Allergy Safe Christmas Pudding…
Did you know that tomorrow is ‘Stir It Up Sunday’? It’s an important date in the calendar of a foodie, as it signifies the start of the Christmas prep, yay!
Now, whilst Christmas is wonderful, it can prove to be quite a challenge when it comes to catering for multiple allergies.
I’ve really struggled to find delicious treats that can be shop bought, almost all of the ones available have something that isn’t safe for Callum.
So, true to form, I have created a truly delicious Christmas pudding that is safe for most allergens, as it is egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, wheat-free and gluten-free and it just so happens to also be citrus free!!
It also uses the mincemeat recipe that I posted earlier on in the week, which makes life a lot easier!
This recipe is so quick to make, that even if you don’t make it this weekend, it will still be perfect for Christmas lunch. You could even make it the day before!
You will need:
- 10.5oz (300g) mincemeat
- X3 egg replacer
- 4 tbsp treacle
- 7oz (200g) molasses
- 4 tbsp brandy (optional)
- 3.5oz (100g) dairy-free butter – softened
- 7oz (200g) gluten-free self-raising flour
- 4 tbsp dairy-free milk
Grease and line the base of a 1.5 litre pudding bowl.
In a large bowl, add the mincemeat, egg replacer, treacle and molasses and stir well.
Add the brandy (if using) and dairy free butter and mix well.
Slowly stir in the gluten-free flour, followed by the dairy-free milk.
Pour into the prepared pudding bowl, cover with a disc of greaseproof paper and then place on a plate in the microwave.
Cook on the medium setting for around 20-25 minutes. Use a skewer to check the middle is cooked.
Leave to stand for 10 minutes, then add 2 tbsp brandy (if using) and leave to soak in.
Cover well, and remember to feed each week with 2 tbsp brandy (if using) in the run up to Christmas.
When ready to use, heat in the microwave for 3 minutes on medium heat, transfer to a heat proof serving dish and then pour 2 tbsp brandy (if using) over the top.
Flambé and serve with dairy-free cream, custard or simply on its own.
I’ve done it, I’ve gone and posted a Christmas inspired recipe before December! I’m sorry! :)
Ok, I’m not sorry, I thought I’d give all of you a bit of a helping hand!
Christmas and allergies can be a total nightmare, especially when having to deal with more than one allergy. All of those yummy treats are usually completely out of bounds, which just isn’t fair! So, to help you all out, I thought I’d share my go to recipe for mincemeat. It’s ridiculously simple to make, and can be used in all sorts of things, the possibilities are endless:
- Mince pies
- Christmas pudding
- Christmas cake
- Mince Pie Cake
- Christmas strudel
- Christmas crumble
- Christmas breakfast rolls
- Christmas porridge
I knew it was coming! I’ve always known it was coming! I just never wanted to admit it was almost here, and now it’s getting too close for comfort!
Last week, I got the shakes just turning my laptop on. That’s never happened to me before, not once. I usually have absolutely no problem with it. It’s an everyday occurrence that we all take for granted, right?
So what made this day so different?
I can’t quite believe I’m saying this, there’s only 7 weeks until Christmas!!
Where on earth has this year gone?
It’s quite literally flown by hasn’t it!
There have been rumblings of increasing volume, regarding Christmas. And excitement has slowly been starting to bubble up.
Since Halloween has now been and gone, and with 2 children in the house, talk has been very much focused on Christmas. Or more specifically the toys they really ‘please can I, would really like, thank you’ (Callum’s words!)
Certain children’s channels on TV have a lot to answer for, as adverts for the latest toys seem to be on perma loop, and appear to be on for longer than any of the actual programmes!
So, I’ve been keeping a note of the ones that Chloe and Callum have been particularly vocal about, as well as some pretty cool options to keep in mind.
Now, as if fate was lending a helping hand, a couple of weeks ago we were chatting with a company called Wicked Uncle on twitter.
What is Wicked Uncle?
Have you ever heard of them before?
I hadn’t, and was very intrigued to find out more!
Basically, they are an online catalogue and warehouse for toys, but with a difference.
They offer in their words ‘a selection of fun, unusual and different presents for children’, many of them extensively tested by the junior toy testers at Wicked Uncle. They also provide a gift wrapping service, and can send them along with a handwritten card, directly to the recipient. They will even keep a record to remind you of upcoming birthdays each year. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it!
(photo credit: Wicked Uncle)
Instead of having all the mainstream toys and brands that you find everywhere, they are very specific in what they have on offer.
The toys are of a very high quality, and not what you would find in all the usual shops people go to.
They have a slick website, that is really easy to navigate. It’s clearly been built with the consumer in mind.
There are quirky little extras that show brilliant attention to detail.
The gift ideas for girls are shown with a dark pink hue, while for the boys it’s a navy colour.
(photo credit: Wicked Uncle)
When you select a gift to buy, you get fun captions when they go in the basket – I won’t spoil the surprise and fun, but keep a look out, it will definitely make you smile!
We were given a voucher to test out the site and order a few items, so after an extensive check of the site (I had to weigh up all the options, honest gov!), and paying a little extra myself as the choice was just too good, I finally whittled down my choices to:
- Ahoy, me hearties – Pirate Jigsaw
- Earthly Treasure – Pop up book
- Glo shooting stars
- Wire craft rings kit
- Pocket microscope – Natural History Museum
The first 3 were chosen with Callum in mind, and the other 2 for Chloe!
Each of them are quite simply brilliant! They’re original, of great quality, bright, colourful, and perfect for the recipients!
Delivery of Goods
I have to say, this really impressed me! I put my order in at 10am, and the very next day I had received the order. I didn’t even have to pay an extortionate delivery charge like most of the big name online toy stores demand.
All the items were well packaged, and beautifully presented. I’d be delighted to receive them as a gift, and I know the kids would be too.
The box they arrived in, didn’t have a scratch on it, and everything had those protective big bubble wrap blocks inside to make sure they didn’t move about too much in the box during transit.
Would I use them again?
I will most definitely be using Wicked Uncle again, and I really recommend you check them out if you still need to do your Christmas shopping, or need to find a birthday present!
You’re guaranteed to find something suitable, if not more than 1 thing!
Customer service is first class! It’s a family run business, and it’s obvious that they care very much about what they do, and want to ensure it remains first class!
The quality of the goods is absolutely superb, and the attention to detail is lovely, and very refreshing. It’s nothing like what you would find in mainstream shops!
Go check out the site now, and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed www.wickeduncle.com
Thank you so much for inviting us to check out your site Wicked Uncle! I have been extremely impressed by it. It’s been a very pleasant experience. I will and have been, recommending you to everyone. I have a number of birthdays coming up in the next few weeks, and will be getting the presents from your site!
(NB: The Intolerant Gourmand received a gift voucher to review Wicked Uncle)