Gluten Free ‘Sunny Side Up’ Easter Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Easter is an exciting time of year for baking but so often, mini eggs or creme eggs are often involved and sadly… they’re not dairy free. In a quest to bake up something deliciously chocolatey and Easter themed, my Gluten Free ‘Sunny Side Up’ Easter Cheesecake Brownies were born!

Where do I start with my Gluten Free Easter Cheesecake Brownies recipe? As a kid, Easter always came hand in hand with mini eggs, creme eggs and enough chocolate eggs to make even the Easter bunny feel queezy. But these days, Easter usually involves trying to muster up enough enthusiasm to buy the exact same free from Easter egg I bought the last 3 years in a row. So this year, something had to change! I wanted to bake something intensely chocolatey yet dairy free for Mark, to make up for all those years of chocolate overdose we’ve missed out on.

But unlike all of the other recipes I found in my search, they all seemed to involve throwing in a few mini eggs or creme eggs into a recipe… and when you remove those, there’s nothing remotely Easter about the recipe left. I mean, what’s a creme egg brownie without the creme egg? It’s just a brownie! So I came up with the idea of Gluten Free ‘Sunny Side Up’ Easter Cheesecake Brownies that were proudly dairy free too!

Gluten Free 'Sunny Side Up' Easter Cheesecake Brownies Pre Baking

First of all, the brownies. I hope everyone these days realises that dairy free doesn’t mean that these brownies are any less intensely chocolatey, rich or decadent than one that does contain dairy. They’re unbelievably fudgey, super moist and are quite frankly, “the best brownies I’ve ever tasted” (Mark’s words, not mine!) I actually intended to throw in a few dairy free dark chocolate chunks into the mix too, but decided that it was so good, it really didn’t need them. I hope these photos do my Gluten Free ‘Sunny Side Up’ Easter Cheesecake Brownies justice, as the texture of them was absolutely unreal.

Next, the ‘fried egg’ cheesecake topping. What surprised me more than how well Tofutti dairy free cream cheese worked for this, is how real the ‘fried eggs’ look. I half expect someone to find these photos and send them into Buzzfeed proclaiming “Hipsters have gone too far, now they’re putting fried eggs on top of brownies too!” before getting shot down by 10,000 comments pointing out that it isn’t even a real fried egg. Actually, a similar story happened last year where Buzzfeed posted one of my Instagram photos of an M&S Trifle, calling it a ‘hipster cookie’. I still never figured out why or how a trifle could possibly pass as a cookie, and neither did anybody else in the comments. Whatever makes you happy I guess!

Gluten Free 'Sunny Side Up' Easter Cheesecake Brownies - So Fudgy!

Anyway, Mark has been bugging me to make cheesecake brownies again ever since I made one back in 2015 with a gluten free brownie mix (wow, my photos look so much better now, right?!) Brownies are such a classic (and very common) gluten free bake and back then, I didn’t want to fall into the trap of making ‘just another brownie recipe’ to throw on top of the pile of thousands that already exist. Using a gluten free brownie mix just seemed like the safest option and it was fun to turn a humble brownie mix into something so ‘out there’. But now, I thought it was time to ditch the mix and finally put my name to a brownie mix that I’ll never stop being proud of!

I used Tofutti dairy free cream cheese for the topping and I’d intensely recommend you hunt some of it down, it’s seriously the best dairy free cream cheese for baking I’ve ever found. I even used it back in 2015 for that cheesecake brownie recipe too! I never thought I’d find a tub of it outside of Manchester, but I was so happy to find some on the campus of my old University as well as in a health food shop in town with all their vegan cheeses. You’ll rarely ever find Tofutti in the supermarket, but I have seen it stocked in some Sainsbury’s, or you can buy it online from Goodness Direct. Obviously, if you’re not going dairy free, real cream cheese works too!

Gluten Free 'Sunny Side Up' Easter Cheesecake Brownies - Fried Eggs!

Whilst I absolutely love baking, I’ve never been one for spending hours and hours decorating cakes. I don’t know why, but it’s just not my thing. I guess it’s the same with everything, maybe if I was good at it, I’d probably enjoy it more! But I have to say, creating the fried egg effect on these brownies was quick and easy and your kids would probably really enjoy the process too! It literally involved spooning the dairy free cheesecake batter on the brownie in a rough egg white shape, before dolloping one teaspoon of coloured dairy free cheesecake batter in the center. The flatter your brownie mixture is in the baking tin, the better, or else your egg can run and become more of an ‘egg coloured splat’ rather than ‘fried egg!’ Trust me when I say: if I can do it, then anybody can!

The dairy free cheesecake ‘fried egg’ layer adds an extra dimension of moist, gooey, ultimate brownie texture and in my humble opinion, they look egg-cellent too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so happy with how these turned out and I think the world needs more mini-egg free and creme-egg free Easter baking ideas (can we add those as extras to the list of 14 allergens?) so nobody gets left out this Easter! I hope you enjoy making these brownies, here’s the full recipe but don’t forget to watch the video at the top of the post in full, as sometimes you just can’t beat seeing the real deal come to life. Let’s get cracking!

Gluten Free 'Sunny Side Up' Easter Cheesecake Brownies
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For the brownies
  1. * 90g gluten free plain flour
  2. * 50g cocoa powder
  3. * 200g dairy free hard margarine
  4. * 200g dairy free dark chocolate
  5. * 3 eggs
  6. * 280g golden caster sugar
For the cheesecake mix
  1. * 110g dairy free cream cheese (I use Tofutti)
  2. * 75g caster sugar
  3. * 1 small egg, beaten
  4. * 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. * orange and yellow food colouring gel
Instructions
  1. 1) Sieve together your cocoa powder and gluten free flour in a bowl. Mix briefly until combined, put to one side.
  2. 2) Melt together your dairy free hard margarine and dairy free dark chocolate over a bain marie until completely melted. Mix together and leave out to completely cool.
  3. 3) In another bowl crack 3 eggs and pour in your golden caster sugar. Beat together (I use an electric hand whisk) until pale in colour and increased in volume.
  4. 4) Once the chocolate and margarine mixture is cooled to room temp, pour it into your egg/sugar mixture. Fold it in, it will initially marble and then turn super chocolatey.
  5. 5) Next fold in the your gluten free plain flour and cocoa powder mix. Ensure it's fully folded in.
  6. 6) Spoon your brownie mixture into a prepared tin, smooth it over so it's even and level. (I used a square loose bottom tin) Place to one side.
  7. 7) Now for the dairy free cheesecake 'fried egg' top, place your dairy free cream cheese, sugar, small beaten egg and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat until smooth, it should be a creamy batter like consistency.
  8. 8) In a separate small bowl, spoon out a couple of tablespoons of the mixture.
  9. 9) In the small bowl add a little yellow and orange food colouring gel until it turns the colour of an egg yolk.
  10. 10) Spoon your white cheesecake batter onto your brownie mix in 4 egg shapes.
  11. 11) Then with your yolk coloured cheesecake batter spoon a yolk shape in the centre of each.
  12. 12) Bake for about 25 mins at 175C Fan. Cooking for this amount of time at this temp should create incredible fudgy brownies.
  13. 13) Important!! Allow to cool completely before touching them!! Slice them up and enjoy!
  14. 14) You can store in an airtight container until you've finished them (won't take long!!)
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Gluten Free 'Sunny Side Up' Easter Cheesecake Brownies - Dairy Free too!

