Gluten Free Easter: Mini Egg Brownies

What could be more perfect for Easter than Brownies? Especially my Gluten Free Mini Egg Brownies, which are packed so full of chocolate they are guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest of chocoholics.

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I honestly don’t know what I’d do if Mini Eggs weren’t gluten free as they are my favourite Easter treat – they are also a great addition to brownies as they add a bit of crunch.

Be aware that Cadbury’s mini eggs contain Maltodextrin, which whilst being a gluten free ingredient can sometimes prove troublesome for Coeliacs. But the good news is, there are a couple of supermarket alternatives out there which don’t contain maltodextrin, including Micro Easter Eggs from Sainsbury’s and Chicky Choccy Eggs from M&S.

I have also been informed, that whilst Mini Eggs are definitely gluten free in the UK, in the US they may contain gluten due to potential cross-contamination risks during the manufacturing process.

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Gluten Free Brownies 

Ingredients

200g unsalted butter
200g Dark Chocolate (85% Cocoa solids)
80g gluten free self-raising flour
60g cocoa powder
250g light brown caster sugar
4 large eggs
2 x 90g packets of Cadbury Mini Eggs, chilled

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/gas mark 4, then grease and line a rectangular baking tray with baking parchment.

2) Heat the butter, chocolate and sugar together in a large saucepan over a low heat. Leave to cool slightly, then stir in the flour and cocoa powder.

3) Add the eggs one a time, beating the mixture vigorously in between each addition. Once the mixture has turned thick and glossy transfer it to the prepared tray, then scatter across the chilled mini eggs.

4) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the brownies are firm to touch. Leave to cool completely before cutting into squares.

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Gluten Free ‘Baci di Dama’ (Hazelnut and Chocolate Cookies)

If you’re looking for the perfect bake for Valentine’s Day, look no further than these mini Hazelnut and Chocolate Cookies which are very romantically named ‘Baci di Dama’ or ‘Lady’s Kisses’.

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Baci di Dama originate from the Piedmont region of Italy and were made to celebrate the excellent Hazelnuts produced there. It is thought that the cookies are called ‘Lady’s Kisses’ as the two sandwiched cookies are said to resemble lips pursed together ready to receive a kiss or the two halves symbolise two lovers kissing.

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Whichever explanation you decide to opt for, there’s no doubt that these miniature cookies are incredibly cute. They are also incredibly simple to make and require just five ingredients – great for a last minute gift idea if you’re stumped for what to get someone for Valentine’s Day!

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Baci di Dama (Lady’s Kisses)

Ingredients

100g blanched hazelnuts
100g gluten free flour (I used Schär Mix It! Universal)
60g caster sugar
60g unsalted butter
50g good quality dark chocolate

Method

1) Place a dry frying pan over a medium heat, then lightly toast the hazelnuts until golden brown.

2) Blitz the hazelnuts in a food processor until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. Place the ground hazelnuts into a large bowl, then stir through the sugar and the flour.

3) Rub the butter into the hazelnut mixture and start to bring the mixture together to a form a dough – if the mixture is a little crumbly, add a few drops of water to help it come together.

4) Wrap the dough in cling film and chill it in the refrigerator for two hours to help it firm up.

5) Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C/gas mark 3. Roll the chilled dough into small ball shapes which weigh approximately 5 grams each, then place the pieces of dough onto baking trays lined with baking parchment and chill the

6) Place the balls of cookie dough into the fridge to chill for 15 minutes. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown.

7) Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely while you melt the chocolate.

8) Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Allow the chocolate to cool for a few minutes, then dip the flat side of a cookie into the chocolate, then sandwich it together with another cookie – repeat until all the cookies have been sandwiched together.

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Gluten Free Nutella Marble Cake

New Year is that time of year where we seek to return some balance to our lives, whether that be through setting New Year resolutions or undertaking a detox to repair our bodies after the hectic and often overindulgent festive season.

Personally, I have never managed to stick to a New Years resolution or detox diet, and although I do understand I can’t over indulge all year round, I do think that January is a time for comforting feel good food – after all, it can be a cold and bleak month.

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As far as comforting feel good food goes, I think my Gluten Free Nutella Marble cake fits the bill… I’d just better be sure to strike some balance in my diet by making sure I eat my greens, too!

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Gluten Free Nutella Marble Cake

Ingredients

For the cake:
175g unsalted butter, softened
175g caster sugar
175g gluten free self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp Nutella or similar hazelnut spread

For the chocolate glaze:
2 tbsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp golden syrup
25g butter

To decorate:
A handful of roughly chopped hazelnuts

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C/gas mark 3, then grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.

2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.

3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time along with one tablespoon of the flour to stop the mixture from curdling. Add the remaining flour and milk, then beat until the ingredients are fully combined.

4. Divide the mixture between two bowls – add the vanilla extract to one half of the mixture, then stir the cocoa powder and the Nutella through the other half.

