17 Mar 2011

A litttle Mid Week Baking With Gluten Free Flour

I have been a diagnosed Coeliac since I was 9 years old and follow my diet very strictly as I have a very low tolerance and become painfully ill if I cheat and eat any gluten, wheat, barley, oats or rye. On a daily basis I don't really tend to think about what I must avoid until an office birthday, when my fellow colleagues start happly munching on delicious cakes and biscuits.

The gluten/wheat free ranges are getting better in Supermarkets but nothings as good as a bit of home baking. Gluten Free flour can be a bit tricky to work with and cakes can easily fall apart, this is why I tend to shy away from baking. However tonight I thought I would put down the make up and clothes, channel my inner domestic goddess and have a go at making a Banana cake.

Recipie taken from BBC Food online -

Soft, speckled bananas are best for this recipe. The mixture also works for mini muffins if you cook them in individual cases.

Ingredients

• 110g/4oz butter, softened

• 110g/4oz caster sugar

• 2 large eggs, 3 large ripe bananas

• 175g/6oz fine rice flour

• 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder

• ½ tsp salt

• 1kg/2lb loaf tin, lined grease proof paper, or 24 small paper muffin cases

1. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale, light and soft. Add the eggs, one by one, and beat well between each addition.  
2. Mash the bananas and add to the creamed mixture. Sift the rice flour, cornflour, gluten-free baking powder and salt together and fold carefully into the banana mixture. Very gently, stir in the cherries and sultanas, so that they are evenly distributed through the mixture.

Mashed Banana. The under ripe banana were left out
  
 Sugar, eggs and bananas mixed 
3. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin or into 24 small muffin cases and bake in the oven for about 1¼ - 1½ hours for the loaf, 25 minutes for the mini muffins, until golden on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 


4. Remove the loaf from the tin and cool on a wire rack; cool mini muffins on a rack in their paper cases. Slice the loaf into eight slices to serve.




Heres my finished Banana Cake!


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