Well, I hope nobody is reading this sentence because everyone is already getting stuck into the recipe above! If you did try my Gluten Free ‘Sunny Side Up’ Easter Cheesecake Brownies recipe or you have any questions, then please let me know how you got on by leaving a Facebook comment below. I’d love you long time if you tagged me in photos of your Gluten Free ‘Sunny Side Up’ Easter Cheesecake Brownies on Twitter and Facebook too, so don’t forget to take a snap of them before they vanish! Happy Easter everybody ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

Oh, and don’t forget to pin this before you leave!

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RECIPE: Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls (Dairy Free & Vegan) using Jus-Rol Gluten Free Puff Pastry

Nothing beats a delicious sweet pastry in my opinion. I thought today I would attempt one of my favourites: gluten free cinnamon rolls! These gluten free cinnamon rolls are not only gluten free, they are also dairy free & vegan cinnamon rolls… everyone can eat them!

It’s been years since I last had cinnamon roll. The smell of fresh cinnamon rolls seems like a distant memory from the bakery where I used to go after school. I’ve tried my best to make gluten free cinnamon rolls with other gluten free puff pastry in the past but the results have always left me a little disappointed.

gluten free cinnamon rolls

They always lacked the flaky and lovely light texture which I adored, so when Jus-Rol‘s brand new gluten free puff pastry hit the shelves, I’m sure you’ll understand my initial hesitation. But just holding Jus-Rol‘s pastry and thinking of all the endless possibilities I could create was too exciting to pass up! Obviously, the first thing that sprang to mind was my childhood favourite… cinnamon rolls! But would gluten free cinnamon rolls live up to my expectations?

gluten free cinnamon rolls

The pastry was extremely easy to work with and shape into little rolls of pure joy. I didn’t have any issues I’d experienced previously with gluten free pastry – it wasn’t brittle at all and I didn’t experience any untoward stickiness. It’s literally a case of unroll and you’re ready to rock’n’roll! I’m a massive fan of any product that makes baking convenient and easy and Jus-Rol ticks all the boxes for me. But what about the most important thing… the taste test?

gluten free cinnamon rolls

The wonderful smell of cinnamon rolls wafting around my kitchen already got my hopes extremely high as they basked in the oven. After letting them cool and drizzling a healthy dose of glace icing for a little added wow factor, I had everything crossed that they would be every bit as glorious as I remember – and they were! I shared them with my Mum and Dad when they came to visit our new house and they were in every bit of agreeance!

You’ve got to try my gluten free cinnamon rolls, not just because they mindblowingly delicious, but also because you can whip up a batch so quickly! With a pack of gluten free Jus-Rol in hand, you’re ready to read on below…

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls (Dairy Free & Vegan)
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Ingredients
  1. * 1 packet of Jus-Rol gluten free puff pastry
  2. * ground cinnamon
  3. * soft brown sugar
  4. * icing sugar
  5. * vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. 1) Remove your gluten free pastry from the fridge and packaging for around 5 minutes.
  2. 2) Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  3. 3) Prepare a baking tray with some baking paper.
  4. 4) Place your sheet of gluten free puff pastry on a lightly floured (gluten free!) board.
  5. 5) Spread a thin layer of soft brown sugar across the entire sheet.
  6. 6) Sprinkle some cinnamon on top of this (as much or as little as you like, I went for loads!)
  7. 7) Tightly roll up the pastry sheet with the sugar & cinnamon within.
  8. 8) Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into even pieces.
  9. 9) Gently lift each piece up and place on the baking sheet swirl facing up.
  10. 10) Bake in the oven for around 15 - 20 minutes, until they look golden & done!
  11. 11) Allow to cool.
  12. 12) Drizzle with some icing (for the icing pour your icing sugar into a bowl and gradually stir in some water + a teeny bit of vanilla extract until its the right consistency - not too runny - it should slowly fall off a spoon)
  13. 13) They're ready to eat, enjoy!
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gluten free cinnamon rolls

So there you have it my dairy free, vegan & gluten free cinnamon rolls. They are simple, delicious & the perfect quick bake. They take so little time to create yet are somewhat impressive. When I’ve made these for other people they think I’ve spent all afternoon in the kitchen baking them, when really it took under 30 minutes!

Let me know if you get the chance to make my gluten free cinnamon rolls. Iโ€™d also love to know how you got on with them. I’d also love to know if you have any other ideas for pastries I could make with the gluten free / vegan Jus-Rol pastry… I’m thinking gluten free maple and pecan plaits! Just drop a comment below if you have any ideas, or on Facebook/Twitter. A massive thank you to Jus-Rol for creating such a delicious product, thanks for thinking of us gluten free folk and also the dairy free & vegan amongst us too!

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

RECIPE: Mini Gluten Free Gingerbread Houses (Dairy Free)

My mini gluten free gingerbread houses are really fun to make, super simple and delicious all in one! This gluten free gingerbread is strong and holds perfectly. Why not make a gluten free gingerbread village like mine!

Gingerbread is one of my favourite things in the world. I have been making ginger biscuits since I was very young, I used to bake my biscuits (my grandma’s recipe) & take them into my primary school. I’d bake extra and give them out to all the others as they were so well loved… I even won a competition when I was about 7 years old at our schools harvest festival for them! Obviously since then I’ve grown up a lot and can no longer eat gluten (so I now make gluten free gingerbread) but nevertheless, I still love gingerbread!

gluten free gingerbread

So as I said, I made gingerbread on the regular as a child and have continued to do so as an adult, however, one thing that I have never made is a gingerbread house! So this week I decided that there is no time like the present to go for it and create my very own homemade gluten free gingerbread house, completely from scratch.

