Gluten Free Goats Cheese and Dew Red Pepper with Caerphilly Stuffed Crust Pizza
This was the most delicious pizza I’ve had in a long time! I love being cooked for, and the boyfriend did a wonderful job with this one… but refuses to write the blog post! So, here I am writing it for him, despite his wonderful baking skills. I love the square shape too… it was a real surprise as he was being very secretive making this.
We had the pizza with our favourite Marks and Spencer Coleslaw and I made some Gluten Free Sweet Potato Wedges.
1 x Hale and Hearty Pizza Base Mix (the best flour blend i’ve found for making a pizza base and it doesn’t need resting, it just all goes in the bowl and you can start topping up the pizza!)
4 x Tbsp Lloyd Grossman Tomato and Garlic Pasta Sauce (or your own, or whichever you prefer, but this one is my favourite!)
1 x Red Pepper – roasted and then made all dewy and delicious and I don’t know how the boyfriend did this, so i’ll have to get him to go through it step-by-step so I can post it up for you)
50g Soft Goats Cheese (goats cheese is a brilliant alternative if you can’t have cows milk… it even says so on the pack of the packaging of the cheese we got!)
75g Caerphilly Cheese, crumbled (if you’re going low or no dairy, replace this with your alternative!)
Fresh Rosemary to garnish
1. Make up the packet of Hale and Hearty Pizza Mix to whatever shape you want your pizza to be… we had square! I love it!
2. Sprinkle the crumbly cheese around the edge and roll up the crust.
3. Spread on the tomato sauce
4. Assemble the peppers and goats cheese on top
5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
6. Serve up with sweet potato wedges and coleslaw.
Gluten Free Mince Pies with Streusel Topping
This was, I have to say my most successful pastry making attempt! I even had to photograph the pastry as I rolled it out, as, it didn’t break and crumble, it re-moulded back together once i’t cut the circles out, and, it baked really well! I was completely amazed by this as, I was expecting some pretty broken mince pies for my first attempt.
You will see from the pictures I made them a little thicker than usual, you can make your pastry thinner if you prefer, I just didn’t want to push my luck with the gluten free pastry and, this thickness made exactly 24! Although, I had to shape the last one by hand! Spot the dodgy one in the pictures…
So, here’s the original link to the recipe from Delicious Magazine:
And, with a few alterations and using my own, homemade Mincemeat, here’s my recipe:
500g of my Homemade Mincemeat (click for the recipe)
For the pastry
350g Gluten Free Flour
1x Tbsp Organic icing sugar (it’s so much tastier than the bright white stuff… keep a look out, it’s golden, i’ll find out the name of it for you!)
1/2 x Tsp Table salt
180g Dairy Free Margerine (I used Asda’s Sunflower Margarine, Light)
Extra margarine for greasing
For the streusel topping
50g x Gluten Free Plain Flour
2 x Tbsp Dairy Free Margarine
25g x Light Brown Sugar
1/2 x Tsp ground cinnamon
25 g Hazelnuts, chopped in a blender and then toasted lightly
1. Pastry – In a bowl, sift in the flour, icing sugar and salt, add the margarine and mix with a hand whisk until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Or put it all in a blender and blend to get the fine breadcrumb texture. Be warned, when you turn on the whisk, you will be blasted with a smog of icing sugar and flour – I was, so stand back, get the extractor fan on, and get whisking!
3. Stir in 6 Tbsp of cold water, one at a time with a knife until the mixture comes together. Stop adding water when you have a dough, but I found I needed more water than the original recipe (gluten free flour needs a little more water than the regular which calls for 3-4).
4. Flour a surface, put the dough on the surface, cut the dough in two (so that you’ve got manageable amounts to deal with)
5. Roll the first half out to your desired thickness, i’d go for anything between 3 and 5mm any thinner and you’re treading on dangerous gluten free pastry territories and any thicker and you’ll be breaking your teeth eating them! Cut out the circles of dough and put them onto your greased patty tins.
6. Repeat this process with the other half of the dough.
7. Spoon 1 x Tsp of Mincemeat onto each dough circle and put the trays into the fridge to chill for between 20-30 minutes.
8. While the pies are chilling, make the streusel topping by combining the sifted flour and butter together to get a fine breadcrumb resemblance, add in the sugar and cinnamon and rub in with your fingers, finally stir in the crushed and toasted hazelnuts and you have your streusel topping!
9. Remove the chilled pies from the fridge and spoon 1 x Tsp of topping onto each pie – I ran out halfway through, so if this happens, just make a little extra or have some open top pies and some with topping!
