Sunday, 4 December 2016

Gluten Free Christmas Baking

A lot of your really seemed to enjoy my previous Gluten Free baking post (here) so when I found out that Delicious Alchemy were bringing out a Christmas range, I knew that pulling together some yummy creations would make the perfect first post for December! To reiterate, I am not gluten intolerant but I know a lot of people who are and I firmly believe a few clever and simple changes can allow everyone to join in the fun. 

Gingerbread Biscuits

I think everyone's first memory of Gingerbread men is similar to mine, being handed a paper bag and peering inside delightedly. My little ginger friend never lasted long before he head was gleefully bitten off or he lost a leg or too! So I was thrilled to be able to return to a small slice of my childhood and produce some Gingerbread biscuits for this post. I think this is a great thing to do with children or even some friends, why not have a go at making each other? The decorating was definitely the best part!

You will need: 

Gingerbread Biscuit Mix

1 large egg
2 tbsp golden syrup
40g softened butter or dairy free alternative

1) Heat your oven to 180 degrees/160 degrees fan/ Gas mark 4

2) Combine all the ingredients together and mix well. You'll be left with a sticky dough which you then want to wrap in clingfilm and leave in the freezer for one hour.

3) Roll out the dough between two sheets of clingfilm to about 5mm thickness and cut out your biscuits with whichever cutters you desire. Repeat until you have used up all the dough.

4) Place your biscuits on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 12 minutes or until firm.

5) Leave to cool before decorating as you please! 

Christmas Fruit Cake

I'll admit, I'm not a fruit cake kinda gal. That said, I know it's a classic recipe and I know my family love it. This was a real hit with them and even my two-year-old niece tucked in with relish. If you're feeling a bit boozy, use brandy instead of orange juice and decorate with a layer of icing for a real treat.

You will need: 

Christmas Fruit Cake Mix

110g of soft unsalted butter
2 large eggs
75ml of brandy or orange juice
Zest of 1 orange (optional) 

1) Preheat your oven to 160 degrees/140 degrees fan and line the base and sides of a 7 inch baking tin with greaseproof paper. The paper needs to stick out about an inch above the rim of the tin.

 2) Mix the butter and zest if you are using it in a large bowl then add in 45ml of your brandy or orange juice.

 3) Whisk your 2 eggs in a separate bowl and then add to your large bowl along with the cake mix. 

4) Mix everything together for about 2 minutes, even popping in a mixer if you need to. When everything is combined, pour your completed mix into your tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

5) You'll want to leave your cake to cool for 25 minutes before you pierce the cake several times (I used a skewer!) and pour the remaining 30ml of orange juice or brandy all over your cake.

6) You can now wrap up your Christmas Cake ready until you fancy a munch!

I actually produced this post with the help of my lovely mother so a huge thanks to her for being the best model! I really hope you've enjoyed this special Christmas baking post. You can find out more about Delicious Alchemy's new Christmas range here! Let me know what your favourite thing to bake at Christmas is. Do you like a Chocolate Log or perhaps a Stollen? I'd love to know!

If you read my blog post last week, you'll know that I won Entertainment Blog at the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards last month. Well now I've been entered into 'The Digital Awards Champions' which is where the winner from each county go against each other to win overall! I'd be over the moon if you could vote for me here, it's incredibly simple and you don't even need to enter your email or anything. It means the world to me that I even have a chance to win so your support would be incredible. A huge thank you to anyone who has voted already! 

Post contains product samples sent for review purposes. As always, views are 100% my own.

Emily x



  1. I love to bake chocolate cookies and my mum always makes a christmas fruit cake, and although I really love chocolate anything, her fruit cake is the best! Your biscuits came out really nice and I love how you decorated them!!! Great job :)


  2. I find baking very therapeutic. Thanks for this biscuit recipe. Looks tasty!
    Have a great week ahead.

  3. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it looks yummy and your decorated ginger bread men are soooo cute <3
    x Caroline

  4. Oh my gosh! I want to bite the legs and then the arms and lastly the heads on those, lol. Cookies are my favorite things to bake for the Holidays for sure. I like to use cut outs and sugar cookies are one of my faves. Thanks for sharing these cuties with us. Great designs as well!


