An alternative low fodmap Christmas cake

If you have fructose malabsorption and/or fructans malabsorption and you are really missing a Christmas celebration cake – look no further. Christmas cake is exceptional – like the Wedding cake, but in recent years the heavy fruit cake has gone out of favour somewhat. It is also not really suitable for the low fodmap diet despite only a small slice being recommended, being packed with dried fruit and made using wheat flour. This alternative has ingredients that provide a Christmas taste and is packed full of flavour.

This is a spiced whiskey ginger and chestnut cake

Ingredients

225g Dairy free margarine

340g Dark muscovado sugar

2 eggs (or 40g egg alternative if you have an egg allergy)

240g Self-raising gluten free flour

100g Chestnut flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 1/2 Teaspoons of nutmeg

1 1/2 Teaspoons of ground cloves

2 Teaspoons of ground cinnamon

2 Teaspoons of ginger

100g of crystallised ginger pieces

Method

Weigh out the dry ingredients and sieve them well into a bowl.

Cream the butter and sugar in another bowl. Add the eggs to a measuring jug and beat them with a fork, then slowly add the egg to the wet mix while beating.

If the mix looks slightly curdled (grainy) than add a tablespoon of flour to the wet ingredients and continue to mix it well.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet mix and stir them in using a metal spoon and a cutting and folding action, to not lose the air you have already added.

Chop up the ginger pieces finely and add to the mix. 

Place the mix into a greased 18cm cake tin.

Cook in an oven for 2 hours at gas mark 4 or 180 degrees C or until a cake skewer comes out of the mix clean (the surface of the cake was dry, and this might give a false  reading with the skewer, ensure you pierce the surface with a wider hole to allow wet mix to come out.)

I soaked the cake with whiskey to give it an added depth of flavour!

Vegan Pate – Christmas starter Low Fodmap

This is a spiced vegan pate starter – a really nice way to begin Christmas lunch. It has lots of seasonal flavours to remind you of the traditional Christmas. Being very easy to make it will take no time at all for you to prepare. Entertaining guests can be challenging so this dish can be prepared in advance and refrigerated till the 25th or perhaps used as a nice supper dish on the 24th if you prefer.

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Ingredients

100g pecan nuts

1/2 preserved lemon

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice

1 teaspoon of oil

4-5 sage leaves

150g roasted peppers (you can purchase these ready prepared from most supermarkets)

100g gluten-free breadcrumbs

season to taste

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Method

Cover the pecan nuts with boiling water and leave to soak for a few hours till soft .

Add the oil to a pan and fry the spice a little to release the flavour.

Then add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend well.

Serve with toasted gluten free bread

Serves 4-5

Chocolate coated peppermint snow peaks – low fodmap Christmas recipes

Just the ticket for giving out to friends who come caroling.

 

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Ingredients

4 egg whites

200g castor sugar

Pinch of cream of tartar

400g of mint dark chocolate

3-4 drops of peppermint flavouring.

Method

Add the egg whites to a bowl and add the peppermint, cream of tartar and whisk, when they are forming peaks add half the castor sugar and whisk till they form stiff peaks.

Add the rest of the castor sugar, mix and then spoon out into a Teflon baking sheet.

Cook for 1 1/2 hours at gas mark 1/4 or 107  degrees C

Cool

Melt the chocolate and cover the surface of the meringue and allow to set.

Makes around 12.

Lemon drizzle spiced bundt Christmas cakes – low fodmap

When baking with gluten free flour the recipes are improved by a ‘drizzle’- to add moisture to the cake. Plus, for this special time of year, I have used best butter! Yes – B…U…T…T…E…R you heard that right . Consumed once a year in the Thompson household but it is really worth it for Christmas as butter does make a difference to the flavour of these cakes. These are special cakes for Christmas eve supper.

Ingredients

130g caster sugar

45g brown sugar

2 heaped teaspoons powdered ginger

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

175g of best butter

220g gluten free self raising flour

3 eggs

3 tablespoons table sugar

2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of water

Cream together the butter and sugar till the mix is pale. Add each egg and beat the mixture well in between adding the eggs. If the mix appears to separate add a tablespoon of flour. When all the ‘wet’ ingredients have been added slowly fold in the flour and spices. Using a greased bundt tin add the mixture and cook in a moderate oven for approximately 30 minutes.

Add the lemon juice, water and sugar to a pan and dissolve. Remove the cakes and whilst still warm drizzle the cake well. Serve.

Serves 6 depending on the size of baking tin. You can make a ring of the houses like a traditional bundt and fill the centre with treats, if you wish.

Finally it’s snowing heavily at the bundt village – but not too much to spoil the fun!

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