Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine

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desserts | August 21, 2017 | By

Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine

This Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine is dairy free, egg free, gluten free and nut free, and uses aquafaba to replace egg in the sponge.  It has a chocolate sponge base, a layer of chocolate mousse, a layer of strawberry cream, more sponge and then is topped with chocolate ganache.  It’s not a 5 minute job obviously but it looks and tastes sensational and keeps well for a few days in the fridge.

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Vegan Macarons

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baking | August 8, 2017 | By

These Vegan Macarons are egg, wheat and dairy free but contain nuts.

My daughter turned 10 recently and I made the terrible mistake of asking her what cake she would like.  DO NOT DO THIS!  10 year olds are very tech savvy, and next thing I had an email with a picture of THE EXACT CAKE she wanted from Pinterest.  ARRRGGGHHH.  But I think I kind of delivered…it wasn’t an exact replica but not too bad.  It did take quite a while though, and because she is egg and dairy free, I had to be a bit creative.  It had macarons on, and I wasn’t optimistic I could pull these off with aquafaba, given how temperamental they can be just with egg, but I’m pleased to announce they worked first try!

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Chocolate Rhubarb Tart

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baking | May 6, 2017 | By

Chocolate Rhubarb Tart

Dairy free and Egg  free

I absolutely love the Hunter Gatherer Gourmet mixes and I was lucky enough to get one of the chocolate ones at the Food Show recently which had been sitting in my pantry waiting for inspiration to hit me.  A dear friend also popped a box of freshly cut rhubarb from her garden (love gardening foodie friends!!!) and was coming over for a playdate so I thought I’d try to pair the two together even though chocolate and rhubarb is a slightly weird combination??  So I created this Chocolate Rhubarb Tart and it was really good! If you can’t get the baking mix or it doesn’t fit with your allergies, you can substitute any brownie mix that works for you.

 

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Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies

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baking, desserts | April 3, 2017 | By

Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies

These Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies were made using the super yummy chocolate mix from Hunter Gatherer Gourmet, but I have included a recipe for my own chocolate brownies (recipe here) if you aren’t able to source this or can’t tolerate nuts.  It is layered up with a soft strawberry flavoured ‘cream’.  It does set firm in the fridge if you want a more structured look, but I love the soft, gloopy, chocolate-strawberry mish-mash.

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Raspberry Jelly and Marshmallow Chocolates

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baking | March 31, 2017 | By

Raspberry Jelly and Marshmallow Chocolates

These Raspberry Jelly and Marshmallow Chocolates are dairy free, egg free, nut free, gluten free. If you need to avoid soy, they are soy free without the chocolate covering and make a very nice slice.  They do take a wee bit of time to do, but definitely worth the challenge!

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Egg, dairy, gluten and nut free peppermint thins

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Christmas, baking | January 20, 2017 | By

Egg, dairy, gluten and nut free peppermint thins

We usually make these Egg, dairy, gluten and nut free peppermint thins as part of our Christmas presents to teachers as I think they are a really lovely gift….you really wouldn’t know it was an ‘adapted-for-allergies’ version!  My 9 year old has always loved making wee presents for her extended family so she asked if we could make these for her Grandparents the other day.  I had a ton of requests for the recipe after I shared a pic on Instagram, so here goes!  We hope you all love them too 🙂

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Dairy and Egg Free Lolly Cake Cheesecake

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baking | December 3, 2016 | By

You may have seen a Facebook video circulating around for a particularly naughty but yummy looking dessert…I did, and have come up with this Dairy and Egg Free Lolly Cake Cheesecake as a pretty awesome substitute 🙂  It has a lolly cake base: for those new to this amazing New Zealand birthday party food tradition, this is generally sweetened condensed milk, butter, crushed biscuits and Eskimo lollies (a sort of chewy marshmallow confectionery): obviously not a very allergy friendly snack!  I’ve made a few substitutions to make it egg and dairy free.  If you need it gluten free as well, use gluten free biscuits and safe marshmallows.  If you can’t find Eskimos, any sort of chewy marshmallow will do.

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Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Peppermint Slice

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baking | November 5, 2016 | By

This Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Peppermint Slice is ridiculously easy to make and perfect for adding a special treat to the kids lunch boxes 🙂 It’s also nut free and would be very easy to adapt to be gluten free by substituting a gluten free flour mix (I use a bit less).

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Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Soy and Nut Free Lemon Meringue ‘Pie’

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desserts | August 23, 2016 | By

This Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Soy and Nut Free Lemon Meringue ‘Pie’ came about because I was kind enough to be given some amazing organic goodies with fruit and vegetables from Just Organic here in Christchurch, New Zealand (don’t worry…they deliver nationwide) to review, and I was completely inspired by the intense taste of the fruit.  It sounds so corny, but I think there is just something about fruit and vegetables that have come from a place of love…they honestly do taste better!

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Dairy and Egg Free Oreo Cupcakes

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baking | July 26, 2016 | By

These Dairy and Egg Free Oreo Cupcakes are pretty much a marriage of all the things I love best haha!  How could you possibly go wrong with rich chocolate cupcakes, Oreo cookies and an almost-cream-cheese-icing with even more Oreo’s in it?  I’ve taken the old chocolate with vinegar cake recipe and given it a facelift for these as I find the taste a bit boring and not nearly chocolatey-enough for me.  I am really happy with the result..still really moist but actually tastes like chocolate!  

*note: My wheat-ok kids are ok with Oreo’s but my understanding is they are made on a line with other ingredients which may be an issue for some….my tree nut anaphylactic can’t eat wheat either so we haven’t tried these with her.  So obviously, make an informed choice.

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