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Published December 10th 2014
Often at Christmas and other special occasions those on a gluten free (GF) diet tend to miss out. I can't recall when I last ate some Christmas pud with the rest of the family since I gave up wheat products, and I never have eaten Gluten free Christmas cake until now because I could never find one.

francescos dolci gluten free christmas cake
is this the best GF christmas cake in town? image by Miss K


I came across this cake at the Market Shed on Holland a few weeks back, with the attractive packaging catching my attention. When I enquired about the cake, I met these hard working lovely people you see below. The producers are a business called Francesco's Cicchetti. They are from Italy and now live in Adelaide and create a wide range of foods.

francescos dolci gluten free cake adelaide
a classic aussie Christmas cake image by Miss K


francesco's dolci, gluten free cake
meet the producers, Sarah and Francesco image by Miss K


One product they create is a cake, and is very special. It's a Christmas fruit cake called Torta Natalizia. It is not only gluten free, but also dairy and nut free, and made with GM free and sulphite and preservative free ingredients. I believe that almost covers every food intolerance.

francescos dolci gluten free christmas cake
made with love and care just for you or give as a special gift image by Miss K


They kindly gave me a cake to do a review. I took the cake with me on a recent trip interstate, and after travelling around with the cake for a couple of weeks, I decided to give it a try. The cake had not fallen apart, so would be ideal to be packed for a picnic. It was still as fresh as the day it was baked, if not better as the flavour of the fruits had made it very tasty. It was superb. The cake didn't crumble when I cut it, and it was very fresh and moist even though it was still in its wrapper. I have now stored it in a plastic storer and a few days ago I cut off another piece, and it was still as fresh and moist almost three weeks later. I'm going to keep the rest for Christmas. This is the test of a good fruit cake, fresh, moist and will keep for months.

francescos dolci
this Christmas cake is called Torta Natalazia image by Miss K


All the foods from Francesco's dolci (the cakes or sweets in Italian) are made with love and care. All the family, and that's three generations, help in the baking and the wrapping.

You can find the best fruit cake in town at Sarah and Francesco's Italian food stall at the Market Shed on Holland, Adelaide City every Sunday from 9am to 3pm or at the following stockists-

IGA Gilbert st Adelaide, The Organic Store Broadway Brighton, Foodland at Brighton, Affordable Organics Magill, Art Images The Parade Norwood, Viva Gourmet at Burnside Village, St Moriss and West Lakes.

francescos dolci
without doubt, the best GF christmas cake in South Australia.image by Miss K


This little bar cake is plump and full of dried fruits, and while it may be small you don't need much to satisfy. One slice was ample for me with a cup of tea. This attractively presented delicious cake would make an ideal surprise for a visitor to take for afternoon tea for a gluten free host. And best of all, a special treat as a gift for someone you love for a birthday or Christmas gift. If you are not gluten free buy one anyway, for it is without doubt the best little fruit cake in South Australia.
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