Caramelised onion sausage rolls

I love a sausage roll and they are the perfect buffet finger food for every occasion. I cannot imagine a Christmas without making some. I didn't want to have just sausage meat and pastry, although they are also good too. I wanted to jazz mine up and raise the flavours a bit more. Since so... Continue Reading →

Lucious lemon layer cake

Love this cake

The Gluten Free and Vegan Alchemist

  • Preparation Time 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time 30 Minutes
  • Serves 10


I love a layer cake, to this day I gently prize the two halves apart, just as I did in childhood. Also eating the bottom layer first.

These days I try not to eat too many cakes, though if I want to indulge this one among the winners.

Lemons are zingy and healthy. Maybe I can convince myself that lemon cake is healthy too, alright maybe not but a little bit of what we fancy is meant to be good for us.

  • Zingy
  • Lemony
  • Fresh
  • Fluffy
  • Delicious
  • Moreish

This cake has won over my non- gluten-free and vegan friends and family. They just declare it to be a gorgeous cake, which is just the thing you need to hear. It holds its own against any wheat and dairy lemon cakes.

The sponge is fluffy with fresh lemon zest running through…

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Vegan tofu Kievs

Love this

The Gluten Free and Vegan Alchemist

  • Preparation Time 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time 20 Minutes
  • Serves 4

Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy- free and egg-free


I was having one of those weeks, feeling unwell, and sorry for myself, we all have those days when the world just seems too much to cope with and hibernation seems like a great idea. Well, I started hankering after childhood comfort food. I find it truly amazing how just the scent of a certain food aroma can evoke such strong emotions and memories. It is one of the things that I love about food. For me, it’s mixing up a bowl of sage and onion stuffing that brings back special memories of my mum at Christmas. The emotions are still strong even though or maybe more so as I lost her 25 years ago.

I decided to try, and recreate some gluten-free and vegan recipes of the favourites from my younger…

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Crumpets

The Gluten Free and Vegan Alchemist

  • Preparation time 2 hours
  • Cooking time 10 Minutes
  • Makes 8

Vegan, Gluten-free, Egg-free, Nut-free and Vegetarian


Crumpets have always been a firm favourite with me, from childhood to now. There is just something so luscious about the way it soaks up the butter leaving you with butter dribbling down your chin and fingers or is that just me? As a child, I would use the last bit up crumpet to wipe up melted butter on my plate.

Very British and although they are available all the year-round, they remind me of cold nights where we were cheered by a plate of crumpets and a mug of hot chocolate.

I don’t have anything against shop-bought gluten-free and vegan crumpets, there is usually a packet in my store cupboard. In my mind, though you cannot beat anything homemade.

These puff up so well and although their texture was not exactly the same…

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Stollen bites

It seems at the moment that I am in a stollen flavour bubble. While I love making the traditional spiced German loaf marbled with marzipan, sometimes I want to ring the ranges. I have made Gluten-free stollenStollenStollen cookiesStollen muffins and now introducing stollen bites. These are MoistStickyMoreishFruit PackedAlmondyDelicious This is my final foray into stollen... Continue Reading →

Stollen

If there is one definitive food that signals the arrival of the festive season in our house, then it has to be the German Christmas bread Stollen.  This loaf that has a thick dusting of icing sugar on the outside, is meant to resemble the baby Jesus in swaddling clothing. This buttery bread enriched with... Continue Reading →

Gingerbread biscuits

There are certain spices that scream Christmas, these are ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I have been coming up with plenty of ways to incorporate those spices in my cooking right now. Obviously, the most common recipes are gingerbread biscuits and ginger cake. I have been making both of these items for over 30 years now.... Continue Reading →

Mince Pies

Mince pies are one of my favourite indulgencies at Christmas and my first mince pie of the season is something I look forward to. I make my mincemeat too, it gives me the chance to pack in the flavours that I love as I am the only person in my immediate family that like them.... Continue Reading →

Vegan savoury rolls

I love savoury goodies, much more so than the sweet stuff. Best of all for me is pastry, be it shortcrust or puff pastry. I just love the way it crumbles when you bite into it, sending golden crumbs all down your front and sticking to the side of your mouth. In my pre-vegetarian and... Continue Reading →

Stollen Muffins

If I had a pound for every Stollen I have made over the years, I would be a wealthy woman. I started baking these fragrant loaves around 30 years ago, at that time they were not found in supermarkets. Now it is nice to ring the changes a little and incorporate the same essential flavours... Continue Reading →

Quick Cheezy scones

The Gluten Free and Vegan Alchemist

Preparation Time Minutes

Baking Time 25-30 Minutes

Makes 8

Gluten-free, Vegan, Dairy-free and Nut-free


I am a lover of more savoury snacks than sweet ones, one of those being cheese scones. I could never imagine I would love a gluten-free vegan one as much as the ones I baked long ago.

