Raspberry Doughnuts {gluten-free, dairy-free}

These Raspberry Doughnuts are gluten-free and dairy-free. Utterly moreish and tender of crumb with a bright fruity flavour.

overview of Raspberry Doughnuts

These doughnuts are dangerous. Doughnuts have been my most requested gluten-free recipe (along with pastry and bread – guys I’m working on them) and believe me, these doughnuts have been worth the wait. Back in my wheat-eatin’ days I had always been a fried yeasted jam doughnut gal but on a whim last year I bought a doughnut tin and started experimenting with it. I can’t deny it, I have slowly been converted to baked doughnuts. They are lighter to eat and quicker and easier to make. Although unfortunately they are just as moreish – if not more so. It takes about four bites to eat one of these doughnuts so it seems churlish to have less that two at a time. And no one will blame you either if you don’t make it to the icing stage, but start nibbling them as they are cooling on the rack. They are far too easy to eat and heavenly straight out of the oven. Dangerous.

overview of Raspberry Doughnuts with one plated up

How to Make Dairy-Free Doughnuts

Vegan Buttermilk

I didn’t intend to make these Raspberry Doughnuts dairy-free at all, it’s just that I ran out of buttermilk when I was testing the second batch and had plenty of almond milk hanging around the fridge that I could easily substitute. To replicate the buttermilk effect, which gives a delightfully tender crumb to the doughnuts, I just added some fresh lemon juice to the almond milk to sour. The results were pretty great and I didn’t notice any discernible difference in the two batches. You don’t have to use almond milk, any non-dairy milk will do the job. Or dairy if you’re happy with that.

Coconut Oil

For the third batch I thought ‘in for a penny in for a pound’ and switched out the melted butter that I had been using for melted coconut oil. Actually I really really liked this swap. It helped that by this batch I had also nailed down the right flour mix so the doughnuts were beautifully light and fluffy. So I stuck with the dairy-free version and think the clean and light taste of the non-dairy ingredients mean the raspberry flavour really gets to shine.

Pro Tip – I usually use refined coconut oil for my bakes as that means we avoid the taste of coconut. It’s a much cheaper product than unrefined organic coconut oil so there’s also that benefit.

overview of Raspberry Doughnuts

Gluten-Free Flours

We want a flour blend with a more neutral taste so that the raspberry flavour comes through so we use the following flours.

  • Oat flour is a lovely light and fluffy flour with a slight butterscotch flavour that works well but isn’t so overpowering that it blows out the raspberry flavour. Also it isn’t prone to the same grittiness that a lot of alternative flours have, like white rice flour and sorghum flour, so we keep a nice tender texture.
  • Tapioca Flour is used for the bind. It worked better than the sweet rice flour which just imparted too much flavour.
  • Potato Flour is used to round out the mix, for neutrality and help with the potential of a ‘gummy’ texture from using too much oat flour.

Close up of Raspberry Doughnut

How To Flavour Raspberry Doughnuts

Freeze-Dried Raspberry Powder is baked into the doughnut batter. These freeze-dried powders used to be my secret baking weapons but now happily they are stocked in a lot of supermarkets so we don’t have to order them online. You need to add a lot of powder, 15g. Do measure using scales if you can. I believe it’s about 3-4 tablespoons though.

Fresh Raspberry Icing amplifies the raspberry flavour. You can use frozen or fresh raspberries depending on the season. Puree the raspberries then sieve to remove the seeds. Whisk the smooth raspberry puree with icing sugar for the most vibrant and flavourful icing.