  5. What a gorgeous little blog you have - and these gluten free goodies look delicious! My other half has family members with gluten intolerances so will definitely be passing this page on

    www.Barely There | British-Korean Beauty & Lifestyle blog


  6. Aw the gingerbread men are so cute!! I need to start baking some Christmas goodies.

    Renee | Life After Lux

  7. These are so cute! I love baking and this just makes me want to bake more haha

  8. These look absolutely delicious ! My sister is gluten intolerant so I might make some of these and wrap them up in a cute gift box for her Christmas pressie !

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

  9. These look so good. I hate gingerbread men in general but yours look pretty delicious.


  10. Such a cool idea
    Thanks for sharing

  11. This is interesting! I am not gluten intolerant too but my aunt is and these would be the perfect Christmas eve desserts for us! Thanks for sharing. :)

    The Pink Lemonade Girl

  12. wow, sounds amazing!

    Kisses & Happy Monday,

  13. Ohh, the little gingerbread men are so cute! The Christmas Fruit Cake looks amazing; I think hubby will really like that one. Thanks for sharing these recipes.

    Ann-Marie |

  14. Hmmm how delicious do these treats look?! The gingerbread men are so cute!! Definitely trying these out!

    Darriyan xo

  15. Yay for the gingerbread recipe, Emily! My little one and I went to look at some gingerbread house displays last night and he seems to love them so much. I think it'll be fun to bake with him.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  16. Wonderful post. x

  17. I love making gingerbread at this time of year. Great post, they look delicious! x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

  18. Yummm! Nothing better than festive baking, right?! I've started my Christmas Cake too and what a tasty idea to create gingerbread men; I'd totally forgotten about making them!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  19. Ooo these looks so good! I love your decorating skills too haha. Mine always look like crap! Gluten free baking has come a long way, that's for sure.


  20. ooooh so yum i so want to try my hands! not great with baking but ill try to follow the recipe to the t!

  21. I am not a fan of fruit cake but I love gingerbread cookies. Baking them and decorating them always make me happy, also the smell it gives is just divine. Again congratulations and good luck to you, I hope you win (voted for you)!

    Ela BellaWorld

    1. Thanks Ela! I really appreciate it. :-)

  22. The ginger bread is a Christmas classic. I actually didn't know how bake it. Yours look so delicious. The fruit cake also looks super yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipes Emily. Have a lovely day! :)
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

  23. Thank you, this is perfect as I have to eat gluten free. Everything looks so cute :)
    Nati xx

  24. These look great! Thanks for sharing the recipe x

    Telina | Love, Telina

  25. Those gingerbread people are just so good. I don't suffer from gluton intolerance but can imagine it would be a real pain at this time of year.

  26. Wow, congratulations on that win and nomination! Fingers crossed for you. Also, I love all these recipes. Those gingerbread cookies look so adorable! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  27. OMG all I want right now are some gingerbread cookies. The smell, the taste, the cuteness of them gives me total holiday vibes. Such cute cookies!

    xx Yasmin

  28. These both look so so good, I love gingerbread cookies specially the scent through the house :)

    Nicole xx |

  29. I haven't done any christmas baking this year but this post sure has got me into the spirit of doing some, I guess that's my sunday planned!! Have a lovely weekend :)

  30. Thank you for sharing this gluten-free recipe, darling, I know that so many people out there will appreciate it! Everything looks absolutely delicious, and you've made it all look so easy! I don't really do any baking myself... I definitely enjoy eating baked stuff, but I'm just a little useless and doing it myself, haha! My favourite Christmas treat would be my Nan's chocolate cake with rum - not typically 'Christmassy', I know, but she always used to make it and it was my favourite thing ever. Thanks for sharing again, my lovely! :) <3 xoxo


  31. It has been our yearly tradition to make ginger bread cookies but ours look far from lively! Thanks for the great (not too mention, glutten free) ideas!

  32. I've been cooking & baking with my mom as well. So much to learn. Those gingerbread biscuits are delightful.


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