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tubs

Gluten free flour

I intend to buy some gluten free flour to make some cakes for my coeliac friend who is coming on Thursday. Can anyone tell me
1) if I can mix it with ordinary flour after she has gone to use in cake baking?( obviously for non coeliacs)
Or 2) does anyone know of any cake recipes that dont use flour that are suitable for coeliacs (to avoid buying a bag of gluten free)

Any help appreciated.

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Queen of Puds

Try White Chocolate Cheesecake:

1 x pack gluten free macaroons, or other biscuits of choice - anything with chocolate on is ideal - 150 to 200g or thereabouts
50g butter or hard margarine, melted
400g cream cheese/quark/philadelphia
200g white chocolate, melted (e.g. 2 to 3 mins in microwave)
2 eggs
Zest of lemon (optional)
1 TBS granulated sugar
100ml double cream, or single cream, or yogurt, or even milk
Muffin tin & paper cases.

Method:
1. Process biscuits into crumbs, pour in butter & mix till combined.

2. Divide evenly & press into the bases of muffin cases to depth 1cm (makes about 10)

3. Blend cream cheese with melted white choc, lemon zest, sugar, eggs & cream. Will be floppy like part whipped double cream - not thin.

4. Spoon cheese mix on top of biscuit bases to about &"190; full.

5. Bake approx 30 mins 190/Gas 5 till they seem done - will have a little wobble in centre & starting to brown on edges - may crack on top - this is normal. They will sink back on cooling.

Serve with fruit sauce, fruit compote, or fresh fruit.

Option: Can substitute milk or dark chocolate for the white, but omit the lemon zest & add a few dried cherries or raisins if you like.
I have a recipe for Clementine cake somewhere - uses ground almonds instead of flour. Now that is to die for! Let me look for it ... be back in a bit

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Queen of Puds

Clementine cake

The recipe is on Nigella's site. Link herewith ... think lemon drizzle. Yum, with coffee and/or something stronger!

http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/clementine-cake-2559

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Kayb

My Darling Clementine

Hi Tubs, I used a gluten free flour to make some cakes for my granddaughter's mother in law - she seemed to like them, but I couldn't find anything else to make with it. You could always do Nigella's Clementine cake it uses ground almonds instead of flour - so it wouldn't do if friend has a nut alergy; but it is a lovely moist cake and you can use any citrus fruit in it. If you don't have a food processor tocrush the clementines, you can use a potato masdher.
Karen

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Queen of Puds

Gluten free flour

I agree with Kayb - the special flour doesn't quite work like normal flour. Even crumble sets like stone. If you specifically want cake I'd go with the Clementine Cake recipe as it is both easy & delicious. If you wanted a pudding, you could always try a bread & butter pudding using gluten free bread?

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Gravy Queen

Gluten free flour

Go for any flourless cake, Nigella has a good flourless brownie recipe. Cakes do usually respond well to recipes using gluten free flour (you can add xantham gum too to help), I dont see why left over flour mixed with ordinary flour wouldnt work well for any future cakes you wanted to make.

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tubs

Gluten free cakes

Thank you all so much for the ideas. Didnt think about a flourless cake, it's obvious really i suppose (which is why i never thought about it!!!!)
Like the sound of the white chocolate cheesecake too.
Thanks again.

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Gravy Queen

Gluten free flour

Another nice flourless one is Rachel Allens Italian nut cake, you can google the recipe I would imagine, lots of good ones out there.

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tubs

clementine cake

Have just had a look at the clementine cake recipe again and notice that it has baking powder added. Is baking powder gluten free? I don't have any at the moment so can't look on the box.
Thanks for any help.

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Queen of Puds

Baking powder

I just googled 'gluten free baking powder' & it says some is, some isn't. glutenfreecooking.about.com - but there were other sites listed. I know my friend had a booklet with a list of products & brands that were ok & those that weren't. You could ask your friend perhaps?

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Queen of Puds

Baking powder

Looks like Doves Farm is ok - think Sainsbury's carry that brand.

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tubs

clementine cake

Made Nigella's clementine cake today (sorry Delia!) The whole house was filled with the wonderful aroma of boiling oranges. It was easy to make and the baking powder I bought was gluten free. Haven't tasted it yet as I need it for tomorrow and also it says it's better the day after cooking. Will let my coeliac friend be the judge!!!!

Next time will do the chocolate brownies.

Thanks again for all your help.

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tubs

clementine cake

5* all round for the clementine cake. Would recommend it.

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Gravy Queen

Gluten free flour

Well done Tubs, and extra brownie points to you too for making such an effort.

As a coeliac, I used Doves Farm wheat and gluten free flour, and as you have discovered, the baking powder must be gluten free too. It is pretty easy to get hold of now but if in doubt it can be bought online as well. Xantham gum is another good item to have as it makes things less crumbly, I use it in pastry making and sometimes in cakes if the cake has turned out too crumbly, I'll add xantham gum next time .

I am now off to check the Nigella Clementine cake recipe, its one I havent tried yet!

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SonyaK

clementine cake

I found the recipe and printed it off. Sounds good and easy too! I'll definitely try it when I've settled down after moving house.
Thanks Kayb and Tubs for recommending it.

 
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