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.

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

I originally made the cornbread plain with just the honey lending a wonderfully sweet taste.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.

The links above are affiliate links so if you decide to buy anything using the links given then I will get a small commission from Amazon at no cost to you. To learn more about how the data processing works when using these Amazon affiliate links then please visit my privacy policy page.

If you would like more courgette recipes then you may like…

Courgette Relish

Courgette Relish on a wooden box with forks

 Courgette Oatmeal Cake with Lemon Mascarpone Icing {gluten-free}

This Gluten-Free Courgette Oatmeal Cake with Lemon Mascarpone Icing makes the most of summer’s bounty and is perfectly light, moist and incredibly moreish

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake {gluten-free}

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake sees in the bounty of early summer spiked with the fruity pepperiness of pink peppercorns.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

During the last few days of my pregnancy I was at the farmer’s market and was offered a taster of cheesecake. Since I was avoiding all sugar due to my borderline gestational diabetes I had to decline. I don’t know whether it was the fact that I hadn’t let any sugar pass my lips for a good month or that I am a sucker for cheesecake anyway but the thought of this humble taster haunted my dreams. I threw a fist to the sky and declared that the very first Sunday after I had the baby I was making a beeline to the farmer’s market to buy up every single last slice of cheesecake they had on offer and devouring it there and then.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

Well it didn’t quite happen like that but since Beau’s birth I have been back to the farmer’s market and treated myself to the odd slice of cheesecake. So much so that Sunday Cheesecake has now become an unfortunate habit. I really should know better than to form food habits as they are so hard for me to break.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

Cheesecake in particular is danger zone territory as it would perhaps be my number one dessert. It definitely grabs second place behind cake for my favourite sweet treat. I can rarely have it out and about though as they don’t often come gluten-free. Which is crazy. So few eateries offer a gluten-free dessert and when they do it’s usually something incredibly boring like poached pears and the inevitable ice cream option.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

However, it’s so easy to make gluten-free cheesecake without compromising on any taste or consistency. All you do is just use gluten-free biscuits as the base. Now I’m very aware that not all gluten-free biscuits are created equal. Most shop bought gluten-free biscuits are in fact diabolical, too sweet and crumbly. But they are definitely getting better and my favourite brands of gluten-free biscuits, Prewett’s and Nairn’s, are actually just as good as any wheat based biscuit. So basically, pick your brand, bearing in mind that supermarket’s own are rarely much cop. Having said that, your biscuits are soaked in delicious butter then layered beneath thick creamy cheesecake and a mound of whipped cream so any lack of biscuit quality is heavily masked.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

To bake or not to bake. There are two main types of cheesecake, one is a no-bake, quickly assembled job without eggs, just cream cheese, cream and sugar. Or the other, which we always knew growing up as New York Cheesecake, which includes eggs and is baked. I love both. No-bake cheesecake is a bit lighter in consistency but I will happily accept any on offer with unabashed glee. Don’t get involved in a discussion about their respective merits though with Luke who is unfairly derogatory about baked cheesecakes and does not see them as worthy of his time. This Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake is baked though and thinking that would mean I could have at it all to myself, I still found him sneaking into the fridge the next day to cut himself several illicit slivers. I even thought the pink peppercorns would dissuade Cole due to their ‘spiciness’ but then I forgot they are red so they only enticed him further.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

The delicate spiciness of the pink peppercorns is the real star attraction of this cheesecake, paired sublimely with this season’s brand new strawberries. The colour of the cheesecake is intoxicating and their spiky hit unexpected.

Pink peppercorns are dried berries from the Baius Rose plant but not strictly peppercorns, as they are actually from the cashew family, rather than being derived from the genus Piper. But they achieved the moniker of peppercorn due to their appearance and their sweet peppery flavour.

Strawberries can take a bit of spice so their pairing works beautifully. The amount of pink peppercorns I’ve included in the batter of the cheesecake is subtle, but the dusting of peppercorns on top can be turned up a notch if you need something spicier.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

To strawberrify the cheesecake I used freeze-dried strawberry powder which really is one of my larder essentials. I use these freeze-dried fruit powders all the time. It’s a godsend ingredient in baking, like in this Chocolate Raspberry Cake, Strawberry Sweet Pesto Cake or Raspberry Matcha Cake. However I also use it in smoothies, porridge and my one of my favourite breakfasts – coconut yoghurt mixed with strawberry powder and almond butter. In fact that last option might be worthy of a blog post of its own. So delicious.

