Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Baby's Dairy Free Disney Frozen Birthday Cake

One thing you can certainly say about 'Baby' she certainly knows her own mind!

Weeks, months even, before her birthday was due 'Baby' had already decided on a theme for her birthday - Frozen, yes, you know - the Disney version of the Snow Queen (only it's nothing like the original story of the Snow Queen, of course). 

She had already decided on and ordered (from me) the cake. A princess cake (she'd found a picture of one in a book). That is to say a Princess Anna cake - as Anna is her favourite character from the film.

Oh! Nothing too difficult then!!!

GULP!!

Last year I don't mind admitting I cheated. Last year 'Baby' wanted a Disney Cars birthday, complete with a Disney Cars cake - a Lightning McQueen cake, to be more specific. To my great delight, I discovered that Asda sold a Lightning McQueen cake that was made without dairy!! Happy days!! It wasn't gluten free, so I couldn't have any, but that didn't matter to me - I don't exactly need the extra calories!

This year, no such luck!

The Hub did find a Frozen cake in Tesco. HUZZAH! But... it was a traditional round shape. Like so:



Perfect for a party!

Doh! 

It did come in handy though, for 'Baby's' birthday party. We agreed that the Anna cake could be saved for her actual birthday - which was a huge relief for me, as with twenty odd kids invited (yeah, DON'T ask), I really didn't need any extra pressure!!

It also gave me extra time to experiment!

You can, I found out, make some standard cakes, layer them, then carve the shape of the dress, or you can use a pudding bowl. Alternatively, there was, I discovered, such a thing as a cake tin specifically designed for making princess cakes. You don't need to use one, but I find my gluten free cakes a little more crumbly than wheat flour cakes, so I decided I didn't really want to have to carve cakes into any sort of shape. 

There are two tins on the market - one by Wilton, which comes complete with recipe and one by Silverwood, which doesn't come with a recipe. Guess which one The Hub ordered - yes, the one without the recipe... but it was half the price! 

Cue frantic searching of the Internet, for a suitable recipe! With none to be found!

Cue fruitless wailing at the laptop!!

There were two things I was worried about - quantity and cooking time. Get the quantity wrong and you have too little or too much cake mix. I didn't want it spilling over the top of the tin, whilst it was cooking and end up all over the floor of the oven - especially as I had it professionally cleaned not so long ago! I also didn't want to get the cooking time wrong, as I didn't want to end up with either cake that was either raw or burned to a crisp!!

I wasn't so worried about the free from bit - I just intended to use my normal substitutes and see what happened.

Searching online didn't throw up an exact recipe to match the tin (even though the world and his wife seem to have made a princess cake - it's almost like a rite of passage) but it did throw up a few helpful tips:

1. Insert a skewer part way through baking - to ensure the cake cooks through the middle (the Wilton tin comes complete with a bit to do this job, but is twice the price of the other tin).

2. Cover the top of the cake with parchment paper, during cooking, to prevent burning (we speared ours with a skewer).

3. A cake of this size could take an hour to or so to bake - this one took about an hour and twenty minutes! It also took a long time to cool.

4. Covering the hair with cling film with icing is a great idea - to stop the icing getting into the hair. Covering the body of the doll with cling film is another great idea - for the purposes of hygiene! We did, in fact, use a brand new doll, too - just to make sure!


So, eventually, I decided to settle for a cake recipe we'd used before (about a year before actually)! It was this one!

It took me two attempts to come up with this - the first attempt didn't fill the tin, so the dress of the doll would have been too short, so for the second attempt I used one and a half times the quantities in the original recipe and ended up with this:


Just baked! Note the skewer - to help the middle of the cake cook!

Not exactly glamorous looking, I know, but this amount was ideal, 'cos I could cut the top off, level with the top of the tin - making a perfectly flat base for the doll.

Once the cake was cooled, it needed to be covered with a layer of butter cream. I could have made my own, I have done in the past, but I really prefer this 'Buttercream Style' icing by Betty Crocker*:

Great product - very hard to beat!

I've found, from using it for previous cakes, that it works very well, but needs to be put on as soon as possible, in order to prevent the cake drying out - but not before it's cooled, or it will soak in to the sponge. Mind you, if you do slap it on a bit too early, and it all soaks in, it does make the cake all fudgey and yummy! In fact, I think it's worth slapping some on early to soak in and then slapping another layer on later, but it's probably supremely unhealthy to do that!

Next stage is to take the clothes off the doll to be used - wrapping her lower body and hair in cling film.

Then use a large knife to cut a hole down through the middle of the cake to make a space to insert the doll's legs. Scoop out the bits you don't need/want with a fork (cook's perks again), before inserting the doll, like so:


Taking shape!

