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Monday, 8 February 2016

Gluten Free Valentine Recipes : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas. Link up, have fun blog hopping and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post.

Last week, thanks to Delicious Alchemy I have been baking some Gluten Free valentine treats. Over the weekend we have been having a feast on our Gluten Free bakes..

Above : Some of the products from the Delicious Alchemy range.

First up I made some yummy cupcakes from their Vanilla Sponge Mix.

Strawberry Heart Cupcakes

Makes 12

  • 1 packet of Delicious Alchemy gluten and dairy free Vanilla Sponge Mix
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 180g of soft unsalted butter or dairy free alternative
  • 20ml Water

  • 50g unsalted butter or 50g dairy free alternative
  • 100g Icing sugar
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • 6 fresh strawberries, cut into halves 

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180c/160c for fan assisted ovens.
  2. Place the cake mix, soft butter OR dairy free alternative, eggs and water into a bowl.
  3. Beat together with an electric whisk for 15 sec.
  4. Stop, scrap down the mixture and mix for a further 10 seconds.
  5. Line a 12 holed muffin tray with cupcake cases.
  6. Spoon the mixture evenly between the 12 cupcake cases.
  7. Bake for around 20 - 22 minutes, until lightly risen and a light golden colour.
  8. Take out oven and leave to cool for a few minutes.
  9. Take out tray and leave to go cold on a wire tray.
  10. Wait till completely cool before adding icing sugar.
  11. In a big bowl sift the icing sugar. Add the unsalted butter OR dairy free alternative and mix until all creamed together.
  12. Place in fridge to set.
  13. Cut strawberries in half, place on a plate with seeds facing upward. Use a heart shape cookie cutter or knife to make the top of the strawberries look like heart shapes.
  14. Pop a spoonful of butter cream onto each cupcake and then a half of strawberry.

Then some bread:

Homemade Gluten Free Brown Bread With Cheese Hearts..

Cooks from cold

You will need:

  • 1 Gluten and dairy free Brown Bread Mix
  • (20g) 2 and a half tablespoons of sunflower oil
  • 350ml Tepid water
  • Unsalted butter and cheese slices. If on a dairy free diet exchange these for dairy free butter and dairy free toppings.

  1. Mix cooks from cold so no need to pre heat oven.
  2. Grease a1lb bread tin.
  3. Add the bread mix to the bowl, pour over the oil and water then mix together with a food mixer.
  4. Mix together on slow speed for about 5 minutes, making sure you mix all the mixture from the sides together. Transfer the dough to the greased tin, rub a spachular across to make it even.
  5. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave somewhere warm for 20 minutes.
  6. Place the tin in the centre of a cold oven.
  7. Pop oven on 220c/195c for fan assisted oven.
  8. Bake for around 80 minutes.
  9. Take out the tin and leave to cool completely.
  10. Slice the bread once cool, butter and cut some heart shape cheese slices out.


Cranberry And Oaty Large Cookie...

You will need:
  • 1 packet of Delicious Alchemy Oaty Cookie Mix
  • 75g unsalted butter or dairy free alternative
  • 30ml water
  • 70g Gluten free dried cranberry's

  1. Pre heat oven to 180c/160 fan assisted oven.
  2. Grease a medium heart tray.
  3. Pour the cookie mix into a bowl.
  4. Add the dried cranberry's.
  5. Melt together the butter and water in a small pan.
  6. Pour onto the cookie and cranberry's, mix and stir well.
  7. Place the mix into the grease heart tray and level mixture with the back of a fork.
  8. Cook for around 22-24 minutes , until golden.

Now on to the party: Share what you have been baking, crafting or wearing :)

To join in the fun~

  1. Link up your creative, recipe, crafty, outfit or anything creative posts on the blog hop below.
  2. Visit a few blogs on the list to make the hop fun for everyone.
  3. Please try to include the Creative Monday button or a text link back to my blog in the post you are linking up.
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This post is in collaboration with Delicious Alchemy.


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  1. What fun treats to test! That's not a company here in the US though or I'd totally try it!

  2. Ohhh yum!! I'm always trying to find gluten free anything really. I need to check these out! Thanks for hosting :) xx

  3. I have a dead friend and colleague who is always looking for new gluten free things to try, I'll let her know. thanks.

  4. The breakfast I'm eating doesn't look nearly so appetising now. Thanks for the party, Claire. Have a great week.

  5. Thank you for hosting yet another beautiful party Claire. Your cupcakes look amazing. xo

  6. I love when I get to try out new treats! Fun!! Thanks for hosting, and have a wonderful week!

  7. I love the way you decorated the cupcakes! Thank you for the party!

  8. Ahh im gluten free, so it is SO exciting to see some GF valentine's options! Thanks for sharing!
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

  9. so yummy! I'm having a brunch on saturday, so I will use these!
    Southern Elle Style

    1. Whoo sounds lovely :) Have a great time..

  10. These look so great, shall be using these next week for half term lunches with my monsters! Shall pop back later tonight and read through some more links. Thanks for hosting :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by :)p.s love your post!!

  11. I've never made bread - might give this a go sometime. Thanks for the ideas and those hearts - especially the cheese ones, are fun. Thanks for hosting.


  12. Love the fairy cakes! Going to make some of these this week with my little one ;)
    Our Seaside Baby

  13. Those fairy cakes are so cute and looks yummm - Have a lovely week!!


  14. Everything look so yummy!! Those heart shaped strawberries are too cute!

    1. Aww, thanks for the lovely comment Heather :)

  15. The cupcakes and the bread are sooooooooooo CUTE !!
    The cookies look absolutely unique and delicious - I'd looooove to grab some of them

  16. My mouth is watering! Those cupcakes looks delicious. Simple and yummy!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

  17. Happy Monday! All of your GF treats look really yummy. And strange as it may seem, my favorite thing is the heart-shaped butter :) Have a great week!

  18. Oh yum! Plenty of tasty looking snacks there Claire! Thanks for hosting once again. Hope you have a fabulous week!

  19. Such delicious recipes, Claire! I love strawberries hearts! Thanks for hosting the party!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  20. Loving all the heart shaped goodies - even the mugs!! Thanks for hosting x

  21. Oh they're great recipes! Love the heart mugs and plate! ;)
    Thanks for hosting hun. x

  22. I want to try some gluten free desserts some day. The heart strawberry cupcakes look and sound divine.

    Congratulation on the new blog Claire Justine!

  23. One cookie plate size thanks!
    Nice to see some gluten free recipes. Beautifully made and photographed too! My cooking is much messier and I certainly don't stop and photograph it.
    Looking forward to meeting some creative people.
    Thanks for the linkup. I came via Kezzie :-)
    Xo Jazzy Jack


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