Posts Tagged ‘dairy free’

Sugar-free Marshmallow cone

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Homemade marshmallow is so much nicer than shop bought and you can add any flavour you like. Making them sugar-free works just a well as with sugar.

sugar-free marshmallow

 

There are a lot of marshmallow recipes on the internet that will work by substituting the sugar and glucose syrup with xylitol or erythritol. I have tried lot’s of the vegetarian marshmallow recipes on the internet and not one of them has worked!

I wanted to show that marshmallow can be piped using a piping bag fitted with a large nozzle.

This information is not about healthy eating. This is for people who want to cut or reduce sugar from their diet but still want to enjoy celebrations with everyone else or have a special treat now and again. Some people have been able to embrace a sugar free diet and adapt their life easily. Other people find it a bit of a struggle. Everyone wants something sweet to eat now and again. These recipes are not meant for everyday eating!

I have been working with 2 natural sweeteners called xylitol and erythritol. These come in a granular form which looks identical to sugar and can be found in supermarkets and whole food stores. Sugar can be substituted like for like with xylitol or erythritol in many baking recipes. If you are cutting sugar from your diet, you can gradually reduce the amount of sugar or sweetener in a recipe as your taste buds become accustomed to less sugar. Baking recipes can work with up to a third less sugar.

In the UK erythritol can be found as Sukrin. This is a sugar alcohol with 0 calories. More information about this product can be found here.

More information about xylitol can be found here. Xylitol is sold in most supermarkets in the UK as Total Sweet. This comes in granular form.

You will need a food temperature probe for this recipe.

Recipe – makes 8 cones.

8 ice cream cones
unsweetened desiccated coconut
4 teaspoons powdered gelatine
150g xylitol or erythritol
1 teaspoon vanilla paste

Place 8 ice cream cones onto a tray. Fit a large piping bag with a plain nozzle. Place the desiccated coconut into a small bowl.

SAM_4811

Place the powdered gelatine into a mixer bowl with 50ml cooled, boiled water. Leave to sponge. Place on the mixer with a whisk attachment.

gelatine

Place the xylitol into a saucepan with 80ml water.

xylitol

Melt the xylitol over a low heat then boil to 121°c. Immediately pour onto the gelatine and whisk until thick. Whisk in the vanilla paste.

SAM_4812

 

Working quickly, spoon the marshmallow into the piping bag and pipe into the ice cream cones. Immediately dip the marshmallow into the desiccated coconut and leave to set.

My son loves these with Choc Shot chocolate sauce!

SAM_4824

Squires Kitchen Flexi-Ice

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

I was really excited to discover this product and wanted to share it with you. I love finding new cake decorating techniques that are available for allergen free cakes too. 

Flexi-ice cake

Vintage lace has been very popular on wedding cakes this year. Such delicate decoration at one time would have needed a great deal of skill to achieve. This is really easy to use and looks very professional.

Squires Kitchen Flexi-Ice does not contain any allergens in the ingredients list. The allergy advice does state ‘May contain nuts’. Please be aware that other brands do contain wheat flour. Always check the label but I know you do!

You can pipe with this icing but it does take a bit of practise for finer work.

Flexi-ice cupcakes

I have taken the following text from the product description which explains how to use it.

Flexi-Ice is a flexible, multi-purpose icing with a delicate natural vanilla flavour. Ideal for creating fine, edible lace in sugar, this versatile mix can also be piped, stencilled, coloured and used to make edible confetti.
Developed by the experts at Squires Kitchen and thoroughly tested by professional cake makers, Flexi-Ice is easy to both make and apply. Simply add 150ml of cooled, boiled water for every 100g of the mix and beat until smooth – you can leave the icing white or colour it any shade with Squires Kitchen’s wide range of liquid, paste and dust food colours.

Spread onto mould
Once mixed, Flexi-Ice is perfect for piping and stencilling on cakes, cupcakes and cookies. For a lace effect, spread the paste over a lace mould with a smoother or scraper.

Peel away from mould Either leave to air-dry or place in a cool oven or dehumidifier for just 20–30 minutes and the paste should easily peel away from the mat. Flexi-Ice remains pliable for at least a day and, if it starts to firm up, just pass the icing through the steam of a kettle to restore its flexibility.

FoldOnce made, the unique texture of Flexi-Ice makes it so easy to decorate with – simply cut the paste with scissors or a pizza wheel and fold it into shape. Create on-trend lace decorations, such as sumptuous frills, beautiful bows and delicate flowers for celebration cakes, favours, desserts and more.

