Gluten-Free Sage Chestnut Stuffing

This Gluten-Free Sage Chestnut Stuffing is so flavourful. Crisp on top with a beautifully soft yet robust texture you won’t even notice it is vegetarian, let alone gluten-free.

Sage Chestnut Stuffing

This is the stuffing recipe that I bring to our festive table every year. My mother-in-law is vegetarian so when Luke and I first started hosting Christmas at our house I put aside my trusted sausagemeat recipe and set about creating a new family favourite that everyone could enjoy.

Sage Chestnut Stuffing

I actually prefer this Gluten-Free Sage Chestnut Stuffing to my sausage version as there is always so much meat on the festive table from the turkey to the ham to the pigs in blankets. The addition of a herby hearty stuffing is exactly the right accompaniment to the rest of the meal.

Sage Chestnut Stuffing

I use whole peeled vacuum packed chestnuts to make the stuffing which are so easy to use and are widely available at this time of year. They are also delicious directly from the packet and have a wonderful earthy flavour with a crumbly creamy texture. The chestnuts pair exceedingly well with the rustic notes of the fresh sage and the sweet onions.

Sage Chestnut Stuffing

The only bit of faff in this recipe is caramelising the onions at the beginning of the recipe which is necessary to add the soft sweetness to the stuffing. Then all you need to do is mix the onions with the crumbled chestnuts, fresh breadcrumbs and fresh sage. A bit of seasoning, an egg to bind and a splash of double cream for moisture and there you have it. I usually prepare the stuffing a day or two in advance and pack it into an ovenproof dish to keep in the fridge ready for the oven. I don’t cook my stuffing in the bird cavity. Does anyone still do this anymore? But it’s lovely baked in a separate dish to create a crisp topping with the soft stuffing beneath.

Sage Chestnut Stuffing

On the big day, after the turkey has been taken out of the oven, the stuffing goes in. It only needs to bake for 20 minutes so doesn’t clog up precious oven space for any length of time. I have also in the past formed stuffing balls with this recipe which also work really well as the surface of the balls get quite crunchy, a perfect contrast to the squishy insides.

Sage Chestnut Stuffing

This Gluten-Free Sage Chestnut Stuffing is like a very low key nut roast and it is certainly meaty enough in texture to be a pretty decent offering for your vegetarian guests at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Served alongside some powerhouse vegetable sides like the cauliflower cheese, which I also make every year, you can ensure everyone is going to be pretty well served at your festivities.

I urge you to give this Gluten-Free Sage Chestnut Stuffing a try, it is so easy and delicious. If you do make this Gluten-Free Sage Chestnut Stuffing then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you make the recipe or use it as a building block for another delicious creation, I’d also love it if you tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

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Gluten-Free Sage Chestnut Stuffing
This Gluten-Free Sage Chestnut Stuffing is so flavourful. Crisp on top with a beautifully soft yet robust texture you won’t even notice it is vegetarian.
Sage Chestnut Stuffing
Course side dish
Cuisine British
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large onions peeled and diced
  • 30 g unsalted butter + 1 teaspoon
  • 180 g whole peeled vacuum packed chestnuts
  • 15 g fresh sage leaves removed
  • 150 g gluten-free sourdough or the best gluten-free bread you can find
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons double cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Course side dish
Cuisine British
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large onions peeled and diced
  • 30 g unsalted butter + 1 teaspoon
  • 180 g whole peeled vacuum packed chestnuts
  • 15 g fresh sage leaves removed
  • 150 g gluten-free sourdough or the best gluten-free bread you can find
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons double cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Sage Chestnut Stuffing
Instructions
  1. Place the onions in a saucepan along 30g butter and cook very gently for 30-40 minutes until the onions have caramelized.
  2. Tip the onions in a large mixing bowl then set aside whilst you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Place the saucepan back on the heat and add the extra teaspoon of butter to melt. Drop the fresh sage into the saucepan and fry gently until starting to colour then remove and finely chop. Add to the onions.
  4. Break up the gluten-free sourdough and place in a food processor along with the chestnuts. Pulse briefly until they are roughly chopped. Then tip into the onions along with the beaten egg, double cream and seasoning.
  5. Press the stuffing into an ovenware dish and leave in the fridge overnight to set.
  6. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 180°C/170°C fan/gas mark 4 for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden and crisp.

