GLUTEN FREE BAKING: CHOCOLATE BROWNIE FUDGE AND VICTORIA SPONGE CAKE

11th September 2016

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sponge_4I 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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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