choccy squiggle bikkies
 

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The newest inventions to join the Decadent Alternatives recipe repetoire can be found here. The link to the recipe will be found in the text either under the photo or next to it. Some recipes will be available to all readers of this site, others will only be available to registered users. If it has been a while since you last visited What's Cooking and are wondering if you have missed any yummy treats scroll down the page.

What's Cooking will only contain the last 25 yummy additions so I have added a tagging system to help you find related items. Eventually a short summary & photo of all of the recipes contained on this site will be available through this tagging system. To view the tags click on the title of the recipe or the Read more link.   

05/04/18

Bananas have to be my least favourite food & I delayed making a gluten free banana cake for a long time. I really loathe bananas, really, really. Having said that making a cake containing banana like this Hummingbird Cake means that I'll get the rest of the members of the family to taste it & I won't have to taste it (& after the Easter I've just had that is a very good thing). 

23/03/18

Recently my son bought some wheat based Apple & Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns from a bakery chain. His verdict was that I needed to try them. Well he didn't really say that - he actually said "Can you get me another packet please". I bought 2 packets, one for Mr Hollow Legs to have & the other for the rest of the family. They were delicious & definitely needed to be made gluten free. Here is the recipe for my version of gluten free Apple & Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns.

20/03/18

 I'll admit it - I love Danish pastries. 

Do I need to have a reason for posting another way of making these gorgeous goodies ;). 

I hope you'll love this Danish Pastry Too

19/03/18

In my baking classes I usually have on hand some of my home made jam, Zesty Pom Pom (strawberry) & Zesty Wild BB (blackberry) to put on some of the freshly baked gluten free bread I've made. Jam is normally gluten free but I'm putting my recipes on the website as someone in my last class asked whether they could have the recipe. 

14/03/18

I love munching on Bread Sticks with a little bit of dip. These are easy to make, taste great & are wonderful to have on hand for when friends drop in. 

13/03/18

This Peanut Butter & Choc Chip Cookies recipe was developed because, quite simply, I needed a bit of comfort food (as did the rest of the family) - well that's my excuse & I'm sticking with it. It was one of those weeks when unexpected things happen and I was a little emotionally spent (death of an Uncle, online store mysteriously disappearing, a bushfire on the scenic reserve 2 houses up from us). When I saw my husband eating some peanut butter off a spoon (& knowing that there were no bikkies in the house) I casually asked whether he would like some peanut butter & choc chip cookies - a chorus of YES! was the answer :). 

07/03/18

Currently we are experiencing problems with our on-line shop - if fact I woke up this morning and it had disappeared. I'm not sure when it will be back as such if you need some flour send me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thanks for your patience. 

04/02/18

Everyone that has tasted my Amazing Chocolate Cake loves it, given that I have a Gluten free & Dairy free baking class coming up I thought I would make a dairy free version of this wonderfully moist cake. A nephew's birthday seemed like a good time to get some feedback. BTW before they ate it I didn't tell them 1) that it was gluten free, 2) that it was dairy free :). Did they like it? Sure did, here's the link to Amazing Dairy free Chocolate Cake.   

18/01/18

My first gluten free & dairy free class for 2018 will be on Sunday 4th March. Visit http://www.decalt.com.au/gluten-free-baking-classes for more information.

14/12/17

I don't know Jan - Jan is Linda's mum. Linda used to love eating her mum's Christmas cake but like so many of you once you realise you can't eat wheat those special treats are off limits. Linda entered one of my Facebook competitions with this comment on what she would bake if she won some Bakers' Magic gluten free flour. 

My mum's Christmas cake but converted to gluten free! That would be awesome!

Linda didn't win any flour (this time) but here is my version of her mum's fruitcake

10/12/17

As a family we really don't eat Fruit Mince Tarts at Christmas time, shortbreads, fruitcake - Yes - fruit mince tarts - No. Apparently a lot of people do eat them (who knew!) & fruit mince tarts was a popular Christmas recipe request on my recent Facebook give-away competition. One person even describing the brown sugar short pastry that she oh so missed. It was obvious to me that I had to make, bake & taste some (& use brown sugar in the pastry).

Honestly I bit into one of these tarts & my first thought was 'Oh my'. With a big smile on my face I told the rest of the family 'I don't like fruit mince tarts (I find them simply too sweet) but these are wonderful'.

There was a bit of resignation on my husband's face knowing that although he doesn't like fruit mince tarts he was going to have to try them. His response after taking a bite 'Oh my'. 

09/12/17

A couple of weeks ago (November 2017) I ran a competition on Facebook & the prize was some Bakers' Magic gluten free flour. To enter the comp all you needed to do was comment on what Christmas goodies you would like to make with the flour. Gingerbreadfruitcakepanettoneplum pudding were all listed by competitors as well as these delicious Brandy Snaps.

30/11/17

I hope you enjoy my Panettone Inspired Bread as much as my family did. They also loved my Panettone Bread & Butter Pudding. Enjoy!

27/11/17

There are some times in the year when tradition takes hold & there is an expectation from the extended family that the goodies that grace your table year after year will continue to be there. To continue doing that sometimes those well loved recipes need to be converted to gluten free - that is something I love doing. The following is my gluten free version of a Pfeffernuse (Peppernut) recipe sent in by Skye - thank you so much for sharing. I've included the original recipe. 

