"Free-from" cheese has come a long way in recent years. In the past, all alternatives were based on soya, which we cannot have either. "Cheese" like VBites Cheezly is ok... but is difficult to cook with and really isn't "cheese" at all. Vegusto is lovely, but again - not *really* like cheese, and not safe for many with allergies since most of their products contain nuts. So the discovery of Violife cheese has been little short of revolutionary!
Tesco sell some of their products, or online retailers like Goodness Direct but hopefully as more people get to know about these wonderful cheese alternatives supply will start to meet demand!
Ingredients of the original (used in this recipe) are here. They do not guarantee to be nut free as far as I can tell, but nuts (other than coconut oil) are not an ingredient.
DO CHECK WITH YOUR DR IF YOU HAVE A NUT ALLERGY.
So, armed with this wonderful "cheese" I decided to make my daughter some cheese "straws" or biscuits!
- 6oz of your choice of flour. NB I would not use plain rice flour since it will be too breakable.
- 3oz your choice of margerine/butter substitute
- 3oz of diced Violife original cheese
- teaspoon of mustard if tolerated
- salt and pepper to taste
- EITHER 1 egg to bind and a dash of your milk substitute
- OR teaspoon extra (even if there is some in your flour blend) of Xanthan Gum and vegetable oil to bind. (roughly 2 tablespoons, but add one at a time)
- Just like making pastry. Rub the fat into the flour
- Add the chopped/diced cheese, mustard, salt and pepper
- EITHER add the beaten egg and if required some milk to make a dough consistency
- OR add the extra Xanthan Gum, and oil to bind until a dough like consistency is achieved.
- Bake at 180C for 15 minutes
I made these with the egg version today, I have also made them egg free. I use a Kenwood mixer which makes it MUCH easier to achieve the required consistency as you can control the binding agents better.
My daughter informs me that she is making these herself next time. She also pointed out (correctly!) that the next time I have some pastry mix left she will add some cheese and roll it into these cheese biscuits!