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Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Cake 09/12/2009

Posted by snoozerider in baking, cakes, chocolate, cooking, gluten free.
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Lots of people have asked me for this recipe so here it is:

Ingredients

390g gluten free plain flour

440g brown sugar

6 tbsp cocoa powder

2tsps baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

500ml sweetened soya milk

185ml sunflower oil

2 tbsp cider vinegar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1.  Grease 23cm round deep cake tin, line base.  Preheat oven to 180C/ 350F/Gas Mk 4

2. Mix together all the dry ingredients.  When well mixed, mix in the wet ingredients and beat until there are no lumps

3.  Cook for about 40 mins until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.

4.  When it’s cool, make whatever fancy icing you want for the top or cheat, like I do, and use dairy free chocolate spread!

ENJOY!

Let me know if you make it and you like it, and feel free to share any fancy icing recipes that you make to go on the top 🙂

Edible Education 29/10/2009

Posted by snoozerider in casein free, cooking, gluten free, home education.
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This week, we have mostly been cooking (and eating :-))

Both boys helped make our family’s famous lentil soup recipe.  Granny was quite impressed when she came round and saw the production line going – Waif peeling carrots, me chopping them into strips then Gman dicing them!  This soup is dead easy to make, very healthy, gluten and dairy free, vegetarian and really, really delicious.  Here’s the recipe:

Lentil Soup

Easy Lentil Soup (serves 4-6)

150g lentils

1 onion, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and diced

2 tins chopped tomatoes

1.2 litres vegetable stock

1 tbsp cumin powder

1 tsp garam masala

Chuck it all in a massive pan, bring it to the boil, then cook until the lentils are cooked and the carrots are as soft as you like them (about 30-40 minutes depending on how finely you dice the carrots).


Waif was also keen to help with the roasted vegetables for dinner and spent some time carefully arranging them in the roasting tin until they were “just right”.  He then insisted on taking a photograph so here they are:

Veg for roasting

Granny also brought us round some fantastic looking cooking apples from the market.  There were only 2, but they were pretty massive so probably about a pound in weight, maybe even more.  Fancying a change from the usual apple crumble, we made this pudding and it went down a treat:

Apple Almond Pudding

Gluten Free Casein Free Almond Apple Pudding

1lb cooking apples, stewed in a little caster sugar

2oz golden caster sugar

2oz dairy free margarine

2oz ground almonds

1 egg, beaten

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the ground almonds.
  2. Beat the egg into the almond mixture.
  3. Place the stewed apples into an ovenproof dish.
  4. Spoon the almond mixture over the top of the apples.
  5. Bake at Gas Mark 4/350F/180C for about 25-35 mins until the top is lightly set and golden.
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