Sunday, 11 September 2016

GLUTEN FREE BAKING: CHOCOLATE BROWNIE FUDGE AND VICTORIA SPONGE CAKE


I think we've all been guilty of using a package baking mixture. While I do always try and do every step myself, there is no denying that there is something really satisfying about being able to buy packets which will produce gooey chocolate chip cookies or fluffy cupcakes both quickly and easily. I really don't think there is anything wrong with using these and the results are often just as delicious.  


When Delicious Alchemy, a company who provide a wide range of gluten free products including baking mixes got in touch, I was raring to go. To make it clear, I am not gluten intolerant in any way, shape or form. I do however emphasise how rubbish it can be to find out your gluten intolerant or perhaps coeliac. Gluten is probably in most of the food I eat so I know I'd find it a struggle if it was me and I know people who are taking steps to remove gluten from their diets and who find it difficult. I think that is why I was so keen to do this post, I wanted to show that gluten free products can be cheap, easy and most of all tasty and Delicious Alchemy ticked all three boxes.





They kindly send me the Purely Oaty Fruity Muesli* (which Matt immediately scooped up), Chocolate Brownie Mix* and Vanilla Sponge Mix*, the latter two of which immediately sparked my interest, being a keen baker. 

Something I really love about the Delicious Alchemy website is the recipe archive which is full of tasty treats. I really like that you don't just have to make a Victoria Cake with the sponge mix but instead cake pops or maybe red velvet cucpakes! There is lots of ideas for you to make using the mixes from Delicious Alchemy. Which leads me on to my first make...


Chocolate Brownie Fudge


I'd actually only made brownies about a week ago so I was keen to try something different. Looking through the recipes on the website, I came across one for Chocolate Brownie Fudge which only required a few addition ingredients so decided to give it a whirl for you all!


You will need:


Chocolate Brownie Mix

150g condensed milk
360g chocolate chips or broken up chocolate
4 tbsp milk

1) Combine the brownie mix and condensed milk into a bowl together and mix together. Then add your chocolate chips and stir for a little longer.


2) Pop the bowl into the microwave for one - two minutes, checking at 30 second intervals so it doesn't burn! Once completely melted, add the milk and stir this in. 


3) I was a bit confused at the texture, I expected it to be all smooth and glossy rather than still fairly thick. Go with this though and pour into an 8 inch baking tray lined with baking paper and smoothing out as best you can into all four corners.


4) Pop in the fridge for about two and a half hours before popping out of the tray and slicing into squares! 





Someone pointed out to me that fudge in general is mostly fine for those with a gluten intolerance but the point is this is chocolate brownie fudge which makes it all the better! The very nature of fudge is that it is very sugary but it doesn't pretend not to be. You really do get a very distinctive brownie taste which is what I liked most. While very sweet and rich, I was pleased to see people coming back for more. I think these would be a great present for christmas to pile up and wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon. Give it a try! 



Victoria Sponge Cake 

I feel like there is nothing better than a soft and fluffy Victoria Sponge cake so I didn't want to make any changes to this recipe (save for a lot of buttercream of course!). This is such a classic cake and I love that the taste isn't compromised just because there is no gluten. 

You will need:

Vanilla Sponge Mix 
3 large eggs
180g unsalted butter
20ml of water

1) Preheat your oven to 180 or 160 for fan ovens. Grease and line two round cake tins.

2) Add all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together with an electric whisk. Pour this into your cake tins and pop into the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and springy.

3) For the buttercream, mix 140g of softened butter with 280g of icing sugar until creamy! Add a splash of milk if needed. Add to sponge when it is cool. 




And that is literally it! Forgotten a birthday? You can whip up a cake so easily with this packet mix. I actually made the cake for a colleague with a gluten intolerance and she was really pleased with it, telling me that it tasted just like a gluten cake and was light and fluffy. She actually proceeded to place an order with Delicious Alchemy herself! 



I really enjoyed my forte into gluten free baking and it's encouraging to see the options available out there for everyone and even better that it's really reasonably priced too! You can buy Delicious Alchemy products straight from there website (psssst, there's currently 25% off many products!) so you should definitely go take a look!

I'll be taking a short break from blogging as I'm off to Rome next week. Everything will be back to normal on the 25th 0f September so I'll see you then! In the meantime, if you have any tips or blog posts about Rome, do let me know in the comments!

*Post contains items sent for review purposes, as always, all views are 100% my own.

Emily x

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32 comments

  1. This looks so yummy :) xx

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  2. OMG! it looks delicious! I will try to make it with my daughter. She is a fanatic of that kind of desserts. Thanks for sharing!

    Vanessa, xo!

