Easy gluten and yeast free batter bread with oregano

Baking day today inspired by The Great British Bake Off on BBC2 later this evening.

This afternoon I had a go at making a different type of bread. Gluten free and Yeast free as I am intolerant to both. I was given the recipe to try by fellow gluten free tweeter @diprestwich

recipe-

3 large eggs

8oz gluten free SR Flour

7 fluid oz of milk and good quality olive oil ( about half and half )

oregano

sea salt

topping- you could use

rosemary, oregano, olives, coarse sea salt sun dried tomatoes etc

I used coarse sea salt and oregano

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Firstly I put 8oz of  Doves farm SR Flour, salt and some oregano in a bowl then added 3 large beaten eggs ( even though the photo shows two) , 7 fluid oz of milk\olive oil mix .

Then I whisked the batter together

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and poured into a greased baking tray.

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I sprinkled some coarse salt and oregano ( rosemary or other herbs could be used )on the top before baking in a hot oven 200c for 10-15 mins.

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The bread came out of the baking tray very easily, I served it warm with a choice of butter or cold pressed olive oil. It was stunning. Its going to be a new favourite!  thanks @diprestwich

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Happy baking!

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gluten free, sugar free carrot muffins

Every Tuesday I am hoping to bake something ready for the Great british bake off. Today I decided to have a go at dietitionuk Carrot muffin recipe.

Instead of sugar Priya suggests using puree apple about 75g. I think when I make them again I will add a little more. As they really are not very sweet. Maybe adding slightly more cinnamon too.

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First I prepared the carrots and puree apple, and pre heated the fan oven to 160c.

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I decided to use Doves farm self raising flour rather than the combination of oat and rice flour.

I mixed together the flour, cinnamon and baking powder. I also added a tsp of isabel’s baking fix.

Then eggs, milk and Lucybeecoconut coconut oil. which I used instead of rapeseed oil. I think they would work well using a dairy free milk too.

Followed by the grated carrots and apple sauce and finally the sultanas.

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The mixture was quite thick so next time I might add an extra egg.

I spooned the carrot muffin mixture into muffin cases.

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After about 16mins they were ready to take out of the oven.

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I had one warm with a cup of tea.

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They are certainly not sweet when made without sugar, no surprise there. But if like me you are trying to restrict your sugar intake then I think as my palate changes these will taste sweeter. You can make them with sugar or possible maple syrup, honey or agave. But wanted to try out a recipe only using cinnamon and apple puree.

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I will definitely make these Carrot muffins again, perhaps just tweaking slightly.

Great recipe @dietitianUk

Happy baking : )

Tips to avoid cross contamination from gluten

Newly diagnosed Coeliac or gluten intolerant check out my blog post on Cross contamination

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Newly diagnosed with Coeliac disease or sensitive to gluten? I have put together a few tips for staying gluten free.

Use separate area if possible for preparation in your kitchen, use easily identified chopping board. preferably not wooden. Glass or plastic work well as they can be cleaned easily.

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Have your own labelled butter dish to avoid contamination from gluten covered knives. It is advisable to have separate jams and spreads as it is hard to keep these free from gluten crumbs. Squeezable jams and honey work well.

Wipe surfaces well before baking and cooking and make sure cloth hasn’t been used to wipe up gluten crumbs, flour etc .

Make sure utensils are thoroughly cleaned before preparing a gluten free meal.

Always keep gluten free food stuffs in separate cupboard to gluten containing foods especially flour. If using wooden spoons they need to be clearly marked gluten free and only…

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Gluten free Cream tea time!

Gluten free Cream tea

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Wimbledon starts today, what better time to make some gluten free scones for an afternoon cream tea!

I started with a clean work surface very important when baking for Coeliacs or gluten sensitive friends and family. Also I pre heated the oven to 220c

recipe-

250g SR Flour gluten free

2 tsp baking powder ( gluten free )

1 tsp Isabels baking fix (optional )

1  large egg

80g butter unsalted

a little milk up to 100ml

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I weighed 250g of gluten free S R flour into a mixing bowl. To which I added 2 tsp of GF baking powder, both were from Doves farm . Then I added 1 tsp of Isabels GF baking fix, this is the first time I have added this. It should improve texture and extend shelf life. I then mixed the dry ingredients together.

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Next I added 80g of real unsalted butter, chopped and…

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Gluten free Fish and Chips at the Snettisham Fish Bar, Norfolk

I thought it was about time I revisited the Snettisham Fish bar, A tiny chippy a short drive from me.

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A large poster on the door announces that the Fish bar is Coeliac and gluten intolerant friendly.  The owner is very knowledgeable too, we had a long chat while my fish and chips cooked about his visit to a trade show where he learnt about the need for separate equipment etc because of cross contamination he also showed me how he kept the gluten free batter mix separately from everything else.

