Welcome to a Free From Christmas…
This year, I’ve teamed up with some incredibly talented bloggers to create a free from Christmas buffet without any of the top 14 allergens.
We want to show that it is possible to cater for everyone at Christmas, removing the stress for those with allergies and for those catering for them.
For those of you who don’t know, the EU defines what the top 14 allergens are. They are listed as:
- cereals containing gluten: wheat, rye, barley, oats (if not gluten-free),
- celery and celeriac,
- tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, brazils, pistachios, macadamia nuts),
So, during the course of the next two weeks you will be given a simple recipe to sit on your Christmas buffet table by each of the bloggers involved in the challenge.
Mel, over at Le Coin De Mel kicked off proceedings yesterday by sharing her recipe for chicken brined in gin (yes you did read that correctly, and having tried this amazing way of preparing chicken at River Cottage recently I can assure you it is divine).
Tomorrow you will find another very free from recipe suitable for a Christmas buffer over on The Intolerant Gourmand’s blog and she will direct you to where you will find the following day’s delights.
Within the next two weeks you should have enough dishes to create a feast fit for anyone, without having the worry about the dreaded ‘dietary requirements’, allowing you to relax and have fun at your Christmas gathering.
So without further ado, I’m going to crack on and tell you how to make my roast carrot and cumin dip with accompanying breadsticks…two recipes in one you lucky folk!
Tip number one…don’t over work the dough for the breadsticks. Once it has come together in a dough, shape it and bake it. The kids made the last lot and spent quite a lot of time working the dough…the result was a drier dough that subsequently cracked upon baking.
Tip number two…double the breadstick recipe, triple the recipe, quadruple the recipe…depending upon how many people you are feeding. As always, I have made a small amount in this recipe (around 10 breadsticks) because they are best eaten fresh.
At the end of this challenge I will write another blog post directing you to all the fabulous recipes created for our virtual free from Christmas buffet table…just in case you miss any.
In the meantime try out my recipe. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed…along with being great on a buffet table this is the prefect mid-afternoon snack for when your kids get home from school.
Find out where you can buy my wholegrain gluten and rice free flour blend here.
If you share this recipe be sure to use the #FreeFromChristmas. You’ll find all the recipes by searching on that hashtag!
Roast Carrot & Cumin Dip & Breadsticks
- FOR THE BREADSTICKS:
- 125 g Free From Fairy Self-Raising Flour
- Pinch salt
- 1/8 tsp xanthan gum
- 5 g olive oil
- 70 ml water
- FOR THE DIP:
- 400 g organic carrots peeled and chopped into thin slices
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 cloves garlic - whole with skin on or garlic oil if low FODMAP
- 30 ml olive oil plus more for drizzling
- 200 g chickpeas
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Salt and black pepper
Turn the oven on at 220 degrees, 200 degree fan, gas mark 7
Add the carrot slices, cumin seeds and whole garlic cloves to a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil, shaking the tray to coat everything in the oil
Place in the heating oven for around 20-25 minutes until soft and golden
Before starting the breadsticks line a large baking tray, or grease it
Put the dry ingredients into a bowl and stir well to combine
Add the liquid ingredients and bring together into a dough using your hands (see tip above)
Remove cherry tomato-sized pieces of dough from the bowl and roll into a ball
Using the palm of your hand roll the ball out into a long thin stick - I make them around 30cm or to fit my baking tray
Gently move them to the prepared tray and continue until all the dough is used up
Sprinkle with seeds (not sesame if you're avoiding all allergens) or herbs if you like
Add to the oven with the carrots (give then a poke to check if they are soft) and bake for around 10 - 15 minutes depending upon how hard you like them (the longer you leave them, the harder they'll get)
Once you are happy that the carrots are soft and the breadsticks are hard, remove everything from the oven
Allow the carrot mix to cool a little before peeling the garlic cloves and discarding the 'skin' leaving the soft inside
Put the carrots, seeds, garlic (minus skin), 30g olive oil, 200g chickpeas and juice of lemon into a small food processor or blender and combine until smooth
Season to taste and serve. Or store in the fridge for up to 3 days in a sealed container
Pin the recipe in Pinterest so you don’t loose it. Why not create a board for free from Christmas buffet foods to save all the recipes to?
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