Pack shot

New Squires Kitchen Instant Mix Flexi-Ice is available from www.squires-shop.com and from good cake decorating suppliers nationwide. RRP £8.99 for 500g.

Ingredients

Sugar, Glucose powder, Potato starch, Thickeners: Sodium Alginate, Gum Tragacanth, Xanthan gum, Colour: E171, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate; Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid; Natural Vanilla Flavouring

Baking with Almond Flour

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

I have been interested in almond flour since reading American gluten free recipe sites so when I was given a bag by Sukrin I couldn’t wait to try it.

splash-mandelmel

 

After reading about it here I realised this isn’t the same almond flour as used on the recipe sites.

This almond flour has had 80% of the fat removed. On their website Sukrin state that the flour is high in protein and minerals including magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese and zinc.

Still inspired by the American sites I decided to make a carrot cake using just almond flour and not adding any other flour. Sukrin advise using half and half with another flour.

SAM_3532

 

As you can see it had quite a close texture. It wasn’t stodgy though and the flavour of almond was quite strong. The cake lasted 2 – 3 days.

If you are looking to add protein and less fat to your diet then substituting some of your usual flour with this may help.

I use ground almonds in my cakes as the fat adds moistness and helps it to last more than a couple of days which this flour doesn’t do so I won’t be using this flour again in my gluten free baking.

Nakd Snack Bar Review

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

I had seen Nakd bars in the shops but hadn’t tried them yet as it isn’t the sort of thing I would usually buy so when I was asked if I would like to try Nakd products I suddenly thought – yes actually I think I would! I felt very spoiled when this was delivered!

SAM_3608

Fruit tea, a china cup, a tube of gorgeous lavender hand cream and a packet of Nakd Cocoa Delight.

If your choice of snack is sugary sweet then this may not be for you. I like dried fruit but prefer them in foods rather than on their own so these bites were ideal.

Made from dates, cashew nuts, raisins, cocoa powder and rice flour. I honestly think these are the perfect guilt free in between meals snack and I will be trying their other flavours.

SAM_3612

 

 

Gluten Free Parsnip and Apple Cake

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

I have seen lots of parsnip cake recipes lately and fancied trying it. 

SAM_3570

I wondered if it would work in the same way as carrot in a cake as parsnip is a bit drier. I adapted my carrot cake recipe to try this and it worked well.

It would be nice with cinnamon but my husband is allergic to it so we don’t have it in the house.

Next time I’m thinking of using dark muscovado sugar, dried ginger and chopped stem ginger instead of demerara sugar, mixed spice and apple. No new year diet here!

SAM_3568

 

This recipe makes quite a deep cake so takes a little while to cook. I would suggest wrapping  your cake tin with a thick layer of baking parchment or bake even strips to protect the side of the cake.

Parsnip and apple cake – serves 8 – 12

Ingredients
for the Cake
125g gluten free plain flour
60g maize flour or cornflour
65g ground almonds
3 tsp gluten free baking powder
4 tsp mixed spice or cinnamon
pinch salt
350g parsnip, grated
85g eating apple, chopped into small pieces
215ml sunflower oil
4 large eggs
250g demerara sugar
a few drops of vanilla extract

for the Topping
50g butter, at room temperature
60g icing sugar
200g cream cheese
vanilla extract
mixed spice or cinnamon

Dairy free topping - if you are just covering the top, only use half this amount.

150g dairy free margarine
600g icing sugar
vanilla extract
mixed spice or cinnamon

Method
Preheat oven to 180°c / 350°f / gas mark 4.
Grease and line an 8inch round cake tin with greaseproof paper.
Combine the flour, maize flour, ground almonds, baking powder, mixed spice and salt in a bowl.
Sieve together four times to make sure the baking powder is evenly distributed.
Measure the sunflower oil, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla into a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until paler in colour then stir in the flour mixture. Stir in the parsnip and chopped apple.
Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour until a knife inserted comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out onto a plate. Now turn this onto the cooling wire so the cake cools the right way up or it could break in half.

For the topping

soften the butter for 10 seconds in a microwave or leave at room temperature before beating together with the icing sugar. This is easier if you use a food mixer with a beater attachment or use a hand held mixer. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Mix in the vanilla extract and mixed spice or cinnamon to taste.
Spread onto the top and sides of the cake with a pallet knife.

