Friday, December 31, 2010

Turkey/Chicken and sweetcorn pie

So sick of turkey now, but this was a good way to use some of it up!

Make a white sauce using marg and a few tbsp of GF flour, but instead of adding milk use chicken stock and a dash of Dijon mustard. add onions, sweetcorn and chicken/turkey and cook through. Place in an oven proof dish.

2 cups GF flour
1 cup marg
1 egg, beaten
salt, to taste
some water

Make pastry by rubbing marg into flour then stir in egg and enough water to make a smooth dough.  Roll out between 2 sheets of baking parchment (or 2 reusable silicone baking sheets). Remove one sheet and lay pastry side down over pie filling. Carefully peel off baking sheet and trim and patch pastry.

Bake until pastry is cooked through and just starting to turn golden. Voila! Best served immediately.  Can re-heat but the pastry will crack more and not look as pretty!

Reindeer cupcakes

Monday, December 20, 2010

Chocolate Truffles

230g Plain GF Chocolate
170ml double cream (or Alpro cream + 1 tsp corn/potato flour)
50g marg.
dash of brandy (dash of brandy)
Cocoa and icing sugar for dusting

  1. Heat cream and butter in a pan until simmering. 
  2. Take off heat and melt in pieces of choc and mix in brandy.  
  3. Leave to cool and set for 4 hrs.
  4. Take spoonfuls of mixture and roll into balls (Wet hands in a flavourless oil first, like sunflower)
  5. Roll in a mixture of cocoa and icing sugar/nuts.

NB: even with the addition of cornflour these turned out quite soft because of the soya cream but the texture is lovely and silky and actually not too rich.  Next time I will try them with the addition of 100g roasted chestnuts to make them more solid.

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's Christmas....nearly!

Ok, so Christmas is pretty straight forward for coeliacs in terms of Christmas dinner.  Roasts are fine, just make sure you use GF stock cubes, thicken your gravy with corn or potato flour and make stuffing from GF breadcrumbs.  Oh, and steer clear of bread sauce and yorkshire puddings!

But what about starters/nibbles? Well, this year we'll be having...

  • smoked salmon rolled round cream cheese (soya cheese for me)
  • smoked salmon and cream cheese cucumber cups
  • dates wrapped in unsmoked streaky bacon
  • cherry peppers stuffed with cream cheese
  • GF mince pies (warmed on a separate tray to the normal mince pies) I'm thinking i'll need to sprinkle them with sugar or something to distinguish them as once they come out of the oven I won't know which is which!...
  • Amazing Celtic Caramel choclates (sold in sainsbury's and tescos) but if you don't need to be dairy free I think all Cadburys and Thorntons are fine (check on food list)

Let the festivities begin!....