Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I hope that you have a fun packed and reaction free day. I’m have to confess to getting a little excited about the big day. This year we are the hosts doing all of the entertaining. I have had fun trying to accommodate those of us with a dairy free and gluten free diet. A one stop supermarket shop just wasn’t possible as I’m sure many of you share the same experience as this. It was much easier choosing some festive tea for the family to enjoy later in the afternoon. So here’s to a safe family free from Christmas.
This year I decided that I should make it my mission to start my Christmas reviews early. So when I discovered that Tesco’s had launched their Christmas free from range I had to pop in store and find out more. Sadly, a lot of the section was already out of stock. There were no mince pies or Christmas puddings but there were 2 boxes of spiced pear pies left. So I grabbed a box of the spiced pear pies to take home and try.
I liked the simplicity of the packaging and was drawn to its purple colour scheme. The pictures of the pear pies tease you and I just wanted to give them a try. Onto the ingredients the pies are clearly labelled as a free from product and are both gluten free and milk free. Therefore perfect for dairy free me. Egg is highlighted as an allergen in the ingredients list. There is a may contain warning for peanuts and nuts.
On opening the packaging I was greeted by an aroma that I associate with fruit pies. Nothing special if I’m honest. I was hoping for a spicy aroma that I associate with Christmas, maybe I am being a tad harsh. The pear pies the are a good size. To the top you have a slightly crunchy looking short crust pastry topped with a light dusting of sugar. This becomes thinner towards the bottom of the pies. On checking underneath no soggy bottom was noted. On biting into the pear pie I got a slight crunch followed by a light crumbliness from the pastry. It didn’t take long to discover the filling. This was a combination of pears coated in a what I would describe as a lightly seasoned winter syrup. The fruit was crunchy and worked perfectly with the gluppy syrup encasing it. The flavour of the filling was delightful. It was slightly sweet from the syrup but this was nicely complimented from the winter seasoning. As for its quantity this spot on anymore would have resulted in a soggy pie. I couldn’t believe just how nice these pies were. A great alternative to the traditional mince pie.
So would I recommend these spiced pear pies if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet? Yes I would. They are a great alternative to a traditional mince pie. I loved everything about these pies from their flavour through to their texture. They exceeded my expectations. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a delicious sweet Christmas treat that I can enjoy.
This year I decided that I should make it my mission to start my Christmas reviews early. So when I discovered that Tesco’s had launched their Christmas free from range I had to pop in store and find out more. Sadly, a lot of the section was already out of stock. However, there was chocolate and I love chocolate so I decided to grab some to try. The first festive chocolate I decided to try was Chocologic free from lollies.
I personally liked the packaging, simple clear cellophane which means you can tell exactly what you are going to eat. To the back is a white label with the ingredients list. It is clearly labelled as being dairy free and suitable for a vegan diet. Onto the ingredients list with regards to allergens soya is highlighted. There is a may contain warning for peanuts and nuts.
On opening the packaging I was immediately greeted by a subtle aroma of sweetness that I associate with free from the chocolate. I was looking forward to trying this chocolate Santa. The actual chocolate is made up of one piece which was impossible to break into pieces. On biting into the chocolate my taste buds were first hit by the sweetness from the chocolate. Onto the chocolates texture. The chocolate was slightly hard to initially bite into. This soon became smooth in texture and melted slightly in the mouth. I ate this chocolate in one sitting and confess to licking the stick it was on to make sure that nothing was left behind.
So would I recommend this chocolate Santa? Yes I would It is a great value festive chocolate with the right balance of flavour and texture. So if you like chocolate and follow a dairy free, gluten free and or vegan diet give this festive treat try. So thank you Chocologic for producing festive chocolate that I can enjoy.
Now I am trying to be more organised with my Christmas reviews this year. As I was in Morrisons I thought I would grab some items from their free from range Christmas range. One of the items that I decided to try was their Christmas pudding.
I personally liked the packaging in their usual style of their free from foods with picture of a very inviting Christmas pudding to the front. It is clearly labelled as being gluten free and milk free. Onto the ingredients list no allergens are highlighted. It is also suitable for a vegetarians. There is no may contain warning.
On opening the packaging I was a little disappointed. I had hoped to be greeted by the delightful aroma of a rich Christmas pudding, but it just wasn’t present. On my famous close up sniff test I could smell the mixed fruit but not the rum or mixed spice. I microwaved my pudding and let it rest exactly as per the instructions on the packet. I placed the plastic tub upside down and gently removed the tub. The pudding kept its shape and consistency which was a big plus compared to previous Christmas puddings that I have tried.
Onto the aroma of the pudding this seemed to remain the same as before it was heated, a tad disappointing if I’m honest. I had hoped that smell of the fruit would intensify and I might be able to smell a hint of those mixed spices but sadly not. This also didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. On placing the pudding onto my spoon it kept its structure and consistency. Onto the ingredients the fruit seemed to a little sparse compared to other puddings that I have tried. As for its flavour it was ok but nothing special. I was able to taste the flavours from the fruit but flavours from the mixed spice and rum simply seemed to be missing.
So would I recommend this free from Christmas pudding if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet? I’m afraid not. Yes it had a nice texture and consistency but its flavours just let it down. Sorry Morrisions but I’m afraid I have tried nicer free from Christmas puddings.
Now I am trying to be more organised with my Christmas reviews this year. As I was in Marks & Spencer I thought I would grab something from their free from range. I opted for one of their Christmas puddings to try.
I personally liked the green packaging not at all Christmas themed but in their usual style of their free from foods. It is clearly labelled as being gluten free and dairy free. Onto the ingredients list egg and almonds are highlighted as allergens. It is also suitable for a vegetarians. There is no may contain warning. It is labelled as not being suitable for nut allergy sufferers.
On opening the packaging I was greeted by the delightful aroma of a rich Christmas pudding. It was stronger than I had anticipated. The aroma of the fruit intermingled with a hint of the combinations of the three alcohols was spot on. I had high hopes for this little pudding. I microwaved my pudding and let it rest exactly as per the instructions on the packet. I placed the plastic tub upside down and gently removed the tub. The pudding had disintegrated slightly to one side and did not keep its round consistency. I was also given one of these puddings by a friend. So I had a second one at a later date and the exact same thing happened. A little disappointing to put it politely.
Onto the aroma of the pudding this seemed to remain the same as before it was heated. This was not a bad thing as it was a lovely rich indulgent aroma combining the rich fruit and alcohol. This also didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. On placing the pudding onto my spoon it just seemed to disintegrate and loose its structure. The fruit seemed to separate from the pudding. It just didn’t seem to hold its consistency. Onto the positives the fruit was nice and juicy. As for its flavour this was very pleasant. The flavours of the fruit, the lightly spiced sponge and the alcohol worked well together.
So would I recommend this free from Christmas pudding if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet? I’m afraid not. Yes it had a lovely aroma and a nice flavour but it’s crumbling texture just let it down. Sorry Marks & Spencer but I’m afraid I have tried nicer free from Christmas puddings.
Christmas is fast approaching, this can only mean one thing, mince pies. The rapid development of the free from market has resulted in a variety of both dairy and gluten free mince pies being readily available. The first brand of mince pies my mum (who’s gluten free) and I decided to try was from Waitrose.
I liked the simple red festive packaging with inviting pictures of what was to be found inside. The only allergens listed were sulphur dioxide and almonds. On opening the box the pies were neatly secured inside so no accidental breakages occurred. The pastry was slightly pale and had a nice sugar coating. On biting into the mince pie a slight crunch noted. The pastry was not dry or flakey and didn’t crumble easily like some gluten free products can. In fact the pastry slightly melted in the mouth. Inside the pie there was a good quantity of mince inside. I enjoyed the of both the flavour of the pastry and the mince, they complimented each other nicely.
These a yummy seasonal treat either warm or cold that I would definitely recommend. So thank you Waitrose for producing a lovely mince pie that both my mum and I can enjoy.