Pastry week tonight on Great British Bake Off

Tonight’s Bake Off episode is Pastry week The contestants will be asked to bake a frangipane tart, a cheese filled pastry from Cyprus and classic 70’s canapé vol- au-vents.


Here are a few gluten free ideas for you to bake along later

Gluten free Bakewell tart < click here for recipe




Gluten free Cheese tartlets  <click here for recipe


Gluten free sausage rolls < click here for recipe



and a Grain free Quiche < click here for recipe


Gluten free chicken pie < click here for recipe


Gluten free Puff pastry < click here for recipe


Enjoy tonights episode, why not bake something ready to eat along with tonights Pastry week ?


Grain free Quiche Lorraine, perfect for an Easter picnic

Following the success of the grain free Spinach and cheese quiche and the grain free salmon quiche, I thought I would try out a  Quiche Lorraine. Perfect to slice and take to work for lunch or great for a picnic.


Recipe –

Grain free Base

1 1/2 cups of Almond flour approximately 150g ( ground almonds )

1 1/2 cups of grated Parmesan approximately 150g

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

Filling –

250g Mascarpone cheese

2 or 3 large eggs ( I used 3 today )

3/4 cup grated Parmesan about 50g

1 finely chopped onion or

1 grated courgette optional

175g streaky bacon chopped

salt and pepper

Large quiche dish

Method –

pre heat oven 170c

Mix together ground almonds , parmesan and egg


press into quiche base

bake for 12-15 mins until golden brown


fry bacon and onion or courgette gently in some coconut oil


combine mascarpone cheese, parmesan and beaten eggs


add the cooled bacon and onion or grated courgette


spoon into the cooled base and bake for 30 mins at 180c

serve warm straight out of the oven


or cool and use for a quick and easy lunch choice.

Happy gluten free baking!



Grain free salmon and dill quiche

Looking for a delicious lunch time treat? why not try this easy gluten free quiche. Ground almonds are used instead of flour to make the base.




150g almond flour ( ground almonds )

150g parmesan cheese or grand pandana cheese ( grated )

1 large egg

1/4 tsp sea salt


1 courgette finely chopped ( you could also use asparagus or spinach in quiche )

1/4tsp sea salt

75g parmesan cheese

250g mascarpone cheese

3 large free range eggs

100g smoked salmon pieces

1tbsp chopped dill


Put the ground almonds grated grana pandano and salt in a bowl


add 1 beaten egg


mix together

tip into a flan dish and press down


bake in hot oven 170c for 12 mins until golden

fry chopped courgette in olive oil or coconut oil


In a bowl mix mascarpone cheese, grated parmesan, dill, salmon and 3 beaten eggs



pour into cooled base


bake in hot oven 180c for 25 mins

quiche should rise nicely and be golden brown and set.


after a few moments out of the oven the filling drops down slightly, this is normal.

enjoy warm or cold


This was the first time I have made this quiche, it was a real hit with my hungry family. Even got a Wow! always a good sign.

Happy Baking!

Delicious grain free spinach and cheese quiche

Recently I’ve become aware that I have been baking and eating rather a lot of gluten free goodies and whilst they have tasted delicious, it has meant I have gained more weight than I would have liked. So I am now trying very hard to low carb for at least this month hopefully for much longer. Searching for something different to take out to lunch I did some research on the internet and came across a recipe for grain free vegetable tart, Inspired by this I decided to invent something similar.


Fortunately it tasted very good, this time my parents were guinea pigs luckily they both loved it and came back for seconds!

Spinach and mascarpone quiche


1 1/2 cups almond flour ( ground almonds )

1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 clove garlic crushed ( optional )

1 egg


10 oz frozen spinach ( weigh frozen spinach cubes )

1 large courgette finely chopped or grated

1 pepper finely chopped

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 clove garlic

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

8 oz Mascarpone cheese or full fat cream cheese

2 large free range eggs

pre heat oven to 170 c

Fry courgette and pepper in a good olive oil, butter or coconut oil

add frozen spinach and allow to defrost and cook into the other vegetables.

allow to cool

make base-

combine almond flour, grated parmesan, garlic and beaten egg together


grease ovenproof quiche dish or loose bottom pie dish

spoon into base , press down forming a layer covering the base.

bake at 170c for 12-15mins


remove when starts to be firm with a golden colour

mix together mascarpone cheese and beaten eggs

add garlic crushed and parmesan


You can now either have two separate layers. A bottom layer of spinach and a top layer of the eggs and cheese


mix the two gently together and spread on top of the base

pop in a pre heated oven at 180c for 30 mins

Quiche should be set in the middle and golden brown


serve warm or cold



Happy gluten free baking

Gluten free delights at Selfridges, London

Yesterday we headed up to London. While we were there we popped into Selfridges as I had heard that they now have a gluten free section in the food hall.

The gluten free deli is not easy to spot as hidden amongst the regular deli. But well worth seeking out! In a separate display case was an array of pies, quiches and fresh filled pasta. Pies and quiches made by Wagfree food. I chose a quiche Lorraine, Mr S who could have chosen any pie or quiche from the main section chose gluten free roasted pepper quiche, these cost £2.79 each.


I asked the assistant if they had a gluten free bakery area. She directed me to the regular cake area and once again there was a special display case clearly marked and closed off from the gluten filled cakes. My eyes were out on stalks! Everything looked delicious! Then I remembered I’m supposed to be staying low sugar. Oh well , just one cake wouldn’t hurt?  We chose a coffee and walnut cake to share costing £3.45 very restrained, I really wanted to have one of each. I think these cakes also come from @wagfree


The bakery assistant also pointed out more gluten free products, gluten free bread on top of the cake display case and an array of biscuits from Peace of cake on a separate stand. You do need to keep your whits about you as half the stand was gluten filled biscuits and brownies. Which could have been disastrous if I had not automatically read the small print. I chose some gluten free and dairy free Apricot Abricotines from Peace of cake London.

I could have honestly spent all day and a great deal of money in Selfridges but had to dash. But decided to visit again soon when we had more time

I can recommend a visit, so exciting to be able to buy such lovely food which is gluten free too. The more we all support, the more likely these sections will grow and we will have even greater choice.

Wag free baked goods are also available in Brixton from their main cafe and bakery. I hope to visit and blog about that soon, watch this space!

We searched for an appropriate picnic spot around Selfridges and came across one of the delightful gated gardens, unfortunately it was private only available to local residents. But by this time we were starving so stood at the garden entrance staring in longingly at the pretty park benches inside and munched on our gluten free quiches. Now I thought that my own homemade pastry was pretty good, Until I tasted wagfree’s beautiful pastry, light and melt in the mouth.  The quiches were really very good.


When we returned home we enjoyed the cake with a much needed cuppa. Once again I quite like my own cakes but this was I have to admit well worth the money. The sugary icing on the top was delicious as was the creamy filling inside the light coffee flavoured cake. But thankfully not overly sweet. Another triumph!


I look forward to my next visit to Selfridges and especially the Food Hall. Better start saving!