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and even if I say so myself, they were bloody gorgeous, I was really impressed with how light and fluffy they were..

A while ago, actually it was bloody ages ago, a friend on Facebook asked me to make some gluten free bread and give her the recipe, I never actually got round to it, but I did do a couple of experimental things to get the feel of gluten free flour and in my opinion, unless you are a diagnosed coeliac, don’t bother.
In fact I did a little research into gluten free and it seems that unless you are actually allergic to it, there is no reason why you should omit gluten from your diet, it doesn’t benefit you in any way, in fact you could be doing yourself more harm than good..

The first thing I made was some soda bread 

Gluten free soad bread

soda prep

Quite simply combine all the ingredients, I didn’t measure anything out, I just guessed, into a dough, which is really silky and falls apart quite easily and shape into rolls with a cross cut..

dough

and then bake..

sada b

I served them with a ham broth if I remember rightly..

soda bread

and even if I say so myself, they were bloody gorgeous, I was really impressed with how light and fluffy they were..

bread

So much so I was inspired to make some dumplings a few days later..

Gluten free dumpling:

As I was making a boar casserole I decided I’d make dumplings to go with it.

I used 4oz gluten free flour and 2oz suet.

dumpling dough

Put them into the casserole

dumplings

and cooked then as one usually would..

boar

Absolutely revolting..
Everything about them, from the taste, texture and smell, in fact they totally ruined a really nice casserole, so don’t bother.

and that is the extent of my gluten free experiment, I have half a bag of flour left, so maybe I’ll attempt a loaf of bread one day..

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