Friday, 31 January 2014

Fabulous Chocolate Muffins

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One of my older children has recently been placed on a gluten free diet, however it was his birthday this week and I wanted to find a cake recipe which would suit everyone. I often use the Glebe Farm chocolate cake mix which works really well as cupcakes, but decided to give this a try for a change. It does contain soya lecithin which can be a problem for a minority of people, since it's the purified oil and contains no protein it is safe for most.

 

I often find these mixes, and all my own freeform attempts at cakes work best in small sizes, rather than one large cake, so we often make muffins or cupcakes for birthdays instead of one birthday cake.

This recipe does contain corn, but was really easy to make up. I substituted the butter for "Pure" Sunflower and we can use egg - but you could use egg replacer to go egg free in theory. (Be warned though, it does require 4 eggs, and I've never tried replacing quite that many.) I bought some "proper" paper muffin cases for the occasion and was really pleased with the results. The corn flour makes for a better consistency, perhaps a little dry the day after (inside) but we only had one left so that wasn't much of an issue! Delicious on the day!


You could make smaller cupcakes as instructed and ice these if desired. Dr Oetker make a ready to use icing with a choice of nozzles which is free from all major allergens. My fussy lot don't like the icing much though so we rarely bother.


If you are after an easy to bake, reliable mix this is excellent, all my children loved the results.




16 comments:

  1. They look delicious. We had some Warburton gluten free thins this week in orange and sultana and they were fab

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  2. I bet it would be really good fun to make this with the kids! Love the hat, by the way.

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  3. Great to get a mix that is simple for children to use. These look yum!

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  4. Those look yummy - I have to admit I always assumed if you went 'free' from something it would taste off but I accidently picked up some Gluten Free Mincepies the other day (on offer of course) and they tasted delicious :)

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  5. Not seen these mixes before. I often wonder if I could put my son on a gluten free diet but he's such a fusspot. He has autism so I've always wanted to see if it improves things.

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    1. One of my children has Autism too and I have read about gluten and casein free diets. With gut allergies, mast cells are part of the local reaction and release toxins which are soak up by the adjacent neurotransmitters. We, like many other families wih children wih gut allergies see a massive change in our children's behaviour when exposed to allergens. The toxins (incl formaldehyde) circulate the central nervous system once released and there is increasing support for the diet impacting on behaviour and even ASCs I've written about it here http://thereciperesource.blogspot.co.uk/p/allergies-intolerances-and-autoimmune.html?m=1

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  6. These look super. I like Dr Oetker too, though have not tried Helen's mix.

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  7. Really interesting to see this mix, the results look really yummy. Going to pass this on to a friend.

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  8. Never heard of Helens mix, but I have a good friend who is GF so I can bake something nice for her next time she's over! they look tasty :)

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  9. I do love a chocolate muffin - yummy

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  10. Looks yummy. It must be hard suddenly having to cut things from a diet when your used to having them.

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  11. I've never tried this mix before.
    Don't you find that most mixes give way too sweet muffins?

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    1. If I'm honest most freefrom food is too sweet unless homemade. Removing proteins removes flavour which gets replaced by sugar :S

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  12. Ooooh, they look DELISH! That is one mix I would love to try. I know no mix quite lives up to from-scratch standard but it's fun to have in the cupboard for lazy weekends x

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