Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
After attending a Gluten Free Insight Food Tasting session at Marks & Spencer, I was actively looking forward to buying and trying their NEW Blackcurrant Ripple Cake.
Described as “Gluten Free butter rich sponge filled with blackcurrant jam, topped with blackcurrant buttercream and blackcurrant jam“, it has been modeled on the Chocolate Loaf which is also delicious and tasty, it looks so summery and fresh with swirls of red blackcurrant jam in the cardboard loaf. Unlike the Chocolate Loaf, this is well packed with a plastic lid which keeps the shape of the loaf as well as protecting the topping whilst you take it home.
Marks & Spencers have launched a wider range of ready-to-eat GLUTEN FREE products as part of their “Made without Wheat” range. It’s quite exciting to have even more choice as a Coeliac as that often is the challenge. M&S have always been pretty good to Coeliacs with their extensive literature on their website, listings of stores with GF Products (excluding the new products) and even selective ordering of GF products at Christmas.
So what does it taste like: the sponge is light and airy and whilst it is rich with butter and sweetness, it is balanced out with the sharpness and tartness of the blackcurrant jam. The topping of buttercream is quite a thick layer and this is also swirled with even more blackcurrant jam which is both decorative as well as adding to the flavours.
With some Gluten Free sponge cakes, there can be dryness but the jam which is layered through out the loaf (in roughly equal parts) means that it is a moist cake, with the challenge not to finish it off in one sitting!
On my blog, I’ve reviewed M&S “Made without Wheat” products including their latest new products (Strawberry Trifle, New York Cheesecake and Apple Pie: whilst the availability is a challenge, on a previous post, I listed out the emailed details of stores which stock the new range). And other Sweet Treats: (Victoria Sandwich, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Mince Pies, Hot Fudge Pudding and Triple Chocolate Cookies) Savoury Items (Quiche Lorraine, Chicken & Mushroom CrispBakes) and M&S Bread products (Soft White Baps, Sliced White Boule, Soft Brown Baps and Fruit Loaf).
If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK. They have also published an Easter listing (although it is not as visually EGG-citing as this posting and excludes many of the included Chocolatiers and High Street stores covered in my posts).
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This information was correct as of April 2016.
But as I am learning, ingredients do change and therefore you should always read the label and check for yourself whether it is GLUTEN FREE or not!