The first house that Tim and I ever lived in together was with some friends on a farm. There were four guys and me and each weekend all the girl friends would descend. I was at uni at the time and one weekend one of the girlfriends suggested that we make the men folk a cake. She proceeded to take out a box from the cupboard saying “I think we just need an egg and some butter?” I had never seen a cake in a box before! Growing up in a traditional Jewish household we always baked and cooked from scratch. What on earth was a cake doing in a box?
I think I may have offended the girlfriend in question when I suggested we actually bake a cake (without the box) as it would taste better and really didn’t take much more effort. It did taste better! And I don’t think I’ve ever baked from a box before today!
A while ago I went to the Squires Cake show and was given a few products to try out. In the bag was a Phil Vickery gluten free Chocolate chunk cookie mix. In a BOX! Not only is it gluten free but it’s dairy free too. I popped it in the cupboard for when I had a school cake sale to bake for. I always like to ensure the coeliacs don’t miss out. But yesterday we had Evie round to play and as she is a gluten free kid I decided to bake them right away.
Just add an egg
All you have to do is whisk up a little oil and one egg then add the dry mix from the box. Knead it with your hands to combine, roll it into a sausage and then cut slices to bake.
Once sliced I made them rounder and baked them. Luckily I left quite a bit of space around each one as they spread out quite considerably. I sliced enough to ensure each kid had two after dinner. They were really good. Just the right amount of delicate crunch on the outside and soft gooeyness on the inside. Not the normal graininess you get with gluten free baking
The verdict from the four girls around my dinner table last night? Double thumbs up!
Ooh these are a good idea. I have a GF colleague and although would love to make more for her it’s tricky and expensive to use anything other than my standard flours. So this would be a great cupboard-keeper for when those occasions arise! x
they look gorgeous – i remember trying to cook with gluten free flour once when we were doing a gluten free period with George and it was so tricky to get the measurements right – so maybe the box cuts out all that frustration Cxx
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