Treats from Honeybuns Bakery

In December I decided to treat myself and ordered some gluten free sweet treats from Honeybuns Bakery. I had never been on the website before and had only tried a couple of cakes when I had been in Norfolk, from Wells beach cafe and Holkham hall teashop. I was blown away, I don’t think I was expecting much as they initially looked like all other mass produced gluten free cakes available from supermarkets etc. How wrong was I! They were very different and tasted very homemade. Not normally easily pleased with bought cakes as I enjoy making gluten free cakes myself and am a tough critic.

I found the website and greedily looked through the many options. I initially really wanted the tin box but then decided I could sample far more if I just made an order of a big selection of Honeybuns minis etc. Ordering was straightforward just choosing which ones to try was more difficult. I decided to choose an order date one week before Christmas. I thought this was a great option. Hadn’t expected to have been able to be so precise on the date.

They arrived actually one day before the delivery date although this didn’t matter. I was thrilled when the little box arrived. I’d not had any sugary treats for over 10 weeks, as I have been on a healthy healing plan removing sugar, caffeine and alcohol from my diet. So I was really beyond excited!

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It was like Christmas had come early, I couldn’t wait to try some of these mini cakes. Perfect size for me, a tiny sweet treat without going mad.

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All arrived safely no damage, I think possibly the only thing I was a little disappointed by was the size of the tray bake. Due to the price, I had expected something bigger.

I was very controlled and kept some in the box and put half in the freezer. Looking carefully at the dates as some had a longer shelf life than others.Image

Such a choice, where to start?

Firstly I tried the mini Coppice cake. Beautiful light sponge with dark chocolate taste sensations with little cranberry gems of sweetness. Have to admit it tasted better than any cake I had ever made. 10\10 

Next I tried the Almond moon mini. Pleasantly not too sweet with a biscuit base and little cranberry pieces.Image

A very good 9\10

The next one I tried was the Heathcliffe Brownie, not being a huge brownie fan. I was very interested to see what I thought of this. A good brownie with large pieces of dark chocolate inside which I loved. 8/10

Snowy hills, now this was the first cake I had ever tried from Honeybuns bakery when I was in Norfolk, so I knew this was going to be good. Opening the lovely packaging you are hit by a delicious lemony aroma, with a gentle lemon and ginger taste. I would love to find this in my lunch box! Such a perfect size, great for children too.

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Now to the Chocolate caramel shortbread, wow what a treat! Chunky thick layer of chocolate and thick layer of biscuit reminded me of a thick Hobnob from my days before being gluten free. With the extra joy of a layer of caramel. Delicious 9/10

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The family enjoyed the Snowy hills tray bake and husband sampled the Cranberry and Pecan flapjack something I couldn’t try as the flapjacks are not gluten free at the moment. I think I remember reading that they are in the process of making gluten free flapjacks. That will be amazing!

It was interesting to freeze half the supply, I can confirm that they tasted just as good after being frozen and defrosted very quickly.

All in all, a very successful buy from Honeybuns Bakery. Have never before found cakes that taste so homemade, just perfect as a treat. I definitely will be ordering from them again and visiting stockists in Norfolk. Although perhaps dangerous to order too many even when I store some in the freezer, they are way to addictive!

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Birthday meal at Zizzi’s

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   Eating out in London takes a little more planning when you are gluten, yeast, and onion intolerant. I decided on Zizzi restaurant as I saw on their website that they had a special diet menu. The allergen menu looked very informative with clear notes on ingredients, a great start!

When we arrived at St Giles plaza I asked for the special menu but was greeted with a blank face. Luckily I’d remembered a few things from the menu I had read at home, online. When a different waitress came to take our drinks order I asked again for the gluten free menu. She opened my regular menu and pointed at the pasta section and said you can have these with gluten free pasta. This was a new restaurant so maybe they don’t have this extra menu or possibly the menu is only available on there website. which seems strange to me.

Not the start I wanted, but undeterred we all ordered our food. Pizza’s chosen by the majority of the family and two of us ordered pasta. I decided on Pasta carbonara as had a very good one recently at Carluccios in Bath. 

Our food arrived minus one Calzone, eventually turning up after the rest of us had started. My pasta looked delicious I asked for some parmesan as it was not offered and was given a very generous amount of cheese, Yum!

Sadly the taste didn’t match the look of the food. Quite honestly it tasted like pasta in double cream with a little salt and pepper. I was so disappointed.

 The only plus point was that the pasta was cooked well and it was a generous portion. Image

Definitely not something I would order again. My son had the regular pasta with pesto and green beans but commented that it was very oily and he wouldn’t order next time. 

Calzone and pizza’s were enjoyed by the rest of the family. 

Zizzi have an open kitchen, so I couldn’t help but watch the flour floating round the pizza area, very close to the pasta making section which I found worrying. Am sure this has all been thought through carefully,  but not sure I would risk it again.Image

Would be very interested to hear anyone else’s experiences of eating gluten free at Zizzi’s.