Strawberry powder has all the intense flavour of strawberries, in fact more so, but without any of the liquidity of fresh strawberries which messes around with the consistency of the bake. It is an invaluable ingredient for cake batter or buttercreams. And since the powder lives merrily in the larder for a good length of time it means I always have amazing tasting strawberry yoghurt to hand, strawberry season or no.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

For the base of the batter recipe I turned to Ottolenghi, whose cheesecakes really do exemplify the genre. His recipe for Caramel and Macadamia Cheesecake in his original Ottolenghi cookbook holds a special place in my heart as it won me my very own Bake Off title, at our in-house competition at the production company I worked for at about eight years ago. So I used the essential ingredients in that batter for adaptation here.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

I finished off my cheesecake with a beautiful cloud of unsweetened whipped double cream as I love the contrast between the lightness of the cream and the creaminess of the cheesecake. Then I dusted the top generously with more crushed pink peppercorns and strawberry powder. Also, not to be missed on top are the fresh strawberries which are finally in season and we should certainly take advantage of.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

I photographed this cheesecake whilst the royal wedding was playing in the background. It’s amazing how food memories can capture a moment and editing these photos this morning I was suddenly whisked back into the fairytale world of romantic carriages, a gleaming white dress, antique tiaras, incredibly floral displays, diddy bridesmaids and celeb spotting. I’m sure this memory is now set in stone and whenever I make this Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake in the future I will cast a thought to Harry and Meghan.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake

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Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake {gluten-free}
Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake sees in the bounty of early summer spiked with the fruity pepperiness of pink peppercorns.
Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
8-10 people
Ingredients
  • 70 g unsalted butter
  • 160 g gluten-free oat biscuits*
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 600 g cream cheese
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 70 g sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 50 g freeze-dried strawberry powder + ½ teaspoon extra for sprinkling
  • teaspoons pink peppercorns + ½ teaspoon extra for sprinkling crushed
  • 300 g double cream
  • A handful of fresh strawberries for decorating
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
8-10 people
Ingredients
  • 70 g unsalted butter
  • 160 g gluten-free oat biscuits*
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 600 g cream cheese
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 70 g sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 50 g freeze-dried strawberry powder + ½ teaspoon extra for sprinkling
  • teaspoons pink peppercorns + ½ teaspoon extra for sprinkling crushed
  • 300 g double cream
  • A handful of fresh strawberries for decorating
Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and leave to cool for a few minutes just so the butter is warm rather than hot which helps your biscuit base from becoming too greasy.
  3. Whizz up the biscuits and salt in a food processor then with the mixer still on pour in the melted butter until it combines with the biscuit to become a thick sandy texture.
  4. Press the biscuit base into an 8 inch springform tin using the bottom of a glass and push the base slightly up the sides of the tin.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven and leave to cool whilst you make the filling.
  6. Turn oven down to 140°C
  7. To make the cheesecake batter, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  8. Add the sour cream, vanilla extract, lemon juice, strawberry powder and pink peppercorns.
  9. Add eggs one at a time until just blended. Don’t overmix.
  10. You need to bake the cheesecake in a water bath so wrap the outside of the cake tin with tin foil to avoid water seeping in. I used 3 sheets for extra security, making sure they overlapped each other to completely cover up the sides of the cake tin.
  11. Place the tin in a large roasting dish then pour the batter on top of biscuit base, smoothing the surface.
  12. Pour boiling water into the large roasting dish around your cheesecake tin. It should reach an inch up the side of the tin.
  13. Carefully place the roasting dish in the oven and bake the cheesecake for about 60 minutes.
  14. Turn off the heat and leave the oven door ajar for a further 60 minutes before you remove the cheesecake.
  15. Take out the oven, leave to cool to room temperature then place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight to chill.
  16. To remove the cheesecake from the tin, run a knife around the edges of the cheesecake before you carefully release the latch of the springform tin. Use a cake lifter to slide underneath the base of the cheesecake to separate it from the tin and slide back onto a serving plate.
  17. Whip the double cream until thick and floppy but so that it holds its shape a little then dollop on top of the cheesecake, swirling to the edges with a palette knife.
  18. Dust the strawberry powder and the crushed peppercorns over the top. Then finally arrange fresh strawberries in the centre.
Recipe Notes

*I used Nairn’s Gluten-Free Biscuit Breaks Oats & Syrup

Recipe for the cheesecake adapted from the Caramel and Macadamia Cheesecake in the Ottolenghi Cookbook

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Recently I have been using a lot of products from Realfoodsource.com and have been really happy with their service and quality of ingredients. I was excited when I found out they also stocked freeze-dried fruit powder and so for this recipe I really would recommend using RealFoodSource Certified Organic Freeze Dried Strawberry Powder 100G. I am not sponsored by them, I just really love their products.

