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10 Creative Uses for Cookie Dough

10 Creative Uses for Cookie Dough

June 21 is National Cookie Dough Day in the United States. Here in Australia, we may not celebrate this delicious dough, but that couldn’t stop us jumping on board. Our team pulled together ten creative uses for cookie dough.

Beloved by all ages, cookie dough is celebrated for its soft texture and yummy flavours. Whether you’re sneaking a spoonful from the mixing bowl or crafting a gourmet dessert, cookie dough offers endless possibilities.

  1. Ice Cream: Mix chunks of cookie dough into vanilla ice cream for an irresistible dessert.
  2. Truffles: Roll cookie dough into bite-sized balls, dip them in melted chocolate, and let them harden for a yummy soft n’ crunchy texture.
  3. Brownies: Spread a layer of cookie dough on top of brownie batter before baking for a rich and indulgent dessert.
  4. Stuffed Cookies: Wrap cookie dough around a piece of chocolate, caramel, or a marshmallow for a gooey surprise inside.
  5. Cookie Pizza: Press cookie dough into a pizza pan, bake it, and top with frosting and various candies or fruit for a fun and colorful dessert pizza.
  6. Cheesecake: Fold chunks of cookie dough into cheesecake batter before baking for an indulgent dessert few can resist.
  7. Cookie Dough Popsicles: Mix small pieces of cookie dough into a creamy popsicle mixture and freeze for a cool, tasty treat.
  8. Dough Sandwiches: Spread cookie dough between two baked cookies for a double cookie delight.
  9. Sweet Dip: Make an edible cookie dough dip to serve with pretzels, fruit, or graham crackers for a party-friendly snack.
  10. Ice Cream Sandwiches: Slather a layer of ice cream between two flattened balls of dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until they’re deliciously firm.

If you enjoyed these ideas, check out our these Gluten Free Cookie Recipes for National Cookie Day which is in December.

Tips for Safe Consumption

It’s important to ensure that cookie dough is prepared safely to avoid any health risks. Here are some essential tips to help you enjoy your uncooked cookies worry-free:

Use heat-treated flour: Raw flour can sometimes contain harmful bacteria. To make it safe for consumption, you can either buy heat-treated flour or treat it at home by spreading the flour on a baking sheet and baking it at 175°C (350°F) for 5-10 minutes. Let it cool completely before using.

Choose pasteurized eggs: Raw eggs may carry salmonella. Opt for pasteurized eggs or egg substitutes, which have been heat-treated to kill any potential bacteria, making them safe to eat raw.

Opt for egg-free recipes: Many edible cookie dough recipes are designed without eggs, using alternatives like applesauce, yogurt, or flaxseed meal to achieve the right consistency and flavour.

Store properly: Keep your cookie dough refrigerated and consume it within 5 days. For longer storage, you can freeze cookie dough for up to three months.

Hygiene first: Always wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces thoroughly before and after handling raw ingredients. This helps prevent any cross-contamination that could lead to foodborne illness.

Buy Edible Cookie Dough: If you’re not up for making your own, consider buying edible cookie dough. These are typically made with heat-treated flour and without raw eggs.

Did you know? The love affair with cookie dough began long before it became a trend. But, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that cookie dough truly began to shine. With the rise of safe-to-eat raw dough made without eggs and heat-treated flour, it rapidly increased in popularity.

23 Tips for Baking Gluten Free Bread

23 Tips for Baking Gluten Free Bread

Getting started baking gluten free bread doesn’t have to be difficult. But it’s important to remember that gluten free flours work a little differently. To make life easier, we’ve pulled together our favourite tips for baking gluten free bread.

