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Lemon Shortbread

Lemon Balm Shortbread I came across an old recipe for short- bread that contained rice flour, so I thought that baking gluten free short- bread might work quite well. It did! I have a large lemon balm plant in the front garden which has a gorgeous scent when you rub it between your fingers. I’ve used it before in a Madeira cake and I thought that it might add a lovely flavour to shortbread. I also discovered that, like many herbs, it has medicinal uses. It is calming and can be used to reduce stress (Kennedy et al 2004). I don’t think there is enough in shortbread to make a difference to your stress levels, but it tastes delicious anyway....

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Courgette Cake

Ingredients 200g golden caster sugar 4 eggs, at room temperature 220ml coconut oil, melted 1tsp vanilla essence 220mg grated courgette (with the skin on) 275g Gluten Free Flour Co Plain Flour Blend 75g teff flour 1tsp xanthan gum 2tsp gluten free baking powder 1tsp ground cinnamon 50g pecan nuts, chopped  Preheat oven to 175°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.  Line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. Method Break the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the sugar, oil and vanilla essence and whisk until a bit foamy.  Add the grated courgettes and stir.  Sift the flours into the bowl and then add the xanthan gum and cinnamon.  Stir well, then fold in the nuts. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin, lightly...

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

With a light, soft sponge and lemony topping, it makes a delicious dessert or the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea. This cake is a timeless classic and converts incredibly well to gluten free! Ingredients 150g dairy free margarine or butter 150g golden caster sugar 3 medium eggs, at room temperature 140g Gluten Free Flour Co plain flour blend 2 tsp baking powder 40g ground almonds 1 tsp xanthan or guar gum 1 tsp Isabel’s baking fix (optional) 1 tsp vanilla extract zest of 2 lemons and juice of half a lemon For topping: 50g granulated sugar Juice of 1 and a half lemons Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line either a 2lb loaf tin or square tin (a...

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Waffles

I found an electric waffle maker in Lidl so thought I’d have a go and they are absolutely delicious. They are really easy to make gluten free and can be enjoyed any time of day – you could dust them with a little icing sugar and serve with berries and natural yoghurt for breakfast, or you could drizzle them with a bit of honey or maple syrup and enjoy as a desert. Any waffle maker will work with this recipe, but like most gluten free things, they do tend to stick, so it needs to have a very non-stick surface. I was quite surprised to find that unlike pancakes, the batter for waffles needs to be quite thick. It also...

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