Gluten free welsh cakes

Working in a cafe I’d always sneak a welsh cake when I was starving. 3 weeks ago the urge to sneak a welsh cake occurred and I couldn’t have one… Cue try a gluten free welsh cake recipe!
And success!!

Recipe-
225g gluten free plain flour
100g of butter
75g of sugar
75g currants or sultanas
2 table spoons of mixed spice
1 egg
1-2 tablespoons of milk

1. In a bowl put the butter and flour, rub the butter into the flour to form breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, currants and spice, stir for an even mix.

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2. In a jug beat the milk and egg
3. Pour the egg mix slowly into the bowl to create a firm dough. You may not need to add all the egg mix.
4. Cover the work surface with gf flour and the rolling pin. Roll out the dough and cut into the desired shape.
5. Heat a pan or griddle over a medium heat. With kitchen towel rub butter in the pan so the dough doesn’t stick.
6. Cook until golden brown on both sides turning whilst cooking. Place on a cooling rack and sprinkle with sugar.

Serve with plenty of butter!
Happy welsh coeliac!! 😃

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Healing with vitamins

Since going gluten free I’ve read loads of books by other coeliacs and their journey to recovery. From Jennifer Esposito who opened a gluten free bakery in New York, her book Jennifer’s Way is a must read for any new coeliac! To Gluten- free girl by Shauna James Ahern who also writes a blog of the same name.
I’m currently reading ‘Gluten is my Bitch’ by April Peveteaux, a great funny read.
A lot of the books mention all the same things including vitamins.
It’s safe to say my body hasn’t absorbed enough vitamins for quiet some time. So after reading up on it all I know have a morning routine that starts like this-

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An actamel is a probiotic yogurt for healing the gut, creates healthy gut bacteria and some research proves to heal a coeliac gut faster. To this I add 5ml of vitamin D. Liquid vitamins are great and absorb faster if your gut is too damaged to absorb. My body lacks vitamin d currently and so any sun I see my skin is immediately burning.
Next-

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Vitamin B12 often lacking in coeliacs is responsible for energy levels I also use this for an extra boost-

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Great for when I’m feeling a little more tired. Tastes like peaches too!
Then I take a good all round multivitamin and vitamin c tablet too.
It’s vital to top up on these currently and also eating lots of homegrown veg and fruit.

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In October I’ll be having blood tests to test my vitamin levels, anything I’m lacking in I’ll be given injections or a course of stronger tablets.
I feel this routine is working for me currently and working 7 days a week at the moment I don’t feel tired and seem to have loads of energy so something must be right. I’ve even taken up running and cycling both major steps for me.
More about that another time 💛