Dairy free topping

Mix the icing sugar into the dairy free margarine. Do not overbeat the mixture as it will split. Stir in a few drops of water until it reaches the required consistency. Stir in vanilla extract and mixed spice or cinnamon to taste.
You may think this is a lot of icing sugar. If you use less icing sugar to margarine, the mixture will split. Add a little extra flavouring to this buttercream.
Spread onto the top and sides of the cake with a pallet knife.

Sukrin Bread and Cake Mix

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I was given a lovely big box of goodies from www.sukrin.com/en/ to try. It contained granulated, brown and icing sugar alternative. Sesame flour, almond flour, Fibrefine which is a high fibre corn flour. A bread mix and cake mix!

Where do I start?

I thought I’d start with the easy option – the bread and cake mix.

SAM_3445

 

This is a low carbohydrate bread mix is wheat, milk, yeast, soy and sugar free. It does contain egg. Apparently it is very popular amoung sports people and I can see why.

The mix comes with it’s own baking tin. All you need to do is stir in the water and any extra flavourings you like. Spoon into the tin, level the top and bake.

SAM_3454

I kept my bread plain so I could taste it as it was. It had a lovely flavour and was full of seeds. It was quite moist but soft. The pack says to store in the fridge. It still tasted good 4 days later.

SAM_3470

SAM_3491The cake mix makes an 8 inch cake and is gluten and sugar free. Again I kept it quite plain so I could taste the flavour as it was.

SAM_3418

 

This cake mix is mixed together with 3 eggs, 75ml vegetable oil and 150ml water and any flavourings you like. The company have produced a booklet of recipes which can be made with the cake mix.

SAM_3426

 

The mix I used has sesame flour as the first ingredient. I don’t know if the recipe has changed as the ingredient list on the website lists almond flour as the first ingredient. I mention this as I did find the cake had a strong flavour which I didn’t really like.

It had a great texture and lasted a few days. I think this cake mix might suit strong flavours being added to it.

SAM_3495

 

Pine Nut Flour and Pumpkin Seed Flour

Friday, November 15th, 2013

I was very excited to receive a bag of pine nut meal and pumpkin seed meal from www.goldenoils.co.uk I was asked to try some simple recipes with both and I’m glad I did!

newhomepageimagetaketwoAt first I thought they would be quite oily but Elena from the company explained that the oil is pressed from the kernels and the meal is what’s leftover – clever! Both are milled as fine as flour.

As well as used in recipes as a flour replacement, both can be sprinkled raw onto breakfast cereals or whatever you like for an extra boost of protein and minerals and they are low in fat.

Both flours still have their original flavour. I could taste the pumpkin seed meal in the recipes, the pine nut flavour mellowed but gave a great texture – quite like wheat flour.

shortbread

With the pine nut meal I made a gluten and dairy free shortbread biscuit and lemon drizzle cake.

With the pumpkin seed meal I made gluten and dairy free chilli muffins, banana and maple syrup muffins, shortbread biscuits some quick blinis.

I thought if the shortbread worked then I would know that pastry would work too. I used the suggested one third meal to gluten free flour which worked well and think is right for the pumpkin seed meal as this has quite a strong flavour and is quite dry so in pastry and cakes they would need more liquid.

I would try half pine nut meal and half gluten free flour for shortbread and pastry next time as the pine nut meal seems to give moisture as ground almonds would but without the oiliness and strong flavour.

I tried half and half pine nut flour in the lemon drizzle cake which worked really well. The cake had a great texture and a neutral flavour.

pine nut lemon drizzle

 

Pine Nut and Lemon Drizzle Cake
Serves 8 – 10

100g gluten free plain flour
100g pine nut meal
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
200g caster sugar
200g dairy free margarine (I use Vitalite)
4 med eggs
2 lemons, zest and juice
100g caster sugar

Grease and line a 20cm/8 inch cake tin.

Preheat oven to 190°c/375°f/gas mark 5.

Combine the gluten free flour, pine nut meal and gluten free baking powder. Sieve together four times to fully distribute all of the ingredients.

Cream together the caster sugar and dairy free margarine until light and fluffy. It is best to do this using a food mixer with a beater attachment or use a hand held electric mixer.

Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat lightly with a fork. Beat the egg into the creamed mixture a bit at a time making sure to beat in each addition properly before adding the next. If the mixture starts to split, mix in a spoonful of the flour.

Fold in the flours and the grated lemon zest with a large spoon.

Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until firm to touch and a knife inserted comes out clean. Leave the cake in the tin.

Squeeze the lemons and weigh the juice. Weigh an equal amount of caster sugar and place both into a small saucepan. Heat until boiling and the sugar has dissolved.

