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The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming
I just love this time of year. Christmas shopping, cold nights wrapped up with a blanket and a Christmas movie, beautiful decorations lighting up the darkness but most importantly the joy. What I don’t love so much is the chasing around, desperately trying to fit everything in. You think you have everything under control. Then suddenly that friend or colleague reminds you of the promise to bake treats for the Christmas event tomorrow. You are out this evening and nothing is ready. What now? Well you could always buy cakes, but I don’t know about you but I always feel guilty for this. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-
It is so much more awkward for the coeliac to bake quickly and get it right. The ingredients need to be room temperature – trust me soaking fridge temperature eggs in warm water doesn’t work. I have a long list of failed baking attempts just because I wasn’t prepared. Once again, Tesco’s is to the rescue. I was just wondering down their aisles recently when I spotted a Free From Brownie Mix so thought I would try it. It is so simple and perfect and great for that last minute baking promise you forgot about.
Prep time: under 5 minutes; Baking time: 15 minutes; Serves 12
You simply add eggs, cooking butter (melted) and water to the mixture and you are ready to go. As its Christmas, I made mine just that bit more festive. I simply spread the gluten free brownie mix on the tray and baked in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes at 180 Degrees Celsius.
Once cool, I used a Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out shapes – you can just cut triangles out if you don’t have the cookie cutter. To frost, I used the Betty Crocker Indulgent Chocolate Fudge Icing (I was so happy when I found this gem was gluten free! Now I don’t have to make butter cream all the time). I added 2 drops of Americolor green food dye (again gluten free and so perfect to add an extra surprise to your bakes) to half a pot of the chocolate spread and piped onto the brownies. For decorations, I used sugar stars. And that is it.
Now you have an extra way to surprise friends and family at Christmas – no-one ever needs to know you forgot about the baking!
If you try this ready-made gluten free pack, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram using #livingcoeliac or by sharing directly to me Facebook page. Let me know what you thought of this post in the comments and if you would like me to try out other gluten free ready to bake packs.
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