Wow! muffins

Based in Wymondham, just outside Norwich WOWmuffins are a small gluten free business. Making the most amazing sweet and savoury muffins, many are dairy free too. Selling at farmers markets in East Anglia and available to order online.

I first met Karen a few months back at Creake abbey farmers market near Burnham Market, Norfolk. I literally went Wow! when I saw her stall.

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The stall was easy to spot with a big sign saying “muffins for everyone” and bright red gazebo. With a huge array of the most delicious looking gluten free goodies, I was a very happy lady!

I have never been a big fan of supermarket muffins as they always seem to me to be quite heavy in texture. But WOW muffins are quite different. Freshly made, they have a short shelf life, like all homemade bakery goods. But they freeze well on day of purchase. Or you can eat them immediately like I do.

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‘Muffinettes’

Light and airy in texture and available in two sizes regular and muffinettes, half the size and perfect if you are trying to be good or can’t decide which flavour to buy. They are also a lovely size for children, and would be great for a birthday party.

ImageA selection of sweet and savoury muffins from this weeks visit to the farmers market.

 

Even more exciting than the sweet muffins, I think are the savoury ones. Sausage, sun-dried tomato and paprika. which has a real kick to it. Feta, basil and sun-dried tomato my favourite, The feta cheese works perfectly. I really could eat a large amount of these!  Also bacon and cheddar and red onion ones which look amazing but am unable to try as I am intolerant to onions. But I would love the combination of bacon and cheese.

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Perfect as part of gluten free lunch.

 

The muffins are best eaten warmed for about 30 seconds in the microwave maybe slightly less. I think I over warmed my banana fudge muffin yesterday and the fudge centre had virtually disappeared. still very yummy though. I had mine with a big cup of tea for pudding. But they would be perfect for breakfast, I have a blueberry one lined up for breakfast today.

 

 

Karen has a good knowledge of all things gluten free as she herself is wheat intolerant and has friends who have Coeliac disease. 

I urge you to go online today and have a look at the website. Or if you are up in East Anglia seek them out at your nearest farmers market.

Creake Abbey farmers market, North Creake, Fakenham

Wymondham farmers market, market place Wymondham

Mildenhall  farmers market, jubilee centre . near Bury St Edmunds

You can also follow WOWmuffins on twitter @wowmuffins and on facebook

I think it is really important to support our local small businesses, especially when they produce gluten free produce.

April 2014

Unfortunately Wow Muffins has ceased trading, hopefully one day soon they will be baking again. Will blog about it when they are up and running again

 

 

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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.

New freefrom cafe and bakery comes to Kingston

Recently I heard about a new cafe and bakery in Kingston the Healthy cook co selling gluten free, dairy free, egg free and no refined sugar cakes muffins and other baked goods. I was delighted when I saw it was very close to Bruschetta restaurant.

On Saturday I made the trip over to Kingston from Dorking not an easy journey especially on a busy shopping day. I am glad to say it was well worth the trip. Old London road was very easy to find, just down the road from Bruschetta restaurant and close to the leaning red phone boxes. The road is full of tiny interesting shops

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the Healthy cook company has very clear signage and looked very cosy and inviting, but smaller than I was expecting. As I entered the cosy little cafe my eyes were drawn to a large array of cakes scones and brownies. If only I hadn’t eaten so much for lunch!

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Unfortunately being early afternoon all the bread had sold out, but fortunately for me there was a brown bag of gluten free soda bread mix for me to make at home.

Then came the exciting bit, choosing cakes. I chose a Courgette cupcake, Carrot and raison cake and a yummy looking Chocolate cake, also a sultana scone.

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While I was there I was fortunate enough to meet the owner and talented Baker Trisha Kelly. A lovely lady who I’m sure I will get to know very well when I hopefully return often for my gluten free, unrefined sugar free goodies.

The cafe had a good selection of fairtrade teas and coffees and herbal drinks. There was salads and homemade soup on offer and Trisha explained that very soon there would be quiches etc available too.

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The first cake i tried at home was the Courgette cupcake, soft and sweet and so pretty a very moist cake with glints of bright green, Perfect in fact! wish i bought more.

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The sultana scone was very good, I expected it to be dry and crumbly but far from it. Very moist and delicious perfect with butter and jam. Nice size not to big.

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Next I tried the carrot and raisin cake. Just a perfect size for a treat. beautifully wrapped and unsurprisingly winner of a gold star at the 2011 Great taste Awards. I kindly shared this with my husband who pronounced it the best gluten free cake he had ever tasted. The lightness of Trishas cakes are amazing. Moist and very moreish.

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Lastly the delicious looking iced chocolate cake, hard to believe these cakes are gluten free. Again light and delicious. All 10/10 cakes!

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Think we can safely say I wil be back very soon!

Certainly worth searching out. Goodies also available to order online too, so no need to miss out.

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!