Best ever gluten free scone recipe – no word of a lie

Best ever gluten free scone recipe – no word of a lie

I came across this recipe in Phil Vickery’s Seriously Good Gluten Free cook book and have used many times for ourselves or for when guests are calling. The scones are light, fluffy and you can have them on the table in half an hour start to finish.

I use Phil’s recipe with a few tiny tweaks.  I like larger scones so rather than making 12 small ones, I usually get 6 -8 larger ones from this recipe. Read, bake and enjoy!

What you need

300g Gluten Free Plain Flour (I’m loving Aldi’s at the moment)

2 Tsp Xanthum Gum

4 Tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder

1 Tbsp Sugar

100g Softened Butter

2 eggs

125ml Milk

Pinch of Salt

Jam and Cream to serve

This is how we do it

  1. Mix your dry ingredients (flour, xanthum gum, baking powder, sugar, salt) together into a bowl
  2. Add the butter and mix with your fingertips to form a breadcrumb texture. Put a well in the center
  3. Mix the eggs and milk together in a jug and add to the center of the butter/flour mixture
  4. Mix well with a wooden spoon to form a batter
  5. If you find the batter is a little wet, add a couple of tablespoons of flour to the mix and go again
  6. Lightly flour a work surface and turn out the scone batter. Flatten it by hand until it’s about 2/3 cm thick.
  7. Using a cutter (I use a standard ramekin, just as easy) – cut out your scones
  8. Line up on a greased and very lightly floured baking tray – use whatever is left in your milk/egg mix in the jug to eggwash the scones
  9. Bake at 220C for 8-10 mins until golden brown. You’ll know they are done if when you tap the bottom it sounds hollow.
  10. Leave to cool for a few minutes and serve with cream and jam.

If you have any leftover (unlikely!), these keep well in an air tight container for 24 hours and can be warmed for maybe 20 seconds in the microwave. They are better eaten fresh though.



New gluten free range from O’Hehirs Bakery

New gluten free range from O’Hehirs Bakery

O’Hehirs Bakery originated in Sligo over 30 years ago and now has 14 Bakery cafes located down the Western Seaboard and across the Midlands. They saw a customer demand for a gluten free range  in recent times and after 2 years of trial and error have launched a range of products. The produce is baked centrally in Sligo in a separate bakery to avoid cross contamination and the breads are made fresh nightly.

ohehirstoastieThey kindly sent me some samples of their products and boy was I impressed. The vienna bread in particular is very close to a traditional vienna – look at the toasties my husband made and I defy you not to salivate!

What was great about the breads was that they had a lovely soft texture and didn’t taste mealy like a lot of gluten free breads can. They also stayed reasonably fresh for up to 5 days.


ohehirsbakewellThe cake selection was equally delicious and when shared out amongst a number of friends and family, they wouldn’t have known they were gluten free unless I had told them. For me the raspberry bakewell slices were the real stars of the show – moist, moreish and not at all crumbly.



Price list is as follows

  • Chocolate & Coffee Gateauxs – €10 each
  • Vienna Breads – €3.50 each
  • Bread Rolls – €2 each
  • Brownie & Raspberry Bakewell Slices – €4 each

O’Hehirs have locations in Letterkenny, Donegal, Sligo, Claremorris, Ballina, Westport, Galway, Athlone, Mullingar and Longford.

Irish Freefrom Food Awards 2016 – Congrats winners!

Irish Freefrom Food Awards 2016 – Congrats winners!

Pictured at the 2016 FreeFrom Food Awards Ireland, is Emma Clarke Conway, FreeFrom Food Awards Coodinator, Claire Hunter, Rule Of Crumb and winner of Product of the Year, John Burke, Founder, FreeFrom Food Awards Ireland and Maria McHale, Editor, Slainte Magazine.

I was asked to join the judging panel for the inaugural awards earlier this year and was delighted to oblige in April. The awards ceremony took place last night with over 120 awards handed out to producers from Ireland, Northern Ireland and around Europe. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it myself as I have a 4 week old baby to entertain but I understand it was a fantastic night.

We have some amazing homegrown Gluten Free food here in Ireland – congratulations to all the winners – full listing below! For more information on the awards, visit the official website.