Close up of Raspberry Doughnut, broken in half

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Raspberry Doughnuts {gluten-free, dairy-free}

These Raspberry Doughnuts are gluten-free and dairy-free. Utterly moreish and tender of crumb with a bright fruity flavour.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 doughnuts
Calories: 209kcal


  • 240 ml non-dairy milk I used almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 60 g coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 150 g gluten-free oat flour
  • 80 g tapioca flour
  • 25 g potato flour
  • 15 g raspberry powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Raspberry Icing:

  • 125 g raspberries fresh or frozen
  • 190 g icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rose petals optional


  • Pre-heat oven to 170°C /160°C fan/gas mark 4.
  • Lightly grease the doughnut tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour the non-dairy milk and the lemon juice into a large jug and whisk together. Leave for five minutes for the milk to sour.
  • Whisk the caster sugar, coconut oil, eggs and vanilla extract into the jug and set aside for a moment.
  • Sift the oat flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, raspberry powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl, whisking to combine.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients then pour the wet ingredients into it, using a wooden spoon to bring the batter together. Beat by hand until the batter is smooth and thickened.
  • Pour the batter carefully into each doughnut ring in the tin, filling to about three-quarters full.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, leave for a couple of minutes for the doughnuts to settle then gently insert them out of the tin to cool on a cooling rack.
  • Wash the tin, re-grease and make the second batch, then the same again for the final 3 doughnuts.

Raspberry Icing

  • Place the raspberries in a medium sized saucepan and heat gently until the raspberries have broken down into pulp.
  • Sieve the raspberry pulp, discarding the seeds.
  • Mix the raspberry puree with the icing sugar until a thick icing has formed and spoon over the cooled doughnuts. Leave the icing to set for at least an hour and decorate with rose petals if you like.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 4.6mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 0.8mg


There’s no way around it. You do need a doughnut tin to make these doughnuts and the one I used is Wilton 6 Cavities Doughnut Pan, 6 x 1.5 cm, Steel Silver. There are only 6 holes so you will have to make your doughnuts in batches but since they only take 8 minutes to bake it’s really no bother. My doughnuts always turn out beautifully from the tin and I used it brilliantly from the get go.

For more information about oat flour and tapioca flour where to buy them and what brands I recommend please visit my posts dedicated to these lovely flours.

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Raspberry Doughnuts

Chocolate Raspberry Cake {gluten-free}

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

My house is calm and silent. My toddler has slept in his own bed for the full night through in weeks and my husband’s alarm hasn’t yet shrieked for him to get up and get dressed. If my husband is still in bed no doubt the dog is snuggled up next to him, both as unwilling to start the day as the other. The cats have been fed, one of which is curled comfortably around this laptop, her belly in the air for attention and the other is still eating his breakfast. Yet I am awake, googling recipes and writing. Despite my eye constantly twitching from excessive exhaustion, my whole body feeling so big and heavy all it wants to do is sink within our brand new duvet cover and hug my pregnancy pillow close to me, I am up and awake. Why? Welcome to the third trimester of pregnancy.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

I remember first time round people saying that the reason you can’t sleep in this final stage of pregnancy is nature’s way of getting you ready for all the sleepless nights ahead. I don’t need getting ready though, I’ve been having those for a couple of years already and I know the drill. What I need now is a head start on sleep to get ready for my return to night feeds but someone else has other ideas. This little baby I’m carrying is super active and wakes me up all night through twisting and squirming, except when I need to turn over which practically requires the assistance of a fork-lift truck or I need the loo for the twentieth time or my mouth is desert dry and can only be appeased by a gallon of water. Couple these restless nights with a day of full-time commitment to an extremely bouncy, chatty, effervescent and hungry toddler in potty-training then it’s safe to say my head is in a scramble and my body is like a lead balloon with the shape to match. How I long for the days of my first pregnancy when afternoons were given over to the Food Network and lazy naps on the sofa with a mountain of chocolate by my side.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

In fact the only thing that hasn’t changed is the mountain of chocolate. It’s fuel to me at the moment. Luke asked if we wanted to do anything for Valentine’s Day this year and I scoffed at the thought of going out. Meals out are not fun at this stage. I can’t eat a lot and feel very uncomfortable sitting at a table for any length of time. Plus all I really want to eat is the pudding so the rest of the meal is somewhat wasted. The cinema also puts me off, I’m not sure I could be in those skinny seats for a great length of time in front of an Oscar bait film. I’d rather watch something that didn’t make me think or cry at the moment. Also they finish way past my bedtime.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