You may notice the waist of the doll is still exposed. I could have made the cake higher by cutting a few layers and sandwiching them with more butter cream, but like I said, being gluten free, the cake was already quite crumbly. You can, apparently, make the cake more firm and easier to carve by sticking it in the freezer for a few days, but I had neither the space in my freezer, nor the time, as I made the cake the night before it was needed!

The next stage was the bit I found the most difficult. I used some blue icing by Renshaw. I used three packs in total. It needs to be warmed up very well before use, by squeezing it in your hands, so that it doesn't crack (unlike my previous attempts at cake decoration) which I did. I rolled it out onto cling film for easy lifting (otherwise I find the icing can break apart, if you're not careful). I rolled it into a sort of blunt-ended cone shape to wrap around the doll, leaving one join at the side. This did work, to a adegree, but I still need to work on my icing technique as the join wasn't not as tidy as I would have liked - I found that the icing went too hard to mould together, quite quickly. It really did need to be done straight away!

Once the icing was on, and join made, I used a sharp knife to cut away any excess icing - ensuring a clean line around the waist of the doll and a clean edge to the skirt. I used my icing smoother to ease out any tiny creases from the cling film, but I needed to be careful to avoid breaking through the outer layer and into the butter cream. On reflection another packet of icing would have meant that I didn't have to roll the blue icing quite so thin, which might have avoided this problem.

Then came the fun part - decorating the skirt with icing pens! I used these by Dr Oetker. I love Dr Oetker products, because most are both dairy and gluten free, but do always check the ingredients!



Great products!





The 'Apple' of the 'Fruity Icing' pack was the perfect colour for the leaves on the dress decoration, and the 'Glitter Violet' and 'Glitter Pink'of the 'Neon Glitter' were perfect for the purple edging and the flowers on the skirt. These icing gels didn't set as such, but they did remain in place and didn't run down the skirt, which was the main thing!!

My final flourish was a quick sprinkle with the 'Magic Sparkles' but I don't think they were really needed, to be quite honest!

My only problem with the decoration was time. I was running short, and only had about 20 minutes to do the job, so the decoration was not as neat as I would have liked. There are some much more stunning examples on Pinterest, but fortunately 'Baby' has NO idea, 'cos she's never seen them! So she was delighted with the cake.

Result!


Et Voila!


AND it didn't stop her eating the cake, did it?? Demolishing it in fact - 'cos she soon wanted to remove the doll from the cake, so she could play with it. It soon looked like this: 

Was it worth all that effort?? 

All that work for nothing... ah well!! I at least I feel like I've passed my rite of passage. I can finally say I have made a Princess cake.

Tick!

Phew!!

And... never again, if I can help it!! It was too stressful!!

Wish she hadn't seen the princess cakes, 'cos the other cake I made for school was much simpler and still went down well!



Please note we're still sticking to the Frozen theme!


But who knows? Maybe next year she'll want another Princess cake and I'll be doing it all over again! *SIGH*

The things we do for our kids eh??



*This is Betty Crocker's 'Buttercream Style Icing'. Ingredients link here. Betty Crocker also make a Buttercream Icing in a very similar tub, so make sure you pick the right one at the supermarket! The 'Buttercream Style' icing is made without dairy or soya but 'may contain milk'. That said, as far as I know we have never had any problems with it and 'Baby' has been very sensitive to the slightest traces of milk. However, if you know different, let me know, as I hate to misinform!



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Friday, 14 November 2014

Baking with Baby 15 - Wishing Yule a Happy Dairy Free Christmas!

I don't get much chance to bake with the dairy free 'Baby' these days - not now she's started school.

However, one thing we have made time for is this:




Well not this specific one, exactly. This is the one we made for Christmas. Usually it just looks like this: 




Because 'Baby' just loves her 'Chocolate swirl cake'! And hey! Leave the top layer off a Yule Log and what do you find??

Why yes! A generously sized Swiss Roll!! 

And I happen to like my Swiss Rolls generous!

I discovered the original recipe last year, when I realised that 'Baby' was not going to be happy with a traditional Christmas Cake. Mind you, I didn't let that stop me! Oh no! I made this one (recipe here), but then I made her a Yule Log too - just for good measure, you understand!

Not sure were to start, with a Yule Log I used this recipe from Mary Berry. I don't mind admitting that she is my baking guru - her recipes do seem to work, even when they've been 'free fromed'. 

Being a fat less sponge, no butter is required, which is great for the dairy free, so all that remained for me to do, was switch the 'normal' flour for my normal flour - Doves gluten free! Oh and make a different topping, of course, as that one required double cream. I also left out the apricot jam. 

What I love about the basic method behind this recipe, is that it's simple - and fits in nicely with my baking motto - if it 'aint broke, don't fix it!

A  lot of people seem quite daunted by the idea of making Swiss roll, and I must admit, before I tried this recipe I actually expected to find it difficult, to fail. I was amazed, therefore,  to find out how quick and easy it was!