5. Spoon the vanilla and hazelnut mixtures into the prepared tin, alternating between the two colours – to create a marble effect, gently swirl a skewer through the mixture.

6. Bake for 60 – 80 minutes – or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

7. Allow the cake to cool in the tin before turning it out on a wire rack. Leave to cool while you make the chocolate glaze.

8. To make the glaze: place the butter, golden syrup and cocoa powder into a small saucepan. Heat the ingredients over a medium heat and stir until the butter has melted and the ingredients are combined.

9. Drizzle the icing over the cake and finish with the chopped hazelnuts.

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Gluten Free Halloween: Chocolate Skeleton Cookies

Just in time for Halloween – here is my recipe for these rather kooky, but not so spooky cookies.

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These cookies are of course gluten free could be made dairy free, just substitute the butter for dairy free spread or dairy free butter. If you use dairy free spread make sure it is super cold, or it can make your biscuit dough a little oily – you may also need to for chill your biscuit dough for a little longer.

I also used an all purpose gluten free flour to make these biscuits – the new Schär Mix It Universal Blend – if you can’t get hold of this you could use a mix of gluten free self raising and rice flour (see the recipe below for details).

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I had a lot of fun decorating these cookies and giving them rather shocked expressions! I think this recipe would be a lovely project to get children involved in over the Halloween weekend, as the cookie dough is very simple to make and they can get creative giving the skeleton men different expressions and looks!

Gluten Free Chocolate Skeleton Cookies

Ingredients

For the chocolate biscuits:

150g sugar
150g butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
280g gluten free all purpose flour (I used Schar Universal Mix It – you could also use 150g GF Self raising and 130g rice flour)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence

For the decorations:

250g icing sugar
1 egg white

Method

1) To make the biscuit dough, combine the gluten free flour, cocoa powder and sugar in a large bowl.

2) Rub in the butter until you have a bread crumb like texture.

3) Add the egg and vanilla essence and start to bring the ingredients together using a wooden spoon.

4) Tip the contents onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to work the ingredients into a soft dough. Don’t worry if the dough seems a little sticky as it will be refrigerated which help it to firm up – don’t be tempted to add more flour!

5) Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for at least an hour.

6) Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C/Gas Mark 4 and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.

7) Dust a clean surface with flour. Roll out the dough using a rolling pin until it is about 5mm thick, then cut out gingerbread men shapes.

8) Transfer the cookies to tray lined with greaseproof paper using a palate knife. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the cookies are firm and a light golden brown – be sure to keep an eye on them as they could quickly over-bake.

9) Once baked, leave the cookies to cool slightly on the trays to before transferring them to wire racks to finish cooling.

10) To make the royal Royal icing: place 1 egg white in a bowl, then slowly sift in the icing sugar in batches. In between the batches of icing sugar, stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon or a balloon whisk until the icing thickens up – you can use a dash of water to encourage the ingredients to come together if necessary.

11) Transfer the icing into a piping bag fitted with a writing nozzle and decorate the Skeleton men – don’t forget to give them shocked expressions!

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Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe (for Coeliac Awareness Week)

Today I’m going to share with you my Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffin recipe in honour of Coeliac Awareness Week, which is being held this week between the 8th – 14th May 2017.

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Coeliac UK have estimated that approximately 1 in 100 people in the UK suffer with Coeliac Disease and just 24% have been properly diagnosed – which  means there are people living with undiagnosed Coeliacs Disease all across the UK, something Coeliac Awareness week is aiming to change.

You can find out more about Coeliac Awareness Week over at Coeliac UK, including ideas about how to get involved.

If you think you have have Coeliac Disease you can find out more information about the symptoms and how to go about getting a diagnosis here.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed and are new to Gluten Free baking, there is a tonne of advice over on my Ton’s Tips and Tricks page.

My Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins recipe is perfect for Gluten Free baking beginners as there are no difficult techniques involved – you don’t even need to worry about the batter being lumpy!

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This recipe was inspired by my Gluten Free White Chocolate and Raspberry Muffins recipe which I posted last year,  in that post I listed a few extra tips and tricks to achieve perfect muffins -you can find that post here.

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Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:

275g gluten free self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
175g soft brown sugar
2 large eggs
100 ml sunflower oil
200ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g milk chocolate chips, refrigerated
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/gas mark 4 and line a muffin tin with 8 muffin cases.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
3. In separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, oil, milk and vanilla extract until combined then add this to the dry ingredients.
4. Gently mix the ingredients together until they form a batter which is only just combined (don’t worry too much if there are any lumps), then stir through the chocolate chips.
5. Spoon approximately 3 tablespoons of batter into each case – the cases should be about 3 quarters full.
6. Bake the muffins for 25 minutes, until golden brown.
7. Leave to cool on a wire rack before serving.