(Northern Ireland)





GOLD DAURA Damm (Spain)

SILVER CELIA Premium Czech Dark Lager (UK & Czech)

BRONZE 9 WHITE DEER Saor Gluten Free Beer (Ireland)


GOLD SUPERVALU Lactose Free Milk (Ireland)

SILVER KOKO Dairy Free Original + Calcium (UK)

BRONZE ALPRO Almond Unsweetened (UK)

CATEGORY – BISCUITS & COOKIES ***This category has a double bronze award***

GOLD THE FOODS OF ATHENRY Belgium Chocolate Orange Biscuit Cake (Ireland)

SILVER BIA GANBREISE Gookies – Cranberry & White Chocolate (Ireland)

BRONZE ALDI Specially Selected – GF Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies (Ireland)

BRONZE LIDL Just Free – Caramel Shortcake (Ireland)


GOLD KELKIN Multiseed Sourdough Bread (Ireland)

SILVER FRIA Grova Dark Loaf with Linseed (Sweden)

BRONZE PURE BRED Multigrain Farmhouse Loaf (Ireland)


GOLD JUVELA Gluten Free White Mix (UK)

SILVER ODLUMS Gluten Free Tritamyl White Bread Mix (Ireland)

BRONZE JUVELA Gluten Free Fibre Mix (UK)


GOLD RULE OF CRUMB Part Baked Bread Roll (Northern Ireland)

SILVER BFREE Stone Baked Pitta Breads (Ireland)

BRONZE CRUST & CRUMB Delicio Gluten Free Thin & Crispy Garlic Bread (Northern Ireland)


GOLD HODGINS Gluten Free Black Pudding (Ireland)

SILVER ALPRO Go On – Blackcurrant (UK)

BRONZE DUNNES STORES Gluten Free Sausages (Ireland)


GOLD HOMESPUN FOODS Quinoa Crunch – Pecan & Cranberry (Ireland)

SILVER NESTLE Gluten Free Corn Flakes (Global)

BRONZE MARIA LUCIA BAKES Cranberry, Coconut and Chia Seed Granola (Ireland)


GOLD FRIA Swedish Brownie Cake (Sweden)

SILVER FRIA Chocolate Muffins (Sweden)

BRONZE PURE BRED Gluten Free Lemon Mini Muffins (Ireland)


GOLD WILDBERRY BAKERY Orange & Almond Cake (Ireland)

SILVER WILDBERRY BAKERY Lemon & Raspberry Cake (Ireland)

BRONZE THE GLUTEN FREE KITCHEN CO. Gluten Free Chocolate Eclairs (Ireland)


GOLD NATURE’S OILS Burger Sauce (Ireland)

SILVER SING LI Curry Mix (Ireland)



GOLD JANET’S JUST DELICIOUS Scrummy Plum Chutney (Ireland)

SILVER SPICE DEVILS Daube Tropical (Ireland)

BRONZE REBEL CHILLI Jalapeno & Raspberry Jelly (Ireland)


GOLD MIENAS Chocolate Hazelnut & Cranberry Nougat (Ireland)

SILVER BRODERICKS Gluten Free Road Rocking Choc Choc Block (Ireland)

BRONZE MIENAS Almond & Pistachio Nougat (Ireland)


GOLD MOO FREE Bunnycomb Mini Moos (UK)

SILVER ELIZABETH SHAW Mint Crisp Dark Chocolates (UK)

BRONZE MAGIC MAYAN Always Almond (Ireland)


GOLD THE FOODS OF ATHENRY Cranberry & Hazelnut Soda Bread Toasts (Ireland)

SILVER KENT & FRASER Olive, Walnut & Pimenton Toasts (UK)

BRONZE THE FOODS OF ATHENRY Multiseed & Cumin Soda Bread Toasts (Ireland)


GOLD TAYTO Bistro – Crushed Sea Salt & Aged Vinegar Crisps (Ireland)

SILVER CAVEMAN GRUB No-Grain-O-La Bar (Ireland)

BRONZE O’DONNELLS Sweet Chilli Flavoured Crisps (Ireland)


GOLD RULE OF CRUMB Gluten Free Salted Caramel & Chocolate Profiteroles (Northern Ireland)

SILVER GRANNY’S TRADITIONAL Christmas Pudding Ice Cream (Ireland)

BRONZE THE FOODS OF ATHENRY Christmas Pudding (Ireland)


GOLD REBEL CHILLI Green Chilli – Lemongrass & Ginger (Ireland)

