Not sure I will ever get the hang of this gluten free baking lark!

imageI had the afternoon off work today, and I thought I would have a go at making some delicious sounding triple cheese and onion muffins from the BBC Good Food Gluten Free book. The recipe suggested using cheddar, parmesan and soft cheese, cubed. I prefer to use Lactofree soft cheese which is definitely more liquid than solid. I couldn’t see how it could be cubed and thought it would make the mixture a bit soggy. I considered doubling the amount of cheddar, but then saw the Aldi version of feta, only 75p, so thought I would try that. They came out looking pretty nice, but the feta is completely over powering and the texture is a bit strange. The recipe claimed this would make 12 muffins, but there was masses of it and it made 26. Lots of muffins, but they aren’t very nice! I will be surprised if they get eaten at all, so that is a waste. They weren’t that cheap to make either, with all that cheese!!

My only real successes so far have been the chocolate brownies I made a couple of days ago (really yummy), some fruit crumbles and a pavlova which is completely flourless anyway so only incidentally gluten free. I am concerned that my Christmas pudding will be rubbish, so need to think about an alternative just in case!

I have tried a few different types of rolls and bread. Most are OK toasted or fresh out of the oven, so not much good for work lunches. I have been eating mainly oat and rice cakes. The Coop Free From chocolate digestive biscuits are very good – I am having one now. My friend, who has coeliac disease, often makes cheesecake using gluten free digestives for the base so that might be something to consider.

And it is all pretty expensive! I won’t give up just yet, but will need to do a bit more research on what is likely to work well before I shell out loads on ingredients. I will experiment with what I already have. I have my favourite fruit cake recipe so I am going to have a go at that with GF flour over the holiday.

Mr S has been hard at it all week sorting out the roof so that it doesn’t leak. We had heavy rain overnight, and nothing came in, so success!! He hasn’t quite finished yet, but hopefully tomorrow it will all be done. Thank goodness I have a partner who is handy or it would have cost a fortune to mend. 🙂

12 thoughts on “Not sure I will ever get the hang of this gluten free baking lark!

  1. Gigibird

    I hope you don’t mind me asking but have you been properly diagnosed as Coeliac?

    This time last year I had some problems and was tested for Coeliacs disease which came back negative which was a huge relief as a period of self imposed gluten free diet was expensive and not particularly pleasant.
    If you are planning to get tested then you need to eat gluten for at least a month before the test.

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    1. ChickenladyJane Post author

      No I haven’t but I should. I don’t think I am coeliac, but I get a lot of digestive problems – bloating, pain and other IBS symptoms (sure no one wants the details! – and not eating gluten does make most of them go away. Otherwise I wouldn’t try it! I love proper bread! Lactose has a similar effect. My sister is the same, think it’s genetic sadly

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      1. cantswingacat

        I’m glad that you’ve found a way to feel better. I have coeliac disease and when I was properly tested and diagnosed I got access to gluten free bread/pasta and flour on prescription. I have to pay around £100 a year for unlimited prescriptions, but it certainly works out a lot cheaper than buying gluten free stuff from supermarkets. Could be a big money saver if you have time for the tests etc. The gluten free flour is fantastic and has allowed me to make loads of lovely treats

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  2. Emma

    to save waste, could the muffins work crumbled up e.g. as a topping for a savoury crumble? or as bread crumb substitutes?

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  3. Kate

    Hello, I have been reading your blog for a while and I feel moved to make a comment today as I want to save you from your baking disappointments! I have a similar situation re gluten. I have been tested for Coeliac but got a negative result, however excluding gluten from my diet pretty much clears up my symptoms. There is one gluten & dairy free baking book which I can not recommend enough, its called Cake Angels by Julia Thomas, I havent found a bad receipe, she only uses the standard Doves Farm Plain or Self raising so no need for 10 types of flour in your cupboard! And everyone who has tried the cakes I make from this book says they cant tell that they are gluten free. Another thing that I have found is that if you use a non gluten recipe if you substitute about 25% of flour for ground almonds this makes for a much nicer texture. I hope this helps 🙂

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    1. ChickenladyJane Post author

      Thanks for the recommendation. I have almonds and was thinking of trying some in my fruitcake! I wasn’t sure how much but will try 25% as you suggest. I think cakes are possibly easier to crack than bread.

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  4. frugalinsuffolksimple@gmail.com

    I can eat one slice of bread and one other thing with flour in a day, anything over that and I get something which was once thought to be IBS but wasn’t. Seeded bread is the worst and any pulses, once I sorted all that out for myself – no more problems.

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    1. ChickenladyJane Post author

      I suspect I can eat a bit of gluten as well Sue. I am the same with milk products. I can take a little and can eat solid cheese no problem, but I’m in trouble if I starf scoffing yogurts and loads of cream. Some pulses are also tricky. The Dr suggested it was IBS but it’s pretty hard to diagnose. Having a sensitive digestive system is a pain!!

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  5. Linda Kay

    CJ, you are absolutely right about the cost of the roof repair…it can be very expensive. Hang in there on the gluten free. There are lots of quick fixes in the grocery now for gluten free. I guess one has to keep reading labels. I’m sure things will turn out a bit differently. I have a box mix of blueberry muffins, and I’ll let you know how they turn out.

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  6. Ali

    Also finding baking with GF flour tricky even with Doves Farm. I still haven’t cracked it and as you say it can be an expensive disappointment. I’ve found a few bought cakes that are actually ok but really just cutting out cakes has been my only solution so far.

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