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These Merchant Gourmet Whole Chestnuts 180 g (Pack of 6) are gorgeous chestnuts, so yummy as a snack and so easy to use for this recipe.

I would be nowhere without my Magimix 4200XL Food Processor – Satin which I bought when I was so jealous of everyone making their own houmous and pestos. That was easily over ten years ago and I use it nearly every day for all manner of kitchen jobs like whipping up dips, nut butters and flours and making breadcrumbs like for this recipe. The Magixmix is an impressive piece of kit which even survived being dropped when we moved into our house (although it did have to have the motor replaced but that wasn’t too expensive). I put all the attachments in the dishwasher and they come out brilliantly clean but it also gives just great results. I love my Magimix and along with my Kitchenaid is the piece of equipment I use most often in my kitchen.

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Sage Chestnut Stuffing

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Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings

These are the best Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings. Majestically tall and crisp with a fluffy breaded interior making them absolutely ideal for mopping up the gravy after your Sunday Roast.

Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings

Nothing beats a roast dinner. Every Sunday without fail when I was a child my Dad would make us a lavish Sunday Roast. He was a wonderful cook. The table would be properly set, the meat resplendent in the centre as a vast array of beautifully prepared vegetables, crisp and fluffy roast potatoes, onion sauce, gravy and Yorkshire puddings would surround this magnificent offering. These Sunday lunches were incredibly important to us as a family and I remember them vividly.

Perhaps in my early twenties my Sunday Lunches were a bit more sporadic and mostly consumed hungover at our local pub. But as soon as Luke and I moved in together to become our own family unit then without fail every week we made a Sunday lunch together. Now we’re a family of four and our Sunday lunches are as important as ever. Luke works too late to eat with the family during the week so it’s one of the few times we can sit together and all eat the same meal as a family. Even when I’m at the market stall and don’t finish until 3 or 4pm we’ll rush home and bung a joint in the oven so we can scrape together a simplified Roast Dinner before the children’s bedtime.

Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings

Of course Yorkshire Puddings are traditionally served with roast beef but you are missing a trick if that is the only time you will eat them. We love our yorkshires and back in the day Dad would happily make them from scratch every week to serve with the beef or chicken or lamb or pork. And I do the same today. Even our festive table would not be complete without Yorkshire Puddings served alongside our turkey.

After I became gluten-free I stopped making Yorkshire Puddings to go with our Sunday lunch, I just didn’t think you could make them the same, in much the same way that I was unconvinced about gluten-free cakes.

Over the years I’ve been experimenting though and the time I was finally able to make a complete gluten-free Sunday Lunch without skimping on any of the trimmings, including gravy, Yorkshires, stuffing and cauliflower cheese without anyone noticing any difference I could rejoice.

Good Yorkshire Puddings should be sky high, crisp on the outside with a beautiful fluffy interior so you can use them to mop up your gravy when the rest of your meal is complete.
It’s taken me a bit longer to perfect my Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings, we were pretty much eating glorified pancakes that stuck resolutely to the baking tin for the best part of the last two years. In the last few weeks though I set myself a challenge to get them perfect. Oh my golly gosh have I succeeded. It is no word of a lie that these Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings are not only the best gluten-free Yorkshire puddings you will ever eat but the best Yorkshires full stop.

Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings

Too often you can have regular wheat Yorkshire puddings and the chef will rely too much on the size and height. Guys, it’s not the size that counts yada yada yada. A crisp Yorkshire that is all tall golden shell without the bready interior is a pointless affair. It’s like serving up a pie with no filling. These Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings are beautifully tall without showing off but the perfectly baked chewy fluffy substance of the puddings is their real crowning glory.

I love gluten-free flours and I don’t care who knows. The key to these Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings is in the gluten-free flour mix. I don’t normally pair sweet rice flour with regular white rice flour as I thought they would squabble but now I see that they are perfectly compatible. Sweet rice flour adds the chew, the sticky bind of the pudding. The white rice flour is beautifully neutral with the sweet rice counteracting its more grainy drying qualities. And the potato flour is necessary to draw the moisture out of the sweet rice flour and adding the crisping element which gives our puddings their wonderful initial crunch.

