Every year I see the posts, “OMG Christmas has hit the shops already!” and every time I think oh phooey, get over it! hehe. If you’re knew here, I’ll let you in on a little not-so-secret secret now…. I love Christmas! In my mind there is nothing better than getting into the festivities early. This may have something to do with my need to be organised (and I seriously am!!) but I think it might just have more to do with getting into my gluten free Christmas baking early. Any excuse to eat right?! So to make your Gluten Free Christmas the simplest it possibly can be I have listed off my top 8 favourite Gluten Free Baking recipes for you!
A Gluten Free Christmas
Can you imagine? A world where you don’t have to have your own “special” food placed to the side come Christmas day. Where you don’t have to harrass Aunt Moira for the 110th time to remember that she can’t put everything on one platter. “A few crumbs don’t matter deary!!”. *insert eye roll!*
What if I told you, you could have an entirely Gluten Free Christmas and no one would ever know!
Well it is possible. With the accessibility of some truely awesome gluten free products baking gluten free has become not only easy but damn yummy to boot. So good they’ll never even know it’s gluten free! These days you can have an entirely gluten free feast, from fruit cake to glazed ham. Yule logs smothered in chocolate ganache to pavlova’s piled high with fruit. Whatever your fancy, you can whip it up gluten free and the whole family (Aunty Moira included) will enjoy it!
8 of my Favourite Gluten Free Baking Recipes
Ever get asked to bring a plate to a end of year, Christmas party? Maybe you’re hosting Christmas dinner or lunch at your place? Maybe you’re just as addicted to yummy Christmas treats as I am. Whatever you’re reason you need to head below and check out 8 of my favourite gluten free Christmas baking recipes. Easy, quick and delicious! (how nice is to actually have a choice too!!)
Gluten Free Fruit Cake
Seriously, I couldn’t not start with this baby could I! Now fear not friends, even people who HATE fruit cake will eat this. (Honestly, I’ve tested it!). You no longer need to make your gluten free fruit cake months in advance and soak it in booze. This “quick” and easy recipe will have you enjoying a slice smothered in custard or with a hot cup of tea in no time.
Gluten Free Fruit Mince Pies
Gah! One of my absolute favourites and one that I can honestly say, I am not a fan of the store bought versions. These divine little morsels are so good you won’t go back to store bought after this, I promise! Now don’t be put off by making your own pastry, really! My sweet gluten free shortcrust pastry will surprise you in not only how simple it is but how yummy. And so much easier to work with than the frozen kind.
Gluten Free Yule Log with whisky cherries
I mean does it get any Christmasier? The classic chocolate sponge roll cake layered with whipped cream takes a big step up here. Add in chocolate chips, lashings of fresh and drunken cherries, finished with a wickedly decadent chocolate ganache topping. This Christmas classic will not only wow your guests but make a beautiful center piece to your Christmas table.
Classic Aussie Gluten Free Pavlova
The one recipe that always surprises me when it’s NOT gluten free. I honestly wish more people knew how easy it is to make GF. (Seriously, just use gluten free cornflour instead!) The classic Pav is not only easy but it can also be made ages ahead of time, so no more slaving away in the kitchen come Christmas day. Pile it high with your favourite fruit toppings and plenty of whipped cream and you’re guaranteed to please the crowds!
Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
Now what is Christmas without the smell of vanilla and ginger wafting through the house. I honestly don’t feel like it’s Christmas until I’ve made at least one type of Christmas cookie. My favourite of course has to be these sugar cookies. Sweet, melt in your mouth and the perfect cookie for decorating. They also only use store bought gluten free flour! These will make the perfect addition to your gluten free Christmas baking!
Gluten Free Gingerbread
Oh now these babies are divine! The perfect balance of chewy and soft, my gluten free gingerbread do take a little bit to whip up. But they are oh so worth it! Cut into gingerbread men and decorate with the kids, or bake into slabs and make a mean gluten free gingerbead house. Or simply enjoy as is! Again, what is Christmas without gingerbread!
Boozy Gluten Free Truffles
Sometimes you simply need a sweet treat to whip up as a gift. There really is nothing like giving homemade treats, in fact it’s one of the reasons why I love Christmas so much! But, we don’t all have hours to spend making beautiful biscuits in the kitchen. That’s where my Mum’s simple, no bake, gluten free truffles come in. Filled with copious amounts of “Christmas cheer” or a chocoholics dream, you can customize my scrummy truffles easily! I do recommend making a double batch though…. they’re just too damn good to give them all away!! 😉
Classic Gluten Free Shortbread
A staple in any gluten free christmas baking list. My shortbread are yummy and fairly easy. The perfect biscuit all comes down to the texture and mouth feel. And this is what makes my gluten free shortbread different to a sugar cookie.
Now we can’t have dessert without lunch first! So what the hell, let’s throw in one extra recipe for good luck!
Caramelized Pineapple & Rum Glazed Ham
Funnily enough I don’t just bake! I do enjoy cooking too, though hey, if it ain’t sweet or got chocolate in it, what am I even doing in the kitchen? But for me, there really is nothing quite like the sticky, sweet, crunchy exterior of a well cooked ham. I like to put an Aussie spin on it too and use beautiful seasonal fruits. This easy glaze has to be one of my and my families favourites and will definitely impress your guests!
Well that’s it folks! My top 8 or should I say 9, Favourite Gluten Free Christmas Baking recipes. Now you’re all set for your festive season and can simply jump straight in the kitchen and have some fun!
What’s the first thing you’re going to bake this Christmas?