Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Caramel Peanut Pretzel Pie

Hello everyone

I don’t think I’ll ever grow up properly!  The house I live in at the moment is more or less the same layout as the house I grew up in (and my parents still live in).  What I have now as my study used to be my childhood bedroom – it has a large cupboard in the corner which I always seem to have filled with rubbish.  When I was child I used to start tidying it out, get bored halfway through, play with some toy and get my sister to finish the tidy up.

Some things never changed, this weekend it was time to tidy up the study and that big cupboard.  Halfway through I still got bored and ending up sitting in an evening gown I had tried on reading a book about Chanel I found in the cupboard – some things never change.

I made this pie to take round to my sisters when all the family was round for dinner.  It has a crunchy biscuit base, a layer of beautiful peanut flavoured caramel, a layer of chocolate and then topped off with the crunch and saltiness of gluten free pretzels.

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Caramel Peanut Pretzel Pie

Blogging Buddies with The Free From Fairy

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My blogging buddy this time round is Vicky from The Free From Fairy.  I had the pleasure of meeting Vicky at the Allergy and Free From show the year she launched her amazing free from flour.

Name: Vicki Montague
Blog Name: The Free From Fairy
Website: https://freefromfairy.com
Facebook: @freefromfairy
Twitter: @freefromfairy
Instagram: @freefromfairy


1. Tell us about your blog?

I started my blog in August 2012 when my youngest child was about to start pre-school and I had a few spare hours in the day to do something to help others.

Being a scientist I have always loved experimenting. I also love food, so I combine the two in the kitchen and create recipes.

After my daughter was diagnosed with egg and milk protein allergies at 9 months and then coeliac disease (a life long autoimmune condition that necessitates a strict gluten free diet) at the age of 2, I was determined to create recipes that we could all enjoy together.

The blog started off by sharing these recipes. Now I continue to share recipes but I have also developed a number of products that I sell.

I have an ebook of pastry recipes (something that many people find tricky to make gluten free and free from other allergens http://www.blurb.co.uk/b?ebook=586493), a wholegrain gluten free (and rice free) flour blend (https://freefromfairy.com/shop/flour), an online programme to help people easily make the switch to a gluten free diet (https://freefromfairy.thinkific.com/courses/gluten-free-diet-basics) and cookery lessons (https://freefromfairy.com/shop/cookery-lessons)

I also develop recipes for businesses and brands wishing to access the ‘free from’ sector…whether that be helping to develop new products or showcase their ingredients in innovative ways.

2. What inspired you to start your blog?
I started the blog as a way of documenting the recipes that I created. I didn’t want my daughter to leave home with scrappy notebooks of recipes. I also wanted to help family and friends to understand what she could and couldn’t eat when she visited.

3. What are your favourites ingredients to cook with?

Well, of course I’m going to say my wholegrain gluten free flour blend! I created it because I was unhappy with the flour blends that were on the market. When cooking gluten free, you cannot just replace wheat flour with one gluten free flour. Instead, you need a variety of flours to replace the wheat because each one has different properties that help to mimic those of wheat. The blends of flours that were on the market were all made from white refined flours. The body processes these in the same way as sugar and they provide little or no nutrients. I therefore spent 2 years experimenting to find a blend that was mostly made from wholegrain gluten free flours that I could use in all my baking and cooking. I also wanted it to be free from rice, because people on a gluten free diet end up eating a lot of rice, which contains inorganic arsenic. Arsenic accumulates in the body so the more you eat the more arsenic your body is exposed to. It can lead to a plethora of health issues including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. One of the biggest achievements in my life was creating the blend and then bringing it to market. It’s available to buy on my website, on Amazon and from a few independent shops across the UK.

4. What is your favourite cookbook?
I love anything from Dan Lepard. His recipes are amazing and they convert to gluten free really well using my flour blend.

5. If you could visit anywhere in the world for dinner tonight where would you go?
I’d probably go to Mexico. I lived there for 18 months when I was 5 and I developed a taste for spicy food. I adore Mexican food to this day.

