Review of Udi’s Gluten and Dairy Free Cake Mix

I was very lucky the other day when the kind people at Udi’s sent me some samples of their new products:

Udi's Samples

Always excited to try out a new gluten and dairy free product I thought I would start with the ‘Delicious & Fluffy Cake Mix – Sponge Cake’. The mix contains the gluten free flour, sugar and all the raising agents (including xanthan gum) you need to make a perfect gluten free cake. The basic mix is both gluten and dairy free which is great, ingredients as follows:

Ingredients

The recipe on the back of the packet is for a plain vanilla sponge and requires you to add the following:

  • 1/2 cup butter or dairy free spread
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 milk or water, I used soya milk

Instead of making a vanilla sponge cake I decided to make a frosted banana and cinnamon sponge. To do this I halved the amount of milk and added 2 mashed bananas and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. I was really pleased with the results as the cake was light, flavoursome and I don’t think anyone would know it was gluten and dairy free – which is how it should be:

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I made a 9" square cake and frosted the top with dairy free butter cream dusted with ground cinnamon. If you were making a large two tier cake, say for a birthday, you would need two packets of the mix but that would give you a big cake!

I think the plain sponge is a great blank canvas to design your own cake, you could add a whole variety of items from fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, coffee and have a completely different cake every time you used this mix.

The cake mixes are readily available to buy at Tesco and can be purchased for £2.50 each. They would be perfect for people who don’t bake often or I would use them to save time or take away with me as it has all the basics in you need to make a cake. For your info the packet looks like this:

Udi

I took the cake into work to share with the team, no-one else is gluten and dairy free, but the cake was finished in the blink of an eye, I think that speaks for itself on how good this mix is.

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Check out all things gluten free at Udi’s Website or follow them on Facebook.

Coming soon, check out what treats I made with the plain flour, the chocolate cake mix and the pastry mix.

Enjoy!

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Udi’s Gluten and Dairy Free Cinnamon and Raisin Bagel Review

This morning I toasted up some lovely Udi’s gluten and dairy free bagels for breakfast so thought I would share the experience with you all.

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I found the bagels are best lightly toasted giving a crispy outside and a lovely soft middle. The cinnamon and raisin bagels are just sweet enough and taste great with a variety of toppings, my favourite being banana and peanut butter and just plain jam. I genuinely don’t think anyone would know the difference between these bagels and non-GF bagels, my friend had one and he couldn’t tell the difference, which is how it should be.

Ingredients:

Water, Tapioca Starch, Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Rapeseed Oil, Raisins (5%), Egg White Powder, Resistant Corn Starch, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Humectant (Glycerine), Thickeners (Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Locust Bean Gum), Yeast, Pea Protein Isolate, Sugar Beet Fibre, Cinnamon Powder, Salt, Preservative (Calcium Propionate).

The bagels are readily available in all major supermarkets so grab yourself a packet in one of the flavours available:

  • Plain
  • Multi-seed
  • Sundried Tomato
  • Savoury
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Cinnamon and Raisin

You can check out all things gluten free at Udi’s Website.

Enjoy!

F

Udi’s Gluten and Dairy Free Granola Review

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I have been lucky enough to sample Udi’s Gluten and Dairy Free Granola and can say I was very impressed so thought I would share my opinion with you all. I’m a big fan of wholesome cereals and this granola ticks all the boxes for me. It is crunchy but not too hard and just sweet enough without being sickly.

Udi's GF granola

Udi’s started to produce gluten free bread in 2008 and after huge success in the USA they expanded into Britain in 2013. They now offer a large range of products from cereals to bread and sweet treats from bagel chips to muffins.

They offer the gluten free granola in three different flavours:

  1. Au Naturel Granola made with Certified Gluten Free Oats (65%), Honey (23.8%), Rapeseed Oil
  2. Almond Vanilla Flavour Granola made with Certified Gluten Free Oats (59.7%), Honey (21.9%), Rapeseed Oil, Almonds (7.2%), Natural Flavouring (Vanilla)
  3. Cranberry Walnut Granola made with Certified Gluten Free Oats (55.4%), Honey (20.3%), Dried Cranberries (9.2%) (Cranberries, Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Rapeseed Oil, Walnuts (5.5%)

A bowl of this cereal with some pureed fruit or dairy free yoghurt/milk is the perfect way to start any day and I’ll definitely be adding this to my shopping list. The granola is a really versatile product for your gluten free store cupboard and I’ve added a couple of recipe ideas:

Udi’s Gluten and Dairy Free Granola Breakfast Sundae Recipe

Udi's Breakfast Sundae

Gluten and Dairy Free Peanut Butter & Almond Granola Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter Cookies

Check out all things gluten free at Udi’s Website

Enjoy!

