Ooh-La-La Tea Biscuits!

As a gluten-free eater, there are some things I really miss. One of those is dunking biscuits into tea.  There is nothing better or more soothing that timing the moment of how long you dunk before the biscuit becomes soggy and drops!

When I became gluten-free this appeared to be one of the perks I had to give up. People think it’s the food we miss, but sometimes it’s the memories and actions associated with the foods that are the biggest losses.  I did of course find other things to replace with tea/biscuit dunking including the bliss of dunking chocolate to let it melt over my fingers, but there was always something missing as it wasn’t a biscuit.

Of course the market must have clocked on to this fact as there then arrived an abundance of gluten free treats, including biscuits and the return of tea/biscuit dunking was back. Alas, these biscuits just were not up to the scratch, they tasted like cardboard and even worse, the seconds to dunking were longer so you could never time it just right.  Plus so many of these gluten-free treats were just round balls of sugar and taste was compromised.

Then popped up another market – healthier free from treats. Lower sugar, more fibre, healthier ways of baking etc.  Whilst I scoffed again at some of the products, a few caught my eye.  Although I have made a personal decision to cut down on treats generally, it does feel nice to know that when I do want to have a healthier gluten free treat, there’s an increasing market of naturally good treats where companies are genuinely trying to look out for health AND focus on taste too.

northernmunkeebites.808rhythm1 Rhythm108 Ooh-la-la Tea Biscuits – Coconut Cookie

Rating: 9 out of 10

Appeals to: free-from lovers, healthy-conscious eaters and tea/biscuit dunkers

Packaging

These packs of biscuits screamed out to me. Whilst I didn’t source these from supermarket shelves (I was kindly provided with some samples) I was overjoyed when I opened the box as they were so colourful! The bright pinks, turquoises and pastel colours completely played to colour palette and if I were to see them on the shelves then yes definitely I would be attracted to them.  The material of the packaging itself was good – it felt like I would be purchasing purchased a high quality product, plus was easy to open – always one of my bear-bugs. I then saw that the packaging was home compostable so for those who are environmentally conscious – another win. I was also happy to see simple ingredients listed on the packet in an easy-to-read manner. A big tick on all fronts re packaging.

Price

£2.99 – I was kindly provided some samples but a quick search online showed me the price range and I was impressed.  So impressed I have purchased these again.  The sharing packets lasted a few days in my house, despite having a husband who scoffs biscuits like they’re grapes, so definitely value for money.

Delivery

These are moor-ish with a capital M! I could not stop myself from snacking on these.  Whilst they are still snacks, I reasoned with myself they are healthier treats so allowed myself to just eat as many as I could in one go! The other huge win for me was that these were not only gluten free, but also dairy free and refined sugars and using organic ingredients – for a fussy eater like me, this was an item I could eat safe in the knowledge that I wouldn’t have reactions later.  I truly did indulge, so much that I had to hide a packet of these so that my husband wouldn’t finish them.  Even he could not notice any difference between gluten biscuits and these gluten-free biscuits and was quick to keep on taking them.The taste was spot on – exactly what a coconut biscuit should taste like – crumbly yet softened when dunked in tea.  Plus the flavouring of coconut was just right for me, I love coconut and can’t get enough but didn’t feel this overwhelmed the whole taste.

Verdict: in a word – delicious! These are definitely my new to-go biscuits now. They hit all the right spots for free-from AND non free-from consumers as well as just getting the taste bang on.  Not only were they healthy but they gave me back one of my greatest missed moments – tea/biscuit dunking.

Details: https://www.rhythm108.com/

I would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried this product – feel free to leave comments below.

Guest Blogger: Mrs. M.

About Me

As a person with a recently diagnosed sensitive digestive system, I’m now on a path to make sure I eat well whilst still enjoying myself. Having been fearful of food, I now love finding new products, going to new restaurants to try new twists on dishes and am constantly looking for quirky items to consume.  I’m a huge supporter of simple food that is made tasty with the right combination of ingredients and more importantly enjoying your food and diet in a balanced way.  That means I always have room for my favourite item – chocolate!

 

 

 

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Great Dutch Bake Off!

Product Review: Van Dotsch Spices

Whether you’re a fan of the Great British Bake Off or not you can’t deny the impact that it has on us Brits.

As a consequence the Homebaking category has never been so prevalent and there are now three seasonal spikes in the calendar: Easter, Christmas and GBBO. Gone are the days where your local corner shop would only stock a Jiff lemon, some cane sugar and self raising flour. You can now get the ingredients for a scratch bake Red Velvet cake from a store no bigger than 2000sqft.

Now, I must confess I’m not much of a baker but when the opportunity came up to try Dutch Speculaas baking, I couldn’t turn it down. This traditional Dutch spice is synonymous with St Nicholas’ Feast (Sinterklaas) so I hope I did them justice!!

Van Dotsch Spices

Rating: 7/10

Packaging

The packaging certainly stands out on shelf as a premium offering amongst the sea of familiar jars. I would say that the branding needs to be developed further as Steven Dotsch has a great story behind the food but it isn’t communicated on pack.

Price

£4.39– Don’t panic, this price does include P&P to mainland UK. It’s not your run of the mill spice so you would expect to pay a little over the market price to get it.

Delivery

 My initial reaction as a tucked into my first ever biscuit bake was that this spice mix just encapsulates the spirit of Christmas. The spice mix made the biscuits very light, floral and fragrant with the cinnamon coming through intensely and lingering.

The flavour journey that this spice mix takes you on is incredible. It has complex yet subtle twists and turns that add so much depth to what is quite a simple baked product.

If I was a more proficient baker this would have been perfect if it was adorned with a light coating of marzipan and icing.

Verdict – in a word, Sinterklaas! I think this experience might just make me join the British Baking Masses and dust my work tops for more baking fun. I definitely need to invest in more little gems like Speculaas though!

Details: http://www.speculaasspice.co.uk

So all that’s left for me to say is that it’s been a brilliant GBBO season this year and ask what was your favourite moment or recipe? Come on, sharing is caring so leave me a comment.

Northern Munkee.