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Gluten-free crumpets

November 23, 2013

Genius Gluten-Free Crumpets

There’s something very comforting about a hot cuppa and a toasted crumpet with a thick layer of butter and loads of honey that melts and seeps through the spongey centre making a syrupy mess. So now we’re delighted to have a few gluten-free choices available that I can strongly recommend to you.

Marks and Spencer gluten free crumpets

A friend with a 9 year old daughter with coeliac disease discovered M&S’s made without wheat crumpets and raved to us about how good they are. We rushed out to try some and can vouch for the fact that they are really tasty. They do need to be toasted for quite a while longer than you’d usually except. Their website advertises them at an eye watering £6.99 but I’m sure we haven’t paid that much in store. (Update*: yep, they’re £1.79 in store making them cheaper than Genius at £2.19).

Genius Gluten Free Crumpet packshot

Last week I was also lucky enough to stumble across a stall handing out Genius bread. I raced up to try their toasted fruit loaf and told the lady that my boyfriend had coeliacs. I asked if they had any samples to give out and she gave me two huge loaves of bread and a packet of crumpets to try because they’re new to the range (Thank you SO MUCH, Genius!). We think the crumpets are delicious and probably pip the M&S crumpets at the post. At £2.19, they’re a tad more expensive than M&S*. All this talk is making me hungry so I’m going to have one now.

The Genius crumpets are now available at Sainsbury’s and Asda stores. M&S crumpets are available at selected stores or can be ordered online and delivered to your nearest store.

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Dragons’ Den dairy-free desserts now available

September 14, 2010

Young mum Kirsty Henshaw pitched her idea for Worthenshaws dairy-free desserts to the Dragons in July this year and impressed them with her hard work and determination. Just a few months later after some mentoring from Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne, Kirsty is ready to launch her Worthenshaws frozen desserts in the major supermarkets across the UK.

The Worthenshaws Freedom frozen dessert range includes strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavours and the desserts are suitable for vegetarians, coeliacs* and vegans. The range is free from dairy, sugar, gluten, soya, egg, nuts and artificial flavours and colours so will tick all the right boxes for the majority of people with food allergies.

From this week the range is available in Asda and Sainsbury’s stores. Morrison’s, Asda and Waitrose will follow very soon.

If you’d like to know more about Kirsty’s products there’s plenty of information on the Worthenshaws website. Kirsty is also blogging about her experiences on the website and keeping her fans up to date on the launch on Twitter.

Kirsty is an inspiration and we wish her all the very best.

*Correction 12 January 2011: Please note that Worthenshaws is produced in a factory that handles gluten. For the company statement on allergens please visit their website.


Sainsbury’s Magazine – Gluten-free cover star

September 12, 2010

This month Sainsbury’s Magazine has relaunched with a more modern and stylish design to make their recipes easier to follow.

The beautiful cover shot features double chocolate fudge cakes decorated with glossy chocolate ganache and sugared violets from Jane Asher. It’s easy to see why this gorgeous image shot by Jonathan Gregson and styled by Kim Morphew was chosen to be the cover star; the cakes look irresistible.

To my surprise and delight this recipe is gluten-free! At first they appear to be rich floury mud cakes that would be off-limits, but upon closer inspection these are in fact flourless chocolate cakes and the coarse, muddy texture comes courtesy of ground almonds in place of flour. This is a fantastic example of a treat that can be served up to a gathering of coeliacs and wheat-eaters without having to announce that it’s gluten-free.

I can’t publish the recipe as it’s not available online but Sainsbury’s mag is a bargain at £1.40 so I recommend that you race out to get a copy for this recipe alone. Better still, do a shop online at, throw a load of your usual freefrom goodies in the basket and a copy of Sainsbury’s Magazine and have it delivered to your front door.

Well done to Sainsbury’s Magazine for featuring a gluten-free recipe on the cover. Shame you have to flick to page 88 to find out that it’s gluten-free though and a lot of coeliac shoppers will miss this… unless, of course, they are fellow Food Dorks!

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If you’re looking for similar flourless cake recipes I can recommend the flourless chocolate cake recipe in Sweet food by Murdoch books. It’s another lovely, nutty cake based on ground hazelnuts but I substitute ground almonds and it is delicious.

Nigella Lawson’s clementine cake is another foolproof gluten-free recipe and is a perfect Christmas treat. Substituting lemons for clementines in this recipe is not so foolproof – it was an unmitigated disaster and not the syrupy lemon drizzle cake I imagined. Still, both versions fill the house with glorious citrus scents.

For more info on the October issue of Sainsbury’s Magazine click here.


