Leon: Baking & Puddings Cookbook Review Part 1

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COOKIES & CAKES
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I always like to have a little something sweet in the house. I’m a big fan of a 4 o’clock cup of tea with a piece of cake, a scone or a cookie.

I know, however, that I won’t be able to indulge in this ritual for long if I don’t make sure my sweet treats are relatively healthy so I’m always on the lookout for new and inventive ways to make healthier goodies.

Leon is a great place to start as they have a huge range of gluten free cakes and pies (their pecan pie is especially good), so I decided to give some of the recipes in their Baking & Puddings Cookbook a try and see if I could find some more delicious treats to add to my repertoire!

Here are some of the recipes I attempted.

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Great Gluten Free Pizza

IMG_4194Pizza is probably the wheat laden treat I missed the most when I stopped being able to eat wheat flour.

Who doesn’t love a pizza once in a while?

I know I certainly do.

The longing deep in my soul for dough covered in melted cheese, tomato and a variety of other delicious toppings was becoming too much to bear until…

I found these delicious gluten free pizzas. Continue reading

Healthier, Happier (and mostly) Gluten Free Fast Food

Just because you want to stay healthy it doesn’t mean you don’t feel like a burger, fries or some fish and chips once in a while. I know I certainly do.

Here are some of my favourite places to get some delicious, healthy and sometimes even gluten free fast food!

Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Goodies

It’s not always easy to find gluten free goodies. But I think there are many more options available now than there ever have been before – which is great news for those of us who can’t eat wheat or gluten.

I haven’t eaten wheat flour for 6 years and had more of less become used to always being the person who couldn’t eat the birthday cake at a party or have dessert in a restaurant.

So whenever I found a place that had gluten or wheat free desserts, cakes or pastries I would always buy them. Without really even considering if I wanted them. If they were wheat free they were purchased. Immediately.

But more recently I’ve found myself picking up cupcakes and other wheat free treats all over the place. I’ve literally got more cakes and slices than I know what to do with. Which is a very different state of affairs to 6 years ago.

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Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes by Lola’s Cupcakes

Back in the day if I fancied some cake I had to make one for myself – but now I can get professionally made ones really quite easily as well!

Here are a few of the delicious wheat and gluten free goodies I’ve managed to find in London. Continue reading