Top tips for baking gluten free bread

  1. Avoid cold ingredients that may prevent yeast growth. Instead, allow ingredients like eggs or milk to come to room temperature before starting a recipe.
  2. Avoid hot ingredients as they’ll impact the yeast as well. For example, if you add warm milk, take care not to overheat it.
  3. Use a hot oven for gluten free bread that’s crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, bake in a hot oven for a short time.
  4. Cover your dough with a damp tea towel as this helps with the proving process.
  5. Experiment with bread pans to work out what breads work best for your recipe. Metal and glass are both good options, but you also use muffin tray or a baking sheet for rolls.
  6. Bread that sinks may have too much moisture so try reducing the liquid a little.
  7. Buy an oven thermometer to get accurate oven temperatures.
  8. Measure precisely by spooning flour into a measuring cup then level with a knife. If you scoop it the flour can compress, meaning you’re using too much dry ingredients.
  9. Measure by weight to get the exact amount of flour needed for your recipe.
  10. Don’t let the dough rise too quickly by keeping it away from spots that are too hot.
  11. Use warm water to combine with the yeast. This is necessary to activate the yeast
  12. Ignore advice from wheat bread recipes as they don’t apply to gluten free bread. Excessive kneading and punching of the dough won’t do your bread any favours. Knead the dough for a short time until it forms a smooth consistency and no more.
  13. Brush the dough with olive oil as the dough proves. This helps trap the moisture and creates a lovely environment for the yeast.
  14. Allow the bread to cool gradually by leaving it in the oven after baking. Switch the oven off and open the door, then remove after 10 minutes.
  15. Test your yeast by proofing it. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 ¼ teaspoons of yeast to one cup of warm water. Stir briefly then allow to sit for 5 minutes. The yeast should have risen and be frothy with a yeasty smell. If it has done nothing, the yeast is dead.
  16. Make sure the loaf is cooked by inserting a thermometer to check the bottom of the loaf has reached roughly 95°C.
  17. Use a wooden spoon and hand mix rather than using a mixer.
  18. Avoid using a cold kitchen for rising the dough. Instead, heat the oven to 95°C and then switch it off, before adding the dough with a bowl of water next to it. Wait for the dough to double in size before removing it.
  19. Use fizzy lemonade, soda water, or gluten free beer as a replacement for some of the liquid in the recipe. The bubbles will give your bread excellent lift.
  20. Set your oven to convection bake if you can as it provides more consistent heat throughout.
  21. Cover the loaf with foil if your loaves are nice and crusty on top but the bottom is underdone.
  22. Correctly position your loaf in the middle of the oven. If it’s up high the top will rise too quickly and split.
  23. Don’t overdo the stabilizers like guar gum or xanthan gum if you’re baking bread from scratch.
Tips for baking gluten free bread

Summing up

We hope these gluten free bread baking tips help you out in the kitchen. The team at Well and Good are passionate about creating products and recipes for people living with intolerances and allergies to certain foods. Our gluten free bread mixes are gluten, dairy, nut, and soy free. So if you’re looking for an easy way to bake bread, check out our Crusty Bread Mix and Seriously Low Carb Bread Mix.

All the best of luck with your gluten free bread baking. If you have any further tips send us a message and let us know.

5 Uses for Leftover Hot Cross Buns

5 Uses for Leftover Hot Cross Buns

Each year when Hot Cross Buns hit the market, I get carried away. Our freezer can only fit so much, so the leftovers end up going stale.

Food wastage is one of my pet hates, so I researched some useful ways to use up leftover buns. It’s surprising how many possibilities there are. Eating them on their own is just the start.

Keep in mind that gluten hides in some unexpected ingredients, so pay attention to the product labeling. Instant custard is an example. If you can’t find a brand that’s free from, then make your own.

Hot cross bun leftovers
Fresh hot cross buns.

Leftover hot cross bun ideas

For most of the recipes below, fresh buns work well. But bread crumbs are best with stale buns.

1. Hot cross bun pudding

This is a hugely popular use for leftover hot cross buns. It’s super simple to make and is practically impossible to mess up.

Hot cross bun pudding recipe
Buns with custard are a magical mix.