Product recall: Sainsbury’s Freefrom Rich Fruit Cake Slices

September 9, 2010

Sainsbury’s have issued a product recall for their Sainsbury’s Freefrom Rich Fruit Cake Slices due to accidental contamination with gluten. The affected batch has a best before date of 4 November 2010 and come in 160g packs.

Sainsbury’s will accept returns of these packs at all stores and will issue a full refund.

Marketing Magazine was critical of this mishap, saying “given the nature of the product, the implications could hardly be worse. Despite trumpeting its ‘free from’ status, the contaminated product poses a potentially severe heath risk for any consumer with an intolerance or allergy to wheat or gluten – the very group at which these products are aimed. The damage to the brand’s reputation may take some time to dissipate.”

No other products in Sainsbury’s Freefrom range have been affected.

What do you think? Does this affect your confidence in Sainsbury’s Freefrom products?

Source: Marketing Magazine, 8 September 2010.


Rick Stein’s oven-dried tomato and thyme tart

April 6, 2010

Saturday mornings in London often involve me sitting bleary-eyed in front of Saturday Kitchen with a cup of tea. I enjoy Rick Stein’s travel segments the most because I always pick up an interesting tip from him. The most recent Rick Stein inspired addition to my repertoire was his oven-dried tomato and thyme tart which he designed around “British food hero” blue vinney cheese. Nope, I’d never heard of it either. It is a hard and crumbly blue cheese.

The method of cooking the tomatoes involves blasting them with a high heat for 15 minutes then reducing the temperature to 150C for 1 1/4 hours until they have shrivelled and the tomato flavour has become highly concentrated.

Obviously Rick’s recipe is not gluten-free. I like to use DS frozen shortcrust pastry which is available in the frozen free-from section at Sainsbury’s. It’s not puff pastry as the recipe calls for but it will do the trick.

I cooked this recently for my parents in Australia. I wasn’t able to procure blue vinney so substituted with an Australian hard blue cheese. Dad went back for seconds.


750g/1lb ripe vine-ripened or plum tomatoes
sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
450g/1lb fresh puff pastry
100g/4oz blue vinney, thinly sliced
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
handful of wild rocket leaves
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


1. Heat the oven to its highest setting.
2. Cut the tomatoes in half lengthways and place them cut-side up in a lightly oiled, shallow roasting tin. Sprinkle over
1½ teaspoons of salt and some black pepper and roast for 15 minutes.

3. Lower the oven temperature to 150C/300F/Gas 2 and roast them for a further 1¼-1½ hours until they have shrivelled in size but are still slightly juicy in the centre. Remove and set aside.
4. Increase the oven temperature to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
5. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 30×37.5cm (12x15in) rectangle. Lift it onto a lightly greased
baking sheet, prick here and there with a fork and bake blind for 18-20 minutes until crisp and golden.
6. Remove from the oven, carefully turn it over and bake for a further five minutes.
7. Arrange the tomatoes haphazardly over the tart base, leaving a narrow border free around the edge.
8. Crumble over the slices of blue vinney, sprinkle over the thyme leaves and drizzle over the olive oil. Return the tart to the oven for 5-6 minutes until the cheese has melted.
9. Remove the tart from the oven and scatter the rocket over the top. Cut it into 8 pieces, sprinkle with a little extra virgin olive oil and serve.

Recipe from


More good news for Genius lovers

February 11, 2010

News in The Grocer (grocery industry mag) this week announced that Genius is celebrating its first birthday by dabbling in a little new product development. Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Genius founder, told The Grocer that she is working on gluten-free croissants, tea cakes and scones which should by launched by the end of 2010. This is wonderful news for gluten-free tummies and taste buds.

The article also said that Genius is now stocked in Asda and Waitrose as well as Sainsbury’s and Tesco as I’ve previously posted. 

Happy Birthday Genius!

Source: The Grocer, 6 February 2010


Genius at Sainsbury’s!

February 1, 2010

Sainsbury’s have revamped their FreeFrom range and added new products that I am dying to try. The new range includes lemon squares, freefrom oats, ginger cake slices, and banofee squares. I can’t wait to try baking with the GF oats!

Also, the Sainsbury’s website provides information on every Sainsbury’s product that is free of allergens so you can do a little research at home and make a beeline for your shopping when you’re in the store instead of reading the back of every label.

Sainsbury’s are also now stocking Genius gluten-free bread which has been exclusive to Tesco since it was launched. Genius is half-price as an introductory offer until the 9th of February. That’s GBP 1.44! Both the white and brown loaves were sold out in my local store so it’s popular already.

More information on the FreeFrom range is available from

Sainsbury’s product guidance list is here.

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