You start with eggs and sugar, which you need to whisk for quite a bit, until they look like this:





Having started with just the eggs and sugar you can see below, you can see how much the mixer has fluffed up the egg and sugar.





As the mixture is very light and frothy at this stage. I was worried that having got so much air into the mixture I would lose all that air whilst the dried ingredients were mixed in. However, I found that it can take a fair bit of mixing to get the dried ingredients thoroughly incorporated into the mixture, but it didn't seem to hurt the end result, at all.

I often don't sift the flour (most recipes don't seem to really need it) but on this occasion I did, as it does seem to help.





The cooking time provided in the recipe is pretty spot on, I found - although I tend to give it the full ten minutes. You can tell it's cooked, not because it's golden (a bit of an editing mistake in the recipe, I think) but because you can smell the chocolate and if you give the sponge a firm press with your finger, the sponge bounces back.

Whilst the sponge is cooking, I make sure I have the baking parchment ready on the worktop. As soon as it's ready, I flip the sponge out, trim the edges and score a line at one end. Then I roll it up as soon as I can (you need asbestos fingers here) and leave the sponge to cool.

The trimmed edges make for great cook's perks ;)





Once the sponge has cooled down, I unroll it and slather it with Betty Crocker's Buttercream Style Chocolate Icing. I could make my own, but I honestly prefer Betty's!! I find it pretty hard to beat!! 


See here!

Please note this is Betty Crocker's 'Buttercream Style Icing'. Ingredients link here. Betty Crocker also make a Buttercream Icing in a very similar tub, so make sure you pick the right one at the supermarket! The 'Buttercream Style' icing is made without dairy or soya but 'may contain milk'. That said, as far as I know we have never had any problems with it and 'Baby' has been very sensitive to the slightest traces of milk. However, if you know different, let me know, as I hate to misinform!

Back to the cake making. After the icing has been spread (not too thick, or it oozes everywhere), the cake is rolled back up tightly once again.




Then, if it's just for us, we cut and eat it! :)

If it's for a special occasion (like Christmas) and we need a Yule Log, then, of course, another layer of butter cream is spread over the top and is marked with a fork - to give the appearance of bark!

Recently, for 'Baby's' birthday, our Yule Log made a great quick cake for sharing with her class at school. I made two, and stuck them together - just to make sure we had enough!



Hey presto! Birthday cake!

Sticking with the 'Frozen' theme she requested, a plastic Olaf stuck by the side and a quick dusting of this Sugar Sparkle Dust, from Asda, did the trick!


Picked this up on a whim, but I really like it!

You can use icing sugar, but this stuff glistens like real snow and doesn't tend to soak into the icing quite so much as the icing sugar does. Either way, leave the dusting until the last minute, if you can - for maximum effect!

Like so!





Have to say, the teacher seemed to enjoy the cake as did 'Baby's' classmates! Not bad for a dairy and gluten free cake eh??


Oh, and a final note: ignore the accompanying picture on the original recipe - it's clearly a stock photo related to some other recipe, and is a bit annoying - just because it's misleading!


For more of our baking adventures, check out the links on this page:

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Violife Creamy Dairy Free Spreadable Cheese

I know, I know, yet another product review, but I really think this one is worth sharing!!

I found this in an independent health food store.

To be honest, I wan't expecting much. I've tried a few Vegan cream 'cheeses' (not many, because most contain soya, so are no good for me) and to be honest, I've not been that impressed so far! So when it came to this one, I was expecting to grit my teeth and grin and bear it.

However, I was really quite pleasantly surprised!

It was both creamy and cheesy! How about that?


What to look out for


In fact, it is the ONLY Vegan cheese that I have eaten that I don't feel the need to toast before consumption - normally ALL vegan cheese tastes better (to me anyway) toasted or cooked in some way! (And that, by the way, is my usual advice to anyone who struggles to like the stuff, but is desperate to find a decent dairy free cheese!)


On Udi's Sundried Tomato Bagels.


What's in it?

As you can see from the label this creamy cheese is free of all kinds of things. Dairy, soya and gluten being my main horrors to avoid, this one had my name written all over it! But you might well be wondering what on earth is in it?

Well here goes (it's quite a list)...

Ingredients: 
Water, Coconut Oil (21%), Vegan Flavours (Basil, Sunflower Oil, Water, Olive Oil, Salt, Sugar, Mashed Potato, Modified Starch, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Herbs, Yeast Extract, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate, Antioxidant: Natural Rosemary Extract), Starch, Modified Starch, Sea Salt, Stabilisers: (Sodium Polyphosphate, Carageenan, Locust Bean Gum, Potassium Chloride, Carboxymethylcellulose, Guar Gum), Preservative: Sorbic Acid.