So that the Yorkshires don’t stick to the muffin tin you must grease it really well, both in the holes and on the surface of the tin. I use spray grease, the same kind I use with my baking. Then you must put ½ teaspoon of good fat in the bottom of each hole. Your best choice will be the dripping of whatever meat you are roasting, but if you are making the puddings to serve along something other than a roast dinner or you are a veggie, then use a fat with a high smoking point instead. I use ghee and it works incredibly well.

Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings

I don’t bother really resting the batter, I haven’t found it makes enough difference for it to be worthwhile, the Yorkshire Puddings are just as scrummy baked straightaway after making. So as long as you have all the right ingredients then really there is only one final tip you need to adhere to and you will see it in every single Yorkshire recipe around. You must put the greased tin in the oven at a high temperature for at least 10 minutes for the fat to really sizzle. As soon as you pour your batter into the hot fat it needs to start cooking immediately. This will give your puddings their essential rise.

If you are making to serve alongside a roast meat, then I suggest as soon as your meat is ready, turn up the oven to the right temperature and you can cook your Yorkshires in the twenty minute resting period of the meat. It will all work out perfectly.

I urge you to give these Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings a try, they are so easy and delicious. If you do make these Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you make the recipe or use it as a building block for another delicious creation, I’d also love it if you tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings

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Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings
These are the best Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings. Majestically tall and crisp with a fluffy breaded interior making them absolutely ideal for mopping up the gravy after your Sunday Roast.
Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings
Course side dish
Cuisine British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
12
Ingredients
  • 300 ml whole milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g sweet rice flour
  • 100 g white rice flour
  • 50 g potato flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or dripping from your roast meat
Course side dish
Cuisine British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
12
Ingredients
  • 300 ml whole milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g sweet rice flour
  • 100 g white rice flour
  • 50 g potato flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or dripping from your roast meat
Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C fan assist/200°C/gas mark 7.
  2. Completely grease a 12 hole muffin tin with spray oil if you have it. Then drop in either ½ teaspoon ghee into the bottom of each hole or some of the dripping from your roast meat.
  3. Place the tin in the oven and heat for 10 minutes.
  4. In a jug whisk together the milk and eggs until smooth. Set aside for a moment.
  5. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flours and salt then make a little well in the centre of the flours and pour in the milk and eggs whisking all the time until the batter is smooth.
  6. Pour the pudding batter into a jug for easy pouring. Then remove the muffin tin from the oven and straightaway pour the batter almost to the top of each hole.
  7. Place the tin back into the oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  8. The Yorkshire puddings should be crisp and have risen gallantly. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Jane Grigson’s Yorkshire pudding which I made for years before becoming gluten-free. Can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually prefer this GF version (sorry Jane!)

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The 12 hole muffin tin I always use and will thoroughly recommend due to its durability and ease of washing is the MasterClass 12-Hole Non-Stick Cupcake Tray / Baking Pan, 35 x 27 cm

To grease your muffin tin well I recommend using professional cake release spray. It doesn’t matter how little or often you bake, you will be so glad to have this little shortcut around. I use Dubor PR100 Professional Cake Release Spray 600 ml it lasts longer and doesn’t dry out like some of the cheaper brands. Really worth your time and money this one.

I really got into using ghee in my Whole30 and my favourite brand has been  Ghee Easy Organic Ghee, 850 g. It has a high smoking point so doesn’t burn like butter and makes your Yorkshire Puddings taste scrummy.

It’s not easy to buy certified gluten-free sweet rice flour in the UK, for some reason Bob’s Red Mill is astronomically expensive. However I have finally found a brand which is 100% certified gluten-free and it’s fantastic. The brand is yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Sweet Rice Flour (glutinous) 1kg

You want to use potato flour and not potato starch in this cake, they are different ingredients and do different things so make sure you are using the right one. I use Wholefood Earth Organic Potato Flour, 1 kg which is a lovely fine flour.

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Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread {Gluten-Free}

Gluten-Free Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread is a perfect accompaniment to your barbecues and summer parties. Sweet, savoury and spicy, it makes the most of a glut of courgettes and is so easy to prepare.

Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread on a wooden board with a knife next to courgette and jalapenos

I’ve been trying to get my act together at dinner time lately. It’s quite difficult when I’ve got no idea if I’m going to get an evening or not. Bedtime begins at 6.30pm in our house. Sometimes I can get both children asleep within the hour, if so then I get the same feeling that my husband would have got had England beat Croatia on Wednesday. Most of the time though it’s near 9pm, and after trying to settle them for two and a half hours there is no way I have the energy for cooking. At that point toast and chocolate is the only option.

