Month: March 2016

One a penny, two a penny

In common with many Londoners, I am rather addicted to hot cross buns from Gail’s Artisan Bakery. Every year before Easter I restrain myself and buy only half a dozen, my husband and I scoff the lot and then I run out and buy some more.The Financial Times likes them too. I have just discovered that Gail’s published their recipe online. My son had some blood tests recently, which indicated positive markers for coeliac condition, so he’s avoiding gluten. Which means no Gail’s hot cross buns. But wait! Could the recipe be adapted? The answer is yes! Here is my gluten free version. Hot Cross Buns Makes 12 Buns 400g gluten free bread flour mix (I use Dove’s Farm) 1 packet dry active yeast 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon 0.5 tsp freshly ground nutmeg 1 tsp mixed spice 200ml whole milk 70g caster sugar 2 eggs 70g unsalted butter, diced 40g sultanas 40g dry currants 40g dried unsweetened cranberries 70g mixed peel 0.5 tsp fine sea salt Egg wash 1 whole egg 1 egg yolk 1 tsp milk Cross topping 200g gluten free flour 230g icing sugar …

100 cookies

Made some chocolate chip cookies to help out with the launch of a new Foodbank in our borough of London – Hammersmith&Fulham. London Light TV covered the event. Our Foodbank is one of 400 run by the Trussell Trust, whose aim is to fight food poverty in the capital and throughout the UK. They run drop-in coffee mornings and afternoons where local residents referred by various organisations can get 3 days’ supply of dried goods and talk to advisers if they wish – on topics such as finance, employment and debt. The people who come along to these sessions are always offered a nice slice of freshly baked cake. Good for morale. That’s how I got involved. I love to bake and am very grateful for the appreciative clients at the Foodbank. Back at the launch of the new Foodbank, the 100 attendees got a chance to sample dishes from the new Trussell Trust Eat Well Spend Less cookery classes – sweet potato soup, couscous, mini beef burgers and veggie burgers – nutritious, tasty and economical, conjured up by super chef Louisa. I helped out with cookies and flapjacks from my own recipes – tasty I …