Gluten Free Me iPad App
This is an article from Laura Pope who has created this free ‘gluten-free’ iPad app.
The idea for my gluten free iPad app, Gluten Free Me, came from my years working as a private chef. Over time, I’ve cooked for many people who absolutely love food but are limited in what they can eat due to food intolerances, allergies or health issues, especially related to gluten.
I know how hard it can be to find utterly delicious food that you are able to eat; this app is my answer to that problem.
Gluten Free Me iPad app features
Gluten Free Me contains 32 of my favourite gluten-free recipes (many of them are also dairy-free and sugar-free), with beautiful photography to illustrate each one. The app is free to download and contains five albums: one has eight free recipes and there are four more albums at £2.99 for six recipes each: Starters & Soups, Mains, Sides & Salads and Desserts & Sweet Things.
Each recipe tells you if it’s free from gluten, dairy or added sugar and whether it’s suitable for vegans or vegetarians. It also says how many it feeds and, with one easy click, you can add the ingredients list to Reminders on your iPad so it creates a shopping list for you.
Weights, measures and temperatures are given in Imperial and Metric, so it can be used worldwide.
And the preparation steps are simple and you can easily swipe from one step to the next.
An introduction to each recipe gives you a flavour of each dish and you can then touch the star to add it to your favourites folder.
To give you a taster of what’s in Gluten Free Me, here is my recipe for Chocolate Fudgy Brownies, which I hope you’ll love.
Chocolate Fudgy Brownies
Dense, dark and impossible-to-resist chocolate brownies with absolutely no gluten.
- Prep time (approx.): 10 mins, cooking time (approx.): 30 mins
- Gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians
- Makes 16 brownies
- 200g (7oz) unsalted butter
- 200g (7oz) dark chocolate, about 70% cocoa
- Pinch sea salt, eg Maldon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla pod
- 250g (8⅞oz) caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 150g (5¼oz) gluten-free plain flour
- Heat oven to 140℃ (285℉) fan or 155℃ (310℉) normal oven.
- Line a baking tin (approximately 20cm (7¾”) square or 15 x 30cm (6” x 11¾”) – if it’s smaller, the mixture will be deeper and take a little longer to cook) with baking paper.
- Put butter and chocolate in heat-proof bowl and melt gently over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water or overheat or the chocolate may split and go grainy).
- Mix the salt, vanilla and sugar into the chocolate / butter mix and, once it has cooled to less than blood temperature, stir in the eggs and then the flour.
- Pour mix into lined baking tin and cook for about 30 minutes – it should be set around the edges and still soft in the middle – as it cools, it will firm but should be fudgy, not hard.
- Leave to cool completely in the tin, then refrigerate until firm.
- Cut into pieces and store in airtight container in the fridge, with baking paper between the layers so they don’t stick).
You can find out more about Laura and her food on her website, www.laurapope.co.uk or on her Facebook pages www.facebook.com/glutenfreemeapp and www.facebook.com/laurapopefood. You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter @LauraLPope.
Have you downloaded the app? Let us know what you think in the comments.