Layer a baking dish with sliced hot cross buns buttered and slathered with apricot jam.

In a large bowl, whisk 2 cups of milk and 1 cup of cream, then warm in the microwave. Using a separate bowl, whisk a half cup of caster sugar with 4 eggs.

Combine the milk mixture with the eggs then pour around the buns. Finally, sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over the top of the buns and bake at 180C for 40-45 minutes. Serve with cream or vanilla ice cream.

To save some time, use gluten free custard powder. Make the custard then pour it into the oven dish before adding the buns.

2. Bostock Buns

French toast used to be the status quo for bread-dipped, fried tastiness. Some cafes take this recipe to a new level with Bostock Buns.

Dip halved buns into orange syrup, place them on an oven tray. Smother with frangipane cream, and sprinkle with almond flakes. Bake until a delicious crispy crust appears, then devour.

Orange syrup: add ½ cup orange juice and 2 Tbsp of sugar to a small saucepan and heat on low-medium until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before using.

Frangipane Cream: Combine 1 egg, ¼ cup soft butter, ¼ cup caster sugar, ½ cup almond flour. Place in the fridge for ½ hour before using.

3. Hot Cross Breadcrumbs

Transform stale hot cross buns into gluten free breadcrumbs. Use them to make sweet treats like breadcrumb cookies, apple crumble topping, tarts, or a cheesecake breadcrumb crust.

Apple Crumble
Apple crumble never disappoints.

To make breadcrumbs, slice stale buns in half and place on an oven tray. Bake at 140C for about 20 minutes until crisp, then blend in a food processor until crumbs result.

4. Hot Cross Egg Buns

This is French toast using hot cross buns instead of regular toast.

To make the eggy dip, whisk the following ingredients in a bowl: 2 large eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 ½ Tbsp caster sugar, 1 tsp vanilla.

Slice the bun in half and dip each of the sliced sides into the mix until nicely soaked. Finally, add a Tbsp of butter to a frying pan and cook the egg side on a medium heat for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned. Eat on its own or doused in honey, maple syrup, mascarpone, or ricotta.

5. Fondue Buns

You might want to save this dessert for after Easter. Round up all that leftover chocolate and toss it into a fondue pot (or small saucepan). Add a splash of cream and milk and a knob of butter. Slowly melt the chocolate on a low heat, and add a little more milk if the texture is too thick.

Melted chocolate
Ensure you use gluten free chocolate.

Cut the hot cross buns into bite-sized cubes and toast in the oven until lightly browned. Slide the cubes onto skewers and dip them in the choc. Now slide those bread chunks into your mouth for maximum enjoyment.

Any type of gluten free chocolate is fine for this fondue. You can even combine white, milk and dark chocolate for a unique combination. Gluten free buttons are another option if the eggs have been eaten.

Now it’s your turn

There’s no shortage of uses for leftover hot cross buns this Easter. I’m sure there are dozens more creative ways to incorporate them into your next dessert. Of course, you can always freeze them if there’s space.

Do you have a favourite use for leftover hot cross buns? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram.

The Essential Gluten Free Baking Guide [2024]

The Essential Gluten Free Baking Guide [2024]

How to bake without the gluten. It’s easier (and tastier) than you may think. We’ll show you how to get started today.

Gluten Free Baking Guide

Starting out on the road to gluten free eating can be frightening for some, while others view it as a mild inconvenience. It’s important to remember that just because you can’t (or won’t) eat gluten, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of eating tasty food. It just means you need to go about things in a different way. This gluten free baking guide will hopefully get you up and running with minimal hassle.

The team at Well and Good spends a lot of their year attending gluten free Expos and other similar events. When we get talking to the people there, many say they feel alone and don’t have the information they need to eat right. Well, let’s dispel that myth now. There are loads of resources online, as well as community groups and organisations that can help.

