The Ultimate Gingerbread Biscuit (no kiddin’) GF, DF, NF, WF, SF, EF, vegan

If you are looking for a biscuit with a crunchy outside and a soft, almost cake-like centre, that smells and tastes like christmas, search no more. I came up with the ultimate spiced biscuit recipe, and I am gonna share it with you.

Gingerbread Star Biscuit

Gingerbread Star Biscuit

Kept in a tin box with a slice of apple, it will stay moist and fresh.

The Star Christmas Biscuit Dough

The Star Christmas Biscuit Dough


175g Doves Farm White Bread Flour

1/2 tsp Ginger Bread Spice Mix (Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Coriander, Fennel, Aniseed, Clove, Cardamom) OR 1/2 tsp Ginger

1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

3/4 tsp Baking Powder

50 g Pure Sunflower Spread

75g Light Soft Brown Sugar

3 TBSP Maple Syrup

1 TBSP Sunflower Oil


Preheat oven (Fan assisted 150 C, others 170 C), takes 10-12 minutes

Mix together the flour, spices, bicarbonate and baking powder.

Add the brown sugar. Stir until combined.

Add 2 TBSP of Maple Syrup and mix until combined.

Add the Sunflower Spread in small pieces and mix until dough forms small crumbs.

Add another 1 TBSP of Maple Syrup together with 1 TBSP of oil. Using your hands, form a soft dough.

The dough should be soft and evenly combined but not sticky.

Leave in the fridge for about 5 minutes.

Take your dough out of the fridge, cut it in four equal parts and start with the first quarter.

After flattening the dough with your hands, you can now use your rolling pin until the dough appears approximately 1/2 cm thin.

Cut out your desired shapes, and peel the biscuits off the foil.

Place on cookie sheet and bake for approx. 10 min.

Keep in tin for later, use them as gift tags, on the tree or treat Santa’s Reindeer… .

A Decorative Gift Tag

A Decorative Gift Tag

I like them quite plain, but they look also lovely with some icing on top, sprinkles, chocolate (df nf version) or marshmallows (make sure they are df and gf).

If you want to be a bit over the top, decorate with real gold (oh go on, it is christmas…!).

Easy with the kids, as well, as you can see:

allergyBabe busy working on his Christmas Biscuits.

allergyBabe busy working on his Christmas Biscuits.


Merry Christmas to You!

Merry Christmas to You!

A as in Anaphylaxis, All About Allergies

How to find the right nursery for your allergic child

Even the thought of having someone else taking responsibility for allergybabe gave me goosebumps.

After all we went through together, 24/7, day and night, I was very uncomfortable to leave our well established safety zone, our castle of protection, into a new and dangerous outside world.

On the other hand, allergybabe is our first and so far, only child. He needed to be around other children, other people with different stimuli and a different language (not just english, but british english…).

So I gave it a try. Equipped with a heavy suit of armour, we were ready to conquer the non allergy friendly world and so far, succeeded.

For over a year now, allergybabe (who is 2,5 years now) is at a very caring nursery, playing happily along his peers and learning something new every day. What makes it such a good and healthy experience is, that we constantly talk about anything that occurs. From management to the practicioners and the catering staff, I could not be more pleased.

But how to find the right nursery? Here is some advise that helped me with my decision:

  • Ask if the staff has had any previous experiences with food allergic children. It is always easier to go somewhere someone else has implemented the rules and procedures then to do it all from scratch.
  • Ask as many questions and meet as much staff as possible. A truly caring nursery will always be happy to answer as many questions as possible.
  • Find out if staff get regular emergency training including Epipen (or other adrenalin devices) training?
  • Drop the word ‘cross contamination’. How familiar are they with it? Can they explain their measures to avoid accidental exposure?
  • Ask about an established plan to proceed in case of emergency. If they not have a plan, are they willed to set one up with professional support?
  • Are they comfortable to give emergency medication?
  • Can the catering provide allergy friendly meals?
  • ask yourself if you feel comfortable with the nursery and the responsible people (management, practicioners, etc.). If you do not feel comfortable, do not  proceed.

Once you have found an appropriate place, do not forget you are a team and that you have to continously work together to avoid an allergic reaction:

  • It is very helpful to have one person as the main responsible carer and one person of the management staff you can turn to all the time. In building a trustful relationship, it is much easier to pass on new information or to raise concerns. They will also get used to your child’s individual case, which is important when allergy symptoms occur, when food has to be ordered, medicine has to be applied or other decisions have to be made.
  • Point out, on a regular basis, how important it is to avoid cross contamination and oral allergen contact. The longer the child has not had a reaction, the easier it is to forget to be vigilant at all times.
  • Ask them to show you how an Epipen works by using the trainer pen. Routine is the best friend in emergency situations.

Have you had any experience about finding a nursery, babysitter, nanny or school for your little one? Are you more comfortable with a nanny who is solely responsible or with a nursery, were contamination may be more likely, but a team of people are there to take care? Is it important to have peers to learn and play with? Would love to read some comments.