Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

 

Ok, ok. So I think I may have a new food obsession… Beer-battered veggies!!! Seriously, how have I never tried making these before?! I’ve battered many a fish, and an onion ring in my time – but never have I ever battered veggies before.

I’ve been busy designing this recipe for a few weeks now, with the help of the lovely folks at St Peter’s Brewery and their incredible Gluten-Free beer!

 

Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

 

For those not in-the-know, St Peter’s Brewery are the makers of fine British beers and ales, from their beautiful brewery at St. Peter South Elmham, near Bungay in Suffolk. Some of you might recognise them for their excellent, unusually-shaped oval bottles?

With St Peter’s being local to me, I’ve always loved following the brewery, and seeing what they are developing next. I’ve even been on a couple of their brewery tours and tastings – which I highly recommend to any beer + ale enthusiasts!!!

St Peter’s use locally malted barley to produce anything from classical English cask-conditioned ales, to the more unusual varieties like, honey porter and fruit beer. It really is a fantastic range. So you can imagine my excitement, when I discovered they offered not one, but two gluten-free beers!!!

 

Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

 

Since going gluten-free, it’s been difficult to find a high-quality gluten-free beer, that doesn’t feel like you’re missing out. But now that I’ve found St Peters Brewery’s Light and Dark versions, I need not look any further. There’s definitely no flavour compromise with these beers. Both have bold flavours from the hops and beautiful zesty, citrus notes – which make them perfect for the summertime! Both beers are also certified by Coeliac UK, which is another great bonus!

So I decided to design these Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies, to really show off how incredible this beer really is! I opted for the pale beer in this recipe, so that the batter is super light and airy! The beer really helps the batter to crisp up, and adds a great flavour punch, which really compliments the veggies. I’ve also added a gluten and dairy-free Dill Dipping Sauce to serve along side them, that’s fantastically herby + creamy! You could also serve them with a good sweet chilli dip too!

 

Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

 

If all that beer-y goodness wasn’t enough, St Peter’s Brewery have kindly given me this Gluten-Free Gift Set to giveaway for FREE!!  The set includes 6 Gluten-Free Beers (3 Light + 3 Dark) and a handy tote bottle-bag to store them all in!

Just enter in the rafflecopter below and follow the giveaway instructions to win!!

Apologies, but due to postage reasons, I will be accepting entries from the UK only.

 

Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

 

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Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

 

Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

Serves: 2

Gluten-Free Beer Battered Veggies

Ingredients

  • ½ a broccoli head, cut into small florets
  • ½ a cauliflower head, cut into small florets
  • ½ a red pepper, cut into strips
  • lemon wedges, to serve
  • for the batter
  • 120g brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 180ml St Peter's gluten-free beer
  • sunflower or vegetable oil, to deep fry
  • for the creamy dill dip
  • 4 tbsp dairy + egg free mayo, or natural yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp of fresh dill, finely chopped
  • juice of ½ a lemon

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting the vegetables and preparing the dip. Combine all of the dip ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Pre-heat the oil for frying.
  3. Meanwhile, combine brown rice flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Slowly whisk the gluten-free beer into the mix, to form a smooth thick batter.
  5. Dip the vegetables into the batter, ensuring you get an even coverage. Shake off any excess and place each piece into the hot oil. Fry until golden and cooked through.
  6. Place the fried veggies on kitchen towel to get rid of any excess oil.
  7. Transfer to a bowl and serve alongside the creamy dill dip + lemon wedges.

Notes

Once cooked, the batter is best eaten straight away for a light, crispy texture.

Chocolate Celebration Cake

 

Ahhhh, today is officially Heart + Bowl’s 2nd Birthday!!

Can you believe it’s been two years already?!

No… I can’t either!

They grow up so fast.

 

Chocolate Celebration Cake

 

The past couple of years have been quite extraordinary. I could never of imagined the opportunities I’ve been given thanks to blogging! In the last year alone, I’ve been featured in not one, but two cookbooks! I’ve also teamed up with some fantastic brands who I really admire, and hosted some really fun giveaways!

 

Chocolate Celebration Cake

 

It’s crazy to think how much Heart + Bowl has changed me, and in so many different ways. I’ve discovered a new passion for food photography, it’s given me so many fantastic contacts and I’ve made loads of amazing foodie discoveries!

 

Chocolate Celebration Cake

 

So I thought I better follow up all that awesomeness with something equally awesome, that will kick-off my next year of blogging!

So for this very special occasion, I’ve teamed up with Gnaw Chocolate, to help celebrate my 2nd year blogiversary in styyyyle. As birthdays are basically just an excuse for cake – I’ve made this Chocolate Celebration Cake with the help of some incredible Gnaw goodies!

 

Chocolate Celebration Cake

 

For those of you who’ve not heard of Gnaw, they are the producers of the most amazing chocolate, and they handcraft it right here in my home county of Norfolk!! They source natural ingredients, and ethnically sourced cocoa beans, to deliver a chocolate bar that’s packed full of flavour and love!

You’ll be spoiled for choice where Gnaw is concerned, From Rocky Road to Lemon Meringue – there’s so many unique and exciting flavours. While I avoid eating dairy, there’s still an impressive range of dark chocolate bars for me to choose from. I’ve pictured just a few above!

While they are all incredible, my personal favourite is the Coffee + Mint bar. I love mint chocolate, and I also love coffee, but I’d never tried or even seen a combination of the two before trying Gnaw. The flavours pair so, so well – and it makes the perfect after-dinner treat!  I love that Gnaw strives for really fun and bold flavours, that you don’t see anywhere else.

