Posts Tagged ‘gluten free’

This cake, like so many of the recipes on here, kind of morphed into something else!  The original recipe I had received in one of the recipe swaps that went around the internet a few years back… so thank you to Patricia McQ for the original.

The recipe was rooted out recently as a friend who is coeliac was coming for lunch. I started to make the cake, and guess what happened?  Half way through I realised I did not have all the ingredients required!  Time to improvise.  So this is what happened.


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 200 g caster sugar – split into 130 g and 70 g lots
  • 150 g ground almonds
  • 50 g flaked almonds – blitzed to a breadcrumb consistency.
  • Few drops of vanilla essence
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon


Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Line an 8″ tin with greaseproof paper.

Beat egg yolks.  Add 130 g of caster sugar to egg yolks and mix gently.  Fold in the ground and crumbed almonds (these add a nice texture to the cake).  Next add the zest and juice of lemon, and the vanilla essence.  This will be quite a stiff consistency.

Whisk egg whites until they form soft peaks.  Add the 70 g of sugar.

Fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture.

Spoon mixture into your prepared tin.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes.

Dust with icing sugar.




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Yesterday….. Monday morning  (I had been away from the house all day Sunday) and there was no bread for breakfast!  Doesn’t bother me so much but drives Alfie mad!  He is very very partial to his toast and honey in the morning!

This was not a good start to the week.

A bit of quick thinking was required.

Last week Alfie was given a gift of some over-ripe bananas…. and immediately said, oh yum, banana bread…. but Renee in the shop said no, you’ve got to make banana pancakes.

Right we have bananas…. and we have eggs.  Quick thinking on a Monday morning??  Here goes!!!!

Banana Pancake


  • 2 bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • A little coconut oil for cooking.


Mash the bananas really really well.  Whisk your eggs separately.

Add the eggs to the banana.

Melt a little coconut oil in a pan.  Ladle about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into the pan and cook for 2 or 3 minutes each side.

This amount made about 6 pancakes…. probably enough for 3 people, or 2 very hungry people.

The wonderful part of this breakfast is it is healthy, gluten and dairy free!

We had them with a drizzle of honey.

Next time want to have them with some maple syrup.  Or can you imagine them with some fresh berries from the garden and a dash of natural yoghurt.

And the day (possibly the week) was saved. 🙂


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Last week here in Tipperary was much more about being ‘iced’ in that ‘snowed’ in.  We only got the tiniest snow shower late on Sunday evening last, while the rest of the country had been snow bound for all of the previous week.  Despite the ‘no snow’ bit, the roads about the neighbourhood were awful, the main roads were only slightly better, so it was a good excuse to take on the challenge of trying to clear out the freezer! This was a two pronged attack, not only because we have 2 freezers on the go, but also the plan is for another piggy to go to butcher in the next few weeks, so we need to make room!

Having had a constant flow of visitors over Christmas and New Year (doesn’t that all seem like an eternity away now!), there were lots of bits and pieces of left-overs in the freezer…. so here’s how our menu panned out over the past week.

Monday… we had left over roast chicken from Saturday night, so Farmer Alfie made some of his wheat-free (spelt) pizza bases and the toppings included the left-over roast chicken, and whatever else he could find in the fridge.

Tuesday…. while my sis, Sarah, had been here over Christmas she had made St. Stephen’s Day pie a la Darina Allen and there was still a double portion left in freezer, so no cooking for either of us!

Wednesday…had been looking at Hey Pesto! page, and they mentioned stuffed Butternut Squash a la Nigel Slater… and as I had all the ingredients in I gave it a shot… very nice!  Even Farmer Alfie liked it…. and he’s not too keen on the whole vegetarian angle.

Thursday….tried out the Turkey Con Chili with a nice salsa/gaucamole recipe from Jamie Oliver.  Have to say this was really yummy and will definitely be on the menu again for next year, or even before then.

Turkey Con Chilli

Avocado Salsa

We took a break from left-overs over the weekend, but I am back on a mission this week…. still lots to clear out of the freezer… so last night it was Turkey and Ham Tortillas from a recipe by Domini Kemp in the Irish Times.   Nice but I think could do with a little bit more ‘punch’ to them… may try a dash of my Sweet Chilli Sauce in them next time.

Almost forgot to mention… Farmer Alfie had managed one trip to our friendly market gardener during the week to pick up ‘waste’ vegetables for pigs.  He, of course, couldn’t resist rescuing some vegetables for me!  So I was faced with a pile of peppers and a mountain of chillies, the result was two big jars of roasted peppers and some home-made Sweet Chili Sauce – this is absolutely devine!

Sweet Chili Sauce

Roast Peppers & Sweet Chili Sauce

I also managed to make some Cranberry & Orange Conserve.  Am I the only person in the world who doesn’t like Cranberry?  I thought it was just Cranberry Sauce I didn’t like – no matter who makes it.  But even making the Conserve… I didn’t even like the smell of it cooking!  I tried some of it and no, I still don’t like it.  Farmer Alfie thinks its lovely tho!

Also in between times last week, I made some Lemon Curd which went into a Lemon Meringue Pie for my friend and neighbour, Anne-Marie, who was having the ‘potential’ in-laws over for dinner.  I also made her my newly discovered yummy Chocolate Orange Cake (which is wheat and gluten-free)… another recipe downloaded from Hey Pesto!

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