It's noticeable that there's quite a few long unpronounceable ingredients in there - it's obviously a highly processed product. There's also a few legumes in there - for those for whom this may be a concern!



Where can you buy it?

Well, unless your local independent health food or vegan store is stocking it, nowhere else on your high street as yet! It's worth asking, though, as most that I have visited have been open to ordering in new products.

Strangely, I can't seem to find Violife Creamy on my usual 'go-to' free from or vegan online shops. Most puzzling!


How much??

Of course, most free from products tend to cost more than we'd prefer... but at £2.35 for 200g (in my local shop), I think this is priced fairly enough in comparison to what else is out there that are both dairy and soya free (i.e. not much). 


Violife on Newburn's Gluten Free Sandwich Thins


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Other posts about dairy free cheese, can be accessed via links on the page about Dairy Free Substitutes


Friday, 24 October 2014

Let her eat cake! - On Inclusion for Food Allergy Kids and Free School Meals

'Baby' has been eating a LOT of fruit recently. Good! Good! She's been so reluctant to do so, up until now. Problem is, it's not because she enjoys it very much more than she used to...

What she'd really like to eat is chocolate cake.

Chocolate cake is normal in our house (although not every day, I hasten to add). We love chocolate, we love cake, we love the two together. Daddy likes it, Mummy likes it (more than is good for her) and so does 'Baby'!!


A Genius dairy and gluten free cupcake. Who would know that it's free from??

Now, picture this: 

I've just picked up 'Baby' from school. As I'm loading her and all her school stuff into the car she nonchalantly ponders aloud, 'I don't suppose we have any chocolate cake at home??'

Me (thinking that she's remembering the cake she's had in the past few days, as a result of her first school cake sale) replies guardedly,  'we might have.' 

I'm also thinking of the two Genius chocolate cupcakes that I bought in Sainsbury's the other day, which I squirreled away in the cupboard - well, you know, they were on offer! However, I don't want to give in to her request too easily - as (obviously) too much of a good thing isn't, always a good thing!

'Can I have some, when I get home?' she asks. 

'Maybe, ' I reply evasively, 'we'll see when we get home.' I'm being evasive, as she is a little sugar monster and it's hard getting her to eat healthy foods - sugar and chocolate are such a draw! I now rue the day I ever first gave her some, 'cos now she evaluates every food as to whether she enjoys it as much as she does anything sweet or chocolatey!

Sure enough, as I'd hoped, by the time we've done Waitrose and got home, she's forgotten. 

'Yippee!' I rejoice quietly inside.

A few hours later, Daddy comes home, and a few more vital facts of her day slowly emerge - the ones that she neglected to tell me earlier. Chief among them, is the fact that everyone else had chocolate cake for dessert, at lunch, today... and she didn't. 

The alternatives? Yoghurt or fruit.

'Baby' doesn't like yoghurt (they stock dairy free Alpro yoghurts at her school) and 'ain't that keen on fruit. Consequently she had no dessert today. Hence that request for chocolate cake.

Now, as an adult, I might wryly think to myself, 'Oh well, I don't need those extra calories anyway.'

'Baby' is four. She DOESN'T think that way. 

She sees chocolate cake, so naturally she wants chocolate cake. What kid wouldn't? At home, if anyone was having chocolate cake, she'd be having chocolate cake too!

I WISH I'd given her that chocolate cake.

She DID get a choice of dessert tonight. Mummy guilt kicked in, so she had LOTS of yummy choices.  But my heart was silently sobbing (okay, I may have been a bit pre-menstrual at that point) - for a little girl who loves chocolate cake and couldn't have any, even though everyone else did.

Thing is, this 'ain't the first time - the other day, it was a teacher's  birthday and that teacher shared cake with the class.... well... all except 'Baby' - she was given a digestive biscuit. 

Better than nothing, I suppose! But it's not the same, is it??

I'm guessing this probably won't be the last occasion that something like this happens.

Now maybe you're thinking I should be pleased that 'Baby' is eating ore healthily - all that fruit!! Well, yes, that is good, BUT... 'Baby's' had a LOT of extra vile tantrums recently. I thought we'd got over the worst of these - once things settled down, after our move. Up until now, I thought she was tired out by the long day. Casually, I've asked the around the other mums, but unless they're lying, not so many extra tantrums there! It could still be that she's tired...

But now I'm wondering whether these tantrums are a sign of something else. I'm beginning to think that maybe she is becoming more aware of the difference between herself and everyone else in her class is coming into focus - the effect of milk was buffered at home - we all eat pretty much the same. It's not quite the same at school!!

At 'Baby's' school EVERYONE has dinners. No opt out. I thought I was (almost) fine with that. As an ex-teacher, I completely agree with all the benefits of children sitting down and eating a healthy, balanced meal together (as long as you can ensure it's healthy and balanced, of course - I'm still not convinced that all free school dinners are). However, it's hard trusting someone else to feed your kid safely, when not even your own parents can manage it!! Especially the whole cross-contamination thing!