Since I haven’t been out for dinner in an absolute age I’ve been trying some different recipes to make my hum drum evening meals a bit more exciting and this Gluten-Free Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread was one of my latest triumphs. Who cares about the latest Ottolenghi restaurant opening when I have just nailed cornbread. I threw it together pretty quickly on a bit of a whim and was so excited about the results. That’s no lie. I was very excited, this is the simple life I live.

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I originally made the cornbread plain with just the honey lending a wonderfully sweet taste. The second time I got a little more adventurous and added some courgette that needed to be used up from the fridge. The third time though I was out of control, I threw the playbook out of the window and reached for the jalapenos. I declared to my enthralled cats that this was the definitive version and have been making it that way ever since.

This cornbread eaten warm from the oven with a slab of salted butter is what dreams are made of. Since I made the cornbread to go with some leftover pulled pork and coleslaw, I will now consider Gluten-Free Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread absolutely essential every time I serve up pulled pork and coleslaw in the future. It’s funny how dinner traditions can suddenly spring up when you least expect them.

Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread on a wooden board with a knife next to courgette and jalapenos

Best thing I’m going to tell you is that it’s a really easy recipe to achieve. It relies on fine cornmeal and the gluten-free flour blend which you can pick up at most supermarkets so no hard to find ingredients. If you don’t have the buttermilk then just use the same amount of whole milk with half a lemon squeezed in. If you can’t get hold of jalapenos then just use regular green chillies, but do double check the strength of them before adding in. Jalapenos are quite mild so be careful when adding the same amount of a different chilli. If you want to serve it to the whole family then by all means leave the chilli out completely. I’m handing the reins over to you now, adapt as you see fit.

This Gluten-Free Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread has been one of my favourite dinner experiments yet this summer. Sweet, savoury and spicy and I know it’s going to find a place on our table at the rest of our summer barbecues, picnics and every time I pull some pork.

Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread on a wooden board with a knife next to courgette and jalapenos

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Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread {Gluten-Free}
Gluten-Free Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread is a perfect accompaniment to your barbecues and summer parties. Sweet, savoury and spicy, it makes the most of a glut of courgettes and is so easy to prepare.
Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread on a wooden board with a knife next to courgette and jalapenos
Course side dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
16
Ingredients
  • 180 g fine cornmeal
  • 180 g gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200 ml buttermilk
  • 100 ml honey + 2 tablespoons for finishing
  • 90 g unsalted butter melted then cooled
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 350 g courgettes grated and squeezed dry, about 2
  • 3-4 jalapenos 2 de-seeded and finely chopped, 1-2 sliced so there are 16 rounds.
Course side dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
16
Ingredients
  • 180 g fine cornmeal
  • 180 g gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200 ml buttermilk
  • 100 ml honey + 2 tablespoons for finishing
  • 90 g unsalted butter melted then cooled
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 350 g courgettes grated and squeezed dry, about 2
  • 3-4 jalapenos 2 de-seeded and finely chopped, 1-2 sliced so there are 16 rounds.
Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread on a wooden board with a knife next to courgette and jalapenos
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C and line and grease an 8 inch square baking tin.
  2. Grab two large mixing bowls. In one mixing bowl whisk together the gluten-free flour, cornmeal, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
  3. In the other mixing bowl whisk together the buttermilk, honey, butter and eggs.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well with a wooden spoon until completely combined.
  5. Stir in the grated courgette and finely chopped jalapenos until evenly dispersed then pour it all into the baking tin. Arrange the sliced jalapeno on top so each square of cornbread will have a jalapeno.
  6. Bake for around 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cornbread from the oven. Pour the 2 tablespoons of honey into a saucepan and heat until the honey is very runny, then brush over the top of the warm cornbread with a pastry brush. Cut into 16 squares and serve.

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I have been using this MasterClass Non-Stick Deep Square Cake Tin with Loose Base, 20 cm (8″) for all my square bakes, cakes, brownies and bars for many years. It has a loose base so it’s really easy to remove cakes from and lovely high sides so is suitable for all kinds of recipes. It’s the tin I used in this recipe and I couldn’t recommend it more.

