Baking gluten free cookies

Today is The Great British Bake Off and as it’s biscuit week I thought I would make some gluten free cookies.

I decided to firstly make Ginger cookies from a recipe in The Gluten free baker by Hannah Miles. This book is fab, lots of recipes for cakes, cookies, bread and pastry. I can definitely recommend.

Hannah also has a Savoury version of this book called The Savoury gluten free baker.

You need

160g Gluten free self raising flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

180g ground almonds

180g caster sugar. I cut this down to 100g and found them sweet enough

2 teaspoons ground ginger

grated zest of 2 limes

125g butter

6 pieces of stem ginger in syrup finely chopped plus 3 tbsp of the ginger syrup

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I started with the dry ingredients, then added the melted butter and syrup from the stem ginger.

I then stirred in the stem ginger finely chopped.

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The oven needs to be preheated to 180c and you need 2 baking trays greased and lined.

The cookies tend to spread, so I left plenty of space around each one.

The cookies went in the oven for 12 mins then I left them on the trays to cool for a while.

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Then moved to a wire rack.

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I was very impressed with these cookies. Crunchy and chewy inside. Perfect!

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So very easy to make.

Next I decided to take inspiration from The Gluten free Almond flour cookbook by Elana Amsterdam  to invent my own cookie.

A dark chocolate and cherry cookie

You need

100g gluten free self raising flour

110g almond flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

100g butter or coconut oil melted

100g agave nectar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

85g dark chocolate gluten free, Finely chopped

10g cocoa powder gluten free

handful of chopped glace cherries

I firstly mixed all the dry ingredients together

Then added the butter, agave and vanilla extract.

finely the chocolate finely chopped and the cherries.

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pre heated oven at 180c .

I used a tablespoon to put the mixture on to the baking tray leaving plenty of space and flattening  slightly with the palm of  my hand. Then I popped them in the oven for 15 mins or until the cookies look dry on top and start to crack.

I left these on the baking sheets to cool before moving to the wire rack.

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These cookies turned out  softer inside with a crunchy outside. I might try baking them for a little longer when I make them next time.

These biscuits are not overly sweet as I used dark chocolate.

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Why not have a go at inventing your own cookie or biscuit. I’m very pleased with mine.

Happy Gluten free Baking!

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Honeybuns bakery’s new gluten free flapjacks

Recently I ordered another box of honeybuns gluten free treats. I was pleased to see that the new flapjacks were available to order, so I added a couple to my selection.

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My parcel from Honeybuns bakery arrived very quickly, I divided the cakes and put half of them in the freezer. they freeze very well!

I was very excited to try the new gluten free flapjack. The flapjack was surprising soft which I loved, with a delicious flavour . A very indulgent treat. I remember eating flapjacks in my gluten eating days and them often being quite over baked and chewy. 

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I will definitely be ordering them again soon. 

This means that the Honeybuns bakery is now 100% gluten free, very reassuring!  

I now cannot wait to try the cake mixes. Watch this space, review coming soon.

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!