Gluten Free Italian
Let loose the Italian in you, with a day of gluten-free pizza, fresh pasta-making and more!
Join Naomi Devlin, our gluten-free expert, who will teach you how to make your own pasta and pizzas and inspire you with some delicious seasonal sauces to accompany them. By the end of the day you'll be making pizzas like a pro and turning out your own gnocchi and tiramisu too!
All set in the beautiful back-drop of River Cottage, you'll eat the fruits of your labours for your lunch, along with Italian-inspired petits fours from the River Cottage chefs.
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).
Start off by making crisp, light, buckwheat savoiardi biscuits (or ladies fingers) and then set them aside until later when you’ll make a delicious tiramisu to take home.
Next we'll make a batch of gluten free pasta dough and try your hand at rolling the dough into a thin silky strip for making pasta shapes with. We’ll make this into tagliatelle and make a seasonal pesto to eat as a starter for lunch.
Using a gluten free base that we will put together first thing in the morning, we’ll make a thin, crisp and flexible pizza to bake in the wood fired ovens, and we'll use the dough to make grissini too.
After a yummy starter of tagliatelle and some antipasti, we’ll eat our handmade gluten free pizza with a seasonal accompaniment rustled up by the River Cottage chefs. If you have any room left, there will be some delicious gluten free Italian-inspired petits fours and time to wander around the garden.
Next we’ll make some gnocchi dumplings using potatoes and wild greens or herbs from the garden. You’ll learn how to make the dough and roll them just so using a fork to get that classic gnocchi shape, ready for you to take home for your supper.
Using your hand made savoiardi biscuits, freshly brewed coffee and rich, creamy mascarpone you’ll make a luscious tiramisu, topped with a generous layer of grated chocolate. In the summer we might make a lemony version with crushed summer berries and dessert wine.
By now you will be 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.
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.
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 gluten free course can be suitable for vegetarians and dairy free diets, however due to many of the recipes relying on eggs, it is not suitable for vegans or those with egg intolerance. Savoiardi biscuits are gluten free, nut free and dairy free. The pasta is dairy free, nut free and gluten free. The pizza is gluten free, nut free and can be dairy free or use goat cheese. The gnocchi are gluten free, nut free and dairy free. Grissini are gluten free, dairy free and nut free. Tiramisu can be made dairy free or with goat dairy according to need.
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