Lemon layer cake

Lemon layer cakeThis cake is a delightful cross between a sponge cake and cheesecake, with the lemon sauce providing a refreshing twist. So, why bother making two cakes separately when you can have all in one?

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Chocolate orange bundt cake

Chocolate orange bundt cakeThis chocolate orange cake is moist and velvety. By making it in a bundt tin, it looks more interesting, too.

The cake is perfect for an indulgent afternoon tea and if there’s any left over, you can pop the pieces in the freezer.

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Choc Shot – sugar-free liquid chocolate

Choc Shot - sugar-free liquid chocolateFancy some hot chocolate but want it without refined sugar? Want to make some chocolate treats but can’t be bothered to melt the chocolate? Choc Shot, liquid chocolate belonging to the ‘Sweet Freedom’-family, is the answer.

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Honey in cooking and baking

A bee collecting nectar from a purple flowerIf you can use honey, it adds a number of advantages to your baking:

– It enhances browning and crispiness. If you use gluten-free flour blends in your baking, you may have noticed that they don’t brown very well. Honey can help to add colour to your treats.

– Honey retains more moisture in cakes and other treats which makes them more succulent. Read more…

 

Buying xylitol

A packet of Total Sweet xylitolAs xylitol has become more popular, it’s become more widely available. In the UK there are now several brands to choose from, such as XyloBrit, Total Sweet and Xylitol UK. They all come in a granular form, looking very much like ordinary sugar. The bag size is usually 225-250 g, but there are some 1 kg bags and 4 g saches available, too. Read more…

Sugar substitutes

Photo of some granulated xylitol in a small glass bowlSweetness is an elemental part of sweet treats. But how do you add sweetness if you can’t eat sugar?

Fortunately, there are several substitutes to choose from. Here are some examples:

Artificial sweeteners
These are high-intensity sweeteners, such as aspartame, saccharine and sucralose. They have a negligible number of calories but some sources say they may be linked to health problems. Continue reading

Wheat flour substitutes

A field of wheatBaking without wheat and gluten poses some challenges, but fortunately there are a number of gluten-free flours and other substitutes that can be used instead of wheat flour. I regularly use these:

Gluten-free flour blends by Doves Farm
Some people like to make their own gluten-free flour blends, but I prefer using ready-made ones. This takes away the hassle of having to buy lots of different kinds of flour and then doing the mixing yourself. Continue reading