Gluten free christmas

(41 Posts)
ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 11:09:53

First Christmas since going gluten free.

Main meal is fairly straightforward, just need a stuffing substitute.

Not sure what to do for desserts or alternatives to mince pies and things like that.

Any tried and tested suggestions?

Arrtttiiieee Mon 28-Oct-13 11:11:32

We do Nigella's pomegranite pavlova and a gluten free Christmas pud.

2madboys Mon 28-Oct-13 11:12:39

If you got to M&S you should be able to get things like stuffing balls, sausages, etc, which are gluten free, but they are not seperate so just check in the general section. GF mince pies usually available in the free from section of Supermarkets. We've made GF Christmas cake which works fine - just use a regular recipe and Doves Farm flour - possibly an extra egg if you like, but there is so much other stuff in Christmas cake that the flour isn't really a major incredient. Christmas puddings reasonably easy to get hold of too.

Arrtttiiieee Mon 28-Oct-13 11:13:00

M&S do a decent gluten free mince pie too.

YDdraigGoch Mon 28-Oct-13 11:14:54

Does rice flour contain gluten? You can make nice pastry with rice flour, so could make mince pies with that. You can make nice shortbread biscuits with rice flour too. You could add nutmeg/cinamon/ginger etc to make some nice christmassy biscuits for nibbles, which you could also ice.

How about a nice sherry triffle for desert? (Or does cornflour contain gluten too?)

Chocolate mouse?

fuzzpig Mon 28-Oct-13 11:18:02

Ooh good thread. DH is coeliac.

One year he made mini baked Alaskas using mrs crimbles GF macaroons as the base. They were lovely.

He's also made mini lemon meringue pies (and with other filings like blueberries and Nutella...) although GF pastry is a bit hit and miss

fuzzpig Mon 28-Oct-13 11:18:45

Cornflour is gluten free smile

We often have Eton mess (use bought meringues for that though)

Waitrose have some cute gluten free mini Xmas cake things that taste good, if sweet

MistyB Mon 28-Oct-13 11:21:29

The village bakery usually do a great GF Christmas selection, they deliver and Able and Cole also stock their lines at Christmas.

Pudding and Christmas cake are easy enough to substitute GF flour for normal flour, especially if there are ground almonds in the recipe.

Harry Eastwood's recipes are good for other cake things. I cannot eat maize either so many GF flour blends are out for me, as is butter so I can honestly say, I have never made a successful Gluten and maize free pastry but there are plenty of people who would beg to differ and may be able to point you in the direction of a recipe that works for mince pies but many of the supermarket free from ranges do mince pies.

ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 11:22:11

Rice flour and corn flour both gluten free.Will have to do some pastry experimentation.

Thinking chocolate roulade good for dessert but more than one option would be nice.

Prefer cook from scratch over store bought.

ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 11:40:58

I have some fuddles (buffet) to go to as well so savoury snacks, e.g. alternatives to sausage rolls, sandwiches, cheese straw type things welcome

YDdraigGoch Mon 28-Oct-13 11:42:36

You can substiture rice flour for wheat flour in most recipes - you can tell the difference in cakes and pastry, but the outcome is just as nice.

ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 11:46:55

My straight flour substitutions have been a bit hit and miss so far.

Partly why i'm asking now as need to try some stuff in advance before giving it to other people. grin

CMOTDibbler Mon 28-Oct-13 11:49:01

My pastry is always rubbish, so I buy mince pies (my preferred are Sainsburys iced ff), and I buy the M&S stuffing, mini sausages etc.

GF christmas pudding turns out fine, as does any fruit cake recipe - I use Delias with Doves Farm gf flour.

For a buffet, crustless mini quiches, sushi rolls (I do things like chinese duck and plum sauce, roast beef and horseradish, roast chicken and sweet chilli sauce), spring rolls in rice flour wrappers, sausage wrapped in bacon, slices of warburtons gf wrap with a filling

ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 12:01:01

Do you have a recipe for the crustless mini quiche?

What are rice flour wrappers?

I struggle to get things like rice flour, xantham gum and other stuff used in a lot of gf recipes. I've been searching for buckwheat flour for about a month!

fuzzpig Mon 28-Oct-13 12:59:20

BTW Yorkshire puddings are fine with a straight substitution of flour (as are pancakes which we have for Xmas breakfast)

ILoveCwtches Mon 28-Oct-13 13:07:03

My Mum has coeliac disease and we make our own stuffing (3 kinds usually, as we love it). We use pork mince squished up (as cheaper and easier than finding gf sausage meat) and no flour, although cornflour would be ok if you wanted something to glue it together.

We do sage and onion, mushroom and bacon, pork and apple.....M&S do a lush cranberry & orange one if you need a back up option.

Good luck! smile

ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 13:10:04

No yorkshire puddings at Christmas in this house.

I've managed american style pancakes no problem but can't get crepes to work, they just fall apart. They're traditionally made with buckwheat so thought i'd try that but can't find it anywhere.

Floralnomad Mon 28-Oct-13 13:12:36

M&S have GF Christmas puddings .

Allalonenow Mon 28-Oct-13 13:15:32

If you are in an area that Ocado deliver to, they have a couple of different buckwheat flours. Lakeland do some gluten free cake and pudding, I've not tried the cake, but the pudding gets the thumbs up from my gluten free grandson.