My reservations were overcome when I was assured (before she started school) that they already have children with milk allergy in the school and consequently always do a dairy free alternative of what everyone else has. 

Excellent news!! 

Clearly, however, they DON'T always have a dairy free alternative... NOT ALWAYS! I know they can do her cake - they did it, just the other week. So why not today? 

The school has been very good in many ways - much better than most, but then we're paying for her education - we opted for that course because the local primary quite clearly weren't au fait with allergies! When I raised the fact that 'Baby' has a milk allergy, at our local allocated primary school,the Headteacher said, 'Well she can have packed lunches, can't she??' 

At which point we decided to look elsewhere. 

Me, knowing that this particular school had been rated 'outstanding' by OFSTED, and that this Headteacher was very experienced and that school lunches were supposed to be provided in every school for all infants starting from the term when 'Baby' would enter school (see here), was speechless!! Never mind the, What will they do at milk time, to make sure that none is spilt? What will they do when they do cooking in class?? questions that were already raging in my mind!!

Thoughtfully, the school where we have sent 'Baby,' provide her soya milk served in a bottle almost identical to everyone else's - only a different coloured lid and her name mark it out as different from the others. They've also given her soya ice cream, when everyone else had 'normal' ice cream... It s unfortunate that this is not the norm in all schools.

BUT, the thing is, I believe that inclusion HAS to be consistent. It's good that they have a lot of stuff nailed, however, the occasions where inclusion is neglected, to my mind, equates to exclusion - these occasions are the ones which the child (and the parent) ultimately remembers!! 

And what does it DO to the child?? Long term...??

'Baby' HAS been very tempestuous recently.

Maybe it's a feeling of being different, left out, excluded, insignificant, that's exploding in completely irrational, hot, fierce, outbursts that can go on for an hour or so. After all, it would make ME feel cross, wouldn't it you?? I find it interesting that as one *report that covered the pilot studies of free school meals noted, the thing with Reception-aged children like 'Baby' is that they are reluctant or even unable to speak up - to advocate for themselves... 

It's too true! And not just concerning food allergies - 'Baby's' even been too timid to tell them when she's missed the toilet!! So much so, that she's walked around with wet underwear, until it's dried by itself!! At least one little friend has done the same!

And I am cross - for her! And for all the other little (or not so little) kids to whom this kind of thing also happens. 

I DO wonder what these kind of occasions do to 'Baby's' little soul... I don't want her to become angry, a 'victim,' or an 'outsider'...

PLEASE! Let her eat cake too... or let them ALL (unless they're allergic to it) eat fruit and yoghurt!!

(But NOT kiwi fruit 'cos that's a very common allergen and I can't eat it!!)



*apologies for the lack of a reference here - I know I read it in one of the reports, but cannot now ,for the life of me, find it!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Dream a little dream of... Salted Caramel Almond Dream

You can keep your Haagen Dazs... and your Ben and Jerry's!! 

Yeah! I really mean it!!

'Cos now I've got this:


Drool! Drool! Drool!

This, my friends, is Almond Dream Salted Caramel and I don't think I'll be sharing any of it with anyone... not even Baby... well she's got her Swedish Glace, anyway!

And as I've had to go on a bit of a hunt for it - round three stores no less ('cos not all of the branches of Waitrose that are supposed to be stocking it actually have it on the shelves just yet), I think I might just deserve it??

It is, I have to tell you, absolutely gorgeous!!

Just look at it:


Gorgeous huh?

What's in it??

There's only one problem, for me - it contains soya!! Not just soya lecithin (which, as it is a refined oil, which has all the proteins removed, is okay for me) but soya protein. 

Nooo!!! Boo hiss!!!

Soya!! I think I'm gonna struggle later (I'll draw a veil over the finer details). Looks like I'm gonna have to pass this one over to Baby after all - it's not worth upsetting my insides, even for this one!! Good job I enjoyed the Mint Choc Chip, so much!!

So, what else is in it??

Ingredients:
Water, Cane Sugar, Almonds (5%), Tapioca Maltodextrin, Vegetable Oil: Safflower, Brown Rice Syrup, Stabilsers: Guar Gum; Locust Bean Gum; Carageenan, Emulsifiers: Sunflower Lecithin, Soya Lecithin, Natural Flavouring, Salt (0.3%), Colour: PLain Caramel, Cocoa Butter, Soya Protein, Thickener: Pectin.

Besides the soya, other allergens include almonds.

Legume sufferers also beware!

Other allergen information states:


No added ingredients of dairy origin.

Manufactured in a factory that also handles peanuts, other nuts, eggs.

It's also gluten free!



