Posts Tagged: gluten free baking

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


–  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


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.

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


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


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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