Using a pastry brush, brush all of the syrup over the cake and leave to cool.

As the top is sticky, place a piece of silicon paper on top and turn out onto a plate then turn the right way up onto your serving plate. If you have a loose bottomed cake tin, you could lift out the cake and slide it off the base.

You can finish the cake by making a glaze of icing sugar and water and spread over the top of the cake.

Gluten and dairy free Pine Nut Shortbread

80g gluten free plain flour
40g pine nut meal
80g dairy free margarine
40g caster sugar

Place a sheet of baking parchment onto a baking tray.

Preheat oven to 180°c/350°f/gas mark 4.

Combine the flours and rub in the dairy free margarine.

Mix in the sugar and bring together to form a dough.

Dust the worktop with gluten free flour. Roll out the dough ¼ inch thick. Stamp out shapes using a biscuit cutter.

Place onto the baking tray spacing apart. Bake for about 12 minutes depending on size.

Pumpkin Seed Chilli Muffins
Makes 12

150g pumpkin seed meal
150g gluten free plain flour
15g gluten free baking powder
pinch salt
150g dairy free margarine
1 egg
360ml dairy free milk
2 – 3 chillies

Preheat oven to 190°c/gas mark 5.

Sieve together the pumpkin seed flour, gluten free flour and baking powder 4 times to equally distribute the ingredients.

Melt the dairy free margarine in a microwave and stir into the flours with the egg and dairy free milk. The mixture should be a thick batter. If it is too thick, add a drop more dairy free milk. The pumpkin seed meal soaks up lots of liquid.

Finely chop the chillies and stir into the batter.

Place 12 muffin cases into a muffin tray and divide the mixture between them.

Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. At their best for a day or two. The muffins are best served warm.

Banana and Maple Muffins
makes 12

160g gluten free plain flour
90g pumpkin seed meal
2½ teaspoons gluten free baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
100g dairy free margarine
40g maple syrup
90g dairy free milk
2 eggs
2 small bananas
30g sultanas

Preheat oven to 200°c/gas mark 6.

Sieve together the pumpkin seed flour, gluten free flour and baking powder 4 times to equally distribute the baking powder.

Melt the dairy free margarine in a microwave and stir into the flours with the maple syrup, egg and dairy free milk.

Mash the bananas and stir into the batter with the sultanas. The mixture should be a thick batter. If it is too thick, add a drop more dairy free milk. The pumpkin seed meal soaks up lots of liquid.

Place 12 muffin cases into a muffin tray and divide the mixture between them.

Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. The muffins are at their best for a day or two.

Quick yeast free pumpkin seed meal blinis – this recipe is adapted from a buckwheat blini recipe by Sophie Dahl

The pumpkin seed meal worked really well in this recipe. The blinis have a very savoury flavour with a slight bitterness which would work well with a variety of toppings.

85g/3oz pumpkin seed meal
1 tsp baking powder
salt and freshly ground black pepper
240ml/9fl oz dairy free milk
2 free-range egg whites, preferably organic
pinch salt

For the blinis, mix together the pumpkin seed meal, baking powder, a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper and the dairy free milk to make a smooth batter. You may need a little more liquid.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed.

Gradually fold the whisked egg whites into the batter mixture using a metal spoon.

Melt a little dairy free margarine in a frying pan over a medium high heat, and spoon large tablespoons of the batter into the pan to make medium sized pancakes, about 10cm/4in in diameter.

Fry the blinis, in batches, for 2-3 minutes until small bubbles appear on the surface and the underside looks cooked. Turn the blinis over and cook on the other side for a further 1-2 minutes, or until golden-brown. Keep warm.

Repeat until all of the mixture is used up.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Gluten, Dairy, Soya and Egg Free Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge – week 9.

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

charlotte royale

Here is my Charlotte Royale. Please excuse my particularly bad photos and believe this tastes a lot better than it looks!

You will find the recipe used in the programme here.

The Recipe

For the swiss roll
250g self raising gluten free flour
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
170g caster sugar
pinch salt
75ml sunflower oil
12ml white vinegar or lemon juice
200ml cold water
few drops vanilla extract
strawberry jam

For the raspberry mousse
250g raspberries (fresh or frozen)
125g caster sugar
7 teaspoons cornflour
175ml coconut cream

Coconut cream and raspberries to decorate

To make the raspberry mousse
Blitz the raspberries in a food processor and sieve the puree into a bowl.
Blend the cornflour with a little cold water.
Place the caster sugar and 125ml water into a saucepan. Bring to the boil and add the raspberry puree. Bring back to the boil and thicken with the cornflour. Leave to cool.