Where can you buy it??Well, I can't guarantee that you'll find this particular flavour in any given store, but the following branches of Waitrose are supposed to be stocking Almond Dream ice cream: 

Abergavenny, Abingdon, Admiral Park (Guernsey), Alcester, Allington Park, Alton, Altrincham, Amersham, Ampthill, Andover, Ashford, Aylesbury, Banstead, Barnet, Barry, Bath, Beaconsfield, Beckenham, Bedford, Berkhamsted, Biggin Hill, Billericay, Bishop's Stortford, Blaby, Bloomsbury, Brackley, Bracknell, Brent Cross, Bridport, Brighton, Bromley, Bromley South, Buckhurst Hill, Buckingham, Burgess Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Buxton, Byres Road, Caldicot, Cambridge, Canary Wharf, Canterbury, Cardiff Queen Street, Caterham, Caversham, Chandlers Ford, Cheadle Hulme, Cheam, Cheltenham, Chesham, Chester, Chichester, Chippenham, Chipping Sodbury, Christchurch, Cirencester, Clifton, Cobham, Colchester, Comely Bank, Cowbridge, Crewkerne, Crouch End, Crowborough, Daventry, Dorking, Droitwich, East Cowes, East Grinstead, East Sheen, Eastbourne, Edgware Road, Egham, Ely, Enfield, Enfield Chase, Epsom, Esher, Exeter, Farnham, Finchley, Fitzroy Street, Fleet, Foregate Street, Formby, Frimley, Fulham, Gillingham, Gloucester Road, Godalming, Goldsworth Park, Gosport, Great Malvern, Green Street Green, Greenwich, Hailsham, Hall Green, Hampton, Harborne , Harpenden, Harrogate, Harrow Weald, Headington, Helensburgh, Henley, Hereford, Hersham, Hertford, Hexham, Hitchin, Holloway Road, Holsworthy, Horley, Horsham, Hove, Huntingdon, Hythe, Ipswich, Jesmond, John Barnes, Kenilworth, Keynsham, Kingshill, Kingsthorpe, Kingston, Knutsford, Leeds, Leek, Leigh On Sea, Leighton Buzzard, Lewes, Lichfield, Lincoln, Little Waitrose John Lewis Southampton, Little Waitrose at John Lewis Watford, Littlehampton, Locks Heath, Longfield, Lutterworth, Lymington, Maidenhead, Malmesbury, Market Harborough, Marlborough, Marylebone, Meanwood, Melksham, Menai Bridge, Mill Hill, Monmouth, Morningside, Nailsea, New Malden, Newark, Newbury, Newmarket, Newport, Newton Mearns, North Walsham, Northwich, Norwich, Oadby, Oakgrove, Okehampton, Otley, Oundle, Oxted, Paddock Wood, Palmers Green, Parkstone, Parsons Green, Peterborough, Petersfield, Ponteland, Pontprennau, Portishead, Poundbury, Poynton, Ramsgate, Reading, Red Houses (Jersey), Richmond, Rickmansworth, Ringwood, Rohais (Guernsey), Romsey, Ruislip, Rushden, Saffron Walden, Salisbury, Saltash, Sandbach, Sanderstead, Sandhurst, Saxmundham, Sevenoaks, Sheffield, Sherborne, Shrewsbury, Sidcup, Sidmouth, south Harrow, South Woodford, Southampton, Southend, Southsea, Spinningfields, St Albans, St Helier (Jersey), St Ives, St Neots, St Saviour (Jersey), Staines, Stamford, Stevenage, Stirling, Stourbridge, Stratford City, Stratford Upon Avon, Stroud, Sudbury, Sunningdale, Surbiton, Sutton Coldfield, Swaffham, Swindon, Teignmouth, Tenterden, Thame, Thatcham, Tonbridge, Torquay, Tottenham Court Road, Towcester, Trinity Square, Twickenham, Twyford, Uckfield, Upminster, Wallingford, Walton-le-Dale, Walton-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Wantage, Warminster, Waterlooville, Wellington, Wells, Welwyn Garden City, West Byfleet, West Ealing, Westbury Park, Westfield London, Weston Super Mare, Weybridge, Whetstone, Willerby, Wilmslow, Wimbledon, Wimborne, Winchester, Windsor, Winton, Witney, Wokingham, Wolverhampton, Woodley, Wootton, Worcester Park, Worthing, Wymondham, Yateley and York.

...Of which there are four flavours:

Mint Choc Chip (see previous  post), Salted Caramel (as above), Praline Crunch and Velvety Vanilla.


How much is it??

At £3.74 a tub (472ml), given the cost of some of the other dairy free ice creams out there, I think it is incredibly good value!! Bargainous, in fact!!


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Dream a little dream of... Mint Choc Chip Almond Dream

Stop the flippin' clock!! 

Just throw it across the room, will you??