These are super easy to make and contain only 3 major ingredients and made without using any butter which is a usual ingredient in a scone recipe.

I call them scones but I know on the other side of the pond in Canada or America they are known as biscuits.  Whatever we call them they are so delicious, warm, and spread with a little butter or a nice herbed vegan cream cheese.

You do need a mature cheese in this recipe for the flavour to come through. You don’t have to use one single cheese, feel free to use…

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Plum and almond cake

I love Autumn as much as I love summer. It is the glut of British produce that I love. Apples, plums, pears, leeks and pumpkin. It seems like this lovely produce is ready just when we need it, ready for warming soups and desserts. I love this cake even though I'm not a fan of... Continue Reading →

Dreamy pumpkin cupcakes

I have never made anything with pumpkin before. My best friend is Canadian so sometimes I like to bake something from her home. I thought I would start with something innocuous such as a cupcake. I ordered my cans of pumpkin puree and then crossed my fingers. I was blown away by these and so... Continue Reading →

Cookie dough cookies

I love a biscuit or a cookie, although I am not easy to please. I am not a fan of soft biscuits or ones that are hard. These hit the spot. CrispySoft centreDeliciousMoreishPerfect for dunkingChewy Everyone that tasted them loved them. There are so many varieties of vegan/gluten-free biscuits but I probably have a few... Continue Reading →

Pesto tofu fingers

Two of my favourite ingredients to work with are pesto and tofu, mainly because there are so many ways to use both and I love the taste. In my mind the best way to prepare tofu is to freeze it beforehand, it changes the texture of tofu completely. If you are planning to marinate it,... Continue Reading →

Protein packed gluten-free bread

Gluten-free bread, let's face it has a bad rap. I must admit a lot of them deserves it. There are some though that deserve a medal. I have looked at the ingredients on the pack to see if I could replicate the recipe, all to no avail though. I have achieved a few great recipes,... Continue Reading →

Gluten-free stollen

It has been a long-standing tradition in our house for me to bake stollen. This traditional German Dresden bread is packed full of plump dried fruit, spices, nuts, alcohol, and citrus zest at Christmas time. My sons, friends, and family adore them. On occasions baking as many as 25 loaves. Not for me though because... Continue Reading →

Nutella style cupcakes

You gotta make these.

The Gluten Free and Vegan Alchemist

  • Preparation Time
  • Baking Time 20 Minutes
  • Makes 12

Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free


There are two things that I could happily eat by the spoonful straight from a jar. One is peanut butter and the other is chocolate & hazelnut spread. Mind you wanting to and doing so is another matter. It does contain great deal of restraint.

Being that Nutella is not vegan, I was so relieved that after I became vegan my delicious nutty choc spread was not off the menu. There are quite a few brands available now.

These Nutella style cupcakes are an absolute dream and certainly hit any sweet tooth. Chocolate and hazelnuts are a bakers match made in heaven, they belong together. These beauties will not disappoint.

  • Delicious
  • Moist
  • Nutty
  • Simple to make
  • Chocolatey
  • Rich
  • Sweet

These lovely cupcakes are as light and fluffy as any I used to make with eggs in…

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Apple and cinnamon rolls

Soooo delicious

The Gluten Free and Vegan Alchemist

  • Makes 9-12 rolls
  • Preparation Time 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time 25-30 Minutes


I love a cinnamon roll, or I did until I began having a problem with wheat 10 years ago. Usually made with a sweet enriched dough using bread flour.

Experimenting with scones a few weeks back, I had a flash of inspiration, a real light bulb moment. The outcome was these gorgeous cinnamon buns/rolls.

  • Sticky
  • Sweet
  • Buttery
  • Delicious
  • Flavour packed
  • Soft

I would would put these up against any wheat-based ones. Using a yeast free dough it is such a simple dough to make up and handle.

These have been made in both the usual plain flour and a gluten-free versions (see notes*). Both non GF and non-vegan friends and family, did not notice the difference . Both were loved and devoured super quick.

Along with the usual cinnamon, I have added apple sauce which is the perfect partner…

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Baharat spice mix

What is Baharat? Baharat spice is a staple spice used in Eastern Mediterranean its name is Arabic for spice For me, It is a spice that reminds me of Autumn. It is The weather starts to get cooler and the leaves turn a golden amber. Out of hibernation comes my slow cooker, I start to... Continue Reading →

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