One of the favourite parts of Christmas for most people is the tradition of Christmas cake. Whether your family keeps it traditional with the combination of currents and rum or uses the tradition of cake with their own recipe and combinations, cake is cake. While those with allergies are often left out of the mix — and the enjoyment of this holiday treat — there is an easy way to make sure that everyone can enjoy your Christmas cake, and it isn’t going to require compromise!
Baking with a food allergy
Often given a bad reputation for being difficult and flavourless, you’ll be happy to learn that baking with an allergy isn’t going to be either of those things. In fact, there’s never been a better time for you to try alternative allergen-free ways to bake, as the online world is full of options. When you’re hunting for just the right recipe, try to keep a few things in mind.
- Make a cake that everyone will like: Firstly. Make sure that everyone is going to like the cake that you are planning to bake. If you can’t find a cake, then consider a tart or a pie instead. There’ll be something that everyone can agree on somewhere in your dessert book.
- Do your research on allergen substitutions: Whatever the allergy is, make sure you put aside time to really understand the substitutions that are out there, as some are higher recommended than others depending on what you are looking to bake. Or look at an allergen-free alternative that won’t require the same kind of research.
- Test it first: Since there’s always that one person that is grumbling about having to do an alternative to the popular Christmas cake from previous years, make sure you to do a little tester recipe first and give it to anyone that needs it. The person with the allergy, of course, should be among the taste testers. When everyone sees how great a simple morsel tastes, they’ll be much more excited about an entire cake!
- Keep everyone positive about the experience: Sometimes, this is the hardest part of all when it comes to “breaking” tradition in order to keep everyone enjoying the festivities. Focus on making sure that no one is shaming the person with the allergy and make it clear that this is the way it’s going to be.
The best recipes
There are all kinds of recipes that you can consider for your Christmas cake. When you are doing your research, make sure that you check out websites specifically designed for a way to bake with the allergy that you are looking to avoid. A lot of times you’ll get some surprising results for recipes as well as advice, support and other things that can make it a much more enjoyable experience all around.
Don’t let anyone or their assumptions put a sour twist on your Christmas cake plans. Cake is cake, and when it is safe for those with food allergies as well, everyone wins.