For me if I’m going to make a gluten free gingerbread house, I’m going to use my own gluten free gingerbread recipe. I know that lots of people chose to use gingerbread house making kits with a mix already created, but when you have an amazing gluten free gingerbread recipe like I do, it seems crazy to just buy a mix. Everyone has a different idea of how gingery they want their gingerbread to be, for me I like it quite hot, so being able to use my own recipe allows for this + it’s ridiculously simple to do!

gluten free gingerbread

Ok, so I made my own gluten free gingerbread ready to build a gluten free gingerbread house, but then I thought… hows about I make a gluten free gingerbread village?! I mean, making lots of little gluten free gingerbread houses sounds a lot more fun that just making one big one! I can imagine children would love this too, I mean, Mark & I came up with our own little story for our gluten free gingerbread village, we even named the village Snowington Gingerville!

As well as that, I think making lots of small gluten free gingerbread houses is a lot simpler and personally looks more impressive… it almost looks like an edible lego land! 

gluten free gingerbread

I don’t personally think that making this gingerbread gluten free makes it any more difficult to work with the dough. I did add in a 1/4 of a tsp of xantham gum to the recipe just to be on the safe side and it did seem to work well. The dough was certainly not crumbly and the biscuits held together very well. I must also add the gingerbread itself is actually vegan too as it contains no dairy or egg. If any vegans out there have another way of making royal icing (mine I make simply from egg whites & icing sugar) then you could very easily make this gluten free gingerbread house vegan as well. This recipe is a 100% gluten free and dairy free gingerbread house though so perfect for coeliacs, gluten intolerants, lactose intolerants, those with a milk allergy & those who can eat everything! (it definitely tastes no different from if it did have gluten in it.)

Obviously the best part about making a gluten free gingerbread house or village is the decorating! As I mentioned above, the icing is simply two ingredients – egg white & icing sugar. This mixture I use for both the ‘glue’ (sticking the house together) AND for much of the decoration (windows, doors, roofing). It’s very easy to handle in a piping bag. I used lots of little edible decorations on my gluten free gingerbread houses. Always make sure they are gluten free as some do contain wheat starch strangely… always check the back of any cake decorations in the baking aisle.

gluten free gingerbread

Oh & one more thing… of course I’ve got my own templates for you to use to make your very own gluten free gingerbread houses, just click here to view them, print them and cut them out! Anyway, enough chat, lets all give these mini gluten free gingerbread houses a go! What will you name your village?!

Mini Gluten Free Gingerbread Houses (Dairy Free)
The most delicious gluten free gingerbread house - perfect for Christmas... but also for any occasion! Easter... Halloween... Valentines Day?!
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Ingredients
  1. * 300g gluten free plain flour
  2. * 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  3. * 1/4 tsp xantham gum
  4. * 2 heaped tsp ground ginger
  5. * 125g dairy free hard margarine (I use Stork Hard Margarine)
  6. * 3 1/2 tbsp golden syrup
  7. * 100g dark muscovado sugar
  8. * 1 large egg white (for the icing)
  9. * 250g icing sugar (for the icing)
  10. * cake decorations / sweets of choice for decorating
  11. * piping bag
  12. * paper templates (available within the blog post)
Instructions
  1. 1) In a saucepan melt the hard margarine, golden syrup and dark muscovado sugar
  2. 2) Whilst this is melting, mix together your dry ingredients - gluten free flour, xantham gum, ground ginger and bicarbonate of soda.
  3. 3) Add your melted mixture to the dry ingredients and stir together.
  4. 4) The mix should form a dough (& smell lovely and gingery!) using your hands, bring the dough together into a ball.
  5. 5) If the dough is still a little warm (due to the melted mix being hot when you poured it into the dry ingredients) allow the dough to cool down a little before wrapping it is clingfilm and placing it in the fridge to chill briefly - 30 minutes is plenty but if you wish to leave it longer - even over night then you can.
  6. 6) Remove the dough from the fridge, if you have left it to chill for longer I would advise you to let it warm up a little at room temp before handling it. (not for long) Split the dough into small chunks - it's easier to roll out like this. Also before I roll the dough out I like to 'play' with it a little & mould it in my hands to warm it up.
  7. 7) Place some non stick baking paper down and roll your dough out to about one pound coin thick.
  8. 8) Place your templates on the dough and carefully with a sharp knife score around them. Then remove the template and properly cut the dough out, removing excess dough from around the edges - this can then be rerolled for the next shapes.
  9. 9) Once you have all your sides, roofs and fronts cut out, lift the baking paper you rolled them out on, onto a baking sheet. (Don't lift the dough without the baking paper at this stage)
  10. 10) Place your shapes in a preheated oven (180 C fan) for around 10 - 12 minutes (until the edges are a little darker - this might happen sooner)
  11. 11) Once cooked take out and leave to cool.
  12. 12) Whilst they are cooling make your icing - simple mix your egg white with the icing sugar until it becomes a thick paste.
  13. 13) Place your icing in the piping bag.
  14. 14) Whilst your gingerbread is still flat ice the detail onto each shape. Leave this to set for at least 15 minutes.
  15. 15) Pipe icing along the joins of the walls (just the fronts and the sides at this stage, not the roof) and assemble into a house. (You can use objects to support the structure whilst this is drying - I often use spice pots) Be careful to not touch the decoration you did in step 14 - it's still delicate! Leave this for a further 15 minutes to set.
  16. 16) Pipe icing between the two roof shapes and delicately place on top. Try not to move the house for another 20 - 30 minutes so it can completely set and hold together.
  17. 17) Repeat for further gingerbread houses until you have made your entire gingerbread village.
Notes
  1. If you are looking for templates, mine are here: http://glutenfreecuppatea.co.uk/gluten-free-gingerbread-house-template.pdf
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So there you have it my mini gluten free gingerbread house recipe. It is really simple and a whole lot of fun. Mark & I had a great time making these… relationship building 10/10! In this instance we made it for Christmas, I mean Christmas gluten free gingerbread just had to be done, however, this recipe would work really well throughout the year for making any sort of gluten free gingerbread structure. It’s also a great recipe for straightforward gluten free gingerbread biscuits. I would absolutely love to see your creations so make sure you take a photo and send it over or put it on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Also feel free to leave a comment below, I’d love to hear any of your gluten free recipes that you are proud of!

gluten free gingerbread

Thanks for reading and watching & subscribe to my YouTube Channel for even more delicious gluten free recipes.

Becky xxx

RECIPE: Gluten Free Cheese and Pesto Straws (Dairy Free) using Jus-Rol Gluten Free Puff Pastry

Gluten free cheese and pesto straws… what could be more heavenly? Nothing in my book. I am an all round lover of savoury treats, so the introduction of the Jus-Rol gluten free puff pastry has made me incredibly happy. Better still it is dairy free too so perfect for both me and Mark. These turned out so well I thought I’d share my recipe.

