Gluten Free Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding Recipe: My Way

I found a great recipe for gluten free chocolate pudding on taste.com.au, tweaked it a little and it turned out amazeballs!!!

Here is my version minus a picture as there is really no nice way to photograph it. It’s poo on a plate. No amount of fluffy bits will make it look great. Just take my word for it that it is delicious and even my anti gluten free niece was none the wiser. She raved about how yummy it was. You should have seen her face drop when I told her, bahahaha, victory.

Now, the recipe:
– 50 g melted butter
– 1 c gf self raising flour ( I use ‘Free From Gluten’)
– 1/2 c castor sugar
– 1/2 c almond meal
– 1 Tbl gf baking powder
– 2 Tbl cocoa powder
– 1 c milk
– 1/2 c dark choc chips
Sauce
– 1 and 1/4 c of boiling water
– 30 g chopped butter
– 1/2 c packed brown sugar ( I would use a little less next time)
– 1/3 c cocoa powder

Preheat oven 180 degree C.
I do this all in one ceramic pot with lid, about 1L (or use alfoil).
Melt butter in microwave. Stir in the flour, meal, order, cocoa, sugar and milk. Whisk until all combined and smooth. Stir in choc chips.
In another jug/bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients, stir until all combined and butter melted ( butter gives a richer sauce). Pour slowly over the cake part.
With lid on, place into oven for 30-35mins or until firm to touch.

Serve warm with cream or another sweet touch of ice cream.

Yum yum pigs bum.

Enjoy!!

Sugar-free Granola.

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I love crunchy granola but I don’t like when the shop bought ones are laden with sugar. I have put together a recipe that is really delicious and depending on what you like you can add different bits and pieces to the main mix.

Main mix:
4 c rolled oats
1 c chopped almonds.
1/2 c coconut oil, melted
4 tbl Stevia ( I use Norbu brand)

After cooking:
1/2 c rice bran or other
1 c 5 seed mix or other
( if adding other ingredients just measure it out to 1 1/2 cups)
1 tbl cinnamon ( adds sweetness)

So melt your oil and mix in the above ingredients from the main mix section. Stir until combined. Place onto baking trays, the thicker the layer the longer it will take. Them into a preheated oven of 180 degrees C. This will take between 25-45 mins, all depending on thickness of oat layer. Don’t walk away and leave, this one requires you to stay close otherwise you will have burnt granola.

Turn and stir your oat main mix every 5 mins until it is nice and golden.

When ready, pour into a bowl. Then add the remaining ingredients. When cooled, place into a sealed container.

Makes around 6-7 cups of granola.

What!! Not another gluten free banana bread recipe

I know there are loads of Banana bread/loaf recipes out there in cyber world. Lord knows I have tried plenty. So I thought why not chuck another one out there and maybe someone might enjoy it as much as my family and I do .

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Gluten free, no added sugar Banana bread recipe

1/2 cup coconut cream
1 egg
3 medium mashed old bananas.
3 tbl Stevia ( I use Norbu, only one I have found that doesn’t have that bitter aftertaste)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/4 cup GF plain flour blend
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tsp GF baking powder
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup flaxseed meal

Mix all the wet ingredients together. Sift together flour, soda and powder. Stir into wet mix, add remaining ingredients.
Pour into a loaf tin (13x23cm),bake 180 degrees C for approx 25-30mins or until golden brown ontop.

I always have lunch boxes in mind when I bake as well as how to make it as healthiest as possible. This one is a winner and so easy to make.

Enjoy!!!

Cheesy Sweet Potato and Bacon Gluten Free Loaf

Such a long title but only one word to describe, YUM.

This loaf doesn’t last long in my house which explains the lack of nice photos taken. It is used for the kids lunch boxes and as for a snack for me in the day. It has such a lovely texture that one wouldn’t even guess that it was gluten free.

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Enough natter, where is this recipe ( if your like me I just scroll down to the end of post to get the recipe, rarely do I read the waffle above it).

Cheesy Sweet Potato Bacon Gluten Free Loaf

1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
3/4 c cooked mashed sweet potato
1 cup grated cheese
2 rashers bacon diced
2tsp Baking powder GF
1/2tsp Bi Carb Soda
1 1/4 cup gluten free plain flour blend (FreeFrom Gluten range)
1/4 cup almond meal
Pinch of salt
Pinch of garlic powder (optional)

Mix together the oil, eggs, yoghurt and mash. Combine. Sift in the bicarb, baking powder and flour. Add the almond meal, salt and garlic. Just combine. Finish by adding the cheese and bacon.

The mixture is quite thick. Place into a loaf tin. Bake for approx 25-30 mins at 180 degrees Celsius.

When cooked, turn out onto drying rack and see if you can wait till it cools before you want to eat it.

Finish by lathering with butter. My motto: everything tastes better with butter.

Happy Baking Peoples
I am off to taste my Magic Bean Cake.

Bec x

Tea Towel Tutorial with Mitred Corners

With my need to stencil as many things as possible I decided I would make personalised tea towel for the teachers this year. I asked the kids what’s one word that describes your teacher and we will stencil it onto a tea towel. Perfect!
Initially I was looking into purchasing pre-made blank tea towels but discovered that they are quite pricey. Thus a trip to spotlight was needed to get some linen/cotton blend fabric. I do love linen tea towels but at $27m I compromised with blended. It worked about each tea towel cost me $2.50.

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So I just bought 55cm off the bolt so it works out roughly 2x (50×65) when finished.
Linen and linen blend is not the easiest to work with as it shifts and stretches but who cares if the tea towel isn’t perfectly square in the end, to me that’s what handmade is all about.

So cut out your rectangle, press.
I then drew 2 x 1/4 inch lines on each side.

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Starting on one side bring the raw edge to the second line, press.

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Then fold over again so it’s the same width as the first fold.

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Complete this for all four sides. Make sure to unfold a folded corner to complete each edge. The fold lines run the entire lengths.
Okay, grab one corner and have it so the good side is facing up.

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Now fold the corner back so that the second lines meet.

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Press. This line is the guide you use to sew the corner.
Still with right side facing up fold that corner so that the last folded line meet, see pic.

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Place a pin along the first line, this is where you sew too.

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Trim off the excess fabric from that corner. Now turn your seam inside out.

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Fold the unsewn section of the corner under and pin. Do this for both sides. Repeat for all four corners.
Sew around the entire tea towel along the edge of the fold.

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Voila you have a tea towel. Easy peasy and done within 20 mins. Use my stencil tutorial if you want to contact stencil or embellish as you wish.

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Win an Amy Butler Reversible/Adjustable Childrens Hat.

This gorgeous hat was very popular last year. I squirreled away the last one to be given away as a thankyou for all the support last year. Mellebug goes from strength to strength every year and this has only been achieveable through the people that have purchased my wares. I can not thankyou enough and I hope it continues.

Amy Butler Childrens Reversible/Adjustable Hat. It is made to order, size to be nominated by the winner.

X-small 42-46cm
Small – 46-51cm
Med- 50-55cm
Larg- 54-59cm

Click on this link to get you there a Rafflecopter giveaway. All you have to do is like my facebook page. This competition is only available to Australian Residents (apologies to all others, it just has to do with the cost of postage. I do international orders with prices of postage to be quoted upon based on destination).

If you would like to see the other children hats I have available this season visit my FB page or my Madeit store.

Competition closes this Wednesday 30th January 2013.

Time to celebrate!!!

With my facebook likers reaching close to 1000 and my blog counter ticking over to 250 thousand I think its time to thank all those lovely people out there that have supported my  business and enjoyed my tutorials.

I love making, creating and sharing. Its apart of me now and whatever happens in the future I can not see myself too far away from the sewing machine, knitting needle, or any other crafty project that tickles my passion.

To help celebrate my thanks to you I am offering you the chance to win a pair of these fingerless gloves I just made to photograph for the free pattern.

All you have to do is head on over to my facebook page give it a loving like and then leave a comment below. This offer is available world wide so dont be shy. The draw will take place on Sunday 5th August 7pm WST. I will announce the winner first by email and then on my facebook page.

Thankyou again from the bottom of my heart.

Bec xx

Fingerless Gloves Pattern/Tutorial

I like to knit but my skills are limited and it doesnt matter how hard I try at extending them I draw blank when I read the pattern. Give me pictures and I would work it out but put it in abbreviated long sentences and I get lost, completely. So I stick to straight lines and the occasional increase/decrease but it stops there.

Now when looking for gloves for the wee man I couldnt find anything. He says ” No worries mum, you can knit me some.” errrr… no son I cant (no such thing as cant I hear hubby in the background say). So off I go for a search. I came up with nothing for tutorials/free patterns that I could figure out, but in looking at a pic I figured I could make something similar.

These gloves are easy peasy lemon squeezy. A great pattern for any knitter starting out.

Fingerless Gloves Pattern

** Size 7 needles or 4mm

You could win the gloves made for the pattern: head here!!!

Winter is upon us

Oh lordy hasnt it been awhile since my last post. There does not seem enough hours in the day to get everything done on my list. Once I answer emails, send out invoices, facebook and more facebook I am totally over the computer. Today I think I have spent a good three hours photographing and listing items into my madeit store. In saying this now I will be posting more here as the social networking on FB for handmade businesses is coming to an end. An end only if you dont want to pay $5 to $10 to promote your chosen posts. There has been much talk going around and I am not going to go on about it here. Pull up socks and move onto another medium to help get my Mellebugness out there.

So what has been going on in my little sewing nook. Well I can tell you it is mainly sewing, suprised, not really. As the seasons change so do my

Winter, it is here and I am feeling the chill. It is the perfect weather for my Lupin Heatpacks and most recently my newsboy hats. These are made using recylced and new fabrics.

The little fella calls this his ‘Dude’ hat. He is such a dude wearing it, love it.

Now on the lupin front. Boo Bears, Boo Bears everywhere. A little slow start to the season but this time round the boy bears have been flying out the door. This time round I decided to coordinate my fabrics more by purchasing fat quarter packs ensuring that the colours match. Before I was in turmoil guessing to which fabric matched that fabric and so on. Less stress better outcome. Here is one of the bears I have made that comes with its very own baby bear.

Super cute felt bear that takes roughly 2 hours to hand stitch together. Worth it thou as this little combo is just too cute.

Here is another Boo Bear, Sleepy Ray. Racing buddy for the boys.

To anyone new to Mellebug these cuties are Lupin Heatpacks that you pop into the microwave for a minute and they become a warm buddy to snuggle or to help soothe an upset tummy.

This season I have coordinated some of the Boo Bears with cold packs, an all round perfect gift to a child. These cold packs are a great size that fit into a childs hand, are cold enough without having to wrap up and the outside is removable, perfect for any little bloody bonk that happens a little too often in my household.

So my madeit store is stocked with loads of mellebugness some for adults and loads for the wee ones in our lives. Head on over for more of a look at what I have to offer.