My review of WOW bakes gluten free cakes

I was thrilled to be asked by Karen to review her Wow bakes cakes recently.

I regularly buy @wowmuffins Savoury and sweet muffins from the @creakeabbey farmers market in Norfolk so was very keen to taste the gluten free cakes. Unfortunately these delicious cakes are not yet available at Creake Abbey farmers market. But are available from Back to the garden in Letheringsett North Norfolk.

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I was able to try 4 of the 5 gorgeous cakes available from WOW bakes

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Fruity apple cake – is also dairy free, a lovely moist cake due to the goodly amount of apple inside. Quite crumbly, the family liked it best with a dollop of double cream. Gluten loving friends gave it a thumbs up too, saying they would never have known it was gluten free. I gave this cake a 8/10 Could definitely be used as a pudding too.

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Belgian Chocolate cake – what can I say!  We were all very impressed with this cake. Rich and delicious reminded us a little of a chocolate torte. I loved the chocolate coating all over the cake. Very decadent. Glad to see butter used in this recipe.  A big favourite with family and friends. I awarded this cake 10/10 and would definitely buy it for a special occasion.

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Carrot cake – this cake is dairy free too. I am a fan of carrot cake and this one is very good and very light. A very moist cake too  and not overly sweet. A definite 9/10 .

Would definitely buy this one if I had guests coming for tea.

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Sticky Ginger cake – Not normally a Ginger cake fan, I was surprised how much I liked this cake. I would buy it again as it was especially nice with a cup of tea and again not overly sweet. Also think it would work well with custard as it was on the slightly dry side. I would still give this cake an 8/10

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WOW muffins & bakes are a Norfolk company and the cakes are available at local farmers markets, shows and local cafes in East Anglia.

Twitter – @wowmuffins

Cafe’s – @back_togarden

Check out there website here wow muffins.com

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New gluten free play dough ‘GLU DOH’

While visiting the Creake Abbey farmers market, North Creake Norfolk. I noticed a new addition to the gluten free, dairy free Glu-10-3 stall.

Glutenfree playdough, 5 bright coloured containers of allergy free dough for children. What a brilliant idea! 

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As I work in a pre school setting I thought it would be a great place to road test it!

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With 25 children under 5 this was going to be a tough test.

Not only did the children enjoy playing with it I ask staff members their opinion. Less sticky then our regular homemade dough . Dry to the touch , lovely colours. Reminded us of play dough as children. The little ones really liked the little containers with their coloured lids too.  The dough was very popular, we noticed some children spending a great deal of time at the table . It rolled out well and was great with cutters and for moulding in to different shapes.

It has survived well in a Nursery setting and although it is now a pale orange colour is still very useable. The tip I was given was if the dough starts getting a slightly dry salty edge use a damp hand to knead it back to normal, which worked really well. 

A perfect option for children who have coeliac disease.  Accidental glutening can be a real problem with regular play dough as its so easy for children to put their hands in their mouths whilst playing or forgetting to wash hands carefully afterwards. This is the perfect answer. Not cheap at £10 for 5 different coloured tubs, but it would last a long time in a regular home situation.

Find it on Twitter @glu_doh

It is available from Farmers markets and The Royal Norfolk show,  check Glu-10-3 website too, for more information. Also available on ebay

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

 

 

Gluten Free delights and free from goodies at Creake Abbey farmers market

Every 1st Saturday of the month Creake Abbey plays host to an award winning Farmers market. Usually about 50 market stalls with some top quality local produce from homemade granola and jam to the very best quality meat and vegetables.

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Now as someone with a selection of food intolerances it is sometimes quite frustrating when all the tasty things seem to contain gluten etc. Fortunately for me, things are a changing!

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At the north Norfolk farmers market we now have two homemade cake, savoury’s and muffin stalls.

Glu-10-3 which sells a large selection of gluten and dairy muffins,cakes, sweet and savoury pies chocolate brownies and now even childrens homemade gluten free play dough.

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Michelle is the owner and is coming up with new ideas all the time. I’m always excited to try new products. This time my family and I tried the large slices of pecan pie. warmed and served with cream . They were perfection, and rated 10/10 by the family. Michelle’s chocolate brownies seem to be one of her best sellers, certainly loved by me and my gluten eating family!

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The other stall is new to Creak Abbey WoWmuffins run by Karen who I met for the first time on saturday. Her stall had an array of gluten free and some dairy free large and tiny muffins with flavours including cappuccino, blueberry, lime coconut ,chocolate and a special lemon meringue.

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I took a selection home to try with the help of my parents and husband we devoured them with a cup of tea when we got home. The muffins were lovely and light in texture and not overly sweet. I had chosen the muffinettes which are a great option if you are trying to cut down on too much sugar, as they are just a tiny treat as long as you only have one! I think the muffins had quite subtle flavours, I would particularly like the chocolate muffin to be a stronger flavour but that is just my opinion. But would definitely buy them again.Image

No farmers market in Norfolk would be complete without a good free range pork stall. Now the special thing about The FruitPig company is the products are gluten free and lactose free which is clearly marked on the packaging.

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On saturday I choose the black pudding some bacon and a pork loin wrapped in pancetta and stuffed with sausage all gluten free. We certainly ate well for the next few days. I have never tasted better bacon and it was a real treat to have black pudding. The loin was enjoyed for sunday lunch. Only taking 1/2 hour to cook it makes a great option. The meat was very tender and was awarded a 10/10 by the entire family.Image

Matt is the owner and is on hand to give advice on cooking times etc You can usually find his stall in the barn. well worth seeking him out.

The market has many other stalls. There is a good butcher called Sam Papworth. I have bought some very good beef and lamb from him, naturally gluten free.

There is a traditional vinegar and fruit vinegar stall whose products are labeled gluten free too.

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This farmers market is well worth a visit for the gluten eaters amongst you too. Delicious looking breads, Pork pies fromBrays cottage which I hear are the best ever, homemade baked goods, and curry stall to name but a few.

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The market opens at 9.30 and closes at 1pm so its well worth getting there early as it is very popular with both locals and holiday makers.

It will continue to be one of our must do’s on the north Norfolk coast at the weekend.

Hope you will enjoy it too, just save me some gluten free cake!