Gluten Free Rhubarb and Apple Crumble with Homemade Custard

The UK has been experiencing a bit of a cold snap over the last week and as temperatures have continued to plummet I have found myself drawn to warming comfort foods.

Although it is not quite peak-rhubarb season until about April, rhubarb is available as early as February and I recently spotted some beautiful pink rhubarb at my local fruit and veg stall which made my mouth water. I think people often don’t know what to do with rhubarb, but one of the simplest ways to cook it is in a crumble – and you can’t really go wrong with the classic combination of Rhubarb and Apple.

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For most recipes, it is essential to sweeten rhubarb with a little sugar, but not so much that it begins to lose all its sharpness. If cooked properly, rhubarb should be that perfect balance between sweet and sour – be careful too, not to cook the rhubarb for too long as it can lose it shape become mush.

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I topped my crumble with gluten free oats, but if you struggle to tolerate gluten free oats, you could try buckwheat flakes, quinoa flakes or flaked almonds instead.


 Ingredients

For the filling:
400g pink rhubarb, cut into thumb size pieces
300g Bramley apples, peeled and sliced
100g caster sugar

For the crumble topping:
75g unsalted butter
250g all-purpose gluten free flour (I used Schär Mix It! Universal)
50g caster sugar
A handful of gluten free oats, buckwheat flakes, quinoa flakes or flaked almonds

Custard:
1 tsp Cornflour
1 Egg Yolk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
20g Caster Sugar
150ml Double Cream
100ml Milk

Method

1) Preheat the oven 200 Degrees C/180 Fan/Gas Mark 6.

2) Place the rhubarb and caster sugar into a heavy bottomed pan. Heat the ingredients over a low to medium heat until the rhubarb starts to release its juices, but holds its shape.

2) Add the slices of apple to the pan and stir until the apple is coated with the rhubarb juice. Pour the fruit into the baking dish and set aside while you make the crumble topping.

3) To make the crumble topping, mix together the flour and sugar then rub in butter until you are left with a breadcrumb like texture.

4) Spoon the crumble mixture over the fruit filling, ensuring it is completely covered. Top with gluten-free oats (or one of the alternatives listed above), then bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes until the topping is golden brown.

5) To make custard: place the cornflour, egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla extract into a heavy bottomed pan and give the ingredients a quick whisk. Add milk and cream then place the pan over a medium heat. Continuously whisk the mixture to help it thicken and to stop the custard burning – do not let it boil.

6) Once the custard has thickened remove the pan from the heat and serve.

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Gluten Free Christmas: Raspberry and White Chocolate Trifles

I don’t know about you, but in my house it’s not Christmas Day without trifle – I’m pretty sure my family have had trifle every single Christmas day for as long as I can remember.

My Gluten Free Raspberry and White Chocolate Trifles are inspired by my mum because she is always in charge of the trifle. My mum’s recipe usually contains layers of sponge, jelly and fruit, custard and cream – I know the use of jelly can be quite controversial, but for me trifle is not trifle without jelly.

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I have, however, made a few small additions to this criteria. Instead of traditional vanilla custard, I opted for an indulgent white chocolate custard and instead of the traditional sherry soaked sponges, I went for a Black Raspberry Liqueur for a twist.

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This recipe is fantastic option for Christmas Day or a Christmas dinner party, as the majority of the work can be done the day before and the desserts can be finished off before serving. If you want like to save even more time, you could always use shop bought cake – I think Sainsbury’s gluten free Madeira loaf works wonderfully in trifle.

For a non – alcoholic version, miss out the Chambord Liqueur.

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Raspberry and White Chocolate Trifles

You’ll need 8 small jars or a large dessert bowl.

Ingredients

For the Sponge Layer:

80g golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
60g gluten free self raising flour
20g butter, melted and cooled
75ml Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur

OR

You could use shop bought cake (I like Sainsbury’s Gluten Free Madeira Loaf)

For the Jelly Layer:

1 x 135g packet Raspberry Jelly
290ml boiling water
290ml cold water
50ml Chambord Liqueur
300g Fresh Raspberries (or frozen berries if you prefer)

For the White Chocolate Custard:

3 large egg yolks
3 tsp cornflour
50g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
250ml whole milk
250ml double cream
250g white chocolate

For the Cream:

600ml double cream
50g icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

To Decorate:

Pink edible glitter
Mini Candy canes (I found these in Flying Tiger)

Method:

1. To make the sponge:

– 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.

– Place the eggs and sugar into large bowl and beat for 5 minutes using an electric hand mixer until the ingredients have tripled in volume and the mixture has reached ‘ribbon stage’.

– Sift in the gluten free flour and gently fold it through being careful not to knock out air out of the mixture, then fold through the cooled melted butter.

– Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and tilt to level out the mixture. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until the sponge starts to shrink away from the sides of the tin and the top is firm to touch.

– Turn the sponge out onto a wire wrack to cool, then using a 6cm round cutter, stamp out 8 sponge discs. Dip each sponge disc into the Black Rapsberry Liqueur, then place into the bottom of each jar. If you are using a large dessert bowl you can break the sponge into pieces, or cut out a disc to fit the bottom of the bowl.

2. To Make the Jelly:

– Place the Jelly cubes into a heatproof jug and add the boiling water. Stir until the cubes have dissolved, then pour in the cold water and the Black Raspberry Liqueur.

– Once the mixture has cooled, evenly distribute it between the 8 Jars, then add  a layer raspberries to each one. Each jar should have a layer of sponge and a layer of jelly and raspberries.

– Screw the lids onto each jar and leave them in fridge set overnight.

3) To make the White Chocolate Custard:

– Break the white chocolate into pieces and place them into a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water.

– Whilist the chocolate melts, place the  the sugar, egg yolks, cornflour and vanilla extract into a heavy bottomed pan and whisk until combined. Pour over the milk and double cream, then place the pan over a low heat. Whisk the mixture until it begin to thicken and can coat the back of a wooden spoon.

– Pour the custard mixture into the white chocolate and whisk until combined. Leave the mixture to cool, then place cling film over the surface of the custard to prevent it forming a skin. Leave the custard to set in the fridge overnight.

4) Finish and decorate just before serving:

– Add a layer of custard to each jar.

– Whisk together the double cream, sugar and vanilla extract until it reaches soft peaks.

– Add a layer of cream to each jar – then top each one with a sprinkling of edible glitter and a candy cane.

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