Gooseberry Fool Canapés

Gooseberries are ‘the other summertime fruit’ (strawberries being the British number one). I love one-bite-sized canapés to serve a crowd, and this gluten-free recipe softens the natural sharpness of gooseberries with spices and caramel.

This is the classic British fool: a gooey, sharp-sweet, perfectly-balanced treat (the pix are horrorshow; everyone loved the taste).

Makes: 36 canapé-sized tartlettes (see Kit footnotes for larger sizes)
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Strawberries and Cream Tartlettes

The hints of orange & spice are a perfect taste counterpoint in these seasonal canapés. I’ve suggested making strawberry compote, but you could of course use your favourite shop-bought jam to make it even easier.

Adding a whipped cream garnish makes these the perfect bite-sized British summertime treats.

Makes: 36 canapé-sized tartlettes (see Kit footnotes for larger sizes)
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Palmiers – Sweet and Savoury

This week the coeliacs unfortunately got shafted, because I had shop-bought puff pastry in the freezer begging to be used. Making GF puff pastry from scratch will probably never appear on these pages …

So many flavour combinations to try; here are 1 sweet and 1 savoury suggestion, but more choices are in the Flavour Options footnotes.

Makes: up to 6 dozen depending on size (see Sizing footnote)
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White Chocolate Truffles with Ginger, Lime and Coconut

Sometimes you have an excess of white chocolate, and a cheesecake, other cake, or cupcakes aren’t quite right for the occasion.

The fab Kate’s Veggie Desserts advertised these on Twitter. I’ve scaled it up & modified the ingredients slightly – you’ll have a creamy, tropical delight.

And you’ll have made truffles! 🙂

Makes: 30-40 truffles depending on size
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Alternative Mince Pies

When I asked Twitter for alternatives to traditional mince pies for the holidays, Kali Stacey forwarded me this recipe (interesting history here on this Scottish treat).

Because I had plums & raisins hanging about, I used them – but you could use currants/dried mixed fruit as you prefer. You need to start the night before serving.

Makes: 24 (+ extra – see Footnote)
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‘Sunshine’ Curd Tartlettes

In cold, damp, dark November, we all crave a treat bursting with citrus flavours to remind us of summer. These GF tartlettes have lemon, lime, and orange so will really lift your spirits.

The filling is adapted from BBC Good Food. There are multiple garnish suggestions in the footnote so you can unleash your creativity.

Makes: 30 canapé-sized tartlettes
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