Monday, July 22, 2013

Hedgehog - The ultimate Allergy Free-Take along slice

Leahs' birthday is fast approaching, and I've been trying to come up with some ideas that tick all the allergy boxes of those that will be attending. This means Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Soy, Nut free, FODMAP safe, and it also needs to be free of nasty additives, preservatives and colourings. Generally we follow a moderate Failsafe diet for Joshua, but being a special occasion, we throw caution to the wind, and go with some high Sals, Amines and Gluts. So, If you are on elimination, or need to follow a low chemical diet, this isn't the slice for you. The cocoa has amines, the coconut has moderate sals (I will need to check, I think also amines).

I also wanted something that was easy for those who aren't used to 'Allergy Baking', to be able to make a slice to take along when needed. Most of these ingredients you can source from the Supermarket, the only one you can't, is the Organic Desiccated Coconut, it has no nasty preservative, which is biggy for us. You can use the plain jane version from the supermarket, but... it is filled with nasties!

This is just too delicious, I doubt anyone would pick this as the allergy friendly dish!

250grams Nuttelex
280grams GF SR Flour
200grams Sugar
2 Tbls Cocoa
1 Serve No egg as per package instructions
100grams coconut
8 Eskal Tea Biscuits

Thermomix Method:
Add Nuttelex, 80 degrees, speed 3, 3 minutes.
Add all other ingredients (besides Tea biscuits), Reverse, speed 4, 20 seconds.
Scrap down sides, add biscuits, knead for 20 seconds.
Spread in to a baking paper lined lamington tin, bake 15 minutes, 180 degrees.

Let cool for several hours in the fridge. Ice with:
2 cups icing sugar
1.5Tbls cocoa
1T rice milk
1-3t boiling water
Sift dry ingredients, add milk, and add water, 1t at a time, stirring to get correct mix.
Top with sprinkles.

A note on ingredients:
Nuttelex, you could use coconut oil if you like.
Self Raising Flour, I'm using the Aldi Flour, I find of all the store purchased ones, this is the nicest. It's not gritty like many of the others, and doesn't leave a dry feeling in the mouth. It also doesn't impart flavour!
Plaistowe Cocoa, I used to use the Woolworths Homebrand, it was a beautiful dutch cocoa, it's since been taken off the shelf. I'm a fan of dutch cocoa as it gives a lush, dark chocolate taste. I also recommend Loving Earths raw cocao, not dark, but wonderful quality.
White Sugar, so, we don't 'like' to use regular sugar, but, when you lose so many ingredients, sometimes it's good to stick with the old favourite. It forgives the lack of gluten. Feel free to try coconut sugar, or rapadura; neither are as sweet, so be prepared for the chocolate to overpower the slice.
No Egg, you can use a whole egg, or a chia seed mix. The gluten free version of this requires more binder then the wheat version.
Eskal Tea Biscuits, I add these to make it a hedgehog, you can leave them out and it's just a chocolate slice :)

Sprinkles: There are SO many safe options now, we use Hoppers a lot. Coles has recently bought out a great range, stars, butterflies, dinosaurs, all gluten free and using natural colors. The stars are what I've used above.

And here is where the inspiration came from! Thanks Dede x

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