Allalonenow Mon 28-Oct-13 13:18:47

Amazon sell buckwheat flour too.

ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 13:28:01

I think amazon only sell it in large quantities. Not sure i need 5kg.

If ocado sell it do waitrose carry it in their stores?

ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 13:43:26

Thanks for all the suggestions so far.

Allalonenow Mon 28-Oct-13 13:46:56

Amazon sell 500g single packs of buckwheat flour, also some other interesting types of gluten free products.

kiwidreamer Mon 28-Oct-13 14:44:24

I'm going to do a pavlova and a baileys and toblerone cheesecake for desert, maybe I'm being naive but hoping GF digestive type biscuits will work for the base?? My Mum is Coeliac so I try but don't have the day to day experience she has --hit and miss-- have bought mincemeat and hope to find a good GF pastry recipe so she can have mince pies too.

Mum loves Florentines which are naturally GF and fancy fudge too, this year I'm doing a salted caramel and pecan fudge.

I need to put some thought into the stuffing situation, previously I've just bought some and its not been GF but a good recipe would be fab.

ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 14:55:38

I have done individual cheesecakes in ramekins with no base at all before.

bex2011 Mon 28-Oct-13 15:01:42

We do a gluten free Christmas dinner. Waitrose do lovely chipolata sausages as part of their normal sausage range. As others have said, stuffing made with gf sausage meat (don't know what else as mum does it). We make a trifle with a gluten free sponge (doves flour) and fruit crumble with crumble made from gf flour and gf oats. Sainsburys win the prize for best gf mince pies. We have even made bread sauce in the past. Good luck with it.

ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 16:13:27

We have a great farm shop which does sausages that are gf free. We have a fairly non-standard dinner which is a mix between danish and english xmas dinner so don't have to be too traditional

CMOTDibbler Mon 28-Oct-13 19:33:06

spring roll wrappers. That shop sell a fab range of flours and generally gf stuff too,

crustless quiche - you can make in mini muffin pan and with any filling you like.

I make crepes to Delias recipe with Doves Farm flour, and whizz it with a stick blender then leave for 20 min. Works beautifully

lookout Mon 28-Oct-13 19:41:34

I get all my flours from here. There's a recipe on the back of the Doves farm rice flour for cheese straw type things, and their website has a good selection of recipes and a good search facility so you can choose specific gf recipes.

ILikeBirds Mon 28-Oct-13 22:50:31

Those crustlless quiche look great as a breakfast option. I eat breakfast at work so always looking out for portable food.

trixymalixy Mon 28-Oct-13 22:57:58

Pavlova, creme brûlée, that hazelnut meringue thing they made on GBBO was gluten free.

For starters, prawn bisque, smoked salmon and prawns.

Most supermarkets will have gluten free Xmas pud and mince pies.

JoannaAC Tue 29-Oct-13 12:11:02

Fruit Pig Company are online butchers who do a wide range of gluten-free and lactose-free, rare breed pork stuff, and they do a Christmas range of stuffing and pigs in blankets (mmm) etc. We had a the full monty last year and it was absolutely gorg.

bigbrick Tue 29-Oct-13 23:07:53

I use ground almonds istead of flour & this could be nice for mince pies

OldRoan Wed 30-Oct-13 14:05:33

We have a bûche de noël which is flour-free. Just google for recipes and find one you like the look of - I tend to freestyle a bit so can't help much with specifics. Just remember to get gluten-free cocoa and you should be fine.

Also, remember not to coat roast potatoes in flour, or to thicken gravy with flour. I'm sure you would anyway, but my friend's dad forgot one year and she had a miserable Christmas lunch!

babyseal Wed 30-Oct-13 15:42:42

I am watching this with interest, and my small offering to the table is Mrs Crimble's biscuits for cheese, they are highly addictive and any gluten free guests won't feel like they are missing out on the cheese course.

ILikeBirds Wed 30-Oct-13 16:25:46

Didn't know what bûche de noël was but turns out it's what i call squidgy log or chocolate roulade if i'm being posh. That's my chocolate option as no flour traditionally rather than being a poorer gf relation. Can also be made in advance and frozen quite well. Think i'm going to do that, individual white chocolate and raspberry cheesecakes and some sort of gf christmas pud (will be for more than one meal!)

iseenodust Wed 30-Oct-13 17:33:32

M&S is your best buddy. My mum is coeliac. All their stuffings and most sausages are now GF. The Christmas cake is quite good. I made Nigellas rich choc flour free cake last year which was lush.

When you've had enough of being a domestic goddess (about 27th Dec round here) M&S GF salmon fishcakes make a quick light dinner.

ILikeBirds Wed 30-Oct-13 17:53:02

I'm not a big fan of anything ready made tbh, whether it's gluten free or not and my budget isn't a fan of M&S food smile

bluesky Wed 30-Oct-13 17:54:49

Lovely recipes on the intolerant gourmet website, i use lots on there

lookout Wed 30-Oct-13 23:06:35

Also, just a thought but some of the best Paleo websites have some very good recipes that are grain, and therefore gluten, free. Might be worth browsing these, which are some of my favourites:
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