It’s a great city to visit with plenty to see and do, but on my first trip to Berlin I found that gluten free options were a little thin on the ground. After a little research I did manage to find some great places to eat gluten free in Berlin with more than enough options to cover a short break or weekend away.
I love coffee… Maybe a little too much. I get through several cups of the stuff every morning, so its no surprise coffee cake is one of my favourites. Fortunately I’m not alone, its a regular request to bring into the office for birthdays.
Everyone knows baking gluten free isn’t easy. But with a little practise you’ll soon be making great gluten free cakes, cookies and breads.
Whether you’re a beginner looking to make your first cake, or have been baking for a while but things just aren’t turning out right, here are some tips to help you become a pro.
Brownies are a gluten free bakers best friend and a great place to start out. They use less flour than regular cakes, so the missing gluten has less of an effect on your results. There also intentionally dense meaning that even if you under or over-bake, you’ll get away with it. I always use use chocolate with a hight coco content in my gluten free brownies, which helps your brownies set properly once out of the oven. And I add a little xanthan gum to mix just to be safe.
Travelling can be a bit of a pain when you can’t eat wheat. You don’t have your safe choices, you don’t know if you’ll be able to eat anything. You end up worrying if you’ll find good places to eat, whether you’ll get ill and whether whoever you’re travelling with will have to miss out. And, the big one: will I be stuck eating side salads the whole time? (Salad is not a meal in my book).
But luckily, when you’re visiting somewhere like New York, you don’t have to worry as much. There’s loads of gluten free places about, you just need to know where to find them.
Pretty much everyone likes a Victoria sponge cake. Not only is it usually considered pretty easy to make, but you, and most other people, know exactly how it should taste. That means you have nowhere to hide and it’s even more important to get the recipe right if you’re making a gluten free version.
This gluten free loaf cake is perfect if your just finding your feet as a gluten free baker. Its great tasting and easy to make, the whole thing is done within an hour. Chocolate and coconut is a flavour combination thats been tried and tested and the coconut does an amazing job of keeping your sponge from drying out.
Bundt cakes are your best friend as a gluten free baker. The shape of the tin means your cake cooks from the inside and outside at the same time, meaning your more likely to avoid a stogy centre. They’re also great if your short on time (or if you’re feeling lazy, like I often am) as they cook quick and look great straight out of the tin.
Gluten free baking isn’t the easiest thing in the world.
Gluten is what makes our bread and cakes soft and spongy and pastries stretchy. But with the right ingredients and a little bit of trial and error, you can make a whole variety of cakes, breads, desserts without it.
The first step when you start cooking gluten free is to make sure your cupboards are stocked with the right ingredients. You might be unfamiliar with some of these, but having a reliable stock will stop you having to run to the shops every time you feel like baking.
Eating out with friends is always a hassle when you’ve got dietary requirements. It’s not as simple as stopping off at the first place you like the look of. Instead you spend 5 minutes scanning the menu to see if there’s anything you can actually eat (and hoping that it’s something you’ll actually enjoy).