Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

I would recommend using a food processor if you can as the least amount of handling, the better the result!

I use Dove Farm flour but the Juvela Flour Mix is good too if you can get it. I have also used the Bob’s Red Mill flour mix which works well too.

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Coconut Macaroons – Gluten Free

If you want to make something really delicious in a very short time, then these macaroons are the answer. You can make them in different shapes and sizes depending on the occasion but they never fail to please!

Just 3 simple ingredients (well four if you count the chocolate drizzle on top) and 10 minutes to put together with 18 in the oven. That’s it! The fact they’re gluten free is a bonus!

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Halloween Surprise Cake

There are so many fun ways to bake at Halloween and this surprise cake featuring a hidden pumpkin is one of them.

There are 2 cakes to be made; one coloured and one plain. You need to plan ahead as they can’t be made at the same time. I tend to make my coloured one in the morning, get my jobs done and then get the second one made later in the day. It can be decorated the same or next day.

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Banana & Cranberry Gluten Free Muffins

These delicious muffins are perfect for an on the run breakfast or midday snack as they are low sugar and full of goodness. You can make them dairy free if you need to and I’ve put those options on the ingredients list.

I’ve used dried cranberries because they are a firm favourite in our house and they are sweet enough to greatly reduce the original sugar content in the recipe, but you can use other dried fruit options too. Pecans or walnuts would also be a great addition.

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Bakewell Cherry & Raspberry Buns

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I’m a sucker for Bakewell Tart, the combination of almonds and cherries will win with me every time! This is such a quick and easy alternative to the original tart recipe which still retains all the lovely bakewell traditional flavours. The only problem …. they are way too tasty but I work around that by eating one only and putting them away till the next time 😉

The recipe makes a dozen fairy bun sizes but you can use muffin cases too but will probably only get about 8. I used a mix of glace cherries and fresh raspberries with raspberry jam for the centres but you can decide what you would like based on what you have and your personal taste. I would recommend you give the cherries a good wash before using them to prevent them sinking.

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Berry Muffins

One of the easiest recipes on the cozebakes blog has to be for these Berry Muffins. No special equipment needed and they are made in no time. I filled mine with 100g each of raspberries and blueberries but there are lots of options and I’ll list them in the ingredients.

I used tulip cases to make large muffins and got 10 from this quantity.  If you use traditional muffin cases you should get about 15.

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Gin & Tonic Cupcakes

I have a house full of G & T fans, it’s not my tipple but it’s my son and his girlfriend’s favourite drink and as it was her birthday, I decided to make these cupcakes.

I opted not to use a recipe which incorporates gin into the batter as I felt it would be a very wet mixture and the time to bake could result in a tougher cupcake rather than a light, moist one. Using the lemon drizzle method, I opted instead to brush the baked cupcakes with the gin for it to sink in and flavour the entire bun. There’s also gin in the buttercream (of course there is!) so it’s a treat for gin lovers.

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