Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Frozen 'Pina Colada' Lolly Folk (gluten and dairy free) - non-alcoholic


Summer isn't done yet! We are now well into September and although there is a distinct Autumnal feel and smell to the air, we are still being treated to temperatures way up into the 30's down in the South-East. How amazing is that? Sure the grass is brown and we have giant crevasses in the lawn where the clay has dried and retracted as the weeks have passed, but it is so good to be able to continue to feel the warmth on skin and to eek out those last garden weekends before the cold sets in....

With all the heat, it has been great to make something icy to cool down with. These 'Pina Colada' Ice-Lollies are so refreshing and absolutely what we need right now!


In usual preparation for the winter months, I recently had a clear out in the larder and decided that any ingredients found hidden or lurking..... forgotten within, were to be placed in a box in the kitchen as a prompt to prepare food that would get rid of them. Whilst I hate waste, I am also terrible for buying ingredients with every good intention of using them in something tangible and then failing to remember they are there..... We now have a large stash sat on the kitchen table which is inspiring meals and acting as a weekly 'invention test' for anyone who dips in.


Amongst the many weird and wonderful jars and packets (including spice and curry pastes, a whole selection of noodles, and even a tin of apples (really?)), I found a packet of pineapple jelly granules that we brought back from Greece the visit before last (yep..... now three years old).

With the continued heat, I wanted to use it for something other than boring old jelly and decided to try making some frozen jelly lollies instead.

Hoping for more of a milky ice-pop but also wanting it to be dairy free, I added coconut milk and coconut cream as a base to the jelly and also threw some fresh pineapple into the mix for extra texture. The combination of pineapple and coconut is perfect for the heat..... very tropical and utterly thirst-quenching.


Last year I bought some really funky ice lolly moulds with sticks that had arms and legs to make lollypop men....... As with the jelly, I had mindlessly shoved them into a cupboard as the weather cooled and forgotten all about them. It was Miss GF that had reminded me a couple of weeks back that they were there.....

Inspired by my little moulds, I rushed out to the supermarket and sourced some fab gummy lips, teeth and mushrooms (for hats), which I combined with some candy eyes (left over from making Halloween Cake Pop Spiders two years ago) for fun faces.

Aren't the great? Not only do they taste amazing, but they look cute too!


I am sharing my Pina Colada Lolly Folk with the following :


Treat Petite with The Baking Explorer and Cakeyboi.


The No Waste Food Challenge with Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary.


Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too.


Sunday Fitness & Food with Ilka's Blog and Marathons & Motivation.





Brilliant Blog Posts with Honest Mum

Cook Blog Share with Sneaky Veg.



Frozen 'Pina Colada' Lolly Folk - Non-Alcoholic (makes approx 8 popsicles)

Ingredients

220 ml coconut milk
1 pack granular pineapple jelly
1 to 2 tablespoons caster sugar (optional/to taste)
1 teaspoon freeze dried cherry powder (optional)
250 ml coconut cream
handful chopped fresh pineapple
edible candy eyes/chocolate chips
gummy lips and teeth
gummy marshmallow mushrooms
make sure decorations are gluten and dairy free if necessary

Method

  1. Heat the coconut milk until it is boiling (either in the microwave or in a small saucepan).
  2. Place the jelly granules, sugar and cherry powder in a measuring jug and pour in the boiling coconut milk. Stir well until the jelly and sugar have completely dissolved.
  3. Add the coconut cream and stir through.
  4. Allow the mixture to start to cool and thicken (stirring intermittently). It is fine to place in the fridge to speed the process, but be sure to keep an eye and stir regularly.
  5. Once the mixture has cooled enough that it is beginning to thicken very slightly, add the chopped pineapple and stir through. 
  6. Prepare your lolly moulds and pour the mixture into them.
  7. Freeze.
  8. When completely frozen, remove the lollies from the moulds and decorate with sweets to make eyes and mouths and hats (upturned mushrooms). To stick the sweets to the lollies, lay them on a sheet of baking paper (on a baking tray) and take a hot skewer and gently touch the surface where the sweet is to stick, to melt a small dot. Press the sweets over the melted dots and re-freeze to set. 
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23 comments:

  1. Oh these are super cute! I imagine they'd be delicious and so refreshing for this hot weather. I am just the same and have all manner of things lurking at the back of my cupboards - I think it's time for a clear out!

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    1. Thanks Mandy. It is definitely the time of year for larder clearing! And it's great to set challenges to use stuff up xx

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  2. I love these! You are so clever. I too have a tendency to buy things and forget about them so I need to do the same job as you. I'm just not very good and clear-outs!

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    1. Thanks Vicki. I know what you mean..... I ponder clear-outs for weeks and then get really brutal when I take the step to get on with it!

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  3. Ooh yeah they are cute - I love your invention box - I need one of those but not sure I have the room in my kitchen for all the bits of pieces I should use up! Though I do look through my cupboard sometimes and check out what I need to use, other things lurk far too long (like the marshmallow mix I threw out recently which had a use by date from years ago) I love pineapple and coconut flavours and those funny little hats

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    1. Ha ha. Thanks Johanna. If I don't have an invention box, then stuff ends up back in the cupboard for another year.... forgotten.... and then it gets thrown in the bin the next year!
      I'm pleased I rescued the pineapple jelly though....Pineapple and coconut is such a refreshing combo and always hits the spot when I need to cool down! x

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  5. Oh now they are just too cute!! And they do sound rather scrumptious too :-) Definitely pinning!! Eb x

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  6. Great work! They look fab and they must taste delicious!

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  7. Love love love them - they look such great fun and sounds absolutely delicious too :-)
    Angela c

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  8. These are so cute! My kids will love them :-)

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    1. Thanks Angela. Miss GF really loved them too xx

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  9. These look fantastic! They would certainly go down well here! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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  10. These are so much fun! I love their apperance and pina colada is my favourite. Thanks for linking up with #TreatPetite

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  11. These look fantastic and I just love those molds! Pina colada is my favourite cocktail even without the alcohol. Normally I make ice lollies for the children but I would probably want to keep these all to myself!

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  12. These are so utterly adorable, and a great way to use up an old packet of jelly crystals! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge! :)

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. You're welcome. The jelly had to be used for sure and these little cuties were perfect! x

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