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Geo Organics Gluten and Dairy Free Tikka Masala Paste

Sometimes you just have a busy day and need a tasty meal quickly without standing for ages in the kitchen. I’m a huge curry fan and recently I tried the Geo Organics Tikka Masala Curry Paste. This product is great for anyone who is gluten and dairy free and craving a creamy curry! It is also vegan friendly and organic.

I added this paste to some diced chicken, onion and peppers and then to make a creamy sauce I stirred in some natural soya yoghurt. The result was a really tasty, creamy curry with some heat but not too much that you can’t taste the flavours.

This little jar is a great item for your dairy and gluten free store cupboard as it can be used to make up a curry (recipe included on the back of the jar) or you could use to marinade kebabs for tandoori style meat or vegetables.

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Ingredients: Tomato purée, Water, Sunflower oil, White wine vinegar, Ginger, Garam masala , Coriander, Garlic, Tumeric, Cayenne pepper, Sea salt, Cumin, Paprika, Cinnamon

If I’ve tempted you, Geo Organics Tikka Masala Paste can be purchased from Real Foods

Enjoy!

Review of Costa’s Gluten and Dairy Free Chicken and Basil Wrap

As part of my posts for Coeliac Week I’ve got a review of Costa’s new Gluten and Dairy Free Chicken and Basil Wrap.

You’ve all been there, out for lunch with friends and having food envy while they tuck into their wraps and sandwiches. Well, I wanted to share with you my experience of lunch at Costa. I popped in with a friend to sample the new Chicken and Basil Wrap which is both dairy and gluten free. I was delighted that I was able to get the wrap, crisps and a cake, all dairy and gluten free.

As I ordered my food and I was pleasantly surprised by the people serving. They had both sampled the wrap and seemed really passionate about the product. They were both knowledgable about coeliac and felt it was great that Costa was offering food for special diets. They were also happy to advise on what other products I could safely have that didn’t contain any dairy or gluten.

Costa Wrap

I selected the chicken and basil wrap, crisps, bakewell tarts and a lovely iced lemonade – very impressed I could get all this gluten and dairy free. The wrap was every bit as tasty as I remembered the ‘normal’ counterparts to be prior to my diagnosis. The wrap was soft, not at all dry and the filling was moist and tasted lovely and fresh. The chicken and basil really complimented each other and I really felt like I wasn’t missing out.

I was super excited to see that Costa also offered a cake that was both gluten and dairy free. I got a lovely little packet with two mini cherry bakewells, the pastry was light and crumbly and the filling was very tasty.

Costa Bakewells

All in all a job well done by Costa, I would love them to continue to expand their gluten and dairy free product range.

Enjoy!

Spotlight on …. Crate of Nothing

I’ve been super excited to discover Crate of Nothing and I wanted to share this with you. The concept is to have a box of either gluten free or gluten and dairy free goodies delivered to your door.

You can either order a one off box for £22.50 or opt to receive a box every month for £20, these prices include delivery and I think is very reasonable for what you get. I have opted to get the gluten and dairy free box delivered monthly.

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Crate of Nothing is the idea of Craig Wallace who was less than impressed by the choice of gluten and dairy free food available in supermarkets. The team actively seeks out the best artisan bakers and chefs that specialise in the production of high quality gluten and dairy free goods. This means I get to try lots of different products without having to do any of the leg work.

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This month was a FreeFrom Food Awards themed crate featuring a number of the winners. The crate contained:

  • Mini Lemon Drizzle Loaf by Melsie Jane Bakes
  • Focaccia Mediterranea by Focaccia per Tutti
  • Chia Seed and Nut Bread Mix by Ugg Foods
  • Cinnamon Nut Crunch by Primal Joy Foods
  • Pizza Bases by Venice Bakery
  • Cola Raisins by Nakd
  • Sweet Potato Crisps by Hectares
  • A recipe card for savoury scones
  • A lovely little brown bag containing all the dry ingredients required to make the scones

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I’ll put some reviews of the goodies in the product review section of my website after I sample each item.

What are you waiting for, check out Crate of Nothing at http://crateofnothing.co.uk

Have you tried Crate of Nothing tell us about your experience in the comments section below, or post any questions or thoughts you have.

Thanks

F

Product Review: Orgran Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix

Vanilla Cake

I thought I would put a review on the website of Orgran’s gluten and dairy free Vanilla Cake Mix. Honestly, I usually make all my own cakes from scratch but I was interested to see the results I would get using a packet mix, and I was impressed by the results.

This mix is suitable for people with multiple food allergies as it is gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, yeast free, GMO free, soya free and vegan.

You have the choice of either making this cake vegan by adding water and vegetable oil or you can add dairy free spread and eggs. As I can eat eggs I made it using dairy free spread and eggs so my review is based on the non-vegan version.