Those of you wondering what on earth I'm on about will just have to read the post about Co-yo's Morello Cherry Flavoured yoghurt, to understand that comment, because I don't have time to explain it all again here!

I think I could be in some state of delirium, or maybe it's just a huge sugar rush, but I think I have just tasted the absolute BEST dairy free ice cream ever, ever, EVER!!

Ever since I first heard of this ice cream via various American bloggers, I have been sooo longing to try some and here it finally is:


Feast your eyes on this!

I just couldn't believe it, when I heard (via Hananh Banana Bakery, on Face Book) the other day tha it had come to our shores, but here it certainly is!!

It is quite simply every bit as good as I had imagined it would be and then even better, better, BETTER!

I am NOT usually a fan of adulterated chocolate. I'm even less of a fan of mint choc chip (except after dinner, on an odd occasion) but this Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream blew my socks off!! It's like After Eights churned up with cream. Yummy, yummy, YUMMY!!

What's in it??

Ingredients:
Water, Cane Sugar, Almonds (7%), Vegetable oil: Safflower, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Dark Chocolate Chips: Cane Sugar; Cocoa Solids;Cocoa Butter; Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin; Natural Vanilla Extract, Potato Starch, Stabilisers: Guar Gum; Locust Bean Gum; Carageenan, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin, Rice Starch, Sea Salt, Natural Peppermint Flavouring, Natural Flavouring. Dark Chocolate Chips: Minimum Cocoa Solids 44%.

Allergen information states Almonds, but an additional statement read:

No added ingredients of dairy origin.

Manufactured in a factory that also handles peanuts, other nuts, eggs.

And it's gluten free!

Those of you allergic to soya, and unable to handle soya lecithin, will not be able to have it, though, and anyone sensitive to various forms of legume might have to watch out for some of the other ingredients.


Where can I get it??

Waitrose! 

Yippee!! 'Cos up to now, they've only had Swedish Glace, which I can't have. I had to travel to three different branches of Waitrose to locate some today, but I think the trek was still worth it!

The following branches of Waitrose will be stocking it (but not all have it on the shelves yet):

Abergavenny, Abingdon, Admiral Park (Guernsey), Alcester, Allington Park, Alton, Altrincham, Amersham, Ampthill, Andover, Ashford, Aylesbury, Banstead, Barnet, Barry, Bath, Beaconsfield, Beckenham, Bedford, Berkhamsted, Biggin Hill, Billericay, Bishop's Stortford, Blaby, Bloomsbury, Brackley, Bracknell, Brent Cross, Bridport, Brighton, Bromley, Bromley South, Buckhurst Hill, Buckingham, Burgess Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Buxton, Byres Road, Caldicot, Cambridge, Canary Wharf, Canterbury, Cardiff Queen Street, Caterham, Caversham, Chandlers Ford, Cheadle Hulme, Cheam, Cheltenham, Chesham, Chester, Chichester, Chippenham, Chipping Sodbury, Christchurch, Cirencester, Clifton, Cobham, Colchester, Comely Bank, Cowbridge, Crewkerne, Crouch End, Crowborough, Daventry, Dorking, Droitwich, East Cowes, East Grinstead, East Sheen, Eastbourne, Edgware Road, Egham, Ely, Enfield, Enfield Chase, Epsom, Esher, Exeter, Farnham, Finchley, Fitzroy Street, Fleet, Foregate Street, Formby, Frimley, Fulham, Gillingham, Gloucester Road, Godalming, Goldsworth Park, Gosport, Great Malvern, Green Street Green, Greenwich, Hailsham, Hall Green, Hampton, Harborne , Harpenden, Harrogate, Harrow Weald, Headington, Helensburgh, Henley, Hereford, Hersham, Hertford, Hexham, Hitchin, Holloway Road, Holsworthy, Horley, Horsham, Hove, Huntingdon, Hythe, Ipswich, Jesmond, John Barnes, Kenilworth, Keynsham, Kingshill, Kingsthorpe, Kingston, Knutsford, Leeds, Leek, Leigh On Sea, Leighton Buzzard, Lewes, Lichfield, Lincoln, Little Waitrose John Lewis Southampton, Little Waitrose at John Lewis Watford, Littlehampton, Locks Heath, Longfield, Lutterworth, Lymington, Maidenhead, Malmesbury, Market Harborough, Marlborough, Marylebone, Meanwood, Melksham, Menai Bridge, Mill Hill, Monmouth, Morningside, Nailsea, New Malden, Newark, Newbury, Newmarket, Newport, Newton Mearns, North Walsham, Northwich, Norwich, Oadby, Oakgrove, Okehampton, Otley, Oundle, Oxted, Paddock Wood, Palmers Green, Parkstone, Parsons Green, Peterborough, Petersfield, Ponteland, Pontprennau, Portishead, Poundbury, Poynton, Ramsgate, Reading, Red Houses (Jersey), Richmond, Rickmansworth, Ringwood, Rohais (Guernsey), Romsey, Ruislip, Rushden, Saffron Walden, Salisbury, Saltash, Sandbach, Sanderstead, Sandhurst, Saxmundham, Sevenoaks, Sheffield, Sherborne, Shrewsbury, Sidcup, Sidmouth, south Harrow, South Woodford, Southampton, Southend, Southsea, Spinningfields, St Albans, St Helier (Jersey), St Ives, St Neots, St Saviour (Jersey), Staines, Stamford, Stevenage, Stirling, Stourbridge, Stratford City, Stratford Upon Avon, Stroud, Sudbury, Sunningdale, Surbiton, Sutton Coldfield, Swaffham, Swindon, Teignmouth, Tenterden, Thame, Thatcham, Tonbridge, Torquay, Tottenham Court Road, Towcester, Trinity Square, Twickenham, Twyford, Uckfield, Upminster, Wallingford, Walton-le-Dale, Walton-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Wantage, Warminster, Waterlooville, Wellington, Wells, Welwyn Garden City, West Byfleet, West Ealing, Westbury Park, Westfield London, Weston Super Mare, Weybridge, Whetstone, Willerby, Wilmslow, Wimbledon, Wimborne, Winchester, Windsor, Winton, Witney, Wokingham, Wolverhampton, Woodley, Wootton, Worcester Park, Worthing, Wymondham, Yateley and York.


