Gluten Free Easter: Vanilla Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Easter Sunday may only be one day away but there is still enough time to get baking some delicious Easter treats.

Today I am going to share with you a recipe which is so easy to whip up at the last minute and requires very few ingredients: Vanilla Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing.
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The recipe is so simple and easy to make – just be sure to chill the cookie dough for a few hours to make it easier to handle. You can make the cookies your own by choosing different shaped cookie cutters and by decorating them however you fancy!

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They would also make a beautiful Easter gift for anyone you know who isn’t keen on chocolate!

Gluten Free Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

For the cookies:
150g Sugar
150g Butter
130g Rice Flour
150g Self Raising Gluten Free Flour
1 Egg
1 tbsp Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Essence

For the Royal Icing:
1 egg white
250g Icing Sugar

Method:

1) In a large bowl, mix the gluten free flour and suagr until combined.

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.

Tip. 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 and hour.

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

7) Dust a clean surface with rice flour and roll out the dough using a rolling pin.

8) Cut out the cookie shapes with your chosen cutters and transfer them to the prepared tray using a palate knife.

9) Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the biscuits are firm and a light golden brown – be sure to keep an eye on them as they could quickly over-bake.

10) Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool.

11)  To make the Royal icing, place 1 egg white in a bowl and slowly sift in the icing sugar in batches. In between the batches of icing sugar, stir with a wooden spoon or a balloon whisk until the icing thickens up, it is now ready to be used. Transfer the icing into a piping bag, if you are not using your icing straight away cover the bowl with cling film to prevent air getting to it which will cause it to harden. If you wish to decorate the cookies in different colours, simply add a few drops of food colouring to the icing.

12) Decorate the cookies however you fancy!

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I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend and eat plenty of Chocolate!

Gluten Free ‘HP Sauce’

Today I had a bacon Sandwich with HP Sauce for the first time in almost 3 years, and it was GLORIOUS.

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If you asked me which foods I miss the most since giving up Gluten, top of the list would be HP Sauce.

It has always been my favourite and was a firm fixture on my family’s dinner table, in fact, we couldn’t live without it so much that we would take it on holiday to Italy with us – that, and Yorkshire Tea!

I was upset once I realised I could no longer eat HP Sauce as it contains Malt Vinegar… but, I am a firm believer that with creativity it’s possible to eat everything thing I used to before and so I decided it was finally time to attempt making my own HP Sauce. The aim? To make it as close to the real deal as possible.

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Gluten Free HP Sauce

This recipe makes approximately 500ml.

You will need 1 550ml Glass Preserve Bottle or a Twist Top Bottle which you will need to Sterilise:

1. Remove the wax seal or lid. Wash the bottle in hot soapy water, rinse well then and leave to dry.
2. Place the bottle in an oven on a low temperature (140 degrees C/ Gas Mark 1) for 15 minutes, do this shortly before the sauce is ready so that the bottle remains warm.
3. Sterilise the wax seal or lid in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes.
4. If you are using a clip top bottle, replace the wax seal once the bottle has been sterilised.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp Olive Oil
4 Shallots, finely chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
65g Dates, with the stones removed and chopped.
2 tbsp Tomato Puree
200 ml Water
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Ground Pepper
100ml Apple Juice
150ml Cider Vinegar
50ml Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Molasses or Black Treacle
1/2 tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Cornflour

Method:

1) Heat the Olive Oil in a large heavy bottomed pan over a medium heat.

2) Fry the Shallots and Garlic for 4 -5 minutes until soft, then add the dates and 150 ml of the water.

3) Using a hand blender, blend the ingredients into a thick paste.

4) Add the remaining 50 ml water, tomato puree, ginger, cinnamon, ground pepper, and turmeric powder. Give it a good stir and then simmer the ingredients over a low heat for 10 minutes.

5) Remove the pan from the heat, then press the mixture through a sieve with a wooden spoon into a clean pan.

6) Add the Apple Juice, Cider Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Molasses and Sugar then return the pan to the heat and boil the sauce for 5 minutes.

7) Place the cornflour into a small bowl, then add a few tablespoon of liquid from the sauce to to make a paste.

8) Add the cornflour paste to the sauce and then whisk with a balloon whisk to ensure there are no lumps.

9) Boil the sauce for a further 4 minutes whilst whisking continuously.

Tip. Don’t worry if there are a few lumps after you’ve added the cornflour – just sieve the sauce again.

10) Remove the sauce from the heat and leave to cool slightly before carefully pouring the sauce into your sterilised bottle –  you may need to use a funnel to help you do this safely.

11) Leave the sauce to cool before storing -the sauce should keep up to 3 – 4 weeks in the fridge.

I hope you give my recipe a try this weekend. If you are looking for Gluten Free inspiration you can check out all the recipes I have posted to date on my Recipes page.

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