10. Pop the Mince Pies into a preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
11. Once baked, remove from the oven, leave to sit for 5 minutes in the trays, remove and allow to cool or serve warm dusted with icing sugar and with your favourite festive accompanyment… cream, custard, brandy butter or a mug of my Mulled Cider (we chose that!)… anything goes! It’s Christmas!
Gluten Free Carrot, Parsnip and Quinoa Nut Loaf
This is my second attempt at a nut loaf, which is loosely based upon this recipe: http://gggiraffe.blogspot.com/2008/03/nutroast-in-time-of-vagueness.html
which was taken from Vegetarian Cooking Without by Barbara Cousins.
But i’ve changed quantities, ingredients and generally it’s now a Rubelle’s Moon recipe. The consistency was not as fantastic as last time, so I’ve put it in the fridge over night to see how it turns out, as even though the other loaf was yummy straight away, it did set too, so i’m hoping a night in the fridge will not only make this delicious roast taste amazing, but will also hold it’s shape together much better… I’ll report in!
Carrot, Parsnip and Cashew Loaf
3 Medium sized carrots,
50g Unsalted Cashew Nuts ground in a food blender (keep quite chunky and coarse)
Spray Olive Oil
1 Red Onion, finely sliced
1 Large Parsnip
1 Tbsp Mixed Herbs
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 220 C
1. Peel and chop carrots and cook til soft (about 20 minutes).
2. Cook the Quinoa for 20 minutes in a pan of boiling water – boil for 5 mins, simmer for the other 15, drain and rinse with boiling water.
3. At the ten minute mark, cook the carrots until just soft (approx. 10 minutes)
4. Meanwhile, fry the red onion and garlic in a few sprays of olive oil until just softened (5 minutes, tip into a bowl and set aside for later.
5. Add the parsnips to the same frying pan and fry until browned – don’t put the pan on high and speed up the process or you’ll end up with burnt on the outside, raw on the inside parsnips, just cook slowly for 15 minutes and turn up the heat for the last 5.
6. Drain the carrots and blend to a puree in a food blender.
7. Take a large bowl and combine all of the ingredients together. Add in 1 x Tbsp oil if the ingredients are not combining well.
8. Transfer to an oil-sprayed load tin, make sure the top is even by flattening with a spoon or spatula, cover with an oil sprayed piece of tin foil and bake for 30 minutes.
9. After 30 minutes, remove the tin foil and bake for a further 30 minutes.
10. Leave to sit for 5 minutes, or, do what we did and leave it in the fridge overnight, heat up and serve the next day with vegetables and a tomato sauce of your choice!
Just to point out – don’t expect a proper ‘loaf’ with this roast as, it is egg-free and breadcrumb free, so nothing binds it together, so it will come out of the tin quite crumbly, but absolutley delicious!
Gluten Free Goats Cheese and Dew Red Pepper with Caerphilly Stuffed Crust Pizza
I love the smell of mulled cider, but sometimes I find it so strong and off putting that I can barely get through a glass of it! So, I’ve come up with my own not-so-strong but still winter spice delicious recipe that I hope you’ll enjoy!
If you want to make an alcohol-free version, substitute the cider for apple juice – i’d go for something like the new, cloudy Innocent apple juice as it isn’t too sweet and will really go with the delicious spice flavours!
Double the recipe, triple it or even make it in a big jam pan if you have guests over, just keep it gently simmering away, and away from the edge of the oven if you have kids, pets or mulled cider-filled adults meandering around the place! You can never be too careful…
2 x Bottles cider – any will be fine as all the sparkle goes once it is heated up! We used the Stella Cidre as I wanted to see what it was like, and, it was great – I don’t like mulled cider when it’s really heavy and tastes too strong, so I enjoyed this one
2 apples with cloves poked into them – see my picture, it’s up to you how many you used, I think I used around 10 per apple (see the picture on the left…)
1 Cinnamon Stick – add another one if you’re cinnamon crazy, but be careful not to over-kill the flavour!
2 x Tsp Allspice (ground or you can use 3 or 4 berries if you can find them! I use the ground spice as it’s been used for a lot of recipes i’ve been making in the lead up to Christmas, so you’ll get your use out of it!)
Zest and juice of 1 clementine (zest gently as the skin of a clementine is much softer than an orange!)
- Put all of the ingredients, except the cider, into a large pan, leave to sit for 20 minutes so that all the flavours combine and the apples take on the clove flavour
- Pour over the cider, turn on the heat and leave to simmer for 30 minutes minimum. Turn off the heat until you want more, or, leave it sat on a very low heat (don’t forget it’s on though and go out… no one wants burnt-on mulled cidery-appley-mush)
- If you’re having a party, why not garnish with a slice of apple on the side of the glass, maybe a little scarf around the glass… whatever you fancy, it’s the only time of year it’s acceptable to dress your glass up for the cold weather…!
