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Tune in next week on BBC1 at 8pm if you love baking and want to watch this year’s contestants bake #freefrom. The programme is called, ‘Alternative ingredients’ which isn’t the most exciting catch line but the allergic and gluten free, coeliac community will be tuning en masse.
Great British Bake off does freefrom
Here’s what you’ll get to enjoy:

‘The remaining bakers must bake without sugar, gluten or dairy – but thankfully not all in the same challenge.

First up, the signature challenge sees the bakers create a variety of sugar-free cakes, from an upside-down pineapple cake to carrot cakes. They use honey, agave syrup and fruit, but there’s more to replacing sugar than just adding sweetness. For one baker, going sugar-free isn’t enough as they take the healthy option one step further and bake a cake without any traditional forms of flour.

Paul picks the technical challenge, gluten-free pittas, which are made with a very sticky dough that tests the bakers’ skill – but which of them can get the desired pocket within their pittas?

For their show-stopper, the bakers must make dairy-free ice cream rolls. Mary and Paul are looking for silky-smooth ice cream, surrounded by jam and a light sponge. Coconut milk provides the base for all the ice cream, tropical flavours are in abundance, and there’s more than one desert island for the judges to try – and even a fondant sunbather.’

Well who doesn’t love a fondant sunbather!?

I’m particularly looking forward to seeing how they get on with gluten free pittas. I am still dreaming about the BFree wheat, dairy and egg free pittas I discovered at the Allergy Show this year. What has happened to them? Did I dream them? where have they done?

Find out more about the Great British Bake off here.

And if you’re watching, remember to tweet @Britishbakeoff and use the hashtag #GBBO



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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