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Baking bread the gluten-free way – Take 1

Is there anything better than to wake up to than a freshly baked loaf of (gluten-free) bread? I was lucky enough to find one in the kitchen last Sunday, when my lovely new flatmate baked a delicious doorstop of a loaf while I was sleeping. The Bread Baking gluten-free bread is a trickier beast than baking normal bread, as gluten is the ingredient that primarily gives normal bread its texture and stretch; when you take it out you are often left with a crumbly cardboard mess. A blend of flours tends to give better results than using a single flour, and this time K used the readymade Dove’s Farm Brown Bread flour blend, following the bread recipe on the back of the packet. (Ingredients : Flour Blend (Rice, Tapioca, Potato, Buckwheat and Carob), Sugar Beet Fibre, Xanthan Gum.) Taste Test Quite a heavy, cakey texture, a nice crunch on the outside, best toasted. Very tasty with a little butter, honey or jam. It is quite different to supermarket Freefrom gluten-free bread; I would say the …

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Helen’s Brilliant Scone Mix – The Fat Odyssey

I had been tempted by Helen’s mixes for a while, and when I found a Helen’s Brilliant Scone Mix on offer in Sainsburys*, I couldn’t resist. I made a batch of very easy, very tasty scones, that my gluteny friend M declared tasted exactly like normal ones. Helen’s recipe is very simple, and would be a great start for a baking novice. You simply add buttermilk and egg to the mix, knead into a dough and pop on a tray, into the oven. Just over 10 minutes to bake, so a lovely quick treat. The mix makes a decent amount of scone, just enough to have a few to share and a few for you. I ate mine with a scrape of M&S butter, and some delicious plum jam that I found in Oliver’s Wholefoods. My gentleman friend D insisted that scones need to be covered in raspberry jam and clotted cream, and made us a batch of his own so we could try. I am on a fat odyssey. It is bloody delicious. *NB …