6. Favourite Free From Recipe


One of my favourite recipes from the blog is my quick naan bread… https://freefromfairy.com/2018/03/gluten-free-quick-naan-bread-recipe.html.

It is very adaptable and can be used as a quick pizza base or rolled more thinly, as a wrap.

Thanks to Vicky for taking part in Blogging Buddies – if you would like to have your blog featured please get in touch at freefromfavourites@gmail.com

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Very British Salad

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I’ll be honest with you all – I’m not that much of a salad girl.  I tend to stick to soup and sandwiches for lunch but I’m obsessed with this new salad recipe.  It is easy to put together the night before while I’m making dinner.  I toss it all together in a tub, put the dressing in a little pot and drizzle it over the salad just before I eat it.  The shredded ham hock combined with the honey mustard dressing also means this tastes amazing and the new potatoes makes this a filling option as well.

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Very British Salad

Gluten and Dairy Free Key Lime Pie

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I used to make key lime pie all the time as it is my sister’s favourite dessert.  Now that I have discovered you can get dairy free coconut condensed milk key lime pie is back on the menu.  The recipe is pretty simple, a gluten free digestive biscuit base, coconut condensed milk, egg yolks and lime juice make the filling and I’ve topped with some whipped soya cream.

I know numbers shouldn’t matter (remeber I am a chartered accountant) but this week marked a cool FreeFromFavourites milestone when I reached 30,000 followers on Facebook.  I really appreciate every follow and loving hearing what you have been making and what recipes you would like to see coming up on the website.  So a big thank you to all my followers for making this so much fun.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Key Lime Pie

Gluten and Dairy Free Sausage Rolls

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Sausages rolls are the humble heroes of the buffet table.  No matter what other things you have on offer at the buffet everyone reaches for a sausage roll and they are always the dish that gets finished first.

They are obviously not the friend of the dairy free coeliac though.  I’ve used my simple flakey pastry recipe with a herby pork filling to make these little delights.

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Sausage Rolls

Gluten & Dairy Free Iced Latte with Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

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This warm weather has definitely called for iced lattes.  I love my coffee first thing in the morning, I have the full blown barista coffee machine in the kitchen with proper milk frother and everything.  It has been so hot that I just didn’t fancy my usual cappuccino.

I’ve pulled together this short article that shows you how to make the cold brew concentrate which forms the base of the latte and also some cinnamon syrup.  I do love a flavoured coffee with vanilla and cinnamon being my favourite.  A while ago I did have a few bottles of syrup for my coffees but they always seem to last forever and the lid gets all sticky and gross.  I’ve started making small batches of coffee syrup that last me for a couple of weeks so I don’t get fed up with them.  This syrup recipe is super simple, only takes 5 minutes and you possibly have the ingredients already in the cupboard.  Look out for my chocolate version coming soon.

Enjoy!

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Gluten & Dairy Free Iced Latte with Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Happy National Chocolate Lover’s Day

Happy National Chocolate Lover’s Day!  Check out my favourite gluten and dairy free chocolate recipes here:

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop Tarts

Gluten and Dairy Free Raspberry Chocolate Porridge

Gluten and Dairy Free Cherry Choc Brownie Sundae

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate & Lime Cupcakes

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate & Vanilla Battenberg Cake

Gluten and Dairy Free Peppermint Creams

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Spiced Apple Cake

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The last few times I’ve baked it seems to have been cupcakes that I’ve made.  While I was digging through my recipe notebook I came across my idea for a cinnamon swirled apple cake.

I’ve made sure the cake was lovely and moist with the addition of some dairy free natural yoghurt and nice chunks of fresh apple.  I made the cinnamon swirl using coconut sugar but if you don’t have this you can easily substitute it for brown sugar.

Given the lovely weather I enjoyed a peaceful evening in the garden with a slice of this cake and updating some recipes on the site.

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Spiced Apple Cake