 

Chocolate Celebration Cake

Chocolate Celebration Cake

 

With Gnaw having such high quality, natural ingredients – it also means it’s great to bake with! I’ve used two plain Dark Chocolate bars in this cake recipe to make this Chocolate Celebration Cake extra special! The cake is also gluten, wheat and dairy free – and made from all natural ingredients!!!

The cake does however, use a craaazzzyyy amount of eggs. But shhhh, I won’t tell if you don’t. Although, the eggs are vital to make this cake super springy, airy and delicious! With that being said, I think this has to be my best attempt at free-from baking yet! Even my normal-cake-eating-friends enjoyed it, and couldn’t believe it was gluten and dairy free!

 

Chocolate Celebration Cake

Chocolate Celebration Cake

 

Ok, so now I’ve talked for hours about cake and chocolate… Hungry yet?! I just wanted to finally say a MASSIVE thank you, to all my amazing readers. You really are the most important people of all! Without your support and enthusiasm over the last 2 years, I would not have been able to keep on going! So thank you for all the comments, retweets, likes and double-taps! It means the world.

Here’s to the next year of blogging, and all the exciting, new opportunities it brings!

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Chocolate Celebration Cake

 

Chocolate Celebration Cake

Chocolate Celebration Cake

Ingredients

  • 100g coconut flour
  • 85g cocao powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 large eggs
  • 150g coconut oil
  • 175ml honey
  • Gnaw Chocolate Icing
  • 200g Gnaw dark chocolate
  • 70g coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 400g can coconut milk (chilled in the fridge overnight)
  • to decorate
  • fresh raspberries

Instructions

  1. Pulse together coconut flour, cocao powder, sea salt and baking powder in a food processor.
  2. Once well mixed, pulse in the eggs, coconut oil and honey.
  3. Grease three 7-inch springform non-stick tins with coconut oil.
  4. Divide the cake batter evenly into the cake tins.
  5. Bake at 180° for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and a skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  6. Meanwhile, make the Gnaw chocolate icing by melting the chocolate and coconut oil in a small saucepan over a low heat.
  7. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  8. Place icing in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to thicken.
  9. Remove from refrigerator and whip frosting up with the chilled coconut milk.
  10. Once the cakes have fully cooled, frost them with chocolate icing, top with fresh raspberries + Enjoy!!

The kind folks at Booja Booja recently sent me some of their recently launched Two Truffle Packs to try, and I thought I would share what I thought!

I’ll admit this now, I’m already a massive fan of Booja Booja truffles. If chocolate truffles had groupie followers like rock stars, then I would be that hysterically-crazy fan. For the past 3 years, I’ve been gifted a box of their truffles every Christmas, and will shamelessly admit to eating them all on Christmas Day. But I have never tried their new Two Truffle Packs before – so I was excited to try them out!

 

Booja Booja Two Truffle Packs

 

The first thing you need to know about Booja Booja is that all of their truffles are organic, gluten free, dairy free and soya free. When I first started cutting out dairy, I was so gutted when I thought I couldn’t eat real chocolate anymore, so as soon as I found out about Booja Booja I was ecstatic!

I love that they only use organic, minimal and simple ingredients. Although they are dairy and soya free (a rare thing in the chocolate world!!!) in my mind, they are far better than conventional chocolates. The simplicity of the ingredients allows their quality and flavours to really shine through, so that you can really appreciate them, and the quality of the chocolate.

Booja Booja’s Two Truffle Packs are made with just four or five ingredients, and seem perfect for snacking “on the go”. They give anyone looking for a day time treat, the opportunity to enjoy melt in your mouth chocolate truffles while out and about. You can tell Booja Booja want to make truffles accessible for the masses – because why shouldn’t you be able to enjoy something so decedent during the day?

We always think of buying truffles as special gifts for somebody else, but with these Booja Booja truffle packs, you get to treat yourself, no matter what the day. They are the perfect size for travelling, snacking, at work or whilst studying.

 

Booja Booja Two Truffle Packs

 

The first two-pack I tried were these Almond Salted Caramel truffles…

The caramel offers a gorgeous sweet and chewy texture + the almonds bring a lovely nutty flavour. The salt beautifully offsets the bitterness in the chocolate and brings all the flavours together. Every single element compliments each other so well.

I’m already one happy groupie. Get me a Booja Booja t-shirt from the merch stand.

 

Booja Booja Two Truffle Packs

Booja Booja Two Truffle Packs

 

Next, I move onto the Fine de Champagne truffles. The truffle is a complete homage to that classic combo of chocolate + champagne. The champagne packs a beautiful boozy punch, which makes the chocolate feel super rich and decedent.

These feel like posh, indulgent snacks. Yet, retailing at £1.19 per pack, these are affordable riches! I’ll take as many as I can carry to the till.

 

Booja Booja Two Truffle Packs

 

Booja Booja Two Truffle Packs

 

Finally I try the Hazelnut Crunch. These are my personal favourite. There’s nothing quite like the combination of chocolate + hazelnut.

The crunchy, roasted hazelnut nibs, contrast so well with the smooth and creamy truffle centre. The flavours all taste so natural and well-balanced. It’s a match made in heaven.

 

Booja Booja Two Truffle Packs

 

If that wasn’t enough, all the Booja Booja Two Truffle Packs come encased in a cute little cardboard Boojagram Stand, with an inspirational or funny phrase for a mid-week pick me up!

Could chocolate get any cuter?!

 

Booja Booja Two Truffle Packs

 

Plus, do you want to know the best part?!

Booja Booja are kindly giving me a box of their Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles to giveaway!

Enter below in the rafflecopter to be in with a chance of winning. You seriously haven’t tried Chocolate until you’ve tried Booja Booja!

 

Booja Booja Two Truffle Packs

 

Giveaway

 

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For postage reasons, I’m only accepting UK entries only. Accept my huge apologies to those readers from the rest of the world!

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