Jam & Cream Delights

Jam & Cream Delights 2

The ‘Monte Carlo’ was an old family favourite before we had to become gluten and dairy free. For those of you who do not know what a ‘Monte Carlo’ is, it’s a coconut sandwich biscuit with a delicious raspberry and cream filling. I had a few issues getting the cream right in the beginning, as it was making the biscuit quite soft just a day after baking them.

After 3 batches of having the same problem, I asked if anyone was able to help me or offer any suggestions to my dilemma on my Facebook page. One lovely person told me about a Facebook page for Miss Lulu’s Dessert Parlour in Sydney, Australia, so I sent her an inbox message and she was kind enough to offer me some advice.

I was very happy with the next batch, as the biscuit stayed relatively crisp for a few days. The key is not to make them in a large batch, so they don’t get the chance to go soft. Either that or eat them up quicker, which isn’t too difficult once you’ve had one!

So now that it has been tweaked, I hope you enjoy these biscuits as much as my family and friends do.

Recipe Update: I have found by bringing the jam to the boil helped it to set thicker once cooled, which meant the biscuit base didn’t soften as quickly. You will need to increase the raspberry jam from 60g to 100g using this new method. I have also provided a second butter cream option, this uses vanilla extract instead the seeds scraped out of a vanilla pod.

For accurate cup measurements, I sift the potato starch, coconut flour and icing sugar before measuring, so that there are no lumps/clumps. All cup measurements are firmly packed.

Makes 14

61g (2.2 ounces or ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon) gluten & dairy free butter
99g (3.5 ounces or ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon) light muscovado sugar or light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature and lightly beaten
½ teaspoon (2.5ml) pure vanilla extract
72g (2.6 ounces or ½ cup) sorghum flour
33g (1.2 ounces or 3 tablespoons) potato starch
32g (1.1 ounces or ¼ cup) superfine white rice flour
18g (0.6 ounces or 2 tablespoons) superfine brown rice flour
16g (0.6 ounces or 2 tablespoons) coconut flour
¾ teaspoon (3.75ml) baking powder
¼ teaspoon (1.25ml) xanthan gum
¼ teaspoon (1.25ml) salt
Stir through
48g (1.7 ounces or ½ cup) desiccated coconut
Raspberry Jam Filling
100g (3.5 ounces or ⅓ cup) raspberry jam
Butter Cream Filling (option 1)
42g (1.5 ounces or 3 tablespoons) gluten & dairy free butter
81g (1.9 ounces or ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon) soft icing sugar, sifted (I use this brand)
1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
Butter Cream Filling (option 2)
81g (1.9 ounces or ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon) soft icing sugar, sifted (I use this brand)
28g (1.0 ounce or 2 tablespoons) gluten and dairy free butter
¼ teaspoon (1.25ml) pure vanilla extract

Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer, this takes a couple of minutes.

Step 1

Next, add the vanilla and lightly beaten egg, then mix until well combined.

Step 2

Sift together all the dry ingredients and then stir through the desiccated coconut. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet until well combined, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 160C and line two trays with baking paper or parchment. Make each round of biscuit dough 15g (0.5 ounces or 1 tablespoon) and then gently roll out to an oblong shape and place on prepared trays a few centimetres apart.

Step 4

I lightly dip a fork in rice flour and then tap on the side of the container to shake off any excess. Doing this prevents the fork from sticking to the soft biscuit dough. Gently and evenly press down on each oblong shape.

Step 5

Then press the fork across the biscuit, turn the tray around and press again in the opposite direction to create a criss-cross pattern on the top of each biscuit. This helps to keep a more traditional shape.

Step 6

Here’s a close up of the criss-cross pattern.

Step 7

Bake the biscuits for approximately 15-18 minutes or until they are light gold in colour. Depending on your oven, you may need to move trays around half way through the baking process to ensure the biscuits bake evenly.

While the biscuits are baking, add the raspberry jam to a small saucepan and bring to the boil, before taking it off the heat. Then strain the jam through a sieve, to remove the seeds, and allow it to cool completely.

Step 9

Allow the biscuits to cool for a 3 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 8

To make the vanilla butter cream filling (option 1), use an electric beater to beat the butter and vanilla seeds until pale. Then gradually add the sifted icing sugar, so that the mixture is thick and creamy.

To make the vanilla butter cream filling (option 2), add all the ingredients to a bowl and, using a handheld mixer on the lowest setting, mix until they come together. Once combined, turn the speed up to medium-high and continue to beat until light and fluffy. This filling is a bit thicker than to the above option.

Step 10

To assemble, spread 1 teaspoon of butter cream over one biscuit and ½ a teaspoon of jam on the other, before you gently sandwich the two together.

Step 11

Allow the biscuits to stand for approximately 1 hour to allow the cream to firm up.

Step 12

Store these biscuits in an airtight container.

Recipe by: The Gluten & Dairy Free Bakehouse 

Note: all recipe oven temperatures shown are for a fan forced electric oven. Please refer to the below guide to help you adjust your oven accordingly. This recipe is shown in bold.

Oven Temperatures Chart
130C = 110C fan = 250F = Gas mark 1
150C = 130C fan = 300F = Gas mark 2
160C = 140C fan = 325F = Gas mark 3
180C = 160C fan = 350F = Gas mark 4
190C = 170C fan = 375F = Gas mark 5
200C = 180C fan = 400F = Gas mark 6
220C = 200C fan = 425F = Gas mark 7
230C = 210C fan = 450F = Gas mark 8

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