So we’re celebrating Valentine’s this year with Netflix and Chocolate Raspberry Cake and I couldn’t be more happy. In fact, I don’t know why I’m blaming any of this lethargy on the pregnancy, really Netflix and chocolate cake are my go-to way to have a kicking time babies or no babies.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake epitomises my favourite way of baking and eating cake. Simple and no-fuss. The gluten-free chocolate cake itself is one of my favourites that I return to time and time again. It’s moist and tangy from the buttermilk but incredibly chocolately thanks to cocoa powder and melted 70% dark chocolate.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

If you haven’t made swiss meringue buttercream before then I urge you to splash out on the extra time it takes. It sounds complicated as there are a couple of extra steps involved compared to a buttercream made with just icing sugar and butter but if you’re a regular reader or a customer of my cake stall then you’ll be aware that swiss meringue buttercream is my cake covering of choice. It’s not too sweet, incredibly buttery and is so easy to work with. If pureeing the fresh raspberries seems a little too much effort on top of making the buttercream then you can always use raspberry powder which also gives a lovely zingy flavour and colour to your buttercream but I thought fresh raspberries suited the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

The piped roses on the top of the cake are a cinch I promise and if you are just making this cake for you and your Valentine now is the perfect time to practice as they two of you won’t care. All you need is a Wilton 1M nozzle, a piping bag and five extra minutes. Hold your piping bag straight up above the cake without angling it at all then squeeze the buttercream out in a circular motion starting from the centre. You want the swirls to be slightly on top of each other so they are nice and tight. However, they don’t have to be neat or perfect buttercream roses by any stretch as once they are all piped onto the cake then the effect is lovely no matter what your piping skills are like. If one rose goes wrong, just pipe another on top to cover it or use a palette knife to carefully lift it off the top of the cake and start again. Actually this is a much quicker cake to decorate than covering the whole affair in a smooth buttercream icing as you’re not faffing for ages getting the corners perfect.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

So I may be tired, over-emotional, maybe a little complainy, definitely huge and always hungry but at least I have a big hefty Chocolate Raspberry Cake to devour this Valentine’s with my partner-in-crime.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.
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Chocolate Raspberry Cake {gluten-free}

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Cake
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 806kcal


  • 125 g dark chocolate
  • 150 g white rice flour
  • 60 g oat flour
  • 20 g tapioca flour
  • 90 g cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 400 g buttermilk
  • 160 g caster sugar
  • 160 g soft light brown sugar
  • 170 ml olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • 210 g egg whites around 7
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 425 g unsalted butter at room temperature, cubed
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 300 g raspberries


  • Pre-heat oven to 160°C and line and grease 2 x 8 inch round cake tins.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bain marie or a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, then set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, espresso powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt until well mixed.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the buttermilk, sugars, olive oil, eggs and vanilla then beat into the flour mixture.
  • Finally mix in the melted chocolate until completely incorporated.
  • Divide the mixture between the 2 cake tins and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until an inserted cocktail stick comes out clean.
  • Turn out the cakes and cool on wire racks before covering with buttercream.

Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • Heat the egg whites and caster sugar in a bain marie, or a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the temperature has reached 71°C.
  • Remove the egg whites and sugar from the heat and pour into a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Whisk until the meringue forms firm peaks.
  • Change the attachment to a paddle attachment. On a low speed add the butter slowly cube by cube. When you have almost added all the butter the mixture will look curdled. Do not fret – this is supposed to happen and just means you are nearly done. Just continue to add all the butter. Once the butter is totally incorporated the buttercream will miraculously become a smooth velvety consistency.
  • Make the raspberry puree by tipping all the raspberries into a blender and blending on high for a couple of minutes. Press the puree through a sieve to remove the seeds.
  • Then add the raspberry puree to the buttercream along with the vanilla extract and salt. At first the buttercream will look curdled again but just mix for a couple of minutes until it returns to its smooth state.


  • Spread the buttercream in an even layer over one of the chocolate cakes, then place the second chocolate cake on top.
  • Smooth out the buttercream squidging from the centre of the cakes with a palette knife to create the naked effect.
  • Pipe buttercream roses on top of the cake until completely covered.
  • You can keep the cake in the fridge until needed but do serve the cake at room temperature.


