Baking

My education in catering and the food industry taught me all the basics for a successful bake, but at the time there was no information about gluten-free baking. It ultimately took a medical wake-up call for me to take interest in gluten-free cooking. I realised if I wanted to make (and most importantly eat!!) my favourite food I would have to learn everything I need to know about gluten-free baking.

Creating homemade bread flour or learning what techniques work best with bread, pies, tarts, cakes, cookies, etc has really opened up my world. If you love baking like I do and want to live a limitless gluten-free lifestyle, I highly recommend checking out my recipes below.

Gluten-Free Lamb Pide

Gluten-Free Lamb Pide

Lamb pide (pronounced pee-dae and known as kiymali pide in Turkey) is a boat-shaped flatbread baked with a spiced minced lamb topping. The dough used to make pide is similar to pizza dough, in fact, pide is also known as a Turkish pizza when toppings are added. Lamb...

Gluten-Free Asparagus Tart

Gluten-Free Asparagus Tart

When asparagus hits the shelves, you know Spring has arrived. Asparagus has a short season, April-June (Northern Hemisphere) or September-November (Southern Hemisphere). In Austria, asparagus is considered King of the vegetables, partly due to its short season and for...

Gluten-Free ANZAC Biscuits

Gluten-Free ANZAC Biscuits

I fell in love with these iconic biscuits while living in Australia for many years.  ANZAC biscuits are a firm favourite for most Australians & New Zealanders who nostalgically have a family handed-down recipe for these chewy, crisp, buttery and robust oat...

Gluten-Free Baguette Bread

Gluten-Free Baguette Bread

The heavenly smell of bread baking in the kitchen is so satisfying especially when you know it is gluten-free! I am pleased with how this recipe works well with either store-bought gluten-free bread flour or my homemade gluten-free bread flour blend. It's entirely up...

Gluten-Free Banana Loaf

Gluten-Free Banana Loaf

Have you ever walked past your fruit basket feeling guilty seeing your over-ripe bananas staring back at you? I'm sure there are plenty of you, so here's a quick, easy recipe to convert 3 over-ripe bananas into a magical, luscious, fragrant loaf filled with walnuts...

Gluten-Free Lamb & Egg Pasties

Gluten-Free Lamb & Egg Pasties

I came across these meat and egg pasties while I was going through a 1970's cookbook that had some great picnic ideas. Similar to a Scotch egg filling, I liked how the meat encased the boiled egg within the pastie pastry. I chose a lamb mince seasoned with classic...

Gluten-Free Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Something about Spring always makes me think of lemons. These lemon meringue cupcakes are perfect for a sugar-craving with a twist of lemon, especially as the cupcakes are light and fluffy, filled with a dollop of heavenly lemon curd and topped with a meringue...

Gluten-Free Beef & Ale Pies

Gluten-Free Beef & Ale Pies

I was very tempted to call this dish “Beef and Guinness Pie” to honour St. Patrick’s Day on 17th March, but as Guinness doesn’t have a gluten-free range (yet!), I am quite happy using one of the many gluten-free beers available. Although the Guinness is missing, the...

Gluten-Free Pear Flan

Gluten-Free Pear Flan

Who doesn’t love a baked fruit-filled flan? This recipe is a great way to use left-over fruits, as is the case with my nearly overripe pears. The almond cream filling (aka frangipane) compliments the pears, as well as the crisp, buttery pastry. Besides tasting great,...

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are the all-time favourite at breakfast or any occasion really, but what makes these extra special is the wonderful cinnamon buttery aroma that sends everyone crazy! I remember finding it so cruel walking past Cinnabon or other bakeries, smelling the...

Gluten-Free Stollen

Gluten-Free Stollen

Austrians and Germans have been baking Stollen for 700 years, calling it Christstollen as the stollen shape and appearance were reminiscent of the wrapped baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. Nowadays, Stollens are sold all over Europe just before Christmas at most...

Mini Pavlova Christmas Wreath

Mini Pavlova Christmas Wreath

Pavlova is a delightful, crispy meringue with a gooey centre, covered in seasonable berries and fruit on top of luscious amounts of freshly whipped cream. Yes, for those that know Pavlovas, I know Pavlovas are already gluten-free, but here is a dessert that is 100%...

Gluten-Free Bagels

Gluten-Free Bagels

Bagels are known for their classic, chewy texture and shiny coats. They also need a high GLUTEN flour to create this, so making them gluten-free took a bit of work to create the perfect bagel recipe. After several taste tests, the feedback was positive, although some...

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

For twenty years, I have baked hundreds of gingerbread cookies during the lead up to Christmas for my family, friends and catering events. I try to keep the icing decorations simple, but sometimes I get carried away and fill the whole biscuit with icing followed by...

Gluten-Free Speculaas Cookies

Gluten-Free Speculaas Cookies

Speculaas is my favourite Dutch cookie noted for its crunchy texture and spicy festive flavour – I could eat them all year round, but traditionally they are made and gifted for the feast on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day which falls annually on the 5th December....

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Apple & Pecan Muffins

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Apple & Pecan Muffins

The aroma of apple and cinnamon triggers many memories of home life, family, autumn and celebrations. Estate agents even use apple and cinnamon sticks simmering in water over the stove as a marketing trick to create a cosy atmosphere when the property is being viewed....

Gluten-Free Cornbread

Gluten-Free Cornbread

This cornbread recipe is so easy to make – 5 minutes of prep and 20 minutes to bake! Cornbread originated from the southern part of the US, accompanying spicy chillis and eventually became a traditional side to Thanksgiving meals. Originally, only yellow cornmeal was...

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving would not be the same without this traditional pumpkin pie, so if you have been missing out due to gluten-free restrictions, then this recipe will bring it back to your Thanksgiving table. My American father introduced pumpkin pie to me while we were...

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

This chilled dessert is the Mexican equivalent of Italy’s tiramisu or England’s trifle - translated as Three Milk Cake - this cake gets its name from the three types of milk - fresh cream, condensed milk and evaporated milk. These kinds of milk infuse the gluten-free...

Gluten-Free Key Lime Pie

Gluten-Free Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie has to be the quintessential American dessert that most people will be fond of. Bursting with citrusy freshness and a buttery pie crust, this dessert is perfect on a warm, balmy night after a salty barbecue dinner. Best of all, it can be made ahead of...

Gluten-Free Digestive Biscuits

Gluten-Free Digestive Biscuits

Pre-gluten-free days, I always had a packet of McVitie’s digestive biscuits handy for those peckish moments, or even when I felt under the weather. In the UK, they sell gluten-free digestive biscuits in most supermarkets. In mainland Europe, they are hard to come by,...

Gluten-Free Brie & Onion Tart

Gluten-Free Brie & Onion Tart

Vienna is lucky to have many beautiful blue skies with long sunny days in Summer at agreeable temperatures to make outdoor eating a pleasure. The food I prepared is usually light and seasonable, often served with a side salad. This Brie & Onion Tart is one of my...

Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies

Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies

Brownies are very forgiving in the gluten-free kitchen. They don’t need to rise, stick together to form a shape nor require that much flour. If you are new to baking, this recipe is a good start. I believe there are two important things about making a successful...

Gluten-Free Lemon & Ricotta Pancakes

Gluten-Free Lemon & Ricotta Pancakes

These pancakes are featherlight and perfect as a summer breakfast or afternoon snack. There is very little sugar in the batter which is great for those looking for a low-sugar snack or for keeping the sugar down with children. Any extra sweetness needed can be...