Another holy celebration is upon us and with it comes the traditional feasting on chocolate, buns and everything else that is usually taboo in our household.
Easter egg hunts and visits with indulgent grandparents bearing Lindt bunnies must all be planned with military precision so no feelings get trampled on, and no tears of deprivation haunt our precious holiday memories.
So here is my Easter survival plan. We think we can sidestep the hot cross bun issue for our toddler this year because they don’t come in shiny paper and will thus be less sorely missed.
The chocolate thing is so much trickier so we are going to put it back on the family menu for this one day of the year and treat it as an experiment to see what happens when our food sensitive toddler eats it.
For the rest of the year we will continue to find alternative treats. Gluten free jelly snakes and marshmallows are his favourites.
For those that don’t have the luxury of making exceptions, some retailers are coming out with dairy free eggs that are packaged in exactly the same way as the real thing. I researched this fairly thoroughly last year and vegan shops seem to be taking a lead. Some will even deliver products to your door by post or courier.
Hot, crossed and wheat free?
This brings us to the subject of gluten free hot cross buns for me (stodge fan that I am). I haven’t yet had chance to check out whether any of the supermarkets have got something in store for us this year, but I am quite a bun fan so this is on my to do list – and I would love to hear from anyone who has spotted GF easter buns for sale anywhere mainstream. [LH: have since checked out my local Coles and Harris Farm - and found no GF hot cross buns in either].
It is my suspicion that if you want something particularly fresh and delicious, you may be best off going to a specialist GF bakery like Choices (Sydney) or Silly Yaks (Melbourne) or even cooking something up yourself.
There are umpteen recipes online if you do happen to Google “gluten free and hot cross bun” and though I haven’t had time this year to experiment with any of these, we would, as always, love to hear from you if you have found a fabulous recipe that you think is worth sharing with us.