It’s been a while since I’ve had puff pastry. Puff pastry and myself used to have a very fond relationship. My first part time job when I was at sixth form was at a local supermarket and I always got reduced cheese straws at the end of my shift (this was back when I could eat gluten!). I actually haven’t had one since then, that was when I was 16 and I’m going to be 26 in January! That is exactly where my inspiration to create gluten free cheese and pesto straws has arisen from.

Gluten Free Cheese and Pesto Straws

However, although me and puff pastry have a good relationship (as in I like to eat it), I am not fond of making it. I’ve never been a lover of making gluten free pastry and gluten free puff pastry is no exception. I love baking gluten free cakes from scratch, but when it comes to pastry it’s not something I’m fond of. So when I heard that Jus-Rol were bringing out gluten free puff pastry I was literally over the moon. I couldn’t believe that such a large brand were being super considerate and thinking of us folk who cannot eat gluten, I was so excited!

I went into a crazed state imagining all the foods that were suddenly going to be so much easier to access… (because I could make them using the Jus-Rol gluten free puff pastry!) I’m talking gluten free pies, gluten free sausage rolls, gluten free pasties… & that’s just thinking savoury! For me though, as I have already mentioned, one of the things I miss the most is cheese straws. So what better thing to make with my gluten free puff pastry than some gluten free cheese straws! I decided to add some pesto into the mix as well as I am an absolute lover of pesto these days. I’ve only started eating pesto a lot over the past 18 months or so and it is a staple in our house now, so I thought it might be a nice addition… gluten free cheese and pesto straws!

Gluten Free Cheese and Pesto Straws

Making gluten free cheese and pesto straws is simply the easiest thing to make when you have ready made gluten free puff pastry, there are so few steps. The Jus-Rol pastry actually comes already rolled so I didn’t even need a rolling pin! If you want to be even more convenient with this recipe you can buy shop bought pesto (dairy free is available in the free from aisle if you need it), however I have grown fond of making my own pesto as well. At some point I will get round to putting up some more simple recipes like my homemade dairy free pesto on the blog, so keep checking back!

Anyway, you hear me talking about dairy free…. yep, this gluten free puff pastry is also dairy free, its 100% suitable for vegans as well. This made me so excited as it’s never as fun making gluten free cheese & pesto straws if Mark can’t eat the pastry! As I said, the pastry is also vegan which is another huge plus point to this gluten free pastry. I must mention that the only reason this recipe isn’t vegan is because I decided to glaze the pastry with egg at the end before baking, however I don’t think this is necessary really so this recipe can easily be made vegan too.

Gluten Free Cheese and Pesto Straws

The cheese and pesto filling to these cheese straws is seriously divine.I used some dairy free cheese that melted really well. The pastry itself is super easy to handle and once cooked comes out exceptionally light and flakey. For dairy free pastry I found this pastry to be lovely and rich, it tasted exactly how I remember puff pastry to taste. 

All in all these gluten free cheese and pesto straws tick every box, taste great & are perfect for every single occasion. Without further ado… here’s the recipe!

Gluten Free Cheese and Pesto Straws (dairy free)
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Ingredients
  1. * 1 packet of gluten free Jus-Rol puff pastry
  2. * gluten free & dairy free pesto (homemade or bought)
  3. * dairy free cheese, grated
  4. * egg, beaten (for the egg wash)
  5. * salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. 1) Remove your gluten free pastry from the fridge and packaging for around 5 minutes.
  2. 2) Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  3. 3) Prepare a baking tray with some baking paper.
  4. 4) Cut your sheet of pastry exactly in half and place one piece on your tray.
  5. 5) Spread the pastry with a layer of pesto, leave a very small gap around the edges of the pastry.
  6. 6) Sprinkle a good layer of dairy free grated cheese on top of the pesto.
  7. 7) Place the other half of your gluten free pastry on top.
  8. 8) Using a sharp knife cut your filled pastry into strips, about the width of a cheese straw! (See in the pictures!)
  9. 9) Hold onto the ends of the strips and twist a few times.
  10. 10) Brush on some of your egg wash, this will help the cheese straws go golden in colour.
  11. 11) Sprinkle on more dairy free cheese all over the top.
  12. 12) Season with salt and pepper.
  13. 13) Bake for around 20 minutes or until the pastry and cheese is golden.
  14. 14) Remove from the oven, allow to cool if you want.. or eat them hot!!
  15. 15) I sprinkle some fresh chives over mine for an extra flavour (I LOVE CHIVES!).
  16. 16) Enjoy!
Notes
  1. These can be made vegan if you don't use the egg wash, the cheese makes these pretty golden anyway!
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Gluten Free Cheese and Pesto Straws

So there you have it my gluten free cheese and pesto straws! I’d definitely recommend giving them a try they really do taste delicious. I’ve made these a couple of times in the last couple of weeks and they have gone down a storm. My parents came round on the afternoon I baked them and I must admit, they didn’t last long! 

Let me know if you get the chance to make my gluten free cheese and pesto straws. I’d also love to know if you have any other fillings that combine well with cheese in a cheese straw! Just drop a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter. A massive thank you to Jus-Rol, you’re legends! I can’t wait to make some more yummy treats with this gluten free puff pastry.

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

RECIPE: Homemade Crunchy Dairy Free Nutella (Vegan, Gluten Free, No Refined Sugar, Healthy!)

Finding a dairy free nutella that both Mark and I can eat has been an impossibility, so I decided to make my own. This recipe is for not only a dairy free nutella but it’s also a vegan nutella, a refined sugar free nutella & a gluten free nutella. It’s also got an optional (but for me essential!) crunchy twist!

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I’ve been meaning to put this recipe up for so long now. I first started making it when I was living in Manchester and now it’s just a staple thing I make on the regular for Mark & I. Ever since Mark realised dairy wasn’t for him he pestered me to try and create a dairy free nutella & obviously being the kind girlfriend that I am… I took up the challenge! 

In addition to it being a dairy free nutella, I wanted to ensure that I could also enjoy it so I also decided to try and reduce the refined sugar content in it. Instead of overloading it with refined sugars I used a pure Canadian maple syrup (unrefined sweetness!) and raw cacao powder (seriously cacao powder is a great ingredient to have in your cupboard I cannot recommend it enough). So yes, not only did I make this a dairy free nutella but also a refined sugar free nutella, you could almost call it a healthy nutella!

dairy free nutella vegan gluten free refined sugar free healthy

Whilst nutella is usually a smooth spread I have always been a fan of spreads for my toast having texture as well as taste. For instance it has got to be crunchy peanut butter for me & jam has to be full of fruity bits. Because of this I decided to make my dairy free nutella also a crunchy nutella as well. I mean, it really is down to preference and it is very easy to remove the crunchiness from this recipe if you prefer it smooth, but just try it… I know you’ll like it!