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Gluten Free Easter Chocolate Log

My final Easter recipe this is year is my Gluten Free Easter Chocolate Log recipe – the perfect bake for chocoholics and a beautiful centrepiece for any Easter Sunday gathering.

IMG_4661   I know chocolate logs are more traditionally eaten at Christmas, but I think this fun update on a classic works for Easter too!

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I promise you that this recipe is much easier to make than it looks – the trick is to make sure whip up your eggs and sugar until they are super voluminous!


Gluten Free Easter Chocolate Log 

For the Swiss Roll:

80g golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
60g gluten free self raising flour
20g cocoa powder
20g butter, melted and cooled.

For the Icing:

350g butter, softened
350g icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
White chocolate, for decorating.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200 C/gas mark 6, then grease and line a Swiss Roll tin or a baking tray with slightly raised sides with baking parchment.

2. Sift together the gluten free flour and cocoa powder in a large bowl then set aside.

3. Place the eggs and sugar into large bowl and beat the ingredients using an electric hand mixer for about 5 minutes, until the ingredients are pale, fluffy and have tripled in volume. Make sure the mixture has reached ‘ribbon stage’, which means that when you remove the whisk the mixture falling from the whisk leaves a ribbon like trail.

4. Fold in the flour mixture bit by bit, being careful not to knock out the air from the mixture.

5. Carefully fold through the cooled melted butter.

6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tray or tin, tilting the tray to level out he mixture.

7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the sponge starts to shrink away from the sides of the tin and the top is firm to touch.

8. Place a large sheet of baking paper onto a work surface. While the cake is still hot, place it upside down onto the paper, then carefully remove the tray and the baking paper.

9. Roll up the cake so that the paper is inside in the Swiss roll, then leave to cool completely.

10. To make the icing, beat the softened butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy. Split the mixture between two separate bowls – into one mix the vanilla extract and into the other mix the cocoa powder.

11. Carefully unroll your Swiss Roll and spread the vanilla icing over the sponge, then gently roll it back up.

12. Place the Swiss Roll onto a serving plate, then cover it with the chocolate icing using a palate knife. Use a fork to make a ‘bark like’ affect, then decorate with chocolate eggs of your choice and grated chocolate.

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I hope everyone has a fantastic Easter!

 

Gluten Free Mini Egg Rocky Road

Mini Egg season is upon on us, and I couldn’t resist the urge to use one of my favourite Easter confectionaries in one of my all time favourite sweet treats.

IMG_4198This Mini Egg Rocky Road recipe is a seasonal take on my Gluten Free Rocky Road recipe which I posted last year. The recipe substitutes biscuits for puffed rice,  but you can use Gluten Free Biscuits if you prefer (I just quite like the texture the puffed rice provides).

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Whilst mini eggs are gluten free, they do contain maltodextrin which can  prove troublesome for some Coeliacs. But don’t fret, there are a couple of supermarket alternatives out there which don’t contain maltodextrin including  Sainbury’s ‘Micro Easter Eggs‘ and ‘Chicky Choccy Eggs’ from M&S. ‘Galaxy Golden Eggs‘ are also gluten free and would create and interesting finish, albeit not as colourful!

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It’s also worth mentioning that whilst Minio Eggs are definitely gluten free here the U.K, in the U.S they come with a ‘may contain gluten’ warning due to potential cross contamination risks during the manufacturing process – this could have changed since last year though, so it’s definitely worth double checking.


Gluten Free Mini Egg Rocky Road

Ingredients

300g gluten free milk or dark chocolate
125g butter
100g pink and white mini Marshmallows (plus an extra handful for the top)
75g glacé cherries cut in half
25g Rude Health Brown puffed rice
270 mini eggs (x3 90g bags)
3 tbsp golden syrup

Method

1) Grease and line a square tin with greaseproof paper.

2) Melt the chocolate in large heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water.

3) In a separate pan melt together the butter and golden syrup, then add this to the melted chocolate and stir continuously until all the ingredients are combined. Leave to cool slightly.

4) Transfer most of the mini eggs to a plastic food bag (save back a few whole ones to scatter across the top), then carefully bash the mini eggs with a rolling pin to break them up.

5) Stir the marshmallows, puffed rice, cherries and most of the crushed mini eggs through the cooled chocolate mixture until all the ingredients are coated.

6) Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and use a greased palate knife to flatten down the mixture down and smooth it right to the corners of the tin.

7) Place a sheet of greaseproof paper on top of the mixture and press down firmly to help tightly pack the mixture into into the tin. Peel off the greaseproof paper and dot across the extra marshmallows, the remaining crushed mini eggs and the remaining whole mini eggs.

8) Cover with cling film and chill the Rocky Road in the fridge for at least two hours.

10) Use the greaseproof paper to help remove the slab of Rocky Road from the tin, then carefully cut it into equal pieces.

Rocky Road should keep for up to a week stored in an airtight container, or you can keep it in the fridge if your home is a little warm.

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