I 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. 🙂