Dairy and gluten free gingerbread men/truffles help?

Posted on 12/16/2012 by tinytracy

Hello everyone!
I was wondering if anyone can help me. We are doing a secret santa among my friends and I was all set to make truffles. You know, the kind where you crush up the biscuits, add the butter and condensed milk etc etc. However, the girl I am doing it for has now told me she is going dairy and gluten free (so glad I found this out otherwise I would have given her something she cant eat!) So I still want to bake something for her and was thinking about gluten and dairy free gingerbread men or somehow trying to make the truffles dairy and gluten free, although I dont know how I could replace the condensed milk. Does anyone have any recipes they have actually tried and know are delicious? I've done a bit of a google search but I dont want to make something and then have it taste awful.

P.S I made the gingerbread house and it tasted delicious but didnt look too amazing, hence no photos haha but my boyfriend wants to make another one with me (Boyfriend in the kitchen is unheard of so I am amazed at this haha!) The first one was my practice attempt :)

si_anenome 16th-Dec-2012 02:29 am (UTC)
Truffles with biscuits? The ones I've made are just chocolate and cream.

Here is one recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/chocolate-truffles-recipe/index.html

Basically a pound of chocolate and a cup of heavy cream. Chop up the chocolate into smallish chunks. Bring the cream almost to a boil and then pour over the chocolate. Let it sit for 5+ minutes, for the chocolate to soften, and then use a whisk to blend the liquid with the chocolate. Let it cool on the counter until it's solid. I use a melon baller or small scoop to make little balls and then I roll them in cocoa or nuts or crushed peppermint or whatever. You can also add some ground espresso/coffee to the chocolate before you put in the cream. Or vanilla. Or whatever.
megaraptor 16th-Dec-2012 02:43 am (UTC)
I'm going to guess this commenter didn't finish reading your post, but a quick Google search seems to indicate that you can make the above recipe with coconut cream or soy half-and-half. I'd taste-test it first though. :)
si_anenome 16th-Dec-2012 03:05 am (UTC)
Ah, I missed the dairy free part. There is non-dairy whipping cream... I'd use that.
tinytracy 16th-Dec-2012 03:51 am (UTC)
There is no dairy free cream where I live :(
tinytracy 16th-Dec-2012 03:53 am (UTC)
There is no such thing as half and half where I live. I could try coconut milk but then there is still the chocolate that has dairy...
magedragonfire 16th-Dec-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Try looking for dark chocolate that has no milk solids in. Sufficiently pure dark chocolate should just have sugar added to it, and that's it.
loudxmouse 16th-Dec-2012 04:22 am (UTC)
coconut milk is awesome for stuff like this! If you get a good dark chocolate it will be dairy free. Only milk chocolate usually has dairy.
tinytracy 16th-Dec-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
They arent dairy free haha. Yes where I come from they are made with crushed biscuits :)
si_anenome 16th-Dec-2012 05:54 am (UTC)
That sounds yummy.

Dairy free is fine -- just use full fat of whatever you use.
tinytracy 16th-Dec-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
These look amazing! Unfortunately a lot of the ingrediants dont exist in my country. Even in health food shops. I looked at some of her other recipes and encountered the same problem. Ahh.
arrietty 16th-Dec-2012 05:06 am (UTC)
I live in New Zealand. Do you have a Simplifood or Bin Inn shop in your area. Simplifood specialise in gluten free products. I can get all the ingredients for Lemon Iced ginger thins at Simplifood. ( http://www.simplifood.co.nz/)

If you have a problem, contact me on one of my posts on my LJ and I'll see if they can help you. I know they do courier sometimes to places where there isn't a shop. It just depends on what part of the country you are.

I hope this helps a bit.
tinytracy 16th-Dec-2012 08:26 am (UTC)
I have a Binn Inn just around the corner actually! I cant believe I didnt think of going there! I figured if it wasnt at any health food shops then I couldnt get it anywhere else lol. I havent heard of the other place but I will definitely have a look. Thanks so much!
arrietty 16th-Dec-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Also, Bin Inn have a little gluten free booklet of recipes. So far, I've only tried the ginger cake.

All edmonds, baking powder, cornflour and custard are gluten free.