We enjoy this dairy free nutella on the regular purely because it is so easy to make. There are so few ingredients… if you exclude water my dairy free nutella is a 3 ingredient recipe… quite a few less ingredients than is on the back of a regular jar of chocolate spread. I’ve learnt over the past few years how stupidly simple it is to make your own spreads and nut butters just by blending nuts with a super strong food processor. The taste is so much better and enjoying it is so much more satisfying knowing that you made it. I’ve recently got people eating my dairy free nutella who would never in a million years ordinarily eat shop bought stuff, it’s great!

Anyway, the recipe is below… it’s super simple. Just remember a strong food processor like a Magimix is important for this & also as a vegan nutella I find it lasts better if you keep it in the fridge.

Homemade Crunchy Dairy Free Nutella (Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Healthy)
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Ingredients
  1. * 200g whole hazelnuts
  2. * 1.5 tbsp raw cacao powder
  3. * 80ml maple syrup
  4. * 80ml water
  5. * 100g chopped hazelnuts (optional & you can vary this amount too)
Instructions
  1. 1) Place your whole hazelnuts on a baking tray & bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 180degrees. (I usually use hazelnuts with the shell on and they peel off easily after they come out the oven, but you can definitely just use whole hazelnuts without the skin on instead).
  2. 2) Allow your hazelnuts to fully cool.
  3. 3) Place them in a super strong food processor and blend for around 10 minutes until they become almost like a spread. (I use my Magimix whenever I need to break down nuts)
  4. 4) After 10 minutes add the cacao powder and maple syrup to your hazelnuts & blend again, ensuring that the cacao, maple syrup & hazelnuts are fully combined.
  5. 5) Next, very gradually add your water, do this a little at a time blending as you go. Again, make sure everything is fully combined.
  6. 6) For a crunchy nutella mix in your chopped hazelnuts at this stage, I mix mine in just with a spoon and it works really nicely.
  7. 7) Pour your dairy free / vegan nutella into the jar you want to keep it in & store in the fridge until you want to use it!
  8. 8) Enjoy on toast, pancakes, off the spoon & in lots of different recipes!
Notes
  1. You can make my dairy free nutella without the crunchy bits if you prefer smooth nutella, just don't stir in the chopped hazelnuts at the end.
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We use dairy free nutella for plenty of different meals whether that is just having some of toast or even better spread over pancakes alongside some fresh bananas and strawberries. It’s great with ice cream and also can be used in a range of different recipes (my gluten free, dairy free & vegan ferrero rocher is a good one that you might like to try!) Alternatively, if you can’t wait for other things to cook, I advise just eating it off a spoon, I do this far too often, shhh!

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So there you have it, my dairy free nutella recipe which also happens to be a vegan nutella, a refined sugar free nutella (some might call it a healthy nutella!) oh & of course, it wouldn’t be on the blog if it wasn’t gluten free as well! Let me know if you give it a try, trust me, once you’ve made it you won’t be able to stop. If you let friends try it, they will want you to make it for them as well. I’m just a bit in love with this recipe and I’m so happy to finally share it with you all! Any questions etc, just drop a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

The Perfect Dairy Free Ice Cream… (Sugar Free & Gluten Free)

We love Ice Cream, it’s as simple as that. However it is definitely a struggle to find ice cream that ticks all of our boxes. Gluten Free, Sugar Free & Dairy Free Ice Cream all in one tub? Thank You Perfect World, let’s just hope it’s delicious too! Taste test time!

So, the weather is improving… heck, it’ll be summer before we know it! I’ve definitely noticed the change this week, having moved from Manchester back down to the south east of England. With the sunny weather comes the yearning for ice cream! I must admit that so far this year the stock of dairy free ice cream seems to have significantly increased. Just in the past week I have discovered 4 brand new products in the Tesco freezers which is very exciting. Gluten Free, in a huge amount of cases is not an issue when it comes to ice cream (minus the flavours that contain cookie dough, brownie bits etc), however, finding refined sugar free ice cream is a massive task.

Fortunately there is a way to enjoy dairy free ice cream now, that is also sugar free & gluten free. I’m not talking about making your own, because I know, however nice homemade ice cream may be, we just want something convenient! What I am talking about is dairy free ice cream from the brand Perfect World! Perfect World’s dairy free ice cream is sugar free, gluten free & for once… also soya free!

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As you can see from the video above (please click here to view the video on YouTube, leave your comments & subscribe!), Mark & I decided we would taste test 3 different Perfect World Dairy Free Ice Cream flavours. Each tub is the same size as those of Ben & Jerry’s & equally the flavours are of nice & varied like Ben & Jerry’s too. In terms of the dairy free ice cream market… vanilla ice cream is the main flavour, so it is nice to see some changes!

Anyway… the flavours we tried were…….

Banana Walnut Chip

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Our absolute favourite flavour. I love banana ice cream and to think this is a refined sugar free & dairy free ice cream is crazy. It’s got a lovely level of natural sweetness from the banana. The small dairy free chocolate chips & walnut pieces provide both flavour & texture. Basically, just think of a healthier, dairy free version of Ben & Jerry’s ultimate Chunky Monkey. Yep, that’s right, this is the dairy free Chunky Monkey! I would eat this again & again & again. It’s so creamy & delicious, the tub was gone within a day. Mark has said that to date, this is the best dairy free ice cream he has had. I might just have to agree with him there!

A Taste of Carrot Cake

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This flavour had a lot to live up to after we tried the Banana Walnut Chip. As expected, it didn’t quite live up to the banana heaven… nevertheless, it was pretty dandy. As many of you might know, my favourite type of cake is a carrot cake (so raisins/sultanas though!). The thought of carrot cake ice cream confused my brain a lot, cake is… cake right?! However, once the taste came through I could definitely taste the carrot cake. It had that slight spice to it whilst still maintaining a delicious creaminess that is a necessity in any ice cream. I wouldn’t buy it over the banana walnut chip flavour. But I would still buy it & I definitely think that a lot of people are going to love it!

Caramel Pecan

Now the caramel pecan dairy free ice cream I believe is a new flavour for Perfect World. They delivered it to me without the branded packaging, just in a plain tub. I thought they must be very confident on the flavour to do this, & they were right to be, oh my goodness, a caramel dairy free ice cream that tastes amazing. It reminded me of my childhood when we used to sometimes have some toffee flavour ice cream for dessert, its not complicated its just the perfect caramel/toffee flavour. The pecan nut pieces within it make it dreamy (oh & it’s creamy!) for me. I absolutely love this flavour & I do hope it will be introduced alongside the other flavours into Tesco & any other stores very very soon!