It is extremely easy to make, you just add water, eggs and dairy free spread to the contents of the cake mix and beat for 4 minutes. Pour the mixture into a 6” cake tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 30-35 minutes.

As the cake was cooking it filled the kitchen with a lovely warm vanilla smell. I had to cook the cake for about 5-10 minutes longer than the packet stated to ensure that it was cooked through and had that lovely golden crust.

The cake had a light, soft texture but also that just baked golden crust you get on homemade cakes. It had a lovely taste, you could really pick up the vanilla. I cut the cake in half and filled it was strawberry jam and dairy free buttercream before serving.

I would recommend you try this product as it would be perfect to have in the store cupboard for emergencies or would be great for people to buy if they had someone visiting with food allergies. The only negative I would say is the size of the cake is fairly small, I think to get the cake shown on the box you would need to buy two packets of mix and sandwich them together with buttercream.

You can purchase this product by clicking on the following link: Buy Vanilla Cake Mix at Real Foods

Ingredients:

Raw sugar, Rice Flour,Maize starch, Potato starch, Maize flour, Dextroxe from maize, Raising agents;sodium bicarbonate, Monocalcium phosphate, Monoglycerides from vegetable, Salt, Natural vanilla flavour (0.4%), Vegetable gums: Carboxymethylcellulose,Carrageenan, Guar gum.

Vanilla Cake Mix

Product Review: Orgran Gluten & Dairy Free Apple & Cinnamon Mix

Orgran Mix

I always keep a pack of this pancake mix in the cupboard for that quick, easy to make breakfast. The mix is made by Orgran, a leading producer of allergy free food.

This mix is gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, yeast free, soya free, nut free, vegan and has no added cane sugar. This makes it an extremely versatile product to have in your store cupboard for people with multiple allergies.

The pancake mix can be made up by adding dairy free milk and eggs or to make them vegan by just adding water. I have tried them both ways and you get a great result with either option.

One of my favourite things about this pancake mix is the flavouring, you can actually see the chunks of apple in the mix which perfectly compliments the subtle cinnamon flavour.

This packet will make about 10 medium sized pancakes, I usually make up the mix and freeze the remaining uncooked batter until needed.

The pancakes are light and fluffy and have a lovely apple and cinnamon taste. I would highly recommend this as an addition to your allergy free store cupboard.

GF DF Pancakes

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Maize Starch, Fructose, Sorghum, (3%) Dried Apple (Sulphur Dioxide), Maize Flour, Raising Agents: Mono Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cinnamon(0.8%), Yellow Pea Flour, Stabiliser: Guar Gum, Natural Apple Flavour.

You can purchase this mix by clicking on the following link: Buy Orgran Apple & Cinnamon Pancake Mix at Real Foods

A Review of Gluten Freedom by Dr Alessio Fasano

Gluten Freedom

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Gluten Freedom from the kind people at Turner Publishing. As soon as I started reading the book I couldn’t put it down, it definitely is a must read for everyone who has, or is close to, someone with coeliac or any other gluten related disorder.

The book was written by Dr Alessio Fasano who is a leading expert in coeliac and other gluten related disorders. Dr Fasano is the founder and director of the Centre for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, which he founded in 1996. In the book Dr Fasano states that his mission is to improve the lives of people with celiac disease and other gluten related disorders while unlocking the complex mechanisms of the autoimmune response.

I believe that as patients, as well as being able to rely on medical professionals, we have a responsibility to be informed about the conditions we have. As someone who is interested in all aspects of coeliac this book provided me with all the information I required in one text. It is pitched at a level that everyone can understand, the medical aspects of the book give you all the facts you require but in a simple and informative way. The aim of Gluten Freedom is to separate the facts from the fantasies and to present the real story about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and the gluten diet.

The book is divided into four main sections:

  • Gluten Enters the Picture – this section covers what celiac and other gluten disorders are and the journey to diagnosis
  • Learning to Live Without Gluten – once diagnosed and the condition is understood, part two of the book shows you how to live on a gluten free diet with nutritional advice and a number of recipes
  • Gluten Free for Life – examines the gluten free diet at all stages of your life covering pregnancy, childhood, family life, college years and golden years
  • Going Beyond Gluten – examines new treatments and alternative therapies

A number of useful appendices are also included in Gluten Freedom:

  • Recommended Reading
  • Resources
  • Apps for Mobile Phones
  • Glossary

I can say that if I had been handed this book the day I had been diagnosed I would have felt more informed and less lost in my initial weeks of diagnosis. I really enjoyed reading the book and my family have also asked to borrow it so they can be fully informed of my condition.

I would highly recommend you get your own copy and Dr. Fasano will be donating 100% of his proceeds from Gluten Freedom to the Center for Celiac Research.

Gluten Freedom can be purchased/pre-ordered by clicking on the following links: