How do you like your Icing?

Ready to Roll Icing 

It’s that time of the year again. You’re rushing around like a headless turkey, trying to get everything done, buying presents for his parents, trying to calm down the over excited kids and all of a sudden, your remember. “Ahhhh I haven’t iced the cake”. Presuming you made one in the first place! Well, of course you did. You like to feed your family, wholesome, natural foods, not products loaded with chemicals, preservatives & goodness knows what else.

You are a domestic goddess, you know what’s good nutrition wise, for your brood, you substitute butter for low fat spreads, to keep their hearts healthy, buy low sugar products to help their teeth & weight & try to get them to eat their 8 a day – no chance – . But. During all this healthy eating campaign, are you aware of what is actually in those substitutes? & their  food mile foot prints?  Do you read the ingredients list, in small print, on the back of products?

We need to be a couple of generations older, to know what some of these additivies will do to us – think smoking – Are you mindful of the ecco damage we are doing to our planet? – think Orangutan –  What is wrong with cooking & making fresh healthy food from scratch. Yes, I can hear you all crying “TIME”.  Well it is time. Time to get yourself organised, spend less time on FB & that glass of Chardonay every night & prioritise your week, as you CAN do it, you owe it to yourself & your family. 

Time, verses ready made products. The food industry is well aware of this, by persuding us to buy these tempting, ready made, calorie & chemical laden products.

This brings me back to the title of this blog How do you like your Icing? Please read in conjunction with my previous blog Marzipan

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Ready to roll, (cake covering or fondant) is the most common, store bought icing. While it takes a little while to make, but you can soon whip it up in that lovely food mixer that stands, unused on your work surface. One thing you can be sure of, you know exactly what it contains. Just take a look at the ingredients list in the store bought products above.

Royal icing (piping, decoration). Is much easier to make, again in the mixer. Both icings are also much cheaper to make than their store bought counterparts. 

What I really don’t understand, is that so many of us seem to be aware of & indeed want gluten free, dairy free, Lowfodmap, lactose free, vegan, vegetarian etc, but we don’t seem to care about the additives, artificial chemicals & goodness knows what that is added to our foods. 

Its also not just about the Supemarkets. Don’t forget those ready made cakes you purchase, whether from a Farm Shop, Bakery or a social media advertiser of home made cakes!  Do you check their ingredients?  Can you be sure that they home make their own cakes & icings & don’t resort to packet cake mixes, store bought icings & decorations? Always beware of the words “hand made”. 

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In the long term, all these additives could be doing us untold harm. Who knows, only time will tell. So. Make the time, to home make your food from scratch, or you my find YOUR time is shortenened, in the long run.

Next year, my blog will include a weekly update of seasonal foods, with recipes & ideas on how to priorotise your time & feed your family with healthy home made foods.

So. Whats in your icing this Christmas?

Here’s Health to your Christmas

Here at TRUFFLEicious, as the nights draw in & the season changes, we have been devoting our time to recipe creation. As the festive season draws nigh my thoughts turned to that great overload of rich, sugary foods, which become, in these modern times the spirit of Christmas.

“Hark the herald angels sing”. Our new recipe creations have been born.

THE ultimate #Christmas #Cakes. Rich, moist, dark, fruity & nutty and above all. #Gluten & Dairy free.

My first cake ( pictured above) is Beetroot, Apple & Hazelnut.

The sugar content has been lowered, as both the apple & dried berries add an element of sweetness to this rich moist cake.  Not being a fan of sugary icings, marzipan or butter icing, I have decorated the cake with a mixture of curd cheese & natural yoghurt,which adds a creamy, refreshing contrast to the richness of the cake.  Off course, if you are totally dairy free, the topping would be a NO NO.

My second cake. Carrot, Courgette, Date & Poppy Seed

Is again, gluten & dairy free. The picture on the right is decorated with the same topping as above and therefore not suitable for those totally dairy free it is sprinkled with grated lime rind & a few cranberries would also look effective. The cake on left is just dredged with icing sugar, for a seasonal effect & both would look good as a centre piece with a red pillar candle stood in the middle.

Cake No 3. Sweet Potato, Pecan, Maple Syrup & Caramel

Cake, Sweet Potato, Pecan & Caramel

Once again a rich, moist nutty cake, but with a slightly higher sugar content with the addition of maple syrup & homemade caramel and again the topping contains yoghurt & curd cheese.  This cake also contains an amount of gluten as it is made with Spelt, which give it a nice nutty taste & a rich dark colour.

All the above cakes, could also be served as desserts.  They keep well stored in an air tight tin, but if topped with the yoghurt & curd cheese, need to be stored in the fridge. Not suitable for people with NUT allergies.

In my next blog I will be dealing with gluten/Dairy free Chocolate Cakes & Mousses.

You can also hear me on BBC Radio #Wiltshire. Sue Davis Show on Sunday Mornings at 10.15 for the next 6 weeks talking about recipes from this blog.

Until next time #Foodies.