Allergy Friendly Baking For The Summer

Summer’s Here…this week I decided to get started on some of my Allergy Friendly Pies to freeze for easy summer desserts.

I started with Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Pie (click here for the recipe) and a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Blueberry Pie. (click here for the recipe)

A Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple and Blueberry Pie ready to freeze for a summer dessert

One of each of the boys favourites.

Blueberries are all in the stores so I made 2 more with fresh berries.

Two Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Blueberry Pies ready to freeze

The family favourite.

I happened to have 3 apples left…not really enough to fill a double crusted pie…but just enough to make a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Crumble Pie.

A freshly baked Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Crumble Pie

Much to Michael’s delight!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Crumble Pie

Crust

1 cup plus 1 tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/6 cup water (40 mL)

Measure dry ingredients into a bowl.
In a measuring cup, measure the wet ingredients.
Stir together the wet ingredients and swiftly combine them with the dry…do not over mix. I usually finish mixing the last bits of the dry in as I gather the dough together.
Roll dough out between two pieces of floured wax paper to the size of your pie plate.
Carefully pull back the top piece of wax paper keeping the dough attached.
Place dough carefully over the pie plate…remember, do not fret if the dough breaks or tears…pastry dough is very easy to just put back together.
Trim the edges and make a nice edge.

Crumble

1/2 cup Demerara Sugar
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup canola oil

In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients together.
Pour in the canola oil and combine until it is crumbly.

Assembly

Fill the pie with the sliced apples…I had three.
Sprinkle the crumble over top.
Bake 375 F for 25-30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden.
Let cool on cooling rack until ready to devour.

Enjoy!

Enjoying a slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Crumble Pie

What will be on your list of allergy friendly baking this summer?

Tip:  Freezing the pies in the extra-large freezer bags makes them perfect for travelling in the summer…they act as freezer packs, do not thaw out and can be placed right in the freezer or in the oven for an easy summer dessert with friends or family.

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Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Butter Tarts To Celebrate Canada Day

When you think of Canada…what comes to mind?  For many Canadian foodies…the answer would be Butter Tarts.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Butter Tarts

Butter Tarts…the quintessential Canadian bakery treat.

My first memories of Butter Tarts date back to when my Grandmother visited from England…my mother always had a box of Butter Tarts specifically for her mother…well, she did share them.

Grandma loved her Butter Tarts…as did I!

Unfortunately, I have not been able to share my love for Butter Tarts with my boys. For years, my boys have watched family members enjoying the simple pleasure of devouring the sweet and sticky tarts…dairy, eggs and the possibility of peanut/tree nuts make Butter Tarts .

So you can imagine my boys delight when I was able to re-create the famous Butter Tart to be dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free for them to enjoy.

I am still trying to perfect this recipe with the right cooking time and amount of filling.  My advice is to ere on the lighter side for the filling than to fill them too full. Refrigerating the pastry lined muffin tin before baking does make a difference on how much the filling overflows. Take the time to do that step.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Butter Tarts

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Butter Tarts cooling

Filling

2 tbsp. canola oil
2 tbsp. applesauce (I used cinnamon applesauce as it was all I had on hand)
1 tbsp. flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp. of water and left in the refrigerator overnight or until it thickens
1 cup packed Demerrera Sugar
2 tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp pure vanilla
pinch kosher salt

In a bowl, mix together the above ingredients.

Dairy and Egg Free Pastry

2 cups plus 2 tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
2/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup water

In a large bowl measure the flour and salt together.
Combine the oil and water in measuring cup.
Using a wooden spoon, carefully fold together the wet with the dry until just combined.
Divide dough in two.
Roll each dough ball out between floured wax paper until about 3 mm thick and cut 4 inch circles and tuck into muffin tins. Fill all 12.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Fill each pastry lined muffin tin with less than a 1/4 cup of the filling.
Bake at 325 F for 20-25 minutes watching carefully that they do not overflow…which mine did.
Let cool in tin for at least 10 minutes. (Do not fret if the filling has spilled over…just scrap as much as you can back in the tart.)
Carefully lift the tarts out of the muffin tin to finish cooling on a cooling rack.

Enjoy!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Butter Tarts

They may not have looked pretty but my boys loved them!

Happy Canada Day Weekend!

