef burgers, two lots of bacon and two lots of cheese!! Unfortunately I was starving and got a bit carried away so excuse the picture as I’d started eating my food already :-/
For dessert there was just one option, a chocolate cake which is the second picture, this was absolutely divine, totally demolished in around 1 minute!!

The third picture that I’ve posted is of a lunch that I ate in the Sports Bar one afternoon. I wasn’t very impressed with the choice of food that there was for us GF peeps, literally that was all I had the option of, chicken wings and chips. It was tasty, very tasty, but I would have preferred a sandwich or some soup of something or even just an option?!

My last picture I’ve posted is of a meal we had one night at the Country Club. This menu was very limited, there was only about 10 dishes that were on the menu in total for a main course, and for a GF person I could see about 3 meals that could be adapted. The meal I ate was the Hunters Chicken- chicken breast with bacon and cheese with chips and salad, the BBQ sauce was NOT gluten free- and also be careful if you eat here, the condiments were NOT gluten free either so they had to find me some sachets of Heinz sauces.

I completely forgot to take a picture of my pancake I had at the Pancake House, I think this was because I was just exhausted by the time my food came. When I went in the lady had explained to me to have a look at the menu and then she’d come over and help me adapt my food if there were toppings for my pancake that I couldn’t eat. I fancied a savoury pancake for once- I never ever make them savoury at home so this was very rare- and there was one with sun blushed tomatoes, goats cheese and pepperoni which sounded really tasty. I asked the lady if I could eat it and she told me that the pepperoni was not gluten free… so I tried swapping it for chorizo, which was apparently not gluten free either… this went on for quite some time, with all of the savoury pancakes- there was just not one that I could eat the main ingredients on!!! I was getting so frustrated and so was my other half, I felt like I was just wasting everyone’s time trying to find something I could eat… It felt horrible!! In the end I got the banoffee pancakes, which I practically eat at home every other week. I was so disappointed, I think it was just the experience that ruined it for me, I’ve not really experienced being told on that scale the amount of food I couldn’t eat. Normally when we go to Center Parcs we go to the Pancake House every day, this time we only went the once, I felt like I couldn’t put myself through all that hoo-haa again.

Overall I found the staff exceptionally helpful, they were all so kind and went out of their way to help me find food I could eat, it was just a shame that silly little things kept ruining it for me really. The shop as well, has a gluten free section which the lady in shop said contained cakes and all sorts, however unless you wanted bread, curry sauce or crisps you were out of luck :-/

I would definitely go back to Center Parcs again, but I’d be even better prepared with more lunchtime meals that I could prepare myself rather than relying on the food places there.

Next time hopefully won’t be so long for a blog!!

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!!

www.udisglutenfree.com

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.