For the swiss roll.
Line a 12 x 8 inch swiss roll tin with baking parchment. Place another piece of parchment the same size on a worktop and sprinkle with caster sugar.

Place the gluten free flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large mixing bowl.
Measure the sunflower oil, vinegar, vanilla and water into a jug and mix into the dry ingredients to make a smooth thick batter.
Pour into the tin and bake for 20 minutes.
Turn the sponge out on top of the prepared baking parchment, move the sponge around so it doesn’t stick to the paper. Leave for 5 minutes with the baking parchment on top.

swiss roll sponge
While the sponge is still quite hot, spread on the strawberry jam and roll up the sponge using the baking parchment to keep the sponge together. Keep the baking parchment around the sponge until cold.

swiss roll

 

Line a 2 pint bowl with cling film. Cut the swiss roll into slices 1cm thick. Line the bowl with the sponges packing tightly together.
Whip the coconut cream until thick, fold into the raspberry mixture and pour on top of the sponges.
Leave to set before turning out onto a serving plate.
You can boil a spoonful of apricot jam with a spoonful of water and brush this over the sponge if you don’t fancy coating the sponge in arrowroot.
Decorate with the whipped coconut cream and raspberries.

charlotte royaleI’m going to work on this swiss roll recipe. It tasted fine on the first day but wasn’t very nice the next day. The mousse though tastes yummy!

 

Gluten, Dairy, Soya and Egg Free Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge – week 8. Hazelnut Dacquoise.

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

The quarter final of ‘Bake off’ gave us some much anticipated ‘Free from’ dishes. We had a gluten free bread in the Signature Bake, dairy free cake for the show stopper and a gluten free technical challenge. 

Here is a link to Mary Berry’s Hazelnut dacquoise.

So can this recipe be made without dairy, soya and egg too? Yes and honestly tastes just the same as with these ingredients.

I thought the meringue would fall apart quite quickly but it was still intact the next day – probably too soft to serve. I was a bit worried about coating the sides of the meringue with the custard but now I think it would hold.

hazelnut dacquoiseThe Recipe – makes a 6  inch meringue.

For the meringue
50g whole hazelnuts
30g Orgran No Egg
¼teaspoon pectin
45g icing sugar
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar

For the chocolate ganache
40ml almond milk
60g dairy and gluten free plain chocolate (60%)

For the coffee custard filling
150ml /¼pint almond milk
2 teaspoons coffee granules (we’re not coffee drinkers so this is all we had!)
15g caster sugar
couple drops vanilla
4 teaspoons cornflour
75ml coconut cream (keep in the fridge for 24 hours before using)

For the decoration
50g white sugar
whole hazelnuts

Preheat the oven to 180°c (160°c fan oven)
Blitz the hazelnuts in a food processor until coarsely ground. Spread onto a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Leave to cool.
Turn the oven down to 130°c (110°c fan oven).
Mix the no egg together with the pectin and 85ml cold water in a large mixing bowl. Mix on a high speed for 5 minutes.
Add the icing sugar and brown sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue whisking for 5 minutes until thick and it stands in peaks.
Draw 3 x 6 inch circles on baking parchment, turn over onto two baking trays.
Fold the hazelnuts into the meringue.
Fit a piping bag with a large plain nozzle. Fill with the meringue.
Pipe the meringue into the three circles. Bake in the oven for 2 hours. Turn the oven off and leave in the oven until cool.

hazelnut meringue

For the custard – heat the almond milk in a saucepan. Dissolve the coffee with a little boiling water.
Blend the cornflour with a drop of cold water. When the almond milk comes to the boil, whisk in the cornflour to thicken.
Stir in the dissolved coffee and sugar. Pour into a bowl and leave to cool. Place in the fridge until needed.

For the ganache – bring the almond milk to the boil and stir in the chocolate to melt.

Place the white sugar into a small saucepan with a drop of water. Boil to a caramel. Throw in the hazelnuts to coat. Take out the hazelnuts with two forks and place onto baking parchment to set.

When ready to assemble

Place the coconut cream into a large mixing bowl. Whisk until thick. Fold into the cold coffee custard.
Place one meringue onto your serving plate. Spoon half the custard onto the meringue. Place another meringue on top. Spoon the remaining custard on top. Top with the final meringue. Decorate with the ganache and hazelnuts.

Look layers of meringue!

 

hazelnut dacquoise