Hannah’s Gluten Free Goodies New Website!

So after a few late nights and technical frustrations Hannah’s Gluten Free Goodies new website has gone live! You’ll find everything you need to know about the business including photos and prices of all our bakes, delivery and retail info, contact details etc. So everyone head over and check it out and make sure you subscribe for updates and mouth watering cake pictures!

Link: http://www.hannahsglutenfreegoodies.com/

Here’s one to wet your appetite…

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This blog will still keep running and I’ll be using it to post lots of delicious gluten free recipes 🙂

In other news, anyone in the Oswestry area this weekend come and visit us at Oswestry Food Festival for gluten free deliciousness and of course lots of free samples!

x

Christmas and New Year Baking

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year. I love everything about it and, especially in recent years, one of the things that I get most excited about is deciding what Christmasy things I’m going to bake to enjoy throughout the festive period and into the New Year. This year has been particularly fun as I have been baking not only for myself and family, but also for selling at the cafes – something which has made Christmas even more exciting knowing that all sorts of people will be enjoying my homemade gluten free mince pies etc! So I thought I would give you a little sample of some of the festive treats that have been leaving our kitchen in the last few weeks…

Ginger and Clementine Loaf topped with pomegranate seeds:

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Marzipan and Cranberry Cake:

 

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And Marzipan and Cranberry little loaf cakes for a special Christmas present!

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Cappuccino and Chocolate Chip Slices:

 

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Sticky Ginger and Orange Squares:

 

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Cranberry and Almond pudding for our Christmas Eve pud:

 

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And of course Mince Pies!

 

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So as you can see I’ve been very busy doing what I love and am sad Christmas and all its wonderful treats is over… however a New Year means lots of new and exciting gluten free bakes so I best get going… !

Autumn Bakes

Life has been busy lately for Hannah’s Gluten Free Goodies but I’m slowly starting to get into a routine now of doing my weekly orders and deliveries, I’m even getting faster at baking the cakes – the other day I managed to do two cakes in half an hour (with a little help from my wonderful helper). Pretty good I think! Anyway… summer is coming to an end but I actually love the autumn months and the food that goes with them, particularly when I can use so much of the seasonal produce in my bakes. We have what seems to be an endless supply of blackberries in our garden which have gone into blackberry and apple crumbles and blackberry and apple jelly! Next up is a blackberry and apple cake I think 😉

Anyway, the cakes I wanted to introduce you to today are these yummy things…

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… Apricot Crumble Muffins – so delicious! These are probably the biggest muffins I’ve made (they look bigger in real life). Usually gluten free muffins only rise a little so you’re left with what looks more like a fairy cake, but these came up pretty big and even slightly resembled a normal looking muffin 😛 What’s more they have this amazing crumble topping which is actually made just like you would a normal crumble. And they don’t just have apricots in… they’re stuffed with chocolate chips too.

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I think I’ll be making these all throughout autumn and winter because they are classic warming comfort food and delicious at any time of the day.

Have a good September everyone!

Ellesmere Carnival

Last Saturday I took my goodies to Ellesmere Carnival… I thought I was well prepared, and I was, apart from the small fact that I didn’t realise you had to bring your own table and tent. So there we were with a whole load of cakes but nothing to display them on and nothing to shelter us from the rain! However, it was not a lost cause… they managed to find us a table and put us in the beer tent! Note to self – always read information properly and never ‘just assume’ that everything will be okay!

Anyway, we managed to get everything set up and sorted, the only downside was that we weren’t in with all the other stalls so had quite a few hours of waiting for people to come and find the beer tent… which wasn’t until around 2 o clock :p However, I can’t complain as it was completely my own fault!

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Things soon started to get busy though and I managed to sell most of my cakes by the end so it all turned out okay. I also had brought with me a few new goodies such as coffee cake, white chocolate and coconut blondies and popcorn lollipops (very popular with the children!), aswell as the old favourites – chocolate and butterscotch brownies and cherry and coconut slice.

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Apart from that I have just been getting on with my usual orders and trying out a few new recipes to take with me to the Oswestry Farmers Market on Friday. Fingers crossed the rain stops!

An Update on Hannah’s Gluten-Free Goodies

The reason I’ve been so quiet lately is because things have suddenly got very busy for Hannah’s Gluten-Free Goodies! Last Saturday I was at Philpotts in Shrewsbury for the day handing out lots of free tasters of my cakes – people certainly love free cake whether it’s gluten-free or not! The feedback and comments that I got from people were really lovely, not to mention the fun and friendly staff at Philpotts – thank you for having me!

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Since then I’ve had three orders to do this week… I’ve literally been baking and delivering all week but its what I love to do so I don’t mind at all. Here are a few pictures of some of the cakes I’ve baked this week…

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All in all a very busy but fun and rewarding week! So if you’re in Shrewsbury then head to Philpotts or The Old Market Hall Cafe where you will find some of my gluten free goodies, or if you’re in Oswestry then a selection of my gluten free cakes are now available in Gillhams Delicatessen & Coffee Shop. I hope my cakes show that being gluten-free does not mean that you have to miss out on taste or variety!

 

 

Stall at Whittington Fete

Slightly different blog post today… I just had to share with you my lovely day at the Whittington fete selling my gluten-free goodies – such a success! I was so surprised and touched at the lovely feedback I got, I honestly thought that I might sell a few cakes but I would never have guessed that I’d be almost sold out by the end. It was so nice to meet some other lovely people who were also gluten-free, but what was also great was that people who weren’t gluten-free bought my goodies – they just fancied a piece of yummy cake! I learnt a lot about what people like and what sells the most and it was definitely a great way to launch Hannah’s Gluten-Free Goodies. On to the next!

Hannah's Gluten-free Goodies

Hannah’s Gluten-free Goodies

Banana and Salted Caramel Swirl Cake

Banana and Salted Caramel Swirl Cake

 

Chocolate and Butterscotch Brownies

Chocolate and Butterscotch Brownies

 

Setting up

Setting up

Cherry and Coconut Traybake

I think it’s obvious from my previous bakes that I love anything to do with cherries, but cherry and coconut… that’s on a whole new level! The sponge itself is actually where you will find all the coconut which gives it a completely different texture from normal sponge… it’s sort of crunchy and so delicious. The icing on top also contrasts perfectly with the textures and flavours of the coconut-y sponge and the sticky cherries – yum!

Coconut and Cherry Traybake

Coconut and Cherry Traybake

 

Banana and Salted Caramel Swirl Traybake

Salted caramel seems to be very fashionable in the food world at the moment and I love having it on fruit, puddings or just eating it on its own. So I thought why not put it into my all time favorite thing to make: cake. And what goes amazingly with caramel? Banana! So that’s how this scrumptious tray bake was created, and what’s more, there’s not only salted caramel swirled into the cake but I’ve also put it in the icing and drizzled some on top of the icing for a truly caramely finish! The salted caramel was also homemade by myself to make this cake extra special.

 

Banana and Salted Caramel Swirl Traybake

Banana and Salted Caramel Swirl Traybake

Banana and Salted Caramel Swirl Traybake

Banana and Salted Caramel Swirl Traybake

Cherry and Almond Loaf Cake

This is probably one of my favorite bakes. I love cherries but here I used Maraschino cherries which have a delicious almond flavour to them, which when combined with the almond extract and the ground almonds in the sponge… you are left with a beautiful almond and cherry cake bursting with flavour! The brown sugar topping finishes this cake off perfectly.

Cherry and Almond Loaf Cake

Cherry and Almond Loaf Cake

 

Cherry and Almond Loaf Cake

Cherry and Almond Loaf Cake