Recipe: Gluten Free Orange cake with Rum drizzle

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So here is a quick cake recipe I tried for people who cannot have gluten in their diet. Also for the rest of us this squidgy cake is nice too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 30g gluten free flour (either ready mixed or combination of your choice)
  • 150g almonds (ground)
  • 2 tsps baking powder (gluten free)
  • 5 eggs

For the drizzle:

  • 12 tbsps caster sugar
  • orange juice (squeezed from 2 oranges)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 100ml Rum

Method:

  1. Boil the oranges whole in water in a pan. Drain then leave to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 180’c and grease a round baking tin.
  3. Cut up oranges once cool; then blitz into pulp in a food processor/blender.
  4. Mix together the following in a large bowl: olive oil, sugar, eggs till fluffy.
  5. To the mixing bowl add: baking powder, almonds, flour and fruit pulp.
  6. Pour batter into baking tin. Bake for just under an hour – check regularly to ensure middle in cooked through.
  7. Whilst this is cooking; melt the drizzle ingredients together (apart from Rum!) in a pan on hob. Bring to boil and add Rum. Take off the heat.
  8. Once cake is out fork or skewer the cake all over – pour over half the drizzle. Once the cake is cool, pour the second half over. Voila!

I decorated it with blueberries, crushed Hazelnuts and grated dark chocolate. I served this cake for friends recently and it stores well in freezer without the Rum drizzle that can be made at a later date then added.

Let me know what you think, Katy, The Good Life In Practice x

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Product Review and Recipe: Musks Sausages

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Another fantastic local food business to mention! I got a bundle of gluten free sausages to try from Musks of Newmarket! Musks are a great local business based in Newmarket, Suffolk. Musks specialise in handmade small batches of sausages using fully traceable outdoor reared British pork shoulder meat. They offer not only the classic Newmarket sausage with the secret spice mix, but also a gluten free variety (using long grain rice instead of breadcrumbs), a Pork and Aspall Cyder, Pork and Leek and a Christmas Chipolata. These sausages have no added colourings or additives and were even granted a Royal warrant by the Queen herself in 2005!

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Local business Musks of Newmarket have a great history – James Musk first began producing sausages in 1884 in Market Street, Newmarket. Additionally, in 2012 they were awarded a PGI status for their great produce – similar to the Cornish Pastry and Cumberland Sausage. Musks is a good local company with some great produce so I was delighted to try their gluten free sausages in a recipe – my father (better known as ‘Coeliac Man says’) even more so as he is Gluten Intolerant so was looking forward to having them too! Below is my Recipe for Gluten Free Toad In The Hole –

Easy Recipe For Gluten Free Toad In The Hole (feeds 4):

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Onces cornflour
  • 2 Onces gluten free white flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Half pint of milk
  • Teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 6 Gluten Free Musks of Newmarket Sausages

Method:

  1. Put the Sausages in a baking dish and place in 220’C oven for 20 minutes.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients in a blender until it is at a batter consistency.
  3. When the sausages have had their 20 minutes take the dish out and pour the batter mixture in and over the sausage dish.
  4. Place dish back in oven and cook for approximately 30 minutes until top is golden. Then enjoy!

Coeliac Man (Dad) said “they were the best gluten free sausages on the market, not too spicy but flavourful and just like their original counterparts” So all in all a good product for Coeliacs and other foodies alike!

Product Review: Honeybuns Tasty Gluten Free Flapjacks!

I got some scrummy gluten free flapjacks from Honeybuns Bakery to try today! I had a Plain Flapjack and Cranberry and Pecan Flapjack.

Honeybuns is a bakery based in Sherbourne in Dorset, UK and they cook all their gluten free goods in small handmade batches.These flapjacks I tried were particularly good as they are not only completely gluten free (sustainable source of gluten free oats) but also they still taste like normal flapjacks with a lovely buttery rich texture, due to their traditional longer baking of 45 minutes.

I like the fact that the packaging is eco friendly. Also the Honeybuns Bakery have won some great titles and prizes for their products. This includes the Supreme Champion, Best of British and Best Speciality in the South West in the National Great Taste Awards with the Guild of Fine Food. Also they have 3 Great Taste Double Star Gold Awards too!

The Pecan and Cranberry Flapjack was packed full of juicy cranberries and chunky pecans – very tasty for gluten free and non gluten free taste buds!

Pecan and Cranberry Flapjack

Pecan and Cranberry Flapjack

Additionally, the plain flapjack had a lovely home-made buttery taste to it! Would definitely have again : )

Plain flapjack

Plain flapjack

Overall, I really enjoyed this flapjacks and thought  they were a great Gluten Free alternative treat!