Posts Tagged: gluten free baking


28
Jan 13

Cranberry and orange polenta muffins

Cranberry and orange polenta muffins

Cranberry and orange polenta muffins

There’s nothing like a spot of homemade baking on a cold winter’s day. Try these gluten free muffins (which can also be made dairy free) to warm you up and bring some cheer to these short, dark days.

One of the keys to making great muffins is using a good quality non-stick tin – there’s nothing worse than your baking getting stuck when you remove it from the oven. I have found these UK- manufactured tins by Great British Bakeware to be really good – they have a really nice scratch resistant, non-stick finish and are easy to clean. Using a good tin means you’re one step closer to the perfect muffin!

Cranberry and orange polenta muffins

Makes 12

Ingredients

-  120g Wheat and gluten free plain flour blend

-    100g Polenta (N.B. Ensure is gluten free )

-    50g ground almonds

-    1 tablespoons baking powder

-    1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

-    1400g golden caster sugar

-    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

-    Finely grated zest of 2 large oranges

-    250 ml sunflower oil

-    250 ml milk or soya milk

-    2 large free-range eggs

-    200g fresh blueberries

Method

1)    Preheat the oven to 200°C/400F/Gas Mark 6

2)    Line a muffin tin with paper cakes

4)    Sift the flour, baking powder & bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Mix in the polenta, ground almonds and sugar and make a well in the centre.

5)    Pour the oil and the egg into the milk and orange juice and whisk until well combined.

6)    Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently. Stir in the cranberries and orange zest

7)    Divide the mixture into the cake cases and bake for 15- 20 minutes until golden brown.

8)    These muffins are delicious fresh for breakfast or a snack and also freeze extremely well.

Thanks to Great British Bakeware by George Wilkinson for the excellent muffin tin.


13
Dec 12

Christmas at Trelowarren and a chocolate cake too

Trelowarren estate

Christmas is not far off now. 2012 has been a whirlwind of a year for me, having written my first three cookery books amongst other things this year.

We’re actually going away right before Christmas is year. Not only am I looking forward to a good break, but it will be particularly nice to get  away at this time of year. There is so much build up to Christmas, that when it actually arrives, it can feel something of a let down, so it will be great this year to be somewhere different.

I thought I’d share our plans with you as I’m sure it will appeal to many foodies alike. We’re off to Trelowarren Estate in West Cornwall. Its right down in the south west of Cornwall in a very remote spot between Helston and the Helford River. The Trelowarran estate is ancient – with 600 years of Vyvyans, 1000 acres leading down to the Helford River and a house that was Daphne du Maurier’s inspiration for Navron in Frenchman’s Creek.

Eco cottage at Trelowarren

Ferrers and Victoria Vyvyan have spent more than twenty years restoring, renovating and building  high spec eco houses, an organic Walled Garden Spa and the ozone pool – all of which are warmed by a giant biomass boiler which burns coppiced wood from the land.

Trelowarran estate

We are staying in one of their very lovely looking cottages. What particularly appealed about staying here, was the New Yard restaurant and pizza pop up on the Estate, so it will be a real treat to have our own space, but not have to worry about cooking and shopping whilst we are away.

New Yard restaurant at Trelowarren

I’ll let you know how we get on. We go at the weekend. Before then, I’ll be back to share some great food and drink ideas for Christmas with you.

And for now, I’ll leave you with a cake recipe we’re really enjoying at the moment, a dark, bitter chocolate and orange loaf cake. It’s very good warmed with a scoop of ice cream on the side.

Chocolate and orange loaf cake

Chocolate and orange cake

Adapted from a recipe by Signe Johanssen

 Ingredients

  • 200g chestnut flour (I use Shipton Mill, although it is not gluten free)
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • Pinch bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 7 oz dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (I use Nielsen-Massey)
  • 1 tsp orange extract (I use Nielsen-Massey)
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp Cointreau
  • 200g chunky orange marmalade
  • juice and zest of 3 clementines
  • 100g butter, or dairy free margarine melted
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped into chunks (I like Montezuma 73% here)

Method

1)     Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and grease and line a 2lb/900g loaf tin

2)     Mix the flour, ground almonds, raising agents and salt together in a large bowl.

3)     Mix the eggs, yoghurt, vanilla and orange extracts and Cointreau together in a smaller bowl.

4)     Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add all the remaining ingredients.

5)     Gently mix until smooth, then pour the batter into the tin and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 30-50 minutes or until firm to the touch.

 


4
Oct 12

A very nice chocolate cake recipe

A dense, moist chocolate cake which keeps well. It’s a great cake to make for a celebration, or a dessert for a dinner party, or just because it tastes amazing. It’s naturally gluten free and is delicious eaten chilled.

Gluten free chocolate cake

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 150g butter, cubed
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 200g ground hazelnuts

To finish the cake

  • 3 tbsp double cream
  • 50g dark chocolate
  • Fresh raspberries

Method:

1) Preheat oven to 170°C/150°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 20cm/8″ round springform cake tin. Line base and side with baking paper.

2) Combine chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.

3) Place egg yolks and sugar in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until thick and creamy. Add chocolate mixture. Beat to combine. Add hazelnut meal. Beat to combine.

4) Place egg whites in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until soft peaks form. Using a metal spoon, stir one-third of egg whites into chocolate mixture. Gently fold remaining egg white through chocolate mixture.

5) Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre has moist crumbs clinging. Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

6) Make Chocolate icing: Place chocolate and cream in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes or until smooth. Spread over top and side of cake. Stand for 10 minutes or until icing has set. Decorate with fresh raspberries

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