Dairy Free Chocolate Caramel Biscuits

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baking | August 12, 2018 | By

Dairy Free Chocolate Caramel Biscuits

These Dairy Free Chocolate Caramel Biscuits are super easy and a bit of a cheat recipe…but they taste a lot like Toffee Pops! They are dairy, egg, nut and gluten free.  So so good.  I really only made them because I had a wee bit of caramel left from another recipe and I was thinking of a way to use it up so it didn’t get wasted.  GREAT INVENTION.  I have played around with dairy free caramel a bit over the last year, and I highly recommend you follow the recipe by making a sugar caramel first then adding the coconut condensed milk.  Without this step (i.e., just boiling or baking the condensed milk until caramel), it is very sticky and gooey and hard to work with.  It’s still sticky and gooey like this, but it’s GOOD sticky and gooey, and much easier to work with and pleasant to eat.  You can also cut it into slices once it’s baked, which I found hard to do before coming across the caramel first step.

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Dairy and Egg Free Banana Cake

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baking | February 21, 2018 | By

Dairy and Egg Free Banana Cake

This Dairy and Egg Free Banana Cake is super easy to put together…we did it in about 5-10 minutes and it doesn’t need a cake mixer (although you can use one if you want).  It’s a nice soft cake, tasty with or without icing.  We had some with chocolate buttercream but the rest with just a sprinkle of icing sugar. If you want to make it a bit fancier, you can cut in through the middle and fill with whipped coconut cream and bananas, then top with chocolate icing.

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Dairy and egg free donuts

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baking | January 6, 2018 | By

Dairy and egg free donuts

This recipe is an adapted version of a  New York Times donut recipe with substitutions added by my beautiful friend from Teal Living.  Miss 10 actually did most of it herself with a bit of help from me and Miss 3.  We used our bread maker machine on the dough setting, but you can easily do it in a cake mixer as well.

Dairy and egg free donuts


Dairy and egg free donuts

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Gluten Free Gingerbread House

Gluten Free Gingerbread House (dairy, egg, nut and gluten free)

Every year one of our Christmas traditions is to make a gingerbread house.  This has been challenging to make dairy and egg free as I find they are really not as sturdy as the ones with egg in…but we persevere.  When my middle girl came along with her 100 + allergies, we put a house for her in the ‘too hard’ basket sadly.  We did try to do one last year but it wasn’t strong enough to stay together for very long and her food aversion issues meant she wouldn’t even taste it.  This year though I was determined to make one for her as she is all about being included right now…and slightly braver with trying foods (sometimes!).  I’m pleased to say it was a success…the dough worked out well, and it stayed together really nicely.  At this point, it hasn’t been tasted at all but I’m optimistic she will try it at some stage! It’s not exactly picture perfect, but Miss 5 wanted to do it ALL HERSELF. Bless.

Gluten free gingerbread house
We just made a really small one as I wasn’t sure if it would hold together, so you would need to double or more the recipe if you want a bigger house. We used a selection of gluten free lollies, marshmallows and candy canes for the decoration.

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Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

These Cinnamon Christmas Cookies are my eldest daughter’s favourite cookie.  In NZ it is great as Xmas baking season coincides with all the raspberries ripening and fresh raspberry jam!  These really are so much better with fresh jam, but don’t worry if you don’t have it..they still taste amazing and make the house smell sensational. These are a feature on our plates of xmas baking for gifts every single year 🙂

Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

 

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White Christmas Slice

White Christmas Slice

This White Christmas Slice is not my original recipe (there are many versions floating around the internet such as this one), but one I have adapted slightly to work for our allergy household.  It is part of the Christmas cookie/baking selection we make every year to gift to family, friends and teachers.  It is dairy, egg, nut, and gluten free so okay for all of my kids and they love it!  Truthfully Miss 5 painstakingly picks out all the currants but other than that it’s a huge success.  It also keeps for a couple of weeks in sealed containers in the fridge 🙂

White Christmas Slice

White Christmas Slice

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Chocolate Cherry Slice-vegan + egg free,dairy free, gluten free, nut free

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baking | October 27, 2017 | By

Chocolate Cherry Slice-vegan + egg free,dairy free, gluten free, nut free 

*contains coconut

Chocolate Cherry Slice-vegan + egg free,dairy free, gluten free, nut free

This slice reminds me of my childhood in Australia eating cherry ripe slices.  This was a small window of time in my entire life when I was thought to have grown out of my dairy allergy.  I was extremely allergic as a baby, but in fact my symptoms just changed over time and eventually I was able to verbalise how I was feeling inside.  The combination of this with many years of sinus infections and generally feeling pretty rubbish led to me excluding dairy from my diet once again.  I unfortunately ended up very allergic once again after the birth of my first child, and have had a few anaphylactic reactions since then meaning I try hard to remain dairy free now.  This has been relatively straight-forward since all three children are dairy-allergic, until recently when a surprise exposure to dairy in my eldest has found us doing the milk ladder.  So we have had to adjust to having small amounts of dairy in the house again.  It’s been a challenge for me to stay away from them as I have zero self-restraint, especially when it comes to chocolate biscuits!  So, I decided to revisit these bars I made about a year ago for a magazine publication.  Hope you love them as much as I do 🙂 

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Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine

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

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!

Vegan Macarons

Vegan Macarons

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Chocolate Rhubarb Tart

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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