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Recipe of the Month – Vegetarian Wellington

Recipe of the Month Vegetarian Wellington, Only Natural

This delicious recipe makes a great alternative to the traditional Turkey dinner on Christmas Day. There are a few steps involved but it is worth the effort and when topped with all the trimmings on Christmas Day, it’s a guaranteed winner for any vegetarians in your life!

To make the recipe coeliac-friendly, use gluten-free bread and pastry. To make vegan, make sure your pastry is dairy and egg-free. Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Festive cookbook.

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Recipe of the Month – Gluten Free Pasteis de Nata (Portugese Tarts)

Recipe of the Month Only Natural
You can’t go to Portugal without trying their famous custard tarts, Pasteis de Nata. Growing up, when it came to picking a holiday location, we never ventured from Portugal. We fell in love with the people, the beaches, the weather and, more than anything, the food. There’s nothing quite like finding a local café on a quiet cobbled street and basking in the morning sun while sipping an espresso (or a “bica” as they call it) and taking a bite of a freshly baked custard tart. Perfectly flaky pastry and scrumptious homemade custard – heaven!

I have just recently started baking a coeliac-friendly version of these bad boys for my Rake of Cakes stall in the Bullring Market and decided I had to share the recipe of the month Only Naturalrecipe! For this recipe, I’ve used our delicious new Commons Farm Raw Milk to make the custard and it makes for a wonderfully creamy finish. I’ve also used Silly Yak Puff Pastry, which is 100% coeliac friendly and available in the freezer instore!

Notes:
– Make sure you have defrosted the pastry in the fridge before starting to bake.
– Use the best quality vanilla extract you can. I love Neilson Massey Organic Vanilla Extract.
– This recipe makes about 30 – 32 tarts
– The custard is delicious over desserts or on its own as well!

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Ruth’s Healthier Mince Pies Recipe!

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Healthier Mincemeat

These mince pies are full of festive flavour. They would be perfect by the fire with a cuppa or with your favourite Christmas tipple! Traditional Mince Pies use quite a lot of sugar as well as shredded suet or butter. Now, I’m a firm believer in moderation and think there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a traditional mince pie or three over the festive season! Wouldn’t it be great, though, to have an alternative that won’t leave you reaching for your stretchy pants!

For this recipe, I used large home-grown cooking apples as they are abundant in our garden at the moment. I love the tangy undertone of flavour that they give the mincemeat. Those of you with a sweeter palette should use 5 sweet eating apples instead though! Making sure to buy the best quality dried fruit you can is also important as they don’t have sugar and fat to hide behind. Treat yourself to the best that you can!

Ingredients

4 Apples, peeled and chopped
500g Raisins (400g +100g)
250g Dried Cranberries
100g Dried Cherries
4 Teaspoons Mixed Spice
1 teaspoon Ginger
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
900ml Freshly Pressed Apple Juice (or good quality store bought)
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
100g Flaked Almonds
Zest of an Orange
60ml Brandy

Ruth's healthier mince pies raisins pic

Method

  • Combine the chopped apples, 400g raisins,  cranberries and cherries in a large pot over a medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (except the brandy, flaked almonds and the remainder 100g raisins).
  • Bring to a gently boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Add 30ml brandy and flaked almonds. Leave on a low heat to simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove from the heat and add the remaining 100g of raisins and brandy.
  • Leave to cool and then store in an airtight containter in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
  • Make into mince pies using homemade or store-bought pastry (see below).

Notes

  • Omit the brandy for a booze free mince.
  • If you really want to add a touch more sweetness at the end, try adding Brown Rice Syrup. It’s a frutose-free sweetener so it won’t send your blood sugar haywire!
  • For a foolproof gluten-free alternative to making your own pastry, ask us in-store about Silly Yak Gluten Free Puff Pastry and Amy’s Gluten-free Shortcrust Pastry! Easy-peasy!
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