Cinnamon Roll Scones – Gluten Free Option included

I would happily sit and eat an entire pan of cinnamon rolls as I love the flavours but as it’s probably not a good idea, I came up with using similar flavours in a scone. I have a recipe here for a Cinnamon Swirl Bread which is totally heavenly – here’s the link: https://www.cozebakes.com/2018/01/18/cinnamon-swirl-bread/ 

and wanted to use the same flavours with a similar swirl result in a scone. It worked really well so I’m very happy with it though I’ll definitely be going with a thicker glaze next time. Well you’ve got to haven’t you???

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Vanilla Biscuits Recipe – Vegan, Dairy & Gluten Free

This is a basic gluten free and vegan vanilla biscuit recipe that’s really easy to make and perfect for using cookie cutters and stamps with. I love that it can be made and ready within half an hour without any fridge time needed and it’s so easy to work with the dough that you will get beautiful results every time!

I’ve left mine with the vanilla flavour as it’s a double whammy using not only vanilla extract but also vanilla bean paste so the smell is as good as any high end candle and it tastes just so lovely. I’m also a fan of not using refined sugar in this recipe though I’m guilty of decorating them with fondant icing or royal icing at times!

I’ve used a selection of cutters and stamps in this batch but equally, you can just use a simple round or square cutter and keep them handy for when you want a nice pick me up.

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Gluten Free Blondies

These are really good vanilla flavoured blondies which I’ve decorated with some mini eggs as it’s a recipe that always seems to appear around Easter time. I think it’s because of the white chocolate and they seem like a brownie’s lighter little sister! I’ve used gluten free flour for this recipe but want to experiment with a recipe that won’t use flour at all but that’s for another day. Today, we make Blondies that are Brilliant!!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Make these simple Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies that are crispy on the edges, full of chocolate chips and have a deliciously soft centre – everyone will love them. They have very quickly become firm favourites here with just one complaint ….. they’re not big enough! The joys of feeding boys!

One of the tricks to get these cookies perfect is to have your butter cold. I know most cookie recipes ask for melted or soft butter but these work best using cold butter. So that’s cold, not rock solid πŸ˜‰ Using cornflour in the recipe helps to give the cookies a bit of bulk and the addition of an egg yolk along with the egg help to keep them together and avoid crumbling.

You will need to let them sit in the fridge for about an hour so you can plan this when making them..

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Your Best Gluten Free Recipe Book!

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Have you got your copy of Gluten Free Baking from the Heart? Published in November 2020, it has been selling successfully online due to Covid restrictions but now is appearing in your local book shop. Reviews and feedback have been amazing!

Let me take your hand and work through each recipe for perfect Gluten Free Bakes every time! Most of the ingredients I’ve used you can find in your supermarket so nothing strange or expensive here!

Makes a great gift too! Let’s Make it, Bake it, Love it!

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Crunchy Oat Biscuits – Gluten Free

These oat biscuits should probably come with a warning as they are deliciously crunchy and one is never enough! I thought I had made enough but they disappeared pretty quickly!

You can of course make these biscuits non gluten free by using plain flour, oats, baking powder and omit the xanthan gum.

You can make them dairy free by using a plant based butter in place of the butter needed in the recipe.

If you wanted, you could add in some chocolate chips (GF) but I left them as they were to shine in their simplicity. I replaced the light brown sugar in the recipe with organic coconut sugar for a less refined result but you don’t have to.

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Healthy Gingerbread Muffins – Gluten Free & Dairy Free Options available

For a healthy muffin recipe, these gingerbread bites of deliciousness are so light and fluffy that you’re not sure really … could they be healthy … and the answer is absolutely!

They benefit from the addition of some warm, fragrant spices and treacle and can be made in about half an hour. Perfect for breakfast or a treat with a cuppa. The smell in the house while these are baking will bring everyone to the kitchen.

I’ve written both the regular and gluten free options below so everyone can enjoy these delicious muffins. To make these muffins Dairy Free, sub the greek yoghurt with a soy or almond plant based yoghurt. Ticking all the boxes right there!

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Leftover Christmas Pudding Muffins – Gluten Free option included

What to do with leftover Christmas pudding? Well I’ve made ice cream for two years in a row and I wanted to try something a bit different.

Making muffins means you can have smaller treats, they can be frozen and you don’t have to add butter or sugar to the recipe. All positive things. The final clincher for this recipe has to be that you need no equipment. Just a bowl and your muffin tin of choice.

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Orange & Cranberry Bundt Cake

The flavours in this stunning cake are just so lovely. Orange and Cranberries go hand in hand and they compliment each other so beautifully. I’ve used my Nordicware double tin to make these but you can use a large bundt tin also.

I’ve topped the cake with a sweet orange glaze which just sets everything off to perfection. You can of course leave it out but I would really encourage you to make it as it’s the perfect finish!

You can keep this cake at room temperature, covered, for a day or two and it will be fine. It’s also great for keeping in the fridge, in an airtight container and will be great for 4/5 days.

If you want to get ahead, you can make the cake, let it cool completely and then wrap twice, and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature overnight and then glaze as per the recipe.

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Maple Glazed Gingerbread Cakes

These Maple Glazed Gingerbread Cakes with are a delicious little bake that has all the warm, cosy feel of winter with the rich mix of wonderful spices. I have made mine in a Nordicware Heritage Bundtlette tin that holds 6. It measures 4″ across. You could also use a silicone bundt mould which would make 12 cakes. They usually measure about 2.5″ / 3″ across the top.

Silicone will take longer to bake than a metal tin so that’s worth noting. Also, you should only fill your tin about 2/3rd way up and leave them to sit in the tin for at least 10 minutes before attempting to remove them. If you follow my tips for preparing the tin, they will simply slip out!

The recipe seems to have a lot of ingredients and please don’t let that put you off. It’s mainly all the spices.

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Cranberry & Almond Muffins – Gluten Free option included

Originally a recipe from Olive Magazine, I’ve adapted it and also am offering a Gluten Free method if needed. Both worked out really well and this is probably one of the easiest recipes to make and bake. No equipment needed, just a whisk and a large spoon. No forward planning as you melt the butter and no extra calories with lots of buttercream.

All in all, it’s a winner!

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Caramel Florentines – Gluten Free option included

The original recipe for these delicious florentines was from the lovely Laura of Bake Off fame. She made her version during the series competition and they were very well received and I think she may even have got rare “Hollywood Handshake” for them.

I used a slightly bigger cutter than recomended and changed one or two ingredients plus quantities. When I made a second batch, I decided to convert them to Gluten Free and they worked equally as well so a big bonus with these!

You could make them smaller as they really spread out hugely; I mean really spread out so leave tons of space between them and you will still probably have some spreading into each other but don’t worry, you can do a bit of adjusting once they’re out of the oven and still hot.

So let’s get on with making these perfect mouthfuls of delight …

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