On top of the flavours we tried Perfect World also have a Gluten Free Belgium Chocolate Brownie Dairy Free Ice Cream & Strawberry Dairy Free Ice Cream. Both of which I can guarantee from our taste testing just have to taste amazing too!

So Perfect World has been available in Holland & Barrett for quite some time now, but finally it has been introduced into Tesco stores as well! Oh & of course it is also available at Ocado. I would highly recommend grabbing a tub if you get the chance. For me, it has to be the banana walnut chip every single time… you know how much I love bananas! 

To find a dairy free ice cream (for Mark) that also has a much lower level of sugar than any other ice cream I have ever come across in the shops (for Me) is perfect. It is so nice to find a product suitable for us both, without any compromise on taste. 

Let me know if you have tried any Perfect World Dairy Free Ice Cream. What did you think of it? What are your favourite flavours of ice cream? Are there any products you are still waiting (& praying) to come onto the ice cream market that are dairy free & gluten free? For me… an ice cream roll!! (oh the memories when I was young!) Anyway, let me know by leaving a comment below, on Facebook/Twitter OR better still…. on my VIDEO!

Thanks for reading and watching,

Becky xxx

Ombar buttons… The Best Vegan and Dairy Free Chocolate Ever?!

After Becky’s recent trip to London, she came back with two humble packets of Ombar’s vegan and dairy free chocolate buttons. Not only am I lucky, but now I also have chocolate!

As a massive fan of Dairy Milk buttons (well, an ex-fan since being lucky enough to join the lactose intolerant club) I couldn’t believe my tastebuds when I tried a few cheeky coconut milk chocolate buttons courtesy of Ombar. How could dairy-free chocolate taste this good?!

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I’ve tried a lot of dairy-free and vegan chocolate in my time and most of it fits on the scale somewhere between bitter dark chocolate and unexciting plain chocolate… long story short: not exactly a taste sensation. However, Ombar’s vegan and dairy free chocolate buttons are on their own insanely amazing scale altogether! Oh, & of course they are gluten free too, as are all Ombar products.

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Ombar’s vegan and dairy free chocolate buttons actually have an intense creamy quality that (basically all) dairy-free chocolate lacks. Because of this, these delicious buttons aren’t rock solid either; I can’t count the amount of times I’ve struggled to bite into dairy-free chocolate. My dentist will most certainly be pleased that I’ve finally found Ombar!

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In short, I retract any statement where I claimed that I enjoyed any dairy-free chocolate in the past and instead tell you all this: go and try Ombar’s vegan and dairy free chocolate buttons! Stop wasting time reading this when you could either be a) Spending your time finding Ombar’s chocolate buttons or b) Eating Ombar’s chocolate buttons. Get out of here!

Let us know if you have enjoyed any Ombar products or if you have a different favourite dairy free chocolate! Leave a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Cheers,

Mark x

REVIEW: Almond Dream Salted Caramel Dairy free Ice Cream

After trying a bunch of awesome new products at The Allergy & Free From Show North, one of my stand-out products had to be Almond Dream’s dairy free ice cream!

 

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I tried a sample of mint choc chip from their friendly stand and was instantly hooked! I have to say that their rice milk and coconut rice milk was also surprisingly awesome too (but I’m sure you would rather make your own milk than read my comparison on the finer points of rice milk). So upon returning from the Allergy & Free From Show North, me and Becky embarked on an expedition to find a tub of Almond Dream’s dairy free ice cream for ourselves!

Somehow, we managed to find a tub for ยฃ2.50 in (a not too local) Asda. Given the price of the same sized tub from some other dairy free brands, ยฃ2.50 seemed a bit of a no-brainer! We picked up the salted caramel flavour and as a lactose intolerant, it seemed to good to be true!

Upon taking it out of the freezer later that day, I waited for what seemed like the longest 10 minutes of my life (for it to defrost) before violently attacking it with an ice cream scoop. The flavour is amazeballs, with a rich caramel flavour that is somehow warming despite the arctic temperature of this dairy-free ice cream. There’s a subtle hint of almond flavour which works really well and it’s an unreal taste combination. My only minor niggle is that it’s not totally smooth; it has a slight texture of what appears to be ground up almonds. Given that all almond milks these days are totally smooth, I’d love to see this dairy free ice cream follow suit.

Overall, it’s an amazing product that is a breath of fresh air in a market which seems to think that lactose intolerants and vegans only enjoy eating vanilla flavoured ice cream. The minor niggle of the texture certainly didn’t stop me destroying the entire tub so I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a change from dairy free drudgery of vanilla ice cream!

Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Cheers,

Mark x

REVIEW: Lactose-Free Mars Milk 750ml

The world of gluten-free has come a long way lately, but dairy-free often seems like a neglected cousin to free from retailers (yes, I am intensely jealous!) But in a discovery that immediately felt like my Birthday and Christmas had come all at once, I found Mars Lactose-Free Mars Milk.

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I will often go to the chilled dairy-free section and hunt for a Pudology or other exciting new products in my local Tescos but only ever find disappointment and the same old selection. I’m just after a little innovation in a dairy-free world that is still barely getting the basics down (cheese, yoghurts and milk etc.) Is that too much to ask?

Initially, I missed this product completely. On what planet would I be able to drink Mars Milk anyway?! But luckily as I was walking off, Becky pulled me back to discover the true glory of Lactose-Free Mars Milk. I was speechless. As the chilled dairy-free section in Tescos is commonly next to the ‘evil’ dairy products, I’m quite used to seeing Mars around that area. But not like this.

Being lactose-free, it contains less than 0.1% lactose. So like lacto-free milk, it’s real cow’s milk with the lactose removed and thus unfortunately isn’t vegan friendly. However if you suffer from lactose intolerance like I do, today is your lucky day my friend.

How does it taste? It’s quite simply Mars milk. Forgive me for the lack of poetic description but as a lactose-intolerant, the fact that this merely exists is pure poetry in itself. It’s chocolatey, thick, with an authentic Mars-like caramel aftertaste. It’s everything that you shouldn’t be allowed as a lactose-intolerant, without the days of stomach pain normally required. I haven’t had a taste like this in years and the fact that a company like Mars are branching out into dairy-free makes me excited to see what’s around the corner.

This was a particularly liberating experience overall, as the first time I realised I was becoming lactose intolerant was when I chugged an entire Frijj milkshake in one go (even just thinking about it makes my stomach churn). So to revisit the ‘dreaded milkshake’ without fear was an absolute dream. Thanks Tesco and Mars!

Have you had a chance to try this delicious innovation from Mars? Let me know by leaving a comment below, or on Facebook / Twitter.

