Gluten free treats from Manna Dew

On Saturday I found myself in Battersea park for the Formula E racing . The extra bonus to a day out watching racing cars was that I remembered the Mann Dew was close by.

Manna Dew is a 100% gluten free Patisserie and Bakery Cafe serving breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas situated on a classic London cobblestone street in Battersea. The Patisserie does not use refined sugar instead opting for sugars such as agave and coconut sugar. ( Macaron the only exception )

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I walked from the park following the directions on Google maps which took about 12 mins. Manna Dew was a smaller shop than I expected but once inside I was impressed with the quality of the interior, and the cleanliness.   A real little gem. The array of patisserie delights was mind blowing along with the aroma of freshly baked bakery goods and the smell of fresh coffee. The choice was a little overwhelming for me. I rarely find a shop where I can safely induldge in such amazing gluten free treats .

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The bakery goods looked great, the French baguettes, yes baguettes! looked Amazing , seeded buns and focaccia looked and smelt so tempting hard to believe they didn’t contain gluten.

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Due to having Crohn’s disease as well as being intolerant to gluten means gluten free grains are only for treat days. I find that too many gluten free grains affect me if eaten regularly. But for a Coeliac or someone who is gluten intolerant this place is a dream come true you !

I could see that the staff were very busy, a young family with three children were enjoying a pre booked afternoon tea, another group of people were sitting outside in the sunshine while a delivery for Deliveroo was being sorted and sent on its way.

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As I was short for time and needed to get back for the Formula E big race I made an order to take away. I chose a chocolate brownie, a mini carrot cake and a toasted Italian focaccia for my husband. I am intolerant to yeast otherwise I would have chosen the chicken focaccia which looked amazing.

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I had a short chat with Muhammed who kindly gave me a raspberry passion fruit tart to try as he said it was one of their signature patisserie tarts and I he wanted me to try it. A very generous gift.

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I dashed back to the Park to enjoy my picnic. My husband was very impressed with the toasted focaccia saying he couldn’t tell that it was gluten free. In fact he thought it was nicer than most regular gluten focaccia sandwiches. We shared the decadent chocolate brownie, an intensely chocolatey slice, gooey and very rich . A big hit and something I would order again. I enjoyed the carrot cake all to myself, again really delicious and light.

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The special patisserie raspberry and passionfruit tart was saved until we were home. Amazingly it survived intact.

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The raspberry passionfruit tart was indeed a triumph, a biscuity pastry with a tangy filling and fresh fruit. So glad I was able to try this. I enjoyed it and would order again. My husband said he would of preferred a more simple pastry case.

I would love to see added to the range some grain free treats too I think they would be very popular, I for one would be back in a flash to try them .

Do pay Manna Dew a visit if you live in London or are visiting London in the near future. Locals can also have delicious gluten free treats delivered to their door with Deliveroo and JINN . Places like this will not survive unless we show our support to indie shops like this delightful one.

Why not book a trip soon , there is currently a special offer on afternoon tea, check the website for details.

You can follow Manna Dew on Twitter @mannadew

Website mannadew.co.uk

Tuesday to Friday 10am – 6pm

Sat & Sun 10.30am – 6pm

169 Battersea high street SW11 3JS

 

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Gluten free pecan and honey cake

Here’s a really simple quick cake recipe for when only cake will do! That’s how the recipe came about yesterday, when I just needed cake.

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Pecan and honey cake

2 large eggs ( weight approx 150g )

150g gluten free self raising flour ( I used Doves farm )

1 tsp gluten free baking powder

150g melted unsalted butter or melted coconut oil

30g coconut palm sugar I used Biona from natureshealthbox ( or use regular brown sugar )

2 ripe bananas

topping

pecans about a handful

honey

butter

Method

prepare one 8 inch cake tin grease and add a piece of greaseproof paper to the base

mash the two bananas with hand blender

Add the palm sugar, beaten eggs, flour, baking powder and melted butter

use blender to mix ingredients

check all ingredients are well mixed together, use a spoon to stir mixture just to make sure all is blended

 

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in the bottom of the cake tin break up pecans and sprinkle over tin along with a little butter

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drizzle some honey over the nuts

spoon mixture carefully over the top of the nuts

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pop in a pre heated oven 180c for 25 mins, I checked after 20mins

check the cake is cooked completely through

cool, then turn out on to a wire rack so that the pecan topping faces up

remove grease proof paper carefully

 

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You can add a little more honey drizzled on the top

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The cake was moist and sweet enough for me, its amazing how little sugar you actually need to add.

