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 Tart

Tis the season for strawberries, and pairing them with cream is just classic. A hint of lime & pepper adds an invisible touch of luxury to a special tart.

I combined this mousse recipe with my own other mousses, and created a crusted tart with a fluffy, summery attitude.

If you prefer to serve the mousse on its own without a pastry crust, see the last footnote.

Serves: 12 – 16
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Mandarin and Lime Cheesecake

This is an alternate take on my GF Coconut & Cherry Cheesecake, but using sweet tinned mandarins with a hint of sharp lime. There’s also plenty of toasted coconut and white chocolate to make it rich and creamy.

Start the filling the day before serving, to have time to properly chill; bake the crust and assemble the next day.

Serves: 12 – 16
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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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Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

This rich and easy-to-make cake has the same ingredients as a sponge, but in markedly different ratios. It’s a traditional Dutch recipe which I’ve made GF, and in basic form is quite plain – but allows you wide scope for creativity.

Flavouring options and topping suggestions are in the footnotes. Please review those prior to making your version of this very delicious cake.

Serves: 12-16

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Plum and Apple Jam

I have a few other summer fruit jams, but for autumn/winter I like this one. It’s used in my Braised Red Cabbage recipe and will be used in a Slovakian millefeuille (link to follow). See the footnotes for other serving options.

There’s no need for pectin or jam sugar (which is just caster sugar with added pectin), if you use arrowroot powder or cornflour as a thickener.

Makes: One 500ml jar (plus a teeny bit extra)
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Lemon Mousse Cheesecake

I’ve had a play around with my favourite Lemon Curd recipe, adding whipped egg whites plus mascarpone (or cream cheese), double cream, soured cream, and gelatine. This makes an indulgently rich – but light as mousse – citrussy cheesecake. The pastry is gluten-free but you could use regular flour.

If you prefer to serve the mousse on its own without a pastry crust, see the last footnote.

Serves: 12 – 16
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