Cheers,

Mark x

PRODUCT REVIEW: Urban Eat Gluten Free Lemon Chicken Wrap (Dairy Free)

Finding Gluten Free Lunches on the go is never super easy. Recently however, I found a delicious Urban Eat Gluten Free Lemon Chicken Wrap

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Recently on a mid morning shopping trip to Tesco both Mark & I felt incredibly peckish & fancied a hot drink. We often stop off for a drink at Costa at our local Tesco but on this occasion we were at a different Tesco where there wasn’t a Costa. Usually when I see the old style Tesco Cafes my brain groans… there is very little for either of us to eat and certainly very little snack food. So to say my gluten free rumbling stomach was initially a little disappointed to find a Tesco Old School Cafe would be an understatement!

We went up to the counter and saw lots of hot gluten filled meals… pasta, full english, fish and chips; but then we turned round and saw the cold pre made sandwiches.

Obviously by this point I had given up any hope of getting anything and was preparing to nip downstairs to the free from section of the Tesco store to grab a quick snack. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find an Urban Eat Gluten Free Lemon Chicken Wrap (which was pleasingly also dairy free). Mark & I were only looking for a snack as it wasn’t too long till lunchtime so we decided to buy the wrap and have half each with our hot drinks.

I must say I never really think of having something like a wrap as a snack, it screams ‘lunchtime’ at you but really sharing a wrap really is the perfect snack! I was really excited to try the wrap and really hoped it lived up to what I imagine a good Lemon Chicken Wrap should taste like! I wasn’t disappointed. The Urban Eat Gluten Free Wrap was delicious. The wrap, which I think must have been a Newburn Bake House Gluten Free Seeded Wrap was really soft, flexible and well formed. I’ve always loved the Newburn Bake House wraps so it was great to see another brand using them for their pre-made wraps.

The Chicken was moist, well seasoned and plentiful. There is nothing worse than not having enough chicken in a chicken wrap!! The chicken was perfectly complimented by the zesty lemon mayonnaise, which provided an all encompassing freshness to the Urban Eat Gluten Free Wrap. The rocket and tomato finished off this delicious wrap perfectly, giving another dimension of flavour and texture to the wrap. I wished that we hadn’t decided to share the wrap as a snack, I could have quite easily have devoured the other half!

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But I Do Wanna Taco ‘Bout Urban Eat’s Gluten Free Wraps!

The Urban Eat Gluten Free Lemon Chicken Wrap is the perfect choice for lunch if you are on the go and happen to drop past somewhere that sells Urban Eat products. Of course I have seen Urban Eat Gluten Free products now in Tesco but I also know that a lot of university campuses also sell Urban Eat products as well as smaller cafes & some public transport hubs; so keep your eyes peeled!

I have just noticed they also do a gluten free egg & slow roasted tomato wrap which sounds amazing. I will definitely be on the look out for that next! Let me know if you have tried it before!

I have also been reliably informed that the Urban Eat Gluten Free range is due to expand later on this year so I will keep you posted if I hear anything more… more convenient lunch options please!

Have you found any other gluten free ready made sandwich brands when you’ve been out and about? Please let me know on Facebook or Twitter, it would be great to have even more options when I’m in a hurry!

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

PRODUCT REVIEW: Tesco Dairy Free Ice Cream Strawberry And Vanilla Cones (Gluten Free Cornetto)

I have always loved Cornettos but being gluten free & Mark being dairy free means we just can’t have them. However, now we can thanks to Tesco Dairy Free Ice Cream Cones. The ice cream is completely dairy free, the cone is completely gluten free.. what a perfect combination!

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I was extremely excited a few weeks ago when I came across a selection of new Tesco Free From products in their frozen section. Although, Tesco have a reasonable selection of Frozen Free From, in recent months it has started to look a little tired. I really wanted them to produce something different & exciting, that allows me to eat something I couldn’t otherwise.

So when I saw the Tesco Dairy Free Ice Cream Strawberry and Vanilla Cones, which essentially are a gluten and dairy free Cornetto, I was over the moon! I used to love Cornettos, and used to love having them on a summers day out. These looked incredibly similar to a Cornetto and I was definitely intrigued by them… we immediately bought a box!

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Upon trying them we were pleasantly surprised that the box contained four full sized ‘Cornettos’, we were expecting the ice creams to be much smaller than usual. The ice cream is completely dairy free and is a mix of vanilla and strawberry with further strawberry ripples throughout. It tastes as good as the ice cream of a cornetto, and the strawberry ripples are definitely a great addition. The ice cream is plentiful and goes a decent way down the cone which is not always common in ice cream cones like these. The cone is waffle style which is my favourite type of cone. I was never a fan of the regular Flake 99 cones, they were very pappy; so to be able to eat a tasty waffle cone that is entirely gluten free was music to my ears. The gluten free waffle cone did not disappoint. It was crispy and flavoursome, which didn’t go soggy upon the ice cream touching it. However, what made the Tesco Dairy Free Ice Cream Cone the ultimate was that the Gluten Free Waffle Cone had chocolate inside it, right down to the bottom! Everyone loves chocolate in the bottom of their ice cream cone right?!

I would highly recommend giving the Tesco Dairy Free Ice Cream (Gluten Free too) a go… it is delicious and a perfect addition to any freezer this spring and summer. It would be great to be able to have these ice creams available at the ice cream van, but for now I am just incredibly grateful that Tesco have made something that Mark & I can really enjoy together!

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Have you tried the strawberry and vanilla gluten free & dairy free ice cream cones from Tescos? Let me know if you have and what you think of them on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

RECIPE: Raspberry & Coconut Slice – Gluten Free & Dairy Free

These Gluten Free & Dairy Free Raspberry & Coconut Slices are simple to make & taste amazing. The melt in the mouth base alongside the sweet jam & soft, yet crisp coconut topping is the perfect combination. Everyone will love them, trust me!

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I haven’t done much baking the past week or so. We’ve been doing a few DIY jobs around our home & had my parents come to visit. But this week I wanted to get bang on it again! I bought a huge bag of desiccated coconut last week with the idea of making some coconut macaroons. We had some absolutely amazing fresh coconut macaroons back in December at the Manchester Christmas Markets and have been craving fresh, warm ones ever since! But instead of making them straight away, I had an urge to do something slightly more with my coconut! 

I love making different types of tray bakes. I also love biscuit bases. So I went about trying to devise something that was both gluten free and dairy free. A tray bake, or any cake for that matter that offers a few layers, with different textures is a winner for me. I always prefer bakes that have something with more of a biscuity, crunch texture to go alongside a softer texture such as coconut. This raspberry & coconut slice tray bake seemed the perfect combination of flavours and textures to me.

