Hi and welcome back to another blog in my Spring/ Easter set of 2019.
I hope you are all enjoying the lighter evenings and slightly milder weather in the UK now Spring is here. It has been so lovely lately that we are even attempting a barbeque tonight – wish us luck! I will no doubt be wrapped up in a blanket and wearing a scarf but it will still be beautiful to get outside. With the start of Spring and the approach of Easter, there comes the seasonal food. I love all types of food but get particularly excited when limited to find items appear back on the shelves. It is made all the more special to find the gluten free versions. So today, I thought I would share my top picks I will be indulging in this Easter. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-
Hot Cross Buns
To me, there is nothing that says Easter like a hot cross bun. They only seem to appear at this time of year, and I must admit I often forget about them throughout the rest of the year. However, the moment they appear in the stores, I become obsessed with finding the “perfect” hot cross bun. Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Marks and Spencer are all selling gluten free hot cross buns but you need to be quick; they sell out quickly! Last year, my favourite hot cross bun was from Marks and Spencer and while I still love that hot cross bun almost as much as last year, nothing beats the gluten free chocolate hot cross buns from Sainsbury’s. I know, a different take and it has caused a lot of split opinions; some people love them while others don’t. For me, I can’t get enough of them. I may have devoured 2 packs already and am certainly going to be indulging in them over Easter weekend. What is your favourite hot cross bun this year? Let me know in the comments below.
Now, it just wouldn’t be Easter if there weren’t Easter Eggs around. I am a total chocoholic so this part is always a winner in my books. I love eating chocolate and could happily eat my weight in chocolate in one evening; please tell me it’s not just me! When I was a child, we were always given Easter eggs from our parents and even though I am 27, my mum still buys me an Easter egg each year. She is truly incredible – and not just because she buys me chocolate!! When I was diagnosed as a coeliac, my mum really struggled to find an Easter Egg I could have and enjoy that wasn’t so expensive. Each year the CoeliacUK posts a blog on gluten free easter treats that is linked here and this is what we use to find gluten free safe eggs. I can’t wait to try the Wispa egg. Other Easter eggs I am looking forward to can be found down most gluten free aisles; The Buttermilk Chocolate Honeycomb egg or the Sainsbury’s free from Strawberry and White Chocolate egg are two that I really want to indulge in.
Cornflake Cakes and baking
I love baking at all times of the year and there is nothing more enjoyable than spending a bank holiday Friday making sweet treats with family. I have two recipes going up over Easter if you are looking for inspiration; my gluten free Cornflake Nest Cakes went up last Thursday and coming just before Easter are my simple gluten free Bunny Butt cupcakes. Check out the links for the recipes. If you are looking for a centrepiece dessert to wow guests this Easter, my go-to pick is BeckyExcell Gluten free mini egg cheesecake https://glutenfreecuppatea.co.uk/2018/03/25/gluten-free-mini-egg-cheesecake-recipe-easter/
Easter Egg Hunt
Nothing beats hunting for chocolate with family, it doesn’t matter if you are 3 years old or 80 years old. I love helping the younger members of my family search for treats and it always becomes a competition in our family on who has the most eggs (I lose every time). Again, I would highly recommend looking at CoeliacUK website for gluten free treats. Other treats I often use for Easter Egg hunts that are gluten free include: dried fruit, mini eggs, jelly beans, Sainsbury’s free from bunny, colouring books or even a soft toy. There are so many options available for the coeliac young and old to join in with the family Easter egg hunt.
There you go, the gluten free treats I am loving this Spring. If you re-create any of the recipes mentioned, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram using #livingcoeliac or by sharing photos directly to my Facebook page. Let me know what you are excited for this Easter. Newsletter is here! Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any future blog posts.