all week, i’ll tackle topics that directly affect you and i at christmas time - including what to eat, what to drink, attending christmas parties, hosting christmas parties, christmas baking, etc. i’ll make sure to give you specifics, so you’re prepared for your merry making events and have some great go-to’s so you can enjoy it all! by next weekend, when the festivities are taken up a notch, you'll be more than ready!
today, with merry making in mind, we are going to talk about the product of the week:
gingerbread spice blend!
back to gingerbread spice - (click here to check it out) spices are a bit of a tricky topic, as we’ve discussed before, so i take great comfort in epicure’s assurance of their gluten free products. not all are gluten free, but they have a great list (which you'll find by clicking here) that will let you know exactly which ones to look at and which ones to look away from! most are safe, and all that i’ve tried are delicious!
my fav recipe of the moment with great thanks to the gingerbread spice: gingerbread trifle
(trifles are also my favorite things to make when i bake a cake and it doesn't work out quite how i planned - too dry, didn't rise, big crack down the middle... you know those ones? i love to turn them into a trifle, or into cake balls... later this week cake balls will make an appearance in the gf Christmas sur-thrive-al guide)
+bake two cakes, using your favorite gluten free cake mix (i used betty crocker’s golden yellow mixes this time, and they were really moist) and making it as directed, adding one tablespoon of gingerbread spice per cake mix and mixing it thoroughly into the batter
+once cooled, cut the cake into approx 1 inch squares
+whip 1 litre of whipped cream, adding in one tablespoon of icing sugar (rogers is safe) and one tablespoon of gingerbread spice
+mix 1 tub of cool whip (name brand is safe) with one package of jello instant vanilla pudding (kraft will always list if a product comes barley, wheat, rye or oats, so this pudding is safe), half a cup of milk and a teaspoon of gingerbread spice
+in a trifle bowl (or other deep glass bowl) layer up your goodness, starting with a layer of cake at the bottom. layers should look like this: cake, whipped cream, cake, cool whip mixture, cake, whipped cream
*sprinkle some spice on top to make it look pretty :)