Calories: 806kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 1010IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 3.1mg


The cake tins I always use are these PME Anodised Aluminium Round Cake Pan 8 x 4-Inch Deep which are wonderful as they have completely straight sides so your layer cakes will be beautifully neat, the anodised aluminium means the heat disperses evenly throughout the cake without cooking the sides too quickly, which some darker cake tins do. The cakes slip out of the tins easily and they come in all the sizes you would need, although typically I use the 8 inch tins.

For checking the temperature of your egg white sugar syrup when making your swiss meringue buttercream don’t be without a Classic SuperFast Thermapen 3 professional food thermometer in grey colour It gives quick and accurate temperature readings meaning you can don’t have to guess at any temperatures when making candy, caramel or fancy buttercreams. I use mine all the time.

The piping tip I used in this recipe is the Wilton Number 1M Carded Open Star Tip which can so many different kinds of piping patterns and is one of the most useful piping tips to have handy.

I find these huge disposable piping bags are the most robust ones you can buy, I do get a huge pack of them as the worst thing is to get ready to ice your cake and discover you don’t have any piping bags left. I use disposable as I bake a lot of cakes and find washing up the re-usable piping bags takes a lot of time and I can never get them totally clean. I use these piping bags for everything from cupcakes to drizzling melted chocolate to piping a straight level of buttercream evenly over a whole layer cake. This 1 Roll of Savoy Disposable Piping Bags – 100 21 Bags by Cn-Ice is an absolutely invaluable piece of kit in my baking.

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Raspberry Coconut Jam

Raspberry Coconut Jam is a beautifully simple classic raspberry jam, made all the better with lashings of coconut.

A jar of Raspberry Coconut Jam with a spoon

Of all the jams surely raspberry jam is the most superior? Well it’s certainly the jam that the Women’s Institute deem the only appropriate jam for an approved WI Victoria Sponge so that certainly tells us something. Here I’ve amped up a very easy raspberry jam by marrying it with coconut, a love story for our times and it’s no exaggeration to say that this Raspberry and Coconut Jam is taking over my life at the moment.

Last month we travelled up to Scotland for a wedding and made a mini-holiday of it. It’s a bit on an effort to go anywhere with a baby so we got quite cosy in Fife, staying at the gorgeous Cairnie Fruit Farm which not only has a maize maze (!!!) but they also bottle their own jam with fruit freshly plucked from the vine. On our arrival they left us a delicious pot of their raspberry jam with fresh scones. It was like I suddenly discovered raspberry jam again, I had forgotten just how utterly vibrant and exciting it is.

Raspberries and sugar macerating

How to Make Easy Raspberry Jam

The secret to an easy raspberry jam is to use equal parts fruit and jam sugar. To be honest once you have that little bit of info in your back pocket you can pretty much make any jam. Raspberries don’t have much natural pectin, the special stuff present in most fruit which helps a jam achieve its setting point. You could pair the raspberries with another fruit like apples which are high in pectin, also a good method of making your raspberry jam go further, but if you are after a clean raspberry taste then jam sugar is your best friend as it has pectin built in. I also included the juice of a lemon not only for more pectin to ensure an easy set but also to encourage the piquancy of our raspberry flavour.

overview of a jar of raspberry coconut jam with a spoon in it

Now this wouldn’t be much of a love story without a leading man and for that part I have cast the superstar coconut. He is everything a raspberry could wish for, this jam is truly a romance for the ages. The two flavours are just meant to be together and that’s that.

Pro Tip

My favourite way to incorporate a certain flavour into anything is to include two different dimensions of the same ingredient, so here I don’t just use coconut cream or desiccated coconut but a combination of both. The desiccated coconut is steeped in the heated coconut cream to soften it up and then this delicious coconut mixture is added at the beginning of the jam process. It couldn’t be easier.

Omit the Coconut

If you don’t like coconut then you can simply use the method outlined below for the raspberry jam and omit the coconut but why would you??? It’s true love!