I would be nowhere without my Magimix 4200XL Food Processor – Satin for this recipe. I have easily had over ten years and the grating attachment is an absolute must for grating this kind of quantity of courgettes, it takes about one minute to grate the lot. The Magixmix an impressive piece of kit which even survived being dropped when we moved into our house (although it did have to have the motor replaced but that wasn’t too expensive). I put all the attachments in the dishwasher and they come out brilliantly clean but it also gives just great results. I love my Magimix and along with my Kitchenaid is the piece of equipment I use most often (almost everyday) in my kitchen.

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Gluten-Free Cauliflower Cheese doesn’t have to be an inferior version. This cauliflower cheese is rich, creamy, cheesey and infused with roasted garlic, dijon mustard and plenty of white pepper.

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I’ve tried to steer clear of this subject on my blog since I began it as I didn’t want to have to pigeon hole myself into any particular diet or limit the recipes I wanted to share. However, I’ve realised I’ve been doing myself and you guys a disservice as it seems sometimes that I’ve told half a story. So, throwing two fingers up at my natural inclination to not bore you relentlessly by talking about me me me all the time, I thought sod it, it’s time to over-share.

The subject of gluten is deadly dull, too scientific, too all-encompassing and too been-there-done-that. There are bloggers, food writers, cooks and nutritionists that can talk about it much more eloquently than me. Don’t ask me why gluten is bad, why we were all fine with eating bread 50 years ago and now it’s suddenly poisonous to half the western world or even what gluten actually is, like a well meaning friend asked me the other day. I might have changed the subject rather quickly to talk about Daredevil on Netflix instead.

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However, today I’m coming clean to tell you about my destructive love affair with gluten and why you’ll find that if you look down my recipe list that perhaps 80% of the recipes on my blog are gluten-free (although steer clear of the biscuits and cakes section if you’re doing that). So as I wang on in these next few paragraphs and you are rolling your eyes at yet more nonsense about how gluten was created by the Devil to contaminate society and destroy us from within, just bear with me. Or just wait for my next post – it will probably involve copious amounts of white flour rendering all my woeful soul bearing here totally irrelevant.

About 10 years ago I felt really unwell. I won’t make more of it than it was but it was affecting my daily life. I felt completely lacklustre with no energy and was constantly sick, I had horrible digestive cramps and unless I ate every few hours I would pretty much collapse. It was odd, I was eating healthy and hearty meals, lots of vegetables, not much sugar. However, come 3pm every day I felt dreadful and I often had to leave work in the middle of the day as I simply couldn’t function. I remember being slumped on the bus on the way home, barely being able to keep my eyes open, feeling awful as I had no idea what was wrong. Naturally I thought I was allergic to work, like any normal twenty-two year old fresh out of university, and was wracked with concern that I was not destined be the dynamic cutting edge TV producer I had dreamed of being but would instead have to dump Luke and marry a millionaire pretty much in order to save my life.

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I was in and out of the doctors, I had blood tests, allergy tests, thyroid tests. Everything was normal. My GP thought I might be clinically depressed and wrote me a prescription for anti-depressants. I threw it in the bin on the way out and got a new doctor.

At the same time though I had started to see a personal trainer and nutritionist who recommended cutting out gluten from my diet. I didn’t really know much about the gluten-free way of life back then. I had done Atkins like everyone else to lose weight but I didn’t really get the gluten thing. No one was really talking about it. Ha, how times have changed.

However, after a bit of trial and error (I was a bit of a slow student in that regard – what you mean I can’t eat flour tortillas) I gradually began to feel better. It didn’t take long for me to realise that come 3pm I was no longer crying or cramming a chocolate bar in my face to pick myself off the floor. My body ache and sickness had disappeared and with that I was able to be more productive at work and I started running and getting really rather healthy.

The End. I lived happily ever after and never did the big bad Gluten cross my path again, he was banished from my kingdom, Luke and I got married (sorry Mr Millionaire) and we had a wonderful baby boy whom we named Cole.

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Except real life dictates that there must be an epilogue. And so here it is. Since Cole was born in June last year gluten has made a major comeback for me. Turns out he wasn’t content sitting in the wings any longer but instead wanted a starring role yet again in my life. It hasn’t been just the odd cake or Yorkshire pudding because it’s the weekend but loaves of bread have passed these lips, a slip of the finger on my keyboard and packets of digestives have fallen helplessly into my Ocado shop.

