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Cocoa-Coconut-Cupcakes! (gluten & dairy free!)

Cocoa-Coconut-Cupcakes! (gluten & dairy free!)

Everybody needs cheering up on a Monday, don’t they?  B’s been feeling under the weather, so I decided to make yet more cakes in an attempt to perk him up.

I used up all the nuts in the cakes I made the other day, so I raided the cupboards and decided on a mixture of Cocoa Powder and Creamed Coconut (I but the Patak’s sachets of creamed coconut which is solid and then I chop it).  Here’s what came out of the oven:

And here’s how I made it…

Ingredients:

125g gluten free self raising flour (I used Dove’s Farm)

125g brown sugar

50g dairy free margarine (I used Vitalite)

25g Cocoa Powder (the Green & Black’s that was in my cupboard)

3 free range eggs (small to medium sized)

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lactofree milk or milk substitute

1 tsp gluten free baking powder

50g creamed coconut (chopped)

Easy Peasy Method:

  • Measure out your dry ingredients and mix them together in a bowl
  • Add your wet ingredients and mix well until there are no lumps and you have a nice thick batter
  • Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases, fairly full
  • Bake for around 20 minutes at 190 degrees C
  • Try not to burn your fingers when you try to eat them straight from the oven!

The chopped creamed coconut left lovely gooey chunks of coconutty goodness through the cakes – you can see it in the pic here:

This mixture made about 15 small cakes.  15 small cakes, for 2 people… all this baking can’t bee good for the waistline.  It’s just me and B here, and we live about an hour away from family… so whatever I make in this kitchen, gets eaten in this kitchen.  Oh well, that’s a dilemma for another day, these cakes brightened up my Monday and that’s all that counts!

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I’ve Been Baking: Banana Cupcakes (gluten and dairy free!)

Okay, this is probably my greatest gluten free baking success to date, and it’s all thanks to Katie at Smell the Flours.  Her recipe for Banana Nut Bread is here – it brought on immense muffin cravings and I needed to get in the kitchen and make something sweet.  I deviated from the original recipe a  bit, mainly because I didn’t have all the ingredients, but had reasonable substitutes, and also because I find it difficult to stick religiously to any recipe.  I will have to, at some point, go back to the recipe and follow it step by step, because it looks so amazing.  Pictured below is my take, which turned out to be mini cupcakes…

I did have the desire to make sort of mini-muffins, but that didn’t turn out the way I’d planned. (Note to self: buy cake papers that are strong enough to hold the batter needed for muffins…)  I filled the first few cases fairly full, and one by one they collapsed and I watched in horror as the sticky batter poured out onto the baking tray.  So, I had to fill the flimsy cases half full, resulting in fairy-cake / cupcake type mouthfulls.  However, they were delicious, nonetheless!  Okay, so below, is how I ended up making mine…

Dry Ingredients:

120g GF flour (I used Dove’s Farm self raising)

90g fine brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

50g chopped Brazil Nuts

Wet Ingredients:

2 medium free range eggs

2 ripe bananas, mashed

150ml peach juice* (see notes below)

3 tbsp honey

1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  • Get your oven heating to around 180 degrees C
  • In a large mixing bow, put your dry ingredients together and mix well
  • In a separate smaller bowl, mix all of your wet ingredients
  • Add your wet ingredients into the larger bowl with your dry ingredients, and stir to form a sticky batter
  • Pour the mixture into cupcake cases, and fill them as full as your cases will handle
  • Pop them in the oven, keep an eye on them, and in about 25 minutes, they should be done!

*Okay – confession time – the truth about the ‘peach juice’… with breakfast this morning, I had tinned peaches with soya yoghurt.  I didn’t want to waste the juice from the tin, so I poured it into a plastic pot, and decided to keep it.  According to the label, it’s ‘natural peach juice’ – so I don’t see why you can’t use any fruit juice you fancy instead.  Phew. Glad I got that off my chest.

From the quantities above, I got 15 small cakes.  These cakes were much like I’d hoped they would be – moist, fluffy, and sweet.  Not dry.  Not crumbly.  Not heavy.  If I hadn’t made them, I wouldn’t have believed they were actually gluten free.  And B enjoyed them too, and he’s not even gluten intolerant!

masterchef synesthesia

Masterchef Synesthesia!  this never fails to make me smile :) I like the base, base base… I like the buttery biscuit base…

Soda Bread, Help? (yeast free, gluten free & vegan)

Today I had my first pop at making Soda bread.  No particular reason why, I was just hungry and bored, I suppose! 

I followed the Dove’s Farm recipe – here: Original Recipe Link and just added 1/4tsp black pepper (because I am obsessed with black pepper…)

The bread was lovely, tasted delicious, and probably my best bread attempt yet, but it was a bit doughy inside, and had a crust that would crack a weak tooth… any suggestions on how to improve it would be great, please?

I made cake! And it tasted like cake!

Baking has never been my strong point. Before GF & DF I never even bothered because I could just go and buy cake. But the gluten free cakes out there, in my experience, are pretty bad. Anyway, I finally got hold of some gluten free baking powder (that stuff is like gold dust!), and had the urge to make a cake. I had the urge to make a chocolate cake, but there’s no DF chocolate, or cocoa powder in the house. So I used hot chocolate powder. And it was good! Recipe below.

Gluten & Dairy free chocolate & brazil nut cake (with ‘artistic’ drizzle of soy cream courtesy of OH)

Ingredients:

125g rice flour

150g demarara sugar

25g hot chocolate powder (I used Green & Blacks)

150g dairy free margarine

3 eggs

1 tsp gluten free baking powder

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 handful brazil nuts, chopped

Method:

mix everything together in a bowl

spread evenly into a greased baking tin

bake at 180 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes

Voila, the easiest chocolate cake ever. It’s not the prettiest cake, but it was my best cake yet!

Sticky Flourless Chocolate Brownies :)

Link: Nigella’s Flourless Chocolate Brownies

Perfect Sunday night comfort food! Me and OH made these tonight – great because you don’t need any gums, any flour, or any baking powder.  They are so easy to make, just use dairy free chocolate, and dairy free spread instead of butter!We didn’t make the chocolate sauce, mainly because the brownies are rich enough without it (and also because of laziness…)  They are so gooey that we gave them about 20 mins longer in the oven than the recipe says, and you definitely don’t want to try eating them without a spoon ;)

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