This recipe for the raspberry & coconut slice is really easy to follow as well, and requires minimal ingredients – basically it’s just store cupboard items so you can make it anytime. It would be perfect if you wanted to make something for when friends come round… or just something you can sit & scoff on! (They are very moorish!)

The biscuit base is made and very lightly cooked first to give it structure. It also allows the biscuit to turn slightly golden. I highly recommend this simple biscuit recipe for anything. It is very versatile and although it works great in the raspberry & coconut slice recipe it would make for a great gluten free biscuit dipped in chocolate too!

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Perfect Spring Time Recipe hey Spring Chicken?!

I am a massive fan of raspberries within cakes and biscuits as you might have noticed from my gluten free & dairy free Bakewell loaf cake recipe I put up recently, click here to view it. Any flavour jam would do in this instance but I just have a thing for a good quality raspberry jam!

The coconut slice topping is incredibly easy to create as well for this recipe and is basically the mixture you would make coconut macaroons from if you wanted them plain. It tastes amazing and the smell from the coconut as you pour it into your mixing bowl is incredible (thats if you like the smell of coconut I guess!).

Anyway, as I have said, this recipe for my gluten free & dairy free Raspberry & Coconut Slice is really straightforward so I do hope you give it a go!

Raspberry & Coconut Slice (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)
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Ingredients
  1. 250g gluten free plain flour
  2. 220g golden caster sugar (when measuring split this into 2 separate 110g portions)
  3. 125g dairy free hard margarine
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. raspberry jam
  7. 180g desiccated coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Grease a rectangular baking tin (around 12 x 10 inches - it wouldn't matter if you had a bigger or smaller tray really, or if it was a different shape, you will be able to judge).
  3. Mix together your gluten free flour, 110g of sugar & your dairy free hard margarine until it forms a breadcrumb consistency. (I used an electric whisk for this)
  4. Add your vanilla extract and 1 egg to your mixture & mix until it forms a dough like consistency. (I used an electric whisk for this)
  5. Bring together the dough into a lump with your hands.
  6. Press the dough into your prepared baking tin evenly and bake in the oven till slightly golden.. this will take about 15 minutes.
  7. After 15 minutes take the baking tin out of the oven and put to one side briefly.
  8. Whisk together for 2 remaining eggs & your other 110g of sugar.
  9. Stir in your desiccated coconut. (This is now ready to spread)
  10. Spread your raspberry jam all over your base as evenly as you can (it should be slightly warm still, no worries if it isn't this time though).
  11. Spread your coconut mixture over the jam & base evenly.
  12. Place back in the oven for a further 20 - 25 minutes or until golden.
  13. Allow to completely cool in the baking tin before removing and cutting into slices.
  14. Enjoy!
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Let me know what you think of the recipe on Facebook & Twitter. & if you do make them, make sure you take a photo and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

Pizza Express Dairy Free Update 2015! Also Gluten Free

Pizza Express has definitely rocketed up my list of places to visit recently after I discovered there are in fact Pizza Express dairy free options, as well as gluten free. ‘Pizza Express Dairy Free’ – those four words do not go together well in my head… until now!

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Yes, we are in Pizza Express & Yes, there is Dairy Free Cheese on this Pizza!

Of course we all know by now that Pizza Express have provided us with Gluten Free Pizza Bases for a few years. For many people this has been a life saver. It might not be your absolute favourite gluten free pizza base but it is definitely up there & is great when you are out with friends and want to eat normally alongside everybody else. I will still forever wish they would serve me some gluten free dough balls or some gluten free cheesy garlic bread like they do at Dough in the Northern Quarter, Manchester… but we can dream!

Pizza Express do have a stupidly delicious gluten free starter on the menu at present however, that made me not care ‘so’ much about the lack of gluten free dough balls. The Risotto Fresco is insanely good and is the perfect amount to still give you enough room for your gluten free Pizza! The Risotto Fresco is creamy & full of tasty oak-roasted salmon & Gran Milano cheese, it is seasoned perfectly & I would highly recommend it. (I am not usually a starter girl as I never want to spoil my main but this totally hit the spot)

Obviously in terms of main I couldn’t choose anything except my favourite gluten free pizza.. The American. Simple as, the classic pepperoni was and still is my favourite in Pizza Express!

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My delicious Gluten Free American Pizza

However, for once, ENOUGH ABOUT GLUTEN FREE! This post was for me to mention a new discovery for me in terms of the Pizza Express Dairy Free offerings! Now don’t get too excited, there isn’t any dairy free cheese just yet in Pizza Express… but in the past the only way for Mark to eat at Pizza Express was to ask for his pizza without cheese. Pizza Express still state this on their website: “Unfortunately we don’t have a dairy / lactose free cheese but you can leave the cheese off any pizza of your choice.” However upon reading further on their site under the Pizza Express Dairy Free FAQ I found this:

“You are also permitted to bring in your own cheese to top a pizza provided it is in a sealed pack, in date and the date is clearly visible.”

Now I know bringing your own vegan/dairy free cheese might not be for everyone and isn’t always the most convenient thing to do, but for us this was amazing news! We always have vegan/dairy free cheese in the fridge so for us it was very easy to just bring some along with us in a bag. On this occasion we chose to bring some Violife which is definitely one of the very best vegan cheeses around, there are so many different flavours of it I cannot wait to try. On other occasions however I think we would be tempted to take MozzaRisella; I absolutely love MozzaRisella on a pizza, it works amazingly.

When we ordered our meals at Pizza Express it was very straightforward and they understood exactly what we were asking for with the dairy free cheese. I ordered my gluten free risotto starter & pizza and then Mark ordered his pizza. He asked for the mozzarella cheese to be removed and replaced with his Violife dairy free. The waitress was very helpful and made sure we felt happy with the ‘dairy free procedure!’ She explained that it would all be done very separately so to remove any cross contamination. When our main courses arrived our waitress went through each of our orders once more just to make sure everything was correct. This was really positive and made Mark and I very reassured.

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Pizza Express Pizza covered in delicious Violife Dairy Free Cheese

Mark’s pizza looked amazing with the Violife Cheese covering it. Violife is a great melting cheese and the guys at Pizza Express had definitely taken the time to scatter it across the pizza perfectly and allowed it to melt. Mark was over the moon being able to eat a pizza with cheese on it at Pizza Express. Let’s face it a pizza without cheese just doesn’t quite hit the spot!

Maybe in the future Pizza Express might jump on the Dairy Free Cheese Wagon, but for now, this is a great option and I thank Pizza Express for this. I love the Gluten Free American Pizza & we live 5 minutes away from our local restaurant so this is perfect news for us.

What do you think about the Pizza Express dairy free option of allowing you to bring in your own cheese? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter.

Click here for the Pizza Express Dairy Free FAQ.

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx