Category Archives: Dessert

Homemade Honeycomb


Sometimes a treat is in order and this is certainly a treat! 

We happily eat this as is but if you want to be really decadent, drizzle a little melted dark chocolate over the honeycomb, then it really is “to die for”! I like to crumble it a little and sprinkle it over vanilla ice cream too, yum!

You need to move briskly when making this so have the bicarbonate already measured out and the baking sheet lined, use a medium to large pan as the honeycomb rises rapidly as soon as you add the bicarbonate and whisk it in.

Makes a slab, 25 x 15cm.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon honey

175g caster sugar

70g liquid glucose

2 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

Method

Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

Measure the honey, sugar, glucose and water into a pan.

Heat the pan over a high heat, do not stir! Just swirl it around a bit if you must move it.

Using a sugar thermometer, watch the temp rising, as soon as it hits 150 degrees Centigrade, take it off the heat and whisk in the bicarbonate of soda.

Immediately, tip onto the prepared tin and leave to cool and set.

Break into shards to serve.

The honeycomb will keep in an airtight box for a few days if you have any left!

Chestnut And Chocolate Cake

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This has become one of our favourite gluten free cakes and rightly so!

Moist and not too chocolaty, it’s loved by the adults and kids and to be honest, you really can’t tell that it’s gluten free!

Serves 12-16.

Ingredients

200g 70% cocoa solids dark chocolate

6 eggs, separated

125g butter at room temperature

1x 439g tin unsweetened chestnut puree

70g caster sugar

4 tablespoons Baileys liqueur

Method

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade.

Grease and line a 23cm spring form tin.

Melt the chocolate, I cheat and use the microwave but keep an eye on it and stir frequently.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff.

In another large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and chestnut. Add the Baileys and slowly beat in the egg yolks, now add the chocolate and combine well.

Take around a quarter of the egg whites and fold into the chocolate mix, once combined, gently fold in the remaining whites.

Spoon into the prepared tin and pop in the oven.

Bake for 50-60 minutes.

Allow to cool in the tin.

I decorated ours with whipped cream and a little grated dark chocolate.

 

Date And Coconut Bliss Balls

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Perfect for the lunch boxes or to give you a wee boost with no added sugar and wonderfully gluten, dairy and egg free too!

Makes 36.

Ingredients

300g pitted dates

210g sultanas

200g desiccated coconut

3 tablespoons coconut oil

Method

Process the dates, sultanas, 150g coconut and oil in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped and coming together a little.

Tip the remaining coconut into a bowl.

Roll the date mix into walnut sized balls and then roll in the coconut.

Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate And Cherry Cake

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This is a super moist cake that combines the classics of chocolate and cherry without any gluten or dairy!

I realise that adding cooked quinoa might seem very odd but it really does help here to keep the shape and certainly adds its own nuttiness.

I tend to cook a bigger quantity of quinoa, using some for a salad and reserving some for this cake.

I didn’t ice this cake as it’s for the school lunch boxes, just a little icing sugar over the top.

Ingredients

100g quinoa

250mls water

4 eggs, seperated

150g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

100g ground almonds

2x 415g tins cherries, drained and patted dry

Method

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade. Grease and line a 24cm ring cake tin.

Pour the quinoa into a pan, add the water, cover with a lid and bring up to the boil and simmer, covered for 13-15 minutes. Leaving the lid on, allow to sit, covered, for 5 minutes and then allow to cool.

Beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy.

Fold in the vanilla and cocoa followed by the cooked quinoa and ground almonds.

With clean beaters, beat the egg whites until forming stiff peaks.

Gently fold a couple of tablespoons of egg white into the yolk mix, then gradually fold in the remaining egg white in three or four stages.

Sprinkle one third of the cherries over the base of the prepared tin.

Spoon over half of the cake batter, spreading it out gently.

Top with a third of the cherries again and the remaining cake batter. Sprinkle over the last cherries and pop into the oven.

Bake for 45 minutes until the edges of the cake are coming away from the pan.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then tip onto a baking rack to cool completely.

White Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Slice

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These are such a treat!

I’m now trying to come up with homemade gluten free goodies for my youngest son who was recently diagnosed with coeliacs, these were a huge hit in the school lunch box and with the rest of the family.

If you are making these as gluten free you will need to check the labelling on your rice puffs as many of them contain barley.

Makes 24 pieces.

Ingredients

200g flaked almonds

200g glacé cherries, washed, dried and halved

100g sultanas

150g rice puffs

400g white chocolate

Method

Line the base and sides of a 22x30cm roasting tin with baking parchment.

Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the almonds and toast gently until just colouring a little, tip into a large bowl.

Add the halved cherries, sultanas and rice puffs, stir well.

Melt the white chocolate, pour over the puff mix and stir very well.

Tip into the prepared tin and gently push down into the corners edges.

Allow to cool a little and then pop into the fridge for an hour or two until set.

Remove from the fridge, peel off the paper and cut into slices.

Crunchy Apple Bliss Balls

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Gluten free, egg free and dairy free treats that have had my boys trying to guess the secret crunchy ingredient for ages! Got to love dried figs!

Ideal for school  lunch boxes with no hidden nasties and really quick to whizz up when you are in a rush.

Makes 18-20 balls.

Ingredients

200g dried apple rings

100g dried figs

75g Brazil nuts

1 tablespoon coconut oil

25g ground almonds/almond meal

Method

In a food processor, process the apples and nuts until they form a rough crumb.

Add the figs and coconut oil and process until the mix is all in small crumbs.

Tip into a bowl and form into 18-20 balls, roll in the ground almonds and keep in the fridge.

Vanilla Crepes

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As my youngest has recently been diagnosed with coeliacs/celiacs I am back to experimenting with gluten free baking again.

We had these crepes, spread with a little softened salted butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. Brilliant for breakfast, dessert or as we had them for an afternoon tea treat.

Makes 24. If freezing, seperate each crepe with a piece of baking parchment so you can just peal off what you need.

Ingredients

225g buckwheat flour

50g caster sugar

4 eggs

400mls milk

150mls water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

30g butter, melted

softened salted butter and maple syrup to serve

Method

Put your crepe pan on to heat over a medium to low heat.

In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Make a well in the centre.

In a jug, whisk the egg, milk, water and vanilla. Slowly whisk in the melted butter.

Take your whisk and as you pour the liquid into the dry ingredients slowly draw the flour in from the sides to avoid lumps.

Pour just enough batter into the hot pan to allow you to swirl it round and cover the base of your pan.

Cook until the top looks dry and the edges are beginning to colour.

Flip over and cook the other side for a few seconds, just to colour it up a little.

Tip the crepe onto a plate, cover with a clean, dry tea towel and continue making the rest of the crepes.