Gluten Free Apple and Cinnamon Flapjack with Clementine Icing
I had a big need to make flapjacks and really wanted to make a Christmas-themed variation, so I hope you enjoy this appley-cinnamon version. Feel free to leave out the raisins if you’re not keen… maybe add in some cranberries, some nuts or even chocolate chips!
These went down a treat at work, everyone got stuck in, so cut them up quite small and you’ll have lots of squares of flapjack to serve up at parties or to take in for christmassy work snacks too!
Ingredients115g Dairy Free Margarine (I used Asda’s Light Sunflower Margarine)
75g Light Brown Sugar
3 x Tbsp golden syrup
250g Gluten Free Oats
2 x Tsp ground cinnamon
2 dessert apples, washed and with the skins left on (I used Braeburns)
For the Drizzle
The Juice of 2 x clementines (put the segments in a sieve and squish the juice out with the back of a spoon!)
150g Icing Sugar (sieved!)
Combine the two ingredients and leave to stand while you make the flapjacks.
Preheat the oven to 190 C and grease a ‘brownie’ tin (that’s the only way I can think to describe the size, shape and depth!)
1. Put the butter or spread, sugar and golden syrup into a medium pan, heat gently until melted. Remove from the heat.
2. Stir in the oats and cinnamon.
3. Grate the apples into the mixture, add the raisins and stir together.
4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth down with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
5. Bake for 35 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tray.
7. Once cooled, transfer to a large, flat tray and drizzle the icing over the top.
8. Cut into chunks and put into the fridge to let the icing set or enjoy straight away! They will be quite soft and moist as the icing will absorb into the oats creating a really delicious clementine taste all the way through and the apple will keep the flapjacks moist too.
Gluten Free Stuffed Butternut Squash
This is one of the first recipes I ever wanted to do in Rubelle’s Moon’s Gluten Free Challenge, but I always had other things that came up, and since I’ve been focusing on Christmas stuff for quite some time now, I thought I should bring you all some more main courses… which I hope you’ve been enjoying!
This one is vegetarian, delicious and a great alternative to a Sunday Roast (we had it as our Sunday Dinner!) The best thing is, Butternut Squash seems to be in season and on sale at the moment, so you can get great squash and not spend too much! Also, you could serve this with something meaty if you like meat or you could halve it again and serve four and serve it with another vegetarian accompanyment or maybe some swede mash, stuffed mushrooms or simply some corn bread… it’s a really versatile dish!
Here’s the original recipe location:
Here’s a quote from the wonderful Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from the Channel 4 website:
Hugh: “This is one of my favourite autumn main courses, another great vegetable idea that I’ve borrowed from my friend, Sarah Raven. It’s easy to adapt and alter the stuffing for the squash, according to what you have and what you fancy.” …
And, here’s the recipe now i’ve adapted it…
1 x Large butternut squash
1 x Garlic clove, chopped and crushed
2 x Tsp Dairy Free Margarine
Spray Olive Oil
50g Walnuts, Chopped in a blender and then toasted for a few minutes in the oven
50g Soft Goats Cheese, cut into chunks/slices/strips (it’s not very ‘cuttable’, so just break it up so it melts in easily)
25g Crumbly Chedder Cheese (or Caerphilly… my new cheese obsession!)
2 x Tsp Roughly chopped thyme
1 x Tsp Runny Honey
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 190 C
1. Clean the squash on the outside (especially important to make sure this is clean to avoid any accidental glutening if you put it in the trolley, on the conveyor belt or even if it’s been anywhere in transit that this could have happened! Plus, get rid of anything else unwanted that may be on it! Give it a good scrub!)
2. Half the squash – you’ll need a big knife to cut through and also, be careful as it’s pretty tough to cut through.
3. Scoop out the seeds and fibre-y bits (this bit drives me mad, so the boyfriend had to take over!) Grab a pyrex dish big enough for the squash and put the two halves in – fleshy side up. Then put one Tsp of margarine in one of the holes you scooped the fibres out of, and one Tsp in the other half, pop in half the crushed garlic in each half, put the dish in the oven and bake uncovered for 1 hour.
4. Once baked, scoop out the flesh into a bowl (leave around 1cm of flesh in it, don’t be too vigourous with your scooping as I was as I broke the skin at one point – if you do this too, just patch it back up with some squash!) make sure you get all the garlic butter in with the squash, season well and give it a real mash up.
5. Sprinkle in the walnuts, thyme, honey and goats cheese, season to your taste and mix until combined.
6. Now put all the lovely goats cheese squash mixture back into the ‘shells’ of the squash, sprinkle with the crumbly cheese, cover with tin foil and put back into the oven for 15 minutes.
Serve up and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy all these recipes! More to come in this coming weekend’s challenge…