Saffron Simnel Cake

Saffron Simnel Cake

This recipe can also be downloaded from the IBS Network website

http://www.theibsnetwork.org/what-we-offer/recipes/

It is a different take on the traditional Simnel cake – without marzipan as this might provoke symptoms if you have IBS. A small slice of this is nice to have on Easter Sunday, many people may find that Easter eggs are too much to tolerate, particularly if you suffer from lactose intolerance. Saffron can be excluded if you don’t like the taste.

Ingredients

240g of self-raising wheat free/gluten-free flour
1 flat tsp of cinnamon
1 flat tsp ginger
2 tbsp ginger syrup
4 eggs
200g of milk free margarine
Large pinch of saffron
150g of golden castor sugar

Method
Pour approximately 1 tablespoon of boiling water on to the saffron and set aside to cool.
Weigh all other ingredients into a mixing bowl, add saffron and liquid mix, mix well.
Place in a paper lined seven-inch baking tin and bake at gas mark 6 220ºC for 45 minutes – 1 hour until a cake skewer comes out clean, when inserted into the centre of the cake.
Decorate.

DSCF1294modOther posts that you might find useful at Easter:

https://clinicalalimentary.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/easter-hot-cross-buns/

https://clinicalalimentary.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/easter-meal-roast-spring-lamb/

If you can tolerate marzipan you might want to try this recipe instead

https://clinicalalimentary.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/easter-with-food-intolerance/

Easter Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are an integral part of the Easter festivities – being on a wheat free diet shouldn’t exclude you from enjoying them.

DSCF1295modaIngredients
350g Brown Wheat/Gluten Free bread flour
2¼ Teaspoons xanthan gum
4½ Tablespoons castor sugar
1½ Teaspoons cinnamon
1¼ Fresh grated nutmeg
¼ Teaspoon of salt
3 Eggs
3 Tablespoons of olive oil based spread
1 Teaspoon vinegar
280 ml warm water
¾ Teaspoon sugar
3½ Teaspoons of dried fast acting yeast
125g Sultanas

To make the cross

Wheat free brown bread flour

1/2 egg (use the other half to glaze the buns.)

Method

This mix produces a very stiff dough so a powerful mixer with a kneader tool attachment is needed

Weight out the flour, xanthan gum, castor sugar, cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg and salt into a bowl, mix the dried ingredients well.
In another bowl add the warm water, and sugar – dissolve and add fast acting yeast and leave till a foam forms on the surface.
Add the eggs, butter and vinegar to another bowl and beat and add the yeast mixture
Set the mixer to a slow speed to start and begin to add the dry ingredients to the wet and when all the ingredients are added mix well.
Add the sultanas and mix well with a spoon.
Quickly drop about 60g of mix into a greased bun tray and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes to rise.

Once risen, mix the cross flour and add a cross to each bun. Glaze with half an egg. Cook in an oven gas mark 6, 200 degrees C till risen and cooked through.

Serve and enjoy!”

IMG_1661mod

Best consumed within 24 hours of baking – I am sure you won’t have a problem with this bit! I have not added any candid peel to the recipe as I don’t like it but you could add some if you do.

 

Easter meal – roast spring lamb

IMG_1673The first thing to do in the preparation for this Easter meal is to marinade lamb steaks for 1-2 hours.

Marinade

1 freshly squeezed lemon

1 tablespoon of garlic infused oil

Sprinkle of salt

3 sprigs of rosemary

chop the rosemary and add to a bowl with 2 lamb steaks, oil, lemon juice and a small amount of salt to taste.

Leave to refrigerate for 1-2 hours before adding the lamb to a roasting tin with vegetables (I chose parsnips, these were what I had in the fridge, but you could choose carrots if you wish.)

Place in the oven at gas mark 4 and cook for 2-3 hours or until the lamb is very soft and falls apart. Keep checking it as you don’t want it to become too dry. Cooking the lamb long and slow will ensure that some of the marbling of fat it contains will liquefy and can be skimmed off the meat juices once cooked.

IMG_1674

The next dish to make is a greek salad – we had this as a starter to our easter meal.

Ingredients

1 large tomato

1/2 cucumber

10-12 black olives

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

100g of feta cheese.

Chop the tomato, feta and cucumber and add to a bowl with olives. Mix well, as the feta and olives are quite salty there should be no need to add salt to season this dish. Serve before the main meal or have it as a side dish – whatever you prefer to do is fine.

IMG_1677

The next thing to make is the mint dressing for the potatoes.

Minted Charlotte Potatoes

2-3 potatoes per person.

2-3 sprigs of mint

1 tablespoon of garlic infused oil

1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar

Salt to taste

Chop the mint and add it to a bowl with the olive oil and white wine vinegar, salt and mix well.IMG_1680

Chop the potatoes into 2-3 cm wide slices. Boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes, drain the pan of water, add the dressing and shake the pan well.

Keep potatoes warm.

Prepare the lamb

Trim the fat from around the lamb and place on a serving dish with the roasted vegetables.

Drain off the cooking juices and strain off the fat which floats on the surface, drizzle this liquid over the meat and allow it to rest (if you wish to make a gravy add a heaped teaspoon of cornflour and heat in a pan until thickened.)

Serve up and enjoy! This meal is gluten-free and Low FODMAP (a small amount of tomato is included in the salad, which shouldn’t be too much for those excluding fructose from their diet) however the salad does contain milk protein. The meal is a celebration and has been prepared with some effort to reduce the fat levels in the roast lamb, however lamb is still quite a fatty meat therefore it is probably better to eat it occasionally. It serves 2-3 people (ensure a lamb steak per person.)

IMG_1679

Easter with food intolerance

Simnel Cake

What is Simnel cake? Simnel cake is a cake that is traditionally consumed on Easter Sunday, it is a light fruit cake with a toasted marzipan topping. The Lancashire version is a particularly fine version – recipes I have found don’t contain saffron, you can leave it out if you wish but I felt it added a nice flavouring and colour to the cake. It is a festival cake once used for mothering Sunday – see a history of the cake here

http://www.timetravel-britain.com/articles/taste/easter.shtml

I hope you have a happy holiday this weekend – despite the cold weather!

IMG_1664

Ingredients

240g of self-raising wheat free/gluten-free flour

1 flat tsp of cinnamon*

1/4 of grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp of ground cloves*

1 teaspoon of gluten-free dairy free** cocoa powder

50g of pecan nuts

50g of sultanas

4 eggs

200g of milk free margarine

Large pinch of saffron

200g of golden caster sugar

Method

Pour approximately 1 tablespoon of boiling water on to the saffron and set aside to cool.

Weigh all other ingredients into a mixing bowl, add saffron and liquid mix, mix well.

Place in a paper lined seven-inch baking tin and bake till a cake skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.

Trim the top of the cake flat and turn upside down to give an even working surface. Cover with rolled out marzipan* (or ready roll icing sugar* if you are following a low FODMAP diet – you can colour it pale yellow to simulate marzipan if you wish!) Roll 11 equal balls of marzipan or icing sugar to represent the disciples (minus Judas) and if you are using marzipan place the cake under a grill to brown the marzipan.

IMG_1665

Enjoy a small piece with a nice cup of tea!

**Milk free see http://lucysfriendlyfoods.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/dairy-and-nut-free-cocoa-powder-found-at-last/ , lactose free, wheat free, gluten-free, Low FODMAP (without marzipan.) *Ensure these ingredients are not contaminated with wheat or gluten.