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Silly Yak Pastry: Easy Gluten Free Baking

I love baking. I love reading beautifully illustrated cookbooks and blogs, fantasizing about how amazing everything tastes, and pretending that I am the kind of person that whips up a cake on the reg. However. I don’t actually do a lot of baking in real life. I find that gluten free bakes can get complicated. To mimic the texture and taste of ‘normal’ baked goods, you often need to use extra ingredients like gums and powders, or a mix of different flours. After a tiring day at work, ain’t nobody got time for that! Happily, I have found some great gluten free ‘shortcut’ products recently which make the baking process quicker and easier. The first of these is Silly Yak gluten free pastry. (photo courtesy of Finally, a readymade gluten free pastry that works! I have been wanting to make gluten free pies, pastries and tarts forever, but found previous readymade gluten free pastries pretty lacking. I made two very easy things with my block of Silly Yak’s. First, a savoury pie with a spinach, feta and tomato sauce filling. I …

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 …

Gluten-free Food Porn – Honest Burgers and WAGfree treats

I’m in trouble. I don’t think I can go back to supermarket gluten-free food. I stopped by Brixton Village Market this weekend, with the express purpose of gorging on beautiful gluten-free food. Now I’m hooked. My friend M and I started at Honest Burger, which turned out to be a sort of meaty mecca; a place that serves burgers so good that even my non-meat-loving friend could not resist having one. I had a beef burger with cheddar on a gluten-free bun (a good one!) and rosemary salted chips, served with lashing of ketchup and lemony water to wash it all down. It. Was. Divine. I wish I had taken a photo to better illustrate this, but really, just go. You may have to queue, but for fantastic food at a quite reasonable price (about £8 for a very filling and delicious meal) I’d say it is worth it. After we stumbled out of the burger joint, we patted our food babies and headed to The WAGfree Cafe. Once again, I was in food heaven. …

Gluten-free surprise in the fridge!

It can be very nice having a flatmate who works at Carluccio’s. Occasionally I find a little tub like this waiting for me, with yummy GF leftovers within. Like everything at Carluccio’s, this cake is just good. It doesn’t have any sugary bells & whistles, it is just tasty, quality cake. Next time I eat at Carluccio’s, I will make a proper love-in post. It is a fantastic restaurants for coeliacs because they have a proper, more-than-3-items gluten-free menu and Carluccio’s staff are consistently knowledgeable and well-trained.


Romeo’s Gluten-Free Bakery – OH GOOD LORD

Romeo’s Gluten-Free Bakery – OH GOOD LORD It’s September 30th, 2013. It can’t be too much longer until Romeo’s Gluten-free Bakery finally opens (I’m not counting down the days or anything…). The photos on the website look so good, I am genuinely considering moving to Islington to be within walking distance. We have had the wonderful WAGfree bakery in London for a while, (and I have been really happy to see their cakes in Selfridge’s recently, as I don’t make it down to Brixton very often), but it will be fantastic to have what looks to be the complete gluten-free experience available so centrally on Upper Street. What’s more, as the bakery will be 100% gluten-free, it should be a safe haven for coeliacs. A friend of mine lives nearby, and is under strict instructions to call me as soon as Romeo’s Bakery opens its doors. From the website: ‘Romeo’s Gluten Free Bakery will soon be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving coffee, sweet treats, salads, sandwiches and savoury dishes.’ *salivates* P.S. They’re hiring!


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 …