Despite our daughter’s allergies I want her to experience all the things that other children do including baking. Of course this means we need to be extra cautious and she can only bake with the ingredients that suit for her so regular cookies which include butter and eggs just won’t work, her hands would get just swollen and itchy plus the risk she would eat the mix scares us as we do not want to use the adrenaline pen unless necessary.
Last week I felt like Finnish Christmas cookies which are gingerbread biscuits. I googled a lot to get the best recipe, the most allergy friendly one but I could not find a good one so I decided to try my own. It worked super well, so here you go. If you want to do some dairy and egg free gingerbread biscuits for allergic kids this recipe is great. If you want to bake them just for some other reasons preferring vegan/dairy free diet this works perfectly then too! You cannot tell they are dairy and egg free!
My little daughter absolutely loved baking the biscuits!
Makes three oven trays of biscuits:
3/4dl (a bit less than 1 cup) dark syrup (treacle syrup in the UK and in OZ)
1 dl (1/2 cup) sugar
Gingerbread spice: 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground cardamom, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp ground ginger
125g dairy free margarin (I used sunflower margarin in the UK, in Finland you can use Keiju dairy free margarin.)
4 1/2 dl (2 1/4 cup) white flour
1 tsp no-egg powder mixed with 2 tsp water (You get this from Waitrose or Ocado in the UK and from Punnitse ja Saasta store in Finland. This is ORGRAN Australian product so available anywhere in OZ.)
2 tsp baking soda
1. Prepare the gingerbread spice
2. Cook syrup, sugar and dairy free margarin with gingerbread spice in the sauce pan until nice and shiny brown.
3. When the liquid is nice and brown take it away from the heat and mix in the no-egg.
4. Mix flour and baking soda together and add into the syrup mix.
5. Knead well.
6. Use flour when baking if needed.
7. Bake for 6-9 minutes in 175 celsius degrees.
ENJOY! Works well with blue cheese like Stilton on top -this is a Finnish style to eat them 🙂