SILVER REBEL CHILLI Red Chilli – Lemongrass & Ginger (Ireland)



GOLD DUNNES STORES Breaded Haddock Goujons (by Atlantis Seafoods) (Ireland)

SILVER DUNNES STORES Breaded Smoked Haddock Fillets (by Atlantis Seafoods) (Ireland)

BRONZE DUNNES STORES Breaded Hake Fillets (by Atlantis Seafoods) (Ireland)



SILVER DOVES FARM Plain White Flour (UK)

BRONZE DENISE’S DELICIOUS Sweet Pastry Mix (Ireland)



SILVER BFREE Multigrain Wraps – Quinoa & Chia Seed (Ireland)

BRONZE ILUMI Singapore Style Pot Noodle (UK)


GOLD DOHERTYS Gluten Free Cocktails Sausages (Ireland)

SILVER GOODNESS GRAINS Gluten Free Lemon Muffin (Ireland)

BRONZE LARGO FOODS Pombear (Original) (Ireland)

CATEGORY – LONG LIFE ***Kelkin Multiseed Sourdough Bread – 2nd GOLD for this product)

***ALPRO Almond Unsweetened – 2nd BRONZE for this product)

GOLD KELKIN Multiseed Sourdough Bread (Ireland)


BRONZE ALPRO Almond Unsweetened (UK)


GOLD DEE’S WHOLEFOODS Leek & Onion Sausages (Ireland)

SILVER MASH DIRECT Vegetable Burgers (Northern Ireland)

BRONZE BUTE ISLAND FOODS Greek Style Sheese (Scotland)


GOLD MALLONS Low Fat & Gluten Free Garlic & Herb Pork Sausages (Ireland)

SILVER DOHERTY’S Gluten Free & Wheat Free Beefburgers (Ireland)

BRONZE WOW Steakburger (Ireland)


GOLD GREENE FARM FOODS Torn For Taste – Fajita Beef (Ireland)

SILVER GREENE FARM FOODS Cajun Chicken Breast (Ireland)

BRONZE GREENE FARM FOODS Roast Topside Beef (Ireland)


GOLD DUNNES STORES Chicken Kiev (by Shannon Vale Foods) (Ireland)

SILVER SUPERVALU Chicken Goujons (Ireland)

BRONZE WOW Sweet Chilli & Garlic Turkey Sausage (Ireland)


GOLD LIDL Just Free – Margherita Pizza (Ireland)

SILVER PIZZADO Gluten Free Pizza Kits (Northern Ireland)

BRONZE GOODFELLAS Margherita Pizza (Ireland)


GOLD THE FOODS OF ATHENRY High Omega Granola (Ireland)

SILVER HOMESPUN FOODS Quinoa Crunch – Goji Berry, Cashew & Coconut (Ireland)



GOLD MASH DIRECT Potato Croquettes (Northern Ireland)

SILVER JUST GREAT MASH Kale & Chive (Ireland)

BRONZE THE FARMERS DAUGHTER Burger With Red Onion (Ireland)


GOLD KELKIN Multigrain Corncakes with Quinoa & Flaxseed (Ireland)

SILVER KELKIN Dark Chocolate & Orange Rice Cake Thins (Ireland)

BRONZE KELKIN Dark Chocolate Mint Rice Cakes (Ireland)


GOLD KAREN’S CUISINE Chasseur Sauce (Ireland)

SILVER SPICE DEVILS Twisted Creole (Ireland)

BRONZE DAN & MONSTRO Curry Sauce (Ireland)


GOLD KAREN’S CUISINE Reform Sauce (Ireland)


BRONZE TASTE OF GOODNESS Garlic Mayonnaise Sauce (Ireland)

CATEGORY – SEASONAL *** Granny’s Traditional Christmas Pudding Ice Cream also won Silver in Puddings & Desserts

GOLD GRANNY’S TRADITIONAL Christmas Pudding Ice Cream (Ireland)

SILVER KEOGH’S Roast Turkey & Secret Stuffing Crisps (Ireland)



GOLD FUSION & STREET Taste of Mumbai – Chicken Soup With Garam Masala Spices

SILVER SECRET RECIPE Crosshaven Seafood Chower (Ireland)

BRONZE FUSION & STREET Taste of Rio – Tomato Soup With Chorizo, Peppers & Black Eyed Peas & Basmati Rice (Ireland)