The Gluten free Cod and chips was cooked in the chip fryer. Only used for frying chips.

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Not only can you have any choice of fish. You can also have scampi, prawns or sausages in the Glu-2-Go  batter.

I had chosen Cod and chips for my husband and I. The meal for two came to £10.40

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When I arrived home and unwrapped my Cod and chips it looked amazing, I really miss having the option to dive into a fish and chip shop at the seaside like everyone else. So when you find a chippy that is gluten free its very exciting.

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The chips were incredibly good, just what I had hoped for. Sadly something was not right with the batter this time, and instead of being lovely and crispy it was soft and just acted like a skin around the Cod. I was so disappointed as we have eaten from here once before and the batter had been beautifully crispy.

I will definitely pop by when I pass to let them know, and will give it another go soon.

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The Fish bar is in Alma road, Snettisham Norfolk . worth a visit when you are passing.

Hopefully the batter will be back to its crispy self soon!

Gluten and Dairy free, raspberry bakewell cake

I have been wanting to make a cake for a while using coconut oil and only a small amount of sugar. Lucy bee coconut oil kindly gave me one of there favourite recipes to try.

A raspberry bakewell cake which sounded delicious and was gluten and dairy free.

As soon as my coconut oil arrived from Natures health box I started baking.

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I pre heated my fan oven to 160c and measured out my ingredients. Coconut oil, eggs, caster sugar, gluten free SR flour ( I use Doves ) ground almonds and flaked almonds and fresh raspberries.

Link to @lucybeecoconut and the Raspberry bakewell cake recipe here

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It was so simple I just had to combine all the ingredients and mix well.

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Make sure you melt the coconut oil before adding, I used the microwave about 20 seconds.

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When mixed well I spooned half the mixture into the bottom of my loose bottomed cake tin, then I added the raspberries and a final layer of cake mixture. Not easy , I had to use my fingers to spread it out as the mixture is very thick.

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Then I popped it in the hot oven for 50mins until golden brown.

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Using a loose bottom tin really helped, the cake came out with no problems.

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I added just a dusting of icing sugar on the top.

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I totalled up the cost of the cake, around £6.50. Not to bad considering the local free range eggs, fair trade organic raw coconut oil, and local raspberries

Organic raw Coconut oil is a good healthy oil, as opposed to things like vegetable oil and is much better for us. Hence why I wanted to start baking with it. I already use it in my Granola recipes and cook with it all the time. From scrambled eggs to roast sweet potato wedges which are delicious.

The Raspberry bakewell cake was a great success

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The cake rose far more than I expected and had quite a dense texture more like a pudding, we served ours with clotted cream but think it would work better with double cream or custard. The cake would serve between 8-10.

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Thanks @Lucybeecoconut for the recipe. Very delicious!

Gluten free Sponge cake at Holkham

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Today I decided to take a drive to Holkham Hall, thought it would be a great place to take the Dog for a walk.

Dogs need to be on lead at all times due the the many Deer in the parkland.

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My favourite place at Holkham is the Walled garden, so I decided to take a walk there. A golf buggy is also available to ferry you to the garden if you don’t fancy the walk.

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On the way you can see lots of happy pigs, sunbathing today!

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The Walled garden is currently being brought back to its former glory, already it looks amazing!

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The vegetable garden was full of the most amazing veggies ready to be harvested.

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After an enjoyable walk around the garden we headed back to Holkham cafe

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I was pleased to see a choice of gluten free goodies available. Brownies and cake slices from Honeybuns Bakery and Large slices of cake from Sponge. I  decided on a pot of tea and a huge slice of Apple crumble Sponge cake and a tiny carton of Rodda’s clotted cream very indulgent ! But essential for research purposes. Not being able to resist I bought a slice of Honeybuns bakery Almond moon. I’m saving this for a picnic later this week.

I was pleased to see a long line of freshly filled Dog bowls outside the cafe. Much appreciated by my four legged friend.

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The Sponge cake was very delicious, if a little over sweet. Love the combination of apple and cinnamon, great texture too. think you would be hard pushed to tell the difference between this and a regular gluten filled sponge cake. The clotted cream went brilliantly with the cake, felt like I was having a cream tea. Pleased I could buy the cream separately from scones.

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The staff were helpful and friendly and informed me that they also served soup which was gluten free and usually dairy free too.

Will definitely try the soup next time I visit.

After over 2hrs in the sunshine I headed back along the coast with one very tired Dog.

Find more information on Holkham Hall here www.holkham.co.uk

For more information on  Sponge gluten free cakes Perfect for occasional treats.