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Ask Chef Christy - Ryschewys - medieval hand pies filled with dried fruits and spices

Rychewys – Henry VIII would have liked my GF version!

Ryschewys is a fruit-filled hand pie from the 15th century, and was one something that would have been served to King Henry VIII of England. Using my Gluten-Free Sturdy Crust recipe was a success! The pastry was flaky but held together quite well as a hand pie. The filling was a little dry so they were best with a big glass of milk or tea, but I will definitely make these again!

Hogmanay GF Seed Cake

Hogmanay celebrations are bigger than Christmas in Scotland. It is also known as Cake Day, and baking cakes for children is an old tradition. The tradition of the First Footer is important to the luck of the household. The first person to cross the threshold is the “first footer”, and they foretell the year to …

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Coconut Milk Eggnog

Want a delicious dairy-free but still incredibly indulgent eggnog?  Try this historic recipe from the 19th century using coconut milk that appears in my cookbook, Mrs. Claus Cooks for Holiday Entertaining!   Coconut Egg Nog  Egg nog is a favorite for the holidays, but it can be so heavy! For a dairy-free option, using coconut …

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