GOLD ART OF ZEN Vegan Egg (By Follow Your Heart) (USA TBC)

SILVER BUTE ISLAND FOODS Spring Onion & Cracked Pepper Sheese (Scotland)

BRONZE PLAMIL Chocolate Orange Spread (UK TBC)


GOLD ALDI Has No – Gluten Free White Bread (Ireland)

SILVER ALDI Has No – Coffee Cake (Ireland)

BRONZE LIDL Just Free – White Rolls (Ireland)



There’s a new gluten free bakery in town – Mannings Bakery

There’s a new gluten free bakery in town – Mannings Bakery

I was recently contacted by Mannings about the official launch of their gluten free bakery, which is trading under the name The Liberty Baker. Mannings are already an institution in Dublin 8 for their cakes as well as their sandwiches/salads in the cafe, so a gluten free bakery is another string to add to their bow.

They kindly sent me a hamper of goodies to sample last week. Thank god I’m 6 months pregnant and have *some* sort of excuse for savaging the lot over the weekend (with a little help from friends and family!).


manningstartEverything was absolutely delicious and I was particularly impressed with the apple tart which is a hard one to get right with GF pastry.  I also tried their chocolate cake, biscuit cake, muffins  and cookies, you can see a full selection of their GF offering at the link above. I know where I’ll be going the next time I need an occasional dessert, the black forest gateaux pics on their website look ah-maz-ing.



To ease any cross contamination concerns, I can confirm Mannings are operating their GF operation from a dedicated kitchen and only need 48 hours notice for their gluten free cakes. You can visit Mannings on Thomas street or at one of their concessions in Tallaght or Blanchardstown shopping centre. Full contact info is on their website.

Guest Post – Gluten Free takeaways in Dublin

Guest Post – Gluten Free takeaways in Dublin

In the words of the wonderful and slightly overrated Adele, hello from the other side (of my computer).

It has been a while…. life has gotten in the way of blogging recently (stupid real life!!). Thankfully, Sean Markey from noticed this and offered to do a guest post on a subject close to his heart (and let’s face it, all of our hearts) TAKEAWAYS.

I’ve blogged about getting your takeaway fix in Dublin before but it’s always good to get another persons perspective and pick up some tips so, without further adieu, I will hand you over to Sean.


Picture the scene; you’ve invited a bunch of friends over to your place for a long overdue get-together. The catch up banter is great and there’s plenty of liquor to go around, but now it’s feeding time and the assorted table snacks that you’ve laid out just aren’t going to cut it! There’s only one thing that is going to fill this food shaped hole in everyone’s bellies and that is a big ol’ takeaway feed!

As any coeliac will tell you, finding good gluten free takeaways in your area that’ll please everyone can be a bit tricky, but this blog post should help make things a little bit easier for you. Of course, most takeaways have some gluten free options and there’s lots of nice stuff that’s gluten free by its very nature, but you still need to be very careful when ordering from takeaways that don’t operate with a gluten free philosophy first and foremost. A lot of foods like chips and rice noodles are meant to be free of gluten, but you can’t take for granted that what you’re ordering is totally safe. There is always the risk of cross contamination.

For more gluten free fast food ideas (both in terms of takeaway delivery restaurants and nice frozen meals which you can cook easily at home), check out this post published here from a couple of years back or have a look through this handy guide which is a fairly comprehensive list of Irish gluten free takeaways ordered by location – it’s certainly saved my bacon on one or two occasions when I was far from home.

I think a lot of places are waking up to the fact that the coeliac amongst us like tasty / greasy foodjust as much as the next person. Not only that, but if you make things easy for us we will become repeat customers and get our friends in on the act too – meaning more money for them!

Here are my mini-reviews of my two favourite gluten-friendly restaurants which service (nearly) all of Dublin:

Firehouse Pizza

A class above most pizza delivery services, Firehouse Pizza is a restaurant which takes great pride inthe fact that their pizza bases are gluten free by default, so that’s one thing you need not worryabout right off the bat. While some pizzerias have a gluten free base option, more often than not,they don’t taste as good as the regular ones. This is not the case with firehouse, who’s GF pizza base is great!

Boasting meal deals and a selection of sides that will rival the biggest pizza delivery chains, the vastmajority of things on Firehouse Pizza’s menu are safe for coeliacs to eat – they even have a handyallergy table so you can see exactly what is and isn’t suitable.