My Aunt Mary’s Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Scottish Oatmeal ‘Flapjack’ Cookies

I have come by my love of oatmeal and ‘sweet syrup’ honestly…I am of British stock…my parents emigrated to Canada in the mid 1960’s.

Aunt Mary's Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal 'Flapjack' Cookies

My Scottish grandfather used to soak a bowl of oatmeal every night before bed for his morning breakfast…a tradition my son, Matthew, continues. Although, Matthew does not soak the oats…he does enjoy a big hearty bowl of oatmeal with milk and drizzled with pure maple syrup…our Canadian version of ‘golden syrup’.

I have always been drawn to recipes that incorporate the use of oats…oatmeal cookies, oatmeal bars, oatmeal crisps, crumbles and of course, a hot steaming bowl of good old oatmeal…I love the rich taste of sweetened toasted oats!

It is with great pleasure that I have finally come to adapt an oatmeal recipe handed down by my Scottish Granny, to her daughter, my Aunt Mary. To this day, my Aunt Mary bakes these cookies for all my Scottish relatives to enjoy that are still living in a small town in Scotland.

My Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal ‘Flapjack’ Cookies have stood the test of time…I can still remember enjoying them on all my visits back ‘home’ to see all my Scottish relatives.

Aunt Mary’s Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Scottish Oatmeal ‘Flapjack’ Cookies

Aunt Mary's Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal 'Flapjack' Cookies

1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread
1 tsp Lyle’s Golden Syrup
1 tsp water
1/2 cup Demerara  Sugar

Melt the above ingredients and then add to the mixed ingredients listed below.

2 cups ‘porridge’ oats (quick oats)
1 cup ‘self-raising flour’ (1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour mixed with 1 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp kosher salt)
1/2 tsp baking soda

Combine all ingredients and then shape into a ball and flatten into a disc.

Tip:  For the first batch…I just left the dough in the shape of a ball. My mother informed me that my Aunt Mary’s cookies are more of the shape of a ‘Hobnob’. Click here for a picture. I found the ingredients to be too dry by the second batch…so I added 2 tbsp of water to the mixture…a bit sticky to work with…and then shaped them on the cookie sheet into a flattened disc…much like a ‘Hobnob’. By the time I was ready to shape the third and final batch…the cookie dough was much easier to shape.

Bake at 350 F for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Enjoy!

Enjoying Aunt Mary's Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal 'Flapjack' Cookies

Delish…rich tasting with that great toasty oat taste…just like Aunt Mary’s! Although, I sure would love a hands-on tutorial…I must get my baking gene from her!

P.S. I know just the couple that will enjoy a package of these ‘British treats’.

A package of Aunt Mary's Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Scottish Oatmeal 'Flapjack' Cookies for my neighbour

There is something so comforting about oatmeal…with a cup of tea…perfection!

Enjoying the March Break 2013…With Food Allergies

This March Break 2013, our family is staying close to home…no big trips like our first trip away as a family in years to Stowe, Vermont last year. Click here to read all about skiing trip and our ‘little cabin in the woods’.

So far the boys have enjoyed late nights, sleeping in, playing road hockey with their neighbourhood friends and just hanging out with some of their friends…but the highlight so far has been the opportunity to play some stick and puck with their father...arranged by my husband’s hockey team.

Michael and Matthew playing some stick and puck witht their father

All the hockey league players could bring their kids and skate around with a stick and puck.

Michael even played with the ‘big guys’…full equipment required.

Michael and his father after playing a game of pick up hockey with the guys

A game of pick-up hockey was arranged afterwards…short a few players, Michael subbed in. He was ecstatic to say the least!

Never knowing if food will be around…I made sure to bring some juice boxes, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Rice Krispie Squares and Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Wholewheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Matthew made the suggestion, “Can we make Waffles for lunch?”

Matthew enjoyed helping to make a batch of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles and bacon for lunch the other day…the notion of ‘waffles for lunch’ quickly aroused Michael from his sleep.

Hoping to get to see the movie, ‘Oz’…Matthew really wants to see it.

Our family avoids food issue sat movies by just not having any at all. I figure going to the movies is all about experiencing the movie up on a big screen…not about the food. I know others would make the claim that the ‘whole experience’ of going to the movies includes the food…that may be so, but unfortunately, such is not the case in ‘our world of food allergies’.

My other hope is to take the entire family out for dinner…not as easy as one thinks. I have my eldest son’s food allergies to consider…dairy, egg, beef, lamb, sesame, fish, shellfish, peanut/tree nuts, mustard and raspberry.

