Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dove Farm's Recipe Victoria Sponge

As it's my son's 2nd birthday, I've attempted my second GF cake. I used the recipe from the side of the Dove Farm's GF Baking Powder.

I imagine it's going to taste fine but I'm slightly bemused at how thin it's turned out. I think next time I'll double up the quantities. I was hoping for a lovely big wedge of cake, but I fear today I shall be disappointed. It cooked quickly enough, but in contrast to a normal Victoria Sponge recipe this is a chuck everything together and beat until smooth. In hindsight, I'd definitely soften the butter more, but that's an occupational hazard of baking in January. (Whereas in June you'll be chasing it around the kitchen and fannying around with makeshift ice baths to spot it forming a buttery pool).

Ta-da, the final completed version. I don't think any of my cake decorating chums are going to be losing any sleep! I'll report back about what it tastes like a.s.a.p. however as W. is having a nap, I could be waiting for a while.

Please note that all opinions here are my own and I have received no payment to review this product.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Green's premium Pilsner

Dear sweet lord, may this not *excite* my various allergies.


(Available from Sainsbury's Free from section for a mere £1.99 - Other supermarkets are available)

(Or "how to get an atheist beer lover to pray - take away beer")

Anti-histamines at the ready...

EDIT: it didn't. I am happy. Vaguely beer like, in contrast to the Green's Lager which tastes for all the world like slightly sweet citrus washing up liquid.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


Turns out I'm gluten intolerant (not coeliac, praise be). So barley free living is a bit of a title change ahoy!!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Confectionary news (Says she, sobbing gently)

Sorry peeps, but the following are out of the mix for the barley-allergic people....

Lindt Lindor (Barley Malt Extract) - these were the favours at my wedding. Boo hoo!
Milky Way (Barley Malt Extract)
Mars (Barley Malt Extract)
Snickers (Barley Malt Extract)

Balls. Literally no more Lindor balls for me!

Monday, 28 October 2013


Tonight was my second attempt at making GF Yorkshire puds. It was better (slightly) but it's a bit like trying to make gold out of snots and dribble.

Damn you, pesky innards.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Mars Milky Way

For some reason best known to Mars, these contain barley malt extract, so that's another big cross on the list. Poop.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Gluten free Yorkshire Pudding

Really rather pleasant tasting if a little lacking in the rising department.

If you took that statement out of context, it would be rather rude....