A labelled jar of raspberry coconut jam

If you would like more jam recipes then why not try:
Pumpkin Jam
Blackberry Lime Jam
Strawberry Redcurrant Jam
Pear and Cobnut Jam

If you make this Raspberry Coconut Jam then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own baking creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

Raspberry Coconut Jam

Raspberry Coconut Jam is a beautifully simple classic raspberry jam, made all the better with lashings of coconut.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: British
Servings: 6 200ml jars
Calories: 471kcal


  • 1 kg raspberries
  • 1 kg jam sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 200 ml coconut cream
  • 50 g desiccated coconut


  • Place your raspberries, jam sugar and lemon juice in a large bowl and stir well. Leave to macerate together for at least a couple of hours.
  • Pour the coconut cream into a saucepan and stir in the desiccated coconut. Bring to the boil then turn off the heat and let stand for a couple of hours.
  • Stir the raspberries, sugar, lemon juice and coconut mixture together in a large preserving pan then bring to a rolling boil.
  • Boil the mixture hard for about 5 minutes. Once the jam reaches 104°C or passes the saucer wrinkle test (see note below) then decant into sterilised jars.
  • Leave the jam to cool before labelling.


  • If you can’t find coconut cream you can extract the cream from a tin of coconut milk. Place a 400g tin of coconut milk in the fridge for a day or so, whereupon the coconut cream will harden and separate itself from the coconut water. When you open the tin you should be able to just scoop out the cream leaving the water behind. There should be about 200g of cream in a 400g tin.
  • I often do steps 1 and 2 last thing in the evening and place both the macerating raspberries and the steeping coconut in the fridge (in separate containers) and then begin my jam first thing the next day.
  • The saucer wrinkle test basically requires you to put about 5 saucers in your freezer when you begin making your jam. Once you think the jam might be ready then you can double check by removing a saucer from the freezer, dropping a teaspoon of jam on it then placing the saucer in the fridge. After about 30 seconds remove the saucer and push the jam with your finger. If it wrinkles up it’s ready, if it just pools back into the space your finger has left then it needs more bubbling time. Boil it a bit longer, then test again with another saucer.
  • To sterilise the jars place the very clean jars you would like to use in an oven pre-heated to 140°C for 20 minutes. Sterilise the lids by dropping them into a saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes with a splash of vinegar. I don’t sterilise my lids in the oven as they tend to ruin.
  • The jam can be stored in a cool dark place for about 12 months.


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 113g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 44.6mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2.8mg

Chocolate and Raspberry Valentine Biscuits

Chocolate and Raspberry Valentine Biscuits

This recipe is not yet gluten-free.

I’m totally in love with my freeze-dried raspberry powder. It’s proving to be an indispensible ingredient in my larder and I’m learning more about the different ways I can use it all the time. I’ve already used it for making the most amazing homemade lip balm to add colour and flavour, in my Raw Cranberry and Nut Energy Bars and now I have just used it for the purpose that I actually bought it for – raspberry buttercream.

raspberry powder

If I’m making fruit flavoured buttercream like lemon or strawberry then usually I would use natural extract but although the buttercream has always turned out delicious there is an almost undetectable aftertaste. Using fresh fruit doesn’t quite work for me as it can sometimes be a bit lumpy, I’m not a big fan of picking lemon zest out of my teeth and fruit puree can be a bit wet.

Chocolate and Raspberry Valentine Biscuits

These freeze-dried powders though are brilliant. Just a little dab of the raspberry powder tastes of pure zingy unadulterated fruit, I just used a tablespoon of it in a bog-standard butter and icing sugar buttercream and it livened it up immeasurably. Not to mention it paired like a dream with these intensely cocoa packed biscuits.

In fact these biscuits turned out even better than expected. They didn’t quite have the polished look I was aiming for but all was forgiven as soon as I ate one, then another, then another and I didn’t even make them for me so it’s just as well I made a whole bunch.

Chocolate and Raspberry Valentine Biscuits

The chocolate biscuits were an easy-to-come-together mix just chucked into my Kitchenaid for it to do all the heavy lifting. I added a bit of cornflour to the mix so that the finished biscuit was softer and not too crisp so they melted wondrously into the filling of buttercream sandwiching the two biscuits together.