I am not having much luck…feeling very down-hearted.

If anyone in Ontario has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate hearing about your experiences…good or bad.

P.S.  I am also enjoying the sleeping in…hence, the later posting of my blogs. 🙂

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Fondue

Celebrated Valentine’s Day with these sweet little treasures…

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Vanilla Cupcake stopped with Vanilla and Chocolate Icing

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Vanilla Cupcakes.

Click here for the recipe.

Sweets treats for my sweets!

Yummy sweetened with a touch of icing for a casual appearance or for the evening… 

Dairy, Egg,Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Vanilla Cupcakes and fresh strawberries with Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Fondue

all ready to be dressed up with Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Fondue!

Dipped in melted chocolate.

Dipping Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Vanilla Cupcakes in Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Fondue for Valentine's Day

Mmmmmmm…sweet decadence!

When it comes to chocolate vs. vanilla…Matthew is all about chocolate and Michael loves vanilla…this dessert pleased them both!

Expressing one’s love through food is a common theme…somewhat made difficult when one lives day-to-day with food allergies.

Thankfully, there are yummy adaptions one can experiment with to create the dishes and treats your loved ones with food allergies will appreciate.

Here’s wishing you all enjoyed a lovely evening with the ones you love!

P.S. Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate for the fondue was ordered from Guardian Angel. Click here for a link

Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free ‘Oreo’ Style Cookies

I couldn’t resist adapting the Toronto Star’s Cookie Calendar, Day 18 cookie: The all-time, go-to favourite store bought cookie of everyone’s childhood…The Oreo!

Now…Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free ‘Oreo’ Style Cookies.

dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free oreo style cookies

I thought these would be the perfect cookie to bring on our visit to my brother’s to share with his two boys.

There will be a lot of energy exerted over the next few days…it’s all about hockey when we visit.

My eldest nephew is in the Bell Capital Cup…we will be spending a lot of time in hockey arenas cheering his team on…Go Silver Seven Go!  My brother has built his annual backyard hockey rink for the boys to practice their shots in between games…and if that is not enough…there is always hockey in the basement!

Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free ‘Oreo’ Style Cookies

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut oreo style cookies

For the recipe click here.

For a dairy free version: I replaced the butter with Earth Balance.
For an egg free version: I used 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 2 tbsp of water.
For a soy free version: use Earth Balance Soy Free Vegan Spread

I didn’t follow the recipe’s instructions…I actually creamed the Earth Balance with the sugar. Added the water and mixed until combined. I combined all the dry ingredients separately and then added it to the creamed mixture. I followed the recipe for forming the cookies and baking them.

For the cream filling: I halved the recipe and used Earth Balance to replace the butter. I used the leftover Dairy Free Chocolate Icing from my Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Yule Log to fill the cookies and created…

Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free ‘Fudgeo’ Style Cookies.

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free fudgeo style cookies

Matthew opted to try the’ Fudgeo’ Style Cookie and Michael choose the ‘Oreo’ Style cookie…both declared them ‘yummy’.

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free oreo and fudgeo style cookies

Planning ahead is key for a successful trip away from home when you have multiple food allergies.

Along with the ‘Oreo’ cookies, I am bringing a batch of Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies and of course…Dairy Free Rice Krispie Squares. Don’t leave home without them!

To help out with the meals, I am bringing a batch of our Spaghetti with Meat Balls that my hubbie whipped up and a Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Stick. Both will be for the dinner the day we arrive.

I will also be bringing a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Pie I made in the Fall and froze along with a second Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Stick. They will be perfect for our rescheduled Christmas Dinner.

Packages of homemade Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Pancake mixes, Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Sub Buns, Natural Selections Smoked Uncured Black Forest Ham, Crackers, Natura Soy Milk, Ryza Rice Milk, Guardian Angel chocolate and Surf Sweet Candies will all be brought for Michael to meet his food allergen needs.

Spending time with my brother’s family is a highlight during the holiday season for my boys. Taking the time to prepare and plan for this trip is top priority to me. Where there is a will…there is a way!

I hope everyone is enjoying time with their families this holiday season.

P.S. How do you manage the holidays and travelling to family functions with multiple food allergies?

P.P.S. Can’t forget the World Junior Hockey Championship Tournament that is playing in Edmonton and Calgary!      Go Team Canada Go!