Gluten Free Christmas Canapes - Our Favourites!

Christmas is a time to come together and celebrate with all your closest friends and family! Between us (Sally and Claire) we’ve lost count of the number of Christmas parties we’ve been to over the years.  However having children with coeliacs disease we would come to parties armed with tins filled with gluten free treats that we and our families could eat and share - we didn’t want to be the difficult guests you see!

Over the years we developed delicious recipes for wonderful canapés that are now requested each year at various Christmas parties!  Anyone can pull together some carrots and hummus for a gluten free guest but why not make something extra special that everyone can enjoy at the party.  We’re sharing our favourite canape recipes to make your Christmas extra delicious.

Gluten Free Oast To Host Christmas Canapes


Smoked mackerel pate with a twist of smoked salmon served in canapé cases



  1. Place the mackerel, cream cheese and butter into a bowel or liquidiser and mash into a smooth cream
  2. Flavour with horseradish and lemon juice if you enjoy these
  3. Add pate with a teaspoon into the canape cases
  4. Garnish with a strip of smoked salmon and twist of lemon and chill before serving

Gluten Free Cheese Straws


  1. Line a small baking sheet with non-stick paper. Knead cheddar into pastry and roll out into a rectangle approx (20cm x 8cm)
  2. Cut into 4 strips and paint with beaten egg.  Sprinkle with parmesan, salt and pepper (to taste) and twist the pastry ribbon three times, pressing the ends into the lined baking sheet to hold the shape
  3. Gently brush any unglazed pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with either mixed herbs or cayenne pepper
  4. Bake in preheated oven (200°C/Gas 6) for approx 10 minutes until golden and set.  Allow to cool slightly before lifting. If not eaten that day - pop in oven (150°C) for 5 mins to warm through

Goats Cheese Pastry Tartlets



  1. Spread canape cases onto a baking tray
  2. Place small pieces of sliced goats cheese into the pastry shell
  3. Top with good quality caramelised onion chutney and a small piece of thyme
  4. Warm gently in the oven prior to serving

Brie and Cranberry Jelly Blini’s


  1. Make as many blini’s as your require and serve spaced out onto platters or plates (follow instructions on packet)
  2. Cut the brie roughly into thin squares and place onto the blini
  3. Use roughly a quarter of a teaspoon of cranberry jelly to place on top of the brie
  4. Serve chilled


Nutty chocolate cups


  1. Roll out the Oast to Host sweet shortcrust pastry to a very thin layer and make into canape cases
  2. When baked and cooled fill with a nutty chocolate spread (such as Nutella)
  3. Drizzle with melted chocolate and serve

Mini treacle tarts


  1. Roll out the Oast to Host sweet shortcrust pastry to a very thin layer and make into canape cases
  2. Crumble the gluten free breadcrumbs into a bowl and add a small amount of lemon rind (depending on how strong you like the lemon flavour)
  3. Pour golden syrup over the breadcrumbs (enough to cover)
  4. Spoon the mixture into the pastry cases and bake at 180°C for 8-10 minutes (but watch them so they don’t burn!)

Mini mince pies


  1. Roll out the Oast to Host sweet shortcrust pastry to a very thin layer and lay into a canape tin
  2. Spoon a teaspoon of mincemeat into each canape case (cut extra shapes with remaining pastry to decorate the canape cases if you wish or leave them open)
  3. Paint the pastry lightly with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar
  4. Bake at 140 degrees for approximately 15 minutes (but watch them so they don’t burn or dry out the mince meat!)
  5. Once baked gently lift out of the tray and check the base is tanned too before leaving to cool on a wire tray
  6. After baking and cooling we recommend you keep in an airtight box until you serve them (these can be warm with brandy butter, on their own or cold with ice cream!)


However, if you're wanting an easy option and a delicious one of course! We recommend ordering a box of our baked mince pies that you can easily bring along to a party or serve yourself.  They are delicious! 


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