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Baker Days Gluten Free Cakes By Post

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

I received a lovely surprise through my letterbox last week.

baker daysIt was a gluten free celebration cake packaged in this lovely tin. It was 5 inches wide and enough to feed 3 – 4 people.

It tasted nice, the cake contains ground almonds which keeps the cake moist.

It’s great that commercial companies are now catering for gluten free diets. You can also order a dairy free cake too.

baker daysOn their website www.bakerdays.com you can choose from hundreds of designs which are then printed onto sugarpaste. Gluten free cakes are only available as this size, prices start from £16.99.

 http://www.bakerdays.com/pages/gluten-and-wheat-free-cakes

inside a bakerdays cake

 

 

A Perfectionists Guide to Decorating Cakes With Young Children!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

I am a perfectionist, I know this! A couple of years ago I admit I didn’t like the idea of letting my then two year old decorate our Christmas cake. Last Christmas I came up with a compromise.

I know Christmas is far from everyones mind but this idea could work for other cakes too!

This first cake was made for nanny and grandad. I wanted to give them a pretty cake but knew they would love it if the boys had helped too.

How to decorate a Christmas cake can be found here.

I covered the cake with marzipan and icing and made the poinsettias to go on top. I rolled out coloured sugarpaste and the boys cut out Christmas shapes using cookie cutters. They decorated each shape with cutters, sugarpaste shapes and painted with food colouring. I then attached each shape to the sides of the cake.

Each year I make a Christmas cake for my sister in law and family too so last Christmas I invited her and her two year old to come over and decorate their own cake too.

Christmas tree cake

I cut two Christmas tree shapes from an 8 inch square cake by cutting out one triangle and sticking the two offcuts from the sides to make another triangle the same size. I stuck this together with a thin layer of marzipan. I cut out the tree shape and used the offcuts to mould together the ‘stump’ of each tree. I then marzipanned the cake and covered it with green and black sugarpaste.

The children cut out shapes from rolled out sugarpaste. I then gave them piping bags of coloured icing and let them decorate their cakes how they wanted.

Not bad for a 4 year old and two 2 year olds and it made me smile everytime I looked at our cake.

I might let them help with the tree next year………….

Free From For Kids

Friday, February 15th, 2013

I thought I’d tell you about a website selling free from foods aimed for children.

www.freefromforkids.co.uk is a website dedicated to selling free from foods. If you’re looking for dairy free, gluten free, wheat free, soya free, egg free and other food allergen free treats, snacks or baking goods then you are in the right place. The foods are aimed at children, but if you like good food that is free from common allergens then Freefromforkids.co.uk is perfect for big kids too!

If you are struggling to find free from Easter goodies then this is a good site to visit.

The owners of this site also run www.parentsown.co.uk which was set up to allow parents with children with gastro intestinal, feeding problems and allergies, as well as other medical conditions, to share their experiences, information and find people in a similar situation to them.

Getting ready for Christmas: Gluten Free Mincemeat

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

I love the run up to Christmas and it starts with our Christmas baking. Cheesy Christmas music is a must. My youngest son joining in for the first time.

We started this year with mincemeat, making double the usual amount after running out last year.

I used to just mix all the ingredients together, put into jars and leave until needed but a couple of years ago I found the apple had fermented so I now follow Delia’s advice and warm up the mixture to melt the fat so it coats the fruit.

I always use vegetable suet in my mincemeat as I find beef suet sometime solidifies once the mince pies are cooked and cold. Gluten free vegetable suet is available from whole food shops. I used Community Foods. If this is hard to find I would use white vegetable fat as we are going to melt it anyway.

If you want to use beef suet, you can buy this fresh from some butchers which can be grated or blitz in a food processor.

This recipe makes enough to fill 5 jam jars.

The Recipe

200g raisins
200g sultanas
200g currants
200g wheat free mixed peel
2 cooking apples, peeled and chopped finely
200g gluten free vegetable suet or white vegetable fat (Trex)
200g Demerara sugar
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 orange, zest and juice
2 tsp mixed spice
pinch salt
25ml rum
25ml brandy

The Method

Mix all the ingredients except the rum and brandy in a large bowl. Cover and leave overnight for the flavours to develop.

Preheat the oven to 120°c / gas mark ¼. Place the mixture into a deep ovenproof dish and warm in the oven until the fat has melted.

Take out of the oven and leave to cool, stirring occasionally. When cold stir in the rum and brandy.

To sterilise the jars – clean five glass jars in hot soapy water and dry with a clean towel. Place the jars in a moderate oven (160°c / 325°f / gas mark 3) for five minutes to ensure they are sterilised.

Fill the jars with the mincemeat while the jars are still hot.

Cover with a plastic coated lid. The fruit can corrode a metal lid.

Dairy Free Advent Calendar – Vegan Store

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

If you are on the look out for a dairy free chocolate advent calendar and other Christmas chocolate then you should really visit this website if you haven’t already.

www.veganstore.co.uk

This is a brilliant website stocking vegan groceries, toiletries and clothing but the page which really excites me is Chocolate and Sweets!

Not only can you buy a whole range of dairy free chocolate, you will also find vegan jelly sweets, dairy free fudge, vegan marshmallows and loads more.