I don’t think you can go wrong with ingredients from Whole Foods and I used these Peppercorns Pink 250g to make this Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cheesecake.

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Courgette Relish

This Courgette Relish is my favourite way to get the most out of a bumper courgette crop. It is an easy relish to knock together and has endless uses from burger toppings, barbecue accompaniments or the grace within a cheese sandwich. I love its tangy sweetness flavoured with turmeric, mustard seeds and nutmeg.

Courgette Relish on a wooden box with forks

This recipe is a re-post of a classic recipe which I first posted on the blog in 2014. It’s courgette season and I’m about to make my annual batch of this Courgette Relish as our kitchen is bereft without it. I wanted to refresh the post with new images and contemplated just doing that and slotting it back into the archive but I love this recipe so much and thought the new photos deserved a bit of a fanfare too. So here are my original words back from 2014.

Courgette Relish on a wooden box with forks

Certain recipes come into your life in different ways, and this one was begged and pleaded for after we fell in love with a jar of this courgette relish. Our friend who had bestowed this precious gift on us couldn’t quite remember where she got the original recipe from; she thought maybe The Times, but when it was passed along the quantities were in cups so perhaps it originated across the pond. I wish I could thank whomever came up with it as it really is one of the staples of our larder and this time of year I make it in bulk when the courgettes are proudly in bloom. A large quantity is a must as one of the worst things to befall our kitchen is when the last jar is finished in March and we have to wait months for the next glut of courgettes.

courgettes in a wooden bowl on the grass

The beauty of the relish is that although its natural season to be brought to the table is summer when the barbecues hit, its amiability knows no bounds. The obvious use for this courgette relish is on a burger and really you can get no better topping. The flavour is sweet and piquant with the gentle pop of mustard seeds. However, it can also accompany the sausages that are grilled on bonfire night to great effect and a laden Christmas buffet replete with roast ham and turkey pies.

grated courgette

Ingredients for courgette relish in preserving pan

Ingredients for courgette relish in preserving pan

Ingredients for courgette relish in preserving pan

Ingredients for courgette relish in preserving pan

During the rest of the year it’s included in lunch staples such as toasted sandwiches or brought along to spring picnics. The courgette relish pairs naturally with cheese and I got into a bit of a habit earlier this year of stirring it into a cheddar and tuna salad along with a bit of olive oil for dressing.

If you come round to my house it’s more or less guaranteed you will leave with a jar of something homemade, and the wise visitor will make a request for the courgette relish, after all that’s how it came to us in the first place.

Courgette Relish on a wooden box with forks

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Courgette Relish
A sweet tangy relish which goes with anything and everything.
Courgette Relish on a wooden box with forks
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
8 200ml jars
Ingredients
  • 1.5 kg courgettes julienned, about 12
  • 1 kg spanish onions grated, about 4
  • 2 red peppers sliced very thinly, then quartered lengthways
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1.5 kg granulated sugar
  • 925 ml white wine vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1.5 tablespoons white mustard seeds
  • 3 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 3 teaspoons nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon ground white pepper
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
8 200ml jars
Ingredients
  • 1.5 kg courgettes julienned, about 12
  • 1 kg spanish onions grated, about 4
  • 2 red peppers sliced very thinly, then quartered lengthways
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1.5 kg granulated sugar
  • 925 ml white wine vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1.5 tablespoons white mustard seeds
  • 3 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 3 teaspoons nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon ground white pepper
Courgette Relish on a wooden box with forks
Instructions
  1. Place the courgettes, onions, peppers and salt in a large preserving pan, cover with water and leave to stand overnight.
  2. The next day drain and rinse well to remove the excess salt.
  3. Return the courgette mix to the preserving pan and add the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Decant into sterilised jars*. It is ready to eat straightaway or you can store in a cool dark place until needed for up to a year.
Recipe Notes

*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.

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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.

The links above are affiliate links so if you decide to buy anything using the links given then I will get a small commission from Amazon at no cost to you. To learn more about how the data processing works when using these Amazon affiliate links then please visit my privacy policy page.

If you would like more courgette recipes then how about…

Jalapeno Honey Courgette Cornbread

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

Courgette Oatmeal Cake with Lemon Mascarpone Icing {gluten-free}

This Gluten-Free Courgette Oatmeal Cake with Lemon Mascarpone Icing makes the most of summer’s bounty and is perfectly light, moist and incredibly moreish

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis makes the most of cherry season. It’s a quick dessert, made even more delicious with the use of alternative flours and rich coconut milk which also helps to make the recipe dairy-free.