When you hit Waitrose, you'll be looking for a tub like this:





How much is it??

A measly £3.74 a tub for 472ml, which, given the cost of some of the other dairy free ice creams out there, it is (quite frankly) bargainous!!


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Free From Creamy Iced Vanilla Dessert - Tescos


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Free From Creamy Iced Vanilla Dessert - New at Tesco!!

Huzzah!

A new dairy free ice cream... from Tesco's own Free From label!!

I was alerted to this on Twitter the other day (sorry I can't remember who, if it was you, please let me know)! So, off I went... to hunt some out!!


Details! Details!

It's not exactly a huge tub, there's 500ml in the tub - whereas you get 750ml in a tub of Swedish Glace... I only compare it to Swedish Glace because it's a popular dairy free ice cream, which is pretty good value.

BUT!! Unlike Swedish Glace (which I gather is not only great value, but also a good dupe for vanilla ice cream), not only is it dairy free, and gluten free, it is also SOYA FREE as well!!

AND, like Swedish Glace, it's a great deal cheaper than some of the other dairy and soya free frozen desserts out there - it's only £2.00 a tub!!

Yippee!!


Here it is!

So what's it made with, you might well wonder!?


What's in it??

Ingredients:
Water, Coconut Oil, Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Lupin, Protein Isolate, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di- Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Colours (Calcium Carbonate, Beta Carotene), Stabilisers (Locust Bean Meal, Guar Gum), Salt, Flavouring, Vanilla Powder.

Allergens:
Lupin.
May contain nuts.

From looking at the ingredients list, it is obvious that a lot of processed ingredients have gone into this product, however, what concerns me more, is the addition of Lupin. This ingredient has not been used much in the UK, until quite recently, but is an ingredient commonly used in Europe in gluten free products. As it has become more widely used, it has emerged as quite an allergenic substance - which is why it appears in the EU's list of top 14 allergens. So if you are a multiple allergy sufferer, just take care, in case you turn out to be allergic to Lupin too! *

However, on the positive side, this is a Free From product that is egg free too - as a lot of dairy free folks are also unable to have eggs, this is a great move!

BUT what a shame that, as a Free From product, this ice cream could not somehow have been made nut free too - too many Free From products are not, and here's another one that isn't. I really feel for the nut allergic on this one.


I enjoyed my ice cream with fresh strawberries


What's it taste like?

Well, here's  the thing - it's a long time since I've eaten it - but... well... funnily enough... vanilla ice cream!! 

YAY!!

I'm not a fan, I've decided of vanilla ice creams flavoured with fruit juice - they tend to taste too fruity, rather than purely of vanilla, so this was just right for me, personally.

The way I like it - plain and simple!

To be sure that I was testing it right, I tried it alongside some British strawberries (not sugared or flavoured in any way). AND before I even took a single bite of strawberry, I tasted the iced dessert, and yes, I'm sure it tasted just the same as I remember ice cream tasting last time I ate it!! 

Obviously I haven't taste tested Swedish Glace properly (I once took a sneaky lick, which wasn't enough to affect me) so I couldn't properly tell, but I think they taste pretty similar.

Unlike Swedish Glace, this dairy free ice cream doesn't yet have companions with other flavours, but hopefully they will come along pretty soon! 

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for a dairy and soya free cookie dough ice cream (Hint! Hint!)!!


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* For more information about Lupin Allergy, follow this link.