Archive for December, 2013

I’m staying at my parents’ beach house this week as the husband was meant to go to China for business and the thought of not running for a week was completely unacceptable. As it turned out, the husband was not required in China and now has a child-free, wife-free week. Not jealous of that at all, no no no…. Anyway, the beach house has been undergoing extensive renovations for a few months. I thought the presence of hungry builders would be a good opportunity to bake and when I heard that one of the builders was gluten intolerant I decided to explore some new territory. I don’t do that much deliberate gluten free baking, largely because I don’t need to, but I am conscious of trying to limit the amount of wheat we consume.

I made two items – buckwheat chocolate chip biscuits using this recipe – and mince tarts using this recipe from the Healthy Chef.

The biscuits were very well received, even by my dad, who is very sparing with his praise. Here is a photo of the biscuits (my dad is unlikely to agree to publication of his image).


The tarts were less successful I think. The fruit mince (which I modified by using a combination of orange juice and brandy instead of apple juice) was tasty but the almond pastry was deemed too soggy. I have a jar of mince left over so will make some more using regular short crust pastry over the next few days. I think they looked pretty though. Perhaps pastry is just not meant to be gluten free? Disappointing but I guess educational.






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