I know I’m not alone when I confess that I have found these first few months of motherhood hard and as is my wont as a food loving, comfort eating, sugar addicted gal I have turned to food to get myself through it. Cake has been my 3am ally, tucked into the sleeves of my nursing chair and nibbled on throughout the night and toast has been my saviour when I’ve skipped another meal due to relentless crying, holding and feeding.

It is only now, 10 months in that I have calmed down enough to confront how sick I have been making myself. It’s not that anything has got any easier. Yes we have more of a routine but that goes out of the window more often that not. I have been getting more sleep but again just because I had a good seven hours uninterrupted last night doesn’t mean that I won’t be up and down every couple of hours tonight. However, for the most part it’s better.

Although, my health and my body have been left a wreck and I need to address the situation.

So having fessed up and outed myself as another one of those faddy diet people I would now like to talk to you about cauliflower cheese. Are you still with me? In the past I have always made cauliflower cheese with a traditional method of using a roux of butter, white flour and milk then adding the cheese. However because of this it has been a rare treat which only reared its delicious cheesy head at high days and holidays. Lately thought I have been whipping up a gluten-free version using only cornflour and milk instead of the roux. It’s so quick! Absolutely perfect as a smash and grab dinner for Cole and a lazy one for the two of us. The difference between the two versions is negligible and certainly one I can live with if it means I can have cauliflower cheese more frequently. It has even passed the Luke test who can be pretty severe in his judgment of gluten-free alternatives.

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The secret to any decent cheese sauce I think is to use a mix of cheeses, here I’ve gone with mature cheddar for flavour and red Leicester for sweetness and colour, and then a dollop of Dijon mustard which really brings out the cheesiness. I’ve also begun adding roasted garlic into the mix which sounds like a bit of a faff but really all you need to do is pop the garlic cloves in the oven and they roast for 10 minutes as the cauliflower is put on to boil. However, I’m on a bit of a roasted garlic kick at the moment and so I’ve been roasting up whole heads at the weekend for use during my mid-week meals. They add a mellow flavour which gives the sauce depth. The final stir of the crème fraiche in at the end adds richness to the sauce and is completely optional but really why would you not?

Just the cornflour and the milk together is a little bland so the sauce does need these little extras to knock it up to the standard of a traditionally made sauce but it’s not any bother at all. There is no salt in this recipe as all my food is made with Cole in mind these days but you would probably like to add some to taste. It does make life easier when you find these gluten-free hacks that are actually just as delicious and the road back to my optimum self a little more straightforward to navigate.

Since posting this recipe in Autumn 2016, all my recipes going forward are gluten-free but I am still working on converting all the older recipes to gluten-free versions.

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Gluten-Free Cauliflower Cheese
Gluten-Free Cauliflower Cheese doesn't have to be an inferior version. This cauliflower cheese is rich, creamy, cheesey and infused with roasted garlic, dijon mustard and plenty of white pepper.
overhead shot of Gluten-Free Cauliflower Cheese in a serving dish with a spoon on a wooden board
Course side dish
Cuisine British
Keyword cauliflower
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons cornflour
  • 100 g red Leicester grated (+25g for grating on top)
  • 50 g mature cheddar grated (+25g for grating on the top)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves roasted and pureed
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraiche
  • 15 g ground almonds
Course side dish
Cuisine British
Keyword cauliflower
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons cornflour
  • 100 g red Leicester grated (+25g for grating on top)
  • 50 g mature cheddar grated (+25g for grating on the top)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves roasted and pureed
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraiche
  • 15 g ground almonds
overhead shot of Gluten-Free Cauliflower Cheese in a serving dish with a spoon on a wooden board
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Separate the florets of the cauliflower then place in a large pan of boiling water. Bring up to a gentle simmer, then cook for 10 minutes. Drain and place the florets in an ovenproof dish.
  3. In a medium sized saucepan whisk the cornflour into the whole milk then once smooth switch on the heat and bring to a low boil.
  4. Sprinkle in the cheese and stir in until melted in.
  5. Add the mustard, pepper, garlic cloves and crème fraiche and stir in until it becomes a thick smooth sauce.
  6. Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower florets then sprinkle on the extra cheese and the ground almonds.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes when the cheese should be bubbling and the almond breadcrumbs turning golden.

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