I had two different heart shaped cutters and cut out an even number of large hearts, then for half of the hearts I cut out a mini heart from the inside. The biscuits only took just under five minutes in the oven as I had rolled out the dough super thin. Then once the biscuits were cooled, which again hardly took any time at all, I smeared a thin layer of buttercream on the whole hearts then stuck the holey hearts on top so the buttercream could peek through.

Chocolate and Raspberry Valentine Biscuits

By all means make these for your Valentine, they will love you even more. However, it is an equally good idea to just make these for yourself, after all I think we all need to love ourselves a little bit more from time to time.

Chocolate and Raspberry Valentine Biscuits
Makes about 26 biscuits

175g butter
175g caster sugar
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
175g plain flour
25g cornflour
50g cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt

For the buttercream:
225g butter
225g icing sugar
1 tablespoon freeze-dried raspberry powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light but don’t overmix otherwise it will make the biscuits too crumbly.
  2. Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cornflour, cocoa powder and salt then add to the rest of the mixture and mix until it all comes together into a dough.
  4. Wrap in greaseproof paper and rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.
  6. Roll the dough out to about a 3-5mm thickness then cut out an even number of hearts, re-rolling and cutting out more hearts until all the dough has been used up.
  7. Then for half of the hearts cut out a mini heart shape from the inside.
  8. Bake the biscuits in batches on non-stick baking trays for 4-5 minutes, then once removed from the oven leave to cool for 5 minutes on the tray. Remove from the tray and finish cooling on racks.
  9. Meanwhile prepare the buttercream by creaming together the butter and icing sugar for 5-10 minutes until incredibly light and fluffy.
  10. Add the raspberry powder, vanilla extract and salt and mix until combined.
  11. Once the biscuits have cooled smear some buttercream evenly on the top of the whole hearts then place the holey hearts on top to create sandwiches. Repeat with the rest of the biscuits.

Cookies and Cream Raspberry Ice Cream

An absolute treat of an ice cream. This Cookies and Cream Raspberry Ice Cream can be made with your favourite brand of gluten-free oreos and fresh raspberries. Fresh, lively and creamy with gorgeous cookie crumbles.

I am more than happy to admit my failures and my faults – I have many and I embrace them all. This ice cream is like the opposite of that.

When I make something I am really proud of it reminds me why I started blogging in the first place. It would be simply criminal not to share this ice cream with the world. My favourite of all my recipes is always the one I last blogged about which is why I’m probably always touting my latest effort as the best I have ever done. So feel free to take it with a pinch of salt when I say that this ice cream is the best ice cream in the world ever hands down. That includes the insane rosemary honey gelato I had a couple of weeks ago at Broadway Market which led to some horrible attempts to recreate it in my own kitchen immediately when I got home. I’m sure I’ll get there with my gelato recipes one day but I know for certain I can make ice cream and this one seals the deal.

I thoroughly enjoy making ice cream, not just the process of it which can be immensely relaxing as I have written about before but I love the fact that you can store it in the freezer. There is no immediacy with the finished product; like when I’m trying to palm off half a cake to the UPS delivery man before it goes stale or handing out hot scones that I will never get round to eating to unsuspecting neighbourhood kids who just want to know if I would like my car washed. Although there was that one time when we had to emergency defrost the freezer and we were passing out half eaten tubs of homemade lemon and chocolate brownie ice cream down our street. However, I made this Cookies and Cream Raspberry Ice Cream this week and the urgency of eating it suddenly became clear. If I did not eat it, someone else would and that would be really uncool.

If you read my recipes carefully then you will see the base of this recipe is very similar to my Blackberry Ripple Ice Cream, it has become my favourite method of ice cream recently. The set is soft and the sharp berry flavour is intensified without the addition of an egg based custard. It’s so fresh tasting and contrasts beautifully with the homeliness of the cookies.