22/11/17

Please order before 14th December for pre Christmas delivery.

Orders will be dispatched until 21st December.

Dispatch closed from 21/12/17 until 8/1/18

22/11/17

If you love the combination of almonds, honey & butter then you simply have to try these Bee Sting Bikkies.  

13/11/17

BAKERS'  MAGIC  GLUTEN  FREE  FLOUR  FEELING  LUCKY  GIVE  AWAY

I’m feeling so very lucky & extremely grateful that I’m still here 6 years after the specialists told me I had around about 18 months. Today my eldest finished his last Year 12 exam & I was here to celebrate with him:). Speaking of celebrating it’s not long until the Christmas/New Year season is well & truly upon us. Do you do any Christmas baking? If so you may be interested in having a look at the free Bakers’ Magic celebration recipes on the website http://www.decalt.com.au/…/gluten-free-holiday-celebration-…
Not so much into celebrating & just want some good gluten free bread that you can wrap a sausage in - visit http://decalt.com.au/…/gluten-free-bakers-magic-flour-bread…
For all other recipes including pastry, cakes, pasta & biscuits visit http://decalt.com.au/…/gluten-free-bakers-magic-flour-non-b…

With numerous free recipes available there is no doubt that Bakers' Magic gluten free flour is great for baking but it is also high in protein; high in fibre; contains no added gums, thickeners, emulsifiers or numbers; has no added sugar; is not rice based; is wheat free, gluten free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free & peanut free; and tastes simply amazing :). The ingredients are maize starch, potato starch, flaxseed flour, psyllium & pea protein.
Bakers' Magic gf flour = thousands of baking possibilities.

Never tried Bakers’ Magic flour before? Then this is a fantastic opportunity to try some of this simply sensational gluten free flour. Prepare to be amazed:). To all of you who regularly use my flour (& give it to friends as gifts) THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your support over the past year. Remember to enter the competition coz the more that enter the more prizes will be available
So, are you feeling lucky? Read below on how to enter.

THE COMPETITION
What's on offer
150 legitimate comments = One prize - 1 x 10 kg bag of Bakers’ Magic gluten free flour 
250 legitimate comments = Two individual prizes - 1 x 10 kg bag of Bakers’ Magic gluten free flour & 1 box of 6 x 450 g of Bakers’ Magic gluten free flour
500 legitimate comments = Five individual prizes - 2 x 10 kg bag of Bakers’ Magic gluten free flour & 3 boxes of 6 x 450 g of Bakers’ Magic gluten free flour

How to enter - send me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and let me know
What Christmas/Celebration goodies would YOU want to make with this flour? 
Or type in your favourite recipe if you are a regular user of Bakers’ Magic gluten free flour.
Or put the name & town of a cafe/restaurant that you think could do with a little Bakers' Magic. .
Who can enter
Anyone living in Australia who loves to bake great tasting #glutenfree food. 
The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday 8th December 2017 at 4pm AEST, and notified via Facebook or email.
This is a Decadent Alternatives competition for Australian residents.

Cheers,
Libby

13/11/17

From time to time I run give-away competitions on my Facebook page (Decadent Alternatives = Gluten free Baking) & one of the conditions of entry is to comment on what you really miss or what you would like to make if you won some Bakers' Magic gluten free flour. A Bee Sting Cake was one of those answers. I had to see if I could make one gluten free as I couldn't resist the combination of brioche style bread with honey toffee, almonds & creme patisserie. After many attempts I'm happy to say that these Bee Sting Buns are YUM!

07/11/17

The hardest part in making a gluten free Chocolate Ripple Cake is deciding what flavour it's going to be! 

06/11/17

I made some Speculaas a couple of weeks ago & fell in love with them. They are just so..... buttery, crisp, crunchy, spicy..... well..... they are simply yum & so very very moreish. As soon as I ate a second one my mind started ticking over with different flavour possibilities - cocoa, almond, caramel..... This is my cocoa based variation of the Speculaas recipe, they make wonderful gluten free Chocolate Ripple biscuits.

02/10/17

From time to time I get messages, with attachments, from people that would just love to have some of their favourite food that they used to have before they were diagnosed with coeliac disease or they went on a gluten free diet. This Speculaas recipe is my gluten free version of one of those attachments :). 

01/10/17

Having S'mores has been on my list of things to do for quite a while now (ever since I bought the extra large marshmallows). Now it is even easier to have a gluten free version of this wonderful concoction with my copy of Graham Crackers. These S'more bikkies don't take long to make, bake or eat. Enjoy! 

29/09/17

Cardamon & Blood Orange Galette is my gluten free version of the recipe for the Caraway & Blood Orange Tart that appeared in the 16th birthday edition of donna hay magazine (Oct/Nov 2017). Although the original recipe uses caraway seeds in the pastry I simply couldn't put them in. Caraway tends to transport me back to some of my childhood dinners where I had to eat cabbage that had been boiled for far too long with caraway seeds. WOW - searching my memory banks I have come to the conclusion that I have not made anything for my family that contains caraway seeds. That cabbage must have been really really bad (no wonder I used to throw it out the window when my mother wasn't looking :) ). 

17/09/17

Another great 'plain' bikky recipe for the website. These GF Digestive-style Biscuits are my gluten free version of McVities Digestives - I'll have a go at making HobNobs soon.