There are 9 weeks to go until Christmas and though it still seems a little way off, it’s not too early to start getting excited!
I was definitely excited when I received an early Christmas present from the elves over at Delicious Alchemy. The team at DA kindly sent me some of their brand new Christmas products to try, and as there are some absolute crackers (Get it? Crackers?!) I thought I would share my thoughts on them with you.
All of the products below are already available to buy over on the Delicious Alchemy Shop.
Gluten Free Christmas Fruit Cake Mix
This product was actually launched last Christmas, but I’m absolutely thrilled it’s back this year! My mum, in particular, was very impressed with this mix and thought the cake was so much better than her usual shop bought cake – and if something gets the mum seal of approval, then it must be good!
The Christmas Fruit Cake Mix is both gluten and dairy free, good for those of you with multiple intolerances. It is one of Delicious Alchemy’s more expensive baking mixes at £5, but that’s because you get a huge 650g bag which is chock full of dried fruit, including dates, raisins and sultanas and all the ingredients are spiced beautifully – as soon as I opened the bag, I could smell Christmas!
Like all Delicious Alchemy’s products, it super easy to make – the cake mix takes a matter of minutes to whip up, so it’s perfect when you’re a little short of time during the festive period.
As well as Christmas Cake, this mix would make a great Christmas Pudding!
Gluten Free Sage and Onion Stuffing
When I received the package from Delicious Alchemy I had no idea what was going to be in it, so I was really excited when I opened it to find Stuffing Mix!
I’ve actually never had stuffing on Christmas Day because the one my family usually has contains gluten and while my parents are great at catering for my dietary requirements, I know that they can’t always find a gluten free alternative for everything.
I think they will be more than happy to try out this gluten free stuffing mix this year, as it tastes just as good as normal stuffing and you’d never know it’s gluten free. I also love the traditional flavour combination of sage and onion – yum!
As well being gluten free and dairy free, the stuffing mix is also vegetarian – which means my sister can have some too.
Again, like Delicious Alchemy’s other products, the stuffing was quick and easy to make – you add water and oil, leave the mixture to stand before rolling it up into balls shapes before baking for 20 to 25 minutes – foolproof!
If my house is anything to go by, the kitchen can get rather hectic on Christmas day – these stuffing balls could easily be prepared the day before and baked just before you need them.
Remember tuffing isn’t just for Christmas! You could have this stuffing all year round with a Sunday roast.
The final new product is probably my favourite – Gingerbread Biscuit Mix!
As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, it’s simply not Christmas without Gingerbread and I always bake a batch on Christmas Eve to enjoy with a cup as of tea before we open our presents on Christmas morning.
I was sceptical whether this mix would live up to my own Gingerbread recipe, but I was pleasantly surprised!
The Gingerbread dough is easy enough to achieve – simply add butter, eggs and golden syrup, work the mixture into a dough then chill it before you cut out your biscuits to make the dough more managable.
I like my Gingerbread to pack a powerful punch, so I was worried the ginger flavour might not be strong enough for me, but the level of ginger was just right – the biscuits were sweet but with a lovely fiery kick.
I do like my Gingerbread to be a slightly darker colour though, so next time I might experiment and add a little bit of treacle as well as golden syrup.
The biscuits weren’t too soft and had some snap to them, they also kept well for a few says in an airtight container.
I made these rather handsome gingerbread men, but you could use this mix to make more a more festive Gingerbread House.
Delicious Alchemy do not pay me to advertise their products, they sent me products to sample in exchange for a fair and honest review.