February 1, 2012

Imported Gluten Free, Dairy Free+ Confectionary in the Local Centra: Les Recettes de Céliane

I came across a Gluten Free brand which I have never seen before: Les Recettes de Célaine - Have you seen them? Have you tried them?! I was walking around the shelves in the local Centra of Terenure (D6W) and there in front of me were new packages seemingly from France with mouthwatering pictures, Gluten & Wheat Free signs with some Dairy Free signs included! Hello! I thought it odd enough to have a whole range of imported products in a Centra but then again Terenure’s Centra has always been above average when talking about Dairy Alternatives and Gluten Free cereals, etc.
So what did they have: Les Recettes de Céliane.

Molten Apricot Filled Mini Muffins (approx: €4.16) was what I decided to taste test this time. They come in a bag with about 9 mini muffins individually wrapped inside. I would compare them more to cupcakes than muffins just because they are so sweet but my overall opinion: Yum! ... They’re moist, in a sticky way, they’re sweet, they taste lovely and apricot-y, but not overly so. My only negative is that despite their softness, they are ever so slightly dense but that’s really picking... also on a down point, they contain Potato starch and Egg which rules them out for Nightshade Allergies, as per usual, not to mention diets such as Egg Allergic and Vegan. However, the good news is that they are Milk Free, Soya Free and a whole host of others, obviously including Gluten Free!

- Gluten Free
- Wheat Free
- Milk Free
- Soya Free
- Tree Nut Free (see allergen warning & ingredients)
- Sesame Free
- Peanut Free
- Fish Free
- Celery Free
- Sulphite Free
- Vegetarian
- Preservative Free
- Free From Artificial Colouring

Ingredients: Cake Base: Egg, non-hydrogenates palm oil, sugar, rice flour, potato starch, dextrose, stabiliser: glycerol, glucose syrup, rice starch, thickener: guar flour, emulsifier: rapeseed lecithin, salt, raising agents: disodium diphosphate, sdium bicarbonate and calcium phosphate, flavourings. Apricot fillings (22%): sugar, apricot (20%), water, apricot juice concentrate (20%), gelling agents: pectin and sodium alignate, acidifier: citric acid, acidity regulators: calcium phosphate and sodium citrate, natural flavouring, natrural colouring: paprika, tumeric, carrot-black.
Allergen Warning: Produced in a workshop NOT processing: Wheat, Peanut, Fish, Crustaceans, Celery, Mustard, Sesame, Sulphite. CONTAINS Egg.

The website www.lesrecettesdeceliane.com clearly marks the products which are additionally Dairy Free and each product lists the ingredients and Food Allergen warnings. They also mention that in the UK Les Recettes de Céliane products are available in Waitrose and on Amazon UK

On a more local level, so far, I have only seen Les Recettes de Céliane in Centra in Terenure and on Ecodirect but I’m sure that they must be elsewhere, or very shortly will be, so please let me know if you have seen them anywhere else and together we'll keep everyone updated!
Centra in Terenure, Dublin 6W was also stocking the following Les Recettes de Céliane products:

Sliced Rustic Loaf (approx: €3.65) which looked like 4 big pieces of ‘rustic’ bread pre-sliced and shrink wrapped in 2-slice packs for single usage (very clever). I really wanted to try some but it contained milk so I will have to look to you, readers, for the final verdict on that one! Ingredients: water, rice flour, cornstarch, potato starch, whey powder, rapeseed oil, buckwheat flour, inulin, thickeners: guar gum, cellulose and xanthan gum, yeast, sugar, soya proteins, olive oil (2%), glucose-fructose syrup, salt, moistening agent: glycerine, emulsifier: soya lecithin, lactic acid.
Allergen Warnings: Made on a premises that is FREE from Wheat, Peanut, Fish, Shellfish, Celery, Mustard, Lupine, Sesame, Sulfites (which is awesome). MAY CONTAIN traces of Egg and Nuts. CONTAINS Milk and Soya (not so awesome)
- Preservative Free
- Free From Artificial Colouring

Strawberry Tartlets which come in a box of 6 (approx: €4.50)
Ingredients: Base: Sugar, non-hydrogenated palm oil, rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, water, cornflour, cornstarch, stabilisers: cellulose and guar gum, natural vanilla flavour, salt. Strawberry topping (37%): Invert syrup, soft fruits (5% strawberry), strawberry concentrate (5%), sugar, gelling agent: pectin, acidity regulator: citric acid, sodium citrate and calcium citrate.
Allergen Warning: Produced in a workshop NOT processing: Wheat, Peanut, Fish, Crustaceans, Celery, Mustard, Lupine, Sesame, Sulphite. May contain traces of Soya, Egg, Milk and Nuts.
- Preservative Free
- Free From Artificial Colouring

Milk Chocolate Fingers (approx: €4.72)
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate 41% (sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, cocoa, vanilla powder), rice flour, non-hydrogenated palm oil, brown cane sugar, potato starch, cream of rice, teff flour, glucose syrup (corn), ammonium carbonate, salt
Allergen Warning: Made on premises free from the following: Wheat, Gluten, Peanut, Nuts, Eggs, Soya, Fish, Shellfish, Celery, Mustard, Lupin, Mollusc, Sesame, Sulfites. CONTAINS Milk
- Preservative Free
- Free From Artificial Colouring
- Organic


Kel said...

I first spied Les Recettes de Celiane in O'Brien sandwhich bars last year and they were also being stocked in random Supervalus too. I put them up on my Off The Shelf page, so must update that you can get them in that Centra and Ecodirect too! Nice one!!! They're a pretty decent brand.

Aurea@Survival Guide said...

Thanks Kel! Now that I've tried them I'll probably start seeing them everywhere! Can't wait to try the other products out -nomnom

Anonymous said...

they also do a gooey chocolate muffin - stocked in Supervalu, Palmerstown (always have a great range) :)

Aurea@Survival Guide said...

oOOOooOooo!!! That sounds YUM! ... Thanks for sharing - I'll definitely have to get some of those for my sweet filled easter morning!