Saturday, 21 September 2013

Great British Bake Off Challenge - Week 5 - Tuiles

I'm half way through my Milk, Egg, Wheat and Soya Free Challenge with Gemma from Iced Gem Bakes. We're trying to make all this years technical challenges from The Great British Bake Off free from the main 4. Possibly not recipes for anyone new to free from baking, but I've had fun trying.

For anyone who doesn't know, Tuiles are wafer thin crispy biscuits, with very little four, making them ideal to adapt for wheat free baking. However... yet again a recipe with the major ingredient being egg white (albeit only 1, not 12 like Angel food cake)!

Thanks to Delicious Magazine, I didn't even need to hunt for a recipe as they had Tweeted one before the show was even over.

I just did a straight swap for suitable ingredients. Did one batch with SHS egg white replacer, and one with the more easily available EnegG egg replacer. I don't see why it wouldn't work with Orgran No-egg too, but I've run out so didn't try.

This made about 12

Egg replacer equivalent to 1 egg *
55g Caster Sugar
25g Gluten Free Plain Flour (or 25g plain flour if don't need wheat free)
1/4tsp Vanilla Paste (or extract)
25g Melted Dairy & Soya Free Spread (e.g. Pure Sunflower, Vitalite - I used half coconut oil in one batch, made them more crispy and gave a lovely subtle flavour)

Melted chocolate for dipping the ends
1/4 tsp Cocoa powder if you want to do the stripes/swirls

*2/3 tsp SHS Loprofin Egg White Replacer, sprinkled on 2tbsp boiling water, mixed with 1tbsp cold water. Mix with a fork and leave to cool
1tsp EnerG egg replacer mixed with 3tsp cold water

Beat egg replacer and sugar with a fork until frothy.

Sift in the flour.

Stir in the vanilla and the melted spread until smooth.

Drop 4 tsp of the mixture onto a greased baking sheet (I tried on greaseproof paper the first time, but they completely stuck to the paper, which is why following pictures are directly on the tray).

Smooth into thin circles (about 8cm) with the back of the teaspoon.

If you are doing the stripes, put 2 tsp of the mixture into a separate bowl and mix in the cocoa. 

Roll a small square of greaseproof paper into a cone. Fill with the cocoa mixture. 

Roll down the top to the level of the cocoa mixture. If necessary, snip the bottom of the cone to make a small hole.

Gently squeeze the pattern onto the tuiles before baking.

Bake for about 6-7 mins at 190ºC, until just beginning to colour on the edges.

Lift from tray with a palette knife and lay on a rolling pin.

Gently bend the edges over the rolling pin to get the curved shape (this has to be done quickly or they will be too crisp to bend). If you're a beginner, you might want to bake 2 at a time until you get the hang of it.

To make the rolls, curl round a wooden spoon handle. 

Remove from the handle. 

Dip the ends in melted chocolate and leave to cool (sorry, too difficult to photograph this while I was rolling!).

Great British Bake Off Challenge - Week 4 - Custard Tarts (link not broken, not finished writing up yet...)
Great British Bake Off Challenge - Week 3 - Floating Islands
Great British Bake Off Challenge - Week 2 - English Muffins
Great British Bake Off Challenge - Week 1 - Angel Food Cake

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Great British Bake Off Challenge - Week 3 - Floating Islands

Ok, for any visitors new to this blog, don't turn away just yet. Usually I only post simple recipes that I think even someone new to baking could try. I don't use any fancy equipment, and try to minimise ingredients and steps in the process. 

However, Gemma from Iced Gem Bakes challenged me to make Milk, Egg, Wheat and Soya free versions of all this years technical challenges on Great British Bake Off, so these posts are slightly out of character...

Why couldn't the trifle or petit fours have been the technical challenge this week? Why, oh why did it have to be yet another dish based on egg? I don't get Floating Islands. I'm not a massive fan of meringue or marshmallow, despite my really sweet tooth. Even if you can eat eggs, I've always thought this seemed like an odd idea for a pudding. After last weeks programme, I was ready to give up and not bother with this challenge, but while I don't expect anyone will actually want to make it, I just wanted to prove I could.

Creme Anglaise (custard) - no problem
Spun sugar - bit of a faff, but easy enough
Poached whisked egg white - OK, this might be more tricky... Whisked egg replacer won't poach... It will float away and dissolve in a mushy pool. Hmmm, what to do...

Apparently, the original eggy floating islands have a marshmallowy texture, so I thought I'd just try making marshmallow to float in it. I've never made marshmallows and didn't realise quite how easy they were. I particularly like the idea of making it with fruit puree as in this recipe from Delicious Magazine (I think I'll be doing a batch this year for christmas presents too...). I made half quantity of the plain version using Golden Syrup (the other reason I liked this version, it didn't need glucose syrup) and had loads more than I needed. I learnt 2 things... 1. you can't shape warm marshmallow mixture, and 2. marshmallow would be too firm and unbelievably sweet for this recipe...

Back to square 1...

I had another rethink and in a flash of inspiration thought of Italian Meringue! Wasn't sure if it would work with egg replacer and as it wouldn't be poached needed another way for it to be lightly set, so added a little gelatine too. It worked! it tasted much better than I was expecting, but my kitchen now has a liberal splattering of syrup! Think I'll stick to crumble with my custard... 

