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Gluten Free Christmas

Don’t miss out on festive treats with a day of gluten-free Christmas baking!

Join Naomi Devlin, our gluten-free expert, for a day of Christmas fare. You’ll be making gluten free panforte, a delicious Italian Christmas cake; mince pies; Christmas pudding and more!

You’ll have a delicious and seasonal gluten free lunch, prepared by the chefs using produce from the farm, all set in the beautiful back-drop of River Cottage.

If you haven't tried any of Naomi's other courses why not give her Gluten Free Italian day a go too?

Your day

09.30 - 17.00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30 and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet your host, Naomi Devlin, and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen (gluten-free of course).

  • Session one

    We’ll start the day by making a wholesome sweet shortcrust for our frangipane topped mince pies and then pop it in the fridge to chill until later.

  • Session two

    It’s time to get the Christmas puddings stirred up and steaming. We’ll use dried fruit that has been soaking in Somerset cider brandy overnight, flavoursome gluten free sourdough breadcrumbs and plenty of wishes. Your pudding will be all ready to steam again on Christmas day.

  • Session three

    Naomi will demonstrate a chocolate and buckwheat genoise for a darkly festive yule log that she’ll put together later in the day.

  • Session four

    We’ll make our own fruity suet-free mincemeat with quinces, apples or pears, so that you’ll still be able to make some for Christmas if all of your mince pies get eaten on the way home!

  • Lunch

    Food is always the focus at River Cottage, and a two-course lunch of local, seasonal fare will be one of the highlights of your day.

  • Session five

    We’ll line muffin tins for our lusciously deep fill mince pies and top the mince meat with a simple gluten free frangipane. These can be frozen for Christmas if you like.

  • Session six

    Using toasted nuts, candied fruit and local honey, you'll make a delicately spiced Italian cake called panforte. This only gets better with time, so you’ll wrap it up and hope that nobody finds it before Christmas!

  • Session seven

    While you cradle a cup of tea, Naomi will put together her yule log filled with chestnut and brandy scented cream and topped with chocolate ganache for you to enjoy before you head home with your goodies, full of festive spirit.

  • Q&A

    By now you will probably be bursting with questions, so this will be your opportunity to take away some of Naomi’s expert advice for successful gluten-free cooking at home.

  • Departure

    There will be time to chat to Naomi and your fellow scholars before being whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer, delicious bakes in hand.

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

If you need local accommodation we have a full list available.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

This course can be made suitable for either dairy free or egg free diets, but is not suitable for vegans, those following a low FODMAP diet or those who cannot tolerate dried fruit or nuts. If you are cooking for somebody else then this is not an issue. Please note that the Yule Log cannot be made egg free.

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