Thursday, 5 September 2013

Take One .. Jar of Conserve GF

Working on the theory that it sometimes takes only just one ingredient to inspire us to get cooking, Sainsbury's are setting a challenge each month for members of its Blogger Community. This month the ingredient is a jar of Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Strawberry Conserve.

Two things came to mind when I saw this jar of jam, rice pudding and scones - real comfort food.

The scone recipe I've made is a bit unusual and for those of you who run out of milk from time to time, so long as you have the secret ingredient in the cupboard, these are so easy to make. Actually, I haven't ever managed to make egg free and gluten free scones anywhere near as good as the ones I used to make years ago. Scones always remind me of our chance visit during a tremendous downpour to a small café at Yew Tree Farm in the Lake District. I've just read that since our visit the house was used in the filming of the film Beatrix Potter! If you aren't suffering from gluten intolerance or coeliac disease, you may be very interested in trying out their wonderful cream teas should you visit this part of the world! The scones they baked here weren't scones as you know them - they were ginormous and so, so delicious, I've never tasted one better. I wonder if the café is still there?

I adore walking in the Lake District but it's notorious for its rain as you can see from these's one of me h
aving a rest while climbing up towards Easedale Tarn ...

...the view from the path...

And why rice pudding? It's the ultimate comfort food! This recipe is definitely healthier than the one my grandma used to make. I used home made almond milk and coconut palm sugar which may be a better alternative to regular sugar due to the fact that it has a lower glycemic index. I actually prefer the flavour of Coconut Palm Sugar, it has a slight caramel taste and works so well in this recipe.

To be honest, I usually choose a sugar free jam but I can truthfully say I've munched my way through a few batches of scones this past weekend followed by large helpings of rice pudding which, by the way, may be able to serve 4 to 6 people but on Sunday it just served two.

The recipe for the scones can be found HERE.
The recipe for the rice pudding can be found HERE

Disclosure: I received this product from Sainsbury's for review purposes. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.