Gluten Free Vanilla Biscuits

When it comes to baking, it can be a real nuisance having food allergies. Sometimes it means going without cake or biscuits which is something I simply won’t allow. Everyone should be able to enjoy biscuits! I have found and tested a gluten free vanilla biscuit recipe which tastes fab.

I have used a small amount of gluten-free baking powder and xantham gum. Xantham gum helps bind gluten-free bread and baked goods and by giving a stronger crumb structure it reduces crumbling. It is also used to thicken salad dressings and to stabilise cosmetics.

Hand-iced and made up into a small bouquet these biscuits make a wonderful gift and are great fun. To make them into biscuit-pops take a thin skewer or lolly stick and gently insert into the dough before the second chill in the fridge.

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Ingredients

166g salted butter

166g caster sugar

170g golden syrup

2 eggs beaten

2 tsp vanilla extract

675g gluten free flour (I used Doves Farm gluten free flour)

8g gluten free baking powder

8g Xanthum gum (I used Doves Farm gluten free)

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Method

Preheat your oven to 130 °C/ 266 °F/ Gas mark ½.

  1. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter & sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the golden syrup & combine until evenly mixed.
  3. Pour in the egg and mix on a low speed.
  4. Turn the mixer up to a high speed to ensure everything is beaten evenly for around 30 seconds.
  5. Add all the dry ingredients & mix on a low speed. The dough will be fairly crumbly looking but don’t worry.
  6. Then beat all ingredients on a high speed until the dough comes away from the sides of the mixing bowl (no more than 1 min). It will feel fairly tight.
  7. Flatten the dough out & rest in the fridge until firm (about ½ hour).
  8. On a floured surface knead the dough until it is very tight.
  9. Roll out to 5mm thin. Chill on baking sheets until firm.
  10. Cut & bake at 130 °C/266 °F/ Gas mark ½.for around 26-28 min (until golden around the edges).
  11. Cool the biscuits on wire racks until completely dry.dsc00303dsc00302
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