Gluten and Dairy Free Rainbow Cake

Gluten and Dairy Free Rainbow Cake

Here is my recipe for a Gluten and Dairy Free Rainbow Cake which can be decorated any way you like once the sponges and buttercream have been made. This really tasted delicious and would make a great birthday cake for any rainbow cake fan who needs a GF and DF cake.
Gluten and Dairy Free Rainbow Cake

It was Jenson’s 7th birthday a couple of weeks ago, and the weekend before his actual birthday (which fell on Good Friday this year), he had a joint party with his friend Holly with whom he shares the same birthday. Holly cannot eat foods which contain gluten and dairy, and as I offered to make the birthday cake, I decided to have a go at making a Gluten and Dairy Free Rainbow Cake.

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Gluten and Sugar Free Bircher Muesli Cookies

Gluten and Sugar Free Bircher Muesli Cookies

These tasty little Gluten and Sugar Free Bircher Muesli Cookies are very easy to make and perfect lunch box or after school snacks for your children (or yourself as an elevenses treat!)

Gluten and Sugar Free Bircher Muesli Cookies

Having received my new Degustabox UK parcel yesterday, I decided to do some baking this afternoon while the boys were at after school club, and rustle up a little snack for their return home.

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Cauliflower Chilli Con Carne

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Cauliflower Chilli Con Carne is a delicious veggie chilli con carne which uses cauliflower and lentils in place of meat or a meat substitute such as Quorn mince. It was made in a slow cooker which helps cook the vegetables and lentils to perfection. 

With the over indulgence of Easter now behind us (although it was a lot of tasty fun while it lasted!), I thought I would go with a healthy cake free recipe for a change this week. 

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes

These Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes are lovely and fluffy and easy to make and are covered with a dairy free salted caramel sauce, and topped with some gluten and dairy free chocolate covered banana chips.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes

With pancake day almost upon us, I thought I would have a go at making pancakes which were a lot less fussy and fancy than the Unicorn Pancakes I featured on my blog earlier this week. I also thought it would be nice to make some healthier ones which were gluten and dairy free.

I still had some polenta in my cupboard leftover from when I made my Chocolate Orange Drizzle Polenta Cake , so I wondered if it were possible to make pancakes using this in place of flour.

Guess what? It is possible and although the batter is very claggy and a little tricky to work with, the resulting pancakes were fluffy and light and quite tasty actually. I added some dairy free Koko milk to the batter which is why these are also dairy free, and I also used the Koko to make a salted caramel sauce to pour over these pancakes.

I added some vegan (also GF and DF) chocolate coated banana chips too, as I had been sent some in my Degustabox this month (along with the Koko) and thought they might be nice served with the pancakes. Equally, sliced fresh banana would also work and be delicious.

Here are the naked pancakes before the sauce was added

They were fairly easy to make and it is always pleasing when a baking experiment works – which these pancakes definitely were!

I made the pancakes on a Breville Crepe Maker (review can be found here ) but of course they can be made in a good non stick frying pan. 

With regards to the dairy free salted caramel sauce, as a rule this should be made using double cream, so by using there Koko milk it was not as thick or rich as it could be, but it still tasted lovely. 

Here is the recipe for these Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes
 
American style pancakes made from Polenta instead of flour and with Koko dairy free coconut milk making these both Gluten and Dairy Free
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Ingredients
  • *For then pancakes*
  • 1 cup of polenta (235g)
  • 1.5 cups of Koko Dairy Free coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract/essence
  • Frylight or a little oil
  • *For the salted caramel sauce*
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 50ml Koko Dairy Free coconut milk
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. *For the Pancakes*
  2. I used my Breville Crepe maker - but if you do not have one of these, then use a non stick frying pan on the hob instead
  3. To make the batter:
  4. Separate the egg whites from the yolks, and place the yolks into a large mixing bowl and the whites into a clean bowl and whisk until stiff peaks are formed
  5. In to the egg yolks, add the polenta, vanilla, baking powder and Koko and beat well to make a batter - be warned, the mixture will be quite thick and claggy
  6. Using a metal spoon, fold in the egg whites as lightly as you can
  7. Take your pancake pan (or in my case crepe maker) and wipe with a little oil to make the base even more non stick
  8. Using a table spoon, place spoonfuls of the mixture onto the pan, and spread out a little if you are able to, and cook own each side until golden and cooked (approx 60-90 secs both side depending on the thickness)
  9. You should get at least 6 pancakes
  10. Stack them up onto a plate
  11. Then pour over your salted caramel sauce:
  12. *For the Salted Dairy Free Caramel sauce *
  13. Put the sugar and salt into a heavy-based saucepan ,
  14. Add the water and then place over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  15. Then increase the heat and bubble for 3-4 mins until you have caramel. Take care not to burn the sauce!
  16. Remove from the heat, and pour into a large pyrex bowl (for safety reasons and to stop the sauce form continuing to cook)
  17. VERY carefully stir in the Koko milk
  18. Leave the sauce to cool, and then pour over your pancakes and add some chocolate coated banana chips, if you wish or fresh banana slices would be delicious too.

 

Yummy!

I was sent a Degustabox Uk as part of my on going role as a reviewer.

 

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