Top 10 Recipes of 2017

From The Larder's Top 10 Recipes of 2017

It’s been a pretty amazing year for me and my family. Luke began a new job in January which he has thrown himself into with gusto. I think I will always have a husband who is constantly hunched over his phone, on conference calls, leaving early and getting back late but he has been loving it and never lets his commitment to his family waver. I ramped up my cake stall, finding a new market and returning to weekly selling. My bespoke cake orders have been coming in thick and fast and I hope for this to grow and grow. As for the blog which you read here, after a concerted effort to improve my photography and focus more on my true love of gluten-free baking I have found this year after four years of blogging to be the most rewarding.

I don’t talk about them nearly as much as I used to but our three little monsters, Willow, Wesley and Billy Buddy are going strong. Despite Billy Buddy breaking his second cruciate ligament at the beginning of the year he has healed superbly and the cats have blessedly been fit and healthy, they are the backbone of our household and working from home would not be the same without their constant calming presence.

And then there’s Cole, the absolute light of our existence who surprises us every day with how much his knowledge, language and capabilities are growing. Not to mention his boundless love for us and everyone around him, he always has cuddles to spare. We’ve got a new addition arriving in our family in April and we couldn’t be more excited. I have no idea how the blog will be affected, I’ll be winding down the cake stall in January unfortunately but still committing to bespoke cake orders as long as I possibly can. 2017 has been brilliant and here’s to the top 10 recipes I have shared here this year, according to you the readers, and the promise of 2018.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Espresso Cake

This gluten-free Salted Caramel Chocolate Espresso Cake is one of my favourite cakes from the cake stall. A chocolate lover’s sponge sandwiched together with silky salted caramel swiss meringue buttercream and drizzled with thick luscious salted caramel.

Courgette Relish

Courgette Relish

Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Cake

Singing with citrusy aromatic flavour this gluten-free Blueberry Basil Lemon Drizzle Loaf is a showstopper of an everyday teatime cake.

Golden Beetroot Carrot Cake

This gluten-free Golden Beetroot Carrot Cake is the best carrot cake you will ever taste. Full of sweet earthy goodness thanks to using both golden beetroot and carrots; complex with pecans, sultanas and apples; perfectly complimented with a not too sweet cream cheese buttercream and adorned with the delightful crunch of a salted pecan praline and candied beetroot and carrots.
Blackberry Ripple Ice Cream

Blackberry Ripple Ice Cream

Blood Orange Rosemary Polenta Cake

This Blood Orange Rosemary Polenta Cake is both gluten-free and dairy-free. Whole oranges are boiled then pureed to create an incredibly moist and intensely citrusy cake spiked with a hint of rosemary.

Steamed Chocolate Pudding with Chocolate Custard

Steamed Chocolate Sponge Pudding with Chocolate Custard {gluten-free}

Coconut Lime Energy Balls

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

Mango Lime Pudding

Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.

Easy Overnight Coconut Chia Pudding

Easy Overnight Coconut Chia Puddings are a refrigerator staple. It takes 10 minutes to prepare and a night to ready itself to become a week-long lifesaver.

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