Cookies and Cream Raspberry Ice Cream

An absolute treat of an ice cream. This Cookies and Cream Raspberry Ice Cream can be made with your favourite brand of gluten-free oreos and fresh raspberries. Fresh, lively and creamy with gorgeous cookie crumbles.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 10
Calories: 331kcal


  • 500 g raspberries
  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid glucose
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 154 g gluten-free cookies and cream cookies


  • Pour the raspberries into a medium sized pan and heat gently with a splash of water to aid the breaking down of the berries. Once the berries have completely softened then remove them from the heat and pour into a sieve. Push the berries through, the best aid for this I think is a silicone spatula, so that all the seeds are extracted from the fruit pulp. Discard the seeds (or save to make a fruit alcohol infusion as explained above and return the pureed raspberries back into the pan.
  • Add the icing sugar and liquid glucose to the raspberry puree and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat then leave to cool before covering and refrigerating overnight.
  • Meanwhile pour the sugar into another medium sized saucepan and add 300ml of water. Heat gently so that the sugar completely dissolves into the water. Then bring to the boil and carrying on boiling until it reaches a very thick and syrupy consistency, it should reach 112°C on a sugar thermometer and can take about 20 minutes. You must keep your eye on the saucepan at all times so that it doesn’t bubble over.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk up the egg whites until stiff, then drizzle in the sugar syrup in a slow steady steam whilst continuing whisking. The egg whites will turn beautifully glossy.
  • In a separate bowl lightly whip the double cream then fold into the egg whites until they are fully incorporated. Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge overnight.
  • The next day pour the egg white and cream mixture into your ice cream machine and start churning. Pour in the raspberry puree immediately whilst the machine is churning and then the puree will mix in evenly.
  • Meanwhile reserve 4 cookies and cream cookies for decorating the top but place the rest of the biscuits in a food processor and whizz until they have become breadcrumbs. Chop the reserved 4 cookies roughly.
  • Once the ice cream has reached a thick milkshake consistency and is pretty much ready then pour in the crumbed cookies and churn for a couple of minutes until they have been evenly distributed through the ice cream.
  • Decant the ice cream into tubs, tucking in the roughly chopped 4 cookies on the top and then freeze overnight to reach the correct set.


  • Makes about 2 pints
  • My favourite brand of gluten-free Cookies and Cream Cookies is Schar's Gluten-Free Chocolate O's as they are yummy and don't contain any xanthan gum. 


Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.7mg

Raspberry and White Chocolate Banana Bread

Raspberry and White Chocolate Banana Bread

This recipe is not yet gluten-free

Why are bananas so fun?  They are great to eat, they are great to say, you can play cops and robbers with them and they look kinda funny too.  There is a reason why slipping on a banana skin is a comedy staple as opposed to a mango skin or a peach skin which can be just as hazardous I’m assuming.  The banana not only does the job but it looks the part.  They are the stand up comic of the fruit bowl.  But c’mon you know why I like bananas.  They are just so great to bake with, especially on a grizzly October day.

I like to buy bananas, arrange them regally in the fruit bowl, perching on top of the apples and oranges.  Then I forget about them.  Deliberately.  A banana in its prime is no good to me so I will keep a subtle eye out after day four, checking for black spots, the other fruit if still around cowering under its blackening skin.  Only when I’m sure that it is definitely past-its-best will I pounce, launching myself into a banana baking bonanza.  This is the ideal stage for mashing, its flavour having matured into its innate bananainess and perfect now for its signature recipe, the banana bread.

The banana bread is such a popular and universal family favourite that when I man cake stalls we have to issue a missive that people don’t donate banana breads, otherwise that is all we would have.  It’s probably because they are easy to make well, they mistakenly sound very healthy and the cook has the added pleasure of indulging in the heady scent as the banana bread nestles in the oven, the wonderful aroma permeating the kitchen.

This recipe is adapted from a Donna Hay classic, all I did was add the raspberries and white chocolate, just because.



Raspberry and White Chocolate Banana Bread

125g unsalted butter, softened
200g soft brown sugar
2 eggs
185g plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 medium sized bananas, mashed
125g raspberries
100g white chocolate

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.  Line and butter a 900g loaf tin.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Fold in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  6. When just combined, fold in the bananas, then the white chocolate, then the raspberries.
  7. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour 10 mins.
  8. Leave for half an hour in the tin before removing and cooling on a wire rack.