Queen of puddings [GF|DF]

After this weeks charity bake off I thought I’d give Paul Hollywood’s queen of puddings a go. I have adapted the recipe to make it both gluten free and dairy free. If like me, you struggle to lift heavy things out of the oven, get some help as the water bath/bake tray they sit in during the first bake gets quite heavy. Makes 6 small ramekins.

Ingredients
For the custard:
400ml almond milk
1/2 a vanilla pod
25g caster sugar
3 large egg yolks

For the pudding:
80g of gluten free brioche (I just used a small roll).
6 tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam

For the meringue:
3 large egg whites
150g caster sugar

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 160*C/140*C fan.
2. Grease ramekins.
3. Blitz the brioche in a food processor until it becomes a crumb and put an equal amount into each ramekin.
4. Make a start on the custard.
5. Pour the milk into a saucepan with the vanilla, split the pod and scrape out the seeds. Throw the pod in as well and bring just to the boil. Once it reaches the boil remove from heat immediately.
6. Whisk egg yolks and 25g of caster sugar. Strain and pour the milk into to the yolk mixture continuing to whisk as it’s added to form a custard.
7. Pour custard into the ramekins containing the brioche and let stand for 5 minutes.
8. Stand ramekins in a roasting tin filled halfway with boiling water and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the custard sets.
9. Set aside to cool.
10. Reduce oven temperature to 150*C/130*C fan.
11. Once custard is cooled add in a layer of jam on top of the custard.
12. Make meringue, start by whisking up the egg whites until they form white stiff peaks.
13. Add in the 150g of caster sugar a tablespoon at a time, continuously whisking until meringue makes stiff peaks again and is glossy in appearance.
14. With about a quarter of the meringue fill the ramekins up with a layer of meringue.
15. Pipe the remaining meringue into kisses on the very top.
16. Bake for 15 mins until lightly golden.
17. Allow to cool slightly and serve.

*With any leftover meringue mixture, you can make little meringue kisses, which I put in the oven to bake along with the puddings.

Strawberry and Lime Gin Cupcakes [GF/DF]

With Christmas coming up I thought I’d start experimenting with some alcohol containing cupcake recipes. For mine I wanted a sweet flavour rather than a huge alcoholic hit so I used Koppaberg strawberry and lime gin. If you don’t have any flavoured gin to hand, I’m sure a standard gin will do as the coulis already has a fruity flavour. Makes 12 medium – large cupcakes.

Ingredients
For sponge:
200g gluten free self raising flour
200g dairy free spread (room temperature)
200g caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pink/red food colouring (optional).

For coulis:
150g strawberries
50g raspberries
2-3 tbsp icing sugar
4 tbsp gin

Buttercream and decoration
200g dairy free spread/butter (room temperature)
400g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3.5 tbsp gin
1 lime zest for decoration

Method
Preheat oven to 160*C fan/180*C standard
I use an all in one method for my cakes as I find this works better with the allergy free/special dietary ingredients.
1. Mix with a whisk in a large bowl the flour, dairy free spread, caster sugar, eggs, baking powder and vanilla extract until all combined and a smooth batter is achieved. Add food colouring if using it and mix again until pink/red.
2. Split the cake mixture evenly between 12 cupcake cases.
3. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until a starting to brown and a bouncy consistency is achieved.
4. While the cakes are baking, start the coulis. In a pan on a low to medium heat mix the strawberries, raspberries, icing sugar and 4 tbsp gin. I recommend just using 2 tbsp of icing sugar, but add more if it looks watery.
5. Keep pan on the heat for approximately 10 minutes until fruit has collapsed into a coulis.
6. Mash up any larger lumps of fruit and use a blender if need be.
7. Allow cakes and coulis to cool.
8. In a clean bowl mix the buttercream, first cream the butter, then add icing sugar and slowly turn up the whisk speed. Then add the vanilla and gin and continue to whisk.
9. Cut a 20 pence piece size hole into the centre of the cool cupcakes, this should go about 2/3 of the way down into the cupcakes.
10. Syringe/spoon the coulis into the holes in the cupcakes, make sure they are pretty much full to the top.
11. Pipe the buttercream on top of the cakes in whatever pattern you like. (Sprinkle lime zest onto buttercream to decorate)
12. Serve and enjoy!

Key Lime Pie [GF]

Ingredients
300g/2 boxes of gluten free HobNobs or similar
175g butter/dairy free alternative
400g of condensed milk
3 egg yolks
4 limes
300ml of dairy free double cream (trying to reduce the lactose levels but normal cream is fine)
2Tbsp of icing sugar

Method
Heat the oven to 160*C fan/140*c
Smash up the two packets of HobNobs until they are crumbs.
Melt the butter until it is liquid either in a microwave or a pan.
Add the butter to the crumbs, making a sticky mixture.
Put the mix into a loose based tart tin, making sure you fully line the base and sides.
Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, remove and cool. I cooled mine in the fridge.
While base is cooling put egg yolks in a bowl and whisk until they are thicker and foamy. About 3-4 minutes should be enough.
Add the condensed milk and whisk for a further 3 minutes.
While whisking juice and zest the four limes. These should slowly be added to the mixture as the whisk runs for a further 4 minutes.
Pour the mixture into the now cooled base, put back in the oven for 15 minutes. Cool and then chill in the fridge for approximately 5 hours or more.
When ready to serve whip up the double cream and icing sugar with a whisk on a high speed.
Once thick enough consistency, use to decorate top of tart.
Remove from base, slice, serve and enjoy!!