Happy Baking!

Gluten free Chocolate cake

Today is my youngest’s son birthday, yesterday I decided to make a chocolate birthday cake

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This recipe is very simple and easy to make!

Recipe-

175g unsalted butter (leave out at room temperature)

190g Dextrose or 175g Sugar

175g gluten free SR flour (I used Doves Farm)

25g cacao powder ( I used Bon Pom ) or cocoa powder gluten free

4 eggs

1 1/2 tsp GF baking powder

A little milk if needed

2 x 7 in prepared lined Tins

 

Method-

Pre heat oven 180c

Cream fat and sugar together

Add beaten eggs

Mix together

Add flour, baking powder and cacao

If the cake mixture feels a little too thick and a splash of dairy or non dairy milk

When completely mixed together spoon in to cake tins

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pop in the oven for 25 mins

remove from oven and turn out onto wire rack

 

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Once cooled add filling

I used a butter icing inside the cake but to keep it low sugar use extra thick double cream

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I used Cadburys large chocolate buttons to decorate

The cake went down very well with the family, I will definitely make it again.

If you would prefer a grain free refined sugar free chocolate cake, check out my recent blog post here Grain free Chocolate cake

Happy gluten free Baking!

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Gluten free Victoria sandwich cake recipe

Today I baked a simple Birthday cake.

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Here is the a recipe for a simple small gluten free Victoria sandwich cake

recipe –

175g soft butter

175g caster sugar or I used 190g dextrose

3 large eggs

175g gluten free SR flour i used doves farm flour

1 1/2 tsp Gluten free baking powder

filling-

no refined sugar jam I used St Dalfour strawberry or regular jam

2 x  cake tins 18cm ( 7inch)

Method-

grease and line tins

cream together fat and sugar

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Add beaten eggs and flour and baking powder

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mix together well

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divide into the two cake tins

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bake in pre heated oven 180 oC for 25mins

until golden brown

put on wire tray to cool

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sandwich the two cakes together using the jam

sprinkle the top of the cake with a little icing sugar.

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Happy Baking!

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Carrot and Coconut Cake, dairy and gluten free

Well there seems to be a real buzz about tonights The Great British Bake Off. I  do hope we are not disappointed.

It appears the technical challenge is a gluten free pudding made by all the remaining contestants. A posh hazelnut meringue called a Dacquoise .

The final challenge tonight  is a dairy free Showstopper novelty vegetable cake. I thought I would have a go at a dairy and gluten free vegetable cake too.

Carrot and Coconut cake

Another recipe from Hannah Miles from her book the gluten-free baker .  A recipe book I can really recommend.

I have just exchanged the dairy ingredients for dairy free .

170g coconut oil + 1tbsp coconut oil for topping I used Lucybee

170g caster sugar ( I used 150g may try even less next time )

3 large free range eggs

170g gluten free SR Flour

200g desiccated coconut. 1/2 for cake the rest for topping

2 large carrots – grated

1 large eating apple – grated

85g sultanas

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

200ml coconut milk

1 tbsp ginger syrup

2 tbsp  corn syrup   ( I prefer to use maple syrup, honey or no sugar apricot jam )

Pre heat oven to 180oC You will need an 8 inch round springform cake tin greased and lined.

Cream together coconut oil and caster sugar

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Add one egg at at time beating well. Fold in GF flour, half the coconut, grated carrots and apple, sultanas spices and coconut milk. Ensure everything is mixed together well.

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Spoon the batter into lined cake tin.

Bake for 40-55 mins until golden and springs back to touch. Mine took 60 mins today and think it could have done with another 5 mins.

Make topping, melt the 1 tbsp of coconut oil with the ginger syrup and honey. Stir in remaining coconut and simmer for 2-3 mins until oil is absorbed.

Remove cake from oven making sure it is cooked through, leave in tin for 10 mins then turn out onto wire rack.

Spoon topping evenly over warm cake and let it cool.

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If you bake something tonight Gluten free and or Dairy free why not post a photo on twitter or Facebook using #FreeFromGBBO and #GBBO

Happy Free From Baking!

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It’s no #FreeFromGBBO Showstopper but tastes delicious!

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

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!