Christmas baking can be wonderful! Fun with the kids in the kitchen, yummy smelling treats, Christmas carols blaring. That is the ideal, although there is usually a point of craziness where kids are throwing food everywhere and the mess is beyond belief!
Christmas baking has changed a fair bit in our house now we are managing such varied allergies, but it is still possible and it can still be fun with a bit of preparation.
Baking with the kids can’t be as free for all especially with a wheat allergy. I have to plan the baking day carefully. We made the fruit mince first as everyone can eat this, followed by all the food for our little guy with allergies. Then he watched a little TV while we finished of the fruit mince pies and pudding that contain wheat. We managed to make cookies all together, he rolled and cut out his at one end and the girls at the other. We were careful and vigilant and it was safe and fun, although a little and with lots of handwashing, bench wiping and sweeping up 😉
- 600g mixed fruit (sultanas, raisins, currants)
- Zest of orange and lemon
- 2 apples grated (used 1 red and 1 green)
- ½ cup water
- 1 tbs cinnamon or mixed spice
- 1 tsp cornflour (we use potato starch as have a corn allergy)
Put all the ingredients in a pan, on a medium-low heat bring to the boil, simmer for about 6-8 minutes. Mix through the cornflour and cook for another couple of minutes until thickened. If you are using potato starch turn off the heat then stir through and stir until thickened (do not put it back on the heat)
This healthy fruit mince is great to have on hand over Christmas. Serve it with coconut yoghurt of ice cream and some little biscuits for an easy dessert.
Grain free fruit mince pies
- Fruit mince (recipe above)
- 400g can chickpeas
- ¼ cup olive oil (any oil will work)
- ¼ cup date syrup
- 1 ¼ cups chickpea flour
- ½ cup potato starch
Blend the chickpeas, oil and date syrup (could use any type of sweet syrup) until smooth. Add the flours process until combined into a dough. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll out and cut into circles, place in prepared pie tins. Fill with fruit mince, cut out star shapes for the top. Bake at 180C for 10-15 mins until golden.
We used the pastry to make extra crackers/biscuits which have been very well received.
Very allergy free gingerbread men
I simply use this great donna hay recipe and replace a few ingredients.
I replace flour with quinoa flour and butter with light olive oil to make these dairy and wheat free. It works well. I am pretty sure you could make this substitution with any oil and flour that you like. Even as it is this is a very soft dough, I roll it out and place these in the freezer until a little harder, then it is easier to cut out shapes.
Eggless Royal Icing
- 9 tbs aquafaba (juice from chickpea can)
- 500g icing sugar sifted (if you can’t have cornflour you need to use ‘Pure icing sugar’)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Place aquafaba in the mixer and beat on high until foamy (2-3 minutes). Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until shiny and creamy, about 7 minutes.
This icing works so well and is delicious!!!
Other allergy friendly recipes
I make all of our Christmas recipes dairy free as it is just easier to manage and I don’t like cooking with butter as it is hard to manage in the kitchen with a child with a severe dairy allergy. I simply replace butter with nuttelex, it works a treat and everything turns out really well! When recipes have milk I might add water or orange juice to replace this. Both our pudding and fruit mince pies are simply our family recipes replaced with nuttelex. We still use egg so it is a bit easier, as I know replacing egg can be hard! I will start experimenting on some egg free recipes for next year.