Genius Gluten Free and Blueberry Cream Cheese Bagels

Recently I received a hamper of products from the Genius Gluten Free range to try out. We’re lucky enough not have to eat gluten-free in my household, but I have a few friends and family who have to avoid gluten due to coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by a reaction to gluten, a kind of protein found in wheat and other grains, and if you have made normal, non gluten-free bread before you will know that you need gluten strands to develop in your dough during kneading to ensure the bread will have the right texture. I’m always keen to try new products so I replaced our usual products with the Genius Gluten Free versions for a week as a taste test.

The hamper contained plain bagels, cinnamon and raisin bagels and a seeded brown farmhouse loaf. We often have bagels for breakfast so I just swapped our usual ones over to the gluten-free ones to try them out. With their bright packaging, if you are gluten-free you might well have already spotted these products on the shelf in your supermarket, as Genius is the number one gluten-free bakery brand in Britain.

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Papaya and Apple Ice Lollies

The height of summer (please don’t be over just yet!) and this calls for ice cold treats straight from the freezer. What better than to make these papaya and apple ice lollies, simply made from puréed fruit alone, and enjoy a healthier treat with no added sugar. My kids barely noticed the difference in their glee at getting a homemade ice lolly. Great for a guilt-free treat for me too!

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My 2015 Great British Bake Off Bakes in Review

I can’t wait for Great British Bake Off to come back on in a couple of weeks! How about you? Last year I baked along with the show every week, and joined in with the Great Bloggers Bake Off with Mummy Mishaps. I’m not sure I will manage to bake along every week this year though, but I’ll try to bake along with some of the challenges that catch my eye.

My 2015 Great British Bake Off Bakes in Review

I wanted to bring together all my 2015 GBBO bakes in one place so I can look back at them. Always useful to look back at earlier recipes and see what techniques you’ve used! Read on for a rundown of the recipes I baked last year for GBBO, from week to week. Continue reading My 2015 Great British Bake Off Bakes in Review

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