A good starting point for information

  • Coeliac Australia – A useful resource with lots of information about coeliac disease, fact sheets, and info on eating gluten free. There is also a membership that provides support and lots more information.
  • Dietitians Association of Australia – Need assistance putting together a meal plan that’s gluten free and healthy, then visit this website to find a dietitian in your area.

Of course, you can also check out our extensive list of gluten free recipes or simply contact us for any gluten free baking advice.

Join the Community

Once you go gluten free it’s a good idea to become an active part of this community. This will provide you with lots of information and provide a real sense of community. You’ll notice that we are a close-knit group who are very passionate about gluten free eating.

An excellent place to join the discussion is Facebook. You can search for “gluten free” and filter by groups. To get you started, a popular group here in Australia is Gluten Free and Friendly Recipes.

Facebook groups are just one option, though. There are loads of other communities, both online and offline. A very popular international forum where you can ask questions and learn loads is the Gluten Free Society. Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok also have thriving communities living gluten free lives.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein that’s in a lot of foods. It derives from wheat, rye, and barley. A coeliac’s small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten which makes digesting food more challenging. The immune system reacts abnormally to gluten, and damage to the bowel results.

what is gluten

Gluten is found in wheat-based flour and is an important part of the baking process, providing structure and elasticity. Thankfully, other ingredients do a similar job to gluten without the unpleasant side effects.

Why Eat Gluten Free?

Those who suffer from Coeliac Disease or gluten sensitivity need to cut gluten out of their diet or face health problems ranging from minor to extremely severe.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body reacts abnormally to gluten, causing small bowel damage. Villi are tiny finger-like projections that line the bowel; they are flattened and become inflamed when gluten is consumed. This condition is a type of atrophy that reduces the available surface of the bowel to absorb the food’s nutrients.

Below is an illustration showing how the villi are affected by gluten. Be sure to check out our guide on what is coeliac disease to learn more.

Illustration of healthy vs. damaged villi

For others, a gluten free diet could be a dietary or lifestyle choice.

Where is gluten found?

Gluten is found in a wide range of foods, so always check the label. Many common ingredients for baking contain gluten. In addition to wheat flour, other potential gluten-containing products include bread crumbs, sprinkles, malt, brewer’s yeast, biscuits, and thickeners.

How to bake gluten free

Those starting out baking gluten free and anyone short on time will find baking mixes a huge time-saver. They’re also a fail-proof way to cook. More adventurous cooks can choose to bake from scratch.

Option 1: Using baking mixes

This is a super easy option, and anyone can use mixes. Simply add the mix to a bowl with a few other ingredients like oil, eggs, or water. Check out our range of baking mixes for a good selection of cakes, slices, breads, and biscuits. You can use most mixes for several different recipes.

A few of our most popular mixes

  • Chocolate Mud Cake – This rich, indulgent mud cake is a chocolate lover’s delight. Great for a treat or for birthday parties.
  • Crusty Bread Mix – A gluten free bread that has a crusty exterior and soft white fluffy bread inside. The best part is you can use this bread for so many other recipes, including hot cross buns, pizza bases, and challah bread.
  • Muffin Mix – You can create a huge range of baked goods, including orange poppy seed cake, tea cake, waffles, and, of course, muffins.

Option 2: Baking from scratch

Baking with flour blends: Baking from scratch will give you a sense of achievement and allow greater control of your nutrition. When you read baking recipes, you’ll often see them calling for gluten free plain flour or self raising flour. This refers to flour blends that include other ingredients like corn flour and natural gums. These extras are necessary as they do the job that gluten would normally do.

We offer a range of flour blends, which include plain flour, self raising flour, and pastry flour. Try to avoid searching for wheat-based recipes and then substituting with gluten free flour. It doesn’t always perform the same as wheat flour. Instead, search for gluten free recipes.

gluten-free-flours-rawBaking with raw ingredients: If you’re looking to add some excitement and extra nutrition to your baking, then you could look to use raw ingredients. They taste great and have lots of extra nutritional benefits like increased protein and fibre.