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Cherry season must surely be my favourite fruit season. I am tearing through punnets of them like nobody’s business and the ones at the farmer’s market at the moment have been especially juicy and sweet. My fingers are constantly painted red with cherry juice but I have no regrets. They are utterly irresistible. The cherries that I’m not throwing down my gullet at every opportunity however have sought sweet solace in this beautiful clafoutis. It’s basically like cherries baked into custard, absolute perfection at the end of a long lazy Sunday barbecue.

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

There was a bit of banter on the recipes during my research over whether to pit or not to pit the cherries. It wasn’t much of a battle for me though as I am head over heels for my cherry pitter plus the fear of cracking a tooth whilst I’m supposed to be treating myself seemed unfair punishment. Also we have a toddler so to pit is the child friendly option. It’s true that the cherry pits can add an extra layer of flavour, intensifying the almondy tang of the cherries but I’ve made up for that by using flavourful gluten-free flours, fresh lemon zest, warming vanilla and of course rich coconut milk.

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

It’s a lovely quick dessert to knock up on a whim as long as you have your cherries to hand so even though you do have to put the oven on during a balmy summer day, there’s no slaving away beforehand. The cherries are just slung into a baking dish, the custard batter is whisked together in five minutes then it’s baked.

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

I love this dessert, warm from the oven bedecked with a handsome dollop of ice cream. Since this is a deliberately dairy-free dessert then I would possibly go for a dairy-free coconut ice cream but it’s up to you. If there is no ice cream to hand, then I can vouch that your Coconut Cherry Clafoutis is perfectly acceptable naked with just a light dusting of icing sugar. It’s really all about the cherries anyway.

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

 

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Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}
A delicious dairy-free and gluten-free dessert which makes the most of cherry season
Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35-40 minutes
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 500 g cherries
  • 30 g sweet rice flour
  • 20 g gluten-free oat flour
  • 75 g soft light brown sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 medium eggs lightly beaten
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons icing sugar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35-40 minutes
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 500 g cherries
  • 30 g sweet rice flour
  • 20 g gluten-free oat flour
  • 75 g soft light brown sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 medium eggs lightly beaten
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons icing sugar
Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven and grease a 25cm baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. Remove the stalks from cherries and pit them, then lay them into the greased dish in one layer.
  3. Sift the flours together with the sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle and whisk in the eggs until thick and smooth.
  4. In a measuring jug stir together the lemon zest, vanilla extract and coconut milk then pour into the rest of the batter whisking well until smooth.
  5. Pour the batter over the cherries then bake for 35-40 minutes until the clafoutis is set but still a little wobbly in the centre.
  6. Dust the icing sugar over the top and serve warm. Amazing with ice cream.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops

The current heatwave in London necessitates the need to cool down by whatever means. We Brits may not built for this weather, but that’s when these Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops come into play.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}

I love it when a recipe is as intuitive as this one was. I spend ages deciding over which one of my recipes I should post here next. Too long. In fact I spend more time fluctuating between whether I should post my new layer cake, or maybe that granola bar recipe which I have been slaving over this past week than actually making, photographing or writing about any of my recipes. Haven’t I just posted a layer cake last week. Is it really granola bar season? I need to just pick one and go with it.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}

Or just let the recipe choose me. Yesterday morning Cole and I made these Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops (Ice lollies? Popsicles? I spent a good half hour deliberating over that one too) in 10 minutes as he sat on my kitchen top repeating, “Whatssat?”
“Mango, darling.”
“Mango Mummy…..Whatssat?”
“Mango, darling”
“Mango Mummy…..Whatssat?”
You get the picture.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}

I had been wanting to make ice lollies for days to cool us both down in this incessant heat. Our tiny victorian railway cottage has taken on the form of a casserole pot, trapping all the heat in and braising us in our own juices. By 3pm after Cole has woken up from his lunchtime nap and I have calmed him down from the injustice of being cooked in his sleep, then spending any time actually doing anything rather than chucking ourselves into the nearest paddling pool is inconceivable.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}

Yesterday morning though, as I scoured the fridge for breakfast food I came across a long forgotten mango which still looked pretty good. Not a moment later I declared lolly time and with glee Cole watched as I dragged the blender over. He loves helping with the smoothies so blenders get a fine welcome in our kitchen.

I peeled and chopped the mango, prompting the above conversation, threw the flesh into the blender along with a tin of coconut milk for healthy fats, a bit of almond butter for healthy protein and a teaspoon of turmeric, thereby warding off any form of horrible disease which may be winging its way in our future direction.

Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}

I forgot momentarily that toddlers don’t understand the concept of patience so Cole was quite indignant that we couldn’t enjoy them right away, and I realised my mistake over making such a hoopla about making lollies, the indignance threated to topple into something more when I extracted his sticky little hands from inside the filled lolly mould. However it was all made better when I poured him out a little leftover smoothie mix into a cup and he could stick his hand into that instead. It was a fine choice making them in the morning though as it meant that by yesterday afternoon when Cole awoke from his nap I earned Mother of the Year by presenting my grumpy little gnome with the perfect icy treat for surviving this blistering heat. I had one too, and we enjoyed them whilst splashing around in the paddling pool.

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Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops
These deliciously cooling smoothie pops are full of good fats, protein and a teaspoon of turmeric.
Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
8
Ingredients
  • 1 mango
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
8
Ingredients
  • 1 mango
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
Mango Turmeric Coconut Smoothie Pops {vegan}
Instructions
  1. Peel the mango and cut the flesh into rough cubes.
  2. Place in a blender with the rest of the ingredients and whizz until smooth.
  3. Pour carefully into ice lolly moulds and freeze overnight or at least 8 hours.

If you want smoothie pops that look like mine then you can buy the Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker from Amazon. I have been using mine for two summers now and love it. It comes with some wooden sticks when you need more they are also easy to buy from Amazon.

If you want to know what blender we use which provokes such a raucous response from my son then it’s the KitchenAid Artisan Blender. I smashed the glass jug once so we were without it for a couple of months before I got my act together to buy a new one. The cheapo blender we used in the meantime did not compare. I was so happy to get my blender back. I’ve had it for years and use it nearly every day.

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Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies

Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies

Iced tea is not a big thing in the UK which baffles me considering we are a nation of avid tea drinkers. I, on the other hand, am a staunch advocate of iced tea and I shall hereby declare it an imperative part of my British summertime.

Last year a cold jug of iced tea stashed in the fridge became my lifeline during the June heat wave, which I can recall so precisely as it coincided with both the first week of Wimbledon and the first week the care of my two week old son was solely entrusted to me when Luke had the gall to return to work. It was a scary scorching time. I got through the stifling temperatures by holing Cole and I up in our breezy bedroom, windows open, multiple desk fans blazing and guzzling my ice cold tea to the gentle sounds of tennis balls popping back and forth via my laptop at the end of the bed.

Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies

This year though I have absolutely nailed the iciest tea around by sticking it in the freezer in lolly form. I couldn’t have chosen a better time either as the temperature shot up yesterday in London quite unannounced. I bought my ice lolly mould at the beginning of summer last year but after bunging it on top of the fridge and forgetting about it whilst I sorted out having a baby I have only just begun to experiment with it. I bought one on a nostalgic whim remembering when I was young how we would pour fresh orange juice into the moulds on sultry evenings ready for as soon as the summer sun rose the next day. Such an amazing treat as a child and since Cole has just begun to steal ice cubes whenever I open the freezer door in his presence I think I need to think about more baby friendly ice lollies to play around with.

I would say though that these pomegranate iced tea lollies appeal more to an adult sensibility. They contain caffeine for a start which I understand isn’t the best thing to give your one year old but they are also not too sweet, as this recipe eschews any sort of refined sugar. Instead I have plumped for the sour sweetness of pomegranate molasses rounded out with a touch of honey. These flavours are completely in my zone. I bought my pomegranate molasses back when it became trendy a few years ago and dashed a bit in this and that, not entirely convinced. Now, though I am going through bottles of the stuff every month as I drizzle it over salads, include it in any of my current marinades and use it to flavour buttercreams. It’s sweet but not sweet and that is definitely my favourite kind of sweet.

Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies

These pomegranate iced tea lollies are the perfect antidote to the summer heat and definitely take iced tea to the extreme.

Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies

makes 10 lollies

1 tablespoon tea leaves (I used orange pekoe)
1 litre freshly boiled water
3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoon honey
handful of pomegranate seeds

  1. Place the tea leaves in a large jug and pour over the freshly boiled water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain the tea into another large jug, discarding the leaves and stir in the pomegranate molasses and honey until completely dissolved.
  3. Place the jug in the fridge and leave for a few hours until the tea has completely chilled.
  4. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds evenly into the bottom of your ice lolly moulds then pour the tea over the top. Put the wooden lolly sticks into your moulds and put the top on then place in the freezer for at least 24 hours for the lollies to completely freeze before removing from the moulds.
Pomegranate Iced Tea Lollies