Archive for March, 2011

Quick Dairy Free Chocolates For Mother’s Day

Friday, March 25th, 2011

My two year old and I decided to play in the kitchen today so we made some dairy free chocolates for nanny. These are quick enough to make to hold a toddlers attention!

First we made dairy free white chocolate pennies. We topped half with Hundreds and thousands and half with dairy free plain chocolate chips.

We then made dairy free white chocolate cornflake bites.

To make 14 chocolate pennies

100g dairy free white chocolate
Dr Oetker Hundreds and Thousands (these are not gluten free)
Plamil dairy free chocolate chips

Place a piece of baking parchment onto a baking tray.

Break up the white chocolate into a bowl. Melt on a low heat in a microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

Place teaspoon full amounts onto the baking tray. Using the back of the spoon, shape into flat discs.

Sprinkle Hundreds and thousands over the top of half the discs until completely covered. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the other half.

Leave to set before tipping the tray to let the excess topping roll off.

12 white chocolate cornflake bites

65g dairy free white chocolate
25g cornflakes (can use gluten free cornflakes)
30g dried cranberries

Place a piece of baking parchment onto a baking tray.

Break up the white chocolate into a bowl. Melt on a low heat in a microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

Crush the cornflakes into smaller flakes – not too small. Stir into the chocolate, then stir in the dried cranberries.

Use a teaspoon to place small amounts onto the baking tray. Leave to set.

Put the chocolates into little cellophane bags tied with ribbon. We are going to buy a nice tin for our chocolates.

Cake decorating for dairy free, gluten free or vegan cakes

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

It’s finally here. After months of late nights and a 7lb 14oz baby boy!

Iced Gem Cakes and BakesYour guide to making dairy free, egg free, wheat free, gluten free and vegan celebration cakes.

Over 200 pages of all you need to know.

So if you’re a professional cake maker who’s fed up with turning down orders, or if you want to make beautiful creations in your own kitchen, this book will show you that catering for special diets really is a piece of cake!

The book includes:-

  • Cake recipes for all of these diets and combinations of the diets too.
  • Vegan flower paste and modelling paste recipes.
  • Diet information, cross contamination, tips for preparing special diet cakes and instructions to make 12 fabulous cakes and cookies.

Techniques include:-

  • Royal icing style piping without the egg.
  • Vegan / dairy free white chocolate roses
  • Vegan / dairy free chocolate gananche 
  • Dairy and gluten free Croquembouche

For a full list of contents, see here

I hope you like it!