These flours have nothing added, so you’ll often need to blend two or more flours to get the result you’re after. This topic could have its own blog, so if you’d like to know more, then check out this flour guide infographic.

5 tips for better gluten free baking

  1. Increase the moisture: Cooking GF can cause your food to turn a bit crumbly and dry. Mixing equal parts of milk and yoghurt will help keep your final product less dry.
  2. Increase the butter: If you’re following a wheat flour recipe, then consider increasing the butter content. This helps add more moisture to your baking.
  3. Add some protein: If water is used in the recipe, consider replacing some of it with an egg to help with the structure of the baking.
  4. Flour storage: If there’s room, store your gluten free flours in the freezer. Remember to remove from the freezer a little earlier to bring the temperature down to room temp.
  5. Be persistent: You’re likely to have some failures when cooking from scratch. Don’t let that put you off, though. Be persistent, and you’ll get there!

5 bonus tips for baking gluten free bread

  1. continental-dark-breadFor gluten free bread that’s crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, bake in a hot oven for a short time.
  2. Use warm water to combine with the yeast. This is necessary to activate the yeast
  3. Use a wooden spoon and hand mix rather than using a mixer.
  4. Brush the dough with olive oil as the dough proves This helps keep trap the moisture and creates a lovely environment for the yeast.
  5. Cover your dough with a damp tea towel, as this helps with the proving process.

Gluten free baking videos

If you prefer to follow recipes by watching a video, then be sure to check out our Youtube Recipe Videos. We’ve compiled a large selection of recipes that even a novice can easily follow. Here’s an example video below, which shows you how to make amazing fresh doughnuts.

Gluten free safety

If someone in your household is unable to eat gluten, it’s important to maintain a safe kitchen. The safest option is to have a kitchen that’s completely gluten free – this avoids any cross-contamination issues.

gluten free safety tipsHowever, this is usually not practicable as other family members and guests will often want gluten-containing foods. If you decide to have gluten in your kitchen, then follow these steps to reduce cross-contamination of foods.

  1. Implement a storage system – a good method is to have a different colour code for gluten and non-gluten foods. Get some cheap stickers from Officeworks and go crazy labeling. Then store each type on separate shelves or in different cupboards.
  2. Buy Two – For appliances like sifters that are difficult to clean, buy two and clearly label each one.
  3. Cleanliness – Wash hands frequently. Clean plates, pans, utensils, and even your kitchen’s drawers often. It is best to have separate chopping boards and also avoid wooden boards, which tend to trap residues in small cracks.
  4. Never reuse – Don’t reuse boiled water used to cook gluten-containing food. The same goes for oil.

A final few words…

Eating gluten free can be a shock for some when they first start. There are certainly some changes that need to be made, but once you have a good system in place, it should be fairly straightforward.

gluten free carrot cake

A life without gluten does not mean a life without delicious food. For those who love to cook, there are thousands of amazing recipes available for free online. For those with time constraints, there is a big range of gluten free products on the market that allows you to eat almost anything you like.

Good luck with your gluten free eating, and if you have any questions about gluten free baking, feel free to contact us for help.

Kid’s Halloween Cake Recipe

Kid’s Halloween Cake Recipe

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy for an hour or two here’s a fun Halloween project that they’ll love: making a gluten free Halloween cake!

Isabel, from Melbourne, sent us these photos so we couldn’t resist turning them into an infographic about Halloween.

How to make a Halloween cake (without a fancy cake mold).

To get started you’ll need to make 12 cupcakes first and let them cool. Then it’s time to get creative. Position the cakes into a shape that you’re happy with then ice it all over. So simple.

Here’s an infographic with some fun Halloween facts. You’ll also see how Isabel made her cake.

Kid's Halloween Cake

Now it’s your turn! Bake up a batch of cupcakes and make your own cake. If pumpkins aren’t your thing then try another design. Why not create a witch’s hat or a monster?

Happy Halloween everyone.