There are currently two Firehouse Pizza restaurants in Dublin, Ballymun and Booterstown, so youshould be able to get yourself a delivery if you’re living on either side of the city.

KOH Thai Restaurant

Located on the Millennium Walkway just off Jervis Street, KOH is a stylish restaurant / bar whichspecialises in Asian cuisine, especially thai food. While I would definitely recommend a sit-in diningexperience if you can make it in to the restaurant itself (it makes a great starting point for a night out hanks to a fab cocktail menu), they do an excellent delivery service too.

While the KOH delivery menu is not quite as all-inclusive as the sit-in one, it still offers a great range of high quality food at affordable prices (granted, it is a little bit more expensive than most Asian takeaways, but this is some serious restaurant quality stuff we’re talking about here). Best of all,their menu is very clearly marked with smiley faces which indicate which dishes are gluten free (i.e. most of them) so you never have to worry about ordering the wrong thing or cross contaminated food.

As it’s based in Dublin’s city centre, Koh delivers up to 6km outside of the city.

Classic Sponge Cake – gluten free

Classic Sponge Cake – gluten free

I recently made this GF sponge cake for my husband’s birthday. It turned out light & fluffy and you’d never know it was gluten free.

It’s so easy aswell. I have had a few baking disasters recently so I wanted something fool-proof!

Recipe is adapted from Rachel Allen

What you need:

3 eggs, separated
225g Caster Sugar
90 ml cold water
140g Plain Flour ( I used Dove’s Farm)
1 tsp Baking Powder (I used Dr Oetker)
1 tsp Xantham Gum (I used Dove’s Farm)

250ml Whipping Cream
Punnet of Strawberries
Strawberry Jam

This is how we do it:

1. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together for 2 mins
2. Add the water and whisk for 5 mins until creamy in texture
3. Fold in the flour (sieved), baking powder and Xantham gum
4. In another bowl, whip the egg whites until the form stiff peaks
5. Fold the egg whites into the cake batter gently
6. Divide into two 20cm baking tins (greased)and cook at 180C from 17-20 mins until golden brown
7. Once they are out of the oven, leave to cool in the tin for around 10 mins. Then, turn out to cool on a wire rack
8. Coat one half of the cake in jam and the other in whipped cream. Cover the whipped cream half in chopped strawberries and Voila!


Dunnes Stores launch GF Breaded Chicken & Fish

Dunnes Stores launch GF Breaded Chicken & Fish

You may or may not have noticed that Dunnes have completely upped their game and are now doing breaded chicken and fish gluten free!


They’ve been on special since they launched at €3.99 for a pack of two. I’ve tried the Plaice (pictured) and the Kiev so far which were both yum and a nice treat to have in the freezer.


Well done Dunnes, the Coeliacs of Ireland salute you.

Now, if someone could just make me a decent sausage roll…

Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cake with Caramel Almond topping

Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cake with Caramel Almond topping

I found this GF recipe recently in the Sunday Times magazine. The result is a delicious, moist and dense brownie cake with a lovely touch of sweetness and gooeyness in the topping.

Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

What you need:

For the Topping, upside down cake style
85g Flaked Almonds
80g Butter
80g Brown sugar

For the Brownie mix

150g Dark Chocolate (I used Aldi’s Moser Roth)
250g Butter
6 Eggs
175g Caster Sugar
100g Ground Almonds

This is how we do it

1. Spread the flaked almonds on a baking tray and toast in the oven for around 4 minutes @ 170C
2. Remove from the oven and scatter on the bottom of a fully lined standard springform cake tin.
3. Make your caramel by melting the butter on a low heat and adding the sugar once it is fully dissolved. Stir the mix and leave simmering for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the caramel is thickened and coats the spoon you are ready to rock.
4. Spread the caramel sauce evenly over the flaked almonds
5. For the brownie mix – Melt the butter and the chocolate together in a bain marie
6. While the mix is melting, beat the sugar and eggs together until pale and fluffy
7. Combine the two mixes together and fold in the ground almonds
8. Pour the brownie batter over the caramel and bake for 35-45 minutes @ 170C. The cake is done when the top is firm.
9. Allow the cake to cool before removing from the tin and slicing

I love this cake with ice cream but it would be equally good with cream!

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