Schar Gluten Free Apple Crumble

Ingredients

Apple Filling (50%): [Apple cubes (91%), Sugar, Cinnamon, Ascorbic Acid, Guar Gum, Citric Acid; Margarine [Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Water, Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids, Esters of Fatty Acids and Polyglycerol, Salt, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Extracts of Tocopherols, Aroma, Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene]; Light Brown Sugar, Maize Starch (Sulphites), Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, Maize Flour.

May contain soya and milk.

This is the sort of product that I would normally never even bother to check the ingredients list of.  It’s far too unlikely that the Allergy Brothers can eat convenience foods like this.  I only discovered this product because it came up on their list of okay foods from the Food Maestro app.  So here it was; a dessert that I could keep in the freezer and pull out a portion pack when required.  I was already thinking how useful it would be for extended family dinners when I need a dessert for the rest of the family and a dessert for the Allergy Bros.  And then I took it out the oven…

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…As you can see the crumble itself is not burnt so it wasn’t cooked for too long or at a too high temperature, but the plastic tray has melted.  I don’t know about you, but I am not that keen on melted plastic with my food.  I checked the cooking instructions again, but it clearly says to only remove the cardboard box and the plastic wrap.

I did try the crumble (with a generous portion of Almond Dream vanilla icecream) and it was very nice, but, because of the cost and the melting, I think I will just stick with making my own crumble in the future.

Free From Rocky Road by Lazy Day Foods

Ingredients – Margarine (palm oil, rape seed oil, water, salt, emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides), natural vegetable flavouring), chocolate (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, natural vanilla), gluten-free flour (rice, tapioca, corn), sultanas, golden syrup, sweetened cherries (cherry, glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, strawberry juice concentrate, citric acid, potassium sorbate), sugar, marshmallows (glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, water, dextrose, carrageenan, maize starch, hydrolized soy protein, natural vanilla, natural colour (titanium dioxide, beetred), palm oil, soya lecithin.

Allergy Dad and I had enjoyed all the previous offerings from Lazy Days Foods so we were quite disappointed with these. They managed to be both bland and overly sweet simultaneously. One of them ended up languishing in the cupboard in the tupperware of shame as nobody fancied eating it. This very rarely happens at Allergy Towers so is a sure measure of bad cake.

Lazy Day Foods Free From Millionaire’s Shortbread

Ingredients – flour (rice, tapioca, corn, soya), dairy-free margarine (palm oil, rape seed oil, water, salt, emulsifier (mono- & diglycerides), natural vegetable colours (curcumin, annatto), natural flavouring), sugar, chocolate (cocoa solids, cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, natural vanilla), golden syrup, palm oil, emulsifier (soya lecithin).

I am having a very rock and roll Sunday evening (see photo) and these have been a very pleasant accompaniment. If I am going to be picky then the biscuit base is too crumbly. These shortbread are not good for surreptitious snacking as you will leave tell-tale crumbs. Also, I thought there was too much biscuit base and too little caramel. Despite these gripes, I would still buy these again.

Lazy Day Foods Free From Tiffin

48ab3ea3-3f15-476c-87ce-bd6d9d05764dIngredients- chocolate (cocoa solids, cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, natural vanilla), flour (rice, tapioca, corn), dairy-free margarine (palm oil, rape seed oil, water, salt, emulsifier (mono- & diglycerides), natural vegetable colours (curcumin, annatto), natural flavouring), sugar, sultanas, golden syrup, soya lecithin.

I haven’t got a photo of this (so I had to use a stock photo from the company website) because my husband ate the whole packet for brunch before I had the chance to take a picture which I think says all you need to know about how yummy this is.

Angelic Orange Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients – gluten free flour (rice, potato, tapioca, maize, buckwheat), sugar, margarine (vegetable fats: palm, vegetable oil: rapeseed, water, salt), golden syrup, chocolate pieces (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier: sunflower lecithin), emulsifier (sunflower lecithin), raising agents (mono calcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate), tapioca starch, stabiliser (xanthan gum), natural flavouring, salt.

It’s a rainy Bank holiday here in the UK so it seemed the perfect opportunity for a cup of tea and a biscuit. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the perfect biscuit. The first one was nice and I even liked the texture, which was different from a gluteny biscuit, but better than most gluten free products. Unfortunately, the second biscuit in the packet had crossed the line from caramelised to burnt.

Dee’s Traditional Vegan Sausages

Ingredients- pea protein, navy beans, black beans, ground flaxseed, spices, Irish rapeseed oil, Irish Dulse seaweed.

These were surprisingly “meaty”. In fact, and I hope this doesn’t ick out any vegans, these reminded me of haggis. They are very spicy and meaty. However, they are very salty. Too salty. So they were nice to try, but I won’t be buying them again.