12 Gluten Free Baking Projects For Kids During Lockdown

12 Gluten Free Baking Projects For Kids During Lockdown

Keeping the kids occupied can be a challenge at the best of times, but during a lockdown, it gets even harder. If you’ve finished a day of home-schooling and are struggling for ideas, you may want to give them a cooking project. We’ve pulled together 12 tasty recipes that are gluten free, fun and simple to make.

Why is baking a useful experience for kids?

Teaching kids to bake isn’t just about the eating, although that’s the fun bit. My daughter learned everything she needed to know about the metric and imperial systems, how to follow step-by-step instructions, what flavours work well together, and kitchen safety.

Depending on the child’s age, you’ll need to decide if they’re able to work solo or need your guidance. For the young ones, the fruit skewers or cake balls are great options; the older ones may want to try their hand at making gnocchi for your dinner tonight?

Gluten free recipes for kids

#1 Melting moments

A plate of yoyos

Sandwich freshly made icing between two crispy biscuits to create a classic Australian snack, Melting Moments.

Also, known as yo-yos, they’re frequently found in cafe jars and everyone seems to love them. What’s more, younger kids get some serious enjoyment out of joining the biscuits together.

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#2 Banana pancakes

A pancake stack is the ultimate in versatility. Cook them up and eat them for breakfast, lunch or dessert.

This recipe is for banana pancakes, but you can leave the fruit out and add for favourite savoury ingredients for a mid-week meal that’s quick and low-cost. Basically, any ingredient you use for tacos will also tasty amazing in a pancake.

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#3. Double choc macadamia cookies

Chocolate and macadamia nuts combine to make a fantastic cookie. Few can turn down the temptation of this nut/choc combination.

This is a fail-safe recipe that is ideal for those on a gluten free diet.

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#4. Sweet potato and pasta pie

Take a break from the sugar and make this simple pastry-free pie that serves two.

Toss in some extra frozen vegetables (or fresh ones) for some extra nutritional goodness.

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#5. Cake batter fudge

Got a cake mix sitting in the pantry but you don’t feel like cake? How about cake batter fudge instead?

This is a no-bake recipe, suitable for even the youngest budding chef.

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#6. Fruit cobbler

This is a much-loved dessert in the United States, originating from the early settlers.

In our version, you basically fill the bottom of a baking dish with fruit and bake until almost soft. Then pour over cake mix batter and cook until set. The result is something similar to an apple crumble, and it’s a useful way to increase the fruit intake of fussy young (and old) eaters.

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#7. Mud cake mini towers

These delicious towers of cake will prove an excellent challenge for kids who love Masterchef, Cake Boss, or any of the many cooking shows.

Bake the cake as you would normally, then use a circle cookie cutter to create layers of delicious cake. Fill the layers with cream and in-season fruit.

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#8. Cake balls

Another fun project for the kids. Instead of just baking the cake, there the the extra steps of mixing the cooked cake with additional ingredients, then rolling into balls.

For some extra indulgence, dip in chocolate, or leave out to cut back the sugar content.

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#9. Brownie fruit skewers

Kids love eating food off a stick! Provide them with all the ingredients you’d like to be skewered then leave the children to make them.

Younger ones may need some help so that they don’t spike themselves with the skewers.

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#10. Quiche

If you’ve got some miscellaneous vegetables sitting in the fridge, you may find a quiche is a great option for using them up.

A colourful gluten free quiche is perfect for lunch or dinner – some even love it for breakfast.

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#11. Gnocchi

Who would have thought that combining cooked potato and flour would result in such good pasta? Our recipe leaves out the eggs, which aren’t essential if you’re going to eat them immediately.

If you make this gnocchi in advance then you’ll want to include an egg as a useful binder.

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#12. Savoury muffins

Instead of a sweet muffin, why not add some grilled veggies, ham and cheese for a tasty savoury snack.

Another simple recipe for kids to make at home.

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