Review- Tesco Free From Truffles

Hello and welcome to Blogmas day 3/4 , its a bit late but here none the less , all best intentions were lost as I’ve been struck with the dreaded lurgy. 

I hope you are getting into the Christmas spirit? A grotto visit has got mini me super excited and we still have 3 weeks left- wish me luck. 

  
Anyway today I thought I’d share my thoughts on this new find from Tesco.  Free From Fondant Truffles, they are a mouthful to say, and a mouthful to eat.  Anyway the bonus is they are wheat, gluten, egg and milk free. ( I’m waiting for confirmation of nuts). 

  

So how do they taste? The thick chocolate outer is a pleasant milk chocolate, that doesn’t have that cheap  Artificial sweetness to it, however the soft fondant centre is very very sweet. If I’m honest they are not for me but then I do prefer dark chocolate. For me they sit well with a coffee after dinner ( which I assume is their intent). What is brilliant though is that there is a grown up, affordable (£2.00) dairy free truffle on the market now. 

Have you tried these? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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 Gluten Free Chocolate Profiteroles  Cheesecake 

Yes indeed you have read the title correctly. It was my birthday last Sunday, and I had a minor lapse, falling of the refined sugar free band wagon (in these circumstances guilt isn’t an option). It was in for a penny, in for a pound so I had bubbly to, but back to the point, I feel I’m digressing. 

I thought long and hard and decided this isn’t something you see too often, but it tastes amazing, and whilst I wouldn’t recommend it every week, it’s great for that once a year treat. ( I’ve not worked out calories per slice I don’t want to frighten myself or my readers). Even better it is a non bake cheesecake, so more assembly work rather than actual cooking. 

  

Ingredients For 20 cm tin 

  • 200 g digestive biscuits (I used gluten free) 
  • 45 g butter 
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 160 ml double cream
  • 160g dark chocolate ( I used Kinnerton
  • 2tbs Cocoa powder
  • 300 g cream cheese 
  • 1-2 boxes of Tesco gluten free profiteroles 

Method

  • I cheat put all you biscuits and butter ( don’t bother melting) into a food processor, pulse until you have a damp looking biscuity rubble. 
  • Tip this into your cake tin, spring form works best, and flatten with tbe back of a spoon. 
  • Leave to harden for at least an hour in the fridge. 

To make the cheesecake 

  • Melt the chocolate and let it cool
  • Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks, add the cooled chocolate and cocoa powder and combine well. 
  • Whisk together the sugar and cream cheese until well combined. 
  • Fold this into the chocolate mixture and spread onto your now hardened biscuit base. 
  • Leave for atleast an hour ( 4 hours is my time of choice) to set. 

  
To serve I arranged the defrosted profiteroles on top of the cheesecake and used Choc Shot by Sweet Freedom for the sauce.  Please feel free to make your own profiteroles, I’ve still not perfected my recipe  hence why I cheated. Any tips on choux pastry that is gluten free then please share- I’m all virtual ears. 

  

Review, Carl The Caterpillar Cake from Tesco 

Yes it’s called Carl, yes I’m 32, no I don’t care. It was my birthday yesterday and having seen this cake being advertised, and being gluten free my inner child said I needed one.  Off I went on a mission to find said insect friend. Guess what I found one to. 

  
Carl is £6, serves 12 and is a chocolate cake, covered in fondant With chocolate buttercream sandwiching it all together. As a tip I found it in the Free From section of Tesco and not with the other cakes in the bakery department. 

The packaging is bright and eye catching, perfect for all age groups ( the new Easter packaging on hot cross buns is great as well), it even comes on a cake board so can be served straight away. All good bonus points. But really we are all waiting for the taste test. 

  
There is a lot of fondant on this cake, which I confess I found very sweet, so ended up picking it off. The cake itself is moist with a fairly generous amount of butter cream and a good chocolate flavour of the actual sponge cake. On the whole I liked it, although It was probably a bit too sweet for me. I do admit I had a minor wobble on eating it when I saw the sugar content, but for a birthday treat and bike ride later I can take it. 

  
I can see this will be a winner for children, and it means that no one will be left out and also a godsend for those of us who can’t/ don’t like icing cakes. It’s worth mentioning though that it is unsuitable for nut allergy sufferers – don’t worry I didn’t eat in and glout in front of mini me. I bought a just free tray bake the is 100% nut free. 

So there we have it, not a bad product and good value for money. Have you found and tried this cake yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Chocolate Porridge- clean, Gluten and Dairy Free  

Yes you all read that right chocolate porridge. So we can’t have Nutella in this house and coco pops (in my opinion are horrid and not suitable for for coeliacs) so it got me thinking, what do I make for that odd occasion I fancy a chocolate themed breakfast- chocolate porridge is the answer.

 

It’s rich, creamy, and can be adapted to suit a variety of diets. gluten free? Use gluten free oats. dairy free? Use a plant based milk the list goes on. I find it perfect for wen you need a chocolate fix, the other bonus is its low GI and keeps you full until lunch.

Serves 1 

Ingredients 

  • 40g porridge oats  (I used gluten free)
  • 150 ml milk of your choice
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1/2 tbs of sweetener of choice ( I used agave)
  • Toppings of cocao nibs, fruit, coconut whatever flavours you prefer.

Method

  • Put the oats and milk In a pan and heat gently
  • When the mixture starts to thicken add the sweetener and cocoa powder and stir in well.
  • I should add cacao powder can be very bitter in taste, to counter balance this you can mash half a banana up and mix into you porridge ( I’d add a squirt of agave as well)
  • Serve and top with your favoured toppings- today for me it was banana.

I hope you enjoy it, it’s just another idea for you to mix up your breakfasts in honour of National Breakfast Week.