Allergy friendly gingerbread recipe

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!

gingerbread

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 🙂

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Christmas drinks, Aussie countdown and some thoughts…

I feel excited, happy, full of life..what else could I say. Removalist company will come in three days time and then it is just the countdown until we jet off.

Even though we have been doing lots of moving things for the past two months we try to make sure to have as enjoyable December time as possible. Yesterday we went to Richmond to visit our dear friends as they were hosting Christmas drinks. They bought a place there and fully renovated it and it is stunning. Their home will most likely appear in Good Homes magazines soon. The house is gorgeous.

joulukuusi

Their beautiful Christmas tree and some Christmas punch from huge Martini glass…

Christmas puncg

I guess our friends have very similar taste to mine and that is why I like their decor so much, similar colours and similar features that I adore. The house is three stories with the brand new loft conversion, they have under floor heating and the Sonos music system running throughout the house -fantastic! I love every room in the house. The house makes me feel like I am back in home, Finland, with the wooden floors, under floor heating and that modern stylish look. After we left my husband asked whether I considered coming back to London if we got place like that with underfloor heating and modern decor -I said yes! I guess I will never get used to cold English houses, squeeky old floor boards and that slightly negligent building style they have here in many places. I know it is part of English charm but still I think a Scandi will never really appreciate it. Well our friends’ place is the opposite, the house is just done to the finest detail! Wow. Beautiful.

cheese tableThey had made such a huge effort with drinks and snacks…I love the time zone clocks, useful when the husband is Australian like in this household..

time zone clocks

Some brownies..

brownies

I love this lamp or should I say chandelier!

lamp

I love the feature ladders with happy lights too, such a nice touch, exactly what I had on my Pinterest too when thinking of nice features to our new house.

ladder with happy lights

We had a great time and was nice to go to Richmond, it is definitely one of my favourite areas here in addition to Barnes, Chelsea, Hampton and Mayfair. Peaceful and beautiful.

I guess my mind is already in Australia though. There are ,however, couple of things I want to do. I want to take my daughter to Harrods Christmas Grotto and also I want to take her to some children theatre before we leave this city. I think she would enjoy those things.

I have focused on house hunting now and I think my favourite area in Melbourne is Brighton. I love inner city but I think now with the child I want to go to some beach side area that is close to the CBD but also super nice, safe and beautiful. I have been spotting houses, daycares and schools there and it looks fantastic! What I learned after living first in Marylebone and then in North London was that it was super cool for young couple to live in North but not for a small child, for the child Marylebone or place like Richmond or Barnes would have been better. If we were to come back it would be pretty much Barnes, Chelsea or Richmond that we would consider.

Brighton in Melbourne seems to be like Richmond here. Brighton is a super nice area, beautiful houses, beach in walking distance and only 20minutes to the centre on train. I have already been admiring the high street and it looks lovely, so pretty. I also saw the area on Location, Location Australia and that is why I actually started to look for houses there. I think for my husband who is from Queensland the important thing is to be near the beach and for me the area is everything, I just want to have the feel that it is perfectly safe, clean and family friendly but I also like that classy look and feel as I love shopping and fancy restaurants.

I cannot describe how excited I am. At the weekend when we got the tube that was again busy as always I felt I am done with London for a while. I miss the happy peaceful feel I have in Finland, that safe, quiet and relaxed lifestyle without peak hour traffic, I do miss it so much here and I hope we can get it in a nice area in Melbourne, in fact I know we will. I have been to Melbourne enough to know it is great. It was not chosen to one of the best places to live in the world for nothing. It has the most amazing coffee shop culture ( I am a coffee addict), it is super clean and also what I read today it has one of the best quality water in the world (plus one of the freshest and cleanest air in the world). I have been only drinking bottled water for four years in London and I cannot wait that I can actually enjoy tasty and clean water from the tap like we do in Finland. I know you may think I am a fancy pants but I have not been able to drink London water. I believe this is the same problem for most Nordics here as we are used to fresh spring water. London water is just so dirty, you notice it when you run it from the tap and you look at the water in the light, it has this weird oily layer on top and when you boil it the whole pan is full of calcium and stains. I am like a camel though, I do drink approximately 3 litres of water a day and I guess that is why my taste buds are developed to know the good water. Small things in life but you know a human being is pretty much water he drinks. Fresh and clean water is extremely important for well being.

Anyway, many thoughts today, I have a glass of Vermentino waiting for me now so will shut down the laptop and enjoy my new book Rosie Effect and just dream of our travels!

I hope you had a great weekend, I did.

Prunes in Meringuecream -Toast for Finnish White Winter

This is one of my favourites of wintertime desserts. It gives the flavour of Finnish Christmas cookies combined with punch prunes, white snowflakelike meringue and fresh youghurtcream.

2 dl prunes

1dl punch

1 dl water

Cream:

1 1/2 dl of cream

1 jar (150g) Bulgarian youghurt (thick sour natural youghurt)

(2-3 tbsp lemon juice)

christmas cookies

Meringue:

1 egg white

1/2 dl white sugar

1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Make meringue well beforehand (or buy it ready). Whisk the egg white, sugar and lemon juice. Place it on a baking tray. If you cook it by yourself remember to bake it for a long time in low temperature, approximately 100c degrees.

This dessert is served individually in cups.

Cut the prunes into small cubes. Put the prunes, punch, water and lemon juice into a sauce pan, cook for 5 min until the prunes turn soft. Let it cool for a while. Whip the cream and mix it with the youghurt and lemon juice. Crush the christmas cookies and put them in the bottom of the cup. Make layers by using crushed cookies, prunemixture and creamyoghurt. On the top of the dessert sprinkle some crushed meringues.

This dessert is not too sweet, but such a lovely wintertime surprise for dessert!