Recipes are below.

Please be something easier for week 4...

Serves 4, with some 'islands' to spare - or you could make them bigger...


110g Caster Sugar
40g Golden Syrup/Glucose Syrup (I used a tsp of honey as well as I didn't quite have enough syrup, added a hint of honey taste)
2/3 tsp SHS Low Protein Egg White Replacer 
5tbsp water (2 cold, plus 3 boiling)
1 sheet leaf gelatine (plus water for soaking)

Soak gelatine in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes.

Put water in bowl and sprinkle on the egg replacer. Whisk gently to mix (don't worry about it not dissolving at this stage).

Add softened gelatine and mix until dissolved in the warm water mix.

Put sugar and syrup in a heavy based pan and just cover with cold water.

Heat gently until sugar dissolved (do not allow to boil). Remove from heat and put lid on for a couple of minutes to allow and sugar crystals on side of pan to dissolve.

Return to heat and boil until just beginning to colour (about 130ºC on a sugar thermometer). Remove from heat and leave to cool for a couple of minutes.

Begin whisking the egg replacer/gelatine mix until beginning to foam.

Slowly drizzle in the syrup (down the side of the bowl) in stages and continue to whisk until thick and glossy.

Use a couple of spoons to shape into quenelles and place them on a greased plate or tray. Chill in fridge until set.


1tbsp Custard Powder
1tbsp Corn Flour (you could just use all custard powder, but would be much yellower)
1tbsp Sugar
300mls Milk Substitute (I used oat milk)
200mls Dairy and Soya Free Cream (Oat, Almond or Rice cream)

Put custard powder, cornflour and sugar in a bowl.

Add a little milk substitute and mix to a paste.

Slowly mix in the rest of the milk substitute.

Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir well. Microwave for another 1-2 minutes until thick and boiled. (or heat in a pan on a medium heat, stirring constantly until boiled and thick).

Stir in the 'cream' until you get your desired consistency - remember it will thicken more as it cools.

If you are not going to use it immediately, stir again every few minutes, or smooth a layer of cling film directly over the top of the custard to stop a skin forming.

Spun Sugar

For this bit, I'll hand you over to Mary Berry herself on the instructions for the original recipe for the show...

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Baked Doughnuts

For anyone who doesn't know me (I need to hold my hands up AA style), I have a problem. I have a weakness for biscuit cutters and baking tins and the only thing stopping me buying more is that I have run out of space in my cupboard. 

Unfortunately, I was browsing on Amazon and made the mistake of looking in the recommended for me bit and spotted a doughnut tin. There has been a lot of excitement in the gluten free world on Twitter about doughnuts, since they sold out rapidly at the Allergy and Free From Show. I missed them there, but it did make me think of the lovely fresh ones my mum used to make as a treat on birthdays (we used to get a birthday menu with things we could choose from). 

I always find shop bought ones a disappointment having been brought up with them still hot and filled with homemade raspberry jam. As for doughnut stalls selling ring doughnuts, I haven't found one that doesn't smell of old fat. I didn't realise doughnut tins existed, but saw this as a great way to try a healthier version (also a: a good excuse to eat them more often, and b: a good excuse to buy another tin!).

My only problem then was whether to get a tin for normal sized ones or mini ones. I bought both... I told you I had a problem...

This recipe was enough for 6 big doughnuts and 12 mini doughnuts. You could make half quantity if only one tin. I haven't yet tried keeping 1/2 mix to use again once tin is empty, but it would probably still work (but keep in fridge to slow down growth from the yeast).

100g GF Bread Flour
50g Corn Flour
50g Sorghum Flour
1heaped tsp Baking Powder
30g Sugar
60mls Oil
200mls Milk Substitute (warmed to hand hot)
1tsp Vanilla
1tsp Dried Active Yeast (quick yeast still needs to be added to the liquid in wheat free bread. It doesn't get kneaded so doesn't have time to dissolve and mix in if added to dry ingredients)

Add yeast to the milk substitute and leave to foam.

Add all dry ingredients to a bowl.

Beat in vanilla, oil and yeast mixture with a balloon whisk.

Transfere mixture to a piping bag (could be spooned in, but would be messier...).

Pipe round the greased rings on the tin.

Leave to rise for 20-30mins.

Bake at 220ºC until lightly browned(10-12mins for large ones and about 8 mins for mini ones). Don't worry about them looking cracked on the tops, they will be smooth and round underneath.

Turn out of the tins and cool on a wire rack. 

Left plain, these freeze really well, or...

-Toss in cinnamon sugar while still hot.
-Dip in melted dairy and soya free chocolate.

-Drizzle with icing (I used icing sugar mixed with raspberry puree).

Great British Bake Off Challenge - Week 2 - English Muffins

After last week's tough start, I lucked out in week 2! For anyone joining us this week, Gemma from Iced Gem Bakes has challenged me to do milk, egg, wheat and soya free versions of all the technical challenges in the Great British Bake off. 

I think English muffins was one of my first recipes on the blog. It felt like cheating putting it straight on Twitter before the programme had even finished airing, but as Mini Monster had a planned trip to hospital this week on the day I would normally do my baking, I was very, very grateful to the producers. Lets hope week 3 is allergy friendly too...

Clic here for English Muffin Recipe.

Great British Bake Off Challenge - Week 1 - Angel Food Cake