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The 12 days of a gluten free Christmas The 12 days of a gluten free Christmas

Christmas is a time of year when we all want to feel a little bit special and indulge when we eat out. Frequently, the coeliac diner is left with a very basic meal and yet Christmas food is all about the trimmings. The aim was to create a ‘shopping list’ of Christmas products readily available nationally, so that caterers can easily add these to their Christmas menus.

On the third day of a gluten free Christmas …Christmas cake

For day three of our 12 days of Christmas, we taste tested the gluten free Christmas cakes on offer from the main supermarket chains. Christmas cake to me should be a step up from a normal fruit cake, with possibly just a hint of alcohol to add real depth to the fruit.

I have vivid memories of my nan making Christmas cakes and Christmas puddings. She would start by soaking the dried fruit overnight in cold tea to plump up the raisins and sultanas. She always made them during the October half term and as children we all had to stir the cake and make a Christmas wish. She would then cook the cake and steam the puddings (wrapped in muslin cloths) and then store them for Christmas, feeding them with brandy at regular intervals. It was a proper ritual, and one we looked forward to excitedly, as it formed part of the build up to Christmas. When we manufactured gluten free food for a living, I followed the same tradition (although only the staff got to stir the cake mix and make a wish!).

All the products are reviewed independently and the commentary is our own.

Click the video below to see the results of our taste testing.

On the second day of a gluten free Christmas …sausage rolls

For day two of our 12 days of Christmas, we taste tested gluten free sausage rolls. Sausage rolls have, for many years, been denied to coeliacs, unless they bought from specialist bakeries like we once were or made them themselves. In the last two years gluten free sausage rolls have gone mainstream and both frozen, uncooked sausage rolls and fresh ready-to-serve sausage rolls are now widely available.

All the products are reviewed independently and the commentary is our own.

Click the video below to see the results of our taste testing.

On the first day of a gluten free Christmas …mince pies

Christmas is a time of year when we all want to feel a little bit special and indulge when we eat out. Frequently, when eating out over Christmas, I have been left with a very basic meal and yet Christmas food is all about the trimmings. Most major retailers now provide a raft of gluten free Christmas food, in fact this year a few supermarkets have really upped their game! We decided to create a ‘shopping list’ of gluten free Christmas products that are readily available nationally. Caterers can then easily source these products and add them to their Christmas menus to create a meal for us that is just as special as ‘normal’ Christmas meals.

The first day is all about mince pies. So, whether you want to provide gluten free mince pies for your diners to have with coffee or mulled wine, or whether you want to serve them as a dessert, play the video below to see which mince pies came out the best in terms of taste and texture.

All the products have been tested by us and commentary is completely independent. Some products may not have been available at the time of our testing and thus may not be included, but we have tried to provide a full range of food items including mince pies, stuffing, Christmas puddings, bread and so on, basically the generic mainstays of a Christmas meal.

Each product taste testing will be released daily over the next two weeks via the website www.glutenfreetraining.co.uk, so please drop by and read the blogs and play the videos.