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  3. I am sitting here at work on a Sunday at 5:30 pm and am officially starving because of your delicious post!
    xoxo, Simona and Indre

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  4. The chocolate brownie fudge looks soooo good! My brother is gluten intolerant and his birthday is coming up next month so I will definitely be giving these recipes a go! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. The chocolate brownie fudge looks so yummy! Would love to try them! Xx

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  6. This post makes my mouth drool! I'm not the biggest fan of fudge but my husband loves them and gosh, I need to bake a Victoria Sponge cake myself, that looks so good. And have fun at Rome, hope you'll share the trip with us when you're back.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  7. Oh man, these look so good! *runs to the store to grab some chocolate* haha. I don't dabble in gluten free baking enough, but I love how easy it is to make something healthier! We've really come a long way for people with intolerances. :)

    Thanks for sharing these!

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  8. These recipes look all so delicious, I think it is time for me to do a grocery store run! Thank you for sharing :)

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  9. the chocolate brownie mix sounds so delicious!! I typically enjoy baking from scratch but this sounds really interesting. I would actually try :)
    Thank you for sharing
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss

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  10. Ooooh, the chocolate brownie mix sounds - and looks! - delicious; also, very fitting considering apparently today is International Chocolate Day haha (well, according to Twitter) :)

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  11. Brownie fudge and the Victoria sponge look absolutely delicious! It is really hard to find gluten free products and when you can find some, they are not the cheapest! These ones are really affordable and I am sure they taste as good as they look:)
    Have a great time in Rome!

    Ela BellaWorld

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  12. Wow these look delicious!! Need to try this! Thanks for sharing!

    Darriyan♡ | www.darriyancateland.co.uk

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  13. These look so delicious. And I am a total sucker for fudge! I have a friend who is gluten free for real health reasons and I'll totally recommend these to her!

    xx Yasmin
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  14. That looks like some delicious fudge. We usually only make fudge at Christmas, but I am craving it now!

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  15. omg I'm supposed to be eating less sweet stuff but this makes me so hungry! Delicious :)

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  16. OMG the chocolate fudges looks amazing, I really like to try them. Thx for sharing honey.

    xoxo

    Priscilla

    BEAUTYNATURE

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  17. Oh my goodness these pictures are making me want to bake right now! I hope you have a lovely holiday. : ) xxxx

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  18. Mmmm! That cake looks so good and it's gluten free! I've had chocolate fudge but never chocolate brownie fudge. Looks delicious.
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  19. Huuum wow! I need to try those 2 recipes ASAP especially the brownies! xo, sophia from http://www.sistersandglitters.com

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  20. These are such a good idea, my brother in law has coeliac disease so these would be so good for him!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  21. How fun! Everything looks very good. I'm not a big chocolate fan, generally, but I do bake a lot with raw dark chocolate. I've never had fudge, so I may try this with a sugar alternative. Great post. Happy weekend. x/Madison
    FASHION TALES

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  22. Yum, it all looks good, especially that cake! So tasty! :)

    Hope you enjoy Rome!


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  23. Gluten free food is really hard to get! My Sister tried it for a while and there really wasn't much of a range instore. I love these packet mixes. The one thing I dislike about baking is getting all the ingredients out and measuring, so this seems like a much more convenient option :) xx Enjoy your break!

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  24. Woah that looks so so so good ! My sister is gluten intolerant and really struggles to find nice food to treat herself ! i might have to buy some of these for her birthday that's coming up :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  25. I wonder whether there is an easy way of making this recipe vegan friendly? I guess you could use almond milk instead of normal milk. <3 Either way, these treats look so delicious!! <3 And gluten free is always healthier, I think. :) Have a beautiful time in Rome, are you going to blog about it? Rome is my most favourite place in the world, make sure you check out the little romantic cafe on the top of Castle S'Angelo, it's so beautiful and the roof is made out of leaves! :) <3 Have a great time! x x

    Kay
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  26. Umm YUM! these both look so good I will be saving these recipes thanks Hun.

    Nicole xx | www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

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  27. Oh my god these both look amazing, especially that cake! I much prefer GF food as it find it less bloating and I generally just feel more comfortable eating it, so I'll definitely be saving these recipes <3 have an amazing time in Rome! X
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  28. Will have to check Delicious Alchemy out - these cakes look scrummy!


    Mind checking out my recent - it's a brand collab ft. floral bombers!

    Alice x
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  29. As the gluten intolerant colleague in question, I can vouch for the deliciousness! Thanks so much Emily xxx

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  30. I'm crazy about sweets, and these one look so delicious..
    I need to try the recipes
    xx
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