Queen of puddings [GF|DF]

After this weeks charity bake off I thought I’d give Paul Hollywood’s queen of puddings a go. I have adapted the recipe to make it both gluten free and dairy free. If like me, you struggle to lift heavy things out of the oven, get some help as the water bath/bake tray they sit in during the first bake gets quite heavy. Makes 6 small ramekins.

Ingredients
For the custard:
400ml almond milk
1/2 a vanilla pod
25g caster sugar
3 large egg yolks

For the pudding:
80g of gluten free brioche (I just used a small roll).
6 tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam

For the meringue:
3 large egg whites
150g caster sugar

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 160*C/140*C fan.
2. Grease ramekins.
3. Blitz the brioche in a food processor until it becomes a crumb and put an equal amount into each ramekin.
4. Make a start on the custard.
5. Pour the milk into a saucepan with the vanilla, split the pod and scrape out the seeds. Throw the pod in as well and bring just to the boil. Once it reaches the boil remove from heat immediately.
6. Whisk egg yolks and 25g of caster sugar. Strain and pour the milk into to the yolk mixture continuing to whisk as it’s added to form a custard.
7. Pour custard into the ramekins containing the brioche and let stand for 5 minutes.
8. Stand ramekins in a roasting tin filled halfway with boiling water and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the custard sets.
9. Set aside to cool.
10. Reduce oven temperature to 150*C/130*C fan.
11. Once custard is cooled add in a layer of jam on top of the custard.
12. Make meringue, start by whisking up the egg whites until they form white stiff peaks.
13. Add in the 150g of caster sugar a tablespoon at a time, continuously whisking until meringue makes stiff peaks again and is glossy in appearance.
14. With about a quarter of the meringue fill the ramekins up with a layer of meringue.
15. Pipe the remaining meringue into kisses on the very top.
16. Bake for 15 mins until lightly golden.
17. Allow to cool slightly and serve.

*With any leftover meringue mixture, you can make little meringue kisses, which I put in the oven to bake along with the puddings.

My easy take on strawberry and chocolate pavlova [GF/DF]

Ingredients
For meringue:
300g caster sugar
6 egg whites
For topping:
400g of strawberries
150g of dairy free white chocolate
50g of dark chocolate
300ml of dairy free double cream

Method
Preheat oven to 140*C
Cover two baking trays with grease proof paper.
In a mixing bowl whisk egg whites for about 4/5 minutes until a white fluffy foam is achieved.
Gradually mix in the caster sugar about a tablespoon at a time until a white glossy consistency is achieved that forms stiff peaks when the whisk is removed.
Split the mixture between the two trays, shaping into disks, with a thicker outer rim so they can be filled.
Bake for 45 minutes – an hour.
Bake until the meringue solidifies and is crispy on the outside, be careful it doesn’t burn.
Allow both meringue disks to cool on a wire rack.
Once cool, take one disk, top with half the topping ingredients; cream, strawberries, and melted white and dark chocolate.
Then top this with the second meringue disk and top with the remainder of the toppings and serve immediately! Enjoy!

Completed pavlova!

Profiteroles [GF/DF]

Ingredients
50g dairy free spread
95g GF plain flour
200ml water
3 eggs
3 tsp caster sugar
Pinch of salt
110g of dark chocolate
400g of dairy free double cream (whipped)

Method
Preheat oven to 200*C.
Line baking tray with grease proof paper and grease.
Sift flour onto a plate with sugar and a pinch of salt.
Crack eggs into a bowl and beat.
Melt dairy free spread on a low/medium heat and add the water.
Bring pan to the boil.
Remove from heat and add the flour mix, stirring together at a very fast pace.
Return to heat and stir vigorously for 30 seconds until a dough like consistency.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly and add the eggs, ensure the mixture is cool enough or you will essentially cook ans scramble the eggs. This will form a thick smooth paste.
Pipe or use two small spoons to make a small ball of dough on the baking paper about 5cm in diameter. Repeat making even sized balls, spread out on baking paper, until all dough is used.
*if dough is not thick enough, you can use baking tray for cakes/muffins to pipe the mixture into*
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Prick each profiterole with a thin skewer to allow steam to escape.
Wait until chilled.
Whip cream with a whisk until thick consistency achieved, can add icing sugar to sweeten.
Pipe cream to fill each profiterole.
Melt the dark chocolate on a plate over boiling water or more easily in a microwave but be careful not to burn it.
Dip each profiterole into it.
I also added edible glitter for extra decoration!
Once chocolate is set, serve and enjoy!!

Finished profiteroles!
*baking tray type to use if mixture is too thin!