Chelsea icing sugar is gluten free.

Just be careful you don't cross contaminate from your normal flour. For example I used to always use the measuring cup to dip into the sugar after using flour in it. Now, I can't because of cross contamination.

A lot of non gluten free people (including myself) didn't/don't know about the cross contamination and now my daughter won't eat anything out that someone has made gluten free, who isn't coeliac themselves because of this.

For eg: someone made some gluten free Christmas cake and put it on the same plate as the normal. She cannot eat it.

But you may already know this. I will be interested to know what you have made.
arrietty 16th-Dec-2012 05:07 am (UTC)
They also have gift wrapped biscuits etc already made if that helps.
spaceprostitute 16th-Dec-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Most gluten-free baking requires a mix of several different kinds of flours, starches, and gums to mimic what you're able to get with just plain wheat flour. They generally aren't very cheap and if you're not likely to do a lot of gluten-free baking in this future, this will likely be a far more expensive gift than you anticipated, if you're even able to get all of the ingredients where you live.

What about making things that are naturally gluten and dairy-free. Dried fruit (apricots, especially) dipped in dark chocolate. Peppermint bark made with dark chocolate. Flavored meringue cookies. Homemade marshmallows. French macarons. Nut brittle (some recipes don't call for any butter - if you choose one that does, you could sub margarine). Or things that would require minimal substitutions like truffles (the chocolate and heavy cream kind) made with soy milk or creamer (google "vegan truffles"). Or puppy chow (aka muddy buddies) which is the cereal coated peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar - you just need to use a gluten-free cereal like Rice Chex and margerine instead of butter.
cappyhead 16th-Dec-2012 05:44 am (UTC)
You could make chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls. Just use margarine or some other vegan butter substitute:

turple_purtle 16th-Dec-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
If you can get the ingredients:

How about fudge? No cook, vegan: http://cookieandkate.com/2011/easy-vegan-fudge-recipe/ (you can use reg. honey in place of agave

GF\Vegan Gingerbread Cake: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-gluten-free-vegan-gingerbread-recipes-from-the-kitchn-180402

Brownies: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/10/19/vegan-brownies-two-ways/

Coconut Crack (least amount of specialty ingredients): http://thischickcooks.net/2012/10/25/coconut-crack-quickno-cook/

atiantian 17th-Dec-2012 07:26 am (UTC)
Thank you ( ^_^ )
themouseketeer 17th-Dec-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
My mm just made a bunch of chocolate thins for a friend of hers who is gluten free:

Using dark chocolate should be ok unless there is something severe going on with allergies (the choc is fine, but may be made in a factory with dairy)

Melt the dark chocolate, put teaspoons full on baking parchment/wax paper/silicon sheet and spread out to about 5cm wide. Sprinkle on some toppings:

a nut (small brazil, or a halved blanched almond) plus
some sultanas soaked overnight in orange juice (could use rum/brandy. Mmm.) plus
some crystalised ginger plus
some tiny candied peel bits

Just a little of each, so the chocolate isn't overloaded.

You could also add a little edible gold leaf, or edible gold stars, or edible glitter - mum didn't have any and they still looked pretty.

Leave to cool, peel off the backing paper and present...

100g choc made 6 or 7, to give you an idea.
thewickedquill 19th-Dec-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
I've been told by friends in Australia and NZ that a brand called "Sweet Enough" has a range of dairy-free and gluten free sweets, chocolates, throat drops, and other related items that you might be interested in as ready-made giftable items.

Also, "Sweet William" from Australia has range of chocolate producs that are non-dairy. Don't know if they are available in NZ, but here they are:

Chocolate Buttons
Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Spread
Dairy Free Original
Dairy Free White Delight
No Added Sugar - Dairy Free Chocolate
Not Nuts No-Nut-Bar
Rice Crackle Dairy Free Chocolate
Tangerine Dairy Free Chocolate

I don't know if this was of any help, but good luck!

(Just keep in mind that cannot vouch for everything as I don't live down under or thereabouts :P and am working on word of mouth recommendations. But if these brands are available locally, it probably wouldn't be too difficult to phone the companies customer services or just check the packaging.)
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