Its Mother’s Day on Sunday 11th March, and I couldn’t think of better time to share some homemade gluten free gift ideas, which would make the perfect present!
As the blog is about Mother’s Day, I thought it would be nice to make a couple of things that remind me of my Mum. I hope they may inspire you to pop into your kitchen and rustle them up for your Mum, Gran, Sister, Aunt or anybody who is just like a Mum to you and who would really appreciate a gluten free treat!
Lemon Curd (naturally gluten free): I first made lemon curd in my Home Economics class at school. It turned out really well and my Mum loved it! To keep me out of mischief she would very often set me up in the kitchen to make a batch. I really wanted to dig out the original recipe I used, but unfortunately I couldn’t find it so I have used a combination of two recipes (Martha Stewart & BBC Good Food).
Recipe Tip: To sterilise jars, wash the jars in very hot, soapy water or put through the hot cycle of a dishwasher. Place the jars onto a baking tray and slide into an oven set to 130C/266F Gas 2 for 10-15 minutes.
Recipe Tip: I found it was good to knead the shortbread for a few minutes before I rolled it out.
I am so pleased how they turned out and they taste all buttery, just as shortbread should. Yes, and although a little “rough around the edges” I thought the hearts and letters looked rather cute!
Once baked and cooled I spread with water icing (icing sugar with enough cooled, boiled water to make a paste) and topped with *sprinkles; picked these ones up from Home Bargains. I also dipped a couple of the hearts in melted *chocolate. Cadburys buttons work really well as they melt quickly.
Both of these recipes were really easy to make and the results were so good, I hope you get to try them out. Whatever your plans may be for Mother’s Day I wish you a happy one and hope you get to spoil and be spoilt… even if its spoiling yourself, you deserve it!
Bye for now
*